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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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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Varicose Veins?
5 February 2007 | by (Roy, 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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