The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 24

Talitha Cumi (1)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 17, 1996 on FOX
9.0
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Mulder and Scully search for a mysterious man with the power to heal, whose actions risk exposing the existence of aliens on Earth. Meanwhile a confrontation between Mrs. Mulder and the CSM leads Mulder to the discovery of the only weapon which can kill the aliens.

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  • Talitha Cumi

    10
    Talitha Cumi was a perfect season three finale episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written, engaging and full of character and plot development. It was nice how every thing intertwined and to see how involved the Cigarette Smoking Man is with the larger picture. It was interesting to see the healing man and the assassin who is after him. The ending was a good cliff hanger and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • "Whoever can control a man's conscience can take away his freedom"~ Cigarette Smoking Man

    8.5
    Talitha Cumi, possibly the most mystical X-File to date, opens with Mulder and Scully's search for a remarkable man who can calm a frenzied gunman, heal several people dying of gunshot wounds, and then vanish in the wink of an eye. This stranger, who goes by the name of Jeremiah Smith falls into the hands of the Cigarette-Smoking Man; their conversation makes it clear that "Smith" is not human. Meanwhile, Mulder's mother secretly meets the Cancer Man in a scene heavy with hair-raising implications, then suffers a stroke. Mulder's anguish over this event is balanced by his shock when he learns that she has known the Smoking Man for a long time, and by Mulder's own discovery of an alien weapon hidden -- as she told him it would be -- in their own family vacation home. X demands that Mulder hand over the device. When Mulder refuses, X tries to take it from him by force in a parking-garage brawl. "Let me be clear," Mulder asks him. "We're talking about colonization, aren't we? The date is set." This sets us up for a confrontation at an industrial site between the X-Files team and Jeremiah Smith, now spouting the same vague Promises to Reveal All that we have learned to ignore.

    The trouble with "Talitha Cumi" is the trouble with the series--it is beginning to eat its own tail. Vital story elements--the alien ice pick or the faces worn by Jeremiah Smith--could have no significance to a new viewer. There is too much here whose significance points backwards, to earlier episodes. I can forgive stunning leaps of logic (like Mulder linking the restaurant shooting to his mother's stroke--oh, come on!) for the sake of Scully and Mulder's little "Are you okay?" conversation--a classic Carter/Duchovny/Anderson scene that says much with little dialogue.moreless
  • Mulder and Scully dig deeper into a conspiracy

    8.0
    The season three finale of X-Files was surprisingly slow-moving and seemed to hold its cards very tight to its chest. Last season, the finale began at a rapid-fire pace and never let up, continuing all the way into the third season. However, this finale left me feeling confused at what was even going on. The sudden appearance of Jeremiah Smith and the way he seems to somehow know everything that's going on with the Cigarette Smoking Man makes me feel like I missed something along the way. However, there were some superb moments and the way the Cigarette Smoking Man has slowly come to the forefront, also bringing the hope of finding Mulder's sister, keeps me very interested.



    One thing I was a bit confused at was the constant mentioning of "colonization." Jeremiah Smith and the C.S.M seem to know something that we don't, and the way they keep mentioning it makes me wonder if we're going to find out anytime soon what in the world they're talking about. I'm sure that they will, but it's frustrating when it's referenced often and never explained.



    I would likely rate the episode much higher, but the cliffhanger heading into the Season 4 premiere was just forced and felt completely out of the blue. It was as if the writers decided near the end of filming that they didn't know where to end it exactly and decided to just end it at a random spot that was deemed somewhat exciting. That's not to say that I'm not intrigued at where it'll lead next, because it certainly is one hell of a cliffhanger. However, I just wasn't as blown away as I was last year, where Chris Carter and co. truly left everyone on the edge of their seats.



    Compared to other season finales, this one was sort of weak, but I'm willing to forgive it depending on how powerful the resolution of the plot is.moreless
  • More mythology... more secrets

    9.0
    Definitely the second, third time around is a lot better. Vulnerable Mulder episodes are very good for two reasons: it gives David Duchovny a chance to show his acting skills and it's good to see Mulder open to so many opinions to end up trusting the same person in the end.



    Boy, the CSM has so many secrets and he sure knows a lot of things. And I don't know why Mrs. Mulder never told Mulder he knew this man.



    Is the CSM afraid of what he has done? When Jeremiah Smith turned into Deep Throat in jail, there was a moment when I thought he was afraid.



    Mulder's reaction to the CSM being in the hospital is priceless.moreless
  • Who's Your Daddy?

    8.8
    Another great opening teaser as a strange man steps into the middle of a holdup to heal the dead and dying. The expected cliffhanger ending of this season finale, however, is strangely subdued and not at all effective as a cliffhanger.



    A shadowy relationship between CSM and Mulder's mother is revealed with strong hints of a past romance. Could CSM be Mulder's daddy? Hmmmm. We will see.



