The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1993 on FOX

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  • dont get this sight

    just created acct still cant watch the xfiles whats up
  • Parawacky!

    Just when we might think that we have a show about UFO cover-ups, we get this episode that might well have been at home in a season of "Tales From the Crypt". I assume this falls in the "paranormal" category that the opening credits has been warning us about, but it's more like a cheesy horror episode from "Kolchak: The Night Stalker".

    It's not enough that we have a human who can squeeze himself through small openings, but the writers add to the fluff by making him immortal (through hibernation) and a harvester of livers (couldn't he just to a meat market and buy all the beef livers he wanted? What a picky diet!). Of course, Mukder is right on top of so familiar with every file in his cabinets (going back at least 100 years) that he immediately knows where to look for the fingerprints at the crime scene and knows how to match them to the culprit with an amazing DOS program. And yes, the perp could easily have slipped out of the handcuffs when Spooky nabbed him.

    THIS EPISODE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN: Extreme contortionism; human hibernation.


    Not a terrible a bit of fun to watch, but the believabilty of the show really suffers with a plot like this.
  • Bendy boy!

    Squeeze is not one of my favorite epps because tooms kinda freaks me out. Whats with his yellow eyes. Ewww. In squeeze murder victims are found in places with locked windows and doors- with no known point of entry. Mulder finds a finger print in one of the more recent crime scenes. The only problem is the guy would have to have ten inch long fingers. Mulder has a different idea... He has xfiles with similarities. He thinks they were all commited by the same person and that that person needs five livers to live an extra thirty years in hibernation. He also thinks that tooms is over one hundred years old. It's one of the creepier ones.
  • Please explain!

    Am I the only one who realizes that this thing can squeeze through an air-vent but cant get its hands out of a pair of measly handcuffs? (that's how Mulder stops him) A major inconsistency like this really ruins the episode, which makes me sad :(. Can someone make sense of this please?!
  • The one with the flexible guy (handy skill)

    Man, season one has a problem with slow beginnings but most end up in a great place. But Squeeze is a disappointment for me. First of all, Tooms-the mutant guy wasn't scary at all and second, the script wasn't really great either and Scully's friend and all the other agents got on my nerves.

    There really wasn't much of a story, just a guy who needed to kill 5 people every 30 years to be able to survive and then he goes after Scully but a miracle happened. Mulder came on time and they caught the criminal. At the end Tooms noticed an opening in the my question becomes. How stupid are those people? why don't they just leave the door open?

  • The intro of Tooms

    This episode kind of appalled me, Tooms was a creepy villian. Kind of makes you think twice, the guy can squeeze to fit into anything, and he's been alive for decades. That is just plain creepy to think about. It's an interesting addition to the series because it certainly is paranormal. Mulder is like fascinated with this suspect. He knows he's right but no one will believe him. And those longer finger prints...Whoa. And Tooms eyes when he sets his sights on a victim, that was creepy as well. This was a creepy episode to the series, but it is still one of the best of the series, I actually read the book they made about this episode before I actually watched the episode, and to me the book is pretty good, but when you see it as an episode it completely blows your mind.
  • Very well done.

    This episode seemed very well written and put together. The clues were presented in a well organazied fashion. This particular episode also had a plethera of people, other than Mulder and Scully so the viewer got to see other people's views on Mulder. This episode also featured an old detective that was pretty much on the same page as Mulder; I thought this was brillant as well because it helps to substatiate Mulders theory with something other than the fact that it can not be proven by science. Seeing how Scully works with other people other than Mulder, such as old Accademy acquatiences, was also a key componet in this episode. It was wonderful to see the diffrence between her and Mulder and her and others. In short, this was a well written episode, that contained character development, a good plot line, and exciting events. It was well worth watching.
  • Bring on the monsters!!!

    After the first two episodes concerning alien abductions comes this creepy monster-of-the-week story that concerns a liver-eating mutant named Eugene Tooms. I know this is highly regarded by many as classic X-Files, but I found this quite slow in places, and not as exciting as Deep Throat. Nevertheless, there are some creepy bits here, such as the opening shot of Tooms under the pavement, and there's also some great humour from Mulder and Scully.

