When Skinner is infected with an unknown disease and receives a mysterious phone call telling him he has 24 hours to live, Scully and Mulder rush to find a cure and those responsible.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kenneth Orgel
Dr. Plant
Dr. Katrina Cabrera
Donna Marie Moore ...
ICU Nurse
Greta Fadness ...
OR Nurse
Forensic Tech
Susana Mercedes ...
Tim Van Pelt ...
Young Surgeon
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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17 January 1999 (USA)  »

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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 »


Right after the theme song, as the camera zooms out from Skinner's face, you can see on the right hand edge of his nose where the vein makeup has started to come off of his face. See more »


Skinner: Every minute of every day, we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be. This was the course I chose. Trying to find the delicate balance of interests that can never exist. Choosing by not choosing. Defending a center which cannot hold. So death chose for me.
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A.D. Slugger
13 November 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

S.R. 819 is a great episode. I hadn't realized it really until just watching it again now for the third or fourth time. The teaser is one of those OMG ones where a main character is pronounced dead. You are then thrown into events from where they started and shown how it led to this. I enjoy the Skinner centric episodes a lot because he is a great character and Mitch Pileggi is a great actor. In this episode we learn that he is a boxer in his free time and is known as "Slugger". Awesome. As he is fighting however, he begins having blurred vision and is knocked out and bruised severely on his right side. He wakes up in the hospital and given a clean bill of health, but on the way home he begins having blurred vision again and stops at the FBI headquarters to rest. This is when Mulder notices him and calls Scully to check him out. From here things start to get intense. Thinking Skinner might have been poisoned, they trace events back to a scientists who asked Skinner for the time earlier that day. They go to the guy's house and are attacked by a bunch of thugs. After a chase, one man is caught but they are forced to let him go due to diplomatic immunity (lethal weapon anyone?). Meanwhile, Scully discovers some interesting cell/nanobot/machine things in Skinner's blood that appear to be multiplying and creating a dam in the blood stream (?) or something like that. Anyway... some stuff happens, Mulder finds out from the Senator that there was a SR 819 dealing with exporting new technology, which some dude has gotten a hold of and infected Skinner with for an unknown reason, Skinner is in the hospital again and is saved from an amputation by mere seconds as Scully bursts in to stop incompetence. Man I would have totally gotten a new doctor after that lady did that. But no then later when he "dies" instead of even trying to revive him the stupid lady is like "no don't even try" and after he is declared dead he pops up like a ghost and sees the long haired bearded Krycek guy. Yeah that's right. Krycek. Who has been going about all kinds of secret stuff to infect Skinner for reasons yet to be seen.

The episode has some interesting plot elements and some great action, not to mention the col looking veiny skin. But I was confused by the nanobots. What exactly did they do? That wasn't explained very well. And if they are just machines, how exactly were they performing mitosis? Confusing. But overall a great episode. 9 out of 10.

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