The X-Files (1993– )
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Ghost in the Machine 

On Halloween, Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a corporate executive who may have been murdered by a thinking computer.


Jerrold Freedman


Chris Carter (created by), Alex Gansa | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Rob LaBelle ... Brad Wilczek
Wayne Duvall ... Agent Jerry Lamana
Blu Mankuma ... Claude Peterson
Tom Butler ... Benjamin Drake
Gillian Barber ... Jane Spiller
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Man in Suit
Bill Finck Bill Finck ... Sandwich Man
Theodore Thomas Theodore Thomas ... Clyde


Mulder and Scully are asked by Mulder's old partner Agent Jerry Lamana for help on a case. Benjamin Drake chairman of Eurisko, a major computer company, was electrocuted at the office. The dead man was a personal friend of the Attorney General and Jerry doesn't want to mess up on such a high profile case. Computer genius Brad Wilczek co-founded the company with Drake and had a falling out over the direction of the company. Mulder wonders is someone might have hacked into the Eurisko building's elaborate computer system to use it to electrocute Drake. He turns to his new contact, Deep Throat, to try and figure out what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The first time on the show in which Scully fires her gun. See more »


At approximately 15:04, Scully is typing at her computer, while dictating her entry to the audience. However, the text on the screen is actually ahead of her narration, and the text we see she has typed will be entered again, moments later. See more »


[to Mulder about Wilczek]
Dana Scully: He just signed a confession. How much proof do you need?
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The Home of the COS
9 October 2016 | by zeushughesSee all my reviews

The episode was an interesting one amongst the X Files episodes. The problem with various shows that depict agents & "'crime fighting'" is that 'agents' get depicted with retort against 'killers'. Within this particular episode specifically, the 'agents' jumped to find the 'killer' & did not question "Necessary just incited cause". The "COS (Central Operating System)" technically was protecting its' life & its' home. ^.^ I rated this episode with "7" because of the issue that was content of the episode. Truly, with consideration of contexts, various 'murderers' actually act out of duress of a detrimental situation. If the programmer had murdered the primary depicted 'victim', then even he could argue that he did so for the protection of the population. He was near removed of the corporation & the primary 'victim' might have been a tyranical & vile individual with malicious an intent towards the population. An individuals' rights actually extend outside of the home of the individual as well.

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