Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Season 7, Episode 16: Chimera


A girl at a pleasant Easter Sunday party in Vermont is attacked by a raven and hears one inside the house the same night her mother, Martha Crittenden, disappears. A woman named Jenny Uphouse is on poor terms with Crittenden and the other well-to-do WASPs in town. Skinner pulls Mulder off a DC stakeout to investigate due to the potential supernatural connection with the raven. Mulder is intrigued by a broken mirror in the house, though Crittenden's husband thinks she was having an affair and ran off. It isn't long before Crittenden is discovered buried in the garden, however.

The mother's best friend, Ellen Adderly, tells Mulder that she saw a strange creature in the window of a car that shattered immediately afterward. Mulder tells her how some consider mirrors gateway to the spirit world, and that an creature may have been summoned by an enemy. Mulder and the local sheriff (Adderly's husband) question Uphouse, but she denies being involved. The creature attacks Adderly in her home, right after finding a key that matches one the Crittenden's husband found in his house after that disappearance.

The sheriff turns out to be having an affair with Uphouse in a motel accessed by the keys. Mulder deduces what's going on after mentioning to the sheriff that Crittenden was pregnant despite being on birth control. Uphouse is killed by the creature but manages to stab it with a shard of broken mirror. The sheriff admits to Mulder that he was sleeping with both the mother and Uphouse, and is suspected of the murders. Adderly realizes she's involved after finding a gash on her shoulder, though she's horrified by the fact. Mulder also figures it out, and though Adderly tries to drown him she gives up after seeing her reflection in the water. Adderly is sent to the psych ward, where she notices a raven outside the window.

Wendy Schaal, who plays Martha Crittenden, voices Francine Smith on American Dad!

Episode Body Count

Martha Crittenden: killed by Adderly in creature form.

Crittenden fetus: Mulder says Martha was four months pregnant when she was murdered. This might be the first human fetus I've had to deal with, but considering I counted an alien one way back when, I'll obviously count this one.

Jenny Uphouse: killed by Adderly in creature form.

Humans: 3
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (155/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,710
Creatures: 114
Aliens: 62

Grand Total: 1,886

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