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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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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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Amy
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Guido / Bartender
Nick DeMarinis ...
Pizza Guy (as Nick De Marinis)
Shannon Maureen Brown ...
Pretty Blonde
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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Trivia

"Torero", sung in Spanish, translates as " bullfighter". The clip we hear ends with a traditional flourish heard at bullfights. See more »

Quotes

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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(Lipsynced by Burt Reynolds)
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How Improbable?
23 May 2014 | by (Hollywood CA) – See all my reviews

Of all nine seasons of The X-Files, I gotta say this was my favorite episode.

No Mulder, aliens, super soldiers, Lone Gunmen, clones, conspiracies or any of the usual unusual.

This episode is truly a stand-alone.

A delightful Burt Reynolds dominates the cast in a story sort of about luck and a serial killer and an Italian street fair.

Agents Reyes finds a numerical correlation between some unsolved murders using numerology.

No one believes her at first, but then the numbers start adding up for Scully and Doggett and the FBI is on the case.

Songs (in Italian) and a Fellini-like score round out this darkly comic episode.

Written and directed by Chris Carter, it is just plain fun.

If there was ever a single episode of The X-Files deserving of an Emmy or two, this was it.

Not to be missed!


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