Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Season 9, Episode 13: Improbable


At a casino, a friendly man credited only as Mr. Burt strikes up a conversation with a sketchy-looking fellow named Wayne moments before he kills a woman in the restroom. Mr. Burt seems to know it's going to happen, but does nothing to stop it. Opening screen: Dio Ti Ama. Reyes thinks the murderer is committed this and other crimes based on numerology; Scully is less certain, but agrees that the victims have consistent bruising, possibly from a single ring. Wayne is annoyed to see that Mr. Burt has set up a three card monty table not far from his apartment, and threatens to kill him if he doesn't leave him alone.

Reyes goes to a skeptical numerologist for help, and returns to the FBI to rousing applause, since two new cases have been found and it seems that a killer is choosing his victims in threes in 1999 and 2002. Wayne kills the numerologist, just as she's calling Reyes to disclose some interesting news about their number charts. Scully discovers that the victims' markings seem to come from the worn-away markings of a 666 insignia, and Doggett notices that the pattern of the killings seems to form a number six along the eastern seaboard. Scully and Reyes run across Wayne by chance at the numerologist's building and Scully recognizes his ring, but he gets away, leaving the agents trapped in the parking garage.

Scully and Reyes find Mr. Burt in his car. He says he's meeting a friend for a game of checkers, and reveals a board and hundreds of music CDs in his trunk. With nothing else to do, they play a few games and listen to some cha-cha until Reyes realizes that Wayne apparently kills by hair color and they may be the next targets. Scully is fed up with Reyes theory that everything, including the serial murders, can be reduced to numbers, but ultimately agrees that Wayne may not have left the garage. Searching for him, they are saved when Doggett enters and shoots him. He says he realized that Wayne's pattern actually indicated nine victims, and Scully and Reyes may have been next. Mr. Burt disappears without a trace

Wouldn't you know it, Mr. Burt is played by Burt Reynolds, whose movies include Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, and Cannonball Run. Ellen Greene, who plays Vicki Louise Burdick, now plays Vivian Charles on Pushing Daisies.

Episode Body Count

Amy Sheridan Aufsbergher: killed by Wayne in a casino restroom.

Three other women: Reyes thinks Aufsbergher's murder is linked via numerology to the murders of three women that occurred within the past couple of years.

Two other women: murders linked to the same string of killings.

Vicki Louise Burdick: also killed by Wayne.

Mad Wayne: shot by Doggett.

Humans: 8
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (195/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,203
Creatures: 130
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,397

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