Scully and Mulder investigate a series of accidents at a VA hospital in Virginia. Lt. Col. Victor Stans has tried several times to kill himself, but has always survived claiming, "He won't let me die." He says that he sees the shadow-like outline of a soldier who is mentally and physically torturing him. As they look into the case they learn that Stans' family died in a house fire some 6 months before. More revealing is the fact that other soldiers' families have also died in similar fires. Mulder initially suspects a cover up on the part of General Thomas Callahan, but comes to realize that something far more sinister is at work. He believes that one of the patients is using astral projection to seek revenge on those around him.
Did You Know?
Writer John Shiban
was inspired by the film The Men
(1950), in which the main character, who had been injured in war and lost his legs, wanted to walk more than anything. See more
Captain Draper tells Mulder and Scully that "military protocol" requires that any criminal investigation of military personnel be conducted by military criminal investigators. This is actually a requirement of United States Federal Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. "Military Protocol" is a set of guidelines for social functions (such as which flags should be displayed, and the correct order to display them), and is frequently confused by writers with customs and courtesies observed by military service members and military law. See more
Sometimes the only sane response to an insane world is insanity.
Features Sun Valley Serenade
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more