The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 12

Fire (17 Dec. 1993)
"The X Files" Fire (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully join forces with an inspector from Scotland Yard when a man with pyrokinetic powers stalks members of the British aristocracy.



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Episode cast overview:
Bob the Caretaker / Cecil L'Ively
Sir Malcolm Marsden
Laurie Paton ...
Mrs. Marsden
Driver #1 (as Phil Hayes)
Keegan MacIntosh ...
Michael Marsden (as Keegan Macintosh)
Woman in Bar - Mrs. Kotchek
Christopher Gray ...
Jimmie Marsden
Alan Robertson ...


Mulder is approached by a former love interest, Scotland Yard Inspector Phoebe Green, who needs help on a case. To date, three British politicians have spontaneously combusted, burning to a crisp. There has been no trace of accelerant being used and little to connect the three deaths. Green is in the U.S. providing security to Sir Michael Marsden and his family and wants to make sure nothing happens to him while he is visiting. Mulder tells Scully that he wants to take care of this himself - somewhat to her annoyance - but she eventually finds crucial evidence that leads the to the killer. Written by garykmcd

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David Duchovny suffered the only injury on-set, burning his hand, which left a small permanent scar. See more »


Phoebe Green (Amanda Pays) states that a "... minister of parliament..." was killed. There are no people with such a tittle as parliament has no ministers. Individuals elected to parliament are "members of parliament", usually abbreviates as "MPs". Members of parliament and other individuals who form the government/cabinet and have a department portfolio are called "ministers" (i.e. the prime minister, education minister, justice minister, finance minister, etc.). They are appropriately called "government ministers". See more »


Cecil L'Ively: So, you guys ever smoked a cigarette?
Michael Marsden: No, they're bad for you.
Cecil L'Ively: Would you like to take a puff, Michael?
Michael Marsden: ...No.
Cecil L'Ively: It'll make a man out of you.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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I couldn't watch it
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This could have been a good episode but I simply had to turn it off. The British representation was horrible to watch. Have the makers ever set foot in Britain prior to filming? At least set foot in England?? I don't think any British person have had such an accent apart from a comedy skit of The Royal Family! Also with the 2 English boys... well I don't think any English boy has acted, spoke or dressed like any English kid in the history of the British nation since Prince William and Harry's preteen public appearances. To American film makers.. There is more than 1 country in the UK. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.. meaning more than 1 culture! I can handle some stereotyping but this was so bad I could not watch it. Fire looked cool though!

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