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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The character Josh Exley is based on Josh Gibson of the Homestead Grays, aka "the black Babe Ruth", who's jersey Mulder wears later in the episode. Coincidentally Gibson died in 1947 See more »


At several points, including at the very opening when they are hit with baseballs, we see Saguaro cacti around what we are told is "Roswell, N.M.". While they are the most widely recognized of all the cacti, Saguaro cacti have a fairly small growing environment. That environment does not include the State of New Mexico. See more »


Josh Exley: What's the matter, Arthur? You look like you ain't never seen a black man before.
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Crazy Credits

The tag line reads "In the Big Inning." See more »


References The Natural (1984) See more »


Come And Go With Me To That Land
Performed by 'Jesse L. Martin' and 'Josh Exley'
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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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