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The Jersey Devil 

Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years.

Director:

Joe Napolitano

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Claire Stansfield ... The Jersey Devil
Wayne Tippit ... Detective Thompson
Gregory Sierra ... Dr. Diamond
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Ranger Peter Brullet
Jill Teed ... Glenna
Tamsin Kelsey ... Ellenn
Andrew Airlie ... Rob
Bill Dow ... Dad
Hrothgar Mathews ... Jack
Jayme Knox Jayme Knox ... Mom
Scott Swanson Scott Swanson ... First Officer
Sean O'Byrne ... Second Officer
David Lewis ... Young Officer
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When a homeless man is found in the woods just outside Atlantic City with his arm and shoulder chewed off, Mulder thinks it may be the work of the fabled Jersey Devil. Mulder has an X file from a killing in 1947 where a man who stopped to fix a flat tire was snatched and dragged into the woods in front of his wife and children. The agents are in Atlantic City informally but they get little or no support from the local police. It's clear that they know there is beast out there but are worried about the impact it might have on tourism if it became widely known. Mulder and Scully investigate on their own with the help of a park ranger and a paleontologist. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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Trivia

In folklore, the Jersey Devil is usually portrayed as a human-sized vampire bat with a long face. This model is not used in this version. See more »

Goofs

When Mulder and Scully first walk across the office to acquire a car, the cameraman walks into the edge of a desk and the camera noticeably jolts to the left. A second later the offending desk is in shot. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: What about that guy you work with?
Scully: Mulder?
Ellen: I thought you said he was cute.
Scully: He's a jerk. He's not a jerk. He's, um... he's obsessed with his work.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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"... and look who's holding the door!"
3 December 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The Jersey Devil inaugurates another X-Files tradition, namely lighter, more entertaining standalone episodes following the more emotionally relevant mythology stories (Squeeze, which aired right after Deep Throat, doesn't count, on the grounds of it being, well, too creepy). This trend was exploited at best in Seasons 5-7, but this episode shows that the writers already had a clear sense of how to do comedy in the series.

As suggested by the title, Mulder and Scully travel to New Jersey, where corpses are found with limbs missing. Remembering an old X-file, Mulder says it might be the legendary "Jersey Devil" who's behind the attacks, meeting inevitable derision on the part of local authorities and, to a lesser degree, Scully. As they get closer to the truth (some evolutionary misstep might be involved), the tension increases and the search for the "Devil" gets more and more serious.

Mulder's beliefs, contrasted with Scully's skepticism, have been there since the pilot episode, but this is the first time their work relationship is played for laughs, with their respective theories clashing in a humorous debate about mankind and evolution (another important theme in the longer run of the show). Naturally, there is also suspense (though not as consistently as in Squeeze) and a traditionally open ending which suggests the story may not be over (which wasn't the case, but still...). Revealingly, though, the epilogue induces a smile rather than a shiver. That's The X-Files in a nutshell: weird, thrilling and funny - often at the same time.


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