The X-Files (1993– )
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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 complete credited cast:
Terence Kelly ...
James Bell ...
Det. Johnson
Rob Morton ...
Mr. 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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The biggest inspiration for the idea of this episode was the big grille of James Wong and Genn Morgan's office. See more »


The characters are mispronouncing "Powhaten", pronouncing it 'po-haten', when actually it is the 'h' that is silent, not the 'w'. It should be pronounced 'pow-aten'. 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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Referenced in The X-Files: Born Again (1994) See more »


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Do you have any idea what liver and onions go for on Reticula?
6 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Squeeze is the first Monster of the Week (MOTW) episode, meaning it doesn't have anything to do with the conspiracy of aliens here on Earth. It is a very strong episode that showed that the series would be be able to survive without talking about aliens every episode.

Doug Hutchison gives a memorable performance as Eugene Victor Tooms, a mutated man who kills and eats the livers of people every 30 years before going back to hibernation. Eugene Tooms kind of has that Droopy Dog look about him that makes it seem like he couldn't hurt a fly.

Duchuvny's delivery of his lines seems very dry. It just seems odd to hear how different he sounded in the beginning. I also noticed that Scully's hair is up for part of this episode. She rarely has it styled in this manner.

This episode illustrates well how others around the FBI view Mulder and his outlandish ideas. Colton uses the term 'Spooky' to describe Mulder as was used in the 'Pilot'.

In the previous episode, Scully got to rescue Mulder. In Squeeze, the tables are turned as Mulder gets his turn to rescue Scully from a perilous situation. There is even a cheesy shot showing that Scully's line has been cut by Tooms.

Obviously, Duchovny and Anderson are still finding their characters, as are the writers. The filming of the episode is still in the learning stages as well. However, Squeeze sets the precedent for all of the excellent MOTWs to come.

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