Sunday, June 21, 2009

Season 2, Episode 10: Red Museum


The son of a Wisconsin slaughterhouse worker is found 12 hours after his disappearance, wandering in his underwear with the words "He Is One" written on his back. Several similar incidents have taken place in the state, and the local sheriff suspects the Church of the Red Museum, a vegetarian commune. Mulder describes them as "walk-ins," part of a new age belief of opening yourself up to enlightened spirits; the kidnapped boy describes a similar experience.

The sheriff's son, Rick, turns out to be an active bully of the cult; after Rick's girlfriend is also briefly kidnapped, the agents find that a hallucinogenic substance has been used on her. The cult's leader is arrested as a potential suspect. An old man suggests to the agents that a bovine growth hormone used by local ranchers may be part of the rise in crime in the area.

After a plane crash kills a local doctor, the agents find that every kid who was kidnapped was also delivered by the doctor. The Crew-Cut Man shows up to murder a rancher, and then kills the sheriff's son. A peephole and a ton of videotapes are found in a hidden area in the slaughterhouse worker's house; the building's owner, Gerd Thomas, confesses to the kidnappings but not the murder. Thomas says the doctor was inoculating local kids with the bovine hormone, but Scully says the toxicology tests on the vial the doctor was carrying came back as the "purity control," and so the kids may have been test subjects for alien DNA. She also recognizes the Crew-Cut Man as Deep Throat's murderer after a chance encounter.

The kids affected are given sanctuary in the Red Museum. The agents manage to track down the Crew-Cut Man, aiming to capture him alive, but the sheriff shoots him. In her final report, Scully says the Crew-Cut Man is unidentifiable, the inoculant is determined to be an antibody of unknown origin that breaks down after a few weeks, and the Red Museum may have been a control group.

Episode Body Count

Pilot and Dr. Jerrold Larson: killed in a plane crash.

Rancher: shot and killed by the Crew-Cut Man.

Rick Mazeroski: killed by the Crew-Cut Man.

Crew-Cut Man: shot dead by Sheriff Mazeroski.

Humans: 5
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (34/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 245
Creatures: 11
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 265

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