07 March 2007

Season 1: Miracle Man (1X17)

Writers: Howard Gordon and Chris Carter
Director: Michael Lange

Sheriff Daniels of Kenwood, Tennessee requests Mulder and Scully's assistance following the deaths of a number of people touched by a local faith healer. Reverand Calvin Hartley is a local preacher who runs the Miracle Ministry, his adopted son Samuel is a faith healer who cures the sick during the services. Sheriff Daniels believes that Samuel possesses a 'touch of death' and is responsible for the deaths. The agents interview Reverend Hartley who refutes any complicity in the recent deaths, he defends Samuel's healing abilities. Samuel is involved in a bar brawl and arrested, Sheriff Daniels charges him with suspicion of murder.

Even Samuel believes he is responsible, that he has sinned and so God has polluted his 'gift'. He pleads with the judge to keep him in prison so he will not have to heal anyone else, but the judge releases him on bail. Mulder and Scully interview Samuel, who is resigned to the fact that his gift of healing has been taken from him. Following the interview Mulder is plagued by visions of his long lost sister Samantha which begins to affect his behaviour and alarms Scully.

After the death of Multiple Sclerosis suffer, Margaret Hohman while being healed by Samuel during a service. All evidence points to Samuel being responsible, he is arrested and later found beaten to death in his cell. But when an autopsy on Margaret Hohman reveals she was poisoned, suspicion falls on Leonard Vance, a badly burned fire victim resurrected by Samuel ten years before.

When Scully reads through the list of diseases that have been healed by Samuel one of them is 'spontaneous remission of metastatic cancer', which is exactly what will happen to her five years in the future.

I was raised a Catholic. I have a certain... familiarity with the scripture. And God never lets the Devil steal the show.
Mulder: You must've really liked The Exorcist.
Scully: One of my favorite movies.

Episode Number: 18
Season Number: 1
First Aired: Friday March 18, 1994
Production Code: 1X17

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