3×11- Revelations

by Red Ranger

We open on a preacher giving a sermon about God testing our faith. He uses an anecdote about a little girl being told by her brother that Moses didn’t part the Red Sea, instead it parted of high winds and strong ocean currents. I have to commend the brother for using science to explain it but he still believes that it completely parted long enough for all those people to go through? And, yes, I am holding such high standards to a little kid. That’s probably why social services always take my kids away on the Sims. Anyways, the good reverend goes on to say that most people invest themselves in science and cynicism. Hmm, that couldn’t be referring to anyone we know could it? Nah.

Ok, I have to pause for a moment because I can’t get over how bushy this guy’s eyebrows are! Seriously, we’re talking Peter Gallagher worthy eyebrows! They’re pointed outward! I don’t know if I can concentrate on what is going on in the scene anymore. They just keep distracting me.

So, while Eyebrows keeps talking, the camera keeps cutting to this one guy in the audience. And because the show loves to put a big neon arrow above the bad guy in the beginning, we know he’s going to be the bad guy of the episode. Eyebrows says we need to believe in miracles then suddenly ketchup blood starts gushing out of his closed fists. The entire congregation is WTF? If I were them I would have asked to see his hands, but I guess that would make me the so called cynic he was talking about.

It’s after the sermon and Eyebrows is loosening his tie as he comes into his…Hollywood style dressing room?? Seriously, this guy has a mirror with those Hollywood lights encompassing the frame. I guess we all know where all the money from the collection plate has disappeared to. And to top it all off, he starts using moisturizer for the bags under his eyes. You’d think if he was going to moisturize he’d do something about those eyebrows. But I think the main point of that was to show us he has no wounds from his stigmatic bleeding earlier. Although, I’m not sure how anyone would be surprised considering he has his own Hollywood dressing room! He’s basically an actor anyway.

As he continues to moisturize, the door opens to – surprise, surprise, the guy the camera kept cutting to in the beginning scene. The guy stands creepily in the back corner but makes his way closer to Eyebrows as he talks about how impressed he was with the sermon. The look on Eyebrows face says: ‘I think I’ll forget about hiring a personal make up artist and look into bodyguards instead!’ And of course, creepy guy attacks Eyebrows and holds him up with one hand against the wall while burning Eyebrow’s neck. Appropriately, Eyebrows says ‘Oh my God,’ while we watch as blood drops on his white pleather shoes.

Credits. Good times. Is it me or has anyone else wondered if DD and GA signed the FBI badges themselves? Probably not but it’d be pretty awesome if they did.

Finally, we get to see our beloved dynamic duo. Scully is examining Eyebrows’ body and comments that his neck looks like it has rope or fabric burn but it is odd there is so much blood. Mulder kneels down saying Eyebrows exhibited stigmata during his sermon and has that look on his face when it comes to all religious cases – he thinks it’s bullshit. He proves as much by – get this – dipping his finger in the pool of “blood” and TASTING it. I know he realized it wasn’t real blood but he didn’t know WHAT that shit was. It could have been contaminated with anything! Gross. I’m surprised he didn’t just smell it like he normally does with goop like that. I’m kind of more disappointed in Scully that she didn’t immediately realize it wasn’t real blood because that shit doesn’t even have the same consistency.

Mulder goes on to say it has too much sugar and that it’s fake. I can’t stop looking at Mulder’s lips and not in a good way. He looks like a vampire. Rawr! He then proceeds to unbutton Eyebrows’ shirt to reveal the fake system that was used to cause the “stigmata” earlier and says it’s just like the others. This piques Scully’s interest as Mulder says he’s been following the murderers of religious peoples who have claimed to be stigmatics but have all been frauds. Using her Catholic school girl knowledge, Scully says there are always supposed to be 12 stigmatics in the world to represent the Apostles. Mulder thinks that it’s some disgruntled psycho who wants to expose these charlatans or someone who hates the church. I have to wonder why they’re there at all. This doesn’t sound anything like an X-File and I wonder what Mulder’s interest in it is if he thinks they’re all fakes.

Cut to a bustling classroom at Ridgeway Elementary School in Ohio. While a teacher tells the class she hopes they studied for today’s quiz, a boy prepares spit wads. Said boy is played by none other than Kevin Zegers of Air Bud and Transamerica fame! And, yes, an exclamation point was required since I find him quite pleasing to the eye (as an adult of course). The children bitch when they hear they have a quiz today while Kevin shoots the spit wad at a red haired young lady. I bet he liiiiiiiiiiiiikes her. He gets caught by the teacher who decides he should share his “gift” of numbers with the rest of the class. The kids all laugh while he gets this smug look on his face like he’s a BAMF. The teacher asks him if he even knows the division sign and tells him to divide 11 into 170. As he’s writing it out on the chalk board, his hands start the shake and the chalk makes a screeching sound. AGH! THAT SOUND! My teeth are in agony. Kevin then proceeds to drop the now bloodied chalk and turns around to show his hands have small nail sized holes in them and are bleeding profusely.

Mulder and Scully arrive at the school to be told that Kevin’s social worker read a FBI alert and called them immediately. I wonder what that alert specifically said. Don’t fake stigmata or you’ll be meeting God soon enough! The social worker says Kevin had bleeding from his hands and feet last year and his dad was arrested for child abuse and was institutionalized because he held Kevin hostage claiming Kevin was chosen by God. Scully looks really pretty here. Her hair is some where in between the poofiness of season one and two and slowly getting to the classic Scully look we all know and love.

While Mulder talks off screen with the social worker, Scully moseys over to Kevin to look at his hands. She introduces herself as Dana Scully sans the Special Agent. Aw, she’s going into her motherly mode. Scully asks him how he got the cuts on his hands and he accuses her of wanting him to say his dad did it. He goes on to say he doesn’t feel good and Scully feels of his forehead and asks if the nurse took his temperature. The nurse has this tone like “Who are you to make me look like I’m not doing my job, bitch!?” The nurse gives him a mouth thermometer while Scully tells him he’s a brave boy and doesn’t have anything to be afraid of. Except a crazy man/demon who thinks you need to be killed.

Mrs. Kryder comes rushing into the school and is perplexed as to why the FBI was called. Mulder tells her people may be targeting people like Kevin. Naturally, Mrs. Kryder asks what people. Mulder says people who exhibit wounds that others could see as having religious significance. Meanwhile, the reading on the thermometer keeps rising and eventually it gets so high it bursts the end of the cap off. The nurse asks what was that and of course, as any kid would, Kevin insists he didn’t do anything. Ah, remember that age when anything bad happened you would be like it wasn’t me!

