harsens_rob (harsens_rob) wrote,

X-Files Reviewed: Eve


The X-Files
Season 01, Episode 10


Writer: Kenneth Biller, Chris Brancato
DIR: Fred Gerber

Blurb: Mulder and Scully search for two missing girls who disappeared after their fathers were murdered in an identical fashion.

Scene 01: We open on a quiet neighborhood street in Greenwich, CT.

The camera wanders around for a bit. In front of a large home, a little girl steps timidly to the end of her driveway, clutching a stuffed animal and dressed in shorts and a short sleeved shirt. She shivers.

Scene 02: A couple of joggers are running by, when the female of the pair notice the girl behaving strangely… as if in shock. They approach her, with the little girl appearing unsure whether she should dash away or not.

They apparently know the little girl, who will be Teena Simmons. Our jogger woman exclaims that she’s freezing as she tries to understand what the little girl is doing out there alone and dressed inappropriately for the crisp day.

They ask where her daddy is and she replies that he’s in the backyard. He told her he needed some time by himself. Male of our jogging pair goes to get him, while female jogger tells the little girl they need to get her inside.

Scene 03: In the back yard, Joel Simmons is sitting on a swing set and doesn’t respond to male jogger’s call.  Male jogger goes over and lays a hand on his shoulder, only to find Joel dead with two puncture marks in his neck and his eyes rolled white.

Teena screams. Female jogger clings tightly to Teena, while male jogger rushes off to call 9-1-1. Little Teena says ‘Daddy?’ …

Credits be Interrupting.

Scene 04: At FBI HQ in Washington, D.C., Dana is reading a coroner’s report on the death to Joel Simmons, with the coroner having found a 75% blood loss. In the meantime, Mulder is checking out slides.

Dana goes on to wonder at how this could be, as reports indicate that Teena hadn’t been away from him more than ten minutes and the killer(s) left no physical evidence behind at the scene.

[Heee-- a great start! The beginning of this episode is supremely creepy…]

Fox mentions the rain would’ve washed any evidence away by now, even if it had been overlooked.

In an apparent non sequitur, Fox brings up the decades of unsolved cattle mutilations to Dana’s puzzlement. Fox mentions that the surgical precision of the markings around Mr. Simmons’ carotid are very similar to these unexplained markings on the cattle, although usually certain organs, like the genitals are missing.

He goes on to explain that at each scene, the cattle were left with extreme blood loss but without any blood being left at the scene. Mulder tells her that each of the cattle were exsanguinated with two puncture holes to the carotid, with the heart acting as a pump to remove the blood. He further explicates that this is the first time he’s seen such markings on a human body.

Dana asks how this could happen without the victim struggling and Mulder points out something Dana -- a medical professional -- failed to notice in the coroner’s report: That the victim had traces of digitalis in his system that could’ve acted as a paralytic. Scully tells him to hold on a sec, and mentions the tie-in to certain reported UFO spottings when it comes to the cattle. Mulder confirms that he’s thinking that Teena may’ve been an abduction victim with missing time, explaining her lack of memory about what happened.

Scully asks why in the world an alien civilization would travel light years across the galaxy, just to drain a man of his blood, or mutilate cattle. Fox suggests for the same curiosity that drives people to cut up frogs….

Commentary: Okay. But I think the cattle mutilations were a) unnecessarily crammed into this investigation just to jump start Fox’ alien visitation obsession and b) wasn’t really connected well with the attack on Joel, since as the episode itself mentions, the cattle are often mutilated in ways that Mr. Simmons’ wasn’t. It feels like a pretty clumsy stretch, when a particularly warped serial killer would be a more apt theory.

And his mentioning missing time wouldn’t explain why the joggers didn’t notice flying saucers buzzing around the yard if Joel had been alive only ten minutes earlier. Granted, the serial killer idea would also be a hard fit due to the time constraints, but it’s far more likely a starting point then jumping immediately to the ‘aliens did it’ theory.

Scene 05: We skip back over to Connecticut, to the Fairfield County Social Services Hostel. Teena is being kept there temporarily, as the social worker tells Dana and Fox that her mother died about two years earlier from ovarian cancer. Mulder asks if she’s talked about what happened, but the answer is no and that is the answer to whether Teena has been having nightmares, too.

The agents are led to Teena’s temporary room, where sits placidly on the bed, still wearing her coat and clutching her stuffed animal.

