The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 8


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 1995 on FOX
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Mulder seeks the help of a woman whom he believes has a special connection with a young girl who has recently been kidnapped by the same man who held her captive many years earlier.

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  • Deep into the depraved.

    A depressing hour for anybody watching. It may have went into overdrive with depravity but with the once again awesome score and great acting The X Files proves again with this episode that it does more with this kind of material than others. Having Mulder's personal history of abduction come into play elevated this episode to more than a filler episode. Full of sadness and not afraid to play things safely for television, this is another winner.moreless
  • Oubliette

    Oubliette was a perfect episode of the X-Files because the story was great though disturbing. There was a lot of character development for Mulder as he found himself becoming emotionally invested in Lucy. It was interesting to see Lucy's connection with Amy. In the end Lucy helped save Amy and perhaps herself in her own way. This was truly a scary episode because being in those circumstances seems like it would be quite terrifying. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A kidnapper takes a young child and Mulder takes the case very personally

    David Duchovny is a great actor, and he's awesome as Fox Mulder in this show, but I think it was here that he really shined. Mulder and Scully look into a case where a girl was kidnapped and an older woman who was once kidnapped by the same guy begins to experience the same things as the younger kidnapped girl. It's an interesting premise, and once again, Chris Carter and co. prove that they're masters of suspense, milking every scene for all it's worth.

    Duchovny brings some great subtle acting here, never going over the top in his emotions, but you can tell how important this case is to him, especially since it mirrors somewhat his own past: his sister, Samantha, who is still missing. He takes the case personally and even when people, including Scully, begin questioning him, he's resilient in his efforts to find the truth and find the girl.

    Sure, this was yet another stand-alone episode of The X-Files, but it was 100% compelling and it had incredible acting by David Duchovny, somebody who mixes the perfect amount of comedy and drama into his character without letting it tip too far to one side. But after seeing the way he acted around Lucy and his efforts to make the young girl breathe again at the end of the episode, it's clear that he's a damaged man who wants the truth is, and regardless of what the case is, it all comes back to the truth.moreless
  • I love how much Mulder is affected by is a really amazing unfolding of his character...

    I really liked this episode much more than I expected to. It didn't seem very exciting and the summary seemed rather vague and uninteresting. But I found myself really engaged in the relationship, not of Mulder and Scully, but rather that of Mulder and Lucy Householder.

    This was a really revealing episode, especially when Mulder starts to cry after Lucy dies...I really love when he shows emotion cuz usually he has a really stiff exterior. Scully kind of pissed me off in this episode, she didn't seem to really play a big role and didn't really listen to Mulder's ideas at all, not even as much as usual.moreless
  • Vulnerable Mulder... Again

    I still find it amazing how vulnerable Mulder becomes when something reminds him of his sister. Even when he tells Scully that this case doesn't remind him of Samantha at all, he feel sympathy for this woman who is a victim within a victim, that's the way I see it.

    I like how patient Scully is when it comes to this kind of cases that affect Mulder so deeply. She was beside him at all times, even when the theory was far out.

    I guess it was Lucy's fate to end up like this. That was the only way she was going to get rid of her kidnapper.moreless
Tracey Ellis

Tracey Ellis

Lucy Householder

Guest Star

Michael Chieffo

Michael Chieffo

Carl Wade

Guest Star

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Amy Jacobs

Guest Star

Bonnie Hay

Bonnie Hay


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Principal Setting:
      Seattle, Washington

    • How could Mulder and Scully have reached the abductor´s house the same time as the police, if they stopped at the photo store, and supposedly went in?

    • When the tow truck driver looks at the wheel the hubcap is in one place 11:38 but when Carl grabs the tyre iron the cap is nearly under the car 11:54.

    • Scully stops Mulder from performing CPR on Amy when, as a medical doctor, she should have known that it is possible to revive cold-water drowning victims long after the heart stops.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mulder: Are you feeling better?
      Lucy: Better than what?
      Mulder: Better than Amy Jacobs.
      Lucy: Wouldn't know.
      Mulder: If anybody knows, I say you do.

    • Mulder: Lucy is a victim, Scully, just like Amy Jacobs. If she's got any connection to this case, that's the extent of it.

    • Mulder: (referring to the words "Nobody's going to spoil us") Those were the exact words spoken by the kidnapper to the little girl when he took her last night. So you can see that under the circumstances it might seem strange . . .
      Lucy: So what's your point? All of us kidnap victims gotta stick together?
      Mulder: No. We just want to find the little girl any way we can and if you know anything . . .
      Lucy: Look, what I've been through in my life I wouldn't want to wish on anybody. Doesn't mean I can make it any better for me or anyone else.

    • Scully: I guess she's not too big on confined spaces.
      Mulder: Yeah.

    • Scully: That's spooky.
      Mulder: That's my name, isn't it?

    • Scully: Mulder, you can't...
      Mulder: That's how I account for what Lucy's going through. That's how I account for the identical words that corresponded to Amy... and the spontaneous wounds and blood as well.
      Scully: Then why did she run? If she's innocent, what was she running from?
      Mulder: Because she's afraid.
      Scully: You don't see what you're doing, do you Mulder? You are so close to this that you just don't see it.
      Mulder: (Mulder is angry) What don't I see?
      Scully: The extreme rationalization that is going on around here. Your personal identification with the victim - or in this case, the suspect. You're becoming some kind of an empath yourself, Mulder. You are so sympathetic to Lucy as a victim - like your sister - that you can't see her as a person who's capable of committing this crime!
      Mulder: You don't think I've thought of that? I have. And not everything I do and say and think or feel goes back to my sister. You, of all people, should realize th-that sometimes motivations for behavior can be more complex and mysterious than tracing them back to one single childhood experience.

    • Lucy: I don't know where she is. I don't care. I'm not interested.
      Mulder: Well, that's too bad, Lucy, because right now I think you're her best hope.
      Lucy: If I'm her best hope then that little girl's in a hell of a lot more trouble than you think.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Tracey Ellis appears again as Audrey Pauley in the season 9 episode "Audrey Pauley".

    • Fox standards were a bit concerned about this episode as the abduction of the girl had some parallels to the Polly Klaas case. The ordeal of the abduction had to be played down.

    • Severe weather played havoc with production. Due to heavy rains the climatic sequence had to be shot a week later than planned at another location than originally envisioned.

    • An Oubliette is a medieval dungeon having a trap door in the ceiling as its only means of entry or exit. It is derived from the French word 'oublier' meaning "to forget".