The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Shy, overweight women are being pursued online by a suitor who courts them with Italian poetry. The women are being found dead, their corpses stripped of flesh.


David Nutter


Chris Carter (created by), Jeff Vlaming (as Jeffrey Vlaming)


Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Timothy Carhart ... Virgil Incanto
Catherine Paolone ... Ellen Kaminsky
James Handy ... Detective Alan Cross
Kerry Sandomirsky ... Joanne
Aloka McLean ... Jesse
Suzy Joachim ... Jennifer
Glynis Davies ... Monica
Randi Lynne ... Lauren
William MacDonald ... Agent Kazanjian (as William Mac Donald)




Scully and Mulder go to Cleveland to assist the local police in the investigation of a bizarre death. They've found the remains of a woman in her car but the body is in an advanced state of deterioration, even though she's only been missing for a short while. By the time Scully gets to the autopsy, there is no flesh left on the skeleton. Mulder sees similarities in this death and a series of deaths in another state where all of the victims had responded to a "Lonely Hearts" personal ad in their local newspaper. They now think the killer has moved on to Internet chat rooms to lure his victims. Written by garykmcd

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Jeff Vlaming's first writing credit for the show. His original pitch for the episode was a killer that fed on body oils, instead of body fat. See more »


When Incanto leaves a potential victim in her car in order to rush back to his apartment, there is obvious dubbing of his lines by a different voice as they do not match closely at all. See more »


[last lines]
Virgil Incanto: [to Scully as she is about to leave the holding cell] I morti non sono più soli. The dead are no longer lonely.
Dana Scully: [to the guard] Let me out.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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As if it weren't hard enough for a chubby girl to get a date already...
6 December 2010 | by cleanfun-1See all my reviews

Now they have to be worried that their date is going to feast on their fat.

This is a great example of how man will say just about anything to get what they want. Show it to your daughters.

In this episode, only heavy girls need to be afraid, in the real world though, all girls need to be afraid.

Anyway, this is another non conspiracy episode. It doesn't add anything to the ongoing X-Files theme but can be viewed independently. Wouldn't want to watch this episode right before going to sleep.

So next time you're on a date and he's telling you everything you want to hear, be suspicious!

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3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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