Back outside of the classroom, Mrs. Kryder doesn’t believe anything Mulder is saying and suggests he just got hurt on the playground. Yeaaaaaaaaah. Well, kids do have a tendency to crucify each other, maybe this place takes it way too literally. The social worker wants to put Kevin back into a shelter which makes Mrs. Kryder think they’re accusing her of doing it to Kevin. Mrs. Kryder rightly gets pissed and stalks off. Afterwards, the social work dead pans to Mulder, “I love my job.” Ha, that reminds me of a cousin of mine who got a degree in Psychology and went into the social work field and when she found out that I was getting a Pysch degree as well she was like DON’T DO IT! In response, I gave her a Scully eyebrow or tried to. I’m not very adept at my eyebrow movements as GA is.

Scully comes out to confirm Kevin’s hands were definitely cut and Mulder says he doesn’t know what else they can do since Kevin’s in protective custody now. Scully says they still don’t know how Kevin’s hands were cut and Mulder suggests that he did it to himself because his dad was taken away. Ok, this still makes no sense as to why they’re investigating this case. I know Mulder is supposed to be the skeptic whenever there are religious cases but usually there is at least a legitimate supernatural reason he’s investigating something but he doesn’t think anything paranormal is going on. Anyways, Scully thinks they should go question the dad and Mulder acts like that’s a waste of time because the guy is in an institution but Scully thinks the dad might know something about who’s after Kevin.

Mental Hospital. Mr. Kryder is creepily looking out the window and tells Mulder and Scully that Kevin is bleeding again. Scully asks how does he know and he responds, “Because the faithful know.” Ooooor, he probably assumed something was up when he was told the FBI wanted to meet with him. Mulder tells him he put his son in danger and Mr. Kryder says his son was in danger since he was born because They have been watching him. Mulder exasperatedly asks who They are. They turn out to be the forces of darkness. Maybe Darth Vader is after Kevin. Now THAT would be an interesting turn of events. He and Eddie Van Blundht as Luke could duel it out! Mr. Kryder says They will come in the form of a powerful and respected man and They are here to claim all souls. It’s going to be the Great War between good and evil. DUN DUN DUN. My Darth Vader theory is sounding more and more legit. Scully eyebrows and states “Armageddon?” Mr. Kryder gets super close to Scully and says God will stop it by finding someone strong enough to do so. Hmmm, you don’t think it could be Scully do you? I mean it’s not like he’s looking RIGHT AT HER or anything. Mulder and Scully start to leave but Mr. Kryder says to find the truth you must come full circle. Scully doesn’t know what that means and he says she will. You ever wonder why these psychics/prophets/etc always have to be so CRYPTIC?

At the children’s shelter, Kevin is telling a ghost story and this other kid who looks like he’s scared shitless asks what it looks like. I guess in case he ever runs into it. Although if I saw some kind of mutant monster thing I’d haul ass the other way no matter what it looked like. Kevin describes it as looking like the Devil and is bald. And what do you know? A guy comes bursting through the door that looks exactly like the mutant Kevin JUST described. When Devil Guy comes through the door all of the kids haul ass like any sane person would and Kevin just sits there.

Kevin’s been abducted by Devil guy and Mulder is asking the kids questions. He doesn’t seem to believe them. Scully, meanwhile goes over to Kevin’s bed and notices a bloody hand print. Mrs. Kryder then comes in and Scully has to tell her Kevin’s been taken. The mom is pissed because Scully said that she would protect him and he would be safe. Scully looks down at her feet dejectedly. She doesn’t have a good track record at keeping little boys safe, unfortunately. Mulder comes over to get Scully and says the composite they got looks like Homer Simpson’s evil twin. Haha, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an X-File about the time they went to Springfield and Mr. Burns was the “alien?”

Scully says that this isn’t the killer because it doesn’t fit the M.O. Mulder says none of the other victims were 10 year old boys. Mrs. Kryder comes over and Mulder shows her the composite sketch comments he doesn’t know how accurate it is. In other words, he thinks those kids have no idea what they really saw. But, to their surprise, Mrs. Kryder recognizes the man as their gardener named Owen. Guess that’s why Kevin didn’t run away when he came in.

At Kidnapping Headquarters, Owen shows Kevin some animal wood carvings he made. Kevin says this is great and all but WHEN CAN HE GO HOME!? Owen tells him there’s no reason to be afraid and that he’s been watching him. Yeaaaaaah, because watching him doesn’t sound like he’s a pedophile AT ALL. Kevin just wants to go home but Owen yells at him that it’s not safe. Kevin is starting to suspect maybe this guy isn’t as cool as he seemed. Owen keeps going on about how he’s Kevin’s friend and that he’s his guardian angel. Suddenly, they hear a car come up and it’s our dynamic duo. Owen tells Kevin not to say a word. If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is. Owen grabs his shot gun to “take care” of Mulder and Scully. I know Owen’s not the bad guy in all of this but if that was me I’d be, ‘you’re fucking crazy.’

Mulder and Scully both burst through the door with their guns aimed at Owen. Owen slowly puts his shot gun down and tells Scully not to hurt him. Scully sees the attic door swing swaying and goes half way up the stairs to look for Kevin but next thing we know she’s back with Mulder asking where Kevin is. She didn’t even LOOK for him! Good FBI skills there. Although she could have and we “just didn’t see it.” Not as if that would be a novel thing on this show. Mulder asks if he hurt Kevin and Owen says he was sent by God to protect him. Scoffing heavily, Mulder snarks that it must’ve been one hell of a long distance phone call. Owen insists someone must protect him and Mulder replies, “Or what? It’s the end of the world as we know it?” Damn it Mulder! I have that song stuck in my head now! Mulder demands Owen tell him where Kevin is. Owen turns to Scully and says she must believe him because of the cross she wears. I don’t know how many people religious or not would believe you if you had KIDNAPPED a boy. Scully says her religious convictions aren’t the issue but Owen insists they are because the only way to help Kevin is if she believes. Mulder walks to the back of the room and snarks some more about this is why he sleeps in on Sunday. Owen starts going into this whole spiel about why Scully’s not a good Christian and he is because he doesn’t question God’s word at all. I have to wonder how he knows FOR SURE that it is God talking to him and not the Devil or his own mind. He says he just wants to go to heaven. That’s the only reason he’s doing this for? Jeez, so much for just wanting to save a little boy’s life and all.

