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:
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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Writer Howard Gordon cites this episode as one of the most disappointing he worked on. See more »


Around 22:50, FBI agent Jerry Lamana is trapped in an elevator. He either seems to have fallen and can't get up or he is pinned to the ground. According to Newton's Second Law however, he should be experiencing the sensation of weightlessness in a falling elevator, or pinned to the ceiling of the elevator. 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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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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Killer Technology
20 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A corporate boss is found dead.His death seems to have been caused by the computer which runs the main operations in his work building.I feel that the idea of Artificial Intelligencce running amok and killing people is a welcome addition to the x-files.It fits in well with the whole paranormal theme.Like if you can't trust computers who can you trust?I also enjoy the element of a former partner of Mulder's being brought in on the case thus letting the viewer grab another sneak peak into the life of Mulder before he was assigned to the x-files.Also there's a brief appearance by the elusive Deep Throat.Enough to keep hardcore fans of this character happy

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