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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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 »


Kristen Kilar: Are you about to ask what a normal person like me is doing in a place like this?
Mulder: How do you define normal?
Kristen Kilar: Misha, red wine... I don't. How do you?
Mulder: All I know is... normal is not what I feel.
Kristen Kilar: You've lost someone. Not a lover... a friend.
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"Agent Mulder, all this time I've been putting raspberry sauce on ice cream."
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"3" is the first episode following Scully's abduction, and is one of few X-Files without any appearance from Gillian Anderson. The third Morgan/Wong script for this season, "3" finds an adrift Mulder obsessed with tracking down a trio of bloodthirsty killers in California. This episode is notable for starring the stunning Perrey Reeves, who portrays enigmatic Kristen Kilar and dated David Duchovny around this time. There is a very strong, believable sexual energy between them that is the highlight of a somewhat uneven script.

The episode starts with a well-directed teaser of a young woman seducing a much older man and proceeding to murder him with the help of two others in his jacuzzi. The premise is that this Unholy Trinity had pursued Kristen across the country to turn her into one of them, a vampire. Mulder captures one of the Trinity members who is subsequently killed in his sunlit cell, only to return to life in the episode's final third. He then encounters Kristen in a nightclub, in the episode's strangest scene, and believes she too is a bloodsucker until he spots a gore-filled bread loaf in her oven (apparently this has defensive properties in vampire lore).

There are some interesting ideas and new spins on vampiric mythology that are unfortunately presented in such a way that the audience becomes as lost as Mulder seems to be. Kristen, though an interesting character, is too ambiguous for much of her storyline to make any sense on first view. It is implied that consuming the blood of a believer and sacrificing a human life can convert one into a vampire, yet this is a detail touched upon far too late for the denouement to seem anything but convenient.

"3" gets a pretty bad wrap from hardcore fans for the lack of Scully and Mulder's eccentric behavior but is enjoyable when not viewed from an analytical lens. Though the script is a tad pedestrian from the writers who brought us masterpieces like "Beyond the Sea," there is still some good character study which is the trademark of any Morgan/Wong affair, with Duchovny's chemistry with Reeves and ability to play Mulder in a different yet believable way being the high spots.

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