Owen gets up still handcuffed and jumps out of the attic window. I’ve always thought that they make it seem so easy to jump out of a closed window on TV. I mean it looks so thick and if you did it in real life you would just slam into and fall backwards. Well, at least I would. Owen wriggles around on the ground and breaks the chain of the handcuffs with just his own strength. Mulder makes chase but when he gets outside Owen has mysteriously disappeared.

Somehow, Kevin has made his way back to his house. By this point it’s dark, did no one see a little boy walking by himself? I mean come on. Kevin calls out for his mom but no one seems to be home. During all of this, the bad guy is ringing the door bell! Way to be discreet. Bad Guy decides to just burn off the door knob instead. He starts calling out that he knows Kevin is there. He just keeps impressing me with those cunning skills of his. Bad guy notices the closet open and checks inside. Kevin is in the hamper basket but Bad Guy has at least enough intelligence to check in there. Just as Bad Guy is about to attack Kevin, Owen comes to his rescue and tells Kevin to run as Bad Guy is burning Owen’s throat off. Luckily, he runs straight into Mulder and tells him the Bad Guy is upstairs. Naturally, Scully is left to comfort the boy because when have you ever seen Mulder stay behind to comfort anyone while Scully chases down the bad guy. Mulder goes upstairs but only finds Owen dead. Downstairs, Scully looks at Kevin’s bleeding hands when he asks her if she’s the one who is supposed to protect him. Her mouth drops in surprise. Although maybe Kevin is just thinking about what his dad had been saying all this time.

Autopsy. Yay! I love when Scully is in autopsy garb. For anyone normal person, lab coats and scrubs would be unflattering but Scully pulls it off marvelously. But, hey, we’ve all seen her pull off way worse. She’s examining the burns on his neck but notices something odd and sees a pattern in the burns that could be a finger print. To befuddle her even more, she comments that it’s been 14 hours since death but rigamortis has yet to set in and he still has a temp of 98 degrees. Mulder walks in and asks “Any revelations.” Way to work in the title of the episode, writer (Which by the way is actually a woman, shocking I know.).

Oh man this next line from Scully is hilarious. “Mulder, would you do me a favor? Would you smell Mr. Jarvis?” Considering Mulder’s tendency to smell any kind of goop on him, I suppose it’s not such a big leap. Mulder looks at her oddly for a brief second but complies. This is love, y’all. Smelling a dead corpse for the person you love. Mulder doesn’t smell anything and Scully gets a worried look that she might be imagining smelling a floral scent coming from the body. Fun fact: Did you know that 60% of people can’t smell the almond scent of cyanide because of genetic factors and some coroners can miss cyanide poisoning because of it. And yes, I learned that from Dr. G on the Discovery Health Channel. Who says you don’t learn anything from TV!

Scully explains why she asked if Owen smelled like flowers – in Catechism (thank you Google for telling me how to spell that!) she learned of something called the “Incorruptibles” whose bodies didn’t decay and smelled like flowers. And get this, Mulder replies with “You’re serious?” Is HE serious? How many times has Scully indulged his theories that were ten times more ludicrous than this? Scully lists off a couple of saints who have exhibited similar characteristics and Mulder jokes that she’s suggesting that this is Saint Owen. Scully honestly doesn’t know. Mulder tells Scully that the stories she told have been proven to be fabrications. Arg, Mulder, you’re totally losing points with me here. You’re the pot calling the kettle black. And to top it all off, Mulder asks Scully yet again if she really believes all of that. Says the man who would go chase Big Foot off a dubious tip. I think the concept of having Scully as the believer and Mulder as the skeptic is an interesting one but I just hate the fact that most of the time it’s because it’s something that’s claimed to be by God so automatically Scully must end up believing it to be true.

Scully goes on to say that she believes that God can create miracles. Mulder counters with “even if science can’t explain it?” Scully tells him maybe that’s what faith is. All of this shouldn’t seem like news to Mulder. Mulder has faith just in that the supernatural exists unless it’s claimed to be caused by God. He goes on to tell Scully that it’s causing her judgment to be skewed and that maybe these are just fanatics acting fanatically. I think Mulder’s pot keeps getting blacker and blacker. Mulder accuses the religious fanatics of giving the “bona fide paranoiacs” like himself a bad name. So, wait, religious fanatics give people who are super paranoid a bad name? It’s not like either group sound so much better than the other. Also, the “blood” we saw on Eyebrows was ketchup, by the way. Man, Scully is looking PISSED, even more so when Mulder says she’ll come to the same conclusion that this guy is a fraud. I’d be fucking pissed too considering the shit Scully puts up with.

At the forensics lab, the prints Scully found belong to one of the richest men in the south. Ted Turner? Actually, it’s some guy from Atlanta named Simon Gates. I think I’ll call him Ted anyway. Side note: Whoo! Represent for Georgia! … Although, I probably shouldn’t be happy since the guy is a killer. Scully notices that he’s a “powerful and respected man” just like the prophecy says. Mulder says Ted has something called Jerusalem Syndrome that makes people come back thinking they’re anything from Jesus to the Devil. Scully tells Mulder that still doesn’t explain how the finger prints got burned into Owen’s skin. Mulder conveniently gets a call that a social worker took Kevin out to lunch but someone else saw him at the exact same time with his mother. This causes Scully to finally give Mulder her WTF look.

Mrs. Kryder’s car is broken down and Kevin keeps beeping the horn. How nice of him. Someone pulls over to help his mom but Kevin can’t see who it is. Of course, it’s Ted. Ted takes off the burning hot radiator cap without getting burned and this causes Mrs. Kryder to think this dude is fucked up. Maybe demons need to take a lesson in subtly because this one surely sucks. Ted chastises her for not saying thank you but she knows he’s up to no good and asks what he wants. He says she knows what he wants. Somehow Kevin is across the street and calls out to Ted to stop him from hurting his mom. Ted chases after Kevin but then suddenly Kevin gets out of the car! Clone Kevin keeps running and falls into some bushes only to disappear. And instead of driving away like a SANE PERSON, Mrs. Kryder chases Ted and runs him down with her car. Unfortunately when they start to get away, Mrs. Kryder passes out causing them to almost crash into some cement block things but Kevin turns the wheel at the last moment to go into a ditch.

Mulder and Scully arrive at the scene and we learn that Mrs. Kryder died. Aw! Scully goes into comforting mode when Kevin blames himself. She tells him his mom was only trying to protect him and he asks why does Ted want to hurt him. Scully insists she can protect him and Kevin deduces that Ted wants to hurt him because he’s different. Anyone else think that this totally seems like a conversation William and Scully would have if she didn’t give him up to Ma and Pa Kent? It’s eerie. Scully goes to Mulder and wants to keep Kevin with them but insists she’s not getting personally involved. Whatever you tell yourself to get to sleep at night Scully. Mulder tells Scully that Ted registered the car he was driving under the name Forau who was one of the Devil’s disciples. The Devil had disciples? This is news to me. Only a few yards away Ted is in the ditch staring at the cops. Oh come on, didn’t the cops check the perimeter!? Sounds like the cops in my town.

