The X-Files (1993–2018)
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In the unexplored woods of Florida's Apalachicola National Forest, Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearances of two land surveyors and a boy's claims that he and his father were attacked by an invisible creature.


Brett Dowler


Chris Carter (created by), Frank Spotnitz




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Colleen Flynn ... Michele Fazekas
J.C. Wendel ... Agent Stonecypher
Scott Burkholder ... Agent Kinsley
Merrilyn Gann ... Mrs. Asekoff
Anthony Rapp ... Jeff Glaser
Alf Humphreys ... Michael Asekoff (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Tom Scholte Tom Scholte ... Michael Sloan
Tyler Thompson Tyler Thompson ... Louis Asekoff
Simon Longmore ... Marty Fox


While driving through northern Florida with two other FBI agents en route to a team-building seminar, Scully and Mulder are drawn into the disappearance of several men in a wooded area. Rumors are soon circulating in the nearby town that there are monsters in the woods. Mulder soon believes there is definitely something in the woods causing these deaths and nature itself may be seeking revenge in the form of invisible creatures. He and Scully go off into the woods and encounter the creatures firsthand. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Singing "Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog)" to Mulder is one of Gillian Anderson's favorite moments in the entire series. See more »


The Latin phrase "Ad Noctum" on the post is bad grammar, should be "Ad Noctem." See more »


Dana Scully: Mulder? We've got this conference. They're waiting.
Fox Mulder: Yeah. How do I say this without using any negative words, Scully?
Dana Scully: You want me to tell them that you're not going to make it to this year's teamwork seminar.
Fox Mulder: Yeah. You see that? We don't need that conference. We have communication like that - unspoken. You know what I'm thinkin'.
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References The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati (1996) See more »


Joy the World
Written by Hoyt Axton
Performed by Gillian Anderson
[Scully sings the Three Dog Night's song to wounded Mulder]
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Jeremiah was a mothman?
19 July 2007 | by Sanpaco13See all my reviews

Great great great episode. I love the scene at the beginning with Mulder and Scully in the car with the other two agents going off to some kind of marriage counseling partner communication seminar thing and Mulder is less than enthusiastic about it.

KINSLEY: I couldn't believe how hard it was not to use the word "but." MULDER: (In hell) I'm having that same problem right now.

Haha! I love it. I also really like the idea they use of the mothmen being chameleon like where you can't see them at all. I did think it a little interesting that they used mothmen to explain these creatures however because it didn't seem to fit with anything that I have ever heard about Mothmen at all. I haven't read a lot but what I have read or seen matches closer to what is shown in the movie "The Mothman Prophecies". Great movie by the way. But I still enjoyed this episode despite that fact. It is also one of those that you can share with your friends who are maybe easily grossed out. This is actually the episode that I used to get my father to check out more of the series. I give it a 10/10 for sure.

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