The agents investigate a series of murders in which people are killed and robbed of their livers. Mulder finds that there are similar cases in the X-Files, spaced out at 30-year intervals. During a stakeout of a murder site, the FBI arrests Eugene Tooms, a public worker, after he is found in a vent. Tooms passes a polygraph test, excepting questions Mulder put in about his age and whereabouts in 1933.
Tooms is seen to get into enclosed spaces by elongating his body, leaving elongated fingerprints at the crime scenes. Mulder posits that Tooms may be a genetic mutant who hibernates and requires sustenance every 30 years. His hunch is supported by an interview with a retired sheriff and a newspaper-and-bile cocoon found at Tooms' residence. Tooms is arrested after attempting to attack Scully, but seems particularly intrigued by a small opening in the door to his padded cell.
Doug Hutchinson, who plays Eugene Tooms, played Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile and more recently Horace Goodspeed on Lost.
Episode Body Count
George Usher: killed when the Eugene Tooms attacks him in his office.
Two other victims: Tom Colton notes that two other killings preceded Usher's death, including a college girl killed in her dorm room.
Eleven other murders: Mulder says the X-Files record five similar murders from the 1960's, five from the 1930's, and one from 1903 that includes the removal of the liver, all in the Baltimore area. Mulder says this is a pattern of five murders every 30 years, meaning there would logically have been four more in 1903, but since they're not mentioned they won't be recorded.
Cat: a detective mentions that a dead cat was found in the vents, leading to a bad smell and a call to bring Eugene Tooms to the vents.
Thomas Werner: killed in his home by Tooms.
Cumulative Body Count (3/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Grand Total: 24
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