Scully and Mulder investigate a series of bizarre murders committed by a man who says he saw the killer on TV. They conclude that several people in the community are affected somehow and Mulder believes that the TV signals are being altered in some way. He finds a device in the cable connections at the telephone pole and the Lone Gunmen confirm that there is additional information being transmitted along with the regular broadcasts. He concludes that the signal creates a sense of paranoia in the recipient, preying on their deepest fears, something that is confirmed when Scully sees Mulder sitting in a car, joking and laughing with the Cigarette Smoking Man. It's up to Mulder to bring these experiments to an end.
Did You Know?
The writer of this episode - Mat Beck
- is actually the Special Effects Designer on the series. See more
When Mulder has the hotel manager open the door to Scully's room, Scully fires six shots at the door. In the following scene, Skinner claims that four shots were fired. See more
Scully, you are the only one I trust.
Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more