The agents hunt for a kidnapper whose mind's eye can be captured on film.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Officer Trott
Sharon Alexander ...
Mary Louise Lefante
Ron Chartier ...
Inspector Puett
Officer Corning
Christopher Royal ...
Photo Technician
Michele Melland ...
ER Doctor


An intended passport photo for a missing woman develops warped and twisted, showing her terrified and surrounded by beings. With a little investigation, Mulder develops a theory that the kidnapper of this woman has the power to psychically display his thoughts on film. Written by EJS

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27 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Pruitt Taylor Vince is afflicted with nystagmus, a condition that causes rapid, involuntary eye movements. This was expertly included in certain shots of Gerry Schnauz to hint at his mental instability (with which nystagmus has nothing to do), and perhaps allude to his uncanny ability of photographic thought projection. See more »


As Mulder is looking at Scullys photo in the Sheriffs office one of the deputies tells him that Scullys Explorer was found at a park and ride up US81,US 131 runs through Traverse City M81 is in the thumb. From WikipedeA:M-81 is a state trunk-line highway in the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. The trunk-line travels from the city of Saginaw at the junction with M-13 to the junction with M-53 east of Cass City over the county line in Greenleaf Township in northwestern Sanilac County in The Thumb area of the state. Outside of the cities and villages along its route, M-81 passes through mostly rural farm country. Near Saginaw it intersects the freeway that carries both Interstate 75 (I-75) and US Highway 23 (US 23) in an industrial area. See more »


Fox Mulder: [Interrogating Gerald Schnauz] Do you want to tell us about the first time you were arrested, Gerry?
Dana Scully: In 1980 you attacked your father with an axe handle. You beat him so severely that he spent the remainder of his life in a wheelchair.
Gerry Schnauz: I was not jailed, I was institutionalized. I had a kind of... chemical imbalance.
Fox Mulder: Yeah,
[reading from folder]
Fox Mulder: 'Gerald Thomas Schnauz diagnosed and treated for a paranoid schizophrenic disorder. Six years in Melvoyne Psychiatic Hospital. Released 1986.' So what have...
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Beware of the Howlers
27 July 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Unruhe keeps the beginnings of season 4 strong. The episode features a deleted scene at the very beginning of the episode, where Mulder is on a phone call where he finds out how is mom was doing, going back to Herrenvolk. Without having watched the audio commentary on that deleted scene yet, I would imagine it was deleted after they moved that episode from being right after the season premiere to fourth in the season. Pruitt Taylor Vince does an outstanding job as Gerry Schauz. He's got this, uh, eye thing going, where is eyes are constantly moving back and forth. It just adds to his dementia. The psychic photography is kind of cool. Scully still tries to find a scientific explanation for the girl screaming in the photo. Won't this girl ever learn? What the computer guy at the FBI was able to do with the photograph was a bit of a stretch. But then again, so are Mulder's leaps in logic. However, Unruhe is a very entertaining episode with plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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