The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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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When Langly hacks into the FBI mainframe, It is revealed that Mulder graduated at the top of his class at Quantico; his birth date is 10-13-1961 (the same birthday as Chris Carter who also named his production company Ten Thirteen Productions); he is 6 feet tall, 170 pounds with green eyes; his badge number is JTT04710111; and his phone number is (222) 555-9355. They also learn that Mulder went to Oxford University and graduated with a degree in psychology, but this was previously revealed to the audience in The X-Files: Fire (1993). 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 »


John Munch: [as he's releasing Byers, Frohike and Langly from jail] Here's a tip: aluminum foil makes a lovely hat and it blocks out the government's mind-control rays. Keep you guys out of trouble.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Three of a Kind (1999) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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An Origin Story Done Right!!!
29 May 2020 | by injury-65447See all my reviews

I have to assume the lower than expected imdb rating on this episode is simply because of the absence of Mulder & Scully as a duo. I don't see how anybody could objectively say this episode isn't perfect or close to perfect! I didn't miss Scully at all in this, as her character simply isn't relevant to the story.

It really blew me away honestly - and reminded me why I love the X-Files so much when it's done right. The episode had me totally engrossed from start to finish.

The introduction of each individual member of The Lone Gunmen is spot on! The personalities that we know and love are fully on display. The uptight nerd, the cheesy ladies man, the geeky D&D player. I personally find Byers so adorable, I could watch him all night being stammering and wide-eyed.

I can't believe a 40 minute episode was enough to not only adequately explain the origin of the LG but also their connection to Mulder, their mission statement & tell an enthralling story in its own right. The writer/s should be commended absolutely.

The cameo by X is a nice touch - he plays it exactly as we have come to expect but with a little humour as well. Who knew he was responsible for naming TLG!!

The comedic tone of the episode is balanced perfectly alongside the darker story beats of child abduction, conspiracy and a government targeting its own citizens with experimental gas.

As the episode ends with TLG sitting Mulder down for a heavy talk to open his eyes we can totally imagine how his crusade for the TRUTH began, how he would come to start the X-FILES and how his relationship with TLG would become what it is later on in the series.

Definitely not a throwaway episode, one of my absolute favourites of the whole series! Fantastic stuff!

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16 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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