On Halloween, Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a corporate executive who may have been murdered by a thinking computer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Brad Wilczek
Agent Jerry Lamana
Claude Peterson
Benjamin Drake
Gillian Barber ...
Jane Spiller
Marc Baur ...
Bill Finck ...
Sandwich Man
Theodore Thomas ...


Mulder and Scully are asked by Mulder's old partner Agent Jerry Lamana for help on a case. Benjamin Drake chairman of Eurisko, a major computer company, was electrocuted at the office. The dead man was a personal friend of the Attorney General and Jerry doesn't want to mess up on such a high profile case. Computer genius Brad Wilczek co-founded the company with Drake and had a falling out over the direction of the company. Mulder wonders is someone might have hacked into the Eurisko building's elaborate computer system to use it to electrocute Drake. He turns to his new contact, Deep Throat, to try and figure out what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

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After Mulder inserts the disk into the COS to destroy it, various commands can be seen appearing on the COS screen - one is 'LOG ON USER FILE.REX CODE/0014356'. 4356 is the PO Box number for an X-Files fanzine named X-Treme possibilities which went on to produce a book: "X-Treme Possibilities: A Comprehensively Expanded Rummage Through Five Years of the X-Files" See more »


At 13:23 on the DVD version of the episode when Mulder and Scully are questioning Brad Wilczek, he wants to show them the computer system that runs his house. The shot of the computer monitor reveals the behind the scenes crew in the reflection just before Wilczek turns the screen on. See more »


Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


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My first time!
22 May 2006 | by (Québec, Canada) – See all my reviews

Yup! I can say that this episode was my first time! It was in 1994 or 1995 here in Québec (if someone know the first air-date of "Ghost in the Machine" in Qc, tell me, I'm really curious!) and just after seeing it, I said to my mom "Why didn't you tell me that it was on TV??? You know that I love these things so much!" OK, back at the moment I was only 9 or 10 y.-o., X-Files was at 9:00 PM and my mom decided to record for me every episode, each Thursday night in TQS (before it went at Z-Télé some years later). I was watching it the day after. Then, I became a huge fan of the series, even watching the original English episodes at Fox Television by 1997. If "Ghost in the Machine" is not the best episode of the entire series, it's not the worst and it was enough good to make me think I will love the others stories, really.

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