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Jump the Shark 

The Lone Gunmen, with the (unwanted) aide of Morris Fletcher, must stop a destructive virus from entering the populace.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Adele Harlow / Lois Runce
John Gillnitz
Medical Examiner
Timothy Landfield ...
Professor Douglas Houghton
Michael Craven Wells ...
Leonard Southall


The lone Gunman go out on a limb to try to help an old friend. In the process of trying to stop a new unkown virus, the trio seal themselves in with the terrorist to stop the spread of it. Sealing their fate, and taking themselves down with the terrorist. How will they get out of this one? Written by sethstephens46

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21 April 2002 (USA)  »

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The name of character John Gillnitz is a portmanteau of the names of the episode's three writers: John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz. See more »


Morris Fletcher: Well, watching you three trying to find your butts with both hands is not my idea of a fun time.
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At the start of this episode the drawing shown on a sheet of paper was that of the Jupiter 2 spaceship from Lost In Space. See more »


References Lost in Space (1965) See more »


Written and Performed by Mark Snow
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Why, God, WHY?!?!
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Jump the Shark" is one of those X-Files episodes I dread, not for any horribly tense or creepy moments, but for what happens to some of my favorite characters.

While the series is one of my all-time favorites, mostly due to great characters and the occasional dead-on one-liner, it's episodes like this one that made me stop watching.

*****SPOILER**** The Lone Gunmen are killed off in this episode. Ya know, I could understand if it served some greater purpose, but their deaths on the series only made their contribution to the show more hokey than they usually were already. Buried in ARLINGTON? Sure, they die defending their country, sort of, but these guys were meant to be the comic relief of the show, not the melodramatic crux. Mulder is still missing during this point in the series, and there's no hint later in the series as to how their absence personally affects him until their ghostly, cheesy appearance in the final installment. ****End of Spoiler

It's such a wasteful ploy in a series that prides itself on teasing the audience's taste buds.

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