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Christmas Carol 

While visiting family for Christmas at her brother's San Diego home, Scully receives a mysterious phone call that leads to the investigation of a woman's suicide and a young girl who may be the daughter of Scully's deceased sister Melissa.


Peter Markle


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Melinda McGraw ... Melissa Scully
Pat Skipper ... Bill Scully Jr.
Karri Turner ... Tara Scully
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Det. John Kresge
Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Calderon
Lauren Diewold Lauren Diewold ... Emily Sim / Young Melissa Scully
Patricia Dahlquist Patricia Dahlquist ... Susan Chambliss
Rob Freeman ... Marshall Sim
Eric Breker ... Dark Suited Man #1
Stephen Mendel ... Dark Suited Man #2
Walter Marsh ... Pathologist
Rebecca Codling Rebecca Codling ... Young Melissa Scully - 1976


At Christmas-time, Scully and her Mom arrive in San Diego to visit her brother Bill and his wife Tara, who is expecting any day. She's no sooner arrived than Scully receives a phone from a stranger saying she needs help. She traces the call but arrives to find that the occupant has committed suicide. The caller sounded like her dead sister Melissa. When she sees the dead woman's little girl, Emily, she is convinced that she's Melissa's child. Birth records confirm that the young girl had been adopted and Scully's examination of the dead woman leads her to believe she was killed. Scully orders DNA tests that prove to be quite informative. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Scully's badge number is 2317616. See more »


One of the younger versions of Dana Scully has brown eyes while the adult version's are blue. See more »


Det. John Kresge: This is Roberta Sim. Age 40, suicide. She's been dead at least 3 hours. You got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-THE-GREAT-BEYOND.
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References A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »


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All about Scully

"Christmas Carol" is all about Scully (Gillian Anderson) the only episode in the fifth season without Mulder (David Duchovny). It is a two part in the mythology with a sequel titles Emily. The episode centrs on Christmas holiday in which Scully is on a visit by her mom and her brother for Christmas hollidays, she gets a strange phone calls and she starts investigating a sucide of a woman turning in to a murder investigation.

Mulder is absent from this episode David Duchovny only had a cameo scene but he disappeared and was departure from the rest of this episode. The episode focus on Scully and her personal life.

To me it is the weakest episode in the The X-Files fifth season it has plot holes: It was never explained who called Scully and why? Who was on the phone that woman's voice. It wasn't her sister Melissa Scully (Melinda McGraw) she was dead. Why Husband of that girl Emily killed his wife and coverd up as a suicide? It is beyond me.

Why was that girl Emily (Lauren Diewold) a plot of an alien experiment, it makes no sense to me.

It is not the worst one episode cause later seasons like Season 9 they were worse episodes. "Christmas Carol" is not my favorite X-Files episode i don't like it. It is a mystery murder episode that makes no sense to me. But an okay to X-Files fans.

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