The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 2

Squeeze (24 Sep. 1993)
"The X Files" Squeeze (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully search for a humanoid killer whose savage murder spree reoccurs every 30 years.

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Scully and Mulder are called in when a businessman is found dead in his office. The doors and windows were locked from the inside and the only other possible opening is an extraordinarily small air vent, which no person could possibly go through. The dead man also had his liver torn out. There is also a strange elongated fingerprint on the vent which leads Mulder to find two sets of old cases the first dating to 30 years ago and the other 30 years before that. All of the victims had their livers torn out of their bodies. More importantly, the elongated fingerprint is an exact match, despite the long interval in between events. Mulder is convinced that the killer is the same man who comes out of hibernation every 30 years to feed his appetites. Written by garykmcd

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As far in the two first episodes the story was related with the aliens or the conspiracy, this is the first episode about the tipycal Monster of the Week that would be the other classic kind of episode in The X Files. Besides, it has one of the most legendary Monster of the Week that would be remembered along the entire series. See more »

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When Tooms is in the cell right at the end, we see when his food is being brought over to him on the tray that there is a drink and a bun, when the shot changes to the other side of the door the drink and bun have swapped sides. When the shot changes back to the other side of the door, the tray is now the other way around and then when the shot goes back to the other side the whole tray has now disappeared. See more »

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George Usher: [speaking on the phone] Hi honey, it's about 8.30 and, I'm gonna be here for a while, the presentation didn't go so well, call me, I love you, bye.
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The best episode yet by quite a stretch.
4 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I guess that there have always been two very distinct kinds of episodes delivered by The X Files. The first is the simple "monster of the week" tale (or substitute monster for alien) while the second deals with the big conspiracy theories and the shady authority figures who keep everything covered up.

Personally, I've always preferred the former type although I'm not saying that the episodes dealing with the conspiracy theories didn't include some absolute beauties. "Squeeze" is the first "monster of the week" episode, considering that the Pilot episode blended some elements from both before everything was properly set in place for viewers, and it remains one of the best.

Scully is asked by a colleague (Donal Logue) to have a look at some mysterious murders he's currently investigating. Each victim was found in a room with no discernible point of entry and each had the liver removed. Scully is intrigued and, much to the chagrin of her colleague, also gets Mulder to look over the details. Mulder, typically, comes up with a slightly more outlandish theory and nobody wants to listen to him. But what if he's right? What if there is a killer somehow able to hibernate for 30 years at a time, only ever coming out to harvest the five livers that he needs to consume for their regenerative qualities? It may seem far fetched, and that still doesn't explain just how the killer gained access to the rooms, but things start coming together when they encounter baby-faced Eugene Tooms (Doug Hutchison).

I see this episode as a very important one. "Squeeze" was something that I know was spoken about fervently the next day amongst my friends and it was used as an easy introduction to the show by anyone trying to convert others. It was also the first episode to benefit from the writing of James Wong and Glen Morgan, two men responsible for many of my favourite episodes. And, apparently, it scared the crap out of my wife when she first saw it.

The acting is as good as ever. Aside from the leads, we get great turns from Hutchison oozing menace and Logue being a bit of an ass.

"Squeeze" is just an all round great episode and it works even better when paired up with "Tooms", the other episode to make use of the character (the two episodes were first packaged together years ago when certain episodes were cherry picked for VHS releases).


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