Mulder and Scully travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to investigate a grave that's been unearthed, with the hair and nails removed. Mulder knows that the incident isn't related to the supernatural, but thinks it a good opportunity to catch the Vikings-Redskins game at the Metrodome. When more graves are desecrated, Mulder warns that they might have an "escalating fetishist" on their hands.
The culprit, Donnie Pfaster, advances to a live victim when he kills a prostitute and desecrates her body. He also takes a shine to a young woman after landing a job as a delivery driver, and a woman in his night class...and then Scully. Meanwhile, Scully is finding it difficult to deal with the case. A fingerprint is found on the prostitute's corpse; a raid at Pfaster's apartment fails to capture Pfaster himself, and Pfaster kidnaps Scully.
More on a lucky guess than anything, Mulder and a field agent find that Pfaster's mother has a residence in Minneapolis. Pfaster is arrested in another raid, and Scully is traumatized but safe.
Bruce Weitz, who plays Agent Bocks, starred as Sgt. Mick Belker on Hill Street Blues and Anthony Zacchara on General Hospital. Jessie L. Martin, who has an uncredited role as a guard, is best known for his role as Detective Ed Green on Law and Order. Christine Wiles played Delores Herbig in Dead Like Me and Karen Kosseff in this and three other episodes.
Episode Body Count
Jennifer: a young woman whose funeral takes place at the beginning of the episode.
Catherine Ann Terle: a 21-year-old woman whose grave is disturbed.
Two more graves: Agent Bocks says that three bodies (presumably including Terle) have been desecrated in the past two days.
Satin: a prostitute who is murdered by Pfaster.
Pfaster's mother: Bocks says she died a year prior to the episode.
Cumulative Body Count (37/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Grand Total: 283
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