Westward Inn. Scully runs Kevin a bath. Awww, how cute. Alright, I have to say it. Kevin could totally pass as an older William – blue eyes and dark hair. This scene makes me think of Mulder and Scully parenting William on the lam while trying stop the alien invasion. A Scully-Mulder family vacation. I can see it now, a family portrait with alien ships crashing in the background. It can be a magnet on their fridge! Plus, that whole conversation Scully and Kevin just had totally helps my case!

Kevin starts lifting up his shirt to take it off when Scully notices what looks like something has sliced Kevin’s side. A little shaken, Scully tells him she’ll be outside the door. Mulder laments to Scully that she never draws his bath. Scully doesn’t even bother to raise an eyebrow at this. She tells Mulder about the cut on Kevin, and Mulder tries to explain it by saying he was just in an accident. But Scully tells him that it wasn’t there when he was examined by the paramedics. I have to wonder, do none of this wounds hurt? It seems like if you were bleeding from the hands and feet you’d be in a lot of pain.

Scully starts saying that all of his wounds are like the wounds of Jesus, in which Mulder tries to insist isn’t true. And finally, FINALLY, Scully calls Mulder on his shit. “How is it that you can go out on a limb when there’s a light in the sky but you’re unwilling to accept the possibility of a miracle!?” Mulder gets defensive that he waits for a miracle everyday but says the only thing that is being tested here is his patience. Retorting back, Scully asks him “What about what I’ve seen?”

Meanwhile, Kevin is preparing for his bath when Ted burns through the iron bars on the bathroom window. Mulder and Scully hear a sound in the bathroom, and Scully asks through the door if Kevin’s ok. Scully tries to enter but it’s locked; she says she didn’t lock it. Mulder kicks the door open to find Kevin gone. Why didn’t Kevin scream? I mean he had to have noticed when the guy was trying to climb through the window.

Outside of the motel where Ted entered the bathroom, Mulder says they must’ve had some kind of torch device to heat up the iron bars. Scully implies that couldn’t have been possible since she was out of the room for no more than two minutes. Nevertheless, she wants to go back and talk to Kevin’s father. Mulder thinks that is crazy because he thinks the guy is a nutcase.

At the mental institution, Scully shows Mr. Kryder a picture of Ted. He doesn’t recognize Ted and says it’s because he’s a “little” foggy right now. Mulder’s reading his medical chart and his face says it all. They’ve doped poor Mr. Kryder up. Scully looks at the chart as well and slams it down when she knows their only lead is gone. She tries to ask him what the whole coming full circle to find the truth meant but he can’t tell his hand from his ass at this point.

Mulder gets a call that Ted tried to register another car under the name Forau again at the airport but Scully is too busy looking at something to pay attention. She points at a recycling bin that as a recycling circle on it. Somehow, she makes the connection that Ted has a recycling plant near here and that’s where he’s going to take Kevin. Our Scully is a smart one because no way I would have figured that one out. Mulder insists that Ted has already killed Kevin and is trying to escape. Scully doesn’t think so and this makes Mulder have the revelation that Scully thinks she’s chosen to be Kevin’s protector. She doesn’t know but says if she’s wrong she’ll meet him at the airport. Hey, this could totally be seen as Scully ditching Mulder for once. Hooray!

21st Century Recycling Plant. I have NO idea where they came up with that name. Brilliant creativity right there folks. Ted says that the Sun will turn into darkness and the Moon into blood all because of Kevin. That sounds pretty evil so if Ted is one of the Devil’s disciples then why would he want to kill Kevin for bringing that about? Kevin starts to bleed again and Ted tells him he is the only true prophet and then goes in for the kill. Scully draws her gun and demands he let Kevin go. Scully says if he lets him go they’ll talk about it. Snort. I would believe that either. Ted takes off with Kevin in tow and Scully chases them. Ted knocks over some large stacked newspapers to block Scully. Ted turns on a huge shredder and plans to throw himself and Kevin into it. Scully manages to climb over the stack but it’s too late and they go over the edge. Scully runs up the stairs to see blood all over the newspapers in the shredder. Somehow, Kevin is not dead and is hanging by a thread on the ledge. Scully helps him up and they hug. Aw. Kevin tells her he knew she’d come. I guess God protected Kevin but what was the purpose of Scully? She didn’t exactly save him. The two seconds she was with him he got kidnapped and the only reason he didn’t die is because he grabbed onto the ledge. I guess because she figured out where he was being taken.

Two days later at the children’s shelter. Kevin is packing his things and Scully asks if he’s all set. He goes to shake her hand and we see that he no longer has any wounds. Scully sweetly tells him, “Maybe I’ll see you again sometime.” Kevin says as a matter of fact, “You will.” Ha, we all know that’s a lie. Unless, Kevin died and was reincarnated as William because they both have a penchant for being in danger. Scully looks sad to let him go. Mulder comes up and says they have a few hours before their flight (remember when you didn’t have to get at the airport several hours before your flight?) and the sheriff wants them to make a formal statement about what happened. Scully asks if he could do it alone because she has an “errand” she needs to run. Mulder just nods.

Confessional. Scully says it’s been six years since her last confession. Hm, I guess that would put it around the time she got out of med school? Maybe before? Scully says she doesn’t know why she’s drifted from the church. The priest asks her if she has something to confess. One would think if she hasn’t been in six years then she would have a list but she tells him she doesn’t. She goes on to say that there’s someone she works with – it almost sounds like she’s about to confess her love for Mulder. Ok, maybe that’s just my wishful thinking. Anyways, she says she can usually discuss these things with Mulder but not this. She asks the priest if he believes in miracles. He says of course and cites the sun rising or the birth of a child. But that’s not what she’s talking about. She’s talking about events that defy explanation like how she helped save Kevin’s life. However, she’s starting to think she imagined all of the miracles because Mulder didn’t see them because he’s the one usually to believe without question. The priest answers that maybe it was for only Scully to see and she wonders if that is possible. He responds that maybe she needed to see them to find her way back and that sometimes you have to come full circle to find the truth. Naturally, this surprises Scully since that’s what Kevin’s father told her. The priest notices this and asks her why it surprises her. She tells him it mostly makes her afraid. Afraid that God is speaking but that no one is listening.

