The wait is no longer, X-Files Season 4 Roundtable is here.  As always I will be joined by Agent Donald and Agent Shadow from Re-Opening The X-Files, Tuesday July 6, 2010 on The Film List EPISODE 34    to breakdown the first 12 episodes of season 4.  And check out EPISODE 35    for the conclusion to our Season 4 breakdown, premiering July 20, 2010.

Here is the season 4 episode guide with my ratings (OUT OF 10) so you can follow along as you listen to the podcast :


Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/4/1996

Herrenvolk (2)  RATING :  9.3

Jeremiah Smith and Mulder are on the run from the alien bounty hunter and Smith takes Mulder to a small farm tended to by identical sets of children and all the girls are clones of his sister when she was still a child. Mulder prepares to take Jeremiah and one of the clones to see his mother in hospital but the bounty hunter catches up with them and kills Jeremiah. Meanwhile, the Syndicate suspects that they have a traitor in their midst and plan a trap which results in X being executed by the CSM.


Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/11/1996

Home  RATING:  9.8

A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting from generations of inbreeding, leading Mulder and Scully to a reclusive family who have a history of inbred children.


Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/18/1996

Teliko  RATING:  7.1

After several African-American men are killed and the color is drained from their skin, Mulder learns about the Teliko, an African folktale about a creature who must suck the pigmentation from a person’s body in order to survive.


Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/27/1996

Unruhe  RATING:  8.6

Several kidnappings of young women linked by distorted photographs lead Mulder and Scully to a man who can imprint his darkest fantasies onto undeveloped film and is trying to save the women from the ‘Howlers’.


Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 11/3/1996

The Field Where I Died  RATING:  7.0

After an FBI raid on a doomsday cult called the “Temple of the Seven Stars.” Mulder meets Melissa, a cultist who claims to have known him in a previous life during the American Civil War. Scully believes the woman is a delusional schizophrenic but Mulder allows himself to be drawn into her fantasies.


Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/10/1996

Sanguinarium  RATING :  7.3

When a series of bizarre murders take place in a hospital’s plastic surgery unit, Mulder finds a link to the four witches Sabbaths. This leads Mulder and Scully to question if supernatural forces maybe responsible when they begin to suspect a nurse of practicing witchcraft and causing the deaths of the patients.


Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/17/1996

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man  RATING: 10.0

Frohike pieces together and recites to Mulder and Scully what could be the possible life story of the Cigarette Smoking Man; from a young captain in the US Army recruited to assassinate President Kennedy, to becoming the mysterious man in the shadows at the height of a global conspiracy. What measures will the CSM take to ensure that he remains a mystery forever?


Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/24/1996

Tunguska (1)  RATING:  9.6

A rock sample taken from Mars is intercepted at an airport and infects a security officer with the Black Cancer, while Mulder is given a tip about potentially dangerous paramilitary operations but is doubtful when the informant turns out to be Alex Krycek. Reluctantly, Mulder accepts Krycek’s help and tracks the rock to Russia where he discovers an elaborate test being performed by Russian scientists.


Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 12/1/1996

Terma (2)  RATING:  9.0

While imprisoned in Russia and infected with the Black Cancer, Mulder learns that Krycek is working with the men responsible and everything has been a setup from the start, while Scully and Skinner are called to a suspicious Senate hearing where the only question is the whereabouts of Agent Mulder.


Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/15/1996

Paper Hearts  RATING:  9.2

Mulder’s dreams help him in finding the body of a little girl which re-opens one of his old cases in the Violent Crimes Unit and leads him to believe the killer he captured had more victims and may have taken his sister many years before.


Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 1/12/1997

El Mundo Gira  RATING:  8.8

When a deadly yellow rain falls in a migrant workers camp and kills a young woman, Agents Mulder and Scully come to investigate what happened. After questioning the family the agents learn that they believe a mythical creature is responsible for the death and before long Mulder and Scully are on the trail of a mythical beast known as El Chupacabra. Mulder and Scully have to work out where the beast will go next before it can kill anyone else.


Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/26/1997

Leonard Betts   RATING :  8.9

After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, including his head. The agents soon discover that Betts’ body is riddled with cancer and he is able to live in that condition but needs to feed on cancerous tumors to keep up his strength.




Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 2/2/1997

Never Again  RATING : 8.5

While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy until he returns. She however, decides to start living and goes on a date with a man who believes that his tattoo talks to him and is telling him to stay away from other women.

Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/9/1997

Memento Mori  RATING : 9.2

Scully’s recent failing health is revealed to be inoperable brain cancer which is common among abductees. She meets with other abductees with the same condition and forms a special bond with a dying woman, while Mulder tries to save her from a doctor who may be connected with the abductions.

Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/16/1997

Kaddish  RATING: 7.2

Issac Luria, a Jewish man, is killed by a group of teenagers working for a racist shopowner, but one of them is soon strangled to death and the fingerprints on his neck are of Issac. Despite other factors, Mulder becomes convinced that the man has returned from the dead to exact revenge.

Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/23/1997

Unrequited  RATING: 8.2

When a US military general is unexplainably murdered in the back of his limousine, a paramilitary group is suspected and they believe it was a soldier whom they liberated from a Vietnam POW camp and is plotting to kill certain corrupt military figures.

Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/16/1997

Tempus Fugit (1)  RATING: 9.3

While celebrating Scully’s 33rd birthday, a strange woman informs Mulder that NICAP member Max Fenig (see Fallen Angel) has recently died in a plane crash. After a visit to the crash site and finding Max’s body with radiation burns on it, Mulder suggests that the plane was intercepted by a UFO and is rapidly being covered up by the military.

Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/23/1997

Max (2)  RATING: 9.4

Mulder is arrested for investigating the plane crash and interfering with a military operation, while Scully is caught in an attempted assassination of Corporal Frish which claims the life of Agent Pendrell. Scully bails Mulder out of prison and they go to Max Fenig’s trailer to find out why he was on the plane. Mulder finds evidence of alien technology and boards a plane with it but the plane is intercepted mid-flight and it disappears. Mulder is again left with nothing.

Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/13/1997

Synchrony  RATING: 9.0

A case involving a strange old man warning two scientists of events in the immediate future which come to pass; and the use of their experimental flash-freezing compound that does not exist yet, has Mulder believing that one of the scientists has come from the future to stop his own scientific breakthrough from becoming reality.

Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/20/1997

Small Potatoes  RATING: 8.5

Five babies in the same town are all born with tails and the local OB-GYN is blamed for tampering with fertilised eggs. However, Mulder discovers the culprit to be a simple man with a genetic deformity who may have the ability to alter his appearance.

Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/27/1997

Zero Sum  RATING: 9.5

Skinner destroys evidence to cover up a woman’s death and poses as Agent Mulder to complete the task. Mulder finds out about Skinner’s deception and confronts him and Skinner reveals that he is working for the Cigarette Smoking Man in order to obtain a possible cure for Scully’s cancer.

Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/4/1997

Elegy  RATING:  7.9

After a man sees a woman trapped inside a bowling alley pin setter, he goes for help and finds police standing next to the body of the same woman. Mulder and Scully join the investigation and follow up this lead which the police won’t bother with and they are led to a autistic man who works at the bowling alley.

Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/11/1997

Demons  RATING: (9.1)

Mulder undergoes an experimental form of hypnotherapy to recover his memories about his sister’s abduction but the treatment has side effects including psychotic behaviour and Mulder wakes up one morning in a motel room with someone else’s blood all over him.

Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/18/1997

Gethsemane (1)  RATING 9.3

While investigating the discovery of a preserved alien body found in the mountains of Canada, Mulder is contacted by Michael Kritschgau who tells him about a government conspiracy not to keep alien activity a secret, but to make people believe in them without question and Mulder has been the prime target. With the idea that everything he believes is a lie, Mulder appears to take his own life.