Scully is told by her superiors that the investigation of all X-Files cases must adhere to proper FBI procedures. She counters that the extraordinary nature of the cases dictates that unorthodox means of investigation be utilized, but her objection is overruled.
Meanwhile, Eugene Tooms, a serial killer with unusual abilities, is interviewed by a
parole board. Mulder, who helped incarcerate Tooms, testifies at the hearing. Those
present at the review question Mulder’s credibility when he claims that Tooms’ murder spree
spanned some 100 years, and that Tooms is capable of elongating his body – a genetic mutation also dictating that he ingest human livers.
Tooms is released from the sanitarium and placed under the care of Doctor Aaron Monte.
Mulder is certain that Tooms will commit another murder the moment the opportunity
presents itself. While Mulder keeps constant surveillance over Tooms, Scully researches
the earlier murders hoping to prove that Tooms was responsible.
Scully calls on the services of Frank Briggs, a retired police detective who accumulated
evidence surrounding the murders-a series of five killings that occur once every 30 years.
He notes that in 1933, a human liver was discovered near a then-under-construction
chemical plant, but the body of the victim was never recovered. Briggs believes that Tooms
hid the body because something about the corpse could tie him to the killing.
Scully and Briggs venture to the chemical plant and recover a body entombed deep
inside the cement foundation. Using sophisticated computer enhancement, a bite mark on
the victim’s body is matched to Tooms’ dental records.
Tooms charges that Mulder beat him up. Mulder is arrested and interrogated. He
vehemently denies the false allegations but cannot disprove them. Scully backs him up by
claiming she was with him when the beating allegedly transpired. Mulder is released, but
warned to stay far away from Tooms.
Mulder and Scully discover the body of Dr. Monte. Realizing that
Tooms will try to hibernate for another 30 years, Mulder and Scully rush to the location
where he had previously “nested.” In place of the dilapidated building stands a shopping
Mulder guesses that an escalator shaft is the likeliest place Tooms would have made the
new nest. He climbs inside the darkened shaft, a flashlight illuminating his path. Tooms
suddenly springs out of the darkness and attacks Mulder. With Scully’s help, the agent
struggles free. Tooms becomes entangled in the escalator’s gears and is crushed to death.
THE X-FILES “TOOMS”
Original Air Date: 04/22/94
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
DOUG HUTCHISON as Eugene Victor Tooms
PAUL BEN VICTOR as Dr. Aaron Monte
MITCH PILEGGI as Assistant Director Walter Skinner
WILLIAM B. DAVIS as the The Cigarette-Smoking Man
TIMOTHY WEBBER as Detective Talbot
FRANK C. TURNER as Dr. Collins
GILLIAN CARFRA as Christine Ranford
PAT BERMEL as Frank Ranford
JAN D’ARCY as Judge Kann
JERRY WASSERMAN as Dr. Plith
MIKAL DUGHI as Dr. Karetzky
GLYNIS DAVIES as Nelson
STEVE ADAMS as Myers
ANDRE DANIELS as Arlan Green
CATHERINE LOUGH as Dr. Richmond
HENRY BECKMAN as Detective Frank Briggs
GLEN MORGAN and JAMES WONG