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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Mad Wayne
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Special Agent Fordyce
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Vicki Louise Burdick
Beth Watson ...
Woman
Ernesto Gasco ...
Heavy Italian Man
Benito Prezia ...
Old Italian 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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Ray McKinnon won an Oscar for the best short when this episode was being filmed. See more »

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Dana Scully: What are YOU looking at?
Mr. Burt: Same thing you are.
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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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El Bodeguero
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Performed by Henri Salvador
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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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