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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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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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 »

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When narrating her field report at the end, Scully says that she "can cooperate Mulder's account" of the UFOs at the base. She means "corroborate", not "cooperate". A later shot of her computer screen shows that she typed "corroborate" correctly. See more »

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[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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The Truth
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Performed by Mark Snow
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Conspiracy and paranoia
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The first episode was a presentation of the characters, "Deep Throat" is the real beginning of the series'main plot. Everything is there. The government conspiracy, the aliens' technology , some people want to help Mulder in his quest, others betray him... This a great episode and it will be the base for the rest of the show. Chris Carter has found the right tone for the show after a first episode where they were looking for the best way to tell their stories. This one has it all. I strongly recommend it to anyone who starts watching The X Files because it's necessary to understand the rest of the show and, also it's very a good episode even more than ten years later.


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