Recap / The X-Files S07 E14 "Theef"

A doctor's family start dying in mysterious circumstances, the revenge of a hoodoo man whose daughter died in the doctor's care.

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Arc Words: "You always keep me guessing."
  • Bond One-Liner: After Nan Wieder's death by microwave: "All done."
  • C.A.T. Trap: With Wieder's wife.
  • Eye Scream: Scully's temporarily blinded by Peattie when he sticks two nails through a poppet's eyes.
  • Inherited Illiteracy Title: "Theef" is how Peattie spells "thief".
  • Monster of the Week
  • Pet the Dog: Peattie's friendly relationship with his landlady starts this way. Then he kills her after she discovers his secret.
  • Revenge: Peattie's motivation.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He focuses primarily on Wieder's friends and family before going after the physician himself.
  • That One Case: Dr. Wieder is haunted by what happened with Peattie's daughter, more so that he never knew her name.
  • Voodoo Doll: Or "poppets." (Which is actually a more historically accurate term for them.)
  • Would Hurt a Child: Averted; Peattie refuses to kill Wieder's daughter.