The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 7

3 (4 Nov. 1994)
"The X Files" 3 (original title)

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Whilst Agent Scully is still missing, Agent Mulder embarks upon an investigation involving vampires in Los Angeles, subsequently becoming involved with a sultry female vampire who yearns to escape her lifestyle.



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Episode cast overview:
Dana Scully (credit only)
The Unholy Spirit (as Justina Vail)
Frank Military ...
The Son / John
Tom McBeath ...
Detective Gwynn
Commander Carver
Frank Ferrucci ...
Inspector Nettles
Ken Kramer ...
Dr. Browning
Roger Allford ...
Garrett Lorre
Richard Yee ...
David Yung
Gustavo Moreno ...
The Father
John Tierney ...
Dr. Jacobs
David Livingstone ...


Working alone, Mulder travels to Los Angeles when a man is found dead, exsanguinated in his spa. This is the sixth such case Mulder has identified and the evidence at the crime scene is identical to that found at the others. The perpetrators are a trio of would be vampires but even the normally open-minded Mulder is skeptical about their real selves. That is until one of the trio is arrested and bursts into flames in his jail cell when sunlight touches him. Mulder meets someone who knows what they are and what they do. Written by garykmcd

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4 November 1994 (USA)  »

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Gillian Anderson has the record of appearing in the most episodes of the series. She appears in 198 of the 202 episodes missing only the following 4: #2.07 "3", #4.21 "Zero Sum", #5.03 "Unusual Supsects and #5.17 "Travelers". See more »


A man who believes himself to be a vampire is shown locked in a room with a single window facing the rising sun. As the sun comes up, he is gradually backed up against the opposite wall as he tries to avoid the shaft of sunlight. But a shaft of light from the rising sun would progress downward, and move away from the opposite wall, not toward it. See more »


The Son: Don't you want to live forever?
Mulder: Not if drawstring pants come back in style.
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Well, not if drawstring pants come back into style.
20 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

3 is the much despised "tweener" episode that falls between the Scully abduction and recovery episodes. I think 3 is still a decent episode, however.

I like the idea of Mulder trying to lose himself in his work. There's nothing he can do about Scully right now, so he has no other choice but to work. There's a parallel made between Mulder and the vampires. Vampires traditionally sleep during the day, meaning they're awake at night. Mulder comments that he doesn't sleep anymore, meaning he is awake at night, just like the vampires.

3 is not just the traditional vampire story of a vampire biting beautiful virgins' necks. A history is established as them being some sort of unholy trinity. I find this different aspect quite interesting. However, John, the Son, says that he can't be seen in a mirror although he says it as Mulder is viewing John's reflection in the mirror. Also, Kristen doesn't have any mirrors in her house. I'm not sure what the writers were driving at with that. I think it would have been better to skip the "vampires don't like mirrors" aspect of their mythology and just leave it that they receive immortality from drinking human blood and that they have an aversion to light.

An odd, rhythmic tone plays during the exam of the Son's body. I just found it to be an interesting choice of music.

Mulder has a very weird first encounter with Kristen. It's almost as if she were expecting him and it seems as if they are speaking passwords to each other. I like the mysteriousness that surrounds Kristen. It makes her character very interesting.

It's too bad Mulder was willing to get it on with Kristin so soon after losing Scully. I guess depressed people will sometimes do things they normally wouldn't do. Coincidentally, after Mulder gets it on with Kristen, he does sleep, which earlier he said he wasn't doing anymore.

I do like the twist towards the end involving Kristin and the Unholy Trinity. It surprised me. The extreme criticism toward this episode is undeserved, probably stemming from Scully being absent and Mulder being amorous with another woman. 3 is still a good episode that highlights the loneliness that consumes Mulder while Scully is missing.

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