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Apart from the mytharc, this is probably the plot arc that takes the longest to resolve. Donnie Pfaster is, to me, the scariest MOTW the show ever had. Part of that is an excellent performance by Nick Chinlund, but the larger part is that a man who preys on women is all too believable, and all too real, a threat.


scully trying not to cry



the slight trembling of her lips,
a stoic’s most powerful expression
of fear and impotence.
—Bob Hicok


Writer: Chris Carter
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: January 13th, 1995

Synopsis: Mulder and a Scully still fresh from losing her father investigate a reported death fetishist. While they're there the crimes escalate from grave desecration to murder. Scully is deeply affected and shaken by the crimes. They become personal. And then it gets even more personal when she's targeted by our friendly neighbourhood death fetishist who might also happen to be demonic.

Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: I know the world is full of predators, just as it has always been. And I know it's my job to protect people from them. And I've counted on that fact to give me faith in my ability to do what I do. I want that faith back. I need it back.

Links
Sara Stegall's review
Autumn Tysko's review
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Interlude by Syntax6 - a short, moving post episode.


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scully just after shooting donnie pfaster



Writer: Chip Johannessen
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: January 9th, 1999


Synopsis: Mulder and Scully travel to Illinois to investigate Pfaster's escape from prison. Also missing is the prison chaplain, Reverend Orison. (One of the interesting things about this episode is the play on words. 'Orison' literally means a prayer. It comes from the Latin 'oratio' meaning 'speech'. The Reverend even says at one point: 'His is the Word. I am but the Messenger who delivers it.') This episode, like Irresistible, is about faith, about Scully's faith. Once again she's targeted by Pfaster. This time she kills him


Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: He was evil, Mulder. I'm sure about that, without a doubt. But there's one thing that I'm not sure of.
MULDER: What's that?
SCULLY: Who was at work in me. Or what... what made me... what made me pull the trigger.
MULDER: You mean if it was God?
SCULLY: I mean... what if it wasn't?

Links
X-Files Wiki
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Anyone with a Gun by V. Salmone - Mulder and Scully in the aftermath
Atomic Split by Pteropod - beautiful and intimate
Exorcist Stairs by Elanor G - look, Wendy, a casefile!
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