Sunday, June 28, 2009

Season 2, Episode 14: Die Hand Die Verletzt


A routine parent-teacher meeting in New Hampshire ends oddly when the participants do a prayer to the forces of darkness. Meanwhile, a playful witchcraft ceremony in the woods ends with one teenager dead and another terrified that they accidentally summoned a demon of some sort. The faculty covers up their own occult rituals by blaming things on the devil music the kids listen to these days and such.

Mulder and Scully find plenty of odd things in the area, including a brief rain of frogs and Shannon Ausbury, a girl who tells of terrifying occult abuse from her stepfather, a member of the parent-teacher council. Mulder begins to suspect the faculty members, and Shannon's stepfather, Jim, cooperates with Mulder after Shannon is murdered and the group tries to cover it up. He says the rituals take place under hypnosis, with the children to be made aware of the religion when they come of age.

Jim is killed for his troubles, and Mulder and Scully are soon captured by the cult. Though they are about to be sacrificed, the cult members instead kill themselves, while under the control of the eerily possessed biology teacher Phyllis Paddock. The agents realize that she is behind everything, only to find that she has disappeared.

Dan Butler, who plays Jim Ausbury, had a recurring role on Frasier as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe. Laura Harris, who played Andrea, was also Daisy Adair on Dead Like Me.

Episode Body Count

Jerry Stevens: murdered after a witchcraft ceremony goes wrong, has his eyes and heart cut out.

Mutilated 1930s teenage boy: Scully finds an account from a Nazi newspaper of a boy murdered in the same way as Stevens was.

At least six fetal pigs: passed out for dissection during a class.

Shannon's sister: Shannon says she was murdered at age eight; her mother says she died when she was eight weeks old.

Shannon Ausbury: cuts her wrists while under some sort of hypnotic control of Paddock.

Jim Ausbury: throttled by Paddock's python.

Three PTC/cult members: commit suicide while under Paddock's control.

Shannon also says she was impregnated three times and the babies were sacrificed, but Jim Ausbury claims she was never sexually abused. I'll have to leave those out of the count. This one should still be impressive, though.

Humans: 8
Creatures: 6
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (38/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 271
Creatures: 17
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 297

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