Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jay Nemman (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sarah Koskoff ...
Zachary Ansley ...
Coroner Truitt
Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin ...
Ken Camroux ...
Third Man
Doug Abrahams ...
Patrolman #1 (as Doug Abrams)
Peggy O'Dell (as Katya Gardener)


Skeptical FBI Special Agent Dana Katherine Scully is reassinged by Divison Chief Scott Blevins to work with the "believer" Fox William Mulder. Their first case together takes them to Bellefleur, Oregon; where the fourth member of the BHS class of '89 has been found dead...with two mysterious pink marks on her back, which all other victims have had. Written by Marc-David Jacobs <>

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Chris Carter finished putting the pilot together at 5am, ready for screening to the Fox executives at 8 that very same morning. Fortunately his pilot was greeted with spontaneous applause from his audience. See more »


When Scully is entering info on her laptop about Soames's autopsy, look closely at her computer screen. You'll be able to see that the monitor is CRT (cathode ray tube). CRT monitors are only found on desktop computers and not laptops. See more »


Special Agent Dana Scully: [frightened by the marks on her back] What are they? Mulder, what are they!
Special Agent Fox Mulder: [smiles] Mosquito bites.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Perfect start to my favorite TV show ever
16 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

The pilot episode is fantastic because it establishes the dynamic between Mulder the believer and Scully the skeptic - plus it has a great plot with an alien abduction mystery. Gillian and David already have great chemistry. They're so young here! And the 90s fashion is kind of hilarious.

It's a very quotable episode too: "Nobody down here but the FBI's most unwanted!" "Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?" "We lost nine minutes!" "Time can't just disappear! It's a universal invariant!" "Not in this zip code!" "Agent Mulder believes we are not alone." and so on.

My only complaint is that the indoor scenes look like they were filmed in the dark. Overall it's one of my favorite episodes.

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