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The Beginning
Dreamland II
Terms of Endearment
The Rain King
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
S.R. 819
Two Fathers
One Son
Agua Mala

Three of a Kind
The Unnatural
Field Trip


While tracking a killer who leaves no clues Agent Scully finds herself strangely attracted to Agent Mulder's chief suspect.



While on her way to Mulder's apartment to discuss a murder case, Scully runs into Phillip Padgett, Mulder's new next door neighbor. Padgett is an odd bird - a writer who lives in his own mind; he gives Scully a creepy feeling. The agents discuss the case and Mulder expresses his theory that the murder is a result of psychic surgery - the victim's heart was removed without any incisions, prints, or forensic evidence of any kind left as clues. Scully, at best, is dubious. When a similar murder occurs out on Lover's Lane, Mulder calls Scully at his office. She finds that a pendant has been slipped inside an envelope under Mulder's door. It's a "milagro" - a lucky charm, with an image of a burning heart engraved on it. Scully feels it may be from the murderer and sets out to do some research. At a nearby church, Scully is studying a painting of Christ with a flaming heart in his hands when she is approached by Mulder's neighbor, Padgett. He says that he sent her the milagro and that he has been studying her for a character in his novel. Padgett admits he's become enamored of Scully. Scully is both intrigued and disquieted by Padgett, yet is drawn to visit him on her way to Mulder's apartment. He seems to be getting underneath her skin when Mulder barges in, gun high, and arrests Padgett. It seems that the murders which they have been investigating coincide with personal ads taken out in a local paper; Padgett used the ads to find his victims. He also wrote about each murder, in detail, in his novel. Another murder occurs while Padgett is locked up. Mulder is even more fervent in his belief that Padgett psychically communicated with a partner in crime, Dr. Ken Naciamento - the noted Brazilian psychic surgeon, and that somehow Padgett directed Naciamento to commit the crime. Hoever, Naciamento has been dead for three years. Mulder feels the only way to catch Padgett is to release him. Back in his apartment, Padgett is visited by Naciamento. Mulder and Scully, who have set up a surveillance on Padgett's apartment, see nothing on the screen of Naciamento. Naciamento coaxes Padgett into the realization that Scully must be killed. Padgett hurriedly finishes his novel, then heads for the basement incinerator to burn the pages. Mulder follows him there and is about to arrest Padgett when he hears a scream from above. It's Scully and she is being attacked by Naciamento. Mulder races to find her covered in blood, but alive. Padgett, on the other hand, lies at the foot of the incinerator, his heart removed and beating in his own hand.

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THE X-FILES "Milagro" #6X18

Original Air Date: 04/18/99


Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
John Hawkes
Phillip Padgett
Nestor Serrano
Ken Naciamento
Michael Bailey Smith
Angelo Vacco
Jillian Bach
D. Bennett Nelson
Maggie's Dad


WRITTEN BY: Chris Carter, John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz

DIRECTED BY: Kim Manners



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