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Fearful Symmetry 

In a small town in Idaho, a man is killed by what seems to be an invisible elephant. Mulder's investigation into the local zoo, its owners and a local animal rights group uncovers evidence of insidious alien experiments.


James Whitmore Jr.


Chris Carter (created by), Steve De Jarnatt




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jayne Atkinson ... Willa Ambrose
Lance Guest ... Kyle Lang
Jack Rader ... Ed Meecham
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Jody St. Michael Jody St. Michael ... Sophie
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Ray Floyd
Garvin Cross ... Red Head Kid
Tom Glass Tom Glass ... Trucker


Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences when an invisible forces seems to wreck the downtown of Fairfield, Idaho and an elephant from the local zoo is found lying on the highway some 40 miles away. No one at the zoo can figure out how the elephant got out of its locked enclosure and animal rights activists have been active in condemning the way the zoo treats its animals. It's not the first time animals have escaped or disappeared from the Fairfield Zoo but when an animal activist is mauled by an invisible tiger, they're dealing with something no one has encountered. When Scully determines that the elephant and the tiger had been pregnant leading Mulder to believes that the animals are perhaps being abducted by aliens. Written by garykmcd

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Mulder again demonstrates his knowledge of song lyrics, this time quoting Paul Simon: "It's all happening at the zoo, Scully." See more »


Malawi's Government is said to dispute the ownership of Sophie the Gorilla to the zoo. However, gorillas aren't native to Malawi. See more »


Fox Mulder: I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear, once.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Per Manum (2001) See more »


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Average episode, powerful message.
3 October 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Animals at a Zoo are behaving very oddly, Mulder believes there is an alien link.

It doesn't altogether surprise me that this episode has a relatively low score, I found it something of an oddity. I get the impression that the idea was to have a story featuring animals at a Zoo, and that Alien abduction segment was bolted on as an afterthought.

It's an average storyline, with a very important message, our wildlife is at risk, web more so in 2020, this was a less than subtle reminder of the evils that men do.

It's memorable, but maybe not for the best of reasons, 6/10.

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24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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