The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 5

The Jersey Devil (8 Oct. 1993)
"The X Files" The Jersey Devil (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Stansfield ...
Wayne Tippit ...
Detective Thompson
Dr. Diamond
Michael MacRae ...
Ranger Peter Brullet
Jayme Knox ...
Sean O'Byrne ...
Young Officer


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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Did You Know?


It was David Duchovny that suggested to Chris Carter that Claire Stansfield should play The Jersey Devil. Duchovny and Stansfield had met earlier while filming a Red Shoe Diaries (1992) episode together. See more »


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 »


Ellen: What about that guy you work with?
Scully: Mulder?
Ellen: I thought you said he was cute.
Scully: He's a jerk. He's not a jerk. He's, um... he's obsessed with his work.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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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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