The X Files

starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Created by Chris Carter

Season One

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1. Pilot

Writer Chris Carter

Director Robert Mandel

guests: Charles Cioffi (Section Chief Scott Blevins) Cliff DeYoung (Dr. Jay Nemman) Sarah Koskoff (Teresa Nemman) Leon Russom (Detective Miles)

Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fuelled by a lost memory where his sister was abducted by aliens; she is a scientist and prefers to look for rational, logical explanations. Their first case takes them to Oregon, to investigate the unsolved murders of several High School classmates, whom "Spooky" Mulder believes have been experimented on by aliens.

NOTE: This episodes plot line gets picked up seven years later in "Requiem" (#161). Nothing is forgotten in this series, just ... abandoned, for a time.

  • Chris Carter's original script for the pilot episode sees Scully with her boyfriend, FBI Agent Ethan Minette, but he did not make it into the filmed episode.
  • The "I Made This" over the TenThirteen logo is spoken by Nathan Courturier, son of the Supervising Sound Editor, Thierry Courturier.
  • The setting for the pilot episode took place in Bellfleur, Oregon. Chris Carter was born in Bellflower, California.
  • In the scene on the plane, the man sitting behind Scully is David Duchovny's father.

    2. Deep Throat

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director Daniel Sackheim

    guests: Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat) Michael Bryan French (Paul Mossinger) Seth Green (Emil) Gabrielle Rose (Anita Budahas) Monica Parker (Ladonna)

    Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed 'Deep Throat', who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.

    NOTE: Although it is not said on-screen until 'The Erlenmeyer Flask', Mulder's confidential source is nicknamed Deep Throat, after the mysterious informant during the Watergate Scandal.

  • This episode is the first which Clyde Klotz, an assistant art director, worked on. Mr. Klotz went on to marry Gillian Anderson on New Years Day 1994, and is the father of her daughter, Piper.

    3. Squeeze

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director Harry Longstreet

    guests: Doug Hutchison (Eugene Victor Tooms) Donal Logue (Agent Tom Colton) Henry Beckman (Detective Frank Briggs)

    One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear MO or point of entry, with the hope that it will save her career and Scully accepts, while finally realising what a joke she and Mulder are considered to be. Mulder reviews the case and he notices that similar homicides occurred in 1903, 1933 and 1963. When he helps capture Eugene Tooms, Mulder mentions the other murders and his credibility is weakened. Mulder and Scully follow the paranormal angle of the case and discover that Tooms is a genetic mutant who can fit his body through the smallest of spaces and needs to consume 5 human livers to sustain himself for thirty years of hibernation.

    NOTE: After two episodes that deal largely with alien activity, Chris Carter asked writing team Glen Morgan and James Wong to write an episode with a different, but still paranormal, storyline; establishing that the show was going to be more than just about aliens every week.

  • Even after 200 further episodes with some wonderful X-Files villains, Eugene Victor Tooms remains one of the fans most favourite antagonists.

    4. Conduit

    Writer Alex Gansa/Howard Gordon

    Director Daniel Sackheim

    guests: Carrie Snodgress (Darlene Morris) Michael Cavanaugh (Sheriff Jack Withers) Don Gibb (Kip) Joel Palmer (Kevin Morris) Charles Cioffi (Section Chief Scott Blevins)

    As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of The X-Files, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an 'encounter' he experienced as a child - the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.

    NOTE: Mulder uses his gun for the first time in this episode, to scare off a pack of wolves.

  • The character 'Tessa' was played by actress Shelly Owens, sister of Chris Owens, who will eventually portray young Cancerman and Cancerman's son, Special Agent Spender during seasons 4-6.
  • Tessa's doctor's appointment was scheduled for August 7th, which is also David Duchovny's birthday.
  • The huge portrait of Ruby that Kevin draws was originally a computer printout, but it looked a little too perfect so art department member, Vivien Nishi painstakingly hand drew all the 1's and 0's to make it look like a child's drawing.
  • Joel Palmer who plays Kevin Morris goes on to play Charlie/Michael Holvey in The Calusari during season 2.

