The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 23

The Erlenmeyer Flask (13 May 1994)
"The X Files" The Erlenmeyer Flask (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Deep Throat tips Mulder to a critically important case involving a missing fugitive and the cloning of extraterrestrial viruses.

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Deep Throat contacts Mulder in the middle of the night to give him some important information. A man successfully evaded police when at the end of a high speed chase, he jumps into the river and promptly disappears. One of the officers did manage to shoot but the blood he leaves behind is green. Mulder follows the clues and it leads him to information that he only dreamed existed. It does mean death for someone however and perhaps the end of the X Files investigations. Written by garykmcd

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The line that appears at the end of the opening sequence reads "The Truth Is Out There" in most episodes. However in a few episodes this line was changed as follows:
  • Episode #1.23 (The Erlenmeyer Flask): Trust No One


  • Episode #2.06 (Ascension): Deny Everything


  • Episode #2.25 (Anasazi): Éí 'Aaníígóó 'Áhoot'é


  • Episode #3.10 (731): Apology Is Policy


  • Episode #4.01 (Herrenvolk): Everything Dies


  • Episode #4.04 (Teliko): Deceive, Inveigle, Obfuscate


  • Episode #4.10 (Terma): E Pur Si Muove


  • Episode #4.24 (Gethsemane): Believe The Lie


  • Episode #5.02 (Redux): All Lies Lead To The Truth


  • Episode #5.14 (The Red and the Black): Resist Or Serve


  • Episode #5.20 (The End): The End


  • Episode #6.03 (Triangle): Die Wahrheit Ist Irgendwo Da Draussen (German, which translates as "The truth is out there somewhere")


  • Episode #6.19 (The Unnatural): In The Big Inning


  • Episode #7.02 (Amor Fati): Amor Fati


  • Episode #7.11 (Closure): Believe to Understand


  • Episode #9.02 (Nothing Important Happened Today, Part II): Nothing Important Happened Today


  • Episode #9.04 (4-D): ereht tuo si hturt ehT (The truth is out there in reverse)


  • Episode #9.06 (Trust No 1): They're Watching


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In the early part of the police chase, we see the suspect's car crossing a railroad track; a CN (Canadian National) logo is clearly visible on the approaching locomotive. The chase supposedly takes place in Maryland and the CN's network, even in its American network, does not go close to Maryland. See more »

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Deep Throat: [to Scully, after being shot] Trust... no one.
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What a great way to end the first season of the x-files.An apparent unrelated.minor car chase leads the agents to the discovery of what seems to be concrete evidence of a government conspiracy.The early sequence of the man being chased who then is shot emits green blood which has toxic properties is a classic.Also Deep Throat plays an important part i this episode though can the agents trust him after his lies in E.B.E?A stunning moment happens when Mulder enters the warehouse and before his very eyes is bodies in tanks of water.When he returns with Scully the bodies are gone much to Mulders disgust.He thought he had irrefutable,indisputable proof.This episode must be watched!


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