The X-Files

Field Trip

Season 6, Ep 21, Aired 5/9/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When the bodies of a couple who have been missing for less than a week are discovered to have been reduced to bone, Mulder suggests that recent paranormal phenomena in the area may have caused the accelerated decomposition.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Vince Gilligan

  • John Shiban

  • Frank Spotnitz

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • When the bodies of a couple who have been missing for less than a week are discovered to have been reduced to bone, Mulder suggests that recent paranormal phenomena in the area may have caused the accelerated decomposition.

    By nalaroc, Feb 14, 2008

  • Field Trip

    By TrueTvWatcher, Aug 24, 2012

  • Mulder and Scully look into a couple who turned into skeletons only after three days.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, May 03, 2011

  • Wow ... unbelievable ... this episode alone shows why The X-Files is perhaps the greatest show in history, surpassing even today's Nip/Tuck and Desperate Housewives.

    By PrinceKrillo, Aug 04, 2005

  • Twist and turns

    By Kenninast, Apr 21, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Scully: Where is Mulder? Where is he? What have you done with him?! Skinner: Listen to me. He's gone. You need to accept that. Scully: Look, something else is going on here! Where is he?! Where's Mulder?!

    • Mulder: First things first - we got to find a way out of here. Wallace Schiff: Right behind you. Mulder: What the hell's going on? That was solid rock a minute ago. Now there's nothing there. Wallace Schiff: Oh, God. It's them. They're affecting your head... maybe mine, too. What if I can't even tell what's real?

    • Angela Schiff: Ohh! I've got mosquito bites. I've got blisters. I hate those new boots. Wallace Schiff: Honey. Why are you so POed? I thought we had a good time. Angela Schiff: You had a good time. You had a fine time tromping around and leaving me a half a mile behind. Look, for future reference, me running through the woods after you for an entire day is not my idea of a good time. Wallace Schiff: I'm sorry. I've got longer legs. I was excited, you know? The great outdoors, communing with nature. (Angela Schiff rubs her temples) Your head hurt? Angela Schiff: Yeah. Wallace Schiff: You can hit me in the head with a rock if it'll make you feel better. Angela Schiff: Fine. Go get one. I'm taking a shower.

    • Coroner: We got your gas spectrometer results. That stuff on the bones I said was bog sludge? It isn't. Scully: (reading) Water, hydrochloric acid, electrolytes, pepsins and trypsins. It's a digestive secretion. Coroner: It's stomach juices pretty much. Pretty damn close to it, except for this. Scully: Chitinase? Coroner: It's a digestive enzyme but it's strictly plant, not animal.

    • Mulder: As I said, there's been no scientific credible explanation, but there are those of us who believe these strange multicolored lights are really... Scully: UFOs. Extraterrestrial visitors from beyond who apparently have nothing better to do than buzz one mountain over and over again for 700 years. Mulder: Sounds like crap when you say it...

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    Notes (1)

    • The small gray alien was played by seven year old Cody Weselis, son of X-Files stunt coordinator Danny Weselis.

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: Mulder's car is nowhere to be seen at the end when they are rescued.

    • When Scully approaches the area where Mulder's car was left, she is driving the coroner's pickup truck. And while the decal on the door of the truck clearly states Boone County Coroner, the truck has a US Government license plate on the front. In actuality it should have a county plate.

    • In one of the final scenes, Mulder discovers that they are still hallucinating, because their skins are unmarked even though they spent several days covered in digestive acids. Later, when they are really rescued from the acids, their skins still show little sign of being eaten at for several days.

    • In the scene just after the opening credits, Mulder is describing the Schiffs' bodies being found in the vicinity of Brown Mountain, NORTH Carolina; on the stand next to him is a giant map of SOUTH Carolina.

    • Not really a goof, but after Mulder shoots Skinner; Mulder strikes the James Bond pose.

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