Vivian Mayhew and Valerie Mayhew
This is a creepy episode
about plastic surgery gone bad...
At the Aesthetic Surgery Unit of Chicago
's Greenwood, one patient
thought to be undergoing a scalp-reduction
dies a grisly death
, when Dr. Lloyd
and performs a violent liposuction
sucks the life blood
out of the man.
are called in to investigate the doctor's unusual defense: demonic
. Scully logically assumes the doctor's sleeping pill addiction
psychotic break. When Mulder discovers evidence of a pentagram
--an occult symbol of
protection-- on the floor of the operating room, he concludes that some kind of magic is
at work. Scully is dubious
. Another surgeon goes into an uncontrollable
frenzy, using a laser to burn through the flesh of a patient's face . Mulder discovers the
mark of the pentagram on this body as well -- placed there by Nurse Waite, a practicing
Dr. Franklyn admits that Nurse Waite worked at the clinic
ten years earlier when similar
deaths had occurred. Scully and Mulder search her house, finding a spooky
, herbs and witchy objects. But Nurse Waite is gone. She's lying in wait
for Dr. Franklin; submerged in a tub full of gore in his bathroom. Her sneak knife attack
fails, and she's arrested
Before Nurse Waite can explain herself to Mulder, she dies horribly
, in what Mulder
recognizes from Nurse Waite's occult books as a classic case of death by hex
Mulder believes that Waite was trying to protect the patients. We see Dr. Franklyn levitate
a few feet above his bed.
Putting all the clues together, Mulder deduces that Franklyn is a black magician
with the sin of vanity
, Franklyn transforms his looks beyond the limits of surgery: using
sorcery and human sacrifice
. Ten years ago, he had escaped suspicion. Today, he
manages to escape even Mulder. Mulder is too late to stop the final sacrifice that
completes the spell. Dr. Franklyn slices off his own face, to disappear again
Franklyn, now Dr. Hartman is welcomed aboard at a Los Angeles cosmetic surgery clinic
Scully -- "Well, if it’s that simple, why don’t you put out an APB
for someone riding a broom and wearing a tall black hat?"
Mulder -- "You jest
, Scully, but there’s a good chance that this hex or ritual or whatever it is, may not be finished."
Mulder -- "Probable cause
Scully -- "On the suspicion of being a witch?"
Scully -- "What could she have been doing in here?"
Mulder -- "Probably not tax returns
Mulder -- "Well, according to this book people throughout history have coughed up all kinds of things from cue balls
without any explanation of how they got there."
Mulder -- "Everybody wants to be beautiful
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