Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Oct 26, 1996 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Nightcrawler gets a mysterious message. He is informed that his birth mother (whom he never knew) is in trouble. He turns to the X-Men for assistance. Jubilee is baffled that Nightcrawler wants to help the mother who abandoned him -- she has never known her birth parents and feels pretty hostile toward them, whoever they are. Nightcrawler admits there has been pain, but his faith in God has helped him overcome her rejection. The plot thickens when one of the team members recognizes Nightcrawler's mother's voice. There are more 'bloodlines' here than anyone imagined, including the Friends of Humanity who arranged this 'reunion' in the first place.


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  • How life is

    One of the reasons I love this episode so much is because it really shows how people really are. This story is one of the many that actually happens in real life and many people is out there searching for their mothers and fathers who didn't want them. It also shows how strong religion is and even though NIghtcrawler was put through so much pain do to his mother absents and what Mystique had told him he forgiven her anyways. Nightcrawler believing in something good and praying to help those who had hurt him just makes this show great and that's why I had given it a 10.moreless
Don Francks

Don Francks

Sabertooth/Victor Creed, Puck/Eugene Milton Judd, Shaman/Dr. Michael Twoyoungmen

Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau (1992-1995)

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey/Phoenix

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor X and Storm do not appear. Gambit only appears as Mystique in a shape shift.

    • When Jubilee goes to answer the door the Beast mask is no longer there. Also after the door is opened, she has a bowl of candy but there was no way she could have picked one up, as there wasn't one around.

    • When Nightcrawler is talking to Jubilee at one point, you can see that he has 5 fingers instead of 3.

    • When Wolverine scares away the kids with the Beast mask, his arm is blue in the wide shot as they run away.

    • In the footage of the news report, a girl's skirt changes from purple to blue and back several times in the large crowd shot..

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Wolverine: What's Mystique doin' here?
      Rogue: She's Nightcrawler's mother, and Creed's mother, too!
      Jubilee: Boy, talk about your soap operas!

    • Jubilee: oh nice. Beast won't appreciate you using his face to give them nightmares.
      Wolverine: Isn't that what Halloween is all about?
      Jubilee: Nooooo. It's about getting people to give you lots of candy and then trying to eat it all in one night.

    • Nightcrawler: Stop this! She is our mother! She gave you life!
      Graydon Creed: She is a mutant! She gave me misery, and shame. She has to suffer...ALL MUTANTS MUST SUFFER!

    • Sabretooth: Well, well, well.
      Creed: No! Sabretooth.
      Sabretooth: If it isn't my son, the famous slayer of mutants. (picks up Creed)
      Creed: No! No! Please!
      Sabretooth: Now, son, come to Papa.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Nightcrawler is revealed to be 25 years old.

    • Though originally scripted between "Family Ties" and "The Lotus and The Steel", this episode ended up being made originally as the second "series finale", since it was produced as the 5th additional episode ordered following the show's initial 65. But high demand for the series led to a final 6 more shows ordered.

    • The three kids Trick or Treating are dressed like the Tarantula, Daredevil (his yellow original costume), and the Devil Dinosaur.

    • Mystique's age is unknown, but she has been around at least since the 1930's, when she would take the guise of a man named D. Raven.

    • Nightcrawler, Creed and Rogue are all related. How? Night and Creed are half brothers (different fathers), and Rogue was unofficially adopted by Mystique, their mother.