As Marty Glenn, a twenty-something woman, moves about her apartment, she suddenly experiences an internal vision. As she watches, horrorstruck, a murderer, switchblade in hand, advances on a another man standing before a bathroom sink. A short time later, police are summoned to a motel, where the body of the murderer’s victim lies on the bathroom floor. Marty, a bloody sponge clutched in her hand, is discovered hiding in the shower. As the officers place Marty into handcuffs, they realize she is blind.
Scully and Mulder meet with Wilmington Homicide Detective Lloyd Pennock, who has
been assigned the murder case. Pennock explains that, under normal circumstances, Marty
would have been charged with the murder. But since Marty has been blind since birth, he is
at a loss as to how–or why–she managed to kill the heroin dealer, Paco Ordonez. Pennock
states that he has 48 hours to prove to the District Attorney that his suspect possesses a
kind of “sixth sense”… or wait until she kills someone else.
The detectives meet with Marty inside her jail cell. During questioning, it becomes
obvious that Marty–who has adopted an uncooperative attitude–possesses knowledge that
only the murderer should know. As Mulder stays behind to supervise Marty’s polygraph test,
Scully visits the scene of the crime. There she discovers a bloody leather glove hidden
behind the bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, by phrasing a question in a certain manner, Mulder
determines that Marty did somehow manage to witness the murder.
Marty experiences another internal vision. This time, the killer makes advances on a
sexy woman, Susan Forester, who sits at a bar. Marty notices the name of the bar reflected
in a mirror. She requests that she be allowed to make a phone call from jail. By using an
information operator, Marty phones the bar and makes contact with the murderer, a man
named Gotts. She warns him to leave the woman alone.
Scully brings the bloody glove to the jail. She informs Marty that her fingerprints were
located on the glove, and perhaps even more importantly, the glove fits Marty perfectly.
Pennock concludes that Marty is the murderer. Mulder, however, is plagued with doubt.
Scully offers a possible explanation: Marty may not be blind. Scully expands upon this
theory, noting disorders that would permit sight on a subconscious level. As Marty
undergoes an eye exam, she is suddenly struck by another internal vision. Mulder notes a
reaction on a measurement mode screen used by the opthamologist. But Marty refuses to
explain what she saw. Though the examiner concludes that Marty is completely blind,
Mulder tells Pennock and the District Attorney that there is evidence of neurological activity
which caused her pupils to dilate–perhaps a physical response to images in the mind’s eye.
The District Attorney concludes that it is unlikely her office could convict a blind woman
based on fingerprints alone. As a result, Marty is released from custody.
As Marty makes her way through the city, she is struck by another vision. This time, she
witnesses Gotts attack the sexy woman from the bar. With some help from a passerby,
Marty makes her way to the alley where the attack occurred. She discovers the woman’s
body inside a dumpster. Marty then returns to the police station and confesses to both
Marty supplies Pennock with the location of a locker that contains a briefcase filled with
Gotts’ heroin. Meanwhile, a lab test reveals that neither of the stains found on the leather
glove match Marty’s blood type, bolstering Mulder’s suspicion that Marty is innocent. So
confident is Mulder that he approaches Marty directly. He tells her he discovered the original
police report detailing her mother’s murder–a single stab wound to the right kidney–which is
identical to the manner in which Ordonez and Forester were killed. Mulder concludes that
Marty gained her unique sense when her then-pregnant mother died at the murderer’s hands.
Marty is released from custody after police match fingerprints on the briefcase taken
from the locker to Gotts… who turns out to be Marty’s own father. Marty tells police that
Gotts, who was recently paroled from prison, can be located at the Blarney Stone tavern.
Mulder and Scully stake out the bar, waiting for Gotts’ appearance. Meanwhile, Pennock
provides Marty with protection from harm by guarding her at her apartment. Marty
experiences another vision, this time seeing Gotts reading names on mailboxes in the
lobby. Using a coffee pot, Marty knocks Pennock unconscious. She pulls his gun from his
holster and takes position, waiting for Gotts. Meanwhile, Mulder realizes that the blind Marty
has been experiencing visions of the inside of Gotts’s prison cell for almost thirty years. He
tells Scully that Marty misdirected them on purpose… to keep Gotts from going back to
prison. They race to Marty’s apartment, where they find Gotts dead on the floor. Later, Marty
asks for no special treatment in her defense and is sent to prison–where she is finally free
THE X-FILES “MIND’S EYE #5X16
Original Air Date: 04/19/98
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
LILI TAYLOR as Marty Glenn
BLU MANKUMA as Detective Pennock
RICHARD FITZPATRICK as Gotts
Henri Lubatti as Dr. Wilkenson
PETER KELAMIS as Ada Costa