And we fade to black.

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We open on a preacher giving a sermon about God testing our faith. He uses an anecdote about a little girl being told by her brother that Moses didn’t part the Red Sea, instead it parted of high winds and strong ocean currents. I have to commend the brother for using science to explain it but he still believes that it completely parted long enough for all those people to go through? And, yes, I am holding such high standards to a little kid. That’s probably why social services always take my kids away on the Sims. Anyways, the good reverend goes on to say that most people invest themselves in science and cynicism. Hmm, that couldn’t be referring to anyone we know could it? Nah.

Ok, I have to pause for a moment because I can’t get over how bushy this guy’s eyebrows are! Seriously, we’re talking Peter Gallagher worthy eyebrows! They’re pointed outward! I don’t know if I can concentrate on what is going on in the scene anymore. They just keep distracting me.

So, while Eyebrows keeps talking, the camera keeps cutting to this one guy in the audience. And because the show loves to put a big neon arrow above the bad guy in the beginning, we know he’s going to be the bad guy of the episode. Eyebrows says we need to believe in miracles then suddenly ketchup blood starts gushing out of his closed fists. The entire congregation is WTF? If I were them I would have asked to see his hands, but I guess that would make me the so called cynic he was talking about.

It’s after the sermon and Eyebrows is loosening his tie as he comes into his…Hollywood style dressing room?? Seriously, this guy has a mirror with those Hollywood lights encompassing the frame. I guess we all know where all the money from the collection plate has disappeared to. And to top it all off, he starts using moisturizer for the bags under his eyes. You’d think if he was going to moisturize he’d do something about those eyebrows. But I think the main point of that was to show us he has no wounds from his stigmatic bleeding earlier. Although, I’m not sure how anyone would be surprised considering he has his own Hollywood dressing room! He’s basically an actor anyway.

As he continues to moisturize, the door opens to – surprise, surprise, the guy the camera kept cutting to in the beginning scene. The guy stands creepily in the back corner but makes his way closer to Eyebrows as he talks about how impressed he was with the sermon. The look on Eyebrows face says: ‘I think I’ll forget about hiring a personal make up artist and look into bodyguards instead!’ And of course, creepy guy attacks Eyebrows and holds him up with one hand against the wall while burning Eyebrow’s neck. Appropriately, Eyebrows says ‘Oh my God,’ while we watch as blood drops on his white pleather shoes.

Credits. Good times. Is it me or has anyone else wondered if DD and GA signed the FBI badges themselves? Probably not but it’d be pretty awesome if they did.

Finally, we get to see our beloved dynamic duo. Scully is examining Eyebrows’ body and comments that his neck looks like it has rope or fabric burn but it is odd there is so much blood. Mulder kneels down saying Eyebrows exhibited stigmata during his sermon and has that look on his face when it comes to all religious cases – he thinks it’s bullshit. He proves as much by – get this – dipping his finger in the pool of “blood” and TASTING it. I know he realized it wasn’t real blood but he didn’t know WHAT that shit was. It could have been contaminated with anything! Gross. I’m surprised he didn’t just smell it like he normally does with goop like that. I’m kind of more disappointed in Scully that she didn’t immediately realize it wasn’t real blood because that shit doesn’t even have the same consistency.

Mulder goes on to say it has too much sugar and that it’s fake. I can’t stop looking at Mulder’s lips and not in a good way. He looks like a vampire. Rawr! He then proceeds to unbutton Eyebrows’ shirt to reveal the fake system that was used to cause the “stigmata” earlier and says it’s just like the others. This piques Scully’s interest as Mulder says he’s been following the murderers of religious peoples who have claimed to be stigmatics but have all been frauds. Using her Catholic school girl knowledge, Scully says there are always supposed to be 12 stigmatics in the world to represent the Apostles. Mulder thinks that it’s some disgruntled psycho who wants to expose these charlatans or someone who hates the church. I have to wonder why they’re there at all. This doesn’t sound anything like an X-File and I wonder what Mulder’s interest in it is if he thinks they’re all fakes.

Cut to a bustling classroom at Ridgeway Elementary School in Ohio. While a teacher tells the class she hopes they studied for today’s quiz, a boy prepares spit wads. Said boy is played by none other than Kevin Zegers of Air Bud and Transamerica fame! And, yes, an exclamation point was required since I find him quite pleasing to the eye (as an adult of course). The children bitch when they hear they have a quiz today while Kevin shoots the spit wad at a red haired young lady. I bet he liiiiiiiiiiiiikes her. He gets caught by the teacher who decides he should share his “gift” of numbers with the rest of the class. The kids all laugh while he gets this smug look on his face like he’s a BAMF. The teacher asks him if he even knows the division sign and tells him to divide 11 into 170. As he’s writing it out on the chalk board, his hands start the shake and the chalk makes a screeching sound. AGH! THAT SOUND! My teeth are in agony. Kevin then proceeds to drop the now bloodied chalk and turns around to show his hands have small nail sized holes in them and are bleeding profusely.

Mulder and Scully arrive at the school to be told that Kevin’s social worker read a FBI alert and called them immediately. I wonder what that alert specifically said. Don’t fake stigmata or you’ll be meeting God soon enough! The social worker says Kevin had bleeding from his hands and feet last year and his dad was arrested for child abuse and was institutionalized because he held Kevin hostage claiming Kevin was chosen by God. Scully looks really pretty here. Her hair is some where in between the poofiness of season one and two and slowly getting to the classic Scully look we all know and love.

While Mulder talks off screen with the social worker, Scully moseys over to Kevin to look at his hands. She introduces herself as Dana Scully sans the Special Agent. Aw, she’s going into her motherly mode. Scully asks him how he got the cuts on his hands and he accuses her of wanting him to say his dad did it. He goes on to say he doesn’t feel good and Scully feels of his forehead and asks if the nurse took his temperature. The nurse has this tone like “Who are you to make me look like I’m not doing my job, bitch!?” The nurse gives him a mouth thermometer while Scully tells him he’s a brave boy and doesn’t have anything to be afraid of. Except a crazy man/demon who thinks you need to be killed.

Mrs. Kryder comes rushing into the school and is perplexed as to why the FBI was called. Mulder tells her people may be targeting people like Kevin. Naturally, Mrs. Kryder asks what people. Mulder says people who exhibit wounds that others could see as having religious significance. Meanwhile, the reading on the thermometer keeps rising and eventually it gets so high it bursts the end of the cap off. The nurse asks what was that and of course, as any kid would, Kevin insists he didn’t do anything. Ah, remember that age when anything bad happened you would be like it wasn’t me!

