The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The skeletal remains of a young couple are found after they have been missing for only three days in an area known for UFO activity. Mulder and Scully have different experiences in the investigation but nothing is quite as it seems.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Robyn Lively ... Angela Schiff
David Denman ... Wallace Schiff
Jim Beaver ... Coroner
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers


A young married couple's skeletons are found together on a field in the mountains after only being reported missing for three days. The area where their skeletons were found is known for UFO activity, so Mulder and Scully go there to investigate it. Mulder finds the couple alive and all signs point to an alien abduction. But everything is not as it seems. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Features Jim Beaver from the television show Supernatural See more »


When Mulder and Scully are talking about North Carolina and the Brown Mountain Lights, in the background is displayed a oversized map of South Carolina. And Asheville, North Carolina is located in Buncombe County. There is no Boone County in North Carolina. See more »


Scully: I still can't believe it.
Richard 'Ringo' Langly: I half expect Mulder to knock on the door and say "Surprise!"
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
11 August 2014 | by arbrown1781See all my reviews

Although I am a huge fan of the original "Twilight Zone", I never really paid much attention to "The X-Files". It was one of those shows that took-off rather quickly, and since everyone was watching, I didn't want to be a joiner... In any case, I have started watching the show on Netflix, and this is probably my favorite episode yet. Imagine if some of the greatest mystery and science fiction films of our time gave birth to an "X-files" episode- This would be it! Without giving anything more away than the previous reviewers, the episode is completely non- linear, trippy, and so much fun. I suggest grabbing a glass of wine and strapping yourself in for one excellent and bumpy stand-alone episode!

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