    Scully: Is this what it takes to climb the ladder, Colton?
    Colton: All the way to the top.
    Scully: Then I can't wait till you fall off and land on your ass.
  • Good acting all-round

    What a way to kick off the monster of the week episodes, with a chilling performance by Doug Hutchison, supported by a solid cast. Doug could easily squeeze into the "top 20 X-File guest performances" list. It was also a fairly unique concept for its time (a 100 year old serial killer who uses his victim's livers to sustain hibernation).
  • Attack of the stretching monster!

    This episode and a couple of others from the first season are the reason why I love this series. Although the whole plot is very bizarre and unreal, the way it is shown and portrayed makes you actually believe that this could have happenned. And that's what I love the most about this show. It makes mythological beings come to life in a real and possible way. This episode's mutant called Tooms is one of those monsters I'd like to just flush down the toilet. it is my personal opinion, but he is just disgusting.

    Mulder is spot on, as usual.
    Scully is not such a downer this time. She actually helps Mulder get on the crime scenes.
  • The first non-UFO episode, and a memorably creepy hour of television.

    The third episode of the series presents a good example of the "Night Stalker" model that Chris Carter wanted his show to be: a Friday night spookshow with a creepy monster and a fascinating mystery. Appropriately, this is also the episode that originated the opening credits shot of Mulder and Scully breaking into an apartment with their flashlights out: a classic, representative image of the series. The villain here is Eugene Tooms, who contorts his body to squeeze through tight spaces, consumes the livers of his victims, and builds nests to hibernate for decades until his next crime wave. Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong built their reputations on this episode, and soon became the go-to team for creepy X-Files stand-alone episodes. Typical of their style, the episode is witty and taut, and the villain was quickly brought back for "Tooms."
  • “So what is this, the Anti-Walton's?”

    Squeeze is the first “monster of the week” episode. It is also the first time we see classic Scully, conflicted, yet, willing to defend her partner to the bitter end, no matter how crazy his ideas may be. This episodes also marks the beginning of Scully’s slow journey towards believing in extraordinary possibilities as well as the beginning of her eventual isolation from the rest of the Bureau and society. When this episode takes place Scully still has friends outside of Mulder with whom she can interact. Squeeze marks the beginning of Scully's journey from respected doctor/scientist to outsider or Mrs. Spooky. Her eventual isolation has begun, although it has not yet reached the point where Mulder is the center of her universe. The “monster” in this episode is terrifying in that he is, essentially, human--it is the human monsters we tend to fear the most. While the impression is given that Toom’s is something more than human, he still wears humanities skin and as such it is easy for him to live and work among us. Knowing that the monster could be anyone is very frightening. At this point in time, the directors had not quite mastered the iconic darkness of The X-Files, and as such the tone of the episode varies throughout and a sense of dread is not really achieved until the end of the episode. Squeeze is a solid X-Files episode and manages to be quite entertaining despite the continuing logistical working involving the formation of the two main characters.
  • After the Violent Crimes Unit fails to profile a serial murderer in the Baltimore area an old friend of Scully's invites her on the case, but along with her comes Mulder, much to the dismay of Scully's friend. Together, Scully and Mulder solve the murder

    After two episodes Gillian Anderson is finally convincing as Dana Scully. Her character is facing turmoil she should have encountered already: becoming aligned with "the FBI's most unwanted," agent Mulder, and after Mulder's integrity outshines Tom's ambition Scully jumps to the aid of her new partner.

    In this way Mulder and Scully are in the early stages of coming together as a unit. Obviously, Mulder, in his quest to uncover the truth behind his sister's abduction and his FBI superior's unease about agent Mulder will lead to trust issues between the two, yet, the potential is developing. Mulder and Scully can work together and the X-Files is branching out to include Scully with Mulder.

    There's an excellent use of light and dark in this episode. A great deal of paranormal activity takes place in dark and unseens spaces, pushing feelings of anxiety since the elements of danger are unknown. It's also a thrifty trick for low budget shows in the infant stages of their development.