Scene 06: Dana gently questions Teena about the day in the yard with her father. Teena, when asked about any strange sounds or lights by Mulder mentions red lightning. Teena can’t remember anything else due to everything going black, but she tells Mulder that the “man from the clouds” were after her dad and this isn’t the first time that she saw the red lightning, giving some confirmation to Fox that this is some sort of alien encounter with the Simmons being abductees.

Dana receives a cell call, and while she answers it, Fox asks if Teena knows why the men were after her dad. She answers that the men wanted to exsanguinated him, leaving Mulder with his mouth hanging open that she would know such a word.

Meanwhile, Dana interrupts with news. She whispers to him that there’s been another one…!

Scene 07: This one is on the opposite coast, in San Francisco. The agents go to the Reardon home, where they find a swing set in the backyard, just as in CT. As they take a look at the back yard, Dana scans the coroner’s report and tells Fox about Doug Reardon also having Digitalis in his system and two puncture marks on the jugular. What’s even more odd, is that both murders happened at the same moment in addition to being in the same way!

Dana suggests a pair of serials working in tandem, but Fox squashes that by telling her that serial killers rarely work together, and when they do, they’re also killing together. Dana shoots down Mulder’s cattle mutilation theory by telling him there isn’t any evidence of alien involvement, except for his leading questions at Teena.

But Dana goes on reading the report [Wouldn’t this have already been gone over thoroughly before Dana and Fox actually went to the scene?], that Reardon’s daughter was home at the time and she also remembers nothing about what happened. She’s been taken by her mother to her extended family in Sacramento, but they’re do back the following day. Fox bets Dana that the Reardon girl will remember red lightning.

Commentary: I love the mystery to this one, despite some clumsiness with the scripting. The deaths are both gruesome and horrifying, and the cross-country same death-same time thing is making a mundane serial killer spree far less likely. I liked how all of this is unfolding.

But Future!Rob must buttinski in to express disbelief that Teena would've come up with the whole "men from clouds, red lightning & missing time" story to entice Mulder's UFO beliefs by total coincidence. It's not believable for her to mention all of these things without having read the script beforehand and knowing of Fox's character quirks, considering where the story actually takes us.

Scene 08: Twelve Thirty the next morning and a thunderstorm is raging over Fairfield County. In her temporary room, Teena lies awake.

She seems to hear something odd in the hallway and stares at her closed door before getting out of bed to check. But then she sees shadows under the door. She instead grabs a desk chair and barricades her bedroom door against whoever is moving out in the hallway.

As someone bangs on the door, Teena tries to get out of her window, even though she’s on an upper floor. The windows though have child proofing on them. She hides under the bed instead as whoever is there for her bangs against the door. After the someone gets in, Teena risks crawling out from under the bed to run for the door, but she’s grabbed by the shoulder.

She screams as the world goes white….

Scene 09: A custodian hears Teena’s scream and rushes upstairs, but the girl is missing.

She finds a balcony door wide open to the downpour outside, and though she keeps yelling for Teena, she finds nobody. All that’s left of Teena is her dropped Teddy Bear.

Scene 10: The next morning, Mulder and Scully return to the Reardon’s to talk to Ellen about her husband’s attack. As they head for the home, Scully updates Mulder about the now missing Teena’s abduction from the hostel in Connecticut.

When Mulder knocks on the door, it’s answered by… Teena Simmons!?

The agents are just as shocked as we. But this isn’t Teena translocated across country. This is Cindy Reardon… she just happens to be the spitting image of the missing Teena.

Scene 11: When we come back from a not-commercial break, Cindy is watching cartoons while the FBI agents wait for her mother to come to the living room. She flips the channel to a news update.

In the meantime, Mrs. Reardon comes in carrying some coffee cups. Ellen talks about her husband and how they wanted to protect Cindy from all of the awful things in the world. Scully asks if Cindy was adopted, but Ellen claims she gave birth to her. Dana asks if she has the hospital documentation, which Ellen confirms, though with angry confusion over why she’d be asking.

In the meantime, we see that Cindy has turned down the volume of the television and is listening to the conversation with rapt interest.

Mulder pulls out a photograph of Mr. Simmons and asks if she’s ever seen him before. In the photograph, the identical twin to Cindy is smiling on his shoulders. Ellen immediately asks if this is their suspect in her husband’s murder and asks if he did something to Cindy.

Dana steps forward to take over from Mulder to deal with the upset woman. She explains about the girl in the photograph not being Cindy, but Teena.

