The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 9

S.R. 819 (17 Jan. 1999)
"The X Files" S.R. 819 (original title)

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Skinner comes down with a mysterious condition that puts him on the verge of death. An unknown voice on the phone tells Skinner that he has 24 hours to live. Mulder and Scully rush to find ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Towey ...
Dr. Kenneth Orgel
Dr. Plant
Dr. Katrina Cabrera
Greta Fadness ...
OR Nurse
Forensic Tech
Susana Mercedes ...
Tim Van Pelt ...
Young Surgeon
Silk Shirt Man (as Al Faris)
Arlene Warren ...
Skinner's Secretary (as Arlene Pileggi)


Skinner comes down with a mysterious condition that puts him on the verge of death. An unknown voice on the phone tells Skinner that he has 24 hours to live. Mulder and Scully rush to find a cure for his condition. His impending death is somehow linked to S.R. 819, a Senate resolution that will supply money and medical supplies to the World Health Organization. Written by Muldernscully

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Mitch Pileggi, who had boxed competitively in college, went for refresher courses at the Goosen Gym in Los Angeles. See more »


(at around 45 mins) Alex Krycek closes the panel on the remote device with his left thumb. In "Terma" (#4.9) Krycek had his left arm amputated. He is seen in a number of intervening episodes with a prosthetic limb. See more »


Scully: You have been our greatest ally.
Skinner: Not the ally I could have been.
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Varicose Veins?
5 February 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

S.R. 819 is awesome. It grabs you from the start when Skinner is seen dying in the teaser and the doctor covers his face. What the...? What a shocker! We then get a voice-over from Mitch Pileggi, his only one I think. The story is set as one of the 24 hours earlier-type episodes, where we see what happens to explain the baffling teaser. I like these type of episodes, because they have me on pins and needles the whole time wondering how that event came to be. This is writer John Shiban's best solo work, just beating out the excellent 'The Pine Bluff Variant'. It's great to see the concern that Mulder and Scully show for their boss, in trying to solve the mystery of his illness. I like the line of Mulder asking Skinner if he woke up alone, a nod, I think, to season three's 'Avatar', another Skinner-centric episode, where he wakes up next to a dead prostitute. Mark Snow composes a brilliant score and the vein make-up for Skinner is very real-looking and convincing. And throughout the episode you have your suspicions as to who is making Skinner suffer, which turns out to be a cool reveal. At the end, just when you think Skinner is going to commit to Mulder and Scully, he mysteriously returns to the fence upon which he sits. S.R. 819 is the last of the Skinner-centered episodes, and the best one.

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