The X-Files


Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 9/24/93
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  • Episode Description
  • One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Glen Morgan

  • James Wong

  • Harry Longstreet

  • Fan Reviews (45)
  • Good acting all-round

    By mortalexplorer, Mar 29, 2015

  • This is the episode

    By sremnes, Jul 12, 2014

  • Parawacky!

    By jokipper, May 18, 2013

  • Please explain!

    By roxanapolkado, Apr 18, 2013

  • Squeeze

    By DexterMorgan2, Jan 31, 2013

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Scully: Mulder, they don't want you involved, they don't want to hear your theories. That's why Blevins has you hidden away down here. Mulder: You're down here, too.

    • Scully: Oh my God, Mulder, it's smells like, I think it's bile. Mulder: Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior? Scully: No one could live in this. Mulder: I don't think it's where he lives, I think it's where he hibernates. Scully: Hibernates? Mulder: Just listen, what if some genetic mutation could allow a man to awaken every thirty years. Scully: Mulder.. Mulder: And what if the five livers could provide him sustenance for that period. What if Tooms is some kind of, twentieth century, genetic mutant.

    • Mulder: I think what we have to do is track Eugene Tooms, there's four down and one to go this year. If we don't get him right now, the next chance is in year. Scully: 2023. Mulder: And you're gonna be head of the bureau by then. So I think you have to go through the census, I'm gonna plough through this century's marriage, birth, death certificates, and... You have any Dramamine on you by any chance cos, these things make me seasick.

    • Colton: Look at this point, I'm willing to give any theory a shot. Any sane theory, I'm sorry, Dana, but I only want qualified members of the investigating team at the crime scene. Mulder: What's the matter, Colton, you worried I'm gonna solve your case? Scully: Tom. We have authorized access to this crime scene. A report of you obstructing another officer's investigation might stick out on your personnel file. Colton: Look, Dana, whose side are you on? Scully: The victim's.

    • Mulder: What did we learn in our first day at the academy, Scully? Each fingerprint is unique, these are a perfect match. Scully: Are you suggesting that I go before the Violent Crime Section and present a profile declaring that these murders were done by aliens? Mulder: No, of course not, I find no evidence of alien involvement. Scully: Well, what then? That, that this is the work of a hundred year old serial killer who is capable of overpowering a healthy six foot two businessman. Mulder: And he should stick out in a crowd with ten inch fingers. Scully: Look, bottom line, this is Colton's case. Mulder: Our X-file dates back to 1903, we had it first.

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    Notes (6)

    • The shot in the opening credits of Mulder and Scully walking through a door with guns and flashlights is taken from this episode.

    • After filming this episode Doug Hutchinson, who played Eugene Victor Tooms, sent a frozen calf's liver to Chris Carter as a thank you for the opportunity to play a character on The X-Files.

    • Eugene Victor Tooms returns later in Season 1, in the episode entitled "Tooms".

    • Writer Glen Morgan once read an article about Richard Ramirez, a convicted serial killer who terrorized California in the first half of the 80's. Before his capture it was rumored that he entered the homes of his victims by the small window in the bathroom. This rumor would later be debunked after his arrest, but the story intrigued Morgan so much that it was the basis for the creation of the character Eugene Victor Tooms. To flesh out the story, the writers drew their inspiration from Jack the Ripper and a large ventilation shaft outside their office.

    • Doug Hutchinson, playing the liver-eating Eugene Victor Tooms, is a vegetarian in real life.

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    Trivia (15)

    • At the end of the episode, in the sequence where Tooms attacks Scully at her home, there is a goof / inconsistency / intentional error: When they show that the phone lines have been cut, it says "Scully 403" next to them. However, when Mulder kicks the door down, the apartment number on her door is 35.

    • Tooms' address for 60 years has been: 66 Exeter Street.

    • Principal setting: Baltimore, Maryland.

    • We see, at 41:22, that a food tray is put in Toom's cell and at 41:42 it is gone. This is not a mistake. In the scene, you will notice that there is a white out transition. Immediately after the white out, you get a view of Tooms sitting on the bed, but now he no longer has the newspaper on his lap. This appears to indicate that this second shot of the door at 41:42 actually took place much later than when the food was initially placed in his cell.

    • The break in the door to the office where the man was murdered at the beginning of the episode is much different at 7:05.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Colton: Lucked into the World Trade Center bombing. Colton is referring to the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on February 26, 1993 when a car bomb was planted in the underground garage by Islamic extremists.

    • Mulder: So what's this, the anti-Waltons? The Waltons was a popular series on CBS that aired from 1972 to 1981. The series followed the lives of the Walton family members: Olivia and John, their 7 children and John's parents.

    • Background: Twin Peaks If you look closely you can see a picture of the corpse of Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks in the scene where Mulder shows Scully the elongated fingerprints from the previous murder scenes. You can see it hanging behind Scully's head when she backs away in her chair and stands up. David Duchovny played a small part in this series as DEA Agent Dennis Bryson.

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