06 June 2007

Season 5: Kitsunegari (5X08)

Writers: Vince Gilligan and Tim Minear
Director: Daniel Sackheim

When Robert Modell, aka Pusher uses his 'gift' to overcome an orderly and escapes from the Lorton Penitentiary. Mulder and Scully are called to Virginia to assist in his re-capture because of their first hand experience of Modell. The FBI agents and US marshals assembled are sceptical when Mulder explains that Modell is able to force his will on to others, and can make people harm themselves. When Nathan Bowman, the prosecutor who helped in Modell's conviction is found dead, his body covered in cerulean blue paint, the walls adorned with a Japanese ideogram, Kitsunegari meaning 'fox hunt', Mulder and Scully realise that Modell is playing his deadly game of cat and mouse once more.

When Modell appears to be targeting Linda Bowman, the prosecutors wife, they arrange for her to be taken to a safe house. Mulder believes that Modell is shadowing their ever move, he carries out a search of the surrounding area and spots Modell. But after Mulder confronts Modell, only for him to escape by forcing his will on Mulder, Mulder begins to doubt the extent of Modell's involvement in the prosecutor's death.

Scully is concerned that Mulder may be under Modell's influence, a concern shared by Assistant Director Skinner. Especially when Mulder pulls his gun on Linda Bowman accusing her of complicity in her husbands death. Skinner orders Mulder to hand in his weapon and go home. Leaving Skinner and Scully to stop Modell before he can take his revenge on Mulder.

As mentioned in the episode, 'Kitsune-gari' is Japanese for "Fox hunt" (with "Kitsune" meaning "fox", and "Gari" meaning "hunting").

Skinner: I just want to say you did a good job.
Mulder: How's that?
Skinner: Nobody could have figured this out but you. You knew it was Linda Bowman and not Modell. You were way ahead of me.
Mulder: I almost killed my partner.
Skinner: Mulder, despite that, you prevailed. You won her game.
Mulder: Then how come I feel like I lost?

Highlights from "Kitsunegari''

Episode Number: 105
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, January 4, 1998
Production Code: 5X08

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