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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The first thing the network said when they saw the script was that the Russian Roulette scene had to go. No American TV show had ever portrayed a Russian Roulette after a TV airing a few years before of The Deer Hunter (1978) in which some teenagers fatally emulated the game. It took a lot of persuasion on the part of Chris Carter for the scene to go ahead. See more »

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In real life, the FBI Headquarters is guarded by the FBI Police force. However, in the episode, it is being shown as being guarded by private security guards. See more »

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Mulder: Hey, Scully, check this out! Mango-kiwi tropical swirl... Now we know we're dealin' with a madman!
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
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Cerulean Blue is a gentle breeze...
6 July 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

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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