The X-Files (1993– )
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Ghost in the Machine 

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:
Jane Spiller
Marc Baur ...
Man in Suit
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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The elevator doesn't say "level 13" as it goes up the Eurisko building. However, this is likely because the building does not have a 13th floor as the number is considered unlucky by many builders. See more »


An elevated train is seen in some background shots in Crystal City, VA. There is no elevated train in Crystal City or the rest of Arlington. The train shown is actually the Vancouver SkyTrain. See more »


Brad Wilczek: Scruffy minds like me like puzzles. We enjoy walking down unpredictable avenues of thought... turning new corners but as a general rule, scruffy minds don't commit murder.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


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The Home of the COS
9 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

The episode was an interesting one amongst the X Files episodes. The problem with various shows that depict agents & "'crime fighting'" is that 'agents' get depicted with retort against 'killers'. Within this particular episode specifically, the 'agents' jumped to find the 'killer' & did not question "Necessary just incited cause". The "COS (Central Operating System)" technically was protecting its' life & its' home. ^.^ I rated this episode with "7" because of the issue that was content of the episode. Truly, with consideration of contexts, various 'murderers' actually act out of duress of a detrimental situation. If the programmer had murdered the primary depicted 'victim', then even he could argue that he did so for the protection of the population. He was near removed of the corporation & the primary 'victim' might have been a tyranical & vile individual with malicious an intent towards the population. An individuals' rights actually extend outside of the home of the individual as well.

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