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The X-Files: Season 4: Episode 16 -- To stop the murders of military officials by an unseen assassin, Mulder and Scully must apprehend an embittered Vietnam vet who can make himself invisible to his victims.


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Original Air Date:
23 February 1997 (Season 4, Episode 16)
To stop the murders of military officials by an unseen assassin, Mulder and Scully must apprehend an embittered Vietnam War veteran who can make himself invisible to his victims. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner

Peter LaCroix ... Nathaniel Teager (as Peter Lacroix)
Scott Hylands ... General Benjamin Bloch

Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
William S. Taylor ... General Leitch (as William Taylor)
William Nunn ... General John Steffan
Larry Musser ... Denny Markham

Lesley Ewen ... Renee Davenport
Michael Ryan ... Agent Cameron Hill
Allan Franz ... Dr. Ben Keyser
Jennifer Jasey ... Female Private (as Jen Jasey)

Mark Holden ... Agent Eugene Chandler
Don McWilliams ... PFC Gus Burkholder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Agnew ... Lt. General Peter MacDougal (uncredited)

D. Harlan Cutshall ... Adjutant (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Lange 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

Howard Gordon (teleplay by) &
Chris Carter (teleplay by)

Howard Gordon (story by)

Produced by
Rob Bowman .... producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Joseph Patrick Finn .... producer
Vince Gilligan .... co-producer
R.W. Goodwin .... executive producer
Howard Gordon .... executive producer
Ken Horton .... consulting producer
Kim Manners .... producer
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... associate producer
Paul Rabwin .... co-producer
Frank Spotnitz .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Joel Ransom (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Gross 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Production Design by
Graeme Murray 
Art Direction by
Greg Loewen 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Inget 
Costume Design by
Jenni Gullett 
Makeup Department
Anji Bemben .... key hair stylist
Laverne Munroe .... key makeup artist (as Laverne Basham)
Dean Scheck .... co-key hair stylist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Pearl Louie .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Geoff Redknap .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
George Chapman .... production manager
Brett Dowler .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Braidwood .... first assistant director
Mark D. Currie .... second assistant director
Jason Furukawa .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... property master (as Ken Hawryliw)
Rob Maier .... construction coordinator (as Rob 'Stroby' Maier)
Louis Solyom .... head painter
Michael Dundas .... lead hand painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Hayden .... leadman (uncredited)
Peter Lieshout .... lead painter (uncredited)
Kristina Lyne .... art assistant (uncredited)
Paula R. Montgomery .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Andronis .... re-recording mixer
Thierry J. Couturier .... supervising sound editor
Nello Torri .... re-recording mixer
David John West .... re-recording mixer
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer (as Michael Williamson)
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator (uncredited)
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Gauthier .... special effects
Chris Flemington .... on set effects (uncredited)
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Laurie Kallsen-George .... visual effects supervisor
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects producer: View Studio (uncredited)
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator: remastered version (uncredited)
Jordan Hassay .... digital effects supervisor: remastered version (uncredited)
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Paul Patrick Quinn .... visual effects facility producer (uncredited)
Siouxsie Stewart .... visual effects coordinator: encore visual effects (uncredited)
Richard Trus .... visual effects facility producer (uncredited)
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version (uncredited)
Tony Morelli .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Campbell .... key grip
Mark Cohen .... second assistant "a" camera
Simon Jori .... focus puller
Marty McInally .... camera operator (as Martin McInally)
Attila Szalay .... second unit director of photography
David Tickell .... chief lighting technician
David Gray .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronald Hersey .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Isabelle MacCrimmon .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Rob Parisien .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Dave Riopel .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate: Vancouver
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Vancouver
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Randy Stone .... original casting
Stacy Wise .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Leduc .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Philip Azenzer .... colorist: DaVinci
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Sue Kesler .... assistant editor
Mark Nowicki .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
John Price .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Louisa Gradnitzer .... location manager
Alan Bartolic .... location scout (uncredited)
Kimberly Lynn .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Robert Murdoch .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Bob Bowe .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Anita Meehan-Truelove .... production coordinator
John Shiban .... story editor
Helga Ungurait .... script supervisor
Kurt Bruun .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Castle .... title designer (uncredited)
Danny Ho .... playback operator (uncredited)
David Kohler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Steven McDougald .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Steyns .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amber Woodward .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jan Scruggs .... special thanks: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The X Files: Unrequited (#4.16)" - Canada (original title)
Argentina:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Due to legal reasons, the Vietnam Memorial replica had fake names created by the sister of art assistant Kristina Lyne. These included names of the cast and crew. In addition, two of them, "Jesse R. Ellison" and "Harlan L. Hahn", referenced noted writer Harlan Ellison and model Jessica Hahn.See more »
Miscellaneous: When going through the metal detector at the Pentagon, Mulder is talking on his cellphone. He sets off the detector the first time through, empties his pockets of change, and makes it through the second time, but is still talking on his phone.See more »
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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Invisibility applies to this episode in more ways than one., 29 August 2010
Author: D. Williams from United States

Season four, though one of the consistently better years of The X-Files, really suffered from helter-skelter scheduling and last-minute episode switching. Thus, a wholly self-contained episode like "Unrequited," airing just weeks after the momentous events in "Memento Mori," seems out of place and pallid in comparison.

The x-file in this case has to do with invisibility, specifically the paranormal ability of a POW escapee to induce some sort of blind spot in the eyes of others. I didn't really get it, and the writers probably didn't either, but the theme is appropriate: this is an episode largely forgotten amongst the season's pinnacles and for good reason.

As with numerous other Howard Gordon episodes, political overtones float around the script with the subtlety of a brick and a window. Nathaniel Teager, a man left for dead in Vietnam, has returned to the US to carry out his agenda to murder the men responsible for his predicament. Excess preachiness notwithstanding, don't forget this is a theme largely borrowed from season three's "The Walk," which featured basically the same scenario with a few blanks filled in differently.

The generals are not likable characters, the character of Teager is never explored (Peter Lacroix has few spoken lines in the entire episode), an opportunity to explore Skinner's character is all but wasted - despite a contrived mentioning of his time in Vietnam slapped onto the end. Somehow Marita Covarrubias shows up in the mess, reminding us how much Gordon likes to shoehorn his deep throats into plots that don't really necessitate their presence. Even Larry Musser, notable for his sheriff roles in "Die Hand Die Verletzt," "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "Chinga," falls flat in his static role of Denny Markham. And somehow at the end of the episode, notable for being one of the series' shortest, it is hard to meet the preceding events with anything but indifference.

There is one scene that I did like, when the agents arrive outside of Markham's compound, and Scully, scanning the perimeter, briefly spots Teager standing in the background. This is truly a creepy scene, and adds a distinguished touch that is unfortunately lacking just about everywhere else.

Overall, this is a fairly skippable episode. There are no particularly interesting characters, the plot has been seen in other episodes, the script is filled with political clichés and just seems far too reminiscent of other Gordon episodes. For the forty-something minutes I invested in this, I feel as though my reward was unrequited.


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