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"The X-Files" The Unnatural (TV Episode 1999) Poster

(TV Series)

(1999)

Trivia

David Duchovny's older brother, Daniel Ducovny, plays the role of bench jockey Piney.
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This episode marks David Duchovny's writing and directorial debut.
The only time in the X-Files series that the Alien Bounty Hunter shows his true alien face.
Mulder is Chris Carter's mother's maiden name. Mulder's first name, Fox, is the name of Carter's childhood friend. Scully is the name of the LA Dodgers' sports announcer Vin Scully, to whom Carter listened as a child. In episode #6.19, The Unnatural, the voice announcing the Dodgers game is none other than Vin Scully.
The character Josh Exley is based on Josh Gibson of the Homestead Grays, aka "the black Babe Ruth", whose jersey Mulder wears later in the episode. Coincidentally Gibson died in 1947
Darren McGavin who played Arthur Dales in previous episodes was unavailable to reprise his role due to health reasons.
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.)
The Coach's jersey identifies his name as "Shiban", for producer John Shiban.
At about the 32:00 mark, you can see Arthur Dale is watching an episode of the X-Files from Season 2, Episode 16 called "Colony".
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At the end of the opening credits where the quote "THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE" usually is, the quote is "IN THE BIG INNING" and is word play for 'in the beginning' as this episode takes place in Roswell, NM in 1947: when and where modern day alien scientist and UFOlogists began alien conspiracy theories/work due to the Roswell Incident of 1947.
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First episode where a alien bounty hunter has a conversation with a character. Most instances (up to this episode) when alien bounty hunters have screen time they are silent and carry out their missions.
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Fredric Lehne, who plays young Arthur Dales, was also in a few episodes of season 2 and 6 in Supernatural as the yellow-eyed demon Azazel. Supernatural also constantly makes references to the X-Files and this particular episode is called "The Unnatural" which could be another way of saying "supernatural".
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Episode ends with Mulder teaching Scully playing baseball. He asks her if she has ever played baseball, and she probably lies to him in order to flirt with him, as far as she grow up with two brothers and her mother told Mulder she used to be a tomboy.
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