Director: David Nutter
Mulder and Scully are contacted by Cleveland Homicide Detective Alan Cross, after the discover of a woman, Lauren killed in a car. She is covered in a mucus like slime which breaks down her body to such an extent that Scully has nothing to autopsy. Test results on the residue reveal that the fat has been drained from her body. Mulder links the case to similar cases when woman were targeted after answering personal ads in a newspaper, who were killed in the same manner.
When he interviews the victims roommate, Jennifer, she explains that Lauren had gone on a date with a man she met on the Internet. Mulder examines the e-mail Lauren received and notes the use of rare Italian poems by the killer. He concludes that the killer is a professor or translator and Detective Cross puts together a list of suspects based on this information. When a prostitute is found murdered in the same way, flakes of sink under her nails from when she scratched the killer are examined and reveal a total lack of oils and fatty acid. Leading Mulder to conclude that the killer may not be killing for pleasure, but out of a need to replace essential fats and oils deficient in his system.
Mulder, Scully and Cross work through the list of possible suspects. Cross interviews freelance translator Virgil Incanto and notices his bandaged hand, but before he can arrest him he is killed. Mulder and Scully warn people on the local Internet Provider as they try to track him down before he claims another victim.
This episode received 14.83 million viewers.
During filming, Mulder and Scully's stand-ins inadvertently walked into the wrong condominium. They had to walk across a patio and through a door, but because all the doors looked the same, the pair accidentally stepped into the next-door neighbour's place while the couple entertained dinner guests.
When the body of the prostitute is discovered by her fellow colleague, she is on her back with the face 'melted'. When Mulder and Scully look at the body she is face down with her head turned to one side.
The Son: Don't you want to live forever?
Mulder: Not if drawstring pants come back in style.
Episode Number: 55
Season Number: 3
First Aired: Friday November 3, 1995
Production Code: 3X06