Sunday, June 7, 2009

Season 1, Episode 21: Tooms


Assistant Director Walter Skinner, with the Cigarette-Smoking Man standing by, chews out Scully and asks that the X-Files team be more conventional in their investigations (despite a high success rate with unconventional investigations). Our old friend, Eugene Victor Tooms, is released from a Baltimore mental hospital after he's believed to be rehabilitated. The review board doesn't believe Mulder's testimony of Tooms' murderous history or his warning that Tooms has to kill one more person to meet his 1993 quota.

Mulder keeps Tooms under surveillance; he, along with a child protective toilet lock, prevent Tooms' attempt to kill another victim. Tooms manages to set himself up as an assault victim and frame Mulder, which inhibits his surveillance. Mulder and Scully find that Tooms' dental records match bite marks found on a skeleton uncovered from one of his 1933 murders. Tooms manages to kill his fifth victim and return to hibernation in a nest in a mall that has replaced his old slumbering grounds. Tooms is killed when he gets sucked into an escalator, and his file is closed out.

First appearance of Assistant Director Walter Skinner (played by Mitch Pileggi, whose most recent sci-fi role was as Colonel Steven Caldwell in Stargate: Atlantis).

Episode Body Count

Additional four Tooms murders: Mulder attributes 19 homicides to Tooms; my previous count was only at 15, probably because it didn't take into account the additional 1903 murders.

Roadkill rat: disposed of by Tooms while working his old job in animal regulation.

Roadkill cat: also disposed of by Tooms.

Dr. Aaron Monte: killed and de-livered by Tooms.

Eugene Victor Tooms: crushed after Mulder activates an escalator that drags him into the machinery.

Humans: 6
Creatures: 2
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (21/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 167
Creatures: 10
Aliens: 7

Grand Total: 184

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