Recap / The X-Files S03 E13 "Syzygy"

Strange events occur in a small town during a rare planetary alignment.


  • 555: Detective White's number seen on her cat's collar is 555-0114.
  • Astrologer: Zirinka. Astrology, readings, numerology, runes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zirinka snarks a lot.
  • Double Entendre: "solve the mystery of the horny Beast"
  • Facepalm: Mulder rubs his face with a hand when Detective Angela White comes to his motel room and he's not sure exactly what's going on.
  • Glove Snap: Mulder accuses Scully of enjoying this.
    Mulder: Go ahead, I know how much you like snapping on the latex.
  • Hate Plague
  • Hollywood Satanism: The crimes were suspected to be a case of satanic rituals.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Mulder drinks screwdriver (made with a bottle of vodka and some frozen, concentrated orange juice, no less) and Detective White takes a swig from his bottle as well. The planets messed them up pretty bad.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Mulder and Scully's arguments.
  • Loves Me Not: Margi and Terri are shown doing this to a dandelion together while one of their victims is discovered.
  • Magic Mirror: Invoked by Margi and Terri, who perform the Bloody Mary ritual on front of a mirror before killing a girl with them with a mirror shard.
  • Mind over Matter: The planetary-alignment stuff that's affecting the town also gave cheerleaders Margi and Terri powers to do things with the power of their mind, which they mostly use to mess with and kill people.
  • Murder by Mistake: Margi and Terri try to kill each other by hurling garage door springs at each other, but end up accidentally killing the guy they were fighting about, which leads the two going to the law and accuse each other.
  • Not Himself: Mulder and Scully bicker a lot abnormally for them. Other people in town are affected as well.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Episode. Literally everyone in the episode is implied to be acting completely out of character to how they normally would due to the effect of the planetary alignment.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Played in-universe; the phenomenon causes not only Mulder and Scully to act in ways they normally wouldn't, but also apparently the entire town it's focused around; the normally calm and rational high school principal turns into a ranting fundamentalist nutcase, for example.
  • Pedo Hunt: The town pediatrician becomes a target of this when the townsfolk dig up bag of his filled with bones in a field. They think he murdered a little boy, but it turns out that the bag was filled with bones of a dog.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Sure. Fine. Whatever."
  • Spooky Sťance: At the party, the teens try to communicate with the dead. They ask the table and ghosts who one of them marries, and the answer is Satan. Margi and Terri wanted to mess with her, and she ends up as their victim.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Margi and Terri keep killing their schoolmates just for shits and giggles.
  • When the Planets Align: When the planets align and you happen to be in a geological vortex and a high-intensity meridian, the relationships are going to suck. And it's affecting everyone, some more than others though.
  • World of Snark: Everybody is sarcastic. It's taken Up to 11 thanks to the planet condition.