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Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' 

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for the famous quirky author Jose Chung's latest novel. The case gives a whole new meaning to the term Rashomon effect. Chung later returns in Millennium (1996).

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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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In the scene in the diner when Mulder is interviewing Lt. Jack Schaefer the pilot is sculpting his mashed potatoes into a flat topped hill shape. This is a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), a film about alien abductions. See more »

Goofs

Adding to the previous error note, Sergeant Hynek is wearing a US Army name tag on his outdated USAF uniform. See more »

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Jose Chung: [discussing the written statement of one of the witnesses to a UFO abduction] I don't know which was more disturbing, his description of the inner core reincarnated souls' sex orgy, or the fact that the whole thing was written in screenplay format.
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References Dungeons & Dragons (1983) See more »

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The X-Files Love Suite
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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Perhaps the best X-Files episode of all!
18 June 2006 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

This X-Files has it all: a superb guest cast of both unknowns and extremely well-knowns, great writing, wry tongue-in-cheek humor, and homages to more sci-fi (and abduction fanatic "fact") stories than one would think possible in the alloted time. Charles Nelson Reilly gives a beautifully understated performance in the title role (showing that he's more than a one-trick pony when someone gives him a chance); Jesse Ventura utters more polysyllabic words than I thought he knew, and the other "Man in Black" (whose face is obscured until late in the story) is a hoot.

I've watched this episode more times than I can count, and it seems I'm always noticing a new detail that further enhances the tale. If you have the opportunity to purchase a collection with this as one of the episodes -- jump on it!


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