The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 22, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Eugene Tooms, the genetic mutant, is released from the sanitarium and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for another 30 years.

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  • Excuse me. Could you help me find my dog?

    It didn't grab me as much as "squeeze" but the absolutely WICKED cocoon scene easily pushed my rating to an 8.
  • Eugene Tooms

    Tooms is back, and he wants his last victim so that he can og back into hibarnation for another 30 years. This time Things gets personal With Mulder, and he goes to Extremes to get this killer. He finally succeeds, there is no conspiracy in this episode either. I miss it, i remember watching these in the nineties, and i thiught there was lots more in the beginning, but i know it comes later now.moreless
  • Tooms is back

    The episode was one of the best of the season and shows the return of Tooms after the last episode with Tooms in was left on a cliffhanger when he could possibly escape but even better for Tooms they have let him go because they don't believe he could have done it from 60 years ago.The episode was really entertaining when Mulder was following Tooms and tried to catch him trying to kill someone and this nearly got Mulder framed for beating him up.This episode is the first episode to show Skinner who will become a main character in further episodes.moreless
  • Tooms

    Continued 1x03, marking the return of the mutant Eugene Tooms, soon after leaving the chair for good behavior. It is a dark episode, almost all the action takes place at night, and very tense in the possibility of a fresh onslaught. The visual effects (the victim is colored, the world would discolor) are great, and besides providing the aesthetic vision of the world from the eyes of Eugene, still gives a whole dynamic look very nice. Also contains a nice homage to the movie "The Fly ", with the protagonist screaming in horror at seeing a creature so hideous, it's hard to believe that a human being had been (or still is?). So spare some space for the first signs of love between Mulder and Scully, but nothing really relevant. CSM also gives the guys, but only speak two or three sentences is unimportant and smoking his cigarette, and discreet. In the end, the plot that was very satisfying gives a heavy forced "trash", breaking a little suspense that permeated the story so far. Anyway, another great episode of "The X-Files," which fulfills almost everything it promises.moreless
  • Tooms

    Tooms was a perfect episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character development, action, drama, intrigue and mystery. The scenes where the Dr.s' and Mulder testified for or against the release of Tooms was very entertaining especially as Mulder passionately made his case. I liked how Mulder followed Tooms and scared him off from that woman. It was interesting to see the Cigarette Smoking Man with Assistant Director Walter Skinner. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison

Eugene Victor Tooms

Guest Star

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Dr Aaron Monte

Guest Star

Timothy Webber

Timothy Webber

Detective Talbot

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Assistant Director Walter Skinner; who would later become a central character in the series.

    • This is the first episode that the Cigarette Smoking Man speaks in.

    • Principal setting: Baltimore, Maryland.

    • Cigarette Smoking Man's first speaking line: "Of course I do."

    • Plot Hole: How did the old detective just know exactly where the body was buried in the entire foundation of the factory? I understand that you can't underestimate the power of a good hunch, but how far that does go? Are they implying that the detective has a "hunch" power?

    • Continuity: Mulder claims he made his parents refer to him as "Mulder" rather than "Fox," but in every other episode when he is visiting with or talking to his mother, she calls him "Fox."

      Edit: Given the unlikelihood of a child making his parents call him by his last name, this claim is probably just a joke.

    • Revealing Mistake: When Mulder first starts his surveillance and watches Tooms drive away in his work van, the last shot of Mulder is reversed.

    • Plot Hole: It seemed awfully quick that in the few months of Tooms's incarceration that his condemned apartment building is torn down and a brand new shopping mall is almost completed.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mulder: Did you have that sandwich I asked you to bring?
      (Scully reaches into a bag and rummages about)
      Scully: Liverwurst.
      (Mulder feigns laughter)

    • Mulder: Excuse me.
      (Tooms growls)
      Mulder: Could you help me find my dog?
      (Tooms stomps off)
      Mulder: He's a Norwegian Elkhound!
      (Tooms gets into his van)
      Mulder: His name is Heinrich!
      (Tooms drives away)
      Mulder: I use him to hunt moose!

    • Scully: There's only room for one.
      Mulder: You can get the next mutant.

    • (Skinner hands CSM a file that says, "Bureau File Number X129202 Eugene Victor