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Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' 

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for a famous author researching his latest novel.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roky Crikenson
Lieutenant Jack Schaefer
Chrissy Giorgio
Harold Lamb
Dr. Fingers
Larry Musser ...
Detective Manners
Blaine Faulkner
Andrew Turner ...
Sargeant Hynek
Mina E. Mina ...
Dr. Hand


Well known author Jose Chung is writing a book about the claimed alien abduction of a young couple that was subsequently investigated by agents Mulder and Scully. With Mulder unavailable, Scully provides most of the information on the case. Chrissy and Harold were out on a date when their car suddenly lost all power in the middle of nowhere. From that point on however, their stories and that of the others involved in the investigation begin to vary considerably. It all equally leads to several possible conclusions. Written by garykmcd

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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FBI Agent Mulder (with Scully) comes to town to solve a mystery involving the disappearance of a young girl and spends one scene in a diner eating more than his fair share of pie. This is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the character FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) from David Duchovny's previous "spooky" series, Twin Peaks (1990). Cooper went to the quiet mountain town to solve the death of Laura Palmer and had a taste for pie. Duchovny guest-starred on that as a cross-dressing DEA agent. See more »


At 36mins 40secs, Mulder puts his hand in an ice bucket the morning after the night before. The amount of water left would indicate the original ice filled the bucket to beyond overflowing, and that there was perhaps no bottle in the bucket either. See more »


Scully: That was Detective Manners. He said they just found your "bleepin'" UFO.
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References Space: Above and Beyond (1995) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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A strong contender for the title of best episode
22 April 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

It's really just about impossible to knock "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'". It's a special episode. Some may dismiss it as just a silly romp, and it works on that level, sure, but I think it is a complex, detailed, and beautifully-written script brought to life brilliantly with extraordinary narrative structure and acting that cannot be described as anything other than brilliant from the regulars and from Charles Nelson Reilly. It's a humorous episode you can take seriously, because it works on so many levels. Like Matt Groening's brilliant sci-fi comedy "Futurama", one needs to have an affinity for random, sometimes obscure science fiction to fully appreciate it and to catch all the references. I would consider myself a devoted fan of the genre in all forms of media, but I doubt I got all of it. What a swan song for Darin Morgan as writer on the series, this is probably his best work, and how completely and utterly brilliant it is. Even if fans of this episode are not interested in Carter's other show "Millennium", they really should check out Jose Chung's return in the season 2 episode "Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense'", in an episode also written by Darin Morgan. That is, of course, if they haven't already.



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