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The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 5

The Jersey Devil

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mulder's trip to Atlantic City doesn't take him to the glittering casinos or luxury hotels. Instead, he plays a dangerous game of hunter-and-hunted with the maneater that haunts the back alleys and woods surrounding the city. However, it's not long before even Scully, the eternal skeptic, is lured back by the mounting evidence Mulder manages to drag out of tourist-wary local law enforcement agencies.moreless

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  • I heard the same story when I was a kid too, the funny thing is, I believed it

    A good episode that forces us to think about different forms of life on this planet, rather than abroad (which we are so inclined to do). A legendary showdown between Duchovony and Wayne Tippet (almost as legendary as Scully's dress or her performing flips in 3 inch high heels). The opening scene feels like the 1947, and I enjoyed the exchange between Mulder and the park ranger. I also adored how they transitioned from Scully asserting that Mulder is obsessed with his work to a scene where he's walking through the woods in search of a pre-evolutionary beast woman (a nice hint of humor). Speaking of which, the scene between him and beast woman was rather intimate, which added to the viewer's sympathy of her. A strong cast, decent script with some good one-liners made for a strong monster of the week episode.moreless
  • great episode,

    we get more development between Mulder and Scully, Scully goes on a date. Great episode
  • A Believable Episode--Unfortunately!

    An absurd episode, not because of the "paranormal" elements, but because of just about everything else in it. I might believe that a feral family might be living in the woods of New Jersey, but I'm not convinced that the female would be so helpless at finding food that she would stoop to raiding homeless people-- hobos don't throw away anything edible anyway. Of course, Spooky knows exactly where and when to go, so we get to see him hanging out with hobos for a while in order to catch a view of the wildwoman. Meanwhile, Scully is going to kid parties and dating a boring dude. Of couse, she loses interest, but she's got to realize that she isn't the wild, aggressive mate that Mulder finds so attractive in the Jersey woods.

    THIS EPISODE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN: A feral family unit hidden in New Jersey.


    While the main plot in this episode is fairly believable (tests indicated the wildlings weren't "prehistoric"), everything else going on is pretty much dull or absurd.moreless
  • Mythical beast

    Mulder and Scully a series of murders near and in the woods of New Jersey and many say its some kind of beast called the Jersey Devil.When Mulder learns there is more than 1 and he is attacked by one and then it gets shot but Mulder's theory prove to be right when there is many of them at the end and the mystery continues.
  • The Jersey Devil

    The Mulder-Scully relationship suffers, again, a small earthquake, with Scully trying to live a "normal life" and dating a divorced man (why she thinks Mulder a large immature), but soon returned to normal. It's certainly one of the funniest episodes voluntarily and involuntarily, with all characters dropping at least one sentence and even comic monster of the week is not very convincing. This creature is the demon of New Jersey, a kind of Neanderthal, which was above us in the food chain for their cannibalism, which brings the discussion of how far would the man and his vein of this beastly creature appears, therefore, the humans, although evolved and civilized, even door primitive behaviors. The atmosphere enveloped the monster is very good, but when he finally appears, you lose some strength, but is another good episode.moreless
Claire Stansfield

Claire Stansfield

The Jersey Devil

Guest Star

Wayne Tippet

Wayne Tippet

Detective Thompson

Guest Star

Gregory Sierra

Gregory Sierra

Dr. Diamond

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Principal setting: New Jersey.

    • When Mulder finds the NJ Park Service number in the phone book, you can see a seasonal number listed through "Labour Day".

      Since this episode was filmed in Canada, this prop was clearly made by someone who did not know that in the United States, Labor Day is spelled with an OR and not OUR.

    • Factual Error: When Mulder looks in the phone book, he finds the listing Parks Service - State of New Jersey. In the white pages, such a listing would normally appear as New Jersey, State of - Parks Service. This made it easier to find government offices arranged by administrative unit.

      By the 1990's, most white pages directories separated government listings into a color-coded special section (usually with blue pages) arranged by federal, state, county and municipal divisions.

    • Factual Error: Dr. Diamond, Scully's professor of anthropology, claims that since the beast-woman is a primate, she should have a natural fear of heights. This seems pretty unlikely, since monkeys and many other primates are constantly climbing through trees.

    • Revealing Mistake: According to the tag on the body of Roger Crockett, the date for this episode takes place on August 29, 1993. This was a Sunday. However, Mulder and Scully seem to be under the impression that it's Friday. If the toe tag refers to the date of Crockett's death or discovery, and the agents simply arrive four or five days afterward, why is Mulder wandering around the other homeless people claiming that Crockett died "two days ago?" It seems that the writers got their time and dates confused.

