The X-Files (1993– )
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When someone sends Mulder and Scully obituaries showing three separate but identical men apparently having died, the agents investigate, but things take an unexpected turn when Mulder receives a call from his father.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... William Mulder
... Alien Bounty Hunter
... Dr. Landon Prince / Gregor
... Samantha Mulder
... CIA Agent Ambrose Chapel
... Walter Skinner
... Federal Marshall
... Agent Barry Weiss
... Teena Mulder
Ken Roberts ... Motel Proprietor
... 1st Crewman
... 2nd Doctor
... Sgt. Al Dixon
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Mulder and Scully decide to investigate when they anonymously receive three newspaper obituaries for three men who appear to be identical. All of them worked in abortion clinics and they were not brothers. Unbeknown to them, an alien craft immobilized a US submarine patrolling under the Arctic ice and there is now an alien bounty hunter on the loose committing the murders. Mulder's world is turned upside down however when he receives an urgent call from his father telling him to come home. Once there, he finds a young woman in the living room talking to his mother. It's his sister Samantha, who was kidnapped by aliens 11 years ago. She tells him they are being hunted by an alien and that her life is in danger. Scully is surprised when Mulder calls her - because Mulder is standing in the room with her. Written by garykmcd

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10 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The first appearance of Mulder's parents. See more »

Goofs

ZIP code 21401 is not in Germantown, Maryland. See more »

Quotes

[Scully thinks that one of Mulder's sources may have murdered an FBI agent]
Fox Mulder: Is that what you want me to put on my report to Skinner? Because I would be more than happy to have you explain that to him.
Dana Scully: Damn it, Mulder, that is not my job. You'll pursue a case at the expense of everything, to the point of insanity, and expect me to follow you. There has to be somewhere to draw the line.
Fox Mulder: Three identical men are dead. A fourth identical man is alive and on the lam. If the pursuit of this case seems ...
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Featured in The X-Files: The Unnatural (1999) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Shark, jumped
20 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

X-Files probably dived off the cliff in the season 1 finale..

It wasn't too late to pull back with Erlenmeyer Flask, but they decided to push on with more and more 'revelatory' stuff, 'truth' is out there after all. So the natural conclusion when we come to this highly touted episode that furthers the long arch, is that the show has no place else to go but deeper into the ridiculous. We get alien dna, an alien colony and shapeshifting bounty hunter from space, all of which apparently will figure prominently in the mythology of coming seasons.

There is no concession made anymore to the noir hoax and hallucinated urges. See, Mulder's long gone sister suddenly shows up, but is it really her? This could undermine our footing in the story in so many delicious ways, Lynch would know how.

But what we learn about her, irrevocably learn as true, is just daft.


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