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Recap / The X-Files S05 E08 "Kitsunegari"

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Season 5, Episode 08:

"I'm going to take a wild stab here and guess this is a clue."
Written by Vince Gilligan & Tim Minear
Directed by Daniel Sackheim

Female agent: It's not a manifesto. It's the same single idiogram over and over.
Skinner: Which is what?
Female agent: Well, the hand it's in is pretty sloppy, but I think it's supposed to be "kitsunegari" - "fox hunt".
Scully: Fox Mulder.

Robert Patrick Modell, the killer with the Compelling Voice from the episode "Pusher", wakes from his coma and breaks out of the prison hospital.


  • Affably Evil: As before. For a sociopathic murderer, Modell is a pretty personable guy. His prison therapist tells Mulder that while she agrees he should never be let out again, he's been nothing but good to her. Notably, he uses his powers non-lethally throughout the episode, and spends his time trying to help Mulder. Since his defeat in Pusher, he seems to have more or less accepted that he's been "conquered" by Mulder, and tells his eviler sister to give up her revenge.
  • Back for the Dead: Robert Patrick Modell returns, and dies.
  • Big "NO!": Mulder to fake Scully with a gun to her head.
  • The Bus Came Back: Robert Patrick Modell from "Pusher".
  • Contrived Coincidence: So Modell has a sister. That's fine. But the sister also has the exact same brain tumor that her brother does that gives her identical superpowers? The laws of probability have gone to cry in a corner.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Modell himself was a criminal mind gamer in his debut appearance, so we shouldn't be surprised when his vengeful sister also elects to go down this road.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Maybe "friendship" is too strong a word, but it's notable that Modell was an arrogant sociopath before Mulder defeated him, and now he's trying to help Mulder.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mutual in the case of Robert Modell and Linda Bowman. She's out to avenge the injuries that put him next to death. He's trying to protect her as well as Mulder, because he knows firsthand that their confrontation can't end well for her.
  • Foreign Language Title: Kitsunegari is Japanese for "Fox Hunt" (the episode has nothing to do with actual kitsune). It's also a Pun-Based Title, as the target is someone named "Fox".
    Mulder: A little on-the-nose, don't you think?
  • Mercy Kill: Modell's sister soothes him while he is in extreme pain and then he dies.
  • Monster of the Week: Sort of Myth Arc episode for a Monster of the Week much like ("Squeeze" - "Tooms" and "Irrestible" - "Orison"). In this case, Robert Patrick Modell. Subverted in that he is not the monster: his sister is.
  • Not Me This Time: Modell isn't the villain. It's his sister.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Modell's behaviour is different from his self-aggrandizing killing spree in "Pusher". Turns out he's trying to protect his sister.
  • Revenge: The motive of Modell's sister.
  • Shout-Out: To Terminator 2: Judgment Day when Fox is confused between who is Scully and who is Modell's sister.
  • Spot the Imposter: Modell's sister uses her powers during the showdown to confuse Mulder about which is her and which is Scully.