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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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Brad Wilczek
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Agent Jerry Lamana
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Benjamin Drake
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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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Trivia

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 »

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(at around 41 mins) The same shot of Claude Peterson is shown twice, first normally and then in reverse to make it seem like he is looking left and right. See more »

Quotes

Fox Mulder: They can't just take a man like Brad Wilczek... without an explanation.
Deep Throat: They can do anything they want.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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I was gunning for a basement office with no heat or windows.
11 April 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Windows XP was years from being released when this episode aired, but I think the parallels between Bill Gates and Microsoft with Brad Wilczek and Eurisko are more than coincidental. Microsoft even gets mentioned in the episode. Even though the idea of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is nothing new, I still do enjoy this episode. I suppose I have a soft spot for stories involving "smart" computers.

Ghost in the Machine is the first of several first season episodes that introduces us to former partners of either Mulder or Scully. The writers are attempting to establish some sort of history for Mulder and Scully to make their backgrounds more full. It gives more depth to them.

I like Jerry Lamana as the idea-stealing former partner. His acting seems a bit cheesy, but he's still o.k. It's interesting to see how Mulder treats him. Blu Mankuma makes a fine guest appearance as Claude Peterson, the gloried building super for Eurisko. I also like Rob LaBelle as Brad Wilczek.

The whole modem/telephone line for Scully's computer is kind of screwy, but it's not a huge deal. You can make it work if you say Scully had a separate telephone and modem line. The C.O.S. accidentally called Scully's telephone line, she picked up, so the C.O.S. hung up and dialed her modem line and started scanning her files. I guess she left her computer on and had just turned off her monitor.

If you're already familiar with Isaac Isamov's work, this will be nothing new to you, but all in all Ghost in the Machine is still a fun episode that makes you think, "what if?".


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