Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour.



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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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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Through out the X-files series there were a great number of scenes that were shot at Burnaby, British Columbia's Simon Fraser University. It was often the site of outdoor meetings between Mulder and Deep Throat. It also doubled many times as a military compound. See more »


The "MPs", presumably USAF, are wearing Navy/USMC officer rank insignia. USAF/US Army insignia are larger and have a different configuration. See more »


Scully: I don't get it Mulder. Does this have something to do with an X-File? I thought you only liked those paranormal type cases. Am I missing something here?
Mulder: Let's just say, this case has a distinct smell to it, a certain... paranormal bouquet.
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References AFL-NFL World Championship Game (1968) See more »


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Conspiracy and paranoia
22 May 2007 | by (France) – See all my reviews

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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