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Episode 7ABX10

Title: Sein und Zeit

First screened in Australia: 24 May, 2000
First screened in the USA: 6 Februay, 2000

Credits: Director: Michael Watkins
Writers: Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Starring: Guest Stars: Plot:
In the early hours of the morning, a young girl is abducted from her bedroom and a trail of blood is found oozing out from under her door. Mulder and Scully are taken on a trail to another mother who lost her child in similar circumstances. However, hot on the case, Mulder experiences a tragic loss in his personal life - his mother commits suicide. But Mulder is not convinced - he believes she was murdered. Could the two cases be linked? Sofcom
Australian Media Review:
Away with the aliens

When the door slams shut and blood comes out from underneath, you know you're in for a long night.

Those pesky poltergeists have been slamming doors and sucking kiddies into television sets for decades now, but Mulder will have no part of that highly unlikely explanation

The level-headed FBI agent is convinced aliens must have abducted his sister.

And to prove he isn't a manic paranormal investigator, he tries to justify his beliefs in every episode.

This time a strange disappearance of a little girl leads Mulder to make connections with previously unexplained kidnappings- namely his sister's.

A Californian man is horror-struck when his daughter's bedroom door slams shut and blood oozes out from under it.

Eventually he manages to force his way in and finds his daughter gone.

The further Mulder delves into the details of the abduction, the more he begins to understand the secrets that haunt his own family.

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From Townsville Bulletin May 18, 2000
Transcribed by Lucy.
My Rating: 8/10

My opinion of this episode has increased after a number of viewings and it is an important one as Mulder draws nearer to finding out exactly what happened to his sister Samantha. The opening sequence is quite effective and funny with Bud watching "Harsh Realm" (the actor Mark Rolston, actually appeared in a "Harsh Realm" episode!). A clever bit of detective work as Scully discover's "Santa's" hideout.

Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Shareen Mitchell (Billie LaPierre) has appeared in movies such as (the excellent) "American Heart" (with Jeff Bridges) and "A Table For One" (with this episode's onscreen husband Mark Rolston). She also starred in TV's "Hudson Street" with Tony Danza and an episode of "Grosse Point". Her latest movie at the time of this episode screening was "What's Cookin".

Mark Rolston (Bud LaPierre) appeared previously on The X-Files in "Red Museum". He's also appeared in a "Harsh Realm" episode and is the "bad-guy" in "Profiler" TV series. His movies include "Hard Rain", "Rush Hour", "Daylight", "Eraser", The Shawshank Redemption", "Body Of Evidence", "Robocop 2", "Lethal Weapon 2" and "Aliens". He also featured in the "Blade Runner" video game.

Kim Darby (Kathy Lee Tencate), a leading TV actor in the 60's and 70's, starred in such shows as "Gunsmoke", "Star Trek", "The Fugitive" and the mini series "Rich Man Poor Man". She's also appeared in movies such as "Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers" and "Better Off Dead". Her most famous role was alongside John Wayne in the western "True Grit."

Trivia and Research:
"Sein Und Zeit" is German for "being and time."

Martin Heidegger's (1889-1976) Sein Und Zeit, published in 1927, is one of the most important and difficult works of 20th Century philosophy. This study, deeply influenced as it was by the thought of Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Husserl, gives expression to a bleak and uncompromising and peculiarly 20th Century vision of human existence. Emphasizing the "sense of being" over other interpretations of conscious existence, he argued that specific and concrete ideas form the bases of our perceptions, and that thinking about abstractions leads to confusion at best. For example, "time" is only meaningful as it is experienced: the time it takes to drive to work, eat lunch, or read a book is real to us; but the concept of "time" is not.

The (US) National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was created in 1984 as a public-private partnership and serves as the national clearinghouse for information on missing children and the prevention of child victimization. NCMEC works in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. NCMEC's state-of-the-art Web site brings images and information about missing children, as well as a wealth of child protection information, to a global audience.

The Exploited Child Unit (ECU) at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was created through a mandate by the U.S. Congress that authorized a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of the Treasury and NCMEC for the establishment of this unit. ECU is not an investigative agency, but rather a resource center and clearinghouse for the community and law enforcement. ECU has been working collaboratively with the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Justice, and two specialized units of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the leads received on NCMEC's Hotline. Although NCMEC does not review cases such as the one in this episode, it instead receives leads and disseminates them to various investigative law enforcement units. In the effort to assist law enforcement, NCMEC offers technical assistance, information dissemination, and advice.

Paget's carcinoma is a rare type of breast cancer that was first described in 1874 by Sir James Paget. Although Paget's disease of the breast is cancerous (malignant), it may appear as a benign-looking, scaling and crusting lesion resembling eczema that involves just the skin of the nipple. The symptoms begin at the nipple with a burning, itching, or tender sensation. Eventually the lesion becomes enlarged, cracks, oozes, forms crusts, and finally ulcerates to destroy the nipple. Paget's disease of the breast represents less than four percent of all breast cancers. For more information, visit the Mayo Clinic.

Diazepam is the generic version of the brand name drug, Valium.

The wording in the ransom note is based on the actual text in the ransom notes in the JonBenet Ramsey and Zodiac murder cases.

In the teaser, Bud LaPierre is watching a scene from the pilot episode of HARSH REALM.

The LaPierres' lawyer is named after THE X-FILES' Unit Production Manager Harry Bring.

Amber Lynn LaPierre's name is taken from Amber Woodward, Chris Carter's assistant on HARSH REALM.

Tencate and LaPierre are the last names of two of Chris Carter's former girlfriends.

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