The X-Files (1993– )
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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 (1996).


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan

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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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12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The part of Jose Chung was originally intended for Truman Capote. 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 »


Blaine Faulkner: You can't suppress the truth! The people have a right to know! Roswell! Roswell!
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Referenced in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) See more »


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What a stunner
28 March 2015 | by dckennedySee all my reviews

I watched this episode when it first aired and many times since, and it never loses off its charm and combination of humor and profundity. The dialogue, intricacy of allusions, factuals and counterfactuals, and the brilliant parody of post-modern concepts of multiple, conflicting, and unreliable narrators make for some of the best television put on the screen, ever. A few earlier sci-fi series hit highs like this -- Star Trek, Twilight Zone. Our dynamic duo put in some of their finest performances.

Certainly one of the best handful of X-Files episodes, and possibly the best ever. The X-Files never again reached these heights of its third season, but keeping such a level up is pretty hard.

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