The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 3


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2000 on FOX
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While tackling his first X-File case about a series of gruesome murders surrounding a bat-like creature, Doggett quickly learns that his investigative techniques are somewhat dissimilar to Scully's.

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  • The agents vs Batman

    Yes a good old fashioned monster tale, I'm a sucker for creature make up and what not. The hardest thing going for this episode is how will it continue after the events of the previous episodes. Its never easy going back into these kind of episodes after a myth episode but this one did a good job. Scully has trouble putting down Mulder's name on his desk and his absence is felt through the 45 minutes. We now have Doggett playing the skeptical Scully type from earlier in the show and Scully is now, well walking in the shoes of Fox and their chemistry feels right (though there were a few moments where I wasn't quite sure how Doggett was feeling, which side he was on).

    Notice how I keep talking about the characters and not the actual story, we've had these stories before a bunch of times but its the attention given to dialogue and character that keeps me around.moreless
  • Patience

    Patience was a great episode of The X-Files. It was fun to watch as Scully and agent Doggett begin working together on The X-Files and learn about each other along the way. The story was decent and had lots of potential. I wasn't glued to the tv the entire time and don't feel like much would be missed story wise. There was some great character development for the agents though and I liked how every thing played out. The ending was good and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!moreless
  • Doggett experiences his first true X-File

    Our first official X-File without Mulder occurs, and while it could've easily been a swing and a miss type of episode, I actually enjoyed watching it. I still don't think Robert Patrick brings the same amount of intensity, humor and overall presence that Duchovney brought to the show, but at least it was an hour of entertaining television and an episode that should've hopefully reassured fans that the show could somewhat survive without Mulder. Although I must admit, I really do miss Mulder as a regular cast member already.

    The episode is a pretty by-the-books X-File: an old couple is murdered by what appears to be a human who bit them to death and tore them to shreds. However, as Scully and Doggett start investigating, it becomes clear that what attacked them may be a human/bat hybrid. What I liked about the investigation is the way the writers, particularly Chris Carter, set up Doggett to be indoctrinated into the X-Files. He never seems overly skeptical; instead, he seems more willing than Scully ever was to understand what's happening, even if it's a paranormal one.

    What I didn't enjoy about the episode was how convoluted the plot got at times. There was all this random stuff about a woman who was burned and found in a river, and two brothers who found the human/bat hybrid years and years ago, although it ended up escaping.. honestly, I feel like those plot points weren't necessary and were just added to fill up time and maybe make the plot more complicated than it needed to be. They could've spent the episode just looking for the bat and focusing on building their relationship together and I would've been fine. But that's the way the scripts go: there's plenty to like, with those random moments that don't work as well.

    But by the time the case is solved and we get to the end, I was pleased with the X-File we got. It showed me that Scully can lead a show and that Doggett can be a suitable substitute. However, don't think I don't miss Mulder. The show needs him and his quest for the Truth!moreless
  • Character development overshadows a fairly scary MOTW. Sets the tone for the next several episodes.

