A wonderful episode.
experiences a series of vivid dreams that lead him to the discovery of the
of a murdered child. Mulder is shaken, recognizing the M.O. of
serial killer John Lee Roche, one of the first killers Mulder profiled
. Between 1979 and
1990, Roche abducted girls between the ages of 8 and 10 from their homes, strangled
them, and cut a heart-shaped
piece of fabric from their clothes as a trophy
captured, Roche confessed to 13 murders. Mulder fears that this discovery means there
are more victims than those Roche had admitted
to. When the girl is identified, it proves
that Roche began his crimes as early as 1975. Another clue from the dream helps Mulder
locate where the killer hid his trophies. He finds a total of 16 hearts, and realizes there
are two more unknown victims
and Mulder interview Roche in jail
. He won't tell them about the missing children
and toys with their questions
. Oddly, he comments that he understands why Mulder is
taking the case personally. His meaning becomes clear with Mulder's next dream.
Mulder goes back in time to the terrifying night in 1973 when his sister Samantha
abducted--except the creature who bursts through door is not an alien
--it is Roche.
Mulder tries to get the truth from Roche, who claims that he sold a vacuum
to Mulder's father before Samantha's disappearance
. When Roche won't answer Mulder directly, Mulder becomes enraged
Roche in the face.
Scully, who witnessed Mulder's loss of control, tries to convince him the dreams
nothing but images from his subconscious
. She is certain that Roche is only cleverly
Mulder's emotions. Mulder always believed Samantha was abducted by
aliens, and now he doesn't know what to believe. His fears seem confirmed when, in the
of his family home, Mulder discovers the same model of vacuum that Roche
claimed Mulder's father bought for his mother.
finds out Mulder struck Roche, he denies Mulder further access to the
. Yet Skinner is sympathetic
when Mulder tells him his fears about Samantha,
and finally allows Mulder interview
Roche again, as long as Scully keeps an eye on
Mulder finally agrees to give Roche what he had been [demanding
: the heart trophies he
cut out of pajamas
of his victims. Now, Mulder demands to know the truth about
Samantha. Roche's description of the night Samantha was abducted
is exactly the same
as Mulder remembers. He refuses to tell Mulder if one of the cloth hearts was taken from
Samantha's clothing. Instead, he makes Mulder choose one of the hearts at random
tells them where to find the body. Another body is discovered--it's not Samantha.
When Mulder and Scully
return, Roche is fully in control. Refusing to divulge
more unless he's taken to the scene of the crime. Scully can't stand to listen anymore,
and makes Mulder leave with her. She insists that Roche is playing
Willing to risk everything to find out the truth about his sister's abduction, Mulder makes
a difficult decision. Without notifying
Scully or Skinner, he releases Roche from jail and
takes him to his childhood
home in Martha's Vineyard
. Inside the house, Roche
describes everything in great detail--except, Mulder says they are in the wrong house
He has tricked Roche by deliberately taking him to a house 6 miles away from his
childhood home. Now he now knows Roche has been lying all along
. Mulder guesses
that his extensive knowledge of Roche enabled Roche to get into his head saying, "I
profiled you...maybe some connection was created between us. And through it, you
pilfered my memories of Samantha."
Mulder plans to return Roche to jail the next morning
. In the motel, he has one final
dream of Samantha -- and wakes up to find himself bound in his own handcuffs
Skinner and Scully pounding on the motel room
door. Roche is missing; and so are
Mulder's FBI badge
and his gun
. With Mulder's ID
, Roche tracks down the whereabouts
of Caitlin, a little girl he had spotted on their flight to Boston
. Mulder shoulder's all the
blame for placing Caitlin in such horrific danger
. And he admits to Scully that she was
right. Roche was just playing him.
Mulder's knowledge of Roche pays off when he correctly identifies where Roche took
the girl. He shoots Roche to save Caitlin's life...still plagued
by the doubts Roche planted
about Samantha's fate.
Mulder -- "So you think that I've somehow had this information about a fourteenth victim
all the time and I've been processing it unconsciously
Scully -- "You said it yourself once. You said that a... a dream is an answer to a question we haven't learned how to ask. You did good work, Mulder. Let's identify
this girl so we can put her to rest."
Mulder -- "He was there, Scully. He was in the house. He took Samantha
Scully -- "In your dream, Mulder. It was a dream. Your mind made it up."
Mulder -- "A dream is an answer to a question we haven't yet figured out how to ask, right? Something buried in your subconsciousness
. You heard him in there, he knew something. He mentioned being on Martha's Vineyard
Scully -- "I had left Agent Mulder for the day. I suggested that he get some sleep. Sir, I have a clear idea of where he might have gone and I am sure that I can catch up with him
Skinner -- "I'll be the one to catch up with him. Where's he headed?"
Scully -- "Martha's Vineyard. And I would hope that you'd appreciate the uniqueness
of this situation and it's effect on Agent Mulder
Skinner -- "No, I fully understand the effect it has on him, Agent Scully
. As I recall, that was the sum and total of my last words to you on the subject. You let me down
. Let's clean up this mess before it gets completely out of hand."
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