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Season 4, Episode 22:

Elegy

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"It was speaking to him as if she was trying to tell him something. It sounds more like a death omen."
Written by John Shiban
Directed by James Charleston

Scully: Why are you now so unconvinced that Harold Spuller is the man we came here looking for?
Mulder: I'm sure Harold Spuller is the man that made that phone call. But what led us to him still remains unexplained.
Scully: "She is me".
Mulder: Uh huh, and the other apparitions, like the one Mr. Pintero saw at the bowling alley.
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Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders in which the victims appeared somewhere else as Monochrome Apparitions as they were killed.


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  • Benevolent Boss: Pintero who is extremely kind to Harold and even backs him when he is accused of being a serial killer.
  • Call-Back: Scully goes to see the FBI employees' therapist who appeared in "Irresistible".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The serial killer targets very young beautiful women who all have blond hair and who were very kind. They were also friends with a mentally handicapped man who was in love with them.
  • I See Dead People: That is the X-File. People report seeing wounded women who seem silently asking for help in strange places where they actually never appeared while they lived with the ominous message "s/he is me". It turns out the apparitions happened very close to the moment of their actual death.
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  • Jacob Marley Apparel: The ghosts of the girls and women are seen with their wounds that caused their deaths and in clothes they were wearing when they died.
  • Magic Mirror: A bloody message appears on a mirror.
  • Monochrome Apparition: The ghosts of women are all of pale blue grayish colour.
  • Neurodiversity Is Supernatural: Averted. Harold has Pervasive Developmental Disorder (also referred to in the episode by its old name, "Atypical Autism"), but he was portrayed quite realistically, and his connection to the paranormal wasn't attributed to it.
  • Serial Killer: A rare female example of the trope who targets young and nice women.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mulder gives Scully a brief one for keeping secrets from him during the case:
    Mulder: You can believe what you want to believe, Scully, but you can't hide the truth from me. Because if you do, then you're working against me. And yourself.
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  • Your Days Are Numbered: Poor Scully, her cancer is making itself known.

"I know what you're afraid of. I'm afraid of the same thing."
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