Recap / The X-Files S02 E14 "Die Hand Die Verletzt"

Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a teenager who apparently died during an occult ritual.

Tropes:

  • Animal Assassin: The school python.
  • Artistic License Physics: Not only is Mulder's explanation of the Coriolis effect backwards (it causes counter-clockwise rotation in the northern hemisphere), he also says it influences how water drains in a fountain.note 
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mulder has some fun with Scully after she expresses astonishment over the toads falling from the sky.
    "I guess their parachutes didn't open."
  • Demonic Possession: Shannon is driven to suicide by a demonic ritual by Mrs. Paddock.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Paddock is either an avatar of Azazel or his upper management.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: As Mulder asks, "Did you really think you could call up the Devil and ask him to behave?"
  • Evil Teacher: Mrs. Paddock.
  • Eye Scream: The episode features a human body with a heart and eyeballs cut out. Not coincidentally, Mrs Paddock's desk drawer contains a dissecting tray with a fresh and bloody human heart and two eyeballs.
  • False Memories: Shannon Ausbury's memories of abuse are partially this. While part of the things in the vision (a few of the rituals, the sacrifice of her sister) did happen, what she remembers are a combination of fragments combined with the sensationalist garbage that people like Geraldo were spewing at the time.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mrs. Paddock's farewell message.
  • Foreign Language Title
  • Gratuitous German: The title means "The hand that wounds", coming from the Satanist chant.
  • Hellish Pupils: Paddock again.
  • Hollywood Satanism: The episode has some fun with this trope. The featured Satanists never do human sacrifices, molest children, or the like. One of the daughters has false memories of such events, but the Satanists are just normal, everyday people who just happen to worship Satan with the occasional mild ritual or prayer. The twist is that a real demonic force is summoned and actively disgusted by the Satanists watering down the beliefs. Most of the Satanists end up scrambling to perform a human sacrifice before it's too late.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Mrs. Paddock turns out to be one.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Mrs. Paddock's message on the blackboard reads as "Goodbye. It's been nice working with you." This was actually a goodbye message from writers Glen Morgan and James Wong. They were leaving the show to do Space: Above and Beyond, though they came back after that show was cancelled.
  • Meaningful Name: "Paddock" is an archaic word for "toad", and in that sense is best known in modern times as the name of a spirit mentioned during one of the witches' rituals in Macbeth.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "It is already too late."
  • Primal Fear
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Mrs. Paddock forces Shannon to slit her wrists, and then the Satanists to kill themselves, all using sympathetic magic.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: Scully expresses skepticism about any satanic, demonic or otherwise weird components to the crime, upon which it begins raining frogs. Lucky she had an umbrella, really.
  • Villainous Rescue: Paddock ends up saving Mulder and Scully by sacrificing the three Satanists, before leaving a goodbye message.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit

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