Back outside of the classroom, Mrs. Kryder doesn’t believe anything Mulder is saying and suggests he just got hurt on the playground. Yeaaaaaaaaah. Well, kids do have a tendency to crucify each other, maybe this place takes it way too literally. The social worker wants to put Kevin back into a shelter which makes Mrs. Kryder think they’re accusing her of doing it to Kevin. Mrs. Kryder rightly gets pissed and stalks off. Afterwards, the social work dead pans to Mulder, “I love my job.” Ha, that reminds me of a cousin of mine who got a degree in Psychology and went into the social work field and when she found out that I was getting a Pysch degree as well she was like DON’T DO IT! In response, I gave her a Scully eyebrow or tried to. I’m not very adept at my eyebrow movements as GA is.

Scully comes out to confirm Kevin’s hands were definitely cut and Mulder says he doesn’t know what else they can do since Kevin’s in protective custody now. Scully says they still don’t know how Kevin’s hands were cut and Mulder suggests that he did it to himself because his dad was taken away. Ok, this still makes no sense as to why they’re investigating this case. I know Mulder is supposed to be the skeptic whenever there are religious cases but usually there is at least a legitimate supernatural reason he’s investigating something but he doesn’t think anything paranormal is going on. Anyways, Scully thinks they should go question the dad and Mulder acts like that’s a waste of time because the guy is in an institution but Scully thinks the dad might know something about who’s after Kevin.

Mental Hospital. Mr. Kryder is creepily looking out the window and tells Mulder and Scully that Kevin is bleeding again. Scully asks how does he know and he responds, “Because the faithful know.” Ooooor, he probably assumed something was up when he was told the FBI wanted to meet with him. Mulder tells him he put his son in danger and Mr. Kryder says his son was in danger since he was born because They have been watching him. Mulder exasperatedly asks who They are. They turn out to be the forces of darkness. Maybe Darth Vader is after Kevin. Now THAT would be an interesting turn of events. He and Eddie Van Blundht as Luke could duel it out! Mr. Kryder says They will come in the form of a powerful and respected man and They are here to claim all souls. It’s going to be the Great War between good and evil. DUN DUN DUN. My Darth Vader theory is sounding more and more legit. Scully eyebrows and states “Armageddon?” Mr. Kryder gets super close to Scully and says God will stop it by finding someone strong enough to do so. Hmmm, you don’t think it could be Scully do you? I mean it’s not like he’s looking RIGHT AT HER or anything. Mulder and Scully start to leave but Mr. Kryder says to find the truth you must come full circle. Scully doesn’t know what that means and he says she will. You ever wonder why these psychics/prophets/etc always have to be so CRYPTIC?

At the children’s shelter, Kevin is telling a ghost story and this other kid who looks like he’s scared shitless asks what it looks like. I guess in case he ever runs into it. Although if I saw some kind of mutant monster thing I’d haul ass the other way no matter what it looked like. Kevin describes it as looking like the Devil and is bald. And what do you know? A guy comes bursting through the door that looks exactly like the mutant Kevin JUST described. When Devil Guy comes through the door all of the kids haul ass like any sane person would and Kevin just sits there.

Kevin’s been abducted by Devil guy and Mulder is asking the kids questions. He doesn’t seem to believe them. Scully, meanwhile goes over to Kevin’s bed and notices a bloody hand print. Mrs. Kryder then comes in and Scully has to tell her Kevin’s been taken. The mom is pissed because Scully said that she would protect him and he would be safe. Scully looks down at her feet dejectedly. She doesn’t have a good track record at keeping little boys safe, unfortunately. Mulder comes over to get Scully and says the composite they got looks like Homer Simpson’s evil twin. Haha, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an X-File about the time they went to Springfield and Mr. Burns was the “alien?”

Scully says that this isn’t the killer because it doesn’t fit the M.O. Mulder says none of the other victims were 10 year old boys. Mrs. Kryder comes over and Mulder shows her the composite sketch comments he doesn’t know how accurate it is. In other words, he thinks those kids have no idea what they really saw. But, to their surprise, Mrs. Kryder recognizes the man as their gardener named Owen. Guess that’s why Kevin didn’t run away when he came in.

At Kidnapping Headquarters, Owen shows Kevin some animal wood carvings he made. Kevin says this is great and all but WHEN CAN HE GO HOME!? Owen tells him there’s no reason to be afraid and that he’s been watching him. Yeaaaaaah, because watching him doesn’t sound like he’s a pedophile AT ALL. Kevin just wants to go home but Owen yells at him that it’s not safe. Kevin is starting to suspect maybe this guy isn’t as cool as he seemed. Owen keeps going on about how he’s Kevin’s friend and that he’s his guardian angel. Suddenly, they hear a car come up and it’s our dynamic duo. Owen tells Kevin not to say a word. If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is. Owen grabs his shot gun to “take care” of Mulder and Scully. I know Owen’s not the bad guy in all of this but if that was me I’d be, ‘you’re fucking crazy.’

Mulder and Scully both burst through the door with their guns aimed at Owen. Owen slowly puts his shot gun down and tells Scully not to hurt him. Scully sees the attic door swing swaying and goes half way up the stairs to look for Kevin but next thing we know she’s back with Mulder asking where Kevin is. She didn’t even LOOK for him! Good FBI skills there. Although she could have and we “just didn’t see it.” Not as if that would be a novel thing on this show. Mulder asks if he hurt Kevin and Owen says he was sent by God to protect him. Scoffing heavily, Mulder snarks that it must’ve been one hell of a long distance phone call. Owen insists someone must protect him and Mulder replies, “Or what? It’s the end of the world as we know it?” Damn it Mulder! I have that song stuck in my head now! Mulder demands Owen tell him where Kevin is. Owen turns to Scully and says she must believe him because of the cross she wears. I don’t know how many people religious or not would believe you if you had KIDNAPPED a boy. Scully says her religious convictions aren’t the issue but Owen insists they are because the only way to help Kevin is if she believes. Mulder walks to the back of the room and snarks some more about this is why he sleeps in on Sunday. Owen starts going into this whole spiel about why Scully’s not a good Christian and he is because he doesn’t question God’s word at all. I have to wonder how he knows FOR SURE that it is God talking to him and not the Devil or his own mind. He says he just wants to go to heaven. That’s the only reason he’s doing this for? Jeez, so much for just wanting to save a little boy’s life and all.

Owen gets up still handcuffed and jumps out of the attic window. I’ve always thought that they make it seem so easy to jump out of a closed window on TV. I mean it looks so thick and if you did it in real life you would just slam into and fall backwards. Well, at least I would. Owen wriggles around on the ground and breaks the chain of the handcuffs with just his own strength. Mulder makes chase but when he gets outside Owen has mysteriously disappeared.

