The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 3

Conduit (1 Oct. 1993)
"The X Files" Conduit (original title)

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Mulder and Scully travel to Sioux City to investigate the disappearance of a teenager, Ruby Morris, whose mother Darlene claims was abducted by aliens. There's some reluctance on the part ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Darlene Morris
Sheriff Jack Withers
Kip (as Don Gibb)
Kevin Morris
Charles Cioffi ...
Shelley-Lynn Owens ...
Tessa Seers (as Shelley Owens)
Akiko Morison ...
Leza Atsumi
Ruby Morris
4th Man
Glen Roald ...
M.E. Worker
Mauricio Mercado ...


Mulder and Scully travel to Sioux City to investigate the disappearance of a teenager, Ruby Morris, whose mother Darlene claims was abducted by aliens. There's some reluctance on the part of the FBI to even open an X-File on the matter until Mulder finds that the Darlene was also supposedly abducted during a girl scout outing when she was a teenager. Ruby had something of a wild reputation and the local authorities believe she may have run off with a biker. Ruby's younger brother Kevin is seeing something on the television that he can translate into binary code, something that is of interest to the NSA. For Mulder, the case is far too reminiscent of his sister Samantha's abduction by aliens when he was 12 and she 8 years old. Written by garykmcd

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This episode marks the first time that the X-Files are referred to as "fringe events". See more »


When Mulder and Scully go to Okoboji, IA the title on the screen reads Okobogee, IA. This is misspelled every instance it occurs in the episode, including the captioning. See more »


Kevin Morris: [Kevin is pointing to the television with a static screen] It's coming from there.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Mvt. I, Allegro
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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All About Samantha
8 August 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have never been among my preferred X-Files writers. Their scripts are normally serviceable, but they lack the sort of flair and quality characterization and dialogue that you can expect out of a good X-Files episode. Given the task of introducing a plot thread and theme which would stretch itself over seven seasons (and even further if you count references), this writing team create a mildly interesting X-File which is important for the aspect of it that works Samantha into the story, but otherwise a middling, unoriginal abduction story.

I'm not a big fan of the Samantha storyline. I got sick of it after a couple of seasons, but it remains a key part of Mulder's character and the show's story arc. I love the simplicity of the approach in this episode. In that sense Gordon and Gansa are phenomenally successful here. Beautiful handling of Mulder's character and some fine acting from Duchovny as well.

What's really worth pointing out about this episode is how many recurring phrases are introduced. Scully first tells Mulder to give up on his search for Samantha in this episode, and Mulder, in a beautiful final shot in the episode, says the famed "I want to believe".

"Conduit" handles Mulder's character and the Samantha storyline well, but the supporting cast is occasionally incompetent and the main storyline is mostly uninteresting. An important and key X-File, but not a very good one.


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