The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 20

Three of a Kind

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 02, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While on a stakeout of a Government Defence Convention in Las Vegas, The Lone Gunmen are reunited with Susanne Modeski, the mysterious woman who disappeared at a Convention ten years earlier when they first met Agent Mulder.

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  • Three of a Kind

    Three of a Kind was another very entertaining and perfect episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development as the Lone Gunmen encounter Susanne Modeski at a convention. I liked how the guys called Scully pretending to be Mulder. It was fun watching every one work together to figure out what was going on and to save Susanne. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Lone Gunmen and Suzanne Modeski return.

    I actually liked the first full Lone Gunmen episode we got in Season 5, and just like Season 5, this episode brings the Lone Gunmen together with just one of our main stars, this time Scully.. however, despite the cast being pretty strong as usual, with their usual witty banter, something about the episode felt off. Maybe it's the fact that this season has been completely aimless, but it just added to a feeling of unease about the show that I've been getting with certain episodes lately.

    Suzanne Modeski, the woman from the "Unusual Suspects" episode, returns, this time with a fiancee and connections to a mysterious group of men who are responsible for mind control and other devious experiments. Byers, who is still enamored by her, attempts to figure out the truth behind her being involved with these people and ends up learning that she's come to love the man she's with and they're trying to escape the grasps of the bad men.

    As I said before, stuck in the middle of a weaker season, this episode doesn't do nearly enough to keep me engaged. I love the Lone Gunmen, and Scully under the influence of that drug was great, but there was just too much going on.. and what the heck was up with the random Morris Fletcher appearance? If you're going to bring him back, at least make it significant.moreless
  • Another Lone Gunmen episode...

    You could say that this episode is a conclusion to the season 5 episode "Unusual Suspects" again this episode features The Lone Gunmen in a starring role. I think it's good every once and a while to have your supporting characters star in an episode. The Lone Gunmen are my favorite supporting characters so I really enjoy the episodes that they feature in. Like I said this is a conclusion and the gunmen meet Susan Modeski again after 10 years. I loved the humor in this episode, whenever we get the Gunmen together you know its going to be funny. Especially Scully in this episode it was so out of character for her, but still good to see a change. Of all the people Morris Fletcher turns up for a brief cameo, that was excellent. The only thing that disapointed me was tthat Mulder was no where to be seen. But, oh well.moreless
  • This was an episode dedicated to the character development of the supporting cast as much as anything.

    This episode follows on from series 5 ep: Unusual Suspects and shows us how affected by Susanne Modeski's disappearance John F. Byres was. That was during a Def-Con meeting and here we have them again around 10 years later, tying up the loose ends. Byres has been attending these conventions every year since, to try and meet the woman who has haunted his dreams, and gets lucky this time. Scully appears in this episode but it would seem only to add some comedy sass to the plot. (When she is drugged up and looking seductively for a light for her cigarette at the bar). Mulder does not appear (though his voice is heard). This ep really centred on furthering the character development of the Lone Gunmen.moreless
  • "I just can't decide who lights my fire!" (Scully)

    This is a soooo great episode!

    I love the ones with TLG... and Scully was so funny!

    She was totally drugged and said so funny things!

    Especially the scene, where she sits in the middle of about 15 man and is flirting with all of them at the same time! They all totally want her!

    I love to see her laughing! That brings me joy!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    So I can just say: watch it!moreless
Signy Coleman

Signy Coleman

Susanne Modeski

Guest Star

Charles Rocket

Charles Rocket

Grant Ellis

Guest Star

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Timothy "Timmy the Geek" Landau

Guest Star

Tom Braidwood

Tom Braidwood


Recurring Role

Dean Haglund

Dean Haglund


Recurring Role

Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Just before Scully makes the Y-incision on James (Jimmy) Belmont, you can see the pulse in his neck beating.

    • On the DVD the credits for this episode is incorrect. It lists the character of Grant Ellis as Grant Snow

    • There is a slight tip of the hand in the episodes' surprise -- the blood splattering forward onto Langly is an indicator that Susanne is using squibs -- real gunshot wounds don't splatter forward.

    • Goof: When Frohike plays the slot machine, the first position on the reel shows a single bar. After Byers spots Susanne, the camera goes back to Frohike and the first position now is not a single bar. There wouldn't have been enough time between the shots for Frohike to have another pull of the machine.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Frohike: (to Scully) Good work, party girl.

