Monday, June 29, 2009

Season 2, Episode 15: Fresh Bones


A Marine private stationed at a processing center for Haitian refugees in North Carolina is killed after plowing his car straight into a tree, and his wife suspects voodoo instead of suicide. Traveling to the camp, a young boy sells a lucky charm to Scully and the camp commander tells the agents that one man, Pierre Beauvais, incited a riot recently based on voodoo that resulted in a 10-year-old boy's death. The Marine's body is replaced by a dog carcass, apparently as a warning.

Mulder and Scully get a surprise when they find the private dazed but alive and walking down a road. Meanwhile, another private tells the agents that Beauvais threatened to take the souls of the men at the camp, and is fearful of the young boy, Chester, who has befriended them. Scully is pricked with a strand of thorns hidden in the agents' car, and fails to notice that it's parked on top of a voodoo symbol. Mr. X says the commander is seeking to kill Haitians in revenge for three voodoo-related deaths in a recent U.S. incursion in the country.

More people die of apparent suicide, and Mulder and Scully find that two of the dead Marines filed complaints against the commander and the bones of one of them are in his office. The commander is found conducting a voodoo ceremony, but is stopped by Mulder and Beauvais. Scully starts to see some creepy images, but is saved by the charm. As the refugees are relocated, it is revealed that Chester is the boy who died in the riot.

Episode Body Count

Private Jack McAlpin: drives into a tree marked with a voodoo symbol after seeing strange visions. However, McAlpin returns from the dead soon after and is apparently still alive at the end of the episode.

Chester: a 10-year-old boy killed in a riot at the camp.

Manuel Guttierez: another Marine who killed himself or was murdered prior to the episode.

Dead dog: found in the morgue instead of McAlpin's body.

Harry Dunham's fiance: Dunham says she died on her wedding day and an autopsy found snakes in her stomach.

Three U.S. soldiers: Mr. X says they took their own lives during a recent intervention in Haiti, and two were in a unit controlled by the camp commander, Colonel Wharton.

Harry Dunham: Marine private, commits suicide by slitting wrists in bathtub.

Pierre Beauvais: Wharton says he cut his wrists with a bedspring, but it is more likely that he was murdered by Wharton or his men. Though he seems to return from the dead, he is still lifeless in the coffin when Scully gives it a peek.

Colonel Wharton: dies after Beauvais performs some sort of counter-curse on him. Or doesn't, but considering he's being buried alive at the end I think I can include him here.

Humans: 10
Creatures: 1
Aliens: 0

UNDEAD'D: One human.

Humans: 9
Creatures: 1
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (39/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 280
Creatures: 18
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 307

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