The X-files

4X05 The Field Where I Died

The Temple of the Seven Stars, a religious cult in Apison Tennessee, who believe in reincarnation are brought to the attention of the FBI after an informant calls with accusations of child abuse and weapons stockpiling. Fearing another Waco, the FBI raid the cult's compound but do not find any weapons, they also can not find the religious cult's charismatic leader Vernon Ephesian. Mulder acting on impulse searches a nearby field and discovers Vernon and his six wives about to commit suicide in a hidden bunker. Mulder finds himself strangely drawn to one of the wives, Melissa. The two agents take the cult members in to custody, but with no evidence of weapons of child abuse, they only have one day to interrogate them. Melissa it turns out is the informant who called the FBI and appears to suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder. It is one of her personalities that telephoned the FBI. But Mulder believe there might be more to it than that, that it could be evidence of past lives. Melissa changes to another identity, that of an American Civil War nurse Sarah Kavanaugh, she claims that she watched her fiancee Sullivan Biddle die in the field where Mulder found Vernon and his wives, that it was Mulder in a previous life. Mulder undergoes regression hypnosis and seems to confirm Melissa's account, however Melissa does not believe Mulder and refuses to co-operate. She is released along with Vernon and his other wives, and is later found among the dead in the cult's mass suicide.

Noteworthy Quote

Melissa to Mulder: "The 28th of November 1863....I was were you. This is the field where I watched you die!"

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Writer: Glen Morgan
James Wong
Director: Rob Bowman

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

Guest Cast:
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Skinner
Kristen Cloke Melissa Riedal-Ephesian
Michael Dobson Batf Agent
Michael Massee Vernon Ephesian
Les Gallagher The Attorney
Doug Abrahams Harbaugh
Donna White The Therapist
Anthony Harrison Special Agent Riggins
Douglas Roy Dack Mighty Man

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