Thursday, October 29, 2009

Season 7, Episode 7: Orison


Donnie Pfaster escapes from an Illinois prison, where he has found religion, by simply walking out after another inmate seems to cut his fingers off in a machine tool and time slows down. It turns out he's the third such prisoner in the area to escape at 6:06 a.m. in the past year, the same time Scully wakes up to see her alarm clock reading "666." Mulder wonders if someone was using group hypnosis to orchestrate the escape; Scully hasn't forgotten Pfaster, and says he's pure evil.

Pfaster goes to a diner, where he starts to pick up a hooker before the prison chaplain, Robert Orison, scolds him for squandering God's gift. Orison hypnotizes a group of marshals to help Pfaster escape, and Pfaster thanks him by taking the hooker anyway and running down Orison with his own car. Orison says that God is working through him to some end, but Mulder thinks he's a fraud after learning that he was convicted of murder and served 22 years before becoming a chaplain. Scully isn't so sure, noting the weirdness with her clock and also how she's recently been hearing a lot more of a song she heard when she first realized there was true evil in the world.

Orison leaves the hospital after hypnotizing a guard, taking his gun and leaving a message telling the agents not to look any farther (echoing the song lyrics). Pfaster takes up shop in Orison's apartment, becoming enraged when a call girl turns out not to be a real redhead. Orison soon captures him at gunpoint. He digs a grave for Pfaster and orders him to beg forgiveness for his sins. Pfaster appears to morph into a demon, and Orison turns up dead. Mulder considers that Orison was helping the prisoners escape to execute them, and declares case closed.

Pfaster recaptures Scully in DC, having become obsessed with her as "the one that got away." Mulder's X-File sense tingles when he hears the song on the radio, and he goes into Scully's apartment. He draws his gun on Pfaster, but Scully has managed to escape and kills him with her own gun. She maintains that he is evil, but worries as to whether it was good or evil that made her pull the trigger.

Episode Body Count

Four Pfaster victims: a marshal tells the agents that Pfaster was convicted of five murders. I came up with five corpses or murders that Pfaster was involved with in "Irresistible," but presumably the corpse desecrations are separate from the murders, of which there was only one in the episode.

Orison's victim: Mulder says the reverend served 22 years in prison for first degree murder.

Scully's Sunday school teacher: Scully says she was murdered on his front lawn when she was a child.

Blueberry: presumed dead after Pfaster runs off with her and the next time we see him he's handling severed fingers.

Reverend Robert Orison: apparently killed by Pfaster.

Two other inmates: presumed killed by Orison after they escape and disappear under similar circumstances to Pfaster.

Donnie Pfaster: shot by Scully.

Humans: 11
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (146/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,609
Creatures: 113
Aliens: 62

Grand Total: 1,784

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