12 April 2007

Season 3: The Walk (3X07)

Writer: John Shiban
Director: Rob Bowman

Mulder and Scully investigate claims of torment by an invisible presence at a veterans hospital, which attacks loved ones and plagues the patients by thwarting their suicide attempts, prolonging their agony. The patients, all veterans of the Gulf War, are afraid of something which can find them no matter where they hide. They interview Lieutenant Colonel Stans, badly burned when he tried to commit suicide in a tub of boiling water. He tells them he has been tormented by a phantom soldier who will not let him die.

The agents are approached by Captain Janet Draper who asks them to halt their investigation as any criminal investigation of military personnel must be conducted through military channels. Mulder and Scully are taken to see the commanding office General Callahan, who begrudges the FBI involvement. However later that evening he is visited by the phantom soldier. And when Captain Draper is found dead in the hospital swimming pool, Mulder and Scully are asked to investigate.

Mulder tells General Callahan that if the attack follows the same pattern his family will be targeted next. A point proven when the general's son sees a strange man in the house. Finger prints identify the intruder as hospital orderly Quentin Freely, who is arrested. But he claims he is just the mailman for one of the patients quadruple amputee Leonard Trimble. Mulder entertains the notion that Trimble may be using remote telekinesis to harm those he holds responsible for his misfortune.

Willie Garson, who plays Roach in this episode, returns as the luckiest man in the world Henry Weems in Season 7's ''The Goldberg Variation''.

General Callahan tells Mulder that the man he saw in his office said his name, but all he said was "Your time has come, Killer".

Mulder: You're a soldier. You knew what you were getting into when you enlisted. Now you want to blame everybody else. Why do you want to blame your COs?
Rappo: I blame him for what happened to all of us. You don't know what it was like... You sat home and watched the war on cable TV like it was a damn video game. You have no idea about the guys that died. About the blood... the sand. What it feels like when a hit comes. Thing is, you just don't care, do you? You got your crude oil. Just change that station, right? Killer got his prime time. LC got his fancy little medals. Now, take a good look at me, WHAT DID I GET?! Nobody knows how I feel. They took my life away.

Episode Number: 56
Season Number: 3
First Aired: Friday November 10, 1995
Production Code: 3X07

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