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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: Anyway, I'm ready to make a deal.
John Doggett: What deal would that be?
Morris Fletcher: The one that saves my furry pink ass!
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Crazy Credits

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 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »


Written and Performed by Mark Snow
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Good but I'm still somewhat torn...
23 April 2008 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Jump the Shark Jump The Shark is to The Lone Gunmen as Millennium (episode) is to Millennium (show). It is also a play on words. The title is a play on words of sorts. The episode deals with biological terrorists smuggling a virus in a packet of shark cartilage. Jump the shark is also a term used for the point in a show where the writer's have pretty much gone beyond the threshold of acceptance by the viewing audience. That threshold in this episode is of course the death of the three great heroes Byers, Langley, and Frohike. There is a lot of speculation as to just what was going through Chris Carter's brain when he decided to kill of The Lone Gunmen. I've heard that it was a sort of slap in the face to the network/fans who support the X-Files but wouldn't support any of Chris' other endeavors such as Harsh Realm, Millennium, or The Lone Gunmen. As far as the episode is concerned, there are better Lone Gunmen centered epsiodes and the fact that this one ends with three coffins kind of puts a damper on it all. The most frustrating part: Mulder doesn't get to come to the funeral. It is good to see Jimmy again as he was one of the better characters from TLG. I guess the episode is a good tribute to what they guys stood for and they did go out as heroes. They get to reach a status of legend equal to that of Joey Ramone as Langley puts it so eloquently in the episode. If you can't tell I'm torn on this episode. I'm gonna give it a… 7 out of 10.

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