Dana explains that the man was killed in the exact same manner as her husband three thousand miles away. Mrs. Reardon is stunned, as you could expect. Ellen goes on to tell them that Cindy is her naturally born daughter, but she was the product of in vitro treatments.

Scene 12: As the agents head for the car again, Dana teases Mulder a bit about his alien hypothesis circling the drain. They discuss the similarities stacking up around Teena Simmons and Cindy Reardon.

Scene 13: Fox pulls around the corner, and Dana asks where he’s going. He stops the car and explains that if they have a killer out there who abducted Teena now, and there is a pattern… Dana fills in that he thinks Cindy may be disappeared as well.

Fox is going to stay behind and watch the Reardon house, while Scully is to go onward to the fertilization clinic to find out if the Simmons were enrolled at the same place to conceive Teena.

Scene 14: Scully goes to the Luther Stapes Center. Scully questions if a woman could believe that she was being implanted with her own egg, but end up with another woman’s. But Dr. [George] Katz assures her that wouldn’t happen at the Stapes Center due to their strict controls.

Dana asks about the Simmons, but the doctor isn’t willing to share patient information one way or another until Scully tells him that both parents are deceased now, and the little girl has been abducted. It turns out that yes, the Simmons did have treatment at the San Francisco facility before relocating to Connecticut.

Dana reads over the medical file and finds they were referred to the center under the care of a Dr. Sally Kendrick. Her mention of the name causes an emotional reaction in Dr. Katz. Dana asks if there’s a problem with Dr. Kendrick and Dr. Katz admits to her that Sally Kendrick was nothing but a problem.

Scene 15: He shows Dana an introduction tape of Sally explaining the procedure for new patients to the Center. He tells Dana that Dr. Kendrick was a resident there, and a brilliant, promising doctor.

She was a double doctorate in medicine and biogenetics. The Center was thrilled to get her to come aboard with them. But, he goes on to explain, that they have reason to believe that Sally had been involved in experimenting with the genetics of fertilized eggs, before implanting them into unsuspecting patients.

When [George] suspected what was going on, he reported it to the AMA and requested a full investigation from the U.S. Health Department and, of course, fired her. The AMA censored her, but the Health Department turned down Dr. Katz’ request for an investigation into Sally’s actions.

Almost immediately afterward, Dr. Kendrick just disappeared.

Scene 16: Later, after Fox has presumably been relieved by the San Fran FBI field office of his watch on the Reardon house, Scully shows Mulder a copy of Sally Kendrick. She goes into her being accused of mad sciencing fertilized eggs at the Center and her subsequent disappearance. Mulder suggests she’s now trying to make her experimental subjects disappear.

Their discussion is interrupted by a phone call to Mulder’s room, but when Dana answers there is only a few clicks and then a hang up. She tells Mulder and he very quickly and suspiciously hustles her out of the room. She accuses him of having a girl coming up, but he tells her he just has a movie about to come on that he wants to catch and tells her he’ll see her in the morning.

Scene 17: Fox has made his way down to a marina, instead. There he meets the enigmatic Deep Throat who has an interest in Dr. Kendrick and Mulder’s current case.

He tells Mulder that this current case is related to something called the Litchfield Experiments. Back in the 50’s, the U.S. got wind of the Soviet’s messing around with Eugenics and cloning in an attempt to create super soldiers and such. Naturally, this was considered a threat, and like with the space race, the United States jumped in with their own program attempts to beat the Russkies to the punch.

The Litchfield Experiments were genetically controlled children created by this U.S. program.

Scene 18: Deep Throat’s explanation continues over as Mulder and Scully are driving in the middle of the night to wherever Mulder’s contact suggested they travel.

This turns out to be the Whiting Institute for the Criminally Insane. Deep Throat’s explanation continues that the boys in the program were called Adam and the girls, of course, Eve. Deep Throat explains to Mulder that there is a woman he should speak to, and he’ll see to it that the agents can get in to talk to her.

Scene 19: At the Criminally Insane prison, Mulder asks to talk to Eve 6.

And would you believe it? Eve 6 looks just like Dr. Sally Hendricks. Eve 6 is definitely a violent nutter who never brushes her teeth.

But she is one of the products of the Litchfield Experiments, along with Eve 7 and Eve 8 who she says are still out there, having escaped some time back. She tells Scully and Mulder that she’s been kept there now for years because they want to find out what went wrong with the Adam & Eve project. She claims that Sally could tell them it was because they were given 56 chromosomes in the labs, but Sally isn’t the one captured and locked away.

