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Doggett and Scully investigate two shady brothers who run a rat extermination business, one of whom may be a killer with X-Ray vision.


Terrence O'Hara


Chris Carter (created by), Greg Walker




Episode complete credited cast:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Michael Bowen ... Dwight Cooper
Kellie Waymire ... Tammi Peyton
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Randall Cooper
Joe Sabatino ... Captain Triguero
Tom Jourden ... Carlton Chase
Ty Upshaw Ty Upshaw ... Officer #1
James Franco ... Officer #2
Noel Gugliemi ... Gangbanger #1
Greg Boniface Greg Boniface ... Gangbanger #2


Doggett and Scully investigate two shady brothers who run a rat extermination business, one of whom may be a killer with X-Ray vision.

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Release Date:

7 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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In reality, Michael Bowen and Robert Patrick are biker buddies. See more »


X-rays pass through most objects, including tissue, but are blocked by bone, which is why they are used to examine the skeleton. This property also means that x-ray vision would not be able to perceive a person's outer features, their clothes, and their surroundings as if you were looking at them normally. You would only see their skeleton and the shapes of any other objects that block the x-rays. Also, x-ray vision would require the eyes to actually emit x-rays as well, as there's not enough x-rays normally present to produce a viable image. See more »


John Doggett: So which kind of shooting was this? Lucky, coincidental or some third alternative?
Dana Scully: Well, it's precision marksmanship, that's for sure. These holes line up perfectly with the three victims behind there, which tells me that the shooter was standing right here behind this wall.
John Doggett: Consequently he wouldn't be able to see what the hell he was aiming at.
Dana Scully: Unless he could see. The light our eyes can register is only one small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Other wavelengths from infrared to ...
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Calling Clark Kent...
4 September 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Surekill is a mixed bag for me. I so wanted to like this episode a lot. But it just wasn't happening. It's still a decent episode, but ultimately fails to pull the viewer in.

Surekill starts off with a great teaser. It has a man fleeing for his life, seemingly from an unstoppable assassin. The police place him in the drunk tank where he appears to be safe, but the man knows he is not safe. And then, blam!, right in front of the officer's eyes, the man is shot in a locked room.

I think the concept of x-ray vision is a very interesting concept. However, the writer just turned it into a simple, love triangle story. The story is slow-moving, uninteresting, and not that memorable. It was hard for me to take notes on this episode, because of those qualities.

There were a couple of high points to the episode. Mark Snow, once again, does some great music. I probably made more attention to it, because of the slow-moving story. Also, Michael Bowen gives a fantastic performance as Dwight Cooper. He is very believable as a sleazy jerk.

The concept of x-ray vision could have been dealt with in a better, more interesting fashion, thus making Surekill a little off target.

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