Somehow, Kevin has made his way back to his house. By this point it’s dark, did no one see a little boy walking by himself? I mean come on. Kevin calls out for his mom but no one seems to be home. During all of this, the bad guy is ringing the door bell! Way to be discreet. Bad Guy decides to just burn off the door knob instead. He starts calling out that he knows Kevin is there. He just keeps impressing me with those cunning skills of his. Bad guy notices the closet open and checks inside. Kevin is in the hamper basket but Bad Guy has at least enough intelligence to check in there. Just as Bad Guy is about to attack Kevin, Owen comes to his rescue and tells Kevin to run as Bad Guy is burning Owen’s throat off. Luckily, he runs straight into Mulder and tells him the Bad Guy is upstairs. Naturally, Scully is left to comfort the boy because when have you ever seen Mulder stay behind to comfort anyone while Scully chases down the bad guy. Mulder goes upstairs but only finds Owen dead. Downstairs, Scully looks at Kevin’s bleeding hands when he asks her if she’s the one who is supposed to protect him. Her mouth drops in surprise. Although maybe Kevin is just thinking about what his dad had been saying all this time.

Autopsy. Yay! I love when Scully is in autopsy garb. For anyone normal person, lab coats and scrubs would be unflattering but Scully pulls it off marvelously. But, hey, we’ve all seen her pull off way worse. She’s examining the burns on his neck but notices something odd and sees a pattern in the burns that could be a finger print. To befuddle her even more, she comments that it’s been 14 hours since death but rigamortis has yet to set in and he still has a temp of 98 degrees. Mulder walks in and asks “Any revelations.” Way to work in the title of the episode, writer (Which by the way is actually a woman, shocking I know.).

Oh man this next line from Scully is hilarious. “Mulder, would you do me a favor? Would you smell Mr. Jarvis?” Considering Mulder’s tendency to smell any kind of goop on him, I suppose it’s not such a big leap. Mulder looks at her oddly for a brief second but complies. This is love, y’all. Smelling a dead corpse for the person you love. Mulder doesn’t smell anything and Scully gets a worried look that she might be imagining smelling a floral scent coming from the body. Fun fact: Did you know that 60% of people can’t smell the almond scent of cyanide because of genetic factors and some coroners can miss cyanide poisoning because of it. And yes, I learned that from Dr. G on the Discovery Health Channel. Who says you don’t learn anything from TV!

Scully explains why she asked if Owen smelled like flowers – in Catechism (thank you Google for telling me how to spell that!) she learned of something called the “Incorruptibles” whose bodies didn’t decay and smelled like flowers. And get this, Mulder replies with “You’re serious?” Is HE serious? How many times has Scully indulged his theories that were ten times more ludicrous than this? Scully lists off a couple of saints who have exhibited similar characteristics and Mulder jokes that she’s suggesting that this is Saint Owen. Scully honestly doesn’t know. Mulder tells Scully that the stories she told have been proven to be fabrications. Arg, Mulder, you’re totally losing points with me here. You’re the pot calling the kettle black. And to top it all off, Mulder asks Scully yet again if she really believes all of that. Says the man who would go chase Big Foot off a dubious tip. I think the concept of having Scully as the believer and Mulder as the skeptic is an interesting one but I just hate the fact that most of the time it’s because it’s something that’s claimed to be by God so automatically Scully must end up believing it to be true.

Scully goes on to say that she believes that God can create miracles. Mulder counters with “even if science can’t explain it?” Scully tells him maybe that’s what faith is. All of this shouldn’t seem like news to Mulder. Mulder has faith just in that the supernatural exists unless it’s claimed to be caused by God. He goes on to tell Scully that it’s causing her judgment to be skewed and that maybe these are just fanatics acting fanatically. I think Mulder’s pot keeps getting blacker and blacker. Mulder accuses the religious fanatics of giving the “bona fide paranoiacs” like himself a bad name. So, wait, religious fanatics give people who are super paranoid a bad name? It’s not like either group sound so much better than the other. Also, the “blood” we saw on Eyebrows was ketchup, by the way. Man, Scully is looking PISSED, even more so when Mulder says she’ll come to the same conclusion that this guy is a fraud. I’d be fucking pissed too considering the shit Scully puts up with.

At the forensics lab, the prints Scully found belong to one of the richest men in the south. Ted Turner? Actually, it’s some guy from Atlanta named Simon Gates. I think I’ll call him Ted anyway. Side note: Whoo! Represent for Georgia! … Although, I probably shouldn’t be happy since the guy is a killer. Scully notices that he’s a “powerful and respected man” just like the prophecy says. Mulder says Ted has something called Jerusalem Syndrome that makes people come back thinking they’re anything from Jesus to the Devil. Scully tells Mulder that still doesn’t explain how the finger prints got burned into Owen’s skin. Mulder conveniently gets a call that a social worker took Kevin out to lunch but someone else saw him at the exact same time with his mother. This causes Scully to finally give Mulder her WTF look.

Mrs. Kryder’s car is broken down and Kevin keeps beeping the horn. How nice of him. Someone pulls over to help his mom but Kevin can’t see who it is. Of course, it’s Ted. Ted takes off the burning hot radiator cap without getting burned and this causes Mrs. Kryder to think this dude is fucked up. Maybe demons need to take a lesson in subtly because this one surely sucks. Ted chastises her for not saying thank you but she knows he’s up to no good and asks what he wants. He says she knows what he wants. Somehow Kevin is across the street and calls out to Ted to stop him from hurting his mom. Ted chases after Kevin but then suddenly Kevin gets out of the car! Clone Kevin keeps running and falls into some bushes only to disappear. And instead of driving away like a SANE PERSON, Mrs. Kryder chases Ted and runs him down with her car. Unfortunately when they start to get away, Mrs. Kryder passes out causing them to almost crash into some cement block things but Kevin turns the wheel at the last moment to go into a ditch.

Mulder and Scully arrive at the scene and we learn that Mrs. Kryder died. Aw! Scully goes into comforting mode when Kevin blames himself. She tells him his mom was only trying to protect him and he asks why does Ted want to hurt him. Scully insists she can protect him and Kevin deduces that Ted wants to hurt him because he’s different. Anyone else think that this totally seems like a conversation William and Scully would have if she didn’t give him up to Ma and Pa Kent? It’s eerie. Scully goes to Mulder and wants to keep Kevin with them but insists she’s not getting personally involved. Whatever you tell yourself to get to sleep at night Scully. Mulder tells Scully that Ted registered the car he was driving under the name Forau who was one of the Devil’s disciples. The Devil had disciples? This is news to me. Only a few yards away Ted is in the ditch staring at the cops. Oh come on, didn’t the cops check the perimeter!? Sounds like the cops in my town.

