Recap / The X-Files S01 E05 "The Jersey Devil"

Mulder and Scully head out to Atlantic City to investigate some murders that look (at least to Mulder) suspiciously like reports in the X Files of the Jersey Devil in the 1940s. Also: Scully goes on a date with a divorced dad who seems unable to go two sentences without bringing up his kids.


  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Add to that The X-Files' take on The Jersey Devil.
  • Distressed Dude: Mulder is tackled down by the female Jersey Devil and might have perished on the spot but for Scully's timely intervention.
  • Godiva Hair: The female Jersey Devil. It isn't clear how much Mulder saw, though, because he becomes very impressed by her during the brief time that she spends looming over him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Jersey Devils.
  • In-Name-Only: While not as bad as most cases, the Jersey Devil is barely anything like the cryptid that's actually reported. It's basically twisted into a poor-man's Bigfoot and doesn't show any of the actual urban myth's notable aspects other than the name, and living in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey.
  • The Jersey Devil: Unintentionally averted. The Jersey Devil legend is about a horribly mutated creature that stalks the Pine Barrens for food and looks like a mix between a horse and dog with bat wings. However, limitations in their first season budget probably account for their complete reworking of the legend.
  • Mars Needs Women: Possibly; there's a definite sexual element in the way the female Jersey Devil is crouching over Mulder, who points out afterward that she could have killed him, but didn't.
  • Nubile Savage: Mulder's first remark after being rescued from being eaten by the female Jersey Devil is: "She was beautiful!". Plus, her legs are rather smooth for someone living in the woods of Jersey.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Mulder pretends to believe that the Jersey Devil is a myth to get the park ranger to talk about some encounters he's had in the woods.
  • Porn Stash: This is the first time Mulder is shown looking at inappropriate material. Perhaps unintentionally, the rest of the case involves him poring over several images of the female Jersey Devil note , and he ends up storing away two photographs of her dead body. Let's just hope that they aren't additions to his collection.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The female Jersey Devil has already given birth to the next generation.
    • Leads to a Fridge Tear Jerker ending; both of that... child's (I refuse to use the word "creature") parents are dead. That means it's either going to starve to death or a pack of passing coyotes will decide "ooh, easy lunch" and eat the poor thing alive.
    • Not necessarily! (S)he looked around 12-14; that's beyond old enough to be able to hunt and pick berries.
    • Just because we only saw one doesn't mean that child couldn't have a sibling or a surviving aunt or uncle still out there in the woods.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Mulder thinks the female Jersey Devil, who doesn't understand the human concept of bathing, is beautiful.