    5. The Jersey Devil

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director Joe Napolitano

    guests: Claire Stansfield (The Jersey Devil) Wayne Tippet (Detective Thompson) Gregory Sierra (Dr. Diamond) Michael McRae (Ranger Peter Broullet)

    The murder of a homeless man which is very similar in detail to a murder committed in 1947 leads Mulder and Scully to a legendary man-beast roaming in the forest near Atlantic City.

    NOTE: Scully attends her godson Scott's sixth birthday party and goes out to dinner with his father. Unfortunately for him, she turns down the offer of a second date.

    6. Shadows

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director Michael Katleman

    guests: Barry Primus (Robert Dorland) Lisa Waltz (Lauren Kyte)

    When an unseen force commits several murders where a young woman is present, Mulder suspects that it is the spirit of the woman's former boss who was believed to have committed suicide but was actually murdered and he is protecting her from his business partner.

    NOTE: The name being painted on the parking space previously used by Howard Graves is Tom Braidwood, an Assistant Director who will portray Frohike, one of The Lone Gunmen.

  • Mulder's joke about Elvis is the first of many throughout the entire series. Apparently Mulder is something of an Elvis fan.
  • In the original script, Mulder tells Scully what he'd like on his tombstone: "No Regrets".

    7. Ghost in the Machine

    Writer Alex Gansa/Howard Gordon

    Director Jerrold Freedman

    guests: Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat) Wayne Duvall (Agent Jerry Lamana) Rob LaBelle (Brad Wilczek) Blu Mankuma (Claude Peterson)

    A computer with highly advanced Artificial Intelligence begins to kill in order to preserve its existence when it is deemed inefficient to continue controlling the workings of an office building.

    NOTE: Scully uses her gun for the first time in this episode, to stop the fan blades in the vent shaft.

  • Guest star Wayne Duvall is the nephew of actor Robert Duvall.
  • This is the first episode after "Deep Throat" that Jerry Hardin appears in. This is significant because Hardin was originally only supposed to be in only that episode, but evidentally, somewhere along the line the powers that be thought to bring him back as a recurring character.

    8. Ice

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Xander Berkeley (Dr. Hodge) Felicity Huffman (Dr. DaSilva) Steve Hytner (Dr. Murphy) Jeff Kober (Bear)

    When an Arctic research team mysteriously kill each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors and scientists to investigate. They discover an organism which infects living creatures and accelerates the host's feeling of anger and paranoia and the agent's colleagues on the expedition begin to question their government knowledge.

    NOTE: This episode borrows heavily from Howard Hawks' and John Carpenter's versions of The Thing and the original basis for those films, John W. Campbell Jr's novella Who Goes There?; all about characters who are trapped in a confined space with a killer who could be any one of them.

    9. Space

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director William Graham

    guests: Ed Lauter (Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt) Susanna Thompson (Michelle Generoo)

    A mysterious force is sabotaging a space launch program which leads directly back to the commander of the team, who once led a mission to Mars and claimed to have seen an alien in space.

    NOTE: Susanna Thompson went on to replace Alice Krige as the Borg Queen in Star Trek Voyager and along with Terry Farrell became the first two women to kiss each other in Star Trek history in the episode Rejoined.

    10. Fallen Angel

    Writer Alex Gansa/Howard Gordon

    Director Larry Shaw

    guests: Frederick Coffin (Section Chief Joseph McGrath) Marshall Bell (Commander Calvin Henderson) Scott Bellis (Max Fenig) Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat)

    Mulder puts the future of the X-Files in jeopardy when he heads to a UFO crash site being rapidly covered up by the military. He is arrested and while in jail he meets Max Fenig, a UFO nut whose NICAP group has followed Mulder's work on the X-Files. When Mulder is released, Scully urges him to return to Washington to face his superiors and try and save his job but Mulder finds out that Max is more than meets the eye and ignores Scully to try and save him instead.

    NOTE: NICAP, Max's UFO group, stands for National Investigative Committee of Aerial Phenomena. He also mentions MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) which we learn more about in season 3, and also CUFOS and PSICOP.

