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.

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Chris Carter

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Cast

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
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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.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ray McKinnon won an Oscar for the best short when this episode was being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Burt: [held at gunpoint by Scully for the second time] So, you're saying I didn't have anything to do with it?
Dana Scully: [Mr Burt puts down his hands] Hey, keep you hands up!
Mr. Burt: Why?
Dana Scully: I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

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Inouis
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Performed by Karl Zéro and Daisy D'Errata
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Just plain enjoyed the episode
8 June 2008 | by dtrimblelist-1See all my reviews

I caught Improbable as a rerun last night. At first I thought it was one of those Halloween episodes full of tongue-in-cheek. Admittedly, it was the great soundtrack that evoked that sense. Burt Reynolds character is a delightfully anomalous figure and open to interpretation. He could be Destiny, God, Loki, Luck or any other personification of chance/predestination. I enjoyed his nonchalance approach to engagement. His relaxed demeanor left decisions to the mind and will of characters throughout the seemingly choreographed samba of cat-and-mouse play. Numerology was the dance instructor. Man! I miss the X-Files!


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