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
Detective Gwynn
Commander Carver
Frank Ferrucci ...
Inspector Nettles
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 »


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Mulder: Not if drawstring pants come back in style.
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One of the best episodes of the series entire run!
31 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The great thing about "The X Files" was its splendid blend of sci-fi, horror, and drama. In 3, all three genres are intertwined perfectly, creating one of the most unique and fascinating hours of television of the 1990s. The story concerns Mulder's investigation of a trio of hungry vampires in L.A., a concept that may not seem original at first, but eventually comes into its own shortly after the cold opening. If there is a flaw in the episode, it is the opening that simply seems like it was shot within an hour period. It doesn't match the stylish direction of the rest of the episode. David Nutter always did a bang-up job on the episodes he directed, bringing a distinctive mood and artfulness to the proceeding yet the opening here is weak. The rest of 3 is exceptionally well done with the usual solid directing by Nutter, very strong performances by David Duchovny and guest star Perry Reeves (probably best known as Will Ferrell's wife in Old School), slick visuals, and a surprise ending. The closing scene is especially moving. Even for non-'Files' fans, 3 is a must-see. 9/10

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