Recap: The X Files S 01 E 22 Born Again

In Buffalo, New York, police officer Rudy Barbala is thrown from a window after eight-year-old Michelle Bishop is brought in. While initially appearing to be a suicide, enough doubt about the strange circumstances of his death exists that Mulder and Scully are brought in. There, they find a seemingly supernatural link between Michelle and an officer who had been slain the day she was conceived, along with a nest of corruption within the police department.


  • Creepy Child: Michelle, the reincarnation of a murdered cop.
  • Creepy Doll: Michelle disfigures several dolls in exactly the same way, always gouging out one eye and cutting off one arm. This is how Charlie Morris' body was mutilated.
  • Destination Defenestration: Barbala's death.
  • Dirty Cop: The cops who killed Charlie and took the Triad money for themselves, who Michelle/Charlie is now going after.
  • Enhance Button
  • Eye Scream: Charlie's eye.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Janice from Friends (Maggie Wheeler) is a cop.
    • A rare live-action role for Andrea Libman, who plays Michelle. Now watch it after reading Cupcakes...
  • New York State: A version of Buffalo where people speak with Noo Yawk accents from three hundred miles away.
  • Reincarnation
  • The Triads and the Tongs: The people who killed Charlie as revenge for a drug bust. Only it was actually a group of his fellow officers as revenge for not joining in on their scheme to take the Triad money for themselves, made to look like a signature Triad execution.