    • Frohike: They're just lucky I got a conscience.
      Langly: How's that?
      Frohike: If I unleashed my true kung-fu on this casino, I could break the bank within a week.
      Langly: Yeah, and find yourself buried under six feet of desert dirt.
      Timothy Landau: Hey guys.
      Frohike: Hey Timmy. I'm sorry about Jimmy.
      Timothy Landau: Hey Langly, the guys are all up in my room for a round of Dungeons and Dragons, in honor of Jimmy.
      Langly: Lord Manhammer will be in attendance. (to Frohike) I'm going to go play a little D&D, uh, in memoriam.
      Frohike: That's touching, man.

    • Langly: Three thousand dollars... I told you to fold. It should have been me in there playing, why does Byers get to do the undercover?
      Frohike: 'Cause this ain't Woodstock.
      (Grabs Langly's hair)
      Byers: Did we at least get some usable prints off the drink glasses?
      Frohike: What, are you kidding? I had to leave them all behind. How we going to salvage this?
      Langly: We're not. This convention's a bust. Five days and three grand invested and we got bupkis to show for it.
      Byers: Who was that player, anyway? The guy who made us, he wasn't wearing a convention badge.
      Langly: Nobody ever said his name.
      Byers: I think he's worth looking into.

    • Byers: (voiceover) My name is John Fitzgerald Byers. I was named after our 35th president, and I keep having this beautiful dream. In my dream, the events of November 22nd, 1963, never happened. In it, my namesake was never assassinated. Other things are different, too, in my dream. My country is hopeful and innocent; young again. Young in spirit. My fellow citizens trust their elected officials, never once having been betrayed by them. My government is truly 'of the people, by the people, for the people'. All my hopes for my country, for myself... all are fulfilled. I have everything a person could want; home and family... and love. Everything that counts for anything in life... I have it. But the dream ends the same way every time. I lose it all.

    • Langly: You know Byers, growing old with us isn't that bad.
      Frohike: Come on, Langly, do you really want him to kill himself?

    • Timmy: (To Frohike) Hey, cutie.

    • Frohike: Scully?
      Scully: Oh, hey Hickey! Long time, no see!
      (A man whispers something about Frohike in Scully's ear)
      Scully: No, that's not nice. I like Hickey!

    • Langly: So, you're done with Jimmy?
      Scully: Done, done, done.

    • Scully: (On the phone with The Lone Gunmen, who are posing as Mulder) I trust you, Mulder. It's the Three Stooges I'm not so sure about.

    • Langly: Uhhhm, Scully? What killed him?
      Scully: My medical opinion? BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! (claps hands loudly)

    • Scully: (Asks for a cigarette lighter, and a group of men each offer her one) Well! I just can't decide who lights my fire!

    • Timmy: You know the best thing about killing you three... I won't have to dress like you any more.

    • (Byers has his head in the ice bucket)
      Langly: Byers is trying to kill himself.
      Frohike: Stop trying to kill yourself, Byers, it's not deep enough.

    • Langly: Doo-doo, kaa-kaa, poo-poo.
      Jimmy: Oh, go brush your hair, Michael Bolton.

    • Byers: Susanne Modeski is dead. Every computer in every county, state, federal office knows it. This is who you are now.
      Susanne Modeski: Come with me.
      Byers: You'll be safer without me.
      Susanne Modeski: It doesn't make a difference. I told you, I'm going public.
      Byers: No, you're not. You've done more than enough. Leave it to us now, it's what we do. Susanne puts a gold ring in Byers' hand.
      Susanne Modeski: It was meant for Grant. I want you to have it. Some day.

    • Scully: Oh man, I am gonna kick their asses.

    • Frohike: She's going to kick our ass. What do you need Scully for, anyway?
      Byers: We're up against agents of the government. We need our own government agent.
      Langly: And that would be Mulder. Why do you want just Scully?
      Frohike: She's going to kick our ass.
      Byers: Mulder's too high profile. He's virtually a household name to the black ops who kidnapped Susanne in Baltimore.

    • Langley: You gonna be alright?
      Scully: Sure, cutie.

    • Frohike: I don't understand; why would the government want to turn Scully into a bimbo?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Frohike: (to Susanne Modeski) Mata Hari

      Mata Hari (born Margaretha Zelle) was a Dutch citizen who achieved fame as a dancer and high-class prostitute who was executed in 1917 accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

    • Frohike: Scully Golightly

      He says this is when he is describing a drugged Scully and is a reference to the film Breakfast at Tiffany's and its flighty main character played by Audrey Hepburn.

    • Plot: Def-Con Def-Con is an actual convention that has been held in Las Vegas. In reality it is a gathering of computer hackers, not of defense contractors.