Recap / The X-Files S01 E22 "Born Again"

In Buffalo, New York, police officer Rudy Barbala is thrown from a window after eight-year-old Michelle Bishop (Andrea Libman) 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.
  • Mind over Matter: Michelle's power.
  • Reincarnation: The murdered cop Charles was reincarnated as a little girl. No wonder, she was channeling his desire for revenge because his murderers were not punished.
  • 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.