Westward Inn. Scully runs Kevin a bath. Awww, how cute. Alright, I have to say it. Kevin could totally pass as an older William – blue eyes and dark hair. This scene makes me think of Mulder and Scully parenting William on the lam while trying stop the alien invasion. A Scully-Mulder family vacation. I can see it now, a family portrait with alien ships crashing in the background. It can be a magnet on their fridge! Plus, that whole conversation Scully and Kevin just had totally helps my case!

Kevin starts lifting up his shirt to take it off when Scully notices what looks like something has sliced Kevin’s side. A little shaken, Scully tells him she’ll be outside the door. Mulder laments to Scully that she never draws his bath. Scully doesn’t even bother to raise an eyebrow at this. She tells Mulder about the cut on Kevin, and Mulder tries to explain it by saying he was just in an accident. But Scully tells him that it wasn’t there when he was examined by the paramedics. I have to wonder, do none of this wounds hurt? It seems like if you were bleeding from the hands and feet you’d be in a lot of pain.

Scully starts saying that all of his wounds are like the wounds of Jesus, in which Mulder tries to insist isn’t true. And finally, FINALLY, Scully calls Mulder on his shit. “How is it that you can go out on a limb when there’s a light in the sky but you’re unwilling to accept the possibility of a miracle!?” Mulder gets defensive that he waits for a miracle everyday but says the only thing that is being tested here is his patience. Retorting back, Scully asks him “What about what I’ve seen?”

Meanwhile, Kevin is preparing for his bath when Ted burns through the iron bars on the bathroom window. Mulder and Scully hear a sound in the bathroom, and Scully asks through the door if Kevin’s ok. Scully tries to enter but it’s locked; she says she didn’t lock it. Mulder kicks the door open to find Kevin gone. Why didn’t Kevin scream? I mean he had to have noticed when the guy was trying to climb through the window.

Outside of the motel where Ted entered the bathroom, Mulder says they must’ve had some kind of torch device to heat up the iron bars. Scully implies that couldn’t have been possible since she was out of the room for no more than two minutes. Nevertheless, she wants to go back and talk to Kevin’s father. Mulder thinks that is crazy because he thinks the guy is a nutcase.

At the mental institution, Scully shows Mr. Kryder a picture of Ted. He doesn’t recognize Ted and says it’s because he’s a “little” foggy right now. Mulder’s reading his medical chart and his face says it all. They’ve doped poor Mr. Kryder up. Scully looks at the chart as well and slams it down when she knows their only lead is gone. She tries to ask him what the whole coming full circle to find the truth meant but he can’t tell his hand from his ass at this point.

Mulder gets a call that Ted tried to register another car under the name Forau again at the airport but Scully is too busy looking at something to pay attention. She points at a recycling bin that as a recycling circle on it. Somehow, she makes the connection that Ted has a recycling plant near here and that’s where he’s going to take Kevin. Our Scully is a smart one because no way I would have figured that one out. Mulder insists that Ted has already killed Kevin and is trying to escape. Scully doesn’t think so and this makes Mulder have the revelation that Scully thinks she’s chosen to be Kevin’s protector. She doesn’t know but says if she’s wrong she’ll meet him at the airport. Hey, this could totally be seen as Scully ditching Mulder for once. Hooray!

21st Century Recycling Plant. I have NO idea where they came up with that name. Brilliant creativity right there folks. Ted says that the Sun will turn into darkness and the Moon into blood all because of Kevin. That sounds pretty evil so if Ted is one of the Devil’s disciples then why would he want to kill Kevin for bringing that about? Kevin starts to bleed again and Ted tells him he is the only true prophet and then goes in for the kill. Scully draws her gun and demands he let Kevin go. Scully says if he lets him go they’ll talk about it. Snort. I would believe that either. Ted takes off with Kevin in tow and Scully chases them. Ted knocks over some large stacked newspapers to block Scully. Ted turns on a huge shredder and plans to throw himself and Kevin into it. Scully manages to climb over the stack but it’s too late and they go over the edge. Scully runs up the stairs to see blood all over the newspapers in the shredder. Somehow, Kevin is not dead and is hanging by a thread on the ledge. Scully helps him up and they hug. Aw. Kevin tells her he knew she’d come. I guess God protected Kevin but what was the purpose of Scully? She didn’t exactly save him. The two seconds she was with him he got kidnapped and the only reason he didn’t die is because he grabbed onto the ledge. I guess because she figured out where he was being taken.

Two days later at the children’s shelter. Kevin is packing his things and Scully asks if he’s all set. He goes to shake her hand and we see that he no longer has any wounds. Scully sweetly tells him, “Maybe I’ll see you again sometime.” Kevin says as a matter of fact, “You will.” Ha, we all know that’s a lie. Unless, Kevin died and was reincarnated as William because they both have a penchant for being in danger. Scully looks sad to let him go. Mulder comes up and says they have a few hours before their flight (remember when you didn’t have to get at the airport several hours before your flight?) and the sheriff wants them to make a formal statement about what happened. Scully asks if he could do it alone because she has an “errand” she needs to run. Mulder just nods.

Confessional. Scully says it’s been six years since her last confession. Hm, I guess that would put it around the time she got out of med school? Maybe before? Scully says she doesn’t know why she’s drifted from the church. The priest asks her if she has something to confess. One would think if she hasn’t been in six years then she would have a list but she tells him she doesn’t. She goes on to say that there’s someone she works with – it almost sounds like she’s about to confess her love for Mulder. Ok, maybe that’s just my wishful thinking. Anyways, she says she can usually discuss these things with Mulder but not this. She asks the priest if he believes in miracles. He says of course and cites the sun rising or the birth of a child. But that’s not what she’s talking about. She’s talking about events that defy explanation like how she helped save Kevin’s life. However, she’s starting to think she imagined all of the miracles because Mulder didn’t see them because he’s the one usually to believe without question. The priest answers that maybe it was for only Scully to see and she wonders if that is possible. He responds that maybe she needed to see them to find her way back and that sometimes you have to come full circle to find the truth. Naturally, this surprises Scully since that’s what Kevin’s father told her. The priest notices this and asks her why it surprises her. She tells him it mostly makes her afraid. Afraid that God is speaking but that no one is listening.

And we fade to black.