The X-files

5X09 Schizogeny

Agents Mulder and Scully travel to Coats Grove, Michigan to investigate after a teenage boy, Bobby Rich is accused of killing his stepfather. Bobby had an altercation with his stepfather Phil over his incomplete lawn work. Bobby threatened him with a shovel and then ran off, Phil gave chase in to the orchard near their home. Shortly afterwards Bobby's mother Patti found Phil buried up to his shoulders in mud with Bobby kneeling next to him. Scully's autopsy of Phil reveals he had twelve pounds of mud in his stomach, Scully speculates that Bobby dug the hole to trap Phil and an accomplice held his head down in the mud. They interview Bobby who claims to have been abused by Phil for many years. But Patti claims that Bobby was trying to help Phil escape from the mud, she also tells them that Bobby is under going psychological counselling for anger. Mulder and Scully pay a visit to Bobby's therapist, Karin Matthews. She explains that Bobby is a victim of physical abuse. Mulder expresses his opinion that Bobby did not kill his stepfather. Bobby tells a fellow student and another of Karin's patients, Lisa Baicchi about how he stood up to his tormentor Phil. Later that evening Lisa's father angrily tells her not to see Bobby anymore, Lisa stands up to him. Moments later her father smashes through the bedroom window and falls to his death. But evidence seems to indicate he was pulled out of the window, leading Mulder to believe there is a greater evil at work in the local community.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder: "Release for a victim who, unable to face up to her own past, was finally consumed by it."

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Writer: Jessica Scott
Mike Wollaeger
Director: Ralph Hemecker

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

Guest Cast:
Chad Lindberg Bobby Rich
Bob Dawson Phil Rich
Cynde Harmon Patti Rich
George Josef John Ramirez
Katharine Isabelle Lisa Baiocchi
Myles Ferguson Joey Agostino
Gardiner Millar Mr Baiocchi
Sarah-Jane Redmond Karin Matthews
Kate Robbins Lisa's Aunt
Gardinar Millar Mr Baiocchi
Christin Anton Teacher
Laurie Murdoch Coroner

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