German title: Heimsuchung
translation: The Haunting, Affliction or Visitation
French title: Le Visiteur
translation: The Visitor
Italian title: Visite in sogno
US Airdate: April 26, 1996
Story by: David Duchovny and Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Howard Gordon
director: James Charleston
David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully
MITCH PILEGGI as Assistant Director Walter Skinner
TASHA SIMMS as Jay Cassal
AMANDA TAPPING as Carina Sayles
BETHOE SHIRKOFF as Old Woman
TOM MASON as Detective Waltos
CAL TRAVERSY as the Young Detective
STACY GRANT as Judy Fairly
JANIE WOODS-MORRIS as Lorraine Kelleher
JENNIFER HETRICK as Sharon Skinner
MALCOLM STEWART as Agent Bonnecaze
BRENDAN BEISER as Dr. Rick Newton
WILLIAM B. DAVIS as The Cigarette-Smoking Man
MICHAEL DAVID SIMMS as Senior Agent
MORRIS PAYNCH as the Gray-Haired Man
DID WALTER SKINNER KILL THE STRANGE WOMAN IN HIS BED? NOT EVEN HE KNOWS, AS MULDER AND SCULLY WORK TO CLEAR HIM WHEN A MURDER INVESTIGATION TARGETS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.
When Assistant Director Walter Skinner wakes up in bed next to a murdered prostitute, Mulder and Scully go to work trying to prove his innocence. But the more evidence they uncover, the worse things look for their boss. He is separating from his wife, seeing a psychiatrist for a dangerous sleep disorder, and refused to cooperate with the murder investigation. Perhaps Skinner's unstable frame of mind is linked to the dissolution of his 17 year marriage. And when his wife is run off the road and nearly killed, it looks like Skinner may be responsible. Scully tries to hold off her own suspicions even as Skinner confesses his bewilderment to Mulder. Only Mulder, convinced that Skinner has been visited by an apparition known to medieval scholars, can clear his superior of the charge. His investigation uncovers new layers of deceit in the case against Skinner, leading him to a frightened call girl, a deflated air bag, and a connection to a deeper conspiracy involving Skinner.
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Reports on the newsgroup swear that Gillian's daughter, Piper, can be seen looking out of a window on the bus that sped in front of Skinner as he was trying to cross the street.
Skinner: "After 17 years, they (divorce papers) can wait another day."
Skinner: "For what, ordering another drink?"
Scully: "Mulder, it's me. I just got your message. You said Skinner called in a homicide?"
Mulder: "Yeah, it appears to be a little more complicated than that. It seems like he had a front row seat."
Scully: "They found no semen samples. There was some irritation, probably an allergic reaction to latex."
Mulder: "Least they're having safe sex."
Scully: (outside condo where the escort business is) "Business must be booming."
Mulder: "I think you mean banging."
Scully: "Well you can start by telling us if she was working last night and if she was, who paid for her company."
Madam Lorraine: "I'm afraid I can't do that."
Mulder: "I guess that would hurt future book sales, eh?"
Scully: "Do you know him?"
Mrs Skinner: "I used to think so. I'm Sharon Skinner. I'm his wife."
Techie: "D'ya know how an air bag works?"
Mulder: "Your car hits somethin', a bag fills with air, you don't die."
Scully: "Why not just kill him?"
Mulder: "Well, they already tried that once, and a second attempt would be too obvious, even to these thugs."
Mulder: "What happened here?"
Cop: "Jumper. Whenever it rains two days straight."
Skinner: "If you'll excuse me, I've got a bit of catching up to do. The OPC did a number on my office."