Next thing you know, Moronica's showing Scully overheads of several murdered women, including DB. Oh, all right: heh. Not at the dead girls. At the overheads. It's very Mulder of her, and I sort of like it. It's old school, y'all. Moronica intones each victim's name and birthday. I'm so sad that they didn't name a dead girl after me. Come on, Chris! I just said you did a really great job with that overhead shot, and I don't think I've called you a hack in, like, over a week! You know I tease because I love, right? Well, I used to love. I sort of love. It's a thin line between love and hate, anyway. Very thin! The thinnest! Call me! Anyway, Scully doesn't see the connection between all these unsolved crimes. "Am I to presume that you've solved these murders using some kind of numerical calculation?" she eyebrows. Moronica has. "Math sucks!" the Mulder action figure yells from inside his shoe box office, where, yesterday, I caught him lifting weights (the weights being two Lifesavers stuck on a toothpick). "I would never come up with some stupid math -- ouch!" There's a loud thud. The box shakes. Moronica tells Scully that she has: basically, numerology. (According to Astrology-Numerology.com, numerology "is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use. All you need is the birth date and the complete name of an individual to unlock all of the secrets that the numbers hold. There are eleven numbers used in constructing Numerology charts. These numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Larger numbers that occur from adding the numbers in the complete birth date or from the values assigned to each name, are reduced by adding the digits together until the sum achieved is one of the core numbers. Merely add the components of the larger number together (repeatedly, if necessary) until a single digit (or the "master" numbers 11 or 22) results. Each of these numbers represents different characteristics and expressions." That's the short version, anyway).
Scully dismisses numerology as "essentially a child's game." Moronica tries to bring in some backup by pointing out that Pythagoras used it for...something. His theorem? I seriously don't know. The name Pythagoras comes up, I flash back to Geometry and Mrs. Schlossberg, and everything just goes dark. Scully makes a skeptical face and asks Moronica where she learned numerology. Moronica is forced to admit that she learned it as a child. Really? Because I learned about numerology from the back of Cosmo, where I read that numbers could unlock the secrets of my destiny and bring me happiness, a rich husband, and a twenty-three-inch waist. I also learned that rouging your nipples is sexy, which just goes to show you can't believe everything you read in Cosmo. Of course, I don't even read Cosmo anymore, so maybe it's all about quantum physics and forensic pathology now. Moronica explains that she still uses numerology as a party trick -- an icebreaker. She figured out that each of the murdered women was a "cosmic number": a 10, a 13, a 16. But she still has no hard forensic evidence to connect the murders to a single killer, she admits. The girls look at the last overhead for a long moment; then Scully asks Moronica to enlarge it. DB has a series of small circles on her cheek -- maybe, Scully posits, from the killer's ring. They check the rest of the women's faces. Bingo. Scully shrugs that the murders are connected, after all. "So, numerology may be driving the killer and I'm definitely not crazy," Moronica says. "Well, maybe you're both crazy," Scully offers.