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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mad Wayne
Special Agent Fordyce
Vicki Louise Burdick
Beth Watson ...
Ernesto Gasco ...
Heavy Italian Man
Benito Prezia ...
Old Italian Man
Guido / Bartender
Nick DeMarinis ...
Pizza Guy (as Nick De Marinis)
Shannon Maureen Brown ...
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Larry Udy ...
Middle-Aged Man

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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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Did You Know?


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: [held at gunpoint by Scully for the second time] So, you're saying I didn't have anything to do with it?
Dana Scully: [Mr Burt puts down his hands] Hey, keep you hands up!
Mr. Burt: Why?
Dana Scully: I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

The tag line of the opening credits reads "Dio Ti Ama," or "God Loves You" in Italian. See more »


Ca Va Ca Va (Remix)
Performed by Karl Zéro (Remix by Le Tone)
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There's always checkers.
26 November 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Severely lacking in seasons 8 & 9, was some fun. Chris Carter finally discovered that and gave us Improbable before the end of the series. What captures your attention right away is the music in this episode. It is so catchy, and fun! I just can't help moving my feet to it.

This is Reyes' first chance to do comedy, I guess Doggett's as well, though it doesn't feel like it because of all his clever one-liners we are used to hearing.

I like the cinematography at the beginning of the episode as Reyes is walking through the FBI as people are passing her left and right. Very creative.

The FBI finally upgraded the x-files office overhead projector. Reyes uses a very sleek-looking hi-tech one.

Burt Reynolds is perfect in his "Role". Very enjoyable. The garage segment is just classic. I like the message that Carter is trying to get across in this episode, although Wayne-O never gets it, unfortunately. Ray McKinnon also does an excellent job as Mad Wayne or Wayne-O, as Burt Reynolds calls him.

I also like this episode because it offers a different combination. Instead of Scully and Doggett or Doggett and Reyes, it's Scully and Reyes for the most part. Power to the women! I found it very interesting that Carter uses a brand new A.D. to run the case instead of A.D. Skinner. I was hoping that Carter would explain why he used a new character instead of Skinner in his commentary, but he doesn't. Also an interesting note from the commentary: Ray McKinnon, who plays Mad Wayne, won an Oscar for a short film he wrote and directed while filming this episode.

Reyes' theory on numerology gets a little tiring, but not enough for me to drop this episode a point. The music is catchy and contagious, the dialogue is funny and entertaining, and though it seems "improbable", Improbable is one of the best episodes of season nine.

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