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Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' 

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for the famous quirky author Jose Chung's latest novel. The case gives a whole new meaning to the term Rashomon effect. Chung later returns in Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997).


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Jose Chung
William Lucking ... Roky Crikenson
Daniel Quinn ... Lieutenant Jack Schaefer
Jesse Ventura ... Man in Black #1
Sarah Sawatsky ... Chrissy Giorgio
Jason Gaffney ... Harold Lamb
Alex Trebek ... Man in Black #2
Alex Diakun ... Dr. Fingers
Larry Musser ... Detective Manners
Allan Zinyk ... Blaine Faulkner
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... CIA Man
Michael Dobson ... Sargeant Hynek
Mina E. Mina Mina E. Mina ... Dr. Hand


Well known author Jose Chung is writing a book about the claimed alien abduction of a young couple that was subsequently investigated by agents Mulder and Scully. With Mulder unavailable, Scully provides most of the information on the case. Chrissy and Harold were out on a date when their car suddenly lost all power in the middle of nowhere. From that point on however, their stories and that of the others involved in the investigation begin to vary considerably. It all equally leads to several possible conclusions. Written by garykmcd

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Darin Morgan, a big wrestling fan at the time, wrote one Man in Black part specifically for Jesse Ventura. See more »


At the end of the episode, as Jose Chung is narrating the 'where are they now' part of his book, the camera zooms out from Chrissy sitting at her desk. As it does, the arm and sleeve of a crew member can clearly be seen to the right of the screen. See more »


Detective Manners: [in Scully's flashback] Well, thanks a lot! You really bleeped up this case.
Dana Scully: [retelling story] Well, of course he didn't actually say "bleeped." He said...
Jose Chung: I'm familiar with Detective Manners' colorful phraseology.
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References Space: Above and Beyond (1995) See more »


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How the Hell should I know?
5 April 2013 | by hansenmv2002See all my reviews

Just spent 5 hours transcribing the last several pages - the line "a ticking time-bomb of insanity"......!!!!!!!!

Jose: "What really happened to those kids on that night" Mulder: How the hell should i know?

Crap - i wasn't looking - but there was NO LINE that i could improve. The build up - and the last lines -- is what this is for - nothing I've seen TV/movie - matches this ending.

Im profoundly envious - of this whole script - and this last line:

"then there are those who care not about extraterrestrials - searching for meaning in other human beings -- rare or lucky are those who find it - for although we may not be alone in the Universe - in our own separate ways - on this planet - we are all alone."

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