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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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 »


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 »


Mulder: 8 million years out of Africa I don't think we're all that different.
Scully: Mulder, we put men into space. We built computers that work faster than the human mind.
Mulder: While we overpopulate the world and create new technologies to kill each other with? Maybe we're just beasts with big brains.
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Better the devil you think you know?
7 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Well, with the name of this episode being "The Jersey Devil" there are no prizes for guessing what Mulder and Scully are investigating this time.

The partially devoured corpse of a homeless man is found just outside Atlantic City and Mulder takes an interest. Why? Well, that area was the site of an X File many years before and Mulder thinks that there may be some connection. As usual, he starts coming up with a more outlandish theory than anyone really wants to hear, especially Scully. The two agents go to Atlantic City to have a look around but Mulder ends up on his own when Scully has to head home for her godson's birthday party. Convinced that he's right, Mulder sets out to see and pursue this "Jersey Devil" while Scully tries to enjoy some time in her personal life, away from anything criminal or spooky.

Written by Chris Carter, and directed by Joe Napolitano, this isn't one of the best episodes from season one but it still has plenty of interest for fans of the show. The central idea is good, even if it's not given the best treatment, and the moments showing Scully in her personal life manage to both add more to her character and also grow the potential for sexual tension between the two leads.

Anderson and Duchovny are as good as ever, and you'll probably get sick of seeing those words in these reviews. Claire Stansfield, Wayne Tippit, Gregory Sierra, Michael MacRae, Jill Teed, Tamsin Kelsey and Andrew Airlie all turn up and do their job but nobody makes an indelible impression (though kudos to Stansfield for her particular role and what was required of her).

There's little tension here, but it's still enjoyable enough. It's just a shame that the subject matter couldn't have been turned into one of the great episodes.

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