Eve 6 accuses Scully of not believing her story, but she has proof in the form of a family portrait on the wall… a dozen girls all wearing the same face as Teena Simmons and Cindy Reardon!

Mulder realizes immediately that Sally Kendrick was using the clinic to continue the Litchfield Experiments, a product of which she is, suggesting that she is also headed for - or considering the recent murders - has had a mental breakdown.

Fox then realizes that Sally was cloning herself.

Commentary: Ah, very interesting. And I got shivers on seeing that photograph of face after face of Teena and Cindy, knowing the photograph is from the 60’s. Very cool story, and the idea that Sally isn’t the only Eve out there running free right now is scary.

And of course, extrapolation suggests that both Teena and Cindy are going to go into psychosis eventually, just like Eve 6 has.

Scene 20: At the Reardon home, Ellen is seeing Cindy off to bed where she’s saying her prayers in a flat, disinterested tone.

Ellen finishes tucking Cindy into bed, but Cindy herself seems emotionally distant. One could think she’s still in shock over losing her father, but now we know there is more going on.

Scene 21: Outside the Reardon home, Mulder and Scully await the expected arrival of Dr. Sally Kendrick to retrieve another one of her clones. Fox confers with Scully that if there are two other Eves out there, including Sally, that would explain how they have two identical murders on opposite coasts at the same time.

Scully brings up suspecting the girls for a moment, but Fox guesses that Sally and her other adult clone is out there killing the parents in order to gather up the new clones and keep them in the family.

Scene 22: While Mulder and Dana are dealing with murderous clones out there kidnapping little cloned girls, one of these - Cindy - is lying restlessly in bed. Just like Teena before her, Cindy seems to hear or sense that something is wrong. She clutches her bear closer as she pulls herself out of her blankets and stares at her bedroom door.

She goes to her bedroom window, where the agents see her looking out into the dark. Dana asks Fox if he thinks that the girls have any idea of what they actually are, and Mulder replies that he hopes not.

Meanwhile, in Cindy’s room, she continues staring out of the window, while the camera moves around her to focus on the closet door behind her. The closet light comes on and a shadow steps from the closet, startling Cindy.

In the car, Dana tells Fox they need to get in there.

Scene 23: As they get out of the car, Mulder tells Scully he’ll get the back. Dana bangs on the Reardon door, summoning Mrs. Reardon. Dana tells her that someone is upstairs in her home and to wait outside, which she does without resistance.

[Mmm. Okay, that seemed a bit abrupt for story convenience sake. Wouldn’t Ellen be more of ‘Someone upstairs?! Cindy! Cindy!’ but okay….]

Scene 24: Going around the side of the house, Mulder has his gun drawn.

[Very important scene, I’m sure.]

Scene 25: While upstairs, Scully is also making her way slowly toward Cindy’s room with her gun drawn as well. It doesn’t help her, as someone with what could be a kid bundled in a blanket hits Dana from behind. She falls to the carpeting, unconscious.

Commentary: Yeeesh. I didn’t remember just how badly this scene is blocked and carried out. It literally looks like Cindy’s nabber bumps into Dana’s back and she folds like a cheap suit. The only thing saving this scene is the weird score, which is really bumping up the creeps factor off all of this, but the scene itself is just clumsy in order to get Scully out of the way without having a hand to hand battle over Cindy Reardon, and of course, without inconveniently killing our co-star.

Scene 26: In the back, Fox is startled by a human figure crashing through the glass wall doors into the yard, still carrying a child-size bundle in arms.

[What in hell is up with the framing on this shot, though?]

He shouts that he’s FBI and armed, while shining a light in the face of the attempted abductor. It’s another Eve Kendrick, of course! And she’s holding Cindy, naturally. But what is strange is how utterly calm Cindy is about her abduction by this strange woman dressed in black. Little Cindy Reardon doesn’t appear all that shaken up about it all… even by her trip through the glass doors.

Mulder asks if she’s Eve 7 or 8. The response is Eve pulling her own gun and pointing it at Cindy Reardon, while ordering Mulder to drop his own.

She warns Fox that he knows that she’s capable of shooting the child in cold blood. Fox surrenders. He places the gun slowly on the ground, but surprisingly Eve 7/8 doesn’t just shoot him for his weakness… even in the leg… but chooses to suddenly make a hindered-by-Cindy run for it.

