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A man tormented by a piercing sound that could make his head explode unless he heads west as fast as possible takes Mulder hostage to drive for him, while Scully rushes to find the cause of this affliction that also killed the man's wife.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Bryan Cranston ... Patrick Crump
Michael O'Neill ... Patrol Captain Van Gelder
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Harry Danner Harry Danner ... CDC Doctor
Junior Brown ... Virgil Nokes
Linda Porter ... Elderly Woman
Mindy Seeger ... Coroner
Scott Alan Smith ... Prison Doctor (as Scott A. Smith)
Timothy Dale Agee ... EMT (as Tim Agee)
Mark Craig ... Trooper #1
Wiley M. Pickett ... Trooper #2 (as Wiley Pickett)
Ken Collins ... Gas Station Attendant
Tegan West Tegan West ... Navy Lieutenant
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A man tormented by a piercing sound that could make his head explode unless he heads west as fast as possible takes Mulder hostage to drive for him, while Scully rushes to find the cause of this affliction that also killed the man's wife.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Bryan Cranston claimed in an interview with Howard Stern that this episode eventually earned him the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan remembered working with Cranston and thought there were similarities between White and his character in this episode. While Patrick Crump is an unintelligent, anti-Semitic redneck and Walter White is a genius non-bigoted yuppie type, both characters are men who are bad at their cores but capable of being sympathetic and not just coming across as one-dimensional villains. The way Bryan Cranston pulled off the balance between Crump being someone the audience (and Fox Mulder) rightly disliked yet came to feel genuine sorrow upon his death was a feature Gilligan used when crafting the Walter White character. In addition, AMC executives were strongly against casting Cranston in "Breaking Bad" because of his recent spotlighted role in "Malcolm in the Middle" which was a broad comedy, so Gilligan showed them "Drive" and they immediately OK'd Cranston's casting. See more »

Goofs

At night when Crump says, "faster" we see the odometer reads 4057 then an obscured number. the next morning the odometer reads 40613. This is a maximum increase of only 43 miles during which time we have traveled from pitch darkness to broad daylight. At a speed of at least 70mph, daybreak has appeared in less than 35minutes. See more »

Quotes

Mulder: Well, on behalf of the International Jewish Conspiracy, I just need to inform you that we're... almost out of gas.
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Connections

References Quincy M.E. (1976) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Go West Young Man (AND STEP ON IT!)
24 July 2006 | by Twins65See all my reviews

Another decent offering from the pen of Vince Gilligan.

A pre-"Malcolm in the Middle" Bryan Cranston plays Patrick Crump, a deranged guy who eventually hijacks Mulder via gunpoint and has him driving west at high speeds. It has something to do with his severe head ringing (& possible deadly combustion--his wife just experienced it), and the pressure only seems to be relieved by heading towards the left coast. Only Mulder could relate to this guy's plight, and actually bond with his captor before the all night ride is completed.

Meanwhile, Scully seems to have solved the case with a possible remedy for Mr. Crump, and will meet them at the ocean. Check it out to see if our Dynamic Duo can hook up at the Pacific and somehow rectify Mr. Crump's big problem.


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