Recap / The X-Files S04 E06 "Sanguinarium"
Mulder and Scully investigate a series of fatalities in a hospital's plastic surgery unit, each committed by a different doctor who claims to have no memory of the event.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Dr. Franklin gets away at the end, having achieved the goal for which he committed the murders.
- Blood Bath: Nurse Waite is discovered lying in wait for Dr. Franklyn at his house, submerged in a bathtub filled with blood.
- Decoy Damsel: Dr. Jack Franklin frames Nurse Waite by pretending to be her victim.
- Deadly Doctor:
- Subverted. All the doctors are committing murders due to manipulation by devil worship.
- Dr. Richard Cox/Dr. Jack Franklin/Dr. Hartman is this trope played straight.
- Good All Along / Red Herring: Nurse Waite is trying to stop the murders instead of committing them.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Averted mostly. Remarkably gory for an X-Files episode with scenes of face peeling and fat being sucked out of a belly and other icky stuff.
- Medical Horror: Features death by liposuction, death by plastic surgery and various other horrifying scenes.
- Tear Your Face Off: The Monster of the Week conducts a ritual that will allow him to change his face by killing hospital patients as sacrifice. In the end, he cuts his face with a scalpel and rips it off, revealing the new one underneath it. Mulder later finds the old one lying on the floor.
- Thanatos Gambit: Dr. Franklin aims to peel his face off and die, getting the face of a different person due to devil worship.