Episode Summary

Bizarre murders in a hospital's plastic surgery unit lead Mulder and Scully to suspect a supernatural force may be responsible.

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Nurse Waite: Dr Lloyd!

Doctor Lloyd: I think this patient... is finished. [Dr Lloyd has just killed a patient during a liposuction procedure]

Scully: Well, he started taking the drug five years ago and he went through... ooh, he took a lot of it. Nineteen 100-tablet refills.

Mulder: Wow.

Scully: Yeah. You know that's more than a pill a day.

Mulder: An addiction in other words.

Scully: You're missing my point here, Mulder. This place is a veritable factory. Cosmetic surgery is the boom industry of the medical world and ASU wards like this are a gold mine.

Mulder: Everybody's doing it. Or so I hear.

Scully: And a brand new state-of-the-art facility like this can support an entire hospital.

Mulder: What do you suppose these are?

Scully: What?

Mulder: These five marks on your brand new state-of-the-art floor.

Scully: They look like they were made by the coasters from an OR table or some kind of equipment.

Mulder: No. They look to me like they were burned or scorched. [Mulder connects the marks with the spilled blood and a tongue depressor] The shape of a pentagram.

Scully: Mulder, if you want to connect the dots here, you should look at the facts. Iatrogenic deaths or death due to doctor error are upwards of 80,000 a year. Doctor Lloyd was pushing his limits, he was an accident waiting to happen.

Mulder: I'm not a doctor, Scully, but you got to be pushing pretty hard to mistake a beer belly for a bald head. Not to mention door number three. [Each operating room is clearly marked]

Mulder: It's amazing that no-one saw him in time to stop him. [Each OR has a video screens above the door]

Scully: Maybe they were all possessed.

Mulder: I don't think this is just a simple possession, Scully. I think it's more like sorcery or black magic or something like that.

Mulder: Are you aware that Dr Lloyd is claiming that he was possessed during the incident?

Nurse Waite: I guess it's cheaper than malpractice insurance.

Scully: There's magic going on here. Only it's being done with silicone, collagen and a well-placed scalpel.

Scully: Well if it's that simple, why don't you put out an APB for someone riding a broom and wearing a tall black hat?

Mulder: You jest, Scully.

Mulder: Probable cause. [Noticing the broom at the door]

Scully: On the suspicion of being a witch?

Scully: What could she have been doing in here? [The room is full of candles and ritual offerings]

Mulder: Probably not tax returns.

Mulder: Looks like she took a pretty good shot at you.

Doctor Franklyn: Yes. Apparently.

Mulder: Nothing that a little plastic surgery won't fix up though, huh?

Scully: But if she swallowed... [The straight pins]

Mulder: ...Then she would have died long before she yakked them up on the driveway.

Scully: What are you thinking, Mulder? That Dr Cox murdered these patients ten years ago and then became Dr Franklyn?

Mulder: Scully, I think he murdered those patients so that he could become Dr Franklyn.

Scully: This kind of transformation is medically impossible.

Mulder: Its not medicine, Scully, it's blood sacrifice.

Scully: Blood sacrifice?

Mulder: The most potent offering in black magic. What if this man, having reached the limits of medical miracles, decided to stage a miracle all his own?

Scully: So this man committed these murders in order to make himself beautiful?

Mulder: Everybody wants to be beautiful, Scully.

Doctor Franklyn: I hope that those instruments were properly sterilised. [After magically placing them in Dr Shannon's stomach]

Doctor Hartman: I like to say whoever god didn't get around to creating in his own image it's our job to recreate in ours..