The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 3

Unusual Suspects (16 Nov. 1997)
"The X Files" Unusual Suspects (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 1,016 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

The origins of the Lone Gunmen and their relationship with Mulder are revealed in this episode. All three were at a computer and electronics trade show in Baltimore in 1989 when they put ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(creator),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 161 titles
created 02 Jul 2011
 
a list of 87 titles
created 09 Feb 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 20 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 70 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Unusual Suspects (16 Nov 1997)

Unusual Suspects (16 Nov 1997) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.
« Previous Episode | 100 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
Dana Scully (credit only)
...
Signy Coleman ...
...
...
...
...
...
SWAT Lieutenant
...
Stuart O'Connell ...
SWAT Cop
Kenneth H. Hawryliw ...
Himself (as Ken Hawryliw)
Edit

Storyline

The origins of the Lone Gunmen and their relationship with Mulder are revealed in this episode. All three were at a computer and electronics trade show in Baltimore in 1989 when they put their antagonism to one another aside to help a woman, Susann Modeski, who claims her boyfriend kidnapped her daughter. In fact, she's a government scientist on the run from security officers. She tells them about a massive government conspiracy and they inform their new found friend Mulder, who finds it all a bit far-fetched. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The game that Byers' co-worker plays on his computer is Dig Dug, a Namco arcade title released in arcades in 1982, and on home computers throughout the 1980s See more »

Goofs

Suzanne Modeski asks Byers to help her decode a printout of an encrypted file. However, since almost all file creation and encryption systems make extensive use of non-printing characters (especially for the type of printer used in the episode), it would have been impossible to decipher the information on the paper. See more »

Quotes

Byers: My name is John Fitzgerald Byers. I was born on November 22nd, 1963.
Det. Munch: Seriously?
Byers: I was named after JFK. Before the assassination, my parents were going to call me "Bertram."
Det. Munch: Lucky you.
See more »

Connections

References The Lord of the Rings (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I heard it was a lone gunman.
6 October 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

When viewing this episode again to write this review, I was surprised by how much I liked it. I remember I liked it, but not this much. This is a near-perfect episode written by the amazing Vince Gilligan. It showed that the Lone Gunmen could carry an episode by themselves successfully. When an episode makes me forget about Scully, which is hard to do, you know that it has done its job. Even Mulder has very few scenes in Unusual Suspects, but the viewer doesn't care. Not only is it a well-written story, but I found it very intriguing to see the origins of the lone gunmen. Mulder indirectly forms their group, as they come together to help Susanne Modeski, for whom Mulder is searching. Signy Coleman does an outstanding job as the mysterious Susanne Modeski. Susanne is a tough woman, who can pull her own tooth out. Ouch! We see that Frohike has always been a pervert. The Lone Gunmen don't even like each other at first. They just work together to help a pretty lady. X returns to do his standard cover-up operation. I love how he just ignores the three stooges as his men are doing the clean-up, like they are invisible. Then, of course, he gives a line, which ends up being the name they take upon themselves. Unusual Suspects surprises you with how good it is, and thankfully, gets a sequel later on in season six.


39 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was Duane Barry really abducted by Aliens? jpoliveira-79
Episodes with Moby in them? Pangaeus
After watching season 1 and 2 here are my impressions HenryLongside
How many times have you watched the entire series w/o skipping an ep? xplorer813
Are christmas carol/Emily mythology episodes hucampos
Why not on TV anymore? mcowlis
Discuss Unusual Suspects (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?