The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 21

Field Trip

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 09, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • 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.moreless

    This episode was amazing,it really keeps you guessing till the end. It brings you one way and ends up taking you somewhere else.Very original and it really makes you think. I have not seen every episode but I rate this pretty highly.That man Chris Carter is a genius and where he gets his ideas from I don't know.I would just like to make a comment on one of the previous reviews who only rated it 6.9 which I found very strange but I suppose each to his own.He asked how when the couple were found that all that was left was bones when they were only dead for a short period? Answer The fungi is feeding off them or in other words digesting them using some sort of chemical which eventually only leaves bones.moreless
  • Field Trip

    Field Trip was a great episode of The X-Files. I liked watching because the story was good, full of suspense and mystery trying to piece together what was happening. It was fun to watch Mulder and Scully investigate. This episode didn't really stand out in any special way to me but it was still enjoyable to watch. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching the season finale!!!!!moreless
  • Mulder and Scully look into a couple who turned into skeletons only after three days.

    I'm not a fan of being screwed around with with TV shows and movies, but I am a fan of classic misdirection. This episode began as one thing, turned into another and then proved itself to be something completely different from all of these items. I have much respect for the writers here in constructing the episode.

    When the episode begins, we're let believing this is going to revolve around Mulder and Scully looking into a couple who's bodies were found skeletonized just three days after they died. Neither of them can figure out what resulted in this, at least no normal thing, so they head out to the field they were found to discover the truth. Mulder and Scully split up and Mulder ends up finding the man hiding in a cave, claiming there are extraterrestrials who kidnapped him and his wife and left fake bodies behind to trick them. Mulder finds the wife, and soon enough, he believes them after he finds an implant in the back of her neck.

    Things get even stranger when Mulder shows Scully something that will prove that he was right all along: an alien. That's right: Mulder kidnaps an alien and brings it back to his apartment until they can figure out what to do next.. however, things aren't that simple.

    I don't want to ruin the episode too much in case people read this before seeing the episode, but let's just say that Mulder's encounter is one of many misdirections the show sends us in on this episode. We're left wondering what's real and what's not until the very end.

    I'd definitely say this is in the Top 3 of this season.. just a great episode that finds our heroes in facing one of their most dangerous nemeses yet.moreless
  • 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.

    Personally, The X-Files is perhaps the greatest show in the history of television. Carter's ability to mix awesomely written stand-alone plots, ranging from gender benders to chinese demons, with an unbelievably complex and chilling mythology (all working towards "The Truth") has made The X-Files an instant classic.

    In this Season 6 episode, there is nothing storywise that contributes to the main mythology of the show ... it is totally a stand-alone, or as some idiots would like to call it, a "filler." Nonetheless, it remains my favorite episode of all time because of the genius behind the story. (may have spoilers)

    The first time you watch it is really quite a treat, mostly because you're so stunned by what's happening you don't know what's real and what's not, much like the agents under the effects of the unknown mushrooms' toxins. There were too many awesome scenes and events in the ep to successfully review it to a degree that would give it justice.

    Just trust me ... watch this ep.moreless
  • Twist and turns

    This is an EXCELLENT episode!

    Mulder and Scully investigate the deaths of a hiking couple. The place they were found is a well known spot of UFO sightings, thus they search for a theory around abduction killings. But... is it really aliens who did it?

    There turn out to be slight inconsistencies with other abduction records.

    From that point on, the story involves rapidly into one direction, only to switch into some completely different theory. Answers which have been found aren't answers anymore, solutions to the riddle are discarded quickly and even Mulder is clueless about the odd killings. What does "reality" mean...?moreless
Cody Weselis

Cody Weselis

Alien (uncredited)

Guest Star

Robyn Lively

Robyn Lively

Angela Schiff

Guest Star

David Denman

David Denman

Wallace Schiff

Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

Tom Braidwood

Tom Braidwood


Recurring Role

Dean Haglund

Dean Haglund


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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...

    • Mulder: Scully, in six years, how... how often have I been wrong? No, seriously. I mean, every time I bring you a new case we go through this perfunctory dance. You tell me I'm not being scientifically rigorous and that I'm off my nut, and then in the end who turns out to be right like 98.9% of the time? I just think I've... earned the benefit of the doubt here.

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