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Bad Blood 

Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.


Cliff Bole


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Luke Wilson ... Sheriff Hartwell
Patrick Renna ... Ronnie Strickland
Forbes Angus ... Funeral Director
Brent Butt ... Coroner


After Mulder drives a stake through the heart of a would be vampire, he and Scully review what happened before they meet Assistant Director Skinner. Their recollection of the case is significantly divergent. They had gone to Texas to investigate a death by exsanguination and Scully thinks that someone is playing at being a vampire. Her autopsy finds a high level of chlorohydrate in the dead man's system. There's soon a second victim and she finds that both victims had eaten pizza. As she recalls it, she saved an incapacitated Mulder and tried to capture the culprit. Mulder's recollection is somewhat different. It was he, not Scully who developed the key clues in the case including the fact that the victim's shoes were untied and then discovering a second victim in a runaway RV. Before they can speak to Skinner, they have to return to Texas when the vampire Mulder killed seems to have disappeared. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The end of the previous episode, "Kill Switch", ended with the words "Bite Me". See more »


When Mulder breaks the chair in the motel room during his version of the story a hand is seen placing a stake onto the remnants of the chair. This is possibly deliberate because it adds to the comedic value of the two-story theme for this particular episode, with Mulder and Scully arguing about minute details. See more »


Scully: [waiting to speak to Skinner about Mulder's "staking" a suspect] Mulder, please just keep reminding him you were drugged.
Mulder: [impatiently] Would you stop that.
Scully: It couldn't hurt.
Mulder: [impatiently] Stop it.
Walter Skinner: [enters room] Scully... Mulder...
Mulder: [interrupting] I was drugged!
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Crazy Credits

The funeral director is played by Forbes Angus but, the credits read Jerry Springer See more »


References Shaft (1971) See more »


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Laughed Out Loud!
5 December 2010 | by mkita-1See all my reviews

I was never an X-Phile while the show was running. In fact, I had never seen an episode. I recently "caught the bug" and started with Episode 1:1 and have been watching them straight through, in order.

While I have lots of "favorites", this one is so unlike any other episode i have seen to this point. Duchovny and Anderson turn in tremendous performances.

Watching them each tell their story, and show how they perceive each other and themselves was just hysterical. Luke Wilson fits right in on this episode as well.

Gets a 10/10 for me!!

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