The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 5

Rush (5 Dec. 1999)
"The X Files" Rush (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A high school boy is accused of the violent murder of a sheriff's deputy. Mulder believes he is innocent. The agents find that someone with super-human speed may be the culprit.



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Episode cast overview:
Rodney Scott ...
Tony Reed
Max Harden
Chastity Raines
Mrs. Reed
Sheriff Harden
Mr. Babbitt
Les Lannom ...
Deputy Foster
Christopher Wynne ...
Bill Dow ...


A high school boy is accused of the violent murder of a sheriff's deputy. Mulder believes he is innocent. The agents find that someone with super-human speed may be the culprit.

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Due to the violent events (the table scene in particular) Fox's Standards and Practices Department had an issue with showing the impact between the table and the teacher. In order to comply, the producers removed the impact, but the rest of the scene stayed intact. See more »


(at around 2 mins) As the Officer looks at Anthony Reed's driver's license you can clearly read that he was born on 03/01/1983 and the license was issued on 12/13/94 with an expiration date of 03/31/99. That would mean that the Commonwealth of Virginia DMV issued a driver's license to an 11 year old that would expire 30 days after he just turned 16, which was the minimum legal age for a driver's license in Virginia at the time. See more »


Mulder: Max could tell them. You know why you collapsed don't you, Max?
Max Harden: Yeah, too much teen spirit.
Mulder: You think? Smells like murder to me.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Requiem (2000) See more »

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It was such a rush... Moving fast like that.
13 August 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Rush is a very exciting and at times disturbing episode. I remember back in 2000 something there was a movie that came out about a bunch of teenagers that got super powers or something and they started going all sociopath on everyone. That is what this episode reminds me of. And there is no question that Max is a sociopath. Probably the most disturbing scene is when Max kills the teacher in the lunch room by smashing him in half with a table and crushing his head with the chair. I also find it interesting that the effect that they used to show the teenagers moving fast in the cave is the same special effect they use in "Requiem" when Mulder and Scully enter the UFO force field. Kind of makes you wonder if they were maybe trying to imply some kind of extra terrestrial explanation in this episode or if they just used the same special effect as a coincidence. There is one thing about this episode that bugs me every time I see it. Why did Chastity kill herself? It makes no sense other than to just add some of the teen movie drama that is completely pointless. I could maybe understand if the only way she could kill him was by killing herself in the process or something, but no she consciously takes the 20 seconds after shooting him to go over in front of the bullet and kill herself too. All because she's all emo because she used the Rush Cave or whatever. Anyway, that part just bugs me in its lack of logic. Other than that, 7 out of 10.

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