isclaimer: Some of the content in this episode is deemed inappropriate for younger audiences. Viewer discretion advised as sensitive subject matter is explored within this episode.
Hello and welcome to episode eight. There is some sensitive subject matter within this episode, so instead of giving my usual introduction, I'm going to get straight into it.
The episode opens in a park in Eastwood, Connecticut. A young boy named Andrew (Sebastian Billingsley-Rodriguez), is playing with his 'Mr Chuckleteeth' toy, while his mum is taking a call and distracted. Andrew notices a life-sized version of his toy in the forest lurking. Finishing up with the call, Andrew's mother Diana (Sharon Taylor), sees that he's disappeared and starts a search for him. A few hours later, his mangled corpse is found in the woods by police investigators, including his father, Rick (Jason Gray-Stanford).
Mulder and Scully start investigating the case. She finds that his injuries were consistent with being shaken to death, while Mulder notes there was either sand or salt on the boy's ankle. The town gathers to mourn his death and meanwhile, Mulder heads to the house of Chief Strong (Alex Carter), head of the local police.
At the house, Mulder notes an abundance of books on the town's history, including witchcraft. He then interview the chief's daughter Emily (Emma Oliver), who tells her mother Anna (Erin Chambers) and Mulder that she saw Mr. Chuckleteeth in the forest before Andrew was killed.
Andrew's father searches the sex offender database finding a man named Melvin Peter (Ken Godmere). Scully and Chief Strong look for Rick and notice him racing off in a patrol car so they give chase. Upon arriving at Peter's residence, they find he isn't home, but they do find pictures of Peter as a clown at children's parties, a caged monkey, clown costumes and a Mr. Chuckleteeth mask and shoes.
Meanwhile, Emily is lured outside her house by a character from one of her children's programmes, standing in the garden. She is later found murdered in the same way as Andrew. Mulder again notices a salt circle around the body, suggesting the use of witchcraft.
Peter returns to the neighbourhood, and everyone seems out to get him. Mulder confronts Chief Strong and forces him to admit that he knows what's going on and that witchcraft is involved, claiming that Peter is not the suspect and as he's a convicted sex offender, it would be easier to blame the murders on him. Rick attacks Peter and takes him to the park, where crowds gather to watch Peter being brutally attacked.
The police fail to disperse the mob so Mulder fires his gun into the air. Rick is taken off Peter, but in in a moment of rage, takes out his gun and shoots him in the head. After he's on bail, he goes home and finds out his wife had been cheating with Chief Strong and then she leaves, seeing a hellhound on the freeway in the form of Andrew, flipping her car to avoid it.
Rick breaks into Chief Strong's house, noting the Mr. Chuckleteeth doll running around and a demonic version of the cartoon on the television. He chases Mr. Chuckleteeth to the front of the house, where Chief Strong is holding a gun and Rick is shot dead. He the follows Diane into the woods, faililng to notce her mauled corpse. The agents go through the park to the forest where they find Anna in a salt circle with her spell book while a hellhound kills Chief Strong.
The agents rush to stop Anna with the hellhound behind them. She spontaneously combusts and dies, thus ending the chain of events. Fearing something else will happen, the agents decide to head back home. As they drive away. a piece of playground equipment starts spinning on its own.
Some of the content in this episode as I mentioned at the start is for a mature audience and I think they tackeled the story well. Throughout the series they have multiple stories of child murders which is a taboo subject to tackle, but I feel it was executed well. I give this episode a 9 out out 10. Stay tuned for the penultimate episode next week, 'Nothing Lasts Forever'.