The X-Files (1993– )
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Reyes, Doggett, and Scully are pulled into a bizarre serial murder case involving the number '3', numerology on a whole, and an eccentric man who likes to play checkers.


Chris Carter


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Burt Reynolds ... Mr. Burt
Ray McKinnon ... Mad Wayne
John Kapelos ... Special Agent Fordyce
Ellen Greene ... Vicki Louise Burdick
Beth Watson Beth Watson ... Woman
Ernesto Gasco Ernesto Gasco ... Heavy Italian Man
Benito Prezia Benito Prezia ... Old Italian Man
Amy D'Allesandro Stolz ... Amy (as Amy D'Allessandro)
Angelo Vacco ... Guido / Bartender
Nick DeMarinis Nick DeMarinis ... Pizza Guy (as Nick De Marinis)
Shannon Maureen Brown Shannon Maureen Brown ... Pretty Blonde
Larry Udy Larry Udy ... Middle-Aged Man


Reyes, Doggett, and Scully are pulled into a bizarre serial murder case involving the number '3', numerology on a whole, and an eccentric man who likes to play checkers.

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Release Date:

7 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the opening credits it doesn't read the usual, 'The Truth is Out There'. Instead it reads, 'Dio Ti Ama', which translated, means 'God Loves You' in Italian. See more »


Mr. Burt: What's this about numbers?
Dana Scully: Will you just...!
Mr. Burt: I'm very good with numbers.
Monica Reyes: The killer is driven by an impulse we believe is numerological.
Mr. Burt: Of course, he's a serial killer.
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Crazy Credits

The episodes ends with an Italian song and takes place in an Italian part of town. While most episodes end with a fade to the text "Executive Producer Chris Carter" this ends with a fade to the text "Produttore Esecutivo Chris Carter". See more »


Ca Va Ca Va
Performed by Karl Zéro
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How Improbable?
23 May 2014 | by flatrichSee all my reviews

Of all nine seasons of The X-Files, I gotta say this was my favorite episode.

No Mulder, aliens, super soldiers, Lone Gunmen, clones, conspiracies or any of the usual unusual.

This episode is truly a stand-alone.

A delightful Burt Reynolds dominates the cast in a story sort of about luck and a serial killer and an Italian street fair.

Agents Reyes finds a numerical correlation between some unsolved murders using numerology.

No one believes her at first, but then the numbers start adding up for Scully and Doggett and the FBI is on the case.

Songs (in Italian) and a Fellini-like score round out this darkly comic episode.

Written and directed by Chris Carter, it is just plain fun.

If there was ever a single episode of The X-Files deserving of an Emmy or two, this was it.

Not to be missed!

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