Recap / The X-Files S07 E08 "The Amazing Maleeni"


  • Always Identical Twins: The Amazing Maleeni (real name: Herman Pinchbeck) has an identical twin named Albert who works in a bank.
  • The Chessmaster: Maleeni and LeBonge both conspire to frame and convict Alvarez and succeed using a very complex plan.
  • Faking the Dead: Maleeni performs his trick of turning his head 360 degrees and ends up decapitated. His brother, Albert works in a bank and is an amputee due to a horrific car accident. It turns out that the real Albert died a month ago due to natural causes and Maleeni faked his death and pretended to be Albert to escape his gambling debts.
  • Karma Houdini: Both Maleeni and LeBonge get away with their framing Alvarez since there is no proof but ultimately subverted since they also plan to rob the bank using Electronic funds transfer but Mulder spoils their plan. So, they might not get caught but they did not get away with stealing money either.
  • Something Completely Different: One of the rare X-Files episode where nothing supernatural actually happens. Although, nobody ever figured out how Maleeni did his head turning trick.