The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 13

Improbable (7 Apr. 2002)
"The X Files" Improbable (original title)

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Reyes, Doggett, and Scully are pulled into a bizarre serial murder case involving the number '3', numerology on a whole, and an eccentric man who likes to play checkers.



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Reyes, Doggett, and Scully are pulled into a bizarre serial murder case involving the number '3', numerology on a whole, and an eccentric man who likes to play checkers.

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The final scene, featuring Burt Reynolds' face superimposed onto the cityscape was created by special effects supervisor Mat Beck. An alternate version of the scene was created that featured Chris Carter's head instead of Reynolds'. This version is included as a bonus feature on the season nine DVD set. See more »


Mr. Burt: What's this about numbers?
Dana Scully: Will you just...!
Mr. Burt: I'm very good with numbers.
Monica Reyes: The killer is driven by an impulse we believe is numerological.
Mr. Burt: Of course, he's a serial killer.
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »


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Just plain enjoyed the episode
8 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught Improbable as a rerun last night. At first I thought it was one of those Halloween episodes full of tongue-in-cheek. Admittedly, it was the great soundtrack that evoked that sense. Burt Reynolds character is a delightfully anomalous figure and open to interpretation. He could be Destiny, God, Loki, Luck or any other personification of chance/predestination. I enjoyed his nonchalance approach to engagement. His relaxed demeanor left decisions to the mind and will of characters throughout the seemingly choreographed samba of cat-and-mouse play. Numerology was the dance instructor. Man! I miss the X-Files!

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