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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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 Scully is asleep in the car and a UFO (presumably) flies overhead, the glass shatters in the back. However, later, when Mulder and Scully are being detained by the "National Security" guys, the back windshield is shown intact. 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 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »


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Performed by Mark Snow
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"Mr. Mulder, they've been here for a long, long time"
4 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Deep Throat is the first proper episode of The X-Files, in that it features the now legendary title sequence and theme music, the catchphrase "The truth is out there" and, most importantly, the introduction of the show's famous "mythology" storyline, an arc which, unlike Twin Peaks' murder mystery, was allowed to stay partially unresolved until the definitive end of the series.

The complex ongoing plot line, which revolves around the possibility that the US government and military know about the existence of aliens and do everything in their power to hide the truth, begins when a mysterious man (Jerry Hardin), subsequently referred to as Deep Throat, approaches Mulder and advises him to suspend his most recent investigation. Mulder, being who he is, ignores the advice and follows a set of clues that lead him to an air base which supposedly contains the bodies of extraterrestrials. Once he gets there, though, he gets in more trouble than expected, and while Scully tries to save him they both realize there's a bigger secret being hidden, one that could cost them their jobs and possibly even their lives.

Unusually for a science-fiction show, The X-Files never really featured any overly heavy effects work (barring the 1998 movie), primarily because Chris Carter was more interested in the human aspect. This is especially clear in the mythology episodes, which look more like political thrillers than full-blown sci-fi blockbusters. Carter explicitly drew inspiration from the film All the President's Men, a fact that is confirmed by the informant being named Deep Throat (although the name is never actually used in this episode). The character in question is played with the right shade of mystery by Hardin, while a still-not-famous-at-the-time Seth Green provides some comic relief as a stoned teenager.

More than anything, though, this episode shows how The X-Files, like Twin Peaks before it and other serials after it, never gave any reassuring answers. Evidence of this can be found in the unsettling conversation between Mulder and Deep Throat: "They're here, aren't they?" "Mr. Mulder, they've been here for a long, long time". The rest, as they say, is television history.

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