The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 15

Jump the Shark (21 Apr. 2002)
"The X Files" Jump the Shark (original title)

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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
John Prosky ...
Medical Examiner
Timothy Landfield ...
Professor Douglas Houghton
Michael Craven Wells ...
Leonard Southall


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

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The title is a humorous reference to the phrase "jumping the shark," used to describe shows that have reached their peak and started to decline in quality. Chris Carter said that the title was tongue-in-cheek, and that it was their "way of lowering the boom on anybody who thought that it did." 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 »


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Im still crying my eyes out.. RIP TLG
27 July 2013 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Heroes live forever. But Legends never die. Problem is, they weren't legends, just heroes. But they were still so brave and heroic. Mulder didn't even show up at their Funerals! I hate that man for abandoning the X-Files when there was only 1 more season left. Such a coward. The X-Files MADE David Duchovni. He never made it. TLG made it. They were so brave. All they ever cared about were giving people the truth and helping save lives. So so sad. REST IN PEAVE LONE GUNMEN, FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. How is this not long enough to publish already? Holy cow, i'm not a professional movie critic, just a die-hard X-Files fan and an Environmental scientist who was inspired by Scully to takeup courses on science. Wish i could've majored in Astro-biology but my school doesn't have that course. Nor does any other school in the whole state

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