Recap / The X-Files S02 E13 "Irresistible"

When a girl's body is found exhumed and mutilated, local law enforcement suspects aliens and calls in the FBI. Although Mulder's interest in the case consists primarily of a pair of convenient football tickets, he gets a chance to use his skills as a profiler tracking a death fetishist turned serial killer. And his next target may be Agent Scully...

Tropes:

  • Alone with the Psycho: Scully is traumatized when she is captured by the Serial Killer; luckily, at the same time, Mulder has figured out the killer's identity from fingerprints and realizes that he has Scully.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Pfaster prepares a cold bath for his victims. He cares particularly for their hair and nails.
  • Bound and Gagged: Scully, by Pfaster.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Donnie Pfaster, a necrophiliac turned into a killer, had a hair and nail fetish. He took some fingers from dead bodies and also from the prostitute he killed. The FBI found a box in his freezer that contained ice, Brussels sprouts, some fingers and a nail painted bright red.
  • Cry into Chest: Scully at the end breaks down and cries in Mulder's arms after being rescued.
  • Damsel in Distress: Scully.
  • Deadly Bath
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Pfaster's first actual victim is a prostitute, but it's more because she was easier to get ahold of than because of her profession.
  • Elvis Lives: Mulder's comment when there was no witnesses to Scully's abduction by Pfaster.
    Mulder: They see Elvis in three cities across America every day. But no one saw a pretty woman being run off the road in her rental car.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Carter wasn't allowed to refer to Donnie Pfaster as a necrophiliac, so the phrase "death fetishist" was used instead.
  • Gunman with Three Names: Donald Addie Pfaster.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty
  • I Love the Dead: Pfaster again. The network wouldn't let the writers actually use the word 'necrophiliac', so they went with the next best thing and called him a 'death fetishist'.
  • Improvised Weapon: Scully temporarily blinds Pfaster with a spray can of tile grout.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Pfaster is seen several times changed to a demonic form for a brief moment.
  • Mundanger: In a show where every other episode revolves around paranormal weirdness, this is one of the gritty realistic few with zero fantastic elements, (probably) —and one of the creepiest episodes overall.
  • Not So Stoic: Scully, when she finally realizes Mulder won't think any less of her for seeing her break down after a traumatic experience.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Scully goes to see one to help her deal with her violent reactions to the case.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Pfaster is an excessively polite delivery driver for a frozen foods company.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: Although Pfaster's desecration of cadavers is very unpleasant, it doesn't seem to justify the depth of Scully's existential crisis. To say she had encountered worse by this point would be an understatement.

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