The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 2

Drive (15 Nov. 1998)
"The X Files" Drive (original title)

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



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Dale Agee ...
EMT (as Tim Agee)
Med Tech
The Farmer
Frank Buckley ...
The Nevada News Anchor
Gas Station Attendant
Trooper #1
Patrick Crump
Harry Danner ...
CDC Doctor
The Patrol Captain
Art Pickering ...
Germ Suit Cop
Trooper #2 (as Wiley Pickett)


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

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


The most fuel efficient version of the 1968 Chevy Caprice had a 24 gallon tank and is rated by the EPA as getting 10 miles per gallon. That puts the maximum range of the vehicle at 240 miles on a single tank of gas. Highway 36, as it winds through the mountains of California from Susanville to Hydesville, is 243 miles long. As the crow flies, Susanville is still over 30 miles from the Nevada border while Hydesville is still more than 10 miles from the coast. At the 80+ miles per hour speeds depicted in this episode, there is no way that vehicle could have made it from the Nevada state line to the coast on a single tank of gas. See more »


Mulder: Crump, what else can you tell me about what's happening to you?
Patrick Crump: Mr. Crump. You call me by my last name you say "mister" in front of it.
Mulder: Mister. Gotcha.
Patrick Crump: Not Crump. Mr. Crump.
Mulder: I can think of something else I'd like to call you. I can put "mister" in front of that too if you'd like.
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Gone In 45 Minutes
19 January 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

As much as 'The Beginning' showed that we're still going to get "classic" x-files, Drive showed that the X-Files was going to explore new territory. They start by giving us a unique teaser to Drive, with the news camera footage. It was an interesting transition from the the TV to the real events. I would've liked it even better if they had kept that news footage camera for the entire teaser and not cut to the inside of the car. Upon viewing this episode live back in 1998 I was thinking, "Am I on the right channel?" That first autopsy by Scully flooded me with big words that I don't understand. I think she learned her lesson to ALWAYS wear a mask before performing an autopsy. Silly Scully! What is the deal with the lighting in the autopsy lab? It's as dark as a tomb in there! How are they supposed to see what they're doing in there? Assistant Director Kersh gets his first lines in this episode. I have no love lost for that man. He is the third recurring character in a row that is introduced that you love to hate, the first two being Diana Fowley and Jeffrey Spender. I guess the producers felt that there was too much love going on for Mulder, Scully and Skinner. So they needed to add some characters to give our favorite agents some grief and incite our ire as fans. I love the quarantine suits worn by Scully and her team with the cool helmet light bulbs. Boy. It's really smoky or foggy in DRY northern Nevada at night. Can we say the word "effect"? Drive is a cool episode, but looking at route 36 on my U.S. atlas, there's no way Mulder could've maintained a speed of 70-100 MPH on that road. If he had been on I-80, the freeway, maybe. But no way on a state road with that many curves. All of the filming inside the car looked very authentic. Excellent job by Rob Bowman. It looks nothing like the old days of the obvious blue screen or clip of passing scenery outside a car window on a stage. This was a fun episode, but some of the inaccuracies keep it from being a great episode. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, so hold on for a fast ride!

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