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 complete credited cast:
Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
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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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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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The license plates on the tow truck are the proper ones from Oklahoma at that time. See more »


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Crazy Credits

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 strikes
20 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

What can I say about this episode. It's a regular one. Nothing special about it. The thing is this. When the X-Files was on TV people didn't expect the kind of story lines, that we get nowadays. So I have to remind myself, that it is totally fine, that after four incredible myth episodes we now go back to the monster of the week. In all honesty though this time around the monster isn't really exciting. Actually, the most exciting thing was to see Jack Black and Giovanni Ribisi. I didn't expect that one and the two of them didn't disappoint. Ribisi brought a diverse array of emotions, while being terrifying as well. The episode also has this clear 90s vibe, which I liked. You look at both Black and Ribisi and have no choice, but to think: Yeah 90s. Both of these guys could walk around in those early Linklater movies. Mulder and Scully were in great form, too. I noticed something about Duchovny in this episode. Something was different. Maybe it was the hair or a little new movement of his lips. After four episodes of hectic behavior, Mulder was back to normal.

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