Mulder snatches up his gun and runs after her.

But Eve 7/8 has a car waiting and after taking that shot at Fox that she should’ve taken in the yard, speeds away into the night.

Scene 27: Later on, Scully is giving the pertinent details on their suspect to the local uniforms and issuing a be-on-the-lookout for Sally Kendrick.

She warns that Sally will have exceptional strength for her size and may be presenting psychotic behavior.

As Deputy Extra is rushing away, we see Fox standing with Ellen. Ellen asks what she’ll do if Sally kills Cindy. Fox assures her that Cindy is alive and the bureau will find her. After she walks away, not particularly comforted, Dana walks up to Fox and asks what they’ll do then [about the fact that the girls are clones who are on a path to turn psychotic].

Scene 28: Later that day, forty miles away in Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Sally pulls up at a small motel, with Cindy Reardon in the back of the car. A gentleman out tending a small garden is distracted by her when she squeals her tires into the lot.

Scene 29: Sally rushes Cindy into her motel room. She opens the bathroom door, where Cindy comes face to face with her doppelganger, Teena - left blindfolded and hands tied behind her back until now. Sally introduces the two identical twins to one another.

For a moment, neither have much reaction, but then Teena sends a smile at Cindy, which is returned a few heartbeats later.

Scene 30: At the Reardon home, a deputy reports in to Scully that they’ve found a Corolla matching the description abandoned at the San Fran airport. Dana orders them to get over there and sweep the airport for Sally and check into all of the flight manifests for any flights out of the terminal over the past twelve hours.

In the meantime, Fox is on the phone with somebody. When Dana sends Deputy AirportBound rushing off, Mulder tells her that he just received a report from a motel manager who says he has a woman matching Sally’s description at his motel. Scully informs him of her more relevant clue of the abandoned car at the airport, but he says that Sally could’ve ditched it.

He goes on to say the manager reported that he’d seen suspected woman leave the motel alone the night before, but she arrived that morning with a little girl in the car. Scully plays skeptic about one motel manager in a touristy location having just happened to have their suspect staying with him, but Mulder smirks and tells Dana that the manager said the little girl in question told him he should use chlorine to kill the dinoflagellates in the pool. Which does sound suspiciously brainy for a little random girl but overly verbose like one Eve 6.

[Wow. That manager was quite chatty, wasn’t he?]

Scene 31: In the motel room, over a lunch of fried chicken and jello cups, Sally tells the girls that she’d been keeping a close eye on them since they were born. She tells them that she’d been spending the last few years searching for the remaining adult Eve out there. But her search had to be cut short due to the girls’ recent activity. She complains that she’d thought that she had corrected the Litchfield Experiment flaws, and lays Cindy and Teena’s father’s deaths at their hands.

She tells the girls that the psychotic behavior didn’t appear in the original Adam and Eve’s until sixteen, the homicidal behavior not occurring until twenty. Apparently, her monkeying around has accelerated, rather than eliminated the genetic damage.

Sally asks how Teena and Cindy became aware of one another’s existence, and how they manage to coordinate their “little prank” on their fathers. The girls both report “we just knew”… signaling perhaps some type of telepathic connection between them.

Dr. Kendrick asks why they murdered their fathers. The girls tell her they didn’t have a father, or a mother. They weren’t born, they were created. Both of them are creepily direct and staring at Sally with looks of bored contempt.

This upsets Sally greatly. She tells the girls that they can’t think that way, or go on acting on their impulses. She tells them that she came for them because she was raised by a man who understood what Sally was, and was able to make her think and feel like a person. Special and with impulses she didn’t understand, but a human being that allowed her to defeat her genetic destiny.

As Sally talks, she starts slurring her words. With a look of growing horror, her body begins to go into uncontrolled shaking, while the little Eves smile at her. She asks what the girls have done.

They report that four ounces of foxglove was added to her soda when she wasn’t looking.

They inform Dr. Kendrick that you can extract it from a Digitalis plant, and with a sage nod informs her that half of the vial one of them was hiding is a lethal dose. The girls tells her they each cultivated the plants themselves in their yards, explaining how they’d managed to drug their fathers before draining them of their blood.

Sally asks why, and they turn it around on her and say that she should tell them why’d they do things like that. Since she made them, after all. She was the one who made the mistake, ultimately. Sally struggles to grab a knife off of the counter, and tells the little murderous brats that she’s going to correct her mistake right now.