    This is the first episode to not call out aliens, UFOs and government conspiracies as a main focal point of the plot, and "Squeeze" proves "The X-Files" has as great potential outisde of the alien conspiracies as it does within the alien conspiracies. The lowest point in the episode comes in the retired police officer's first scene. He's far too generic and abstract, but his character does get a bit of saving grace before the end.

    Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this episode is Toom's grin in his cell at the end. It's clear the case isn't closed despite Toom's capture, and this lack of closure is something which becomes a repeating element of "The X-Files" during its nine running seasons.

    Tooms is just the first to come back.
  • I have two words for you: Liver-eating mutant. Or is that three? Whichever way you slice it, "Squeeze" is a perfect example of what makes The X-Files so exemplary: terrific casting, imaginitive writing, and perfect characterization.

    Do you think I'm Spooky?
    --Mulder, "Squeeze"

    "Squeeze." This has to be one of my all-time fave X titles...and harbinger of one of the coolest Mulderisms: "How can I get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?" "Anti-Waltons" is another one--I think I'll put that on a Christmas card .

    Just a few random observations:

    Mulder glasses. Now when did we stop seeing those? What a pity.

    The black and white/slow-motion imagery used in the teaser and a bit throughout the episode is reminiscent of some shots in "all things."

    Am I the only freak who thinks Tooms is sorta cute?

    Colton and Co.: The textbook brown-nosing "you know what." The sentiments Scully shared with him (concerning his climb up the corporate ladder) are priceless, and so appropriate you'd think you said them yourself.

    This episode is yet another stellar example of early-Files momentum. The story, while itself is interesting and engaging, is supported by terrific character painting and a setup of Mulder's association with is peers. Also apparent is a foreshadowing of the relationship between Mulder and Scully... His drive, her determination, his passion, her respect. As the dynamic is tweaked over the years, one truth remains evident: Mulder and Scully respect each other's opinions. Despite their differences in beliefs and approaches, they strive to seek the truth in every single case... and it is along those diverging paths that they unwittingly find each other. If all lies lead to the truth, then perhaps all paths lead to the truth as well, to be discovered sometimes happily by accident.

    In effect, that's what Squeeze does for me as an episode. Aside from being one heckuva good story, it also establishes Scully as part of "the team," and perhaps a little something more than just a spy. Doing her best to flout authority by actually respecting her partner, striving to do the best job possible and not bowing to the system, she proves herself a strong and capable person sure of what she wants. She could have distinguished herself as a medical doctor, or even an agent in another section of the Bureau. Mulder could have remained a star profiler for the Violent Crimes division. Point being they did none of these things. In my opinion, Mulder and Scully are alike in that respect. They took the road less traveled, career wise, "and that has made all the difference."


    "In our investigations you may not always agree with me, but at least you respect the journey."
    --Mulder, Squeeze
  • A new definition of 'creepy'

    Coloquially speaking, Squeeze was one hell of an episode. Its structure acutely depicted the invincible terrors lurking inside that janitor called Tooms, with his animal instincts cleverly shown in a slow-motioned sequences of him staring at his potential victims. And though his very true animalistic nature were to be shown later in 'Tooms', I still thought this was worth it, particularly promising since this was the first 'Monster of the Week' episode in the series' history. What a superb premise it was!
  • A very scary episode!

    I remember this episode well, the first time I ever watched The X-Files I snuck downstairs when it was past my bedtime and watched this episode. It gave me nightmares for weeks! Even watching it now it sends a chill down my spine, I think it's those eyes that creeps me out the most. The episode as a whole was very captivating and that scene at the end in Scully's apartment had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Overall I think that this was a very strong episode with a bad guy that could frighten even the hardest of people.
  • Fine example of what the X-files can be.

    While this show was early on in the series, it was one of those that helped to establish this series as one of the primer sci-fi shows to be on television.

    The actor who played the main villain was one of those types who could keep a younger kid up at night wondering if someone was going to squeeze through a vent in your room and eat you alive.

    I was particularly pleased with the directors realization that they did not have the best technology available to make a man squeeze through a vent. Rather, he filmed the episode in such a way that you totally believed the main character could actually slip through a mail slot in the door. My compliments to the director, the casting, and to the show as a whole.
  • Ooh, that Eugene Tooms! He'll come to no good!

