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
Jim Fyfe ...
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 facility noted in the opening scene as U.S.C.G Base, Miami FL is actually the Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, HI. See more »


Morris Fletcher: Once upon a time, there were three... how should I put this... geeks. Three more unlikely heroes... there never were. It wasn't long before their naiveté nearly got them killed. Until they hooked up with an FBI agent... And began publishing a - what shall I call it? "rag" called "The Lone Gunmen". From their cramped basement office they pointed fingers at powerful, evil forces... And some not so evil. In their own unique way, the three gunmen were patriots, fighting the good fight. And provided...
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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 »


References Men in Black (1997) See more »


The Lone Gunmen
Written and Performed by Mark Snow
Uses Jimi Hendrix version of "The Star Spangled Banner"
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith
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A Touching Sendoff
2 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so sick and tired of series that leave everything open for future TV shows, guest appearances, product endorsements, or what have you. Thank God they went all the way with this episode.

I watched the Lone Gunmen series, mostly out of nostalgia for x-files seasons 1-7.

I found the LG episodes too hokey, but I always loved the characters. Its fun to have a series where the ensemble has instant gravitas.

This episode really brought home the patriotism of TLG, THIS ending was not hokey, they followed the trail to where it led, and when the options were bare, they sacrificed themselves to save thousands.

Also, their sacrifice was not out of character. Perhaps Langly would have run if he were alone, but Byers and Frohike really were ready to die for their cause, Byers with blind idealism, Frohike with chagrined experience.

I also liked the Shakespearean fatalism of the conversation about three quarters through the episode, where Frohike lights his first cigarette in 20 years (like a man before a firing squad) and talks to Byers about "packing it in". Byers reminds him that they are who they are, therefore sealing the fate of The Lone Gunmen. An excellent episode. These actors are likable guys, and I actually felt a sense of loss at their deaths. Lots of unbeautiful, unappreciated people do the noblest things in this life.

The only thing I would have wanted to see, was a chance encounter with the Cigarette Smoking Man (the second killer of JFK) and TLG. Just have them bump into each other.

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