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Season 2, Episode 07:

3

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"Their need is insatiable, but murdering for blood risks exposure and capture."
Written by Chris Ruppenthal, Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by David Nutter

"Well, the bites are not done by an animal. These are human. And, realize this is a cursory exam, but I’d say they were made by three different people."
Dr. Jacobs
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Mulder investigates a trio of serial killers who call themselves "the Father", "the Son" and "the Unholy Spirit", and who may be vampires.


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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: After one of the vampires burns alive on exposure to sunlight, Mulder — who had previously shown no trouble believing in the likes of aliens, superpowered mutants and poltergeists — sheepishly admits that he had rejected the existence of vampires out of hand. (Of course, next time he meets them, he knows better.)
  • Breather Episode: Of a sort.
  • Hemo Erotic: The sexy vampire Kristen Kilar, who licks her own blood and blood of other people. She has some sexually explicit scenes, including the one where she is shaving shirtless Mulder.
  • Not Quite Dead: The man who burns up in the police station comes back as a vampire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In-Universe too, as they differ from the vampires we see in "Bad Blood".
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  • Perp Sweating: Mulder refuses to cover the windows unless the suspect talks. Interestingly in this case he doesn't believe that the man is a vampire (he can be seen in a mirror despite claiming otherwise), just that he's delusional and the sunlight will give him an excuse to confess.
  • The Scully: Mulder flirts with this trope; he doesn't believe he's dealing with vampires until a subject spontaneously combusts in the sunlight.
  • Shirtless Scene: Mulder.
  • Stock Episode Titles
  • Tragic Keepsake: Mulder now wears Scully's gold cross.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Goodness yes.
  • Vampires Own Night Clubs: Okay, the vampires don't seem to own the nightclub, but it does seem vampire-themed ("Club Tepes"?) and they hang out there.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Averted; the Vampire Wannabe says the price he'll pay for immortality won't seem too high when Mulder is an old man while he'll be as young as he is now.
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  • Written-In Absence: Scully, because of Gillian Anderson's pregnancy, for this episode.

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