  • This episode gives the first impressions of Mulder's enemies within the FBI, and those who would prefer him being kicked out of the Bureau rather than risk the embarrassment of his actions. It also redefines the border between Mulder and Scully; him as the out of control believer, and her as the scientist who must keep him in line.
  • The line by Deep Throat to SC McGrath, "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer" is a quote from Don Corleone in The Godfather.

    11. Eve

    Writer Kenneth Biller/Chris Bracato

    Director Fred Gerber

    guests: Harriet Sansom Harris (Dr. Sally Kendrick/Adult Eves) Erika Krievins (Cindy Reardon) Sabrina Krievins (Teena Simmons) Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat)

    When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are unexplainably murdered at the exact same time in the exact same way, Mulder and Scully find that their eight-year-old daughters are perfect twins and were created in order to continue The Litchfield Experiment, a eugenics project of the 1950's which produced several identical sets of twin boys named Adam and girls named Eve who have heightened strength and intelligence, but are prone to psychotic behaviour.

    NOTE: The names of the little girls, Cindy and Teena, are also the names of the wives of writers Glen Morgan and James Wong.

  • Cindy briefly watches the cartoon "Eek the Cat" which later went on to depict Mulder and Scully in cartoon form.
  • The band Eve6 got their name from this episode.
  • The orignal choice to play the young twins were the Olsen Twins, but they couldn't due to child labor laws.
  • One month after this episode aired, Harriet Harris began her recurring role as Dr Frasier Crane's wonderfully wicked agent Bebe Glazer on Frasier. In the season 4 episode 'Roz's Turn', Bebe tries to get sympathy from Frasier by taking digitalis, which is what kills her character Eve 7 in this episode.

    12. Fire

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director Larry Shaw

    guests: Amanda Pays (Inspector Phoebe Green) Mark Sheppard (Cecil L'ively/Bob) Dan Lett (Sir Malcolm Marsden) Laurie Paton (Lady Marsden)

    An old Oxford girlfriend of Mulder's asks for his help in an international case concerning the unexplainable execution of several British dignitaries and they encounter an assassin who can produce fire from his bare hands.

    NOTE: This is the second episode to provide character development as we learn a bit about Mulder's past: His rocky relationship with fellow Oxford student Phoebe Green (where they shared a certain "youthful indiscretion atop the tomb of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), and that Mulder is deathly afraid of fire.

  • The character of Malcolm Marsden is named after the show's Hairstylist.

    13. Beyond the Sea

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Brad Dourif (Luther Lee Boggs) Don S. Davis (Captain William Scully) Sheila Larken (Margaret Scully)

    When death row inmate Luther Lee Boggs claims to be psychic and can lead Mulder to a serial killer in return for a lesser sentence of life in prison, Scully becomes an unwilling believer when Boggs tells her that she can communicate through him with her recently deceased father.

    NOTE: The names of the two killers, Luther Lee Boggs and Lucas Jackson Henry are a division of the name of real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

  • In the scene where Scully's father appears in her apartment, silently mouthing words; actor Don Davis was actually reciting the Lord's Prayer.
  • Actress Sheila Larken is the wife of X-Files Executive Producer R.W. Goodwin.
  • The episode title is the name of Scully's parent's favourite song. It was played when William returned home after the Cuban Missile Crisis and when he married Margaret. It is also the chosen music when his ashes are scattered at sea.

    14. Genderbender

    Writer Larry Barber/Paul Barber

    Director Rob Bowman

    guests: Michele Goodger (Sister Abigail) Brent Hinkley (Brother Andrew) Kate Twa (Female Marty) Peter Stebbings (Male Marty)

    A series of sexually-oriented murders which are identical except that the killer appears to be both male and female, draws Scully and Mulder to an Amish-type community of people who may be alien in origin.

    NOTE: Nicholas Lea co-starred in this episode as Marty's would-be victim, Michael. He will return in season 2 to portray everyone's favourite antagonist, Alex Krycek.

