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Miracle Man 

The agents investigate a ministry led by a man whose son possesses the power to heal, and to kill, with a touch of his hand.


Michael Lange


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
R.D. Call ... Sheriff Maurice Daniels
Scott Bairstow ... Samuel Hartley
George Gerdes ... Reverend Calvin Hartley
Dennis Lipscomb ... Leonard Vance
Walter Marsh ... Judge
Campbell Lane ... Hohman's Father
Chilton Crane ... Margaret Hohman
Howard Storey ... Fire Chief
Iris Quinn ... Lillian Daniels (as Iris Quinn Bernard)
Lisa Ann Beley ... Beatrice Salinger
Alex Doduk Alex Doduk ... Young Samuel
Roger Haskett ... Deputy Dennis Tyson


The FBI is called in to assist Sheriff Maurice Daniels who thinks that a preacher's son, Samuel Hartley, is responsible for several deaths. Since he was a young child Hartley has reputedly been able to cure the sick by the laying on of hands. As a boy he revived someone who had been badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene. He and his adoptive father, Calvin Hartley, now run a revival-like tent ministry but Samuel's attempts at healing has resulted in several deaths. As far as Sheriff Daniels is concerned, Samuel is a murderer and wants to get the proof to arrest him. Mulder isn't so sure and wonders if there might be other forces at work. Written by garykmcd

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18 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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The first script written by executive producer Howard Gordon without his longtime partner, Alex Gansa. See more »


(at around 15 mins) The screen caption says "Kenwood County Courthouse" but the building shown is the "Dekalb County Courthouse" in Auburn, Indiana. In the original broadcast, the sign on the courthouse had not been changed, resulting in a revealing mistake. Subsequently, the sign was changed digitally to replace "Dekalb" with "Kenwood" so there is no error when viewing the episode in broadcast syndication or on home media. See more »


Mulder: I think I saw some of these same people at Woodstock.
Scully: Mulder, you weren't at Woodstock.
Mulder: I saw the movie.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


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Demons Be Gone!
14 April 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

I don't think Miracle Man gets the respect it deserves. I think anytime you can add a twist to an episode deserves a positive mention. Miracle Man has you thinking that Samuel Hartley is killing these people through his powers, but his puzzling acceptance of it has you to confused as to what is really happening. It's a good guessing game that had me changing my mind till the end. I also like how they included elements about Samantha, Mulder's sister, linking this episode to the myth/arc in a small way. I think you walk a fine line when you produce a religious themed episode. You want it to be authentic without offending people or making it seem hokey. Miracle Man pulls it off well, making it a believable story. Some of the religious-themed episodes fall a bit flat. Miracle Man is one of the better offerings.

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