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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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Ray McKinnon won an Oscar for the best short when this episode was being filmed. See more »


Mr. Burt: So, it's a kind of a game.
Dana Scully: No, it's not.
Monica Reyes: No, maybe it is. Maybe that's what this is about - who wins the game.
Mr. Burt: I think she's on to something!
Dana Scully: Agent Reyes, you can't reduce a complex factor's physical and psychological into a game.
Monica Reyes: You're a scientist, Agent Scully, your world is ruled by numbers. Atoms, molecules, periodicity...
Mr. Burt: Wow!
Monica Reyes: And wouldn't it follow that everything you've made from those things is ruled by numbers, too? Genes, chromosomes, us... the universe!
Mr. Burt: Go, girl!
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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 »


(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Written by Deek Watson and Willie Best
Performed by Karl Zéro
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A brighter spot in the last seasons of the X-Files
18 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand how one cannot "get" the plot for this episode. Agent Reyes had been examining numerology when she hears of a recent murder, it allows her to connect this murder with previous ones. Scully, who is skeptical of numerology, notices that all the women have a particular mark, which ties the cases together.

We then see our killer, he is inside a bar where he kills another woman, and nearby is a strange man(Burt Reynolds). The next time we see the killer, he approaches Mr. Burt, who is playing three card monte, having recognized him from before.

Reyes goes to see a numerologist, who just as she finds something, is killed. Eventually, this leads to Scully, Reyes, Mr. Burt, and the killer all inside a parking garage. Mr. Burt convinces the agents to play checkers, which leads to Reyes noticing that their colors are red and black, which fits into the pattern of the serial killer, he had been killing women by patterns of hair, the last victim being blonde. Mr. Burt asks Reyes if the numbers are helping the killer, or if they are helping them catch him, which certainly hints at something about Mr. Burt, as well as his love of music, having seemingly every CD in the trunk of his car, and his viewing everything as a game.

The killer corners the agents and is about to shoot Reyes when Doggett, who had found the killer his own way, by recognizing a pattern in the locations of the victims, shoots him dead. Mr. Burt is nowhere to be seen.

The end of the episode shows to old Italian men singing a song as the body of the killer is hauled out of the parking garage, some kind of festival is going on, as the camera zooms out you see the face of Mr. Burt made from the lights of the city far below, and then the screen blacks out to the credits.

I took Mr. Burt as being God, who, although not directly, stops the serial killer by making his actions into a pattern that could be recognized, using numbers and other coincidences. Basically saying that God is looking out for people, albeit in a strange playful way, if the people are open to everything.

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