Commentary: This scene was interesting. It started off feeling like a data dump to explain to the audience what was going on, but then turned into a creeptastic scene, mostly due to Harriet Sansom Harris as Dr. Kendrick/Eve 7/8’s reaction-acting when she realizes that she’d done fucked up by not keeping a much, much closer eye on her abductees.

And, of course by genetically tampering in Things Man Was Not Meant To Know in the first place… damned scientists….

The Krievins girls, in general, are a mixed bag. There are some points where they do send a shiver through the spine at how nothing seems to phase them, and in the earlier scenes, you can tell that *something* seems off with Cindy Reardon. But in this particular scene, I think I’d have had them emote less. It feels like it’d have been more effective when telling Sally that they’d basically just murdered her, if they’d been more remote, robotic, and clinical in describing what they’d done.

But it was really interesting to realize that the evil twins were their father’s killers, and just how slowly both of them were in actually killing them. They were paralyzed and alive when these murderous bratlings drained the blood out of them. *URRGH*

Scene 32: While Sally is dying/trying a bit of murder of her own, Scully and Mulder are following the local PD to the motel. They find the place staked out, and Deputy SomethingFine reports nobody in or out since they pulled up.

Suddenly, they hear a Sally-yell and the sound of breaking glass.

Everyone rushes to barge into the motel room. Officer SomethingFine accompanies them in [Yay!] to find Sally Kendrick laid out on the floor. She be deaders.

The back window of the room is shattered out. As Scully checks Sally for her nonexistent signs of life, Mulder and she hear a sniffle. Our Murderous Bratlings are huddled in a corner. They immediately tell the tale of how they were all supposed to drink whatever left Sally out on the carpet [sniffle-sniffle].

The girls tell our agents that they only pretended to drink the poison that Sally and ‘the other lady’ tried to make them take. Mulder asks what other lady, and what she looks like, and our Little Murderous Bratlings report that the ‘other lady’ looked just like Sally [which is pretty damned clever of them… Sally herself mentioned she was trying to find the other Eve out there, and now our Little Murderous Bratlings can sic the government to the task as a grand distraction & it gives them the exact fall guy for the second murdered father].

Mulder jumps directly to the conclusion they want, that Eve 8 and Eve 7 were working together. Our Little Murderous Bratlings do the clutch one another miserably and weep thingie for the unsuspecting agents. Also bought completely.

Scene 33: Later, during the scene cleanup, Scully tells Mulder it looks like the Eves mixed in digitalis … about four ounces [and she’s right, just not about which Eves].

A detective comes up to report they’ve had no sign of the other suspect. He offers to take care of the girls, but Mulder and Scully volunteer for that duty.

Scene 34: Our Murderous Bratlings are shuffled into Mulder and Scully’s car for the drive back to San Fran and Cindy’s home. The girls ask about Teena and what is to happen to her, which Fox puts off by telling them they’ll talk about it in the car.

Dana mentions how attached the girls have become through their ordeal and how hard it’ll be when Teena goes into foster care. In the meantime, Our Murderous Bratlings are sizing up the agents, especially Teena - who seems to be the real go-getter in all of this. Our girls share calculating glances with one another.

Commentary: And nice touch putting the Murderous Bratlings in red, and then placing them in a location in which they’re surrounded by the color, too. Kudos, Fred Gerber.

Scene 35: That night [Really?? They’re all of 40 miles away from Cindy’s house. This was established in the text blurb! They’re still driving Cindy to her mother?! And she hasn’t been on the phone frantically asking where the shit her daughter is all day!?], our agents are escorting our quote-traumatized-unquote girls.

In the backseat, the girls give more calculating glances at the agents. Teena [I think, but only because I’m assuming that the more proactive one is her based totally on impression], tells Mulder that she has to pee. Cindy agrees she needs to go too. Dana says she could use some caffeine.

They detour to a roadside stop.

Scene 36: Mulder and Scully order sodas for everybody and then they split up into genders to hit the restroom. The camera pauses outside the ladies, to focus on the door ominously.

One of Our Murderess Bratlings slips out of the bathroom, while the other complains to Scully that her door is stuck. Scully tells her to wait just a second and she’ll help her.

Our Wandering Murderess Bratling dashes out to gather our agent’s soda cups and slip in a little homemade sweetener [although since all of the cups look exactly the same, how she decided which were Diet is a neat trick… maybe Eves have Psychic Aspartame Sensing].

