Mulder suspects that a beast similar to the Loch Ness Monster is responsible for the deaths of several people who reside near a large lake.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheriff Lance Hindt
Dr. Paul Farraday
R. Nelson Brown ...
Ansel Bray
Ted Bertram
Dr. William Bailey
Nicole Parker ...
Terrance Leigh ...
Snorkel Dude


Scully and Mulder head off to Georgia when there are reports of people disappearing around a local lake. Scully isn't sure why they're getting involved until she sees a highway sign advertising their own version of the Loch Ness monster called Big Blue. The latest victim is a park ranger, giving the FBI jurisdiction, but Scully thinks it's all nonsense. The killings continue and Mulder thinks there something very real out there. Scully comes around when she is affected by the 'monster' in a very personal way. Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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The character Ansel is trying to photograph the monster. Probably a reference to Ansel Adams, the photographer. See more »


Mulder mentions a theory that Big Blue and similar lake monsters are pliosaurs. The theory is actually that the creatures are plesiosaurs (a different kind of prehistoric aquatic reptile, notable for their slender necks) and Big Blue is clearly depicted as such. See more »


Scully: Nature's calling, I think we should pull over soon.
Mulder: Did you really have to bring that thing?
Scully: You wake me up on a Saturday morning, tell me to be ready in five minutes, my mother's out of town, all of the dog sitters are booked and you know how I feel about kennels. So, unless you want to lose your security deposit on the car, I suggest you pull over.
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Spoofed in Spaced: Chaos (1999) See more »


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Performed by R. Nelson Brown
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A really fun episode
22 April 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

YAY for Quagmire! This fantastic season three episode isn't among most X-philes' favorites, but it's one of my more unorthodox choices. I enjoy this episode a great deal, and though I'm not a shipper I must admit that I loved when Mulder and Scully's respectful intellectual romance came into the forefront as it did here. Very subtle and nice, actually romantic rather than cliché and soap-opera-ish.

The plot is not the most original, that's for sure, but it doesn't matter because it is handled very, very well. Kim Newton only wrote two episodes of The X-Files, what a shame, as this is a very good script. The episode is beautifully directed by Kim Manners as well.

I'm one of Quagmire's biggest fans. Bye Queequeg! 10/10

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