The X-files

3X07 The Walk

Mulder and Scully investigate claims of torment by an invisible presence at a veterans hospital, which attacks loved ones and plagues the patients by thwarting their suicide attempts, prolonging their agony. The patients, all veterans of the Gulf War, are afraid of something which can find them no matter where they hide. They interview Lieutenant Colonel Stans, badly burned when he tried to commit suicide in a tub of boiling water. He tells them he has been tormented by a phantom soldier who will not let him die. The agents are approached by Captain Janet Draper who asks them to halt their investigation as any criminal investigation of military personnel must be conducted through military channels. Mulder and Scully are taken to see the commanding office General Callahan, who begrudges the FBI involvement. However later that evening he is visited by the phantom soldier. And when Captain Draper is found dead in the hospital swimming pool, Mulder and Scully are asked to investigate. Mulder tells General Callahan that if the attack follows the same pattern his family will be targeted next. A point proven when the general's son sees a strange man in the house. Finger prints identify the intruder as hospital orderly Quentin Freely, who is arrested. But he claims he is just the mailman for one of the patients quadruple amputee Leonard Trimble. Mulder entertains the notion that Trimble may be using remote telekinesis to harm those he holds responsible for his misfortune.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder: "Amputees sometimes feel the pain of phantom limbs, ghosts of hands still clenching, legs still aching. Is it not possible that Trimble developed a phantom soul, a manevelant psyche that took it's violent revenge on those he held accountable."

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Writer: John Shiban
Director: Rob Bowman

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Deryl Hayes Army Doctor
Don Thompson Lieutenant Colonel Stans
Beatrice Zeilinger Burly Nurse
Nancy Sorel Capt Draper
Thomas Kopache Gen Callahan
Williw Garson Quinton "Roach" Freely
Ian Tracey Sgt "Rappo" Trimble
Rob Lee Amputee
Pat Bermel Therapist
Brennan Kotowich Trevor Callahan
Andrea Barclay Mrs Callahan
Paul Dickson Uniformed Guard
Paula Shaw Ward Nurse
D Harlan Cutshall Guard

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