The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 17

Pusher (23 Feb. 1996)
"The X Files" Pusher (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A seemingly unmotivated murderer, who can apparently talk his victims into killing themselves is on the loose and it is up to Mulder and Scully to study the clues left to them by the person and capture him.

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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of deaths, all of which have been ruled to be suicides. Connected to all of the suicides is Robert Patrick Modell who has confessed to the crimes on the telephone and who the FBI has been trying to apprehend. When they do, the car carrying him is in a major traffic accident. Mulder comes to believe that Modell has the ability to suggest to people that they commit suicide. How he does it isn't known and not surprisingly, Scully is skeptical about it all. It all comes down to a battle of wills between Modell and Mulder. Written by garykmcd

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Writer/executive producer Vince Gilligan's episodes contain numerous references to his girlfriend, Holly. Some of the more prominent examples of this: the name of the secretary in episode #3.17, "Pusher", Susanne Modeski's pseudonym in episode #5.3, "The Unusual Suspects", and Mulder and Scully running into the police at Holly Street in episode #7.12, "X-Cops". See more »

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The FBI motto on the building is incorrect as it reads "UNITED STATES BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION" instead of "FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION". See more »

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[Mulder theorizes that Modell's suggestive ability comes from a brain tumor]
Scully: Mulder, more to the point, if Modell did have a brain tumor, the effects on his health would be more debilitating. It's likely he simply wouldn't be well enough to play these cat-and-mouse games with us.
Mulder: Maybe he isn't. Maybe that's the whole point.
Scully: What do you mean?
Mulder: At the driving range, he didn't let us capture him. He was too sick, too tired, too wiped out. I mean, why would a killer who was so proficient confess to ...
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Pusher is one of if not the best Monster of the Week episodes of season 3. Pusher isn't your standard mutated human preying on people MOTW. The paranormal element is simply Robert Modell being able to impose his will on anyone through the sound of his voice. Robert Wisden does an excellent job in his guest appearance as Pusher. This episode is written by Vince Gilligan, better known for his comedy episodes of 'Small Potatoes' and 'Bad Blood'. He writes an excellent story with Pusher, the drama and suspense being at the maximum. The final confrontation between Pusher, Mulder, & Scully is one of the best moments in the x-files, period. An interesting side note: Dave Grohl, lead singer of the band 'The Foo Fighters', makes a cameo appearance, one episode after the term "Foo Fighters" was used for the first time in the x-files. Robert "Pusher" Modell ranks right up there with Eugene Tooms & Donnie Pfaster as one of the best x-files villains. You WILL watch Pusher.


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