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Season 5, Episode 16:

Mind's Eye

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"I - I don’t think she was sure exactly what she was seeing but it was more like a - a constant image in her mind that she learned to live with over time. Up until three weeks ago."
Written by Tim Minear
Directed by Kim Manners

Mulder: Well, there is evidence of some kind of neurological activity which caused her pupils to dilate.
Pennock: From what?
Mulder: To me, it indicates some reaction to stimuli. Some kind physical response to images in her mind's eye.
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Mulder and Scully are called to investigate a murder apparently committed by a woman (Lili Taylor) who has been blind since birth.


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  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: After Marty constantly mocks and taunts Mulder, Scully and Pennock, Mulder decides to play her game. With a few choice words, he cuts through her like a knife, leaving her speechless and prompting her to lose her cool.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Despite all the attempts to prove Marty innocent, finding the man responsible causes her to end him with a bullet to the head, thus ensuring her time in prison. However, she is at peace with this, not experiencing any more visions of her father's murders.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Marty shoots her father dead with this method.
  • Friend to Psychos: Marty, who cleans up the killer's crime scenes.
  • Holding Hands: Mulder and Marty share this at the end of the episode through her prison cell bars, having grown closer through the episode.
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  • Jerkass: Marty Glenn at the start. She becomes gradually sympathetic as the episode progresses.
  • Monster of the Week: It's not exactly a monster, but it does have supernatural links.
  • Mundanger: The killer is human in this one and the one with powers is trying to stop him.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Marty says one as she holds her father, Gotts, at gunpoint.
    "I hate the way you see me."
  • Psychic Link: Marty is a blind woman, who has a one-way connection to a serial killer and cleans up his crime scenes after him.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Marty sees through the eyes of the killer.
  • Serial Killer: Gotts is this, killing people with C-shaped slashes at the right kidney.
  • Tomboyish Name: Marty.

"Lights out."
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