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The Walk 

A quadruple amputee becomes the prime suspect in a series of bizarre deaths at an army hospital.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), John Shiban




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Thomas Kopache ... General Thomas Callahan
Willie Garson ... Quinton 'Roach' Freely
Don Thompson ... Lt. Col. Victor Stans
Nancy Sorel ... Capt. Janet Draper
Ian Tracey ... Leonard 'Rappo' Trimble
Paula Shaw ... Ward Nurse
Deryl Hayes ... Army Doctor
Rob Lee Rob Lee ... Amputee
Andrea Barclay ... Mrs. Callahan
Beatrice Zeilinger Beatrice Zeilinger ... Burly Nurse


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. Written by garykmcd

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10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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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 »


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Walk This Way
28 May 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

First of all, props goes to the x-files special effects department for creating a quadruple amputee in Rappo, the disgruntled vet. I saw how they made Gary Sinise legless in Forrest Gump, but it still amazes me to see the x-files do it with a smaller budget. That character is totally believable as a quadruple amputee. While I am talking about special effects, I will mention that the effect of the phantom soldier is done very well too. When he is running through the stream and attacking the captain in the swimming pool, they're both quite convincing. Ian Tracey gives a great performance as the quadruple amputee Rappo. You can just feel his bitterness consuming him. It's hard to believe he really has all his limbs intact. Astral projection is an interesting term we learn in this episode to describe what is happening with Rappo. The Walk is a good, solid episode to enjoy.

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