The X-Files


Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/1/93
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  • Episode Description
  • As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of the X-Files department, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an 'encounter' he experienced as a child... the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Alex Gansa

  • Howard Gordon

  • Daniel Sackheim

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • Good character building

    By mortalexplorer, Mar 29, 2015

  • Not Sure About the Plot, but I Liked It

    By jokipper, May 18, 2013

  • Mulder feels a connection to the case

    By DexterMorgan2, Jan 31, 2013

  • Conduit

    By TrueTvWatcher, May 24, 2012

  • Girls get abducted and boys are left to tell the tale.

    By twilightboy, Apr 18, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Mulder: She should be encouraged to tell her story, not to keep it inside, it's important that you let her. Darlene: Important to who? I have my daughter back, I don't want any more trouble. Besides she can hardly remember anything. Mulder: But she will remember one day, one way or another, even if it's only in dreams. And when she does, she's gonna wanna talk about it, she's gonna need to talk about it. Darlene: Like I did? Listen to me, all of my life I have been ridiculed, for speaking my mind. Mulder: But it was the truth, Darlene. Darlene: The truth has caused me nothing but heartache, I don't want the same thing for her.

    • Mulder: Any ideas what caused the coma? Scully: Eerrr, there's no sign of head trauma, no narcotic traces or electralight abnormalities, but her white blood cell count was skyhigh. Mulder: By any chance was there attendant reduction in the lymphocyte population or a release of gluco-cordacoids? Scully: Errmmm, actually both, how did you know that? Mulder: They're symptoms of prolonged weightlessness. Shuttle astronauts have reported similar imbalances.

    • Mulder: You know when I was a kid, I had this ritual. I closed my eyes before I walked into my room, 'cause I thought that one day when I opened them my sister would be there. Just lying in bed, like nothing ever happened. You know I'm still walking into that room, everyday of my life.

    • Leza Atsumi: We scanned all seventy-seven pages through the mainframe in Washington. Scully: And none of the information is actionable? Leza Atsumi: Other than the satellite transmission, nothing can be construed, in any way, as a national security risk. As far as I know, the boy's being released this afternoon. Scully: So it's just a random set of ones and zeroes. Leza Atsumi: On the contrary, there was nothing random about it. Scully: I don't understand. Leza Atsumi: All information can be rendered digitally, in a series of ones and zeroes. When we downloaded the data, we found an amazing range of... Well see for yourself. Da Vinci's "Universal Man". A DNA double helix. Oh, there's lots more.

    • Mulder: Hey, that's a nice tattoo, what is that? Bartender: What's it look like? Mulder: Flying saucer. You don't really believe in that stuff, do ya? Bartender: I take it you don't. Mulder: No, I think it's all just a bunch of crazy people howling at the moon.

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    Notes (5)

    • There's a song playing in the background when Mulder and Scully are talking to the guy in the bar. It's "Whipping Post" by The Allman Brothers.

    • The address in Samantha Mulder's file, 2790 Vine Street, is the former address of The X-Files production office in Vancouver.

    • The huge portrait of Ruby that Kevin draws was originally a computer printout, but it looked a little too perfect, so art department member Vivien Nishi painstakingly hand-drew all the 1's and 0's to make it look like a child's drawing.

    • Tessa's doctor's appointment was scheduled for August 7th, which is also David Duchovny's birthday.

    • The character 'Tessa' was played by actress Shelly Owens, sister of Chris Owens, who will eventually portray young Cancerman and Cancerman's son, Special Agent Spender during seasons 4-6.

    Trivia (15)

    • This is the first episode in which Mulder fires a gun. Although he does it in the air to scare of the wolves.

    • Goof: Before Kevin hands the pad to Mulder you can see that some of the shapes are filled in. But after Kevin hands Mulder the paper the shapes are just outlines, and it doesn't appear that pages were flipped.

    • Principal setting: Sioux City, Iowa.

    • Sheriff Jack Withers rubs the evidence a wallet pulled from a dead man, against his chin. Before handing it to Mulder who handles it with latex gloves.

    • Factual Error: When Mulder and Scully are questioning Tessa, Scully tells her that if she lies, she will be guilty of perjury. This is not true. She is being questioned; she is not under oath, and she is not making an affirmation or signed statement. Even if suspects are under arrest or being interrogated, perjury cannot occur until they take an oath in court or before a judicial body, or sign certain specified statements (an income tax form 1040 is one example of such a statement). In most jurisdictions, lying during questioning is only a petty infraction or, at worst, a misdemeanor. This could represent an attempt on Scully's part to intimidate Tessa, assuming she does not know she cannot be charged, or it could be a lack of proper knowledge on the writers' part as this is a frequent error in crime fiction.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Mulder: I know a friend who knows a friend who knows a friend who can get you tickets to a Redskins game. The Redskins are a professional football team based in Washington DC.

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