The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 19

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

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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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Young Arthur Dales (as Fredric Lane)
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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 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 »

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Mulder goes to Arthur Dale's apartment looking for Arhtur. However in the episode "Agua Mala", which aired earlier in the season, Mulder and Scully go to Florida to see Arthur. Therefore, Mulder already knew that Arthur lived in Florida so why would Mulder go to Arthur's apartment to find him? See more »

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Alien Bounty Hunter: [about to kill Josh] Show me your true face so you can die with dignity.
[Josh doesn't move]
Alien Bounty Hunter: As your executioner, I show my true face before I kill you.
[transforms into an alien]
Alien Bounty Hunter: Show me your true face or you will die without honor.
Josh Exley: [on the verge of tears] This is my true face.
Alien Bounty Hunter: So be it.
[plunges a knife into Josh's back]
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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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