    • Revealing Mistakes: After the police kill the beast-woman, Mulder approaches, kneels down and use his hands to close her eyes. Mulder never touches her left eyelid but it closes nonetheless.

    • Factual Errors: The Jersey Devil was never said to live somewhere in Atlantic City. Actually, since it is said to live in a woodland area, this would be impossible, because Atlantic City is surrounded by highways and marshes (the episode was obviously not shot on location). The Jersey Devil is actually said to inhabit a place known as the Pine Barrens, a large and dense forest a lot further inland than Atlantic City. They probably only set the city as the episode's location because it is a well-known tourist attraction.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Scully: Yeah well, I have got to get back to Washington by 7:30, so er..
      Mulder: Another birthday party?
      Scully: No. I have a date.
      Mulder: Can you cancel?
      Scully: Unlike you Mulder, I would like to have a life.
      Mulder: I have a life!

    • Scully: Oooh, you're amazing.
      Ellen: What?
      Scully: You're just such a natural at all this, I don't know how you keep it all together.
      Ellen: Mommy radar.
      Scully: Mmmm, I don't think I'm cut out for this El.
      Ellen: Dana, you went through the FBI academy, what better training could there be for motherhood.

    • Scully: He was perfectly in his rights. The FBI has no overriding jurisdiction in a murder case. Anyway, you'd feel the same way if someone was horning in on your work.
      Mulder: Yeah, chances are he's without a clue. He'll probably be scratching his head when they bring the next body in.
      Scully: You missed your opening Mulder, you could've really humiliated him and er, told him who the perpetrator was, The Jersey Devil.
      Mulder: Hey whatta you say, we grab a hotel, take in a floor show, drop a few quarters in the slots, do a little digging on this case.
      Scully: You're kidding, right?
      Mulder: Ok, we can skip the floor show.

    • Mulder: You feeling lucky, Scully?
      Scully: Relative to whom?

    • Scully: This thing chewed somebody's arm off! That's not exactly a defensive posture!

    • Mulder: How much time will that dart give us?
      Ranger Broullet: It'll put down a 500 pound bear for an hour, if I hit it.

    • Mulder: Who was that on the phone?
      Scully: A guy.
      Mulder: A guy. Same guy as the guy you had dinner with the other night?
      Scully: Same guy.
      Mulder: You going to have dinner with him again?
      Scully: I don't think so.
      Mulder: No interest?
      Scully: Not at this time.

    • Mulder: You should have seen her. She was beautiful.
      Scully: Yeah? Well she just about ripped your lungs out.

    • Detective Thompson: What the hell do you think you're doing?
      Mulder: Enjoying the night life here in beautiful Atlantic City.

    • Mulder: Hey, what do you say we grab a hotel, take in a floor show, drop a few quarters in the slot, do a little digging on this case.
      Scully: You're kidding right?
      Mulder: Okay, we can skip the floor show.
      Scully: Mulder I have to be back in DC.
      Mulder: You got a date?
      Scully: No. I have my godson's birthday party at 6:30.

    • Scully: You missed your opening, Mulder. You could have really humiliated him and told him who the perpetrator was. The Jersey Devil.

    • (A police car stops near Mulder whose looking for the Jersey Devil.)
      Police Officer: (getting out of car) Sir?
      Mulder: You got a man up on that roof.
      Police Officer: (like Mulder's crazy) Don't worry. We'll give you a nice warm place to sleep tonight.

    • Ellen: And, of course, it helps if you can find a man.
      Scully: Know of any?
      Ellen: Yeah, they're disappearing faster than the Brazilian rain forest. What about that guy you work with?
      Scully: Mulder?
      Ellen: Yeah, I thought you said he was cute.
      Scully: He's a jerk. He's not a jerk, he's erm, he's obsessed with his work.

    • Scully: I'm going with you to the Smithsonian.
      Mulder: Don't you have a life, Scully?
      Scully: Keep that up, Mulder, and I'll hurt you like that beast-woman.
      (Scully stops at the door, her hand on the handle)
      Mulder: Eight million years out of Africa.
      (Scully opens the door)
      Scully: Look who's holding the door.

    • Scully: (on the phone) Mulder, where are you?.... The drunk tank?

    • Mulder: (indicating the centerfold) This woman claims to have been taken aboard a space ship and held in an anti-gravity chamber without food and water for three days.
      Scully: Antigravity's right.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Det. Thompson: Whether it's Hannibal the Cannibal or Elmer Fudd, I've got a job, to protect people.

      Hannibal the Cannibal is a reference to the fictional character of Hannibal Lector created by author Thomas Harris. Lector is a very intellectual serial killer who likes to eat certain parts of his victims. Elmer Fudd is a fictional Looney Tunes cartoon character. In most cartoons he is seen hunting down Bugs Bunny.