A man infected with a deadly pathogen climbs into Mulder's car and tells him to keep the vehicle moving. Scully attempts to produce an antidote.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Crump
Patrol Captain Van Gelder
Harry Danner ...
CDC Doctor
Virgil Nokes
Linda Porter ...
Elderly Woman
Prison Doctor (as Scott A. Smith)
Timothy Dale Agee ...
EMT (as Tim Agee)
Trooper #1
Trooper #2 (as Wiley Pickett)
Gas Station Attendant
Navy Lieutenant


A man infected with a deadly pathogen climbs into Mulder's car and tells him to keep the vehicle moving. Scully attempts to produce an antidote.

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15 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Pickens Jr and Michael O'Neill later worked together on several episodes of Grey's Anatomy. See more »


During the opening scene when we see the woman in the police car from the perspective of the news channel helicopter, an air cannon used to explode fake blood onto the car window can be seen between the two front car seats. See more »


Mulder: [to P. Crump] ... and it's Mr. Mulder to you, ya peanut picking bastard.
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References Quincy M.E. (1976) See more »

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"On behalf of the international Jewish conspiracy, I just need to inform you that we're almost out of gas."
19 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Drive" continues an excellent stretch of episodes forming the canvas for season six and is one of the better stand-alone representatives of its particular year. As its title would imply it is a very driving episode, with tension escalating from the news-camera teaser all the way to the tragic final act. Though Mulder and Scully are dispatched to investigate surfeits of suspicious fertilizer, the two agents get caught up in a high-speed road trip when Mulder crosses paths with Patrick Crump (Bryan Cranston), who lived close to a military facility where electromagnetic experiments took place. As a result the frequency in his skull (forgive my scientific unenlightenment) is increasing, and unless Mulder can escort him west and at increasingly higher speeds, his head will explode. Forgive the far-fetched premise and you have one hell of a thrilling episode, penned by the great Vince Gilligan. "Drive" works well as an engaging isolated story, but also in the grander scheme of the overarching plot, where Mulder and Scully have been stripped of their former privileges and are forced to take greater risks on their pursuit of The Truth. This makes the build-up to the episode's denouement all the more exciting. I give it a 9/10.

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