The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 19

The Unnatural (25 Apr. 1999)
"The X Files" The Unnatural (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder uncovers a story involving a Negro baseball player in the 1940s who played for a minor league team in Roswell. When in a photograph he sees the Alien Bounty Hunter it is assumed that Josh Exley, the baseball player in question, might just be alien himself.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Young Arthur Dales (as Fredric Lane)
Lou Beatty Jr. ...
Black Coach
Burnell Roques
Alien (as Walter T. Phelan Jr.)
Gabriel Clifton ...
Black Kid
Macon Cop


Searching through an FBI reference book, Mulder finds a photograph of Arthur Dales with a baseball team and the alien bounty hunter. Mulder goes to Arthur Dales' house to ask him about the photograph. There he finds Arthur Dales' brother, also named Arthur. Mr. Dales proceeds to tell Mulder a story of a 1940's Negro baseball player in Roswell named Josh Exley who was closing in on breaking some professional baseball records. Mr. Dales tells how he was assigned to protect this player from the KKK and that Exley was actually an alien. Written by Muldernscully

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Did You Know?


The name of the Negro League Team "Roswell Grays" is a play on words. Roswell Gray also refers to the type of alien typically portrayed in movies/TV that people allegedly claim to see (gray skin, big eyes, small mouth, no nose.) See more »


When Mulder is standing outside of Arthur Dales' apartment talking to Dales' brother there is a mistake on the newspaper Mulder is holding. The paper was supposed to of been written in 1947, however on the left-hand page an article about a college professor who went missing in October of 1995 can clearly be seen. See more »


Mulder: Now don't strangle it, you just wanna shake hands with it. "Hello, Mr. Bat. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance." "Oh, no-no Miss Scully, the pleasure is all mine."
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The tag line reads "In the Big Inning." See more »


References MacGyver (1985) See more »


Come And Go With Me To That Land
Performed by 'Jesse L. Martin' and 'Josh Exley'
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Standout episode
19 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 90's I really didn't watch any TV so I am still sort of catching up now by binge watching. The series is decent, lots of fun and compelling story lines but the Unnatural is so far my favorite episode. The acting was great, the writing was great(I am told that David Duchovny actually wrote it????????) and the twist was nicely done and not too hokey. The friendship between Exley and Dales rival that of Mulder and Scully and that is saying something. This was the first episode that I wished had been longer. I am hoping there will be more episodes like this in the next 3 seasons if not then maybe in the upcoming miniseries.

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