The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 20

Three of a Kind (2 May 1999)
"The X Files" Three of a Kind (original title)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fox Mulder (voice)
Signy Coleman ...
Grant Ellis
Timmy the Geek
Jim Fyfe ...
Brian Reddy ...
Big Fritz
Little Fritz
Richard Zobel ...
Redhead Geek


The Lone Gunmen are at a defense contractors convention in Las Vegas trying to get inside information on military secrets. When Byers spots Susanne Modeski at a casino, he convinces the other lone gunmen to trick Scully into coming to Las Vegas to help them investigate why Susanne Modeski is there and what she is up to. Written by Muldernscully

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The malfunctioning AE-35 unit discussed in the poker scene shares the same name as the "about to malfunction" AE-35 unit that HAL-9000 warns Bowman about in the movie 2001. See more »


Around 23:50, when Scully is beginning her Y incision, her autopsy subject has a visible neck pulse. See more »


Byers: My name is John Fitzgerald Byers. I was named after our 35th president, and I keep having this beautiful dream. In my dream, the events of November 22nd, 1963, never happened. In it, my namesake was never assassinated. Other things are different, too, in my dream. My country is hopeful and innocent - young again. Young in spirit. My fellow citizens trust their elect officials, never once having been betrayed by them. My government is truly "of the people, by the people, for the people". All my ...
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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas
19 March 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Three of a Kind is the second of the Lone Gunmen-centric episodes, the first being Unusual Suspects. This is a great episode, and like Unusual Suspects, stars only one of the dynamic duo, this time being Scully instead of Mulder.

It opens with Byers during a voice-over, the first and only time a Lone Gunmen does a voice-over. The Lone Gunmen show that they can carry an episode. This is probably why they eventually got their own series.

I like how they revisited the Susanne Modeski story, instead of just inventing a new storyline for them. Gillian Anderson shows in this episode that she can do some comedy herself, and she doesn't just have to play the straight-man to Mulder's comedian. She is great in her portrayal of "Bimbo Scully". This is only time you'll see Scully like this, so cherish the moment.

I found it interesting that Frohike recognized Scully's laugh, since she rarely ever laughs in the X-Files. It was cool to see Scully return the favor to Michael McKean, by giving him a butt slap, referencing back to the Dreamland episodes from earlier in the season.

I also liked some of the creative shots, particularly from inside the ice machine and from the bottom of the ice bucket.

Three of a Kind has a great mixture of humor and a serious plot dealing with Susanne Modeski and political assassination. It looks like the actors had fun doing this episode, and I had fun watching it. Three of a Kind is a sweet treat for Lone Gunmen fans.

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