The X-Files (1993– )
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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 ...
Pretty Blonde
Larry Udy ...
Middle-Aged Man


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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7 April 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The massive use of Neapolitan dialect songs is strictly connected to high interest that people of Naples traditionally have to numerology, both to win lottery and to predict future. 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 episodes ends with an Italian song and takes place in an Italian part of town. While most episodes end with a fade to the text "Executive Producer Chris Carter" this ends with a fade to the text "Produttore Esecutivo Chris Carter". See more »


Performed by Karl Zéro and Daisy D'Errata
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Wots, uh, the deal
6 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I didn't like this one. It's based on a very interesting idea, that the enormity and complexity of the universe can be reduced to a single, simple equation. Nowadays they'd build a whole series around that concept. Unfortunately that idea got lost in an impenetrable storyline that left me decidedly flummoxed by end credits. Let me admit right here that a big part of my attraction to the X-Files is its plot contrivances and normally vague resolutions. I think anyone who really likes the show must feel the same way, especially if you stayed tuned in through the last couple seasons. But this episode takes the usual confusion associated with the program to another level. I would wager anything that none of the actors, Gillian Anderson, Annabeth Gish, nor Robert Patrick (and certainly not Burt Reynolds), could make heads or tails of this mess if you asked them about it, even as they were shooting it. In fact, I would challenge even the writers of the show to articulate exactly what's going on here. You see, I cannot give any concise summary of the episode because its impossible. Of course I did rather enjoy the playful tone of the episode. However it would take a lot more charm than Mr. Evening Shade could ever offer to distract from the inanity of the plot. Actually I don't know if I should even call it a plot. And I doubt anyone disagrees because to this point no one else has posted anything about 'Improbable'. For fans willing to sit through the episode it's hard to acknowledge how bad it is.

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