The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an "encounter" he experienced as a child.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Carrie Snodgress ... Darlene Morris
Michael Cavanaugh ... Sheriff Jack Withers
Donald Gibb ... Kip (as Don Gibb)
Joel Palmer ... Kevin Morris
Charles Cioffi ... Section Chief Scott Blevins
Shelley Owens ... Tessa Seers
Don Thompson ... Holtzman
Akiko Morison ... Leza Atsumi
Taunya Dee ... Ruby Morris
Anthony Harrison ... Fourth Man
Glen Roald Glen Roald ... M.E. Worker
Mauricio Mercado Mauricio Mercado ... Coroner


Mulder and Scully travel to Sioux City to investigate the disappearance of a teenager, Ruby Morris, whose mother Darlene claims was abducted by aliens. There's some reluctance on the part of the FBI to even open an X-File on the matter until Mulder finds that the Darlene was also supposedly abducted during a girl scout outing when she was a teenager. Ruby had something of a wild reputation and the local authorities believe she may have run off with a biker. Ruby's younger brother Kevin is seeing something on the television that he can translate into binary code, something that is of interest to the NSA. For Mulder, the case is far too reminiscent of his sister Samantha's abduction by aliens when he was 12 and she 8 years old. Written by garykmcd

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1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Samantha Mulder's case file is X-40253. See more »


At the end of the episode watch the small cross that Scully wears as she and Mulder walk down the hall. When the shot changes to a close-up, it has jumped into her shirt. See more »


Mulder: How can an eight year-old boy who can barely multiply be a threat to national security? And people call me paranoid.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The Search For Samantha
10 April 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Conduit introduces us to Samantha Mulder, Fox Mulder's little sister. She was abducted in front of Fox when they were kids. This episode essentially jump starts a large quantity of myth/arc episodes dealing with Mulder's search for Samantha. In this episode, however, it is just a side plot. The story of Mulder's sister is used as a reason for Scully to question Mulder's real reasons for investigating this case, and whether or not it is clouding his judgment. I think that it's the issue of Mulder's sister that makes this a good episode. The disappearance of Ruby is just a plot device to assist the more important storyline of Mulder's mission of finding his sister. Mulder's search for Samantha is a big reason for my interest in the show. It was fascinating to see the lengths he would go to to uncover the truth about what happened to his sister. And for the viewer, this is where it all begins.

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