Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Michael David Simms ...
Renae Morriseau ...
Ken Camroux ...
Dakota House ...
Bernie Coulson ...


A man known as "The Thinker" has hacked into the U.S. Department of Defense mainframe and uncovered 50-years-worth of proof that the Gov't has been dealing with aliens. Mulder and Scully race against time to distinguish truth from lies, uncover the secrets, and survive them. Written by EJS

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

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The tagline for this episode is Éí 'Aaníígóó 'Áhoot'é, which means "The Truth is Out There" in Navajo. See more »


Just after Mulder hits Skinner, there's a clear shot of Skinner's face where we see no injury of any kind. In the next scene, when Scully is called into Skinner's office, he has a red mark off the left corner of his mouth. See more »


Albert Hosteen: In the desert, things find a way to survive. Secrets are like this too. They push their way up through the sands of deception so men can know them.
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Does anyone on the show do RESEARCH?
17 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chris Carter could have saved himself a LOT of headaches by having someone do a little simple research on Navajo culture. All these Navajos claiming to not know the language? If they were raised there, it's likely their first language, so the kid asking what grandpa said doesn't pass, nor does the DC woman only recognizing TWO WORDS, and recognizing them as 'modern'. Any Navajo could tell you what the words are, though yes, it would take a Code Talker to decipher it. Also, Navajo was not the only native language used in code talking. In addition, Anasazi does NOT mean 'ancient aliens', and "Hosteen" is NOT a name, but a term of respect for an male elder, pronounced 'Hah-steen' not 'Hoe-steen'. I can see why the Navajos jumped on Carter for all the boo-boos in this episode. Otherwise, great and enjoyable, but if you're familiar with the culture, these mistakes and others are GLARINGLY obvious, which does kill the thrill a bit.

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