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The Jersey Devil 

Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years.

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Detective Thompson
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Jayme Knox ...
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When a homeless man is found in the woods just outside Atlantic City with his arm and shoulder chewed off, Mulder thinks it may be the work of the fabled Jersey Devil. Mulder has an X file from a killing in 1947 where a man who stopped to fix a flat tire was snatched and dragged into the woods in front of his wife and children. The agents are in Atlantic City informally but they get little or no support from the local police. It's clear that they know there is beast out there but are worried about the impact it might have on tourism if it became widely known. Mulder and Scully investigate on their own with the help of a park ranger and a paleontologist. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Bill Dow, who plays the "dad" who was killed at the beginning of this episode and guested in a total of 8 episodes of the X-Files (mostly as Dr. Charles Burks), went on to play the recurring character "Dr. Bill Lee" on Stargate: SG1 and its spin-off Stargate: Atlantis. Tamsin Kelsey, who plays "Ellen," also guested in 2 episodes of Stargate: SG1 as "Gairwyn." This follows the pattern of quite a few actors who guested on X-Files. See more »

Goofs

When Mulder and Scully first walk across the office to acquire a car, the cameraman walks into the edge of a desk and the camera noticeably jolts to the left. A second later the offending desk is in shot. See more »

Quotes

Mulder: Don't you have a life, Scully?
Scully: You keep that up and I'll hurt you like that beast woman.
Mulder: [as she holds the door open for him] 8 million years out of Africa...
Scully: ...and look who's holding the door.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Jersey Devil-Myth or Truth?
19 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A body is discovered in New Jersey and a missing limb is apparent.Upon hearing this Mulder digs deep into the x-files archive and discovers a case similar to this and decides to investigate. The local police department display a distinct lack of interest in Mulder's investigation and at one point actually ends up a police cell. Many locals merely dismiss the recent death according to Mulder attributable to the mythical Jersey Devil as rubbish. Mulder is at one part of the investigation forced to go it alone as Scully has a date.A rare glimpse into her private life for the viewer. The Jersey Devil character in this episode resembles a primitive female though many other descriptions of the Jersy Devil in literature differ from this.

A decent episode with the additional bonus of seeing more of Scully in her private life


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