The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 19

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

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  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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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 »

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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 »

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Mulder: Did you bring enough ice cream to share with the rest of the class?
Scully: It's not ice cream... it's non-fat tofutti rice dreamsicle.
Mulder: Ugh... I bet the air in my mouth tastes better than that.
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Come And Go With Me To That Land
Performed by 'Jesse L. Martin' and 'Josh Exley'
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baseball rules!
28 May 2009 | by (belgium) – See all my reviews

okay, let me begin with saying I don't know baseball - well, in fact I didn't know it until now. off course I had heard about it, but I never really cared to search anything that's got to do with it. then, the episode 'The Unnatural' started, and wow man, these baseball images were so fascinating! I want to know more and more about baseball. thank you, Chris Carter, for letting David write and direct this episode. it's very obvious David liked baseball and he managed to make a good tequila mix of baseball and science fiction. yes, the story was a bit like all the other X-Files episodes I've seen till now, but it was original using baseball in the series, even if it was only this episode. it changed my habits. Baseball rules!


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