  • Kate Twa, who plays Female Marty in this episode, will return to play Detective Kelly Ryan in 'Soft Light' in season two.

    15. Lazarus

    Writer Alex Gansa/Howard Gordon

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Christopher Allport (Agent Jack Willis) Cec Verrell (Lula Philips) Jackson Davies (Agent Bruskin)

    When FBI Agent Jack Willis and bank robber Warren Dupre are both shot at the same time during a robbery attempt, Dupre dies when Willis is brought back to life. When Willis rushes out of the hospital and begins acting strangely, Mulder concludes that Dupre has come back to life in Willis' body.

    NOTE: Some character development for Scully: she had a relationship with Agent Willis who was her instructor at the FBI Academy.

  • Scully and Willis share the same birthday, 23rd of February. This was most likely the kick-starter for their relationship.
  • In the original script, Dupre was supposed to jump into Mulder's body, but the producers argued against this, claiming that the basis of the show is that Mulder chases after paranormal phenomena and rarely holds any evidence. It would tone down the show's ultimate theme if Mulder directly experienced a paranormal event.

    16. Young at Heart

    Writer Scott Kaufer/Chris Carter

    Director Michael Lange

    guests: Dick Anthony Williams (Agent Reggie Purdue) Alan Boyce (young John Barnett) Christine Estabrook (Agent Henderson) Graham Jarvis (Dr. Austin) Robin Mossley (Dr. Joe Ridley) Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat)

    Mulder is being stalked by someone from his past. John Barnett, a criminal whom he played a large part in capturing has returned to get revenge. Mulder and Scully find that Barnett's escape was due to a doctor trying to discover the secrets of aging, and the agents soon realise that Barnett has found the perfect disguise: Youth.

    NOTE: William B. Davis (the Cigarette-Smoking Man) appears in an uncredited bit part as a "CIA Agent". Whether or not this character is CSM is disputed, but if it were, he would have his first words (and two lines, to boot) here rather than in "Tooms", when he interrogates the dying Barnett.

    17. E.B.E.

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director William Graham

    guests: Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat) Bruce Harwood (Byers) Dean Haglund (Langly) Tom Braidwood (Frohike)

    Mulder and Scully receive information from Deep Throat about a UFO that was shot down over Iraq and has been secretly transported to the US. However, Deep Throat then intentionally misleads the agents to prevent them from discovering the truth.

    NOTE: The aliases for Mulder and Scully provided by The Lone Gunmen are Tom Braidwood and Val Stefoff. They are really two of the show's First Assistant Directors. Tom Braidwood is also the actor who portrays Frohike.

  • This episode is the first that the Lone Gunmen appear in.

    18. Miracle Man

    Writer Chris Carter/Howard Gordon

    Director Michael Lange

    guests: Campbell Lane (Hohman's Father) R.D. Call (Sheriff Maurice Daniels) Scott Bairstow (Samuel Hartley) George Gerdes (Reverend Calvin Hartley) Dennis Lipscomb (Leonard Vance)

    A young man who has the power to heal people with his touch begins to question his gift when people start dying after he has supposedly healed them.

    NOTE: Scott Bairstow starred as Lt. Thomas Hobbes in Chris Carter's short lived drama series Harsh Realm in 1999.

  • When Scully reads through the list of diseases that have been healed by Samuel one of them is "Spontaneous remission of metastatic cancer", which is exactly what will happen to her five years in the future.

    19. Shapes

    Writer Marilyn Osborn

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Ty Miller (Lyle Parker) Michael Horse (Sheriff Charley Tskany) Donnelly Rhodes (Jim Parker) Jimmy Herman (Ish) Renae Morriseau (Gwen Goodensnake)

    Mulder and Scully travel to an American Indian reservation to investigate the death of an Indian man who was mistaken for a wild animal and may have been the legendary Manitou, a man who can shapeshift into a beast.

    NOTE: Michael Horse starred in 'Twin Peaks' playing Deputy Tommy Hill, which also featured David Duchovny playing a transvestite police officer.

