|Original Airdate:||April 29, 1994|
|Written by:||Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa|
|Directed by:||Jerrold Freedman|
The agents investigate an eight year old girl who is associated with the killings of two policemen that Mulder suspects murdered her past reincarnation, police officer Charlie Morris.
When New York Detective Barbala is thrown through a second story window to his death, the only person in the room is an eight year old girl, Michelle Bishop. She claims to have seen another man in the room, the description she gives matches Charlie Morris, a policeman who was murdered by Triads nine years before. Judy Bishop, Michelle's mother tells them that Michelle is disturbed and under psychiatric care. Mulder and Scully question Tony Fiore, Charlie Morris' former partner, he is not very helpful and acts nervous. When Mulder and Scully leave he telephones a former policeman Len Felder and tells him about the FBI agents' visit. Fiore, Felder and Barbala were involved in Charlie Morris' death and the cover-up that followed. Later that night as Len Felder gets off a bus, the door closes trapping his scarf and he is dragged to his death. Sitting on the bus a few seats back is Michelle. Mulder and Scully find it more than a coincidence that Michelle was witness at two deaths in as many days. As they investigate they discover that Barbala, Felder, Fiore and Charlie Morris were involved in a drug deal shortly before Charlie Morris was murdered. Mulder also interviews Michelle's psychiatrist and discovers that Michelle mutilates dolls with the exact wounds that Charlie Morris had when he died. Mulder believes that Michelle is the reincarnation of Charlie Morris and holds the key to the solution not only of the current case but also a nine year old murder case.
- According to Howard Gordon, the main impetus for this episode's creation was "desperation".
- This episode features the first time that Mulder narrates the story; instead of seeing Scully typing computer reports and hearing her voice-over wrap-up, the audience sees Mulder writing longhand in a field journal and hears his summation of the plot at the episode's conclusion.
- This episode, dealing with reincarnation, did not meet the producers' self-imposed expectations, as many felt that its premise was too similar to soul transfer or possession themes dealt with in several episodes broadcast around the same time. Howard Gordon was also dissatisfied with the final product, believing it to be "a little too cop showy" for his liking.
- There is a major medical mistake in this episode. Scully deduces that Morris was drowned in seawater because he had bradycardia (low heart rate) brought on by a sudden increase in sodium levels. While an increase in sodium can cause bradycardia, it is by no means the only thing that can do it. However, the more glaring mistake here is that bradycardia cannot be tested for post-mortem, as it is generally quite difficult to take a dead person's pulse.
- Brian Markinson as Tony Fiore
- Mimi Lieber as Anita Fiore
- Maggie Wheeler as Det. Sharon Lazard
- Dey Young as Judy Bishop
- Andrea Libman as Michelle Bishop
- P. Lynn Johnson as Dr. Sheila Braun
- Leslie Carlson as Dr. Spitz
- Richard Sali as Felder
- Dwight Koss as Detective Barbala
- Peter Lapres as Harry Linhart
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