Thursday, July 30, 2009

Season 3, Episode 21: Avatar


Skinner, nearing the end of divorce proceedings, hooks up with a woman he meets at a hotel; he wakes up the next morning with a bit of a memory lapse and and finds her dead of a broken neck. Mulder finds that the woman was a legal secretary who was moonlighting as a prostitute. Scully finds a phosphorescent material around the woman's mouth.

A D.C. madam confirms that Skinner paid for the woman's services. Skinner is released by the police, and the agents discover that he didn't know the woman was a prostitute even though his credit card was charged. Meanwhile, Skinner keeps seeing a vision of an old woman, including his wife. The Office of Professional Conduct starts looking into the matter. Mulder believes Skinner is innocent, and Scully wonders if Skinner killed the woman in his sleep, since he was being treated for a sleep disorder involving dreams of an old woman. Mulder is reminded of the story of the succubus, which includes luminous phenomena. Scully remembers the phosphorescent material, but finds that it has disappeared.

Skinner's wife is run off the road and injured soon after she visits with him, and Skinner is brought in again. He seems to be evasive because he doesn't know what's happening to him, and tells Mulder that he first saw the old woman when she saved him from death in Vietnam; Mulder wonders if the woman isn't trying to help him. The evidence on Skinner's car again points to him as prime suspect, though Mulder finds a latent impression in the airbag that seems to vindicate Skinner. Unfortunately, it comes too late for a disciplinary hearing where Skinner is dismissed.

The D.C. madam is thrown out of her building, and Mulder and Scully work with another prostitute to figure out who is trying to set up Skinner; the girl and her bosses, from Cancer Man's Syndicate, set up a meeting. Skinner sees the old woman in his hospitalized wife again, but this time listens to her. Skinner saves the prostitute as she is about to be murdered at the hotel and returns to work. Mulder tries to get him to tell him about the paranormal experience, but Skinner declines.

Amanda Tapping, who plays Carina Sayles, also played Major/Colonel Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.

Episode Body Count

Carina Sayles: dies of a broken neck after a night with Skinner.

Lorraine Kelleher: a D.C. madam who is tossed out of her building.

Unidentified man: shot and killed by Skinner.

Humans: 3
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (70/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 876
Creatures: 54
Aliens: 47

Grand Total: 977

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