The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 15

Travelers (29 Mar. 1998)
"The X Files" Travelers (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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In 1990 a man dies and the last word he utters is Mulder. Mulder thinking that this has something to do with his father, investigates and learns that the man supposedly died in 1952. He ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Scully (credit only)
Hayes Michel
Edward Skur
Young Arthur Dales (as Fredric Lane)
David Moreland ...
Roy Cohn
Eileen Pedde ...
Mrs. Skur
David Fredericks ...
The Director
Roger Haskett ...
Dorothy Bahnsen
Douglas Stewart ...
Landlord (as J. Douglas Stewart)


In 1990 a man dies and the last word he utters is Mulder. Mulder thinking that this has something to do with his father, investigates and learns that the man supposedly died in 1952. He then goes to speak to Arthur Dales a retired FBI agent who was supposedly investigating the man then. Initially he doesn't want to talk to Mulder but later changes his mind and proceeds to tell him about the man whom he arrested and who later died while in custody and then later saw alive. He would also tell him that he was contacted by a man named Bill Mulder who told him of a government conspiracy. Written by

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Written as a tribute to Howard Dimsdale, a screenwriter who was victimized by Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s and who later got work as a screenwriter under the alias "Arthur Dales." See more »


The coroner tries to explain to Agent Dales how Dales' partner might have died. He says they will have to wait for the TOXOLOGY REPORT. Toxology is the study of archery. He should have said, "TOXICOLOGY REPORT" See more »

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Xenotransplantation. Say that 5 times fast.
30 November 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

First off, Travelers is one of two episodes that I've fallen asleep watching the first time through. The teaser started off well, especially with the man muttering Mulder at the end. You don't know whether he means Fox or his father, William. Unfortunately, from there, it went downhill. Mulder kept on wiping his hair away from his eyes. That bugged me too much. Was he just trying to make sure his wedding band was seen? I tried real hard to like it more, but the show just wasn't terribly interesting. They used the cliché of a soft camera filter to show the past. I guess it's either that or black and white. I think I like Unusual Suspects because even though it's Scully-free and Mulder-lite, I still get my fill of calories with the Lone Gunmen. I don't have an invested interest in Arthur Dales and a young William Mulder making a cameo. Darren McGavin was o.k., but I much prefer him as the dad in "A Christmas Story". I did like the term "xenotransplantation" though. Cool word. The episode wasn't "bad" though. It was well acted and all. It's just mildly interesting.

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