    First, let's get the nit-picky annoyance out of the way. I was always happy to take Eugene Tooms as a monster. He needs livers to survive, and morality doesn't come into it. That's a description that works for me. So why does he take trophies? He lives in a cocoon so why does he need pretty things? This may fit with the serial killer profile, but Mulder acknowledges this doesn't work as it's not about the thrill of breaking security? I felt this was the weak link of the plot, especially as it was necessary to draw attention to Scully's temporary necklace. But moving on...

    Squeeze is a great episode. This is where the music and sound effects really come into gear. The sound of his joints lengthening is really sickening. And Toom's theme? Brilliant!

    There's some wonderful moments of suspense. Like when we know Tooms is coming down the chimney but - phew - the fire is lit. Too late, he's behind you. Eek! On the other hand, it's quite clear Scully will be the next victim. This is a woman who should NEVER run a bath as it always leads to trouble. It's almost a shame Tooms didn't make more effort to escape from the handcuffs, which logically would only slow him down for a moment.

    Tooms is so scary because he's generally under played. He seems to mild mannered and unassuming. But there's always an air of menace. X Files has taught me that if anyone gives you the creeps, you should run away very quickly. I lose a lot of friends that way, but I keep my liver intact.
  • Starting the creepy stuff

    The X-Files was one of those shows that changed the idea of television. With arcs that went over multiple seasons, it was rather crazy. This is one of the early episodes that shows why this series became one of the coolest things ever. A creepy guy, who has the strangest of genetic mutations is out collecting livers. This was not something that would usually be shown on television. Also, the episode really starts to build up the Mulder and Scully working relationship that becomes the trademark of the series. This episode had perfect atmosphere and a crazy story that draws you and shows you how the rest of the series developed.
  • If this doesnt get your heart pumping, what will?

    This episode features Special Agent Fox Mulder and Dana Skully investigating bizarre murders that are committed without an entering being broken. Fox Mulder continues to be made fun of for his belief, and when he turned out to be right, I believe Skully believed more in the paranormal than she ever has before.

    On the other hand, this episode featured one of Skullys old friends, who was trying to get Skully to quit the X-Files department and come to Violent Crimes. Skully considers this at first, but when she is surprised by what Mulder finds out, she decides to stay in the X-Files. Overall, this episode was very special and a great edition to the first season of The X-Files.
  • Squeeze

    A very interesting serial killer who can squeeze through any gap which proves nobody is safe even Scully who is attacked in her own home but Mulder came to her rescue There was a nice cliffhanger at the end but the question is will Tooms just escape and continue killing.
  • Mulder and Scully investigate a serial killer who has been killing since 1903

    This episode Squeeze is a phenomenal episode with a serial killer called Tooms who can fit through just about anything and used it to his advantage to kill.Mulder and Scully try to stop the serial killer but the more they investigate the more their lives are in danger when Scully is attacked at her own home but Mulder rescues her but that might not be it even with Tooms in jail he gets brought food through a food slot and he looks at it knowing he could maybe fit through it.I think Tooms will be back.
  • The only episode of "The X-Files" to make Channel 4's "100 Scariest Film and TV moments" countdown.... (it came 13th, between "Se7en" and "The Evil Dead")!

    Probably the most important of all the early episodes of the X-Files. Yes, even more than "Ice" (although thats a slightly better show, for me personally). Firsty, it establishes that the show is not just going to be about aliens and conspiracys. And what a way to show it!!! I read that they had a really hard time making this episode because of problems with the director, but it really doesnt show at all. "Tooms" is a scary character, mainly because of the way in which he gets to his victims. No one is safe, no matter how secure you are locked away. Its certainly not perfect. Scullys Mulder hating former colleagues are very annoying, although they are really only potrayed this way to make Scully's decision to side with Mulder easier to believe. But everything else is just great. The lie detector scene, the ending with Tooms in his cell.... scary.
    The best thing is that he's brought back later in the season. Probably the best compliment you could pay this episode is by finding a random casual viewer and asking them to name an Xfiles villian.. and the chances are Tooms's name is the one that will come up
  • One of the best

