The X-Files (1993– )
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Beyond the Sea 

Scully believes that the pyschic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in the kidnapping of two college students.


David Nutter


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Brad Dourif ... Luther Lee Boggs
Don S. Davis ... Captain William Scully (as Don Davis)
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Lawrence King-Phillips ... Lucas Henry (as Lawrence King)
Fred Henderson ... Agent Thomas
Don MacKay ... Warden Joseph Cash (as Don Mackay)
Lisa Vultaggio ... Liz Hawley
Chad Willett ... Jim Summers
Kathrynn Chisholm Kathrynn Chisholm ... Nurse
Randy Lee Randy Lee ... Paramedic
Len Rose Len Rose ... E.R. Doctor


After two college students are kidnapped on the one year anniversary of a similar kidnapping at a different school, Mulder is convinced that they are dealing with a serial killer. He's ready to deal with the case on his own as Scully has recently lost her dearly beloved father but she insists on working her way through this difficult time. Mulder is annoyed when a self-declared psychic who is soon to be executed in the gas chamber, Luther Lee Boggs, offers to give them information about the case in return for a permanent stay of execution. Mulder is convinced he's a sham as far as being a psychic goes and is convinced that Boggs is orchestrating the kidnappings using outsiders. Scully, who has had her own encounter with the supernatural recently, isn't so sure and takes Boggs far more seriously. Written by garykmcd

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7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


First appearance of Scully's parents. See more »


When the police officer assisting Scully in the investigation of Mulder's shooter gives a history of the suspect he completely mispronounces the name of the prison where the suspect had been incarcerated. This is very odd as "Angola" the prison name, is the same name as a nation in Southwest Africa. It's as if the speaker had never heard of either of them and had never spoken the word prior reading it from the script. See more »


Mulder: It was five hours of Boggs channeling. After three hours I asked him to summon up the soul of Jimi Hendrix and requested 'All Along the Watchtower'. You know, the guy's been dead for 20 years but he still hasn't lost his edge.
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Referenced in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) See more »


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A cold, dark place agent Scully
14 July 2008 | by koalablue_1993See all my reviews

Wow! I cant put into words my feelings towards this amazing episode. When i first watched this i had just recently lost a loved one and upon watching this it touched me so deeply. Brad Dourif's performance is at the heart of this episode, it is awe-inspiring. He is such an underrated actor. I don't believe in "channeling" but he certainly made it look real! As a Scully centered episode it serves to showcase Gillian Anderson's talent. She amazed me in this, the emotion she portrays is so real you can almost grasp it. Glenn Morgan and James Wong wrote another masterpiece here.

It is easily the best episode of season one. Heck! One of the best episodes in the entire series run.

Scully: Im afraid to believe...

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