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Recap / The X-Files S08 E05 "Invocation"

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Scully and Doggett investigate when a child reappears ten years after going missing, not looking a day older.

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  • Creepy Child: Billy Underwood. He may not even be a child but a spirit trying to help the cops find his killer.
  • Foreshadowing: Doggett's involvement in this case is being driven by his own son's kidnapping and murder.
  • Paedohunt: It is implied that Cal Jeppy has at least molested Ronnie Purnell and Billy Underwood and killed Billy. He also almost gets to Billy's brother Josh but fails.
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  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Averted. Doggett insists on treating Billy Underwood's reappearance as a standard child kidnapping, even through Scully keeps pointing out the strangeness of the case. Doggett, however, succeeds in resolving the case.
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