    I can accept that after "Without" the Mulder investigation has not been closed entirely. The investigation became an x-file while in the desert and so now Scully and Doggett will be the only agents responsible for continuing the search. The search is no longer a priority for the FBI. Kersh got his formal report from Doggett, albeit not the one he wanted, and the FBI effectively moved on. Now Scully must keep the wheels turning on the investigation, but she has a day job. The FBI is still dumping its "dirty work" down to that basement office for whoever happens to be assigned to work there. Here, Doggett gets started on his first true x-file with a fairly straightforward case. Once it is solved, it does not appear that difficult. Doggett's study of the files in the cabinet over the weekend helped him find the article and take the "leap" necessary to solve the case. But he was still right when he said "leaps get people killed." He got the local law enforcement killed and suspicious and he was nearly killed himself. "Patience" really tries to hit the audience over the head with character development but it only really comes across in three scenes. The first and last scene in the basement office bookend the episode and show us a couple of things: Doggett has friends unlike Mulder or Scully, and Scully needs to put Mulder out of mind in order to function in her daily life. Scully's character development is less obvious in this case but on one hand she wants to be Mulder and play his role, and on the other hand she needs to put him out of her mind in order to utilize her strengths as an investigator. This conflict will eventually wear her down to the point of breakdown. The other scene is while Scully and Doggett are on their "conspicuous" stakeout. This basically sets Doggett up as a hard working cop whose methods are tried and true. For the next few episodes, we will see how these methods work in the x-files environment. But we will also get more of these simple monster of the week cases that just give a platform for Doggett's continued struggle to wrap his mind around the paranormal and Scully's gradual nervous breakdown. Some of the directing was overkill here, especially with the scenes of the monster itself. But at the same time, Chris Carter provided a more traditional x-files "look" that hadn't been seen much since the move from Vancouver. Writing 1/2 Directing 1/2 Acting 2/2 Character 2/2 Entertainment 0/2: 6/10moreless
  • That bat is no Flukeman!

    This was a decent episode but I feel it failed to live up to its potential. While better than a lot of season 8 episodes, it still felt... stale. Like all great shows that go beyond 7 seasons (Law & Order is another good example), the elements that used to be affecting now just seem obligatory. For instance, the pre-credit scene introducing the Monster of the Week... well that's just it, I can't conclude that sentence because all that scene did was inform us of the monster... early X-files eps distinguished themselves with teaser scenes that made the viewer 'wonder.' The opening of Patience seemed as if it could have been pulled from any horror movie. The rest of the episode seemed to follow in the same lack of ambition.

    Admittedly the story was halfway decent, some character development as well... but was it the character development we should have seen. I mean jeeze, "I'm Agent Scully and I've encountered Fluke Men and the Cancer Man, and a man literally made of Cancer (Leonard Betts) and yet despite all this, I am going to insist the killer is human for the first 15 minutes of the story..." This is what Doggett is for! You've been on the X-files for 7 seasons of crazy ****! If we want to talk character development, let's please have the woman who has been abducted and impregnated by aliens bringing in the news clippings about the man-bat. She can still be Scully without being Season One Scully.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Special Agent Dana Scully

Bradford English

Bradford English

Detective Abbott

Guest Star

Gene Dynarski

Gene Dynarski

Ernie Stefuniak

Guest Star

Jay Caputo

Jay Caputo

Bat Man

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Doggett pulls out his flashlight and asks "You ever carry one of these?", it is a reference to Mulder and Scully's frequent use of flashlights in the field, dark places being par for the course of X-files. Scully's lingering pause and response of "Never." is a bit of an in-joke with the audience but could also be related to her reluctance to trust Doggett with any extra information about her partnership with Mulder.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Doggett: The guys upstairs were making some noise about this case-- about what's in our field report.
      Scully: Yeah. You'll get used to it. I, uh... I never had a desk in here, Agent Doggett but I'll see that you get one.
      Doggett: All right.
      Scully: And I just want to say, um... thank you for watching my back.
      Doggett: Well, I never saw it as an option. I'm sure you don't either.

    • Doggett: Well, I'm no Fox Mulder, but I can tell when a man's hiding something. Myron Stefaniuk fishes a woman out of the river who's been gone for 40 years. He has a brother he hasn't seen in over 40 years. A brother who just happened to hunt down some kind of creature over 40 years ago.

    • Scully: You know, we've been out here for nine hours. The only thing this man seems to be in danger of is terminal loneliness. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is all just a... a grand coincidence and we're wasting our time out here.
      Doggett: You were so sure before.
      Scully: Yeah, I was sure of the facts as I had deduced them scientifically. Maybe I'm... I'm trying to force them into shape. Maybe I'm manufacturing a theory.
      Doggett: Well, what happened to taking a leap?
      Scully: Maybe I'm just trying too hard.
      Doggett: To do what? To be Mulder? You know, I'm not Oxford educated. About all I know about the paranormal is men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But I don't think you're wrong, Agent Scully.

