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Episode complete credited cast:
Sammom Roque
John Speranza
Vincent Parmelly
Danielle Manley
Warden Leo Brodeur
Daniel Charez
Jim Ullrich
Denny Arnold ...
Key Guard
Craig Bruhnanski ...
Guard (as Craig Brunanski)
Joseph Patrick Finn ...


After death row prisoner Napoleon "Neech" Manley is executed in Florida's electric chair, a number of prison guards are the victims of gruesome murders. Scully and Mulder are called into the case and there are rumors in the prison that there is a death list with five names on it. They learn from Manley's widow Danielle that he had promised to return from the grave and exact revenge but they look for for a less supernatural explanation for the events. They think they've found when they learn that Danielle has been living with one of the guards, Vincent Parmelly. For Mulder however, the final explanation just doesn't sit well. Written by garykmcd

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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Chris Carter received a Directors Guild of America nomination for his work on this episode. See more »


Mulder and Scully park in a car outside of the Manly's home. When Vincent looks at them through the blinds, he looks at Scully who is on the passenger side. In the next shot, Scully and Mulder are looking out Mulder's driver side of the car as they watch the house. See more »


Fox Mulder: Every major world religion encompasses the idea of life after death. That means millions, even billions, of people believe in some kind of transmigration or rebirth of the soul.
Dana Scully: I'm sorry, Mulder. That's not what I learned in catechism.
Fox Mulder: Well, even Christianity teaches about the resurrection and ascendancy of the heavenly body.
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Tense and atmospheric
4 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The List' is a great episode from Season 3 and the reason it works so well is because of the wonderfully creepy atmosphere it creates.

An inmate at a prison is about to be executed but promises that he will return to kill five people who he feels have wronged him in some way (these five people form the list of the title). Then, as foretold, people affiliated with the prison in some way being to die under mysterious circumstances. Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate, but the sadistic warden also conducts his own investigation which results in further deaths. As a result, this episode has quite a high death toll!

This episode reminded me a bit of 'Fresh Bones' but is far superior. There are lots of little sub-plots going on and they come together nicely to create a tense and mysterious episode. The acting by all the supporting players is top notch (the always underrated J.T. Walsh is superb as the sadistic warden)and the ending is brilliant.

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