The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 9

Signs and Wonders

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 2000 on FOX
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Mulder and Scully investigate a gruesome and unexplained snake-bite death, which points to a religious group in the Deep South. Before long the agents realise that the snakes are being used to kill the unrighteous.

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  • Signs and Wonders

    Signs and Wonders was another perfect episode of The X-Files. I really liked this episode because the religious tones were intriguing, there was a lot of great character development for both agents, and the ending was awesome! It was fun to see the church members dancing around with poisonous snakes while shaking and falling. I know this type of thing really happens which is why I found the story to be engaging and entertaining. It was funny that Scully was yet again accosted by a fanatical man. I certainly look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A strange church that focuses on snake handling is the suspect of a number of murders.. and Mulder and Scully are on the case

    Even for a sub-par episode of Season 7, I actually thought this was a good episode overall for the X-Files. The topic itself seemed a little lackluster compared to some of the stuff that the show has focused on before, but I've always said that if an episode has good writing, the content itself doesn't need to really jump out at you as much.

    The episode focused on a church named the Church of Signs and Wonders. Here, people focus less on worshiping God in the traditional way and instead focus on snake-handling to prove their loyalty to God and test their faith. However, a boy named Patrick and his girlfriend Gracie (I think that's the name) leave the church after Gracie gets pregnant out of wedlock, and after Patrick shows up dead, Mulder and Scully suspect that the reverend of the church is punishing him. You see, the girl Gracie is the daughter of the reverend, and Mulder assumes that this is the reverend's brand of punishment.

    Following the "Amazing Maleeni," this is another episode dealing with misdirection but focused more around religion than slight of hand. Whereas "Amazing Maleeni" seemed to misdirect us so much that we nearly stopped focusing, this episode has a normal dose, although the end result isn't the most intriguing thing in the world.

    However, I really like the episodes focusing around faith as of late. With Mulder growing more and more frustrated in his efforts to find the truth and Scully finding her role as a skeptic frequently being challenged, these episodes are taking what would normally be sub-par efforts and turning them into intriguing soul-searching episodes.moreless
  • Snakes! Run!

    Well, we've had killer cats of all things, I suppose snakes were due their day. A pretty standard scarer, not very remarkable, but not unentertaining or dull either. It's just kind of there:) If you have a snake phobia (no, I can't be bothered to look up the word for that), this will kill you. As someone who likes snakes just fine, it's completely average. But remember: "Average" X-Files is still better than the majority of what else is on tv, so it's not really an insult.moreless
  • A freaky and disturbing episode.

    A particularly well done scene is where the two congregations are reading the same section and the difference is disturbing. One is calm and rational discussion where the other is violent and extreme. Attacking Jared with 50 snakes then calling it a test definitely counts as extreme.

    Nice twist to have the killer turn out to be the 'good' preacher and the other being innocent. When Jared wasn't the father of the baby, it did cross my mind that the baby could be her father's, but thankfully that wasn't the case. Though Gracie giving birth to snakes was really disgusting.

    A freaky and disturbing episode with lots of snakes, needless to say – this episode won't be making my top 10 list.moreless
  • Best episode ever. It plays wonderful head games with you and at the end leaves you tickled.

    This is the best XF episode of all time. It is creepy but at the same time wonderfully subtle and wise. It plays delicious games with your apprehension of what is right and what is wrong and how easy it is for any of us to be deceived by appearances and lulled by what appears to be reasonable. Outstanding and clever manipulation of the audience's comfortable understandings of religion. Be sure not the miss the final fifteen minutes, including the great scene where Gracie's father keeps intoning "the Lord wants you hot!" while the crazed congregation dances around Gracie in a frenzy.

    Particularly don't miss the last scene, which is an all-time classic.moreless
Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Reverend Samuel Mackey

Guest Star

Tracy Middendorf

Tracy Middendorf


Guest Star

Michael Childers

Michael Childers

Reverend Enoch O'Connor

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Just after Mulder says: "especially because rattlesnakes tend to hibernate in winter" - during the first scene in the office after the intro. You can hear Gillian Anderson slip into an English accent, when she says: "so you think that Mr Chirp was murdered?" And then right back into an American for her next line.

    • The location of the opening is Blessing, Tennessee. The location is printed on the screen, but is removed very quickly.

    • A boom mic operator is visible on the left hand side of the screen wearing a white t-shirt, beige shorts, and sneakers. He's carrying the boom mic and following Mulder and Scully. You can see him when Mulder and Scully arrive at the "Church of God with Signs and Wonders" for the first time...when Mulder delivers the line "That's funny, I knew a couple Catholic schoolgirls who were experts at it."

    • When Reverend O'Connor is reading from the Book of Revelations, his Bible is flipped open towards the front. Revelations is the last chapter in the New Testament, so his Bible should have been open towards the back.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mulder: People think the devil has horns and a tail. They're not use to looking for some kindly man who tells you what you want to hear.
      Scully: He's just a man Mulder...just like O'Connor.
      Mulder: Not like O'Connor. If this was some kind of test, looks like I failed.
      Scully: I'd say if it was, you passed with flying colors.
      (Mulder tilts his head)
      Scully: You're alive aren't you?
      Mulder: Proud and fancy free.

    • O'Connor: You got nothing to fear if you're righteous people.
      Mulder: Just in case we're not, we could use a little righteous help here.

    • Scully: Snake handling... didn't learn that in Catechism class.
      Mulder: That's funny, I remember a couple of Catholic school girls that were experts at it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Enoch O'Connor's namesake can be found in the bible book of Genesis. An ancestor of Noah, the prophet Enoch "walked with God" and was transferred so as not to see death.

    • Rather a bizarre coincidence: guest stars Randy Ogelsby, Tracey Middendorf and Beth Grant went on to play guest roles on Angel and writer Jeffrey Bell ended up joining the crew in the show's 3rd season.

    • A deleted scene included O'Fallon singing to his church group. It was cut due to time constraints.

    • 'Signs and Wonders' is a common biblical phrase used to describe the acts used to convince followers of the nature of Christ and his apostles, for example:
      Second Corinthians 12:12: "The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles."


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