The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 1

Deep Throat (17 Sep. 1993)
"The X Files" Deep Throat (original title)

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Agents Mulder and Scully investigate the suspicious behaviour of a secret air force base in Idaho, coming into contact with government forces which threaten their careers and safety.



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Episode cast overview:
Anita Budahas
Sheila Moore ...
Verla McLennen
Lalainia Lindbjerg ...
Andrew Johnston ...
Commanding Officer (as Jon Cuthbert)
Vince Metcalfe ...
Michael Puttonen ...
Brian Furlong ...
Lead Officer
Doc Harris ...
Mr. McLennen


Mulder and Scully investigate the mental breakdown and disappearance of a U.S. Air Force officer, Col. Robert Budahas, once a well regarded test pilot. Mulder's research reveals that there is a pattern of breakdowns at Ellens Air Force base but Scully thinks there are any number legitimate medical reasons for what has happened. Mulder is soon in touch with local UFO enthusiasts and learns where in the area is best to view UFOs. He comes across two young people who regularly sneak onto the base through a hole in the fence to sit back and watch. Mulder believes the aircraft the locals are seeing were built using alien technology and it becomes apparent that the U.S. government is hiding something and will go to great lengths to keep it that way. Throughout, Mulder receives advice and a friendly warning from an unknown man, Deep Throat, who warns him to be careful and confirms Mulder's suspicions about aliens. Written by garykmcd

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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The house used for the exterior shots of the Budahas residence would also become Frank Black's yellow house in Millennium (1996) and Cassie Blake's in The Secret Circle (2011). See more »


When Mulder and Scully are confronted on the road by two cars full of government/military personnel. The guys in suits force Mulder and Scully out of their car and disarm them. One of the government agents takes Scully's pistol from her and removes the magazine. Slots in the magazine show how many bullets are in it, and it is clear that Scully only had one bullet in her gun. See more »


[Mulder and Scully have just asked two teens if they saw a flying saucer]
Scully: Mulder, did you see their eyes? If I were that high...
Mulder: Ooh! If you were that high, what?
Scully: Mulder, you could've shown that kid a picture of a flying hamburger and he would've told that's *exactly* what he saw.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


The Truth
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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Mulder and Scully take a trip to see the light fantastic.
4 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I've always been a little bit disappointed by this, the second, episode of The X Files. It just didn't seem to have any momentum. It didn't seem to "sell" the show to me the first time I watched it. Of course, now I can see it a bit differently. I still don't think it's great (thankfully, the next episode would take things up a notch) but I do appreciate just how much it introduces that would be vital to the show and to the mythology it would create.

Mulder and Scully head off to investigate a secret air force base in Idaho this time around and it's not long before they start upsetting some authority figures and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Mulder begins to theorise that the base is working with UFO technology while Scully tries, once again, to be the voice of reason.

Directed by Daniel Sackheim (who also directed the Pilot episode) and written by Chris Carter, "Deep Throat" has plenty to please fans. First of all, it's the first episode to feature that well-known theme music. Second, it starts sowing the seeds of the overarching storyline and conspiracy theories that would become synonymous with the show. Third, it actually introduced the character of Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin).

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny already own their roles, there's a fun turn from Seth Green and Gabrielle Rose has a couple of good moments as the wife of a man she thinks has been changed somehow by events at the base.

It's a solid second episode but it's one that is more enjoyable to fans who have already seen later episodes of the show and will recognise all of the elements falling into place.

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