Episode Summary

Meeting insecure women through an on-line service, a serial killer seduces his prey with the right words. However, Mulder and Scully determine these killings are far from ordinary by the presence of a strange substance coating the victims, a substance which seems to digest the fatty acids in flesh.

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[Scully enters the morgue]

Detective Cross: Oh, it's you.

Scully: That's not a problem, is it?

Detective Cross: No. It's just that Doctor Kramer didn't tell me that you were observing the autopsy.

Scully: I'm not observing, I'm performing it myself.

Detective Cross: You're a medical doctor?

Scully: You sound surprised.

Detective Cross: I don't know, I guess maybe I am.

Scully: Why?

Holly MacLean: [to Virgil Incanto] Uh uh. No kissing. Anything else you want is fine, but no kissing.

Scully: Here's something else that might help. The killer should have an identifiable wound pattern from this. [Strips of skin under the victim's fingernails]

Mulder: Looks like she took her pound of flesh, huh.

Scully: The skin sample contains no oils or essential fatty acid. Well Mulder, there are any number of factors which could have caused that result. Where are you going with this?

Mulder: Okay, it's not yet the finely detailed insanity that you've come to expect from me, it's just a theory. But what if he's not doing this out of a psychotic impulse, but rather out of some physical hunger? Maybe he needs to replenish this chemical deficiency in order to survive.

Scully: From a dry skin sample you're concluding what? That he's some kind of a fat-sucking vampire?

Mulder: There are examples of this in nature, aren't there?

Scully: Yes, scorpions predigest their food outside of their body by regurgitating onto their prey but... I don't know too many scorpions who surf the Internet.

Mulder: Scully. I wouldn't have made a good Amway salesman, I knocked on more doors...

Scully: Why?

Virgil Incanto: When you look at me you see a monster. But I was just feeding hunger.

Scully: You're more than a monster. You didn't just feed on their bodies, you fed on their minds.

Virgil Incanto: My weakness is no greater than theirs. I gave them what they wanted, they gave me what I needed.

Scully: Not any more.