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 of fluid mechanics. When Mulder finds a connection between Roland and the first dead scientist, it opens up any number of possibilities. Written by
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Director David Nutter
considered this the weakest of the six scripts he directed in the first season (to be fair, he had also helmed The X-Files: Ice
(1993) (1x8) and The X-Files: Beyond the Sea
(1994) (1x13), the two high water marks of Season 1). Nutter was thankful that he had such a strong guest actor in the form of Zeljko Ivanek
to help sell in what he considered to be weaker material. See more
Wind speeds of 60+ can uproot trees and blow the roofs off of buildings. The first victim caught in the wind tunnel was still standing at nearly mach 2. At sea level, mach 1 is equal to 761.2 mph. It is impossible for anyone to stand in such high winds. See more
You got a brother, don't you, Scully?
Yeah, I've got an older one and a younger one.
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?
Does this pitch somehow end with a way for me to lower my long distance charges?
References Beakman's World
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow See more