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 ...
Stephen E. Miller ...
Coroner Truitt
Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin ...
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Third Man (as Ken Camroux)
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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When Scully is scrolling through the microfiche, the story she lands on is written by C. Carter. This is a reference to the show's creator, Chris Carter. See more »


When Theresa asks Mulder and Scully for protection, her nose gushes blood. The flesh colored tube that is running down her forehead and from the bridge of her nose to pump the blood is visible. See more »


Special Agent Dana Scully: What happened?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: We lost power. Brakes, steering, everything.
[checks watch]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: We lost nine minutes!
Special Agent Dana Scully: You're saying that time disappeared. Time can't just disappear. It's a universal invariant!
Special Agent Fox Mulder: [car restarts itself] Not in this zip code!
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Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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X-marks the Spot
13 December 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Mulder and Scully meets each other for the first time. Scully is in her own words sent to debunk the X-Files, Mulder's current self-imposed assignment, while he's under the impression that she's sent to spy on him. Their first collaborative assignment is to investigate a series of mystical deaths where the victims have some strange marks on their lower back.

This episode shows exactly what's at the center of the X-Files and was an instant turn on that secured at least seven seasons of intensely viewing. Duchovny and Anderson hit it off from go on and this chemistry coupled with the subject of the series is what makes this series such a great success. This episode is also the first time we see the Cigarette Smoking Man, but it's only a forerunner of what is to come.

This episode gets a 9 out of 10.

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