The X-files

8X04 Patience

Scully stares at Mulder's nameplate on his desk in the X-files basement office, she is interrupted by voices outside, Doggett enters with two other agents, seeing Scully's glare he dismisses them. Doggett comments on the lack of desks in the office but Scully tells him it is Mulder's office, they are only using it for a while. She shows Doggett slides of two homicides in Burley, Idaho a husband and wife were killed and human bites were discovered on their bodies. They travel to the crime scene to investigate and are met by Detective Abbott, who believes the couple were the victims of an animal attack and dismisses Scully's theory that the couple were attacked by a human accordingly. However even Doggett believes that a human was involved after he finds prints. However Scully discounts his idea that it is the work of a deranged killer with a deformed foot, when she finds evidence that part of the victims bodies appear to have been regurgitated and nail marks on the porch indicate something had been hanging there. At the morgue Scully notes that the scratches on the victims bodies match with those found on their porch. And when the lab reports reveal that the saliva found on the couple contains an Enzyme found only in bats, Scully leaps to the conclusion that they are on the trail of a human bat. With possible links to a 40 year old case when Doggett later produces a newspaper article from 1956 about a human bat reportedly shot by hunters following the murder of several people.

Notewothy Quote

Doggett: "The more basic answer is what we're dealing with here is simply a man. A psychotic killer with a deformed foot. You're familiar with the principle of Occam's Razor?"

Scully: "Yeah. You take every possible explanation and you choose the simplest one. Agent Mulder used to refer to it as, 'Occam's Principle of Limited Imagination'."

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Chris Carter

Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Robert Patrick Special Agent John Doggett

Guest Cast:
Bradford English Detective Abbott
Gary Bullock Tall George
Annie O'Donnell Elderly Woman
Eve Brenner Little Old Lady
Jim Swanson Swanny Swanson
Brent Sexton Gravedigger
Bryan Rasmussen Sheriff's Deputy
Dan Leegant Myron Stefuniak
Gene Dynarski Ernie Stefuniak
Jay Caputo The Bat Thing

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