The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 18

The Pine Bluff Variant (3 May 1998)
"The X Files" The Pine Bluff Variant (original title)

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Scully is worried about Mulder when during an undercover sting operation, Mulder apparently lets a suspect, Jacob Steven Haley, escape. Haley is a right-wing anti-government militiaman who ... See full summary »

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Scully is worried about Mulder when during an undercover sting operation, Mulder apparently lets a suspect, Jacob Steven Haley, escape. Haley is a right-wing anti-government militiaman who was observed in a park handing an envelope to someone who the FBI thinks was selling weapons. After Haley's escape, they find the other man dead with most of his flesh eaten away. Concerned that militiamen are in possession of biological weapons, FBI assistant Director Skinner takes Scully into his confidence and tells what is really going on. Written by garykmcd

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August Bremmer, he's the group's mastermind.
21 July 2008 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

The Pine Bluff Variant has a strange title that I have never understood. After doing some online research, I still don't. That being said, the episode is another of the non-paranormal episodes dealing with virus outbreaks. I like this one because of the Mulder-spy element at the beginning of the story. It brings a lot of suspense to the scenes where Scully is following Mulder and trying to figure out what he is doing. Then she is captured and taken to a secret facility where who knows who or what she will be answering to. Then she enters a room where Skinner is patiently waiting and reacts very much the same way I would in such a situation. "What is GOING ON!?" I also enjoy watching Mulder as a spy and the flesh eating virus is one of the worst kind I can imagine. Full of suspense, conspiracy, and unanswered questions this delivers the best of the X-Files. 8 out of 10.


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