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"Irresistible"
The X-Files episode
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Donnie Pfaster as a Demon in a hallucination
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 13
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by David Nutter
Production no. 2X13
Original airdate January 13, 1995 (Fox)
Guest stars
  • Bruce Weitz as Agent Moe Bocks
  • Nick Chinlund as Donnie Pfaster
  • Christine Willes as Karen Kossef
  • Deanne Milligan as Satin
  • Robert Thurston as Toews
  • Glynis Davies as Ellen
  • Tim Progish as Mr. Fiebling
  • Dwight McFee as Suspect
  • Denalda Williams as Marilyn
  • Maggie O'Hara as Young Woman
  • Kathleen Duborg as Prostitute
  • Mark Saunders as Agent Busch
  • Clara Hunter as Coed
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"Irresistible" is a 1995 episode of The X-Files television series. It was the thirteenth episode broadcast in the show's second season. Irresistible features the agent's investigation of a death fetishist who kidnaps Agent Scully.

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Plot

In Minneapolis, Minnesota a funeral is held for a young woman who died. Later that night the funeral director finds his assistant, Donnie Pfaster, cutting off the woman's hair and fires him. Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are brought to Minneapolis by Agent Moe Bocks, who discovered a dug up grave and a desecrated body at the cemetery. Mulder discounts Bock's theory that aliens are involved and suggests they search the area for footprints. Pfaster interviews for a new job performing deliveries for Ficicello Frozen Foods. Two more bodies turn up with their hair and fingernails removed. Mulder believes this is the work of an escalating fetishist who may result to murder to keep up his desires for warm bodies. Although bothered by the case, Scully keeps this to herself and writes up a field report on necrophilia.

Pfaster brings a prostitute to his apartment who freaks out when she spots his collection of funeral wreaths. She tries to escape but he kills her. Her body later turns up with her fingers removed. Pfaster is hired by the Frozen Foods company and makes his first delivery. One of the prostitute's colleagues fails to identify the suspect from a line of men. Pfaster attends a class that night but when he creeps out one of his fellow classmates in the parking lot he is kicked in the groin and arrested. Scully performs an autopsy but has vision of herself on the autopsy table. The agents go to jail to see their latest suspect, who ends up coincidently being in the cell next to Pfaster. Pfaster learns Scully's name from him after they leave and is released soon after.

Scully returns to Washington and meets with social worker Karen Kosseff, being extremely bothered by this case. Afterwards, Scully, about to return to Minneapolis is told that she was called by someone, whom was neither Mulder nor Bocks. Tracing a fingerprint to Pfaster from his recent arrest, Bocks has Pfaster's home raided, finding a finger in the refrigerator. Pfaster follows Scully as she leaves the airport and rear-ends her, capturing her. Scully's empty car is found and Mulder and Bocks send the paint stains on the back in for analysis. Pfaster brings Scully to an abandoned house where she is held tied and gagged while he prepares a bath for her. Using the paint on the car, the agents track it down to Pfaster's mother, who died a year ago, and search for any local residences she may have had before she died. Scully escapes from Pfaster but is recaptured. Agents break in moments later and arrest Pfaster. Scully insists to Mulder that she is okay, but breaks down and cries.[1][2]

Production

The episode's initial script where Pfaster was a necrophiliac was rejected by FOX's program standards department for being "unacceptable for broadcast standards".[3] As Chris Carter described it, "When I handed the script in, it was really for a necrophiliac episode, and that just didn't fly. You cannot do the combination of sex and death on network television."[4] Carter was forced to tone down the script by changing Pfaster from a necrophiliac to a death fetishist and diminishing Pfaster's sexual obsession.[3] The episode's original title was "Fascination".[5]

The episode is one of the few in the series that has no paranormal elements to it.[3] Carter said of the episode's conception, "My first chance to work with David Nutter in a long time, and I wanted to give him something he could sink his teeth into. It's a little bit different for us. It doesn't really have a paranormal aspect, except for Scully's perceptions of her deepest fears. I felt that I had to figure out what she is most afraid of, and she is most afraid of those things that most of us are afraid of. The idea of dying at the hands of someone - creature or not - and she is helpless to do anything about it. I thought it was a very good way to explore Scully's character."[6] The scene where Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) imagines Pfaster appearing as a devil was influenced by real-life accounts, as described by Carter: "There are reports of people who had been under the spell of Jeffrey Dahmer, who actually claimed that he shape-shifted during those hours when they were held hostage; that his image actually changed."[4] Nutter said "In many ways, Chris wanted to sell the idea that, as established in Mulder's closing dialogue in the show, not all terror comes from the paranormal. It could come from the person next door."[6]

Carter said of the casting of Nick Chinlund as Pfaster, "I thought it was a wonderfully creepy villain. The casting of that show was very difficult. We saw many actors, but there was a quality I was looking for and I couldn't put a name on that quality. I finally figured out what it was when Nick came in and he had a kind of androgynous quality that worked. I thought he looked like Joe College, but he could scare the hell out of you."[6] Producer Glen Morgan said Chinlund's performance was outstanding.[6] Nutter stated "Nick Chinlund was wonderful to work with. The guy was like putty in my hands. He was great. If you're looking for someone to underline the weirdness and strangeness of the character, he did that."[6]

Nutter said of the episode "I really worked hard to make it a special show, because I thought it was special. It was Gillian's post-traumatic stress episode, because she had not really had the opportunity to vent her feelings about the whole Duane Barry situation. This was an opportunity to sit back and let all that happen."[6]

Reception

This episode earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.2, with a 15 share and was viewed by 8.8 million households.[7] The character Donnie Pfaster was eventually brought back in the season seven episode "Orison".

Footnotes

  1. ^ Lowry,Brian (1995). The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files. Harper Prism. p. 188–189.  
  2. ^ Lovece, Frank (1996). The x-Files Declassified. Citadel press. p. 141–142.  
  3. ^ a b c Lowry,Brian (1995). The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files. Harper Prism. p. 91.  
  4. ^ a b Hurwitz, Matt, Knowles, Chris (2008). The Complete X-Files. Insight Editions. p. 60.  
  5. ^ Lovece,Frank (1996). The x-Files Declassified. Citadel press. p. 143.  
  6. ^ a b c d e f Edwards, Ted (1996). X-Files Confidential. Little, Brown and Company. p. 111–112.  
  7. ^ Lowry,Brian (1995). The Truth is Out There: The Official Guide to the X-Files. Harper Prism. p. 249.  

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