The X-Files (1993–2018)
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A tip from Krycek takes Mulder to a gulag in Tunguska, Russia where prisoners are being used for experiments with the black oil alien virus. Meanwhile, Scully's colleague is infected with the same virus which lay dormant in a meteorite.


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Chris Carter (created by), Frank Spotnitz | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
William B. Davis ... Cigarette Smoking Man
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
John Neville ... Well-Manicured Man
Brendan Beiser ... Agent Pendrell
Fritz Weaver ... Senator Albert Sorenson
Malcolm Stewart ... Dr. Sacks
David Bloom ... Stress Man
Campbell Lane ... Senator Romine
Stefan Arngrim ... Prisoner
Brent Stait ... Timothy Mayhew


Scully and Mulder participate in a raid on a group of right-wing extremists who are obviously planning an attack of some kind. Mulder has been receiving anonymous notes from someone who knows of the plan. When they stop the terrorists, one of the men turns out to be Mulder's old nemesis Alex Krycek, who claims to be the person who was feeding him information. Meanwhile, a diplomatic courier is caught smuggling a mineral-like object into the United States. Mulder contacts Marita Covarrubias of the UN to learn more about its origin. He and Krycek are soon on their way to Russia. Written by garykmcd

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English | Russian

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24 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


After Scully shows him the meteorite, Mulder says to Krycek, "What did you get for Halloween, Charlie Brown?" This references " It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)," in which Charlie Brown only gets rocks while trick-or-treating. See more »


Around 00:22:36, in the reflection of the phone's cab, we can see a blue coat from a crew member on the right. See more »


Alex Krycek: [handcuffed to the steering wheel, whiny] Where have you been?
Fox Mulder: Making travel arrangements.
Alex Krycek: To go where?
Fox Mulder: Follow the pouch.
Alex Krycek: You're going to keep me in the dark?
[punches Krycek in the face]
Fox Mulder: Yeah.
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Featured in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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Jumping The Shark
2 August 2007 | by doctorbrinkleySee all my reviews

This, and its follow-up episode, signified major trouble afoot. This is where X-Files "Jumps The Shark", and was a sad day indeed.

This would mark a watershed low in the series. Where past so-so episodes were still enjoyable, such was not the case in this instance. Had the feel of a really bad mini-series. Gulag Schmulag.

I find this to be a major turning point for the series.

However, to be fair, the quality of the series lasted much longer than most all other programs, (as this was Season 4) and unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. No matter how slowly that end may ultimately arrive. A rabid weekly viewer, I was now delegated to "on occasion" status after this, which would subsequently become "never", not long after that.

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