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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anita Budahas
Sheila Moore ...
Verla McLennen
Lalainia Lindbjerg ...
Andrew Johnston ...
Commanding Officer (as Jon Cuthbert)
Vince Metcalfe ...
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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First episode to use the classic X Files theme, the full opening credit sequence and accompanying tagline: The Truth Is Out There. See more »


Towards the beginning of the show when Mulder is using the restroom in the bar, he is approached by Deep Throat. Mulder notices that the door is bolted shut, even to see that someone is trying to get into the restroom. But when Deep Throat turns around to leave, the door does not show a bolt, nor the door being secured by any type of locking mechanism. See more »


Mulder: They're here aren't they?
Deep Throat: Mr. Mulder, THEY'VE been here for a long, long time.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 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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