The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 16

Young at Heart

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mulder becomes the target of someone from his past, John Barnett, a jewelry store robber with an itchy trigger finger that Mulder sent to prison when he first joined the Bureau. The only problem is that Barnett died four years ago.

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  • Simple yet effective.

    OK, it was stripped down and basic but the vendetta and emotions were pure, creating viable suspense and gluing me to the TV for the full 40 minutes. I can't say that about every episode (despite being a hardcore fan). Some great character development here, including the juxtaposition between Mulder's violent crime days and the present. In sum, a classic showdown between a hero and an unidentifiable villain.
  • another

    Here we get to see Deep throat again, and some hints of conspiracy, that "they" know how to stop aging. We get another good ghost story, And again Mulder meets his past and deals with it.
  • A Mostly Unmemorable Episode.

    Help, I just watched this episode and already can't remember it! Have I been mind-wiped by a nefarious government organisation? Someone call that Mulder dude, Scully won't believe me!

    THIS EPISODE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN: Government Experiments Using Salamanders Gone Awry


    Oh yeah, now I remember. Salamander hands. Scully as a lving target (good that she didn't get shot in the head or legs!). And Mulder uses a bullet to make up for a past mistake. It's mostly worth forgetting about.moreless
  • Mulder is being stalked by someone from his past.

    Mulder is being stalked by John Barnett someone he helped put away when he first joined the Bureau but because he supposedly died four years ago things get tricky for Mulder when they find out he got a new hand and he looks younger than when Mulder remembers him.Barnett starts to kill people close to Mulder but when Mulder caught up to Barnett he didn't hesitate to kill him this time.When Barnett was shot the best doctors and some unknown CIA tried their best to revive him but they wasn't able to.moreless
  • Young at Heart

    Among some good hits and boring, this episode of "The X Files" can only be satisfactorily and maintains a certain balance, if modeling with a weird story, laughable effects and an interesting story. The repentance of the past that weighs both Mulder and Scully being felt by just moves all the furious search of the protagonist to reach and kill the monster killer. Paying attention to the experiences of Dr. Ridley, in fighting progeria disease (rare) and slow the aging process, which saw it as a disease and not as something natural, the episode also reveals the secret U.S. government funding to research the scientist in order to earn billions of dollars and forever change the history of genetics worldwide. When Barnett, an inmate sentenced to life in prison almost, volunteered to participate in these experiments and left GM, he is dedicated to making your own experiences and also receives financial support from the government, in opposition to the abandonment financial Ridley, but of course, drives in absolute silence. Has a good thriller here, the soundtrack is a bit exaggerated, but it is an exaggeration minimal compared with other much more glaring. For example, the appearance of the monster is pure shame of others, with a very badly done make-up (also, to look like a salamander, would not go even a very good deal) and a "hand" worthy of some of the films "Ghostbusters" . Some things go to swallow, others less so. But an episode is very consumable, almost note 7, but is a bit far from being one of the great delights of the series, however, serves to deceive the belly.moreless
Dick Anthony Williams

Dick Anthony Williams

Agent Reggie Purdue

Guest Star

Alan Boyce

Alan Boyce

young John Barnett

Guest Star

Christine Estabrook

Christine Estabrook

Agent Henderson

Guest Star

Jerry Hardin

Jerry Hardin

Deep Throat

Recurring Role

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Broken prop / goof: Just after Scully checks to make sure that the bullet hit the vest, she puts her head back down on the floor in relief, something that looks like a piece of an earring falls down on the left side of her head, into her hair. However, her earrings look unaffected.

    • Principal setting: Washington D.C.

    • John Barnett was Mulder's very first case with the Violent Crimes Unit.

    • This is the first episode where Mulder kills anyone.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode when John Barnett has the celloist held hostage, you can clearly see he is wearing contact lenses in the close up shots.

    • As Mulder is leaving the sports field and walks up to his car you can see cars in front and and behind his car. Once he drives off though the aerial view shows there is nary a car in sight.

    • The CIA Agent who is trying to get information from Barnett while doctors attempt to save him is played by William B. Davis. Davis plays the Cigarette Smoking Man for the entire series. It is not specified whether the character he is playing in this episode is actually the Cigarette Smoking Man or if it is just a character error.

    • When Scully is in her apartment typing her field report, the close up of the screen is of white letters on a blue background. When the wide shot of her sitting in front of her computer is shown, however, the screen is clearly green.

    • When Mulder returns to the office both he and Reggie handle the photographs Barnett sent to Mulder without gloves.

    • Continuity: When Mulder plays back the telephone call he just received from Barnett on his taperecorder, the speed of the dialogue between Mulder and Barnett is different from the original call.

    • Continuity: When Mulder is at the sports field, right before he finds the photos in the car, he walks past John Barnett. You can clearly see that both John's hands are normal human hands folded together instead of the big huge ugly green hand that you would not be able to miss.

    • Continuity: In the close-up shot of Mulder just before he shoots Barnett, his black ear piece disappears.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Agent Henderson: Ten minutes may be enough time for you, Mulder. Of course, I wouldn't know that from personal experience.

    • Mulder: Steve Wallenberg had a wife and two kids. One of his boys is an all-star on his football team now. I pulled that trigger two seconds earlier and Wallenberg would be here to see his kid play. Instead, I've got some dead man robbing jewelry stores and sending me haikus.

    • Mulder: He gunned him down just for spite. This is a man with a wife and two small children and you, you shot him without hesitation, without conscience, without an ounce of humanity. Which is why you should die like an animal, you son of a bitch!

    • Scully: What are you going to do?
      Mulder: I know what I'm not going to do. I'm not going to hang around and wait for Barnett to send me another valentine.

    • Scully: Mulder, I know what you did wasn't by the book.
      Mulder: Tells you a lot about the book, doesn't it?

    • Mulder: Thanks, Henderson, I owe you one.
      Henderson: Promises, promises.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title: Young At Heart

      Taken from the famous Frank Sinatra song, written in 1953 (by Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh) and used in the film of the same name in 1954, in which Frank starred with Doris Day. It's an ironic title, of course, given the episode's subject matter of premature ageing.

    • Subject: Progeria

      This is a very rare condition that causes premature ageing in newborns and young children. It was first identified by Hutchingson and Gilford in 1886 and whilst their particular syndrome is specific, Progeria is also used to describe a number of similar aging conditions. Progeria is always fatal, has no known cure and most children afflicted with it don't live past their early teens.

    • Ridley: I was called Doctor Mengele, Doctor Frankenstein but I didn't care.

      Josef Mengele was a Nazi German physician who conducted experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz during WWII. Dr. Frankenstein is a fictional character from Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. The fictional university student in this book discovers the means by which inanimate matter can be imbued with life. As a direct result of this new knowledge, he is able to create the so-called Monster of Frankenstein.