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7X07 Orison

Reverend Orison leads a service with a group of inmates in the chapel at the Marion maximum security penitentiary in Illinois. During the service his cries of "Glory, amen," are answered by the inmates stomping their feet in unison. Among the congregation is Donnie Pfaster. After the service one of the prisoners, Brigham catches his fingers in an electric saw while working in the garment machine shop. With the guards and other inmates attending to Brigham, Donnie Pfaster escapes. Mulder and Scully as the agents who caught Donnie Pfaster, a death fetishist, in the first place are called in to help track him down. Mulder suggests to Scully that she should remove herself from the case, considering her past history with Pfaster, but Scully is adamant that she should be with her partner. They interview Brigham, who is uninjured despite the accident that everyone witnessed, Brigham suggests it is a miracle. But Mulder recognises his use of of the phrase "Glory, amen," and the unconscious tapping of his feet as evidence of post hypnotic suggestion. Suspicion soon falls on the Reverend Orison, Mulder belives he has the ability through ancient chants to induce mass hypnosis, enabling the inmates to escape unnoticed. Reverend Orison believes he is making amends for the time in his life when he was acquitted for a murder that he did commit. However it appears there are wider implication to his actions. Donnie Pfaster abuses his freedom to hunt down the one victim who eluded him.

Noteworthy Quote

Marshall Daddo: "I happen to know you two agents have a particular forte-- a thing for... what is it called? The supernatural? Now, the circumstances of the escape...."

Scully: "I promise you there is nothing supernatural about this man. Donnie Pfaster is just plain evil!"

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Writer: Chip Johannessen
Director: Rob Bowman

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

Guest Cast:
Scott Wilson Orison
Nick Chinlund Donnie Pfaster
Steve Rankin US Marshal Daddo
Emilio Rivera Inmate Brigham
Lisa Kushell Lady in Red
Rick Cramer Guard
Tara Buck Blueberry
Irene Muzzy Waitress
Eric Buker US Marshall

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