    All in all, a good Mythology episode that seems a bit disjointed, perhaps even poorly or hastily written. Somewhat surprising given the strength of the Third Season, which was the strongest and most accomplished yet.moreless
Angelo Vacco

Angelo Vacco

Door Man

Guest Star

Hrothgar Mathews

Hrothgar Mathews

Galen Muntz

Guest Star

Stephen Dimopoulos

Stephen Dimopoulos

Detective

Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Rebecca Toolan

Rebecca Toolan

Mrs Mulder

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Principal Settings:
      Washington, D.C.; Quonochontaug, Rhode Island; Arlington, Virginia

    • During the fight scene between Mulder and X, a crew person's hand is clearly visible moving upward on the far right hand side of the frame.

    • At the beginning, when the healer heals the shooter, he mysteriously repairs the damage to the shirt of the man. The man Scully talks to still has the hole in the shirt. Why didn't the man repair that too?

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mulder: I want his name. I want to know everything about him.
      Skinner: Excuse me?
      Mulder: I want the Smoking Man smoked out. I want him exposed to be the murdering son of a bitch that he is.

    • Mr. X: He wants something from her, something she may have kept in this house. Unless you know another reason they would have chosen to meet here.
      Mulder: On the day my parents divorced, my mother vowed never to set foot in the summer house again. I know my mother, she kept her word.
      Mr. X: It could be something very old. Certainly something very important.
      Mulder: I have no idea what that could be.
      Mr. X: No idea at all?
      Mulder: No.

    • Mulder: Will you talk to me, Mr Muntz? Can you tell me what happen?
      Galen Muntz: God... spared my life today. He took pity on my soul and he washed away my sins.
      Mulder: How do you mean?
      Galen Muntz: He reached down and he healed me with his hand... with the palm of his hand.
      Mulder: Who did?
      Galen Muntz: A man. A holy man. All I can think is... must have been the good lord himself.

    • Cigarette Smoking Man: You presume to dictate duty to me? Have you any idea what the cost of your action is? What the affect might be? Who are you to give them hope?
      Smith: What do you give them?
      Cigarette Smoking Man: We give them happiness, and they give us authority.
      Smith: The authority to take away their freedom under the guise of democracy.
      Cigarette Smoking Man: Men can never be free, because they're weak, corrupt, worthless and restless. The people believe in authority, they've grown tired of waiting for miracle or mystery. Science is their religion now, and no greater explanation exists for them. They must never believe any differently if the project is to go forward.

    • Mrs. Mulder: I have nothing to say to you.
      CSM: Really? We used to have so much to say to each other, so many good times at the Mulder's summer place. Your kids.. young and energetic. I remember water-skiing down there with Bill. He was a good water-skier your husband, not as good as I was but then that could be said about so many things...couldn't it?
      Mrs. Mulder: I've repressed it all.

  • NOTES (7)

    • It was originally envisioned that Melinda McGraw, playing Melissa Scully, would make a cameo in this episode as one of the people Jeremiah Smith would transform into during the interrogation scene with the Cigarette-Smoking Man. It turned out that Melinda McGraw wasn't available the day of the shoot.

    • The reference to the Cigarette-Smoking Man water-skiing is an inside joke based on William B. Davis's real-life skills as a championship-level water-skiier.

    • The fight between Mulder and X was longer in the first cut. The producers had to tone to violence down to comply with the Fox Broadcasting standards.

    • Steven Williams, playing X, wrenched his shoulder in filming the fight between his character and Mulder.

    • Roy Thinnes is of course quite familiar with aliens, even shape-changing ones, having played David Vincent in Quinn Martin´s classic SF/paranoia series, The Invaders (1967-1969) which exerts as much an influence on The X-Files as Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the Darren McGavin series Chris Carter always quotes as The X-Files granddaddy show.

    • Extras that appear in the restaurant scenes include cinematographer John Bartlet's daughter, first assistant director Tom Braidwood's daughter, key grip Al Campbell's daughter, and three of stunt coordinator Tony Morelli's children.

    • 'Talitha Cumi' is Aramaic for "Little Girl Arise", used in the Bible when Jesus raises the young daughter of a Jewish leader from the dead.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Episode Title: Talitha Cumi
      The phrase "Talitha Cumi" is Aramaic and a biblical reference. It refers to a girl Jesus Christ resurrects in Mark 5:41 - "And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise."

    • Visual Film reference: The Brothers Karamazov
      The scene between Jeremiah and Cancer Man was in homage to a classic scene from novel by Dostoyevsky called "The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor". In the legend, Jesus returns and is arrested by church leaders. The Grand Inquisitor tells Jesus that he shouldn't have returned and that he burdened man with too much freedom. The Grand Inquisitor explains that the church took that freedom away because man wants to be led by others. Also, the name of the restaurant where this episode begins is 'Brothers K' - another reference to The Brothers Karamazov.

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