    • Scully: What happened to the lynch mob?
      Doggett: You hear all that?
      Scully: I heard enough.
      Doggett: Things have taken a little turn.
      Scully: I don't think so, Agent Doggett.
      Doggett: Well, you can think what you want but I think this looks bad for the FBI.
      Scully: It was unavoidable.

    • Scully: What did you say to him?
      Doggett: Well, I told him to dig up the body. Isn't that what you wanted?
      Scully: What else did you say to him?
      Doggett: Well, I told him that you were … um … a... leading authority on paranormal phenomena and who are we to argue with an expert.
      Scully: Look, I am not an expert. I am a scientist who happens to have seen a lot. I am just making a leap here.
      Doggett: Well, I am sure you have your reasons.
      Scully: Look, so, so, what, you told him to exhume the body when you don't even necessarily believe me yourself?
      Doggett: I told you I spent the weekend looking through that cabinet full of X-Files and I saw how pretty much every X-File broke-- with a leap. Now, maybe I'm just an old- fashioned cop but I don't take leaps. In my experience leaps only get people killed.
      Scully: Well, I'd say that you're taking a pretty big leap believing in that article... about a human bat.

    • Abbott: Honest to God. You just jump at whatever explanation is the wildest and most far-fetched, don't you?
      Scully: Well, I suggest that you jump at it, too because her body may have been burned for a reason and you're going to want to exhume it in order to find out why.
      Abbott: You want me to dig up a dead body when I have real people out there whose lives are in real danger?

    • Abbott: You know I got two old folks in the morgue mauled beyond recognition. I have no motive to go on, no intent. There's not one shred of evidence that cries out for a human explanation, yet you stand there telling me flat out that what we're looking for is a man. Thanks for everything, Agent Scully. We'll take it from here.
      Scully: I'm sure your explanation will molify all those hotshots down at the county seat, Detective and relieve any general anxiety about what this thing might be … but only until it strikes again. And one more thing: I never said that what you're looking for is a man.

    • Scully: I'm not quite sure yet.
      Abbott: She's not quite sure yet.
      Doggett: Well, I have to say I've worked a lot of homicides but if the victims laid out here for any time at all in a setting like this, it'd be pretty remarkable if they didn't attract animals.
      Scully: I think that post-mortem predation is definitely a consideration here, but I only see one print and if it were an animal there would be numerous prints all over here and in the yard. You agree, Agent Doggett?
      Doggett: I'm going to go take a look around.

    • Abbott: There's only four toes.
      Scully: That's not an unheard of birth defect. Uh, no more rare than polydactylism.
      Abbott: What did she just say?
      Doggett: I assume she means it could be human.

    • Doggett: I have to admit, Agent Scully, I'm at a loss.
      Scully: Well, that's a good place to start.

    • Scully: I'm not here to be a curiosity, Agent Doggett. I'm here to work.
      Doggett: I am, too, Agent Scully. I've been here all weekend and early this morning went over every X-File in the cabinet there. Just left to get some coffee.
      Scully: Well... do you have any questions?
      Doggett: Just a few. Maybe first you could tell me where your area is here and… uh…. where mine's going to be.
      Scully: This is my partner's office, Agent Doggett. You and I will just be using it for a while.

    • Doggett: (taking out a flashlight) You ever carry one of these?
      Scully: (regards it for a moment) Never.

    • Scully: If you've got a gun, get it.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Doggett: (on finding the missing two fingers) V for Victory.
      This is a reference to Winston Churchill's famous hand gesture of World War 2 of using the first and second fingers slightly parted to suggest a V after victory (with palm out and other fingers clenched). Of course the same gesture reversed has a very different and insulting connotation.

      In the 1960's it was appropriated by hippies and other members of the anti-Vietnam war movement as a sign for "Peace".