The X-Files

Season 4 Episode 12

Leonard Betts

7
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 26, 1997 on FOX
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8.7
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    8.8
    This episode should not have worked, the premise is almost laughably bad, but somehow it pulls you in and before you know it, another 45 minutes has gone by and you can't wait for the next episode.

    The writing might be the biggest reason that this episode is a success. It is tight and seamless and the action unfolds almost effortlessly with a good mix of humor. Speaking of which, Mulder's reaction when Scully asked him to dig into the medical waste dumpster was classic! It set up perfectly his quip a few moments later about finding the toy prize when he grabs Leonard's head. Too funny :).

    The special effects are very, very good and I liked how the gore that one would expect given the circumstances was muted so as to still be effective without being offensive. You really believe that Scully is about to slice into Leonard's head when it blinks (or was it winked?) and you feel her creeped out agitation as she describes the event to Mulder over the telephone. A classic moment in the series.

    But it's the ending of this episode that makes this one of the pivotal episodes of the series as Leonard tells Scully she has something he needs. The look of utter desolation on Scully's face is priceless, and haunting given the events that will play out in future episodes.
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