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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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 »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The massive use of Neapolitan dialect songs is strictly connected to high interest that people of Naples traditionally have to numerology, both to win lottery and to predict future. See more »


Dana Scully: What are YOU looking at?
Mr. Burt: Same thing you are.
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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 »


Performed by Karl Zéro and Daisy D'Errata
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The Triple Zero Killer
21 August 2013 | by MerovingianGoddessSee all my reviews

Murders in threes! I love numerology and it truly is an art but also a science, and a philosophy according to Pythagoras. The parody of the dialog is clever and amazingly accurate. Never let it be said that Chris Carter does not do his occult homework! And the aging Burt Reynolds is brilliant in this episode. "Your a card" "It's a Game" "Show me Fifth Street" "Her number was up" and then, out of nowhere "Have you noticed all babies look like Winston Churchill?" Oh come on - that's just hilarious!

It's just so cleverly written! I absolutely love the way Agent Reyes has no regrets or excuses about any of her beliefs or theories. She just believes it and smiles when someone asks her for logic. She even bewilders Mulder, so you gotta love that! "Einstein. Now there's a winner."

This is a fun and intelligent episode. Not since some of the earliest episodes was this much fun poured into an episode. Personally, I would have loved for Doggett and Reyes to have gone on to be "X-Files: the Next Generation"

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