Glen Morgan and James Wong
One of the most disturbing X-files
. It was so scary and graphic that this episode was banned from the air after it was aired for The X-files
It is a dark and stormy night
and a woman is in labor
in a old, wrecked house. She gives birth and three men, George, Edmund, and their brother Sherman take the baby out in the back and bury it. We can see that the brothers are grosely deformed
In a field nearby the next day, boys play baseball
. The ball is hit into the property of the Peacocks
, the people from before. Instead of retrieving the ball the boys get another ball and continue playing. The batter
realizes, while digging his foot in the ground, that he is stepping on blood. They see a small hand
sticking out of the earth.
Mulder, while playing with a baseball, watches the Peacock brothers who are on their porch about 200 m away. Scully examines th hole where the baby was found. Scully
her findings but Mulder is not listening, and is still playing with the ball. Mulder reminices about his childhood
A sheriff arives, sheriff Andy Taylor. They discuss suspects but Home, the town, is very small and everyone knows eachother. Mulder asks him about the family in the house, and Taylor says it belongs to the Peacock family who don't seem quite human. The town believes that both their parents had died in a car accident
. The Peacocks are self sufficent, grow their own crops and breed
their own animals. Taylor is very hesitant about talking to the Peacocks. They decide to look at the baby.
The three crowd into a washroom
since the station does not have a morgue or a lab room. Scully examines the baby which, to her description, appears to have every rare birth defect
known to science. Mulder and Scully are both shaken and sit on a bench to discuss what they have seen. They joke
slightly about their families. Scully believes that the birth of the child involved single polygenic mating, or inbreeding
. The now believe that a woman is held captive in the house and was forced to give birth.
The go to the Peacock
house. The find incriminating evidence in the house but can't find anyone there. We see a pair of eyes in the dark watching them.
In his home, Taylor talks to Scully on the phone saying that they have issued a warent for arrest for the brothers. After they hang up, Taylor finds his gun an puts it on his dresser
. That night the Peacock brothers get in their car with some clubs and bats.
Mulder and Scully say goodnight
to eachother at the hotel. Scully notices that the lock on Mulder's door is broken. In their own rooms they put chairs against their own doors
. The Peacock brother drive out with "Wonderful, Wonderful
" by Johnny Mathis
blasting from their car.
Taylor hears a noise in bed and tells his wife to hide under the bead and goes for a baseball bat. The brother enter and beat Taylor and find Mrs. Taylor and kill her too. They look at the bodies which were horribly beaten
. The lab tests on the baby come back and there are so many abnormalities
found the Scully thinks the lab screwed the tests up. Mulder suggests that a female Peacock is still alive but either way they have to arrest the men. Since Taylor was murdered, the believe that someone was in the house when Scully and Mulder were talking about the case. They decide to go to the house with another officer, Pastor.
In the Peacock house, the three brothers
gather around a woman who says that they look fine and that people will be coming to change things but they can't let them. Mulder, Scully, and Pastor prepare to enter the house and they see one brother outside carying a blunt object. Pastor goes a different
way saying that his uniform will take the attention so that Mulder and Scully can go around the back. Scully watches the front door from the back with binoculors
. Pastor, on his headseat
, tells them that he is going to enter but Scully sees a chord and tells him to stop. It is too late and an axe swings down and decapitate
s Pastor. We see the brothers swarm over the body.
Mulder and Scully unlock the pig pen and push the pigs out the get the brothers out of the house. When the brothers run outside, they make their way in, avioding
another trap. The find the woman under the bed on a wheeled table. She screams at them to go away. The bring the woman out, realizing that she is a quadriplegic
. The then realize that the woman is Mrs. Peacock. Mulder goes to check on the brothers and Scully tries to talk to Mrs. Peacock. Mrs. Peacock says she does not want to move and tells Scully the utmost pride
she has in her sons, that they'd do anything for her.
The brothers come back to the house finding it locked. Mulder yells to Scully and the brothers break in. George is ready to strike Mulder with a chair. Scully shoots George. Mulder turns around to see George fly back. Sherman continues to hit the door, making Mulder turn. George rushes Mulder as Sherman breaks through, pushing the table out of the way. Sherman helps George, trying to get Mulder's gun away as Scully tries to get a clear shot
. She takes it, firing eight times, hammering George. George drops the gun to the floor as he flies back, but quickly stands. Scully is out of bullets and incredibly confused. Sherman has Mulder in a chokehold
as George rushes him, but Mulder kicks him away. He then picks up a glass on the table and smashes it over Sherman's head, forcing him to release the hold. George nails Mulder and Sherman goes to get a weapon. Scully watches, horrified
Scully goes to the mother and Sherman follows but is killed by his own trap. Mulder and Scully find the mother gone, aswell as Edmund.
We see Edmund at his car. We hear Mrs. Peacock's voice say that they are going to start a new family and find a new home. Edmund closes the trunk with his mother in it and drives of, Wonderful, Wonderful" playing.
Scully (anoyed that Mulder is not listening to her) -- "Meanwhile, I've quit the FBI
and become a spokesperson for the Ab-Roller
Scully -- "Mulder, if you had to do without a cell-phone for two minutes you'd lapse into catatonic schizophrenia
Scully -- "Well, were there any local women who were pregnant
and now suddenly aren't?"
Mulder -- "Well, just find yourself a man with a spotless genetic makeup
and a really high tolerance
for being second-guessed and start pumping out the little uber-Scullies."
Scully -- "What about your family?"
Mulder -- "Well, aside from the need for corrective lenses and the tendency to be abducted by extraterrestrials
involved in an international governmental conspiracy
, the Mulder family passes genetic muster."
Mulder -- "Scully, I never saw you as a mother before..."
Scully -- "You still planning on making a home here?"
Mulder -- "Nah. Not if I can't get the Knicks game
Scully -- "Just as long as bundling infanticide
doesn't weigh into your decision... G'night Mulder."
Mulder -- "G'night mom..."
Mulder (getting the pigs out) -- "Scully, would you think less of me as a man if I told you I was kind of excited right now? There some secret farmer trick to get these things moving?"
Scully -- "I don't know. Naa-ram-ewe! NAA-RAAM-EEEWE!!!!"
Mulder -- "Yeah, that'll work."
Scully -- "I babysat my nephew
this weekend. He watches Babe
15 times a day!"
Mulder -- "And people call me spooky
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