She’s almost caught by the returning Mulder, who mentions that his soda is really sweet and maybe she mixed up the diet vs. regular, but she smiles that she saw the waitress pour it.

Scully returns then with the other Murderous Bratling. Fox and Scully sip at their doctored drinks, with Dana mentioning it tastes too syrupy.

Scene 37: When they get to the car, Mulder discovers he forgot the keys at the table and goes back to retrieve them. Scully continues to sip at her too syrupy drink, while the Murderous Bratlings continue sharing sly glances at one another.

Scene 38: In the diner, Mulder snatches up his keys, but notices the sticky green substance making a cup ring on the table [because apparently Our Murderous Bratling is also our Clumsy Murderous Bratling]. He quickly twigs to the fact that he and Scully have been set up by the Actively Homicidal Murderous Bratlings and rushes off to stop Dana from drinking any further Diet Doctored Generic Cola.

Mulder shouts to Scully and plays that he just wanted to play the gentleman and open her door for her. He ‘accidentally knocks’ the cup from her hand, to her exclamation. Fox whispers to her that the kids poisoned it and they’re the killers but when they turn to grab the Murderous Bratlings, they’ve already seen right through his impromptu performance and raced off into the maze of big rigs at the roadside.

Scene 39: Our agents split up to track down the Running Murderous Bratling Fugitives.

Dana has her gone drawn [while I both roll my eyes with a ‘PUL-LEEEZE’ and in the same breath entertain images of Dana Scully actually gunning down a pre-teen little girl in the muddy parking lot and burst out into an amused grin… uh… maybe I’m a faulty genetically modified person too].

Scene 40: Elsewhere in the maze of big rigs, Mulder catches a glimpse of our two Running Murderous Bratlings and chases after them.

The two sly bratlings are grabbed from behind by Fox. He starts calling for Dana, while the girls start screaming to be let go. This gains the attention of a Concerned Citizen in a big rig, who doesn’t like the looks of this man manhandling innocent little Murderous Bratlings.

Big Rig Man and his rifle head out of his rig with Baseball Bat Wielding Wifey to help the Murderous Bratlings, as Fox tells them to back off and identifies himself. They don’t buy this. As Scully runs around the truck, Fox and Dana are ordered to let the girls go and they’re instructed to get in the truck. Baseball Bat Wielding Wife says she’ll call local authorities. Dana shouts they are the police, and Our Murderous Bratlings ignore the offer to get in the truck and make another mad dash for escape.

Our Baseball Bat Wielding Wifey and Rifle Toting Big Rig Driver are left with the impression that they done messed up… with the Feds, on top of it.


Scene 41: Our agents race off into the diner, as a school bus out on a late field trip passes by. Something that diner waitress points out to them when she has to tell them that the Murderous Bratlings didn’t come back in.

There’s another hot pursuit.

But as the car races out of the parking lot, we see that Our Murderess Bratlings didn’t board the bus to blend in with the hyperactive field trippers. Instead, they hid under a tarp in a boat on a trailer in the lot.

But, they come out of hiding too quickly and are once again grabbed by Fox, who had anticipated that they may not have left the parking lot behind. He startles them to ask if they forgot their sodas. Our Murderous Bratlings immediately claim not to have done anything wrong.

They claim, “We’re just little girls…!” which Fox does not buy now.

Scene 42: In the Reardon home, Ellen is struggling to understand what happened and how everything went so wrong. Fox presses her to find out what “they” did to her daughter, but Ellen has written off Our Murderous Bratling. She says that Cindy was never her daughter, and rips Dead-Eyed Cindy out of a photograph on the fireplace mantle from a photograph of her Dead Husband Smiling. She tosses ‘Cindy’ into the fireplace to burn.

Scene 43: In the meantime, Eve 6 greets her new cellmates. Eve 9 and Eve 10... Somehow consigned to an adult mental health prison rather quickly… apparently the bleeding hearts at the ACLU were busy that week with something else.

Eve 6 tells them that it’s so nice to have company as Cindy and Teena dead-eye at her.

Scene 44: Meanwhile-meanwhile, a White Coated One signs in at the prisoner entrance.

Doctor White Coat’s face is hidden off camera, so we can fully guess immediately who this visitor will turn out being. She’s greeted by Eve 9 and 10 as Eve 8. The girls tell her that they’ve been waiting for her.

She asks how the girls knew she’d be coming for them, and the response is “We just knew”….

