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Reverend Orison hopes to save Donnie Pfaster's soul by helping him break out of prison. But  Pfaster only wants the victim that once escaped him--Scully. 


Reverend Orison hopes to save Donnie Pfaster's soul by helping him break out of prison. But Pfaster only wants the victim that once escaped him -- Scully. Mulder and Scully investigate a series of prison breaks bring them face to face with Scully's former kidnapper, Donnie Pfaster, as Scully is forced to question her faith and confront the clash of morality and religion.

The Donnie Pfaster (Nick Chinlund) character from season 2's "Irresistible" returns. As in "Irresistible", Donnie has a fetish for women's hair/shoes, and ends up going after Scully.

Complete Episode Summary

At a prison in Illinois, Reverend Orison is preaching to a group of prisoners, including mass murderer Donnie Pfaster. Orison says things like "god's love is a promise," and "God's love will set you free." As the prisoners respond to Orison by stomping their feet to a rhythm, Donnie doesn't participate. Later, in the prison garment shop, Donnie brings his work up to a guard who starts yelling at him and saying that he's sick. Suddenly, a prisoner screams because a blade used to cut materials has cut his fingers off. In the commotion, Donnie is able to walk out of the prison. The time is 6:06 AM.

In her bedroom, Scully wakes up at 6:06 AM from the sound of the wind at the window. She shuts it and walks back, to suddenly notice the clock saying "6:66". Startled she shakes the clock. The electricity then flickers and the clock returns to normal.

In the next scene, she is with Mulder at the prison in Illinois to help determine how Donnie escaped. The marshal meets them and the history of the case is explained. The marshal says that they are known for things of the supernatural, but Scully says that there is nothing supernatural about the case. Donnie is just plain evil. Mulder tries to get Scully to back away from the case, but she claims that the case does not bother her, however she is clearly affected by her memory of how Donnie kidnapped her years earlier.

In the prison room where Orison preached to the prisoners Scully hears a song that she recognizes from her childhood coming from an air vent.

Mulder interviews the man whose fingers were cut off -- in reality they weren't, even though he felt the blade. He thinks it was an act of God, and Mulder raises his hands as the guy repeats "Glory. Amen". With each raise of Mulder's hand, his feet move up and down.

Mulder believes that Donnie escaped as the result of mass hypnosis, but doubts that Donnie did it. Two other prisoners at other prisoners have escaped in the same way, never to be heard from again. There were dozens of witnesses in each case, however none of them could remember what happened, and it took them quite awhile to even notice that the prisoners were missing. Mulder observes that the prison chaplain had contact with all three missing men. Scully hears the song again.

At a bus stop coffee shop, a prostitute propositions Donnie. He looks at her nails and offers to manicure her. She asks if he is a freak. Orison interrupts -- the grace of God got Donnie out of prison and it is the only thing that will keep him out.

US Marshals arrive, Orison flicks his keys and chants a prayer, this time holding out a cross. At a scream, the cops turn from Donnie to see a woman screaming and throwing coffee at a man. Everything moves in slow motion, and when they turn back, both Donnie and Orison have dissapeared. Outside, Donnie runs Orison down with Orison's car, then drives off with the prostitute in the car with him.

When Mulder and Scully arrive at the coffee shop, the US Marshals are very confused. They thought they saw Donnie, but then he wasn't there. On a radio in the coffee shop, Scully hears the same song again, "Don't Look any Farther." (Lyrics available at the bottom of the page)

At the hospital, Scully talks with Orison. He tells her that God had the escaped inmates, and that she could hear God calling her, but wasunsure of what to do. "Everything has a reason, Scout."

Mulder arrives, with a picture of the dead prostitute. Orison is shocked and says that she wasn't supposed to die. Mulder concludes that Orison managed to get the prisoners out in order to kill them. Robert Gailen Orison was convicted of first degree murder in 1959 and served 22 years in prison. Orison says that god had spoken to him and told him to look after Donnie.

Mulder and Scully walk out of the room. Mulder believes that Orison was a liar, and that god was simply a spectator ("He just reads the box scores") but Scully doesn't believe that and believes that god is actually working through Orison.

Scully tells Mulder that she is confused by hearing that song repeatedly. She hasn't heard it for years. When she was 13 and her father was stationed in San Diego, she was listening to that song when her mother told her that her Sunday school teacher had been murdered in his front yard. That was when Scully first believed that there is true evil in the world. The Sunday school teacher used to call her "Scout", the same name that Orison had called her and tells Mulder about waking up at exactly the same time that Donnie had escaped the previous day.

Donnie is sitting in Orisonís car on the side of the road when a radio announcement comes on. It is warning people about what kind car Donnie is driving. He gets out of the car and rips the cover off it. He walks around and looks through Orison's stuff that is in the trunk and finds his house keys.

Mulder shows Scully that an MRI scan of Orison's head shows what appears to be a self-inflicted brain wound that gives Orison more oxygen into his brain, increasing the amount of blood flow to the brain by nearly three times. He says that Orison probably did it when he first was in prison, and first learned how to use its powers. Mulder believes that this given Orison mental powers, such as the ability to impose mass hypnosis. Later, Orison causes the US Marshall guarding him to not notice as Orison leaves the hospital. He takes his gun on the way out. Orison leaves a note by the bed that Scully later finds, saying "Don't look any farther."

Donnie is at Orison's apartment. A redheaded call girl arrives. Donnie goes through his usual routine of having her get in the tub so he can shampoo her. (He asks her "Is your hair chemically treated?") She gets angry and tells her that she is is not dirty, and if he is going to be like that she is going to leave. Donnie discovers that her red hair is a wig, and becomes mad at her. The girl knocks him down and runs, escaping.

