The X-Files


Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/7/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Mulder reluctantly accepts a new partner, Agent Alex Krycek, and requests a strange case because someone put an audio tape in his morning paper. When his request is granted they investigate the deaths of several Green Beret soldiers who participated in a sleep deprivation experiment during the Vietnam war. But before long it becomes clear that not one of these men have slept in over 20 years.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Howard Gordon

  • Rob Bowman

  • William B. Davis

    Cigarette Smoking Man

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • 9 Years Before Inception

    By arabey, Jul 22, 2015

  • A minute's more than I care to give.

    By mortalexplorer, Apr 03, 2015

  • Sleepless

    By TrueTvWatcher, May 29, 2012

  • Cute not so innocent agent Krycek

    By mrsKrycek, Apr 25, 2009

  • We meet Krycek... And his hidden agenda

    By OnePerCentClub, Sep 21, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Mulder: There's been a mistake here. Another agent's been attached to the case. Krycek: That would be me. I'm Krycek. Alex Krycek.

    • Krycek: Reassigning them to other areas seems to have only strengthened their determination. Scully’s a problem. A much larger problem than you described. CSM: Every problem has a solution.

    • Mulder: Who are you? X: Who I am is irrelevant. Mulder: Why are you trying to help me? X: You think I want to be here, Agent Mulder? I don’t want to be here.

    • Mulder: All right, what do you want to know? Krycek: What's the truth? There are things you're not telling me that I need to know. Mulder: It's just that my ideas usually aren't very popular. Krycek: I told you, I want to believe. But I need a place to start.

    • Scully: Sounds like your new partner's working out. Mulder: He's all right. He could use a little more seasoning and some wardrobe advice. But he's a lot more open to extreme possibilities than. . . Scully: Than I was? Mulder: . . .than I assumed he would be. Scully: Must be nice not having someone question your every move, poking holes in all your theories. Mulder: Oh yeah, it's---it's great. I'm surprised I put up with you so long.

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    Notes (6)

    • Mitch Kosterman reprises his role of Detective Horton from 'Genderbender'.

    • At the end of the episode, Tony Todd's character Cole contemplates suicide by jumping onto a rusty, sharp pole from 40 feet. This is exactly the same way Tony Todd's character dies in the movie The Rock.

    • Writer/Producer Howard Gordon recommended Nicholas Lea for the part of Alex Krycek after seeing him perform in Season 1's "Genderbender."

    • The close ups of Mulder that were used during the scene where he first meets X were filmed with Natalia Nogulich, the actress originally cast as X when the character was going to be a woman. The shots of Steven Williams were added later. During some of the close ups of Mulder you can easily see the actress's hair shadow for a split second.

    • The name of "Krycek" comes from the Russian and Czech word "Krysa" meaning "Rat." This may be one of the reasons behind Nicholas Lea's affectionate nickname "Ratboy."

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    Allusions (2)

    • Character Name: Saul Grissom Saul Grissom has the same last name as American astronaut Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (1926-1967). Saul Grissom dies after being trapped in his apartment during an apparent fire. Gus Grissom and two other astronauts (Ed White and Roger Chaffee) died after being trapped in the Apollo 1 spacecraft during the 1967 launchpad fire.

    • Character Name: George Hale When Scully's class is interrupted by the news that there is a phone call for her, the caller's name (it's actually Mulder) is given as Dr. George Hale. George Ellery Hale, Sc.D., Ph.D., LL.D. is, apparently, one of Mulder's heroes. In Little Green Men, Mulder tells Scully that Hale believed that his best ideas were whispered into his ears by elves, and that his (Mulder's) own life had been a struggle to hear, believe and verify what his own elves were trying to tell him. Hale was one of the most influential astronomers of all time. He won numerous scientific awards, founded two observatories and mentored Edwin Hubble, discoverer of the expanding universe phenomenon and namesake of the space telescope.

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