When scientists at an aeronautics lab die under mysterious circumstances, the agents suspect a mentally challenged janitor may be the culprit.



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Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the murder of a jet propulsion scientist who was trapped in a wind chamber and sucked through a jet engine when the unit was activated. It isn't the first death among the scientists there, with Arthur Grable having died in an accident several months before. As they gather evidence in the case the main suspect becomes the janitor, Roland, who is autistic but with a great knowledge for complex numbers. When Mulder finds a connection between Roland and the first dead scientist, it opens up any number of possibilities. Written by garykmcd

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6 May 1994 (USA)  »

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The obituary that Scully reads states that Dr. Crabill completed his doctorate and post-doctoral work at Harvey Mudd. However, Harvey Mudd College only offers undergraduate degrees. See more »


Mulder: You got a brother, don't you, Scully?
Scully: Yeah, I've got an older one and a younger one.
Mulder: Well, have you ever thought about calling one of them all day long and then all of a sudden the phone rings and it's one of them calling you?
Scully: Does this pitch somehow end with a way for me to lower my long distance charges?
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References School Ties (1992) See more »


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6 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

There's no REAL mystery to this episode of The X Files, but there are some enjoyable details revealed in the second half.

Mulder and Scully are investigating the death of a jet propulsion scientist when they quickly start to pay attention to the janitor, Roland (Zeljko Ivanek). Of course, suspecting Roland is ridiculous, because he's not fully in charge of his faculties. He is, to put it simply, more like a child trapped in a man's body. But viewers saw him act very differently in the opening scenes, and it's only a matter of time until Mulder comes up with a theory that Scully finds hard to believe, surely.

Directed by David Nutter, and written by Chris Ruppenthal, this is another solid, unspectacular, episode that feels now like a bit of a filler before the season finale.

Ivanek is fine in as Roland, Kerry Sandomirsky is sweet as Tracy (Roland's friend), and James Sloyan and Garry Davey are both perfectly acceptable as the other two scientists who may be in danger.

Bearing in mind that there isn't really any X Files episode that I have ever disliked (well, from the ones I have seen so far), I still count this as a slightly weaker first season tale.

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