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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Episode cast overview:
Henry Beckman ...
Kevin McNulty ...
Terence Kelly ...
Colleen Winton ...
Lie Detector Technician
James Bell ...
Rob Morton ...
Paul Joyce ...
Thomas Werner


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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Doug Hutchison is one of the two actors that played the character of Tooms, a liver eating mutant, in the episodes "Squeeze" and "Tooms". Hutchinson is actually a vegetarian, or was at the time. After filming "Tooms" he sent the liver of an animal to Chris Carter as a thank you for the opportunity to play a character on "The X-Files". See more »


The tin of matches by the fireplace of Tooms' second victim changes position between shots. See more »


[first lines]
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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"Do you think I'm spooky?"
4 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Squeeze marks the inauguration of the traditional "standalone" or "Monster of the Week" episode format, which complemented the mythology storyline. It is also the first episode written by Glen Morgan and James Wong (the writer/director of Final Destination), who began their tenure on the show with one the most memorable and scariest stories ever conceived for the series.

It all starts as a regular murder case, the twist being that all the victims were killed in closed spaces, with the doors and windows locked from the inside. Because of this, Mulder and Svully are brought in, and Mulder immediately notices similarities between this recent string of murders and other cases that date as far as a hundred years before. This would imply three things: prime suspect Eugene Victor Tooms (Doug Hutchison) is over a century old; he can squeeze into the tightest spaces; and he harvests human livers. Of course, this being The X-Files, the most far-fetched theory is more often than not spot-on.

More than the previous two episodes, Squeeze really allows the writers to pinpoint the sharp contrast between Scully's pragmatic rationalism and Mulder's enthusiastic belief in the supernatural, with half of the running time devoted to the duo comparing their ideas in a very witty way. The other half is where the scarier aspect kicks in, thanks to careful work on the general atmosphere of the episode (lighting, editing, music) and Hutchison's sincerely creepy turn as Tooms, still fondly remembered as one of the show's best "monsters".

With the pilot and Deep Throat, Chris Carter and his writing team produced a hybrid of science-fiction and political thriller. Here they introduced another template, namely a supernatural spin on the traditional whodunit structure. Together, they went on to define The X-Files as one of the essential shows of the '90s.

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