The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 3

D.P.O. (6 Oct. 1995)
"The X Files" D.P.O. (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The agents investigate the deaths of several young people who were apparently struck by lightning in the same small town.



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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Teller
Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
Steve Makaj ...
Frank Kiveat
Peter Anderson ...
Stan Buxton
Kate Robbins ...
Mrs.. Oswald
Mar Andersons ...
Jack Hammond
Brent Chapman ...
The Traffic Cop
Paramedic #1 (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Five male teenagers in Connerville, Oklahoma were reported to have been struck by lightning, and one of them has survived. The most recent death draws Mulder and Scully in, and at the confrontation of local law, they must solve the case before they, too, are fried. Written by EJS

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There is a sideways shot of Mrs. Kiveat's legs as viewed by D.P.O. from under the car he's working on. This shot is accompanied by the Filter song "Hey Man, Nice Shot" (in a subtle reference to D.P.O.'s admiration of Mrs. Kiveat's legs); Filter's frontman is Richard Patrick, whose older brother Robert later became an The X-Files (1993) regular. See more »


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Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


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Lightning Crashes
27 May 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

D.P.O. has the difficult job of following a very powerful myth/arc trilogy. I always find the transition from myth/arc to MOTW interesting. How do the agents go from all the excitement of uncovering the conspiracy and running for their lives to just investigating another bizarre "monster" case? But, the series has to go on, and this is how it is formatted. It is nice to see that a reference is made to the previous three episodes for some continuation. D.P.O. has a very cool intro with some rockin' music. In the MOTW episodes, Mulder and Scully either get a helpful law enforcement officer or a jerk. This time they get a big jerk. This sheriff rips Scully a new one; very surprising to see. It is cool to see Scully sporting shades. I don't recall her wearing them before. D.P.O. shows an interesting parallel to a season five episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus(PMP)". Darren's mom is watching a trashy Jerry Springer-like program. She says Darren is a loser because he's not on t.v. like the people she is watching. PMP is about a lady who watches a lot of Springer and hopes to be on the show. D.P.O. also features two before-they-were-stars appearances by Giovanni Ribisi and Jack Black. They give two excellent slacker teenager performances. Ribisi is especially good in this episode. Usually reserved for the first credit after the show ends, the executive producer credit is shown as the final scene in a unique way. D.P.O. is an interesting concept that is done very well with good guest star performances. Enjoy it away from any power lines.

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