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The Erlenmeyer Flask 

Deep Throat tips Mulder to a critically important case involving a missing fugitive and the cloning of extraterrestrial viruses.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Anne Carpenter (as Anne DeSalvo)
Captain Roy Lacerio (as Jim Leard)
Jaylene Hamilton ...
Mike Mitchell ...
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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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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Guard: [Scully is attempting to bluff her way into a top secret project in order to rescue Mulder] Name?
Scully: Dana Scully.
Guard: Company or institution?
Scully: [steadily] Federal government.
Guard: Project password?
[she gazes around the room, stalling for the answer]
Guard: *Project password*?
Scully: [a leap of faith] Purity control.
Guard: [long pause as he types something on a keyboard. The door unlocks] Log in, please.
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They rarely get so close

One couldn't possibly ask for better finale for the season one as is 'The Erlenmeyer Flask'. This episode makes the real full circle with establishing the mythology for the rest of the show, but doesn't draw any conclusions. Open ending of the episode is perfect in two ways - either you want to see what is going to happen next, or when you are grown tired of the show then the ending gives some sort of solution.

Fast paced and thrilling episode starts in medias res of the high speed car chase. One of these episodes where the beginning is equally effective and exciting as its ending.

I can't describe the story of the episode as it would spoil too much, but it is the best written one of the first season.

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