The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Michael Bryan French ... Paul Mossinger
Seth Green ... Emil
Gabrielle Rose ... Anita Budahas
Monica Parker ... Ladonna
Sheila Moore ... Verla McLennen
Lalainia Lindbjerg ... Zoe
Andrew Johnston ... Lt. Col. Robert Budahas
Johnny Cuthbert ... Commanding Officer (as Jon Cuthbert)
Vince Metcalfe Vince Metcalfe ... Kissell
Michael Puttonen ... Motel Manager
Brian Furlong ... Lead Officer
Doc Harris Doc Harris ... Mr. McLennen


Mulder and Scully investigate the mental breakdown and disappearance of a U.S. Air Force officer, Col. Robert Budahas, once a well regarded test pilot. Mulder's research reveals that there is a pattern of breakdowns at Ellens Air Force base but Scully thinks there are any number legitimate medical reasons for what has happened. Mulder is soon in touch with local UFO enthusiasts and learns where in the area is best to view UFOs. He comes across two young people who regularly sneak onto the base through a hole in the fence to sit back and watch. Mulder believes the aircraft the locals are seeing were built using alien technology and it becomes apparent that the U.S. government is hiding something and will go to great lengths to keep it that way. Throughout, Mulder receives advice and a friendly warning from an unknown man, Deep Throat, who warns him to be careful and confirms Mulder's suspicions about aliens. Written by garykmcd

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17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Although the Smoking Man is not in this episode, both he and Seth Green had roles in the TV movie It together. See more »


Towards the beginning of the show when Mulder is using the restroom in the bar, he is approached by Deep Throat. Mulder notices that the door is bolted shut, even to see that someone is trying to get into the restroom. But when Deep Throat turns around to leave, the door does not show a bolt, nor the door being secured by any type of locking mechanism. See more »


Mulder: You saw exactly what I saw in the sky tonight. What do you think they were?
Scully: Just because I can't explain it, doesn't mean I'm gonna believe they were UFOs.
Mulder: Unidentified Flying Objects, I think that fits the description pretty well. Tell me I'm crazy.
Scully: Mulder, you're crazy.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Introduction To An Informant
6 April 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Deep Throat introduces us to a beloved character referred to as Deep Throat. We never learn the name of this mysterious informant, who continues to assist or not assist (as the case may be) Mulder in subsequent episodes. He advises Mulder to stay away from a case Mulder has begun and Mulder does the opposite. This episode helps to add to the audience's mistrust of the government as UFOs are supposedly being flown on a United States Air Force Base in Idaho. The action becomes tense and suspenseful when Mulder is captured on the top-secret base and Scully must find a way to rescue him. This show also marks the beginning of famous guest stars who either were famous at the time of their appearance or soon came to be well-known. The guest star to look for in this episode is a young Seth Green before his roles in Buffy and Austin Powers. This episode is a fun, exciting ride.

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