The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder and Scully search for a humanoid killer whose savage murder spree reoccurs every 30 years.


Harry Longstreet


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Doug Hutchison ... Eugene Victor Tooms
Donal Logue ... Agent Tom Colton
Henry Beckman ... Detective Frank Briggs
Kevin McNulty ... Agent Fuller
Terence Kelly ... George Usher
Colleen Winton ... Examiner
James Bell James Bell ... Det. Johnson
Gary Hetherington ... Kennedy
Rob Morton Rob Morton ... Kramer
Paul Joyce Paul Joyce ... Mr. Thomas Werner


Scully and Mulder are called in when a businessman is found dead in his office. The doors and windows were locked from the inside and the only other possible opening is an extraordinarily small air vent, which no person could possibly go through. The dead man also had his liver torn out. There is also a strange elongated fingerprint on the vent which leads Mulder to find two sets of old cases the first dating to 30 years ago and the other 30 years before that. All of the victims had their livers torn out of their bodies. More importantly, the elongated fingerprint is an exact match, despite the long interval in between events. Mulder is convinced that the killer is the same man who comes out of hibernation every 30 years to feed his appetites. Written by garykmcd

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24 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Previously, the story was related to the aliens or the conspiracy. This is the first typical Monster of the Week that would be the other classic kind of story in The X-Files. Besides, it has one of the most legendary Monster of the Week that would be remembered along the entire series. See more »


The tin of matches by the fireplace of Tooms' second victim changes position between shots. See more »


[first lines]
George Usher: [speaking on the phone] Hi honey, it's about 8.30 and, I'm gonna be here for a while, the presentation didn't go so well, call me, I love you, bye.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Legendary Episode
18 September 2006 | by thebigeasy555See all my reviews

The first x-files episode to feature a monster as opposed to any extra terrestrial entities.An ordinary human being with the ability to change form and contort his body to adapt to many different physical situations.The killer also removes his victims livers to sustain his survival.This transpires to occur every 30 years.

A hugely memorable performance is delivered by the talented Doug Hutchinson who plays the manic Eugene Tooms to the best of his ability.His generic appearance really draws you in then you feel a chill in your spine as goes into killing mode.He clearly has a certain look in his eyes.

A truly defining moment for the x-files even though it was so early in its life

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