Commentary: I don’t really like this particular ending, either. One, it felt way too cliché and obvious. Two - I find it highly questionable that Eve 8 could stroll into this prison, looking like the identical twin of Eve 6, and the guard doesn’t even raise an eyebrow at the coincidence. Third - Was it really necessary to hide Eve 8’s identity in a white lab coat to visit? Fourth - The thought that Our Murderess Bratlings would be incarcerated so easily in an adult mental facility in lockdown 24/7 seems… dubious….

Of course there had to be a way to end the episode, but not end with little girls being killed off but this just plays wrong. I would’ve liked it better if Eve 8 was just not shown at all and is out there somewhere doing who knows what. Or short shrift the girls’ fates in order to show Dr. Yadda Eve8 working in some small town somewhere, in a lab with genetics leaving us to wonder if more murderous Adams and Eves are in the makings.

The Good: The opening on this one was especially strong with some real gruesome makeup applied for the drained of blood, Joel Simmons.

I also really liked Teena's abduction from the social services hostel and setting up her and Cindy as victims of a grand conspiracy before we discover that they're not such innocent victims after all.

I generally liked the entire "genetically controlled children" Cold War experiments idea, and I like even more that this time it isn't an evil government plot, so much as a misguided intention to make us better to fight the Soviet threat. It was a nice surprise for this show [of course this is still early in the production] that the government terminated the program when it was obvious failing rather than hamhandedly continuing just 'cuz the government is bad.

I liked Harriet Sansom Harris playing Dr. Kendricks/Eve 7 and that she wasn't actually the bad guy... except for continuing with the Litchfield Experiments in trying to fix what went wrong with herself and her brothers and sisters.

It's also pretty scary that Sally's machinations have apparently created some sort of psychic ability in the new clones that wasn't there before, so she's actually made the original mistakes worse in not leaving things lie.

I loved how Teena and Cindy are revealed to be our daddy murderers, buuuuut...[Other Thoughts].

I liked Ellen Reardon's very un-motherly response to finding out her daughter murdered her husband as a result of her being a cloned experiment in vitroed into her. I did expect the "whatever she's done, however she arrived, she's my daugher and I'll find a way to help her" exclamations and it was a pleasant surprise to have Ellen express the opposite.

The Bad: The whole 'cattle mutilations' tie-in for Fox is really a non-sequitor and unnecessary to pique Mulder's interest in this case. It was just wasted time that leads nowhere. And this goes on with Teena's "red lightning" and "missing time" phenomena, which again, doesn't lead anywhere and is dropped completely without further mention once the real story picks up with Cindy's father's death.

Oh my god. That scene of Scully being knocked out in the upstairs of the Reardon home was just bad. It makes Scully look like a) she's incompetent, and b) will be knocked out if a strong breeze blows by her.

Other Thoughts: The motel manager's infodump with enough details to entice Mulder to go to Sally's true location bugged me a bit. Every one of Scully's suggestions on why it was unlikely to be Sally and the girls was conveniently answered in advance by the chatty motel manager, details which Mulder doesn't bother mentioning until Scully's gives him a convenient opening to do so. Again, this sort of thing is just clumsy scripting wise.

The scene with Sally confronting the clone twins over their killing their fathers is problematic. Not for the revelations or for the girls ending up killing her but just the way it was handled. With Sally Kendrick being completely aware of just how psychotic the girls already are, it felt a little false to me that she'd be so clumsy about leaving her back turned long enough for them to slip poison into her soda so easily. I liked the scene, but the blindness of Sally in order to leave herself open to being killed off just felt a little too easy in the scripting to fully work for me.

The timeline gets a bit screwy late in the episode, what with Scully and Mulder apparently holding onto Cindy and Teena all frickin' day and well into the night before driving them the forty miles to return Cindy to the Reardon household. I'm not putting it into the bad because Scully did mention taking them for a full physical exam to ensure they were alright, and anyone who has been in a hospital knows it takes forever. But still... clearly this is a continuity issue.

I was just a little disappointed in the ending 'not the end' scene. I wish this had been reworked a little, as explained in the review.

The Score: There were some great creeps to be had in this episode, and I generally like the non-alien conspiracy episodes more than the mythic arc ones. This one was a very good...

4.0 out of 5 stars

Next Up: The Winchesters run into Sam's new acquaintance, Meg and find out she was never just a runaway in "Shadow".

But first will be Angel & Faith, Season 2, Issue 25 and BTVS, Season 10, Issue 26.

And probably one or two Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments entries.

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