The X-Files (1993– )
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Alpha 

A series of murders is blamed on a mythical Asian dog that supposedly escaped from the US cryptozoologist who caught it. Mulder asks a reclusive female dog expert for help which angers Scully. The woman leaves him a special gift.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Karin Berquist
... Jeffrey Cahn (as Thomas Duffy)
... Dr. James Riley
David Starwalt ... Frank Fiedler
... Dr. Ian Detweiler (as Andrew J. Robinson)
... Jake Conroy (as James Micheal Connor)
Yau-Gene Chan ... Woo
Tuan Tran ... Fong
... Yee
... Stacey Muir
... Angie
... Peggy
Adrienne Wilde ... Nurse
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Two men are found mauled to death inside a locked cargo container that was supposed to be carrying a extremely rare breed of dog from China to the United States. The dog is now on the loose and killing more people. Mulder and Scully's interest in this case is in the unique human behavior that this killer dog is exhibiting. Written by Muldernscully

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Melinda Culea, who plays the role of Karin Berquist, is the wife of the episode's director, Peter Markle. See more »

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[Mulder and Scully in car. Scully in one of her jealous moods]
Dana Scully: She's enamored of you Mulder. Don't under estimate a woman. They can be tricksters, too.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Whatsit?
19 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

A rare canid escapes while being shipped from China to LA - and leaves two crew members dead in its place. When the semi-mythological creature begins attacking officers of the Fish and Wildlife service, Mulder and Scully look to a cryptozooligist and an animal behaviorist for answers - but more than one person is keeping secrets!

This isn't one of season 6's tooth-grinding 'humor' episodes, but even as an attempt to return to the darkness of the Vancouver seasons it falls a little flat. The actions of the 'canid' don't really make much sense in terms of the range of potential 'alpha's' in the LA area - the season 5 episode "Detour" did a better job with this idea. And why invent a "Wanshang Dhole" when there are REAL crypto-zoological beasties and tricksters? I love Andrew Robinson but he's just wasted in his role, while "Karin Berquist," while an interesting character, behaves totally inexplicably at the end. How exactly is she an alpha? Not one of the best.


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