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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.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




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 ... 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


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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Release Date:

15 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Bryan Cranston was broke when he landed the guest role in this episode, having used up all his savings on a film that he wrote and directed. See more »


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 »


[last lines]
Dana Scully: [under her breath in Kersh's office] Big piles of manure...
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References Quincy M.E. (1976) See more »


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Gone In 45 Minutes
19 January 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

As much as 'The Beginning' showed that we're still going to get "classic" x-files, Drive showed that the X-Files was going to explore new territory. They start by giving us a unique teaser to Drive, with the news camera footage. It was an interesting transition from the the TV to the real events. I would've liked it even better if they had kept that news footage camera for the entire teaser and not cut to the inside of the car. Upon viewing this episode live back in 1998 I was thinking, "Am I on the right channel?" That first autopsy by Scully flooded me with big words that I don't understand. I think she learned her lesson to ALWAYS wear a mask before performing an autopsy. Silly Scully! What is the deal with the lighting in the autopsy lab? It's as dark as a tomb in there! How are they supposed to see what they're doing in there? Assistant Director Kersh gets his first lines in this episode. I have no love lost for that man. He is the third recurring character in a row that is introduced that you love to hate, the first two being Diana Fowley and Jeffrey Spender. I guess the producers felt that there was too much love going on for Mulder, Scully and Skinner. So they needed to add some characters to give our favorite agents some grief and incite our ire as fans. I love the quarantine suits worn by Scully and her team with the cool helmet light bulbs. Boy. It's really smoky or foggy in DRY northern Nevada at night. Can we say the word "effect"? Drive is a cool episode, but looking at route 36 on my U.S. atlas, there's no way Mulder could've maintained a speed of 70-100 MPH on that road. If he had been on I-80, the freeway, maybe. But no way on a state road with that many curves. All of the filming inside the car looked very authentic. Excellent job by Rob Bowman. It looks nothing like the old days of the obvious blue screen or clip of passing scenery outside a car window on a stage. This was a fun episode, but some of the inaccuracies keep it from being a great episode. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, so hold on for a fast ride!

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