While investigating the unexplained crash of a commercial airliner the agents' search for answers leads to the bottom of a desolate lake and a startling discovery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bellis ...
Greg Michaels ...
Bruce Bearfeld
Felicia Shulman ...
Rick Dobran ...
Jerry Schram ...
Dark Man (as David Pàlffy)
Marek Wiedman ...


Mulder and Scully get involved in the investigation of a commercial airliner crash that had among its passengers a well-known alien abductee, Max Fennig. One survivor is found at the crash site and Scully is quick to notice that he is suffering from radiation burns. Mulder also notices there is a 9 minute gap between the time the authorities say the plane crashed and the time found on the watches of several of the dead passengers. The government official in charge of the crash investigation, Mike Millar, scoffs at Mulder other-worldly explanation of the crash and that it involved an encounter with a UFO. He begins to change his view when he can't explain some of the physical evidence. Written by garykmcd

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16 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The pseudonym Max Fenig (Scott Bellis) uses on his ill-fated flight is Paul Gidney. Gidney is the name of one of the Moon Men in the first adventure of Rocky and His Friends (1959), titled "Jet Fuel Formula" (the other Moon Man is Cloyd). See more »


In the briefing scene following the crash, Mike Millar (Joe Spano) refers to "Dr. Spock's phaser." Dr. Spock is a famed pediatrician. Mr. Spock would be the person using a phaser, and is a character from "Star Trek." See more »


Dana Scully: [sarcastically] Sure know how to make a girl feel special on her birthday.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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25 November 2011 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very good mythological episode of the X-Files and its part of a two parter. Its got everything a good episode of the X-Files has, Mulder trying to solve a mystery and he's sure aliens are involved. Scully denying him at every turn, government trying to cover it all up. The problem is we've seen all this before and I haven't seen the next episode yet but i'm sure its going to end the same way all X-Files episodes do. Nothing is answered and there's a thousand more questions. They can't even build suspense with the aliens anymore because we've already seen aliens all over the show. We've seen dead aliens, people being abducted by aliens, aliens being attacked by other aliens, we've seen aliens do just about everything. We've already seen their ship in past episodes. I mean one of the things about this show is the mystery that it builds around the aliens but this far into it the mysteries pretty much gone just because we've seen so much of the aliens. Still a very good episode and I like the story of Mulder and Scully trying to keep the government agent alive. Acting is great per usual and it does a good build to the next episode.

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