Recap / The X-Files S05 E17 "All Souls"

Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a severely disabled girl, and find a mystery involving angels and demons.


  • Abusive Parents: One of the girls' caretakers is a shady old man who kept his ward in a dingy, cramped basement and sold her on the promise that he'd keep the disability benefits.
  • Continuity Nod: Scully's biological daughter from "Christmas Carol"/"Emily" is mentioned.
  • Evil Redhead: Aaron Starkey, the kind-hearted Social Services agent, is Satan incarnate.
  • Extra Digits: The episode starts with a girl who's shown to have six toes on her feet. The case becomes about the mysterious deaths of several girls (including this one) born with six digits on all four limbs (some had the extra fingers removed to better fit in).
  • Light Is Not Good: Subverted. The angel may be killing the girls but he is taking their souls to heaven as they are nephilim.
  • Monster of the Week: Although, it touches upon Scully's faith and her life.
  • Myth Arc: Slightly touched with Scully's faith issues and her abduction, medical rape and biological daughter gets a mention.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: What is described as a seraph is actually a cherub.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: "Starkey" is unable to enter a church.
  • The Shadow Knows: Starkey's shadow has horns.
  • Voice of the Legion: Starkey, when angered.