The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 18

Fearful Symmetry (24 Feb. 1995)
"The X Files" Fearful Symmetry (original title)

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Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences when an invisible forces seems to wreck the downtown of Fairfield, Idaho and an elephant from the local zoo is found lying on the highway ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Willa Ambrose
Kyle Lang
Jack Rader ...
Ed Meecham
Jody St. Michael ...
Sophie (as Jodie St. Michael)
Charles Andre ...
Ray Floyd
The Red Head Kid
Tom Glass ...
The Trucker


Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences when an invisible forces seems to wreck the downtown of Fairfield, Idaho and an elephant from the local zoo is found lying on the highway some 40 miles away. No one at the zoo can figure out how the elephant got out of its locked enclosure and animal rights activists have been active in condemning the way the zoo treats its animals. It's not the first time animals have escaped or disappeared from the Fairfield Zoo but when an animal activist is mauled by an invisible tiger, they're dealing with something no one has encountered. When Scully determines that the elephant and the tiger had been pregnant leading Mukder to believes that the animals are perhaps being abducted by aliens. Written by garykmcd

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The hardest part of filming was getting an elephant, which required a permit for the animal to pass the border into Vancouver. See more »


Dr Ambrose when explaining about the difficulties to get elephants to breed in captivity says that only six such births have ever taken place. However in 1992 alone, there were 22 births to elephants held in captivity and in 1993 21 more. Records for elephant breeding go back to 1875, and shows a solid pattern of increasing successes. See more »


Fox Mulder: Where's Langly?
Byers: He has a philosophical aversion to having his image bounced off a satellite.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Man save man...
12 December 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Fearful Symmetry the Limerick:

Abducted by aliens too

Are the animals from a zoo

An elephant dies

And Scully gets inside

And finds out it was pregnant too.

OK this episode if I was rating on teasers would probably win number one if not being in the top ten. I mean seriously you got the salsa dancing janitors getting totally flabbergasted, watching cars randomly crush and then the truck driver in the middle of Fairfield, Idaho playing a game of chicken with an elephant that appears out of nowhere. I have never laughed harder than the first time I saw this teaser and it still brings a hearty chuckle. Whoever came up with the idea of "invisible elephant in Idaho" deserves a raise and a promotion and a special ribbon. The story of this episode, if you haven't already guessed, is about invisible animals. Animals who we learn from Byers have never carried their pregnancy to full term. Why do we have all these barren invisible animals you ask? Well its simple. Aliens. X-Files right? Everything is caused by aliens. I'm sorry but this very thing is what lowers my personal opinion of this episode. If not for this I have a number of things about this episode that entertain me and actually make this episode great for trivia purposes. The first time we ever see Mulder communicate with the lone gunmen over a web cam is in this episode. And what a web cam! $150 an hour! Wow. I love how Scully, like everyone else in the world, gets "p'ed off" by the animal rights activists. The awesome elephant autopsy and Mulder's comment about MTV sports. And one of my favorite moments for two reasons, when Mecham shoots the tiger and tells Ambrose, "They don't all talk and draw pictures." and immediately after this the music does this little wooden xylophone plink plink noise that reminds of a cartoon. Finally some of Sophie's the gorilla's one liners. First the "baby go fly in light" and then the philosophical insight to Mulder's mission in life, "man save man." Does she mean that Mulder is meant to save man? Or is she telling Mulder to save himself as she is already done for? We will never know. Poor poor Sophie. Everybody's got something' to hide 'cept for me and my monkey! Sorry just had to throw that one in there. This episode is very entertaining but not for the right reasons. This is the best unintentional comedic episode of the entire series. For that I have to give it a higher rating than the episodes I don't like but I can't rate it higher than the respectable episodes either. Verdict: 6 out of 10.

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