The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 22

Quagmire (3 May 1996)
"The X Files" Quagmire (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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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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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The Stoner and Redheaded Chick return licking a toad. They were in the previous episode The X-Files: War of the Coprophages (1996). See more »

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Mulder's theory that the creature is attacking closer to shore in recent years out of desperation might be sound, except that he is forgetting the story of Ansel Bray's cow being snatched off the shore when Ansel was a boy. See more »

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Scully: Nature's calling, I think we should pull over.
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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In a season of offbeat forays and unconventional story figments it's refreshing to see the paranormal take a backseat in the late-season stand-alone "Quagmire." I've noticed the most acclaimed MOTW episodes are the ones that center around the development of our two protagonists and their relationship, and this certainly fits the bill. What we have is an episode blending the eerie woodlands of "Darkness Falls," the dynamic rapport of Mulder and Scully (that particularly took some strange turns in the third season), and the ever-endearing pocket-size Queequeg who makes his third and final appearance in the series. Somewhere in the midst of all of this is a plot revolving around a purported aquatic creature who has been killing off visitors at a touristy lake. While this makes for an intriguing X-File on its own, the true strength of the episode lies in its third act, in which the plot pries into the minds of the two agents in a way that a majority of stand-alones do not. Whether Big Blue is real or a hoax, as Scully notes, is irrelevant. What is relevant is the platonic but exceptional bond shared by the two, and "Quagmire" marks a unique period in the series where that bond takes precedence to paranormal activity.

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