Meanwhile, Mulder and Scully arrive at Orison's hospital room, to find that he is not there and the guard is in a trance-like state. He doesn't remember anything. Scully finds Orison's "Dont look any further" note, and Mulder advices her not to look any further.

When Donnie wakes up, Orison is there, with the Marshall's gun. When Donnie asks what he is doing, Orison answers, "Taking you home -- the wicked will be punished." Outside, Donnie kneels as Orison digs a grave. Orison tells him to beg forgiveness for what he had done to those girls. Donnie cries, but says he is crying for Orison because "you cannot kill me." Donnie's face appears to transform into that of a demon, the same demon that Scully had seen in "Irresistible"

Orison's body is found, buried where Orison intended to bury Donnie. Donnie had actually called to tell then where to find Orison's body. Mulder and Scully go home because the X-File, Orison's special powers, is concluded and the US Marshals can handle the search for Donnie. Mulder tells Scully "Dont look any further, Scully"

Donnie, however, precedes them and enters Scully's apartment to wait for her. He puts Scully's bible in a drawer. Scully arrives home and after changing into her flannel pajamas. Scully notices her clock - 6:66, and when she picks it up, the light goes out. She knows something was wrong so she runs out, only to be stopped by Donnie. He starts choking Scully, but she pokes him in the eye and punches him. She reaches for her gun, but he knocks it away from her and slams her into a mirror. They stuggle for a long time, and when it seems that Scully had won, Donnie manages to tie her up. "You're the one who got away," he said. "The only thing I think about." She screams when he says, "I'm going to run you a bath."

At Mulder's apartment, a US Marshall has left him a message that the call girl who escaped Donnie reported him. But Mulder does not check his messages immediately upon returning home. He brushes his teeth and gets ready for bed. He sets his alarm and on the radio the same song is playing. Mulder calls Scully, but nobody picks up the phone.

Meanwhile, Donnie also turns on the sterio to get the same song. While Donnie is filling the bathtub he leaves Scully in a closet with her wrists tied behind her. She gets out of the closet and begins making her way across the floor to where her gun was knocked onto the floor. She has a couple of close calls in which Donnie almost sees her and she manages to work her legs through her bound wrists so her hands are in front of her.

With scenes moving in slow motion, Mulder bursts into the apartment door and holds Donnie at gunpoint. Scully walks into view, carrying her gun, raises the gun and shoots Donnie. The scene fades out and fades back in to show several law officers in Scully's apartment. Mulder tells Scully that his report will make clear that Donnie gave her no choice and that if she hadn't killed him he would have killed again, as he was evil. He says she cannot judge herself. She tells Mulder that she is sure that Donnie was evil but she wonders who or what was at work in her that made her pull the trigger. Mulder asks if she thinks God was directing her, but she says that she was more concerned about what if it wasn't god?

By Michael Marek and Jamie Ruby

Lyrics of "Dont Look any further"

The song that Scully keeps hearing is the 1970's R&B single "Don't Look Any Further." Singer John Hiatt recorded a cover version of the song specifically for "Orison."

Someone to count on in a world ever changin'.
Here I am, stop where you standin'.
What you need is a lover, someone to take over.
Oh baby don't look any further.

Strange when you think of the chances
that we've both been in a state of mind.
Too cool to be careless. Looking for the right thing.
Oh baby don't look any further.

Tonight (tonight) we're gonna taste a little paradise.
Rockin' all night long. Rockin' all night long.
Daylight (daylight) I'll still be looking in your heavenly eyes.

Oh we rocked on and on and on.

Day o umba day o mambu ji ay o.
Don't look any further. Don't you look no furhter.
Day o umba day o na jam bay um bay o.
Don't look any further.

Someone to count on (someone to count on) in a world ever changin'.
Here I am, stop where you standin'.
What you need is a lover (you need a lover)
to love you all over (love you all over).
Oh baby don't look any further (further).

Tonight (tonight) we're gonna taste a little paradise.
Rock you night long. Rock me all night long.
Daylight (daylight) I'll still be looking in your heavenly eyes.

We'll go on and on and on.

[chorus] [x2]

Tonight (tonight) we're gonna taste a little paradise.
Rock you night long. Rock me all night long.
Daylight (daylight) I'll still be looking in your heavenly eyes.

We'll go on and on and on.


Nick Chinlund Interview (From Souris)

Chinlund says: "Donnie has been in prison. He's been incubating all of his disease. It's a heightened five-years-in-wait version of him that you'll see. He's stepped up a notch. Orison is a prison preacher who tries to save Donnie, and so you have a battle there."

"Basically, Donnie and the Devil are released from prison and havoc ensues. There's more religious significance to 'Orison' than 'Irresistible,' and more of the devilish aspect is explored."

"There was one very powerful graveyard scene we did for 'Orison' -- which I can't tell you about -- that was very difficult for me."

He's extremely complimentary of Rob Bowman, the ep's director: "Bowman is the most technically adept director I've ever worked with. He really knows what the camera and lighting can do, and he knows his options and what he wants. He got very excited about this episode. It's going to look incredible, especially for a television show. He might be the star of this one."

"If they want me to do Donnie again, if they want to make it a trilogy, I'll probably be all for it."

Episode Information

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Scott Wilson Reverend Orison
Emilio Rivera Brigham
Nick Chinlund Donnie Eddie Pfaster
Steve Rankin U.S. Marshall Daddo
Lisa Kushell Lady in Red
Rick Cramer Guard
Tara Buck Blueberry
Irene Muzzy Waitress
Eric Buker U.S. Marshall

Air Date: January 9th, 2000
Shooting: 5-26 October 1999

Written by Chip Johannessen
Directed by Rob Bowman



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