    This is the first episode I ever saw, and also one of the best. I really enjoyed it and it made me want to immediately add X-files to my Netflix queue in the morning, because it is entertaining, comprehensive, and exciting even to someone who has never seen the show. Scully is absolutely gorgeous in this episode for some reason. She's always gorgeous, but in this episode, she was abnormally stunning. But this is besides the point, because this is just another atribute in a nearly flawless episode. There is not a dull moment, and the story line flows smoothly. Plus, it makes sure to creep you out and look at vents every once in a while.
  • A muntant killer who can squeeze through almost anything kills 5 people a year and hibernates and uses his vitims livers as food comes after Scully for his last victim

    This is such a classic X-Files Episode. The First one not on Aliens. This episode shows that people do make fun of Mulder and how he copes with it. I'm so glad that they made Tooms (squeeze 2) such a classic monster. This episode has Mulders best quote "Is there any way I can get this of without ruinning my cool extirior". Oh I love that. One of the famous bathrooms scenes had me griping to my chair in fright and wonder why Toom's didn't squeeze out of those handcuffs. This episode is just one of those classic monster shows.
  • The first X-Files episode to deviate from the alien abduction standard does so with a unique and frightening flare.

    Squeeze is the first official "monster of the week" story of The X-Files, meant to establish early on that this is not just a show about a bunch of different alien abductions. The idea of a serial killer for whom no point of entry is too small is a chilling idea that is carried off well inside a clever script, and will undoubtedly leave the viewer nervously checking their vents before they go to bed each night. The character of Tooms is also memorable, his primal rage so searing that his every word becomes terrifying. Squeeze also begins a lovely X-Files tradition of Scully being targeted by insane whackos, and fans will love nothing more than seeing this woman put up a fight. Squeeze is a first-rate episode that showcases what television can really be when it puts its mind to it.
  • A classic example of why The X-Files went from cult favorite to mass hit, Squeeze is the first non alien episode and showed that the series wasn't just a one trick pony.

    Squeeze is from Morgan and Wong, my personal two favorite writers of the show. Aside from a single later episode they wrote, the duo produced some of the absolute finest hours of the show that were non mythology. It is also of note that under this duo's pen Mulder, although not specifically seen here, is amongst his wittiest and funniest.

    The episode, featuring truly horrific character Eugene Toomes, showed that the show wasn't just about aliens and government conspiracies, but about a whole host of other things. This was the first other thing Mulder and Scully faced. While it almost pales in comparison to some of the later stand alone episodes that were to come, it rates so well to me as being the first of its kind for the series.
  • Squeeze me pleeeze me

    What a good episode. I remember this from when I first started to watch the X Files, and it frightened the life out of me. Tooms is so ordinary, but completely whacked. The idea of someone coming inside your house through the tiniest of spaces is chilling. The elongated fingerprints and the way this guy can get into the smallest places is both ridiculous and very eerie. This is definitely one of the early classics in the X Files and showed how the programme could go places that were not comfortable and not always explicable. The whole liver harvesting is a bit daft, but it's why the X Files was and is so compelling
  • Scully investigates a case with her friend who wants to work his case up the ladder. She slowly begins to despise him the more he puts Mulder down. In the end, it is, of course, Mulder to the rescue.

    A really good episode. I liked some of the humor and some of the pain. I also liked the loyalty Scully showed to Mulder after only 3 episodes. It showed real potential for the wonderful relationship they have in the end. I love how Scully is willing to give up her relationship with an old friend to support Mulder.
  • The X-Files second pilot . . .

    The X-Files had the mytharc and the monsters of the week, two distinct episode types, and so it's almost like it had two pilots. This is the first MOTW, and it's amazing; I was actually afraid of the dark the night after I watched this, and that didn't happen with very many episodes. Chris Carter always says that the X-Files is as scary as it is real, and this episode is a perfect example because, while mutants may or may not exist, we all have ventilation shafts, and what may be coming through them in the dark is all left to the imagination . . . Also, Scully may get saved in this episode, but she puts up not only a good fight but a nearly successful fight before she does so. Hear that sound behind you? Its the sound of the screw turning on your vent. Better get out.
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