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Unusual Suspects 

In May 1989, the Lone Gunmen meet for the first time when they assist a woman who claims the government plans to use civilians in a secret experiment.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully (credit only)
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Signy Coleman ... Susanne Modeski
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Chris Nelson Norris ... Swat Lietenant
Glenn Williams ... Officer
Stuart O'Connell Stuart O'Connell ... 1st Swat Cop
Kenneth H. Hawryliw Kenneth H. Hawryliw ... Ken Hawryliw (as Ken Hawryliw)


The origins of the Lone Gunmen and their relationship with Mulder are revealed. All three were at a computer and electronics trade show in Baltimore in May 1989 when they put their antagonism to one another aside to help a woman, Susanne Modeski, who claims her boyfriend kidnapped her daughter. In fact, she's a government scientist on the run from security officers. She tells them about a massive government conspiracy and they inform their new found friend Mulder, who finds it all a bit far-fetched. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This is the 100th episode. See more »


Suzanne Modeski asks Byers to help her decode a printout of an encrypted file. However, since almost all file creation and encryption systems make extensive use of non-printing characters (especially for the type of printer used in the episode), it would have been impossible to decipher the information on the paper. See more »


Melvin Frohike: Sure, baby, my kung fu is the best.
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »


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Prequel and the origins to The Lone Gunmen without Scully damn good one

Unusual Suspects is one of my favorite episodes of The X-Files. It is a prequel and an origin story to "The Lone Gunmen" how those three characters Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund find them selfs. The episode is about The Lone Gunmen they are the stars in this episode, they first appeared in the first season Ep 17 E.B.E. Guest stars: David Duchovny and Steven Williams as X. Gillian Anderson as main character FBI Special Agent Dana Scully is absent from this episode. This is the second time in the last five seasons Scully was absent in this show. The first time Gillian was absent was In Season 2 Episode 7 "3" that was the first episode without Scully this is the second episode without Dana Scully.

This was the first part of two parts episodes. A sequel to the episode was later filmed during the series' sixth season, entitled "Three of a Kind". Unusual Suspects I love to death, it is one of my favorite episodes in the fith Season. I love the gun blazing in which a killers try to gun down Mulder with a machine guns and he ducks. Mulder (David Duchovny) was a bad-ass in this episode. The Lone Gunmen was also a spin off from The X-Files which Byers, Frohike and Langly had their own show but it was canceled after Season 1. During ninth Season Byers, Frohike and Langly were killed off. That is why I hate Season 9! I hate Seasons 7, 8, 9 and 10 I never seen Season 11 and I don't care about these seasons.

Kim Manners directed wonderful this episode and actress Signy Coleman as Susanne Modeski did a good job playing her character.

The origins of the Lone Gunmen are explored. In 1989, two salesmen and a federal employee join forces when they meet Susanne Modeski, a woman who claims that she is being pursued by her violent ex-boyfriend, an FBI agent named Fox Mulder. We learn how agent Mulder came to meet three friendly and familiar faces. Unusual Suspects damn good episode I recommended to The X-Files fans like me.

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