4×12: Leonard Betts

“Scully, there’s a great possibility that Leonard Betts not only is cancer…” — Fox Mulder
“But that he needs it for survival?” — Dana Scully

Our agents investigate the case of an EMT, with the power to detect cancer, who dies in an automobile accident and seemingly comes back to life with the power to regenerate.

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Radhika: While season four is often remembered as being part of a classic X-Files era (read: the Vancouver years), rewatching it has made me realize that the season had a shaky start with a few exceptions. However, “Leonard Betts” propels everything into high gear, playing the role of a compelling Monster of the Week episode, while also containing an important footnote that kicks off a new era in the series’ mythology.

The episode begins like your standard MOTW: EMT Leonard Betts is decapitated when his ambulance collides with a truck. When he wakes up in the morgue, his headless body knocks out an attendant, steals some clothes and leaves. Naturally, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate, with Scully insisting on all kinds of more plausible scenarios than the possibility that Betts is back from the dead or capable of regenerating body parts. Continue reading

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