The agents investigate a series of murders linked to a device that alters television signals.

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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of bizarre murders committed by a man who says he saw the killer on TV. They conclude that several people in the community are affected somehow and Mulder believes that the TV signals are being altered in some way. He finds a device in the cable connections at the telephone pole and the Lone Gunmen confirm that there is additional information being transmitted along with the regular broadcasts. He concludes that the signal creates a sense of paranoia in the recipient, preying on their deepest fears, something that is confirmed when Scully sees Mulder sitting in a car, joking and laughing with the Cigarette Smoking Man. It's up to Mulder to bring these experiments to an end. Written by garykmcd

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The name John Gillnitz shows up at least six times in the series, usually as a throwaway character. It's an in-joke, an amalgamation of the name of three people who worked on the show:'JOHN Shiban', 'Vince GILLigan' and 'Frank SpotNITZ'. The name appears in the following episodes: Episode #3.23, "Wetwired", victim in hammock (uncredited) Episode 4.12, "Leonard Betts", bearded man/murder victim ('Ken Jones' ) Episode 5.6, "Christmas Carol", DNA technician (uncredited) Episode #6.5, "Dreamland: Part 2", mentioned in passing, does not appear on screen Episode 7.14, "Theef", reporter ('Mark Thompson' ) Episode #9.15, "Jump the Shark", man with bioweapon (Marcus Giamatti) See more »

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When Mulder and Scully enter Patnik's home, they hear a woman scream, draw their weapons, and search the house. They find two kids watching Die Hard (Bruce Willis) and it is implied that the scream came from the movie. The scene from Die Hard the kids are watching does not have a woman screaming in it. See more »

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Mulder: Scully, you are the only one I trust.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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I just watched thirty-six hours of Bernard Shaw and Bobbie Batista. I'm about ready to kill somebody too.
11 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How this episode continues to slip under the radar of season three favorites is beyond me, but "Wetwired" is a personal favorite and a strong mix of mythology and Mulder/Scully psychology that few episodes were able to entwine so flawlessly. Written by visual effects supervisor Mat Beck, the script borrows bits and pieces from previous episodes "Blood" (the concept of mind control) and "E.B.E." (the paranoia of surveillance). As good as those episodes were, I think this one is even better. There are enough twists and turns to keep the viewer asking questions, and it serves as a nice segue into the season three finale, "Talitha Cumi." One thing I enjoyed was the subtlety the writers and director used to portray Scully's descent into paranoia - just the way the camera zooms in creepily on a motel wall adds an interesting touch. We also see the returns of the Lone Gunmen, Informant X (Steven Williams), whose presence is integral to the show's final act, and Sheila Larken as Margaret Scully, who is always a delight. There are also some spooky special effects in the teaser and a scene with a running faucet. Revisiting this episode made me remember how much I missed the gray Vancouver backdrops and the eerie atmosphere they provided. All in all this is a great representation of a standalone/mythology hybrid and one of the better episodes of the series. 10 of 10.


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