The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 3

Squeeze

9
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 1993 on FOX
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  • The first non-UFO episode, and a memorably creepy hour of television.

    8.5
    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."
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