    20. Darkness Falls

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director Joe Napolitano

    guests: Jason Beghe (Ranger Larry Moore) Tom O'Rourke (Steve Humphreys) Titus Welliver (Doug Spinney)

    When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves trapped in a cabin surrounded by flesh eating insects that only attack at night.

    NOTE: Actor Jason Beghe is a long-time childhood friend of David Duchovny's who worked with him for a time as a bartender and originally prodded David into pursuing an acting career.

    21. Tooms

    Writer Glen Morgan/James Wong

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Doug Hutchison (Eugene Victor Tooms) Paul Ben-Victor (Dr Aaron Monte) Mitch Pileggi (Assistant Director Walter Skinner) Henry Beckman (Detective Frank Briggs)

    Eugene Tooms, the genetic mutant, is released from the sanitarium and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for another 30 years.

    NOTE: This episode boasts two firsts: the first appearance of Assistant Director Walter Skinner and the first dialogue spoken by the Cigarette Smoking Man.

  • CSM's first spoken words: when asked by AD Skinner if he believes Mulder's claims about Eugene Tooms he replies simply "Of course I do".
  • There is also a third first: the first time a serial killer has returned. The character of Tooms originally appeared in Squeeze. The other two serial killers were Robert Modell (aka The Pusher) and Donny Pfaster.

    22. Born Again

    Writer Alex Gansa/Howard Gordon

    Director Jerrold Freedman

    guests: Brian Markinson (Tony Fiore) Mimi Lieber (Anita Fiore) Maggie Wheeler (Detective Sharon Lazard) Dey Young (Judy Bishop) Andrea Libman (Michelle Bishop)

    After a detective and his former partner die in unexplained circumstances, the accidents are linked to a little girl who witnessed both deaths and Mulder believes that she may be the reincarnate of a policeman murdered by his colleagues.

    23. Roland

    Writer Chris Ruppenthal

    Director David Nutter

    guests: Zeljko Ivanek (Roland Fuller) Garry Davey (Dr Keats) James Sloyan (Dr Nollette) Micole Mercurio (Miss Stodie) Kerry Sandomirsky (Tracey)

    A scientist working on advanced propulsion technology is killed by the handicapped janitor Roland, who then corrects the man's calculations. Mulder and Scully investigate and find that another recently deceased scientist who's head is cryogenically frozen, was Roland's twin brother and is controlling him telepathically from beyond the grave.

    NOTE: "Roland" is in some ways similar to the previous episode "Born Again", the general theme being revenge.

    24. The Erlenmeyer Flask

    Writer Chris Carter

    Director R.W. Goodwin

    guests: Lindsey Ginter (Crew-Cut Man) Anne DeSalvo (Dr Anne Carpenter) Simon Webb (Dr Secare) Jerry Hardin (Deep Throat)

    Following a vague tip from Deep Throat, Mulder uncovers secret testing of alien DNA on humans by the government but is captured and infected with an alien retrovirus. Against his own concerns, Deep Throat tries to do too much for the agents and is discovered as Mulder's source and is executed. At the very end, Mulder informs Scully that word has come from the top of the executive branch to close The X-Files.

    NOTE: The seasons finale ends pretty much the same way as the pilot episode - Scully waking up and the clock changing from 11:21 to 11:22, and Cigarette Smoking Man storing the alien foetus in the huge vault beneath the Pentagon as he did with the implant in the Pilot.

  • The tagline for this episode changes from 'The Truth Is Out There' to 'Trust No One', which is the phrase spoken by Deep Throat with his last breath.


    SCULLY: What happened?

    MULDER: We lost power, brakes, steering, everything. We lost nine minutes.

    SCULLY: We lost what?

    MULDER: Nine minutes. I looked at my watch just before the flash and it was nine-o-three. It just turned nine-thirteen.

    SCULLY: Come on.

    MULDER: Gone! Just like that.

    SCULLY: No, wait a minute. You're saying that, that time disappeared. Time can't just disappear, it's, it's, it's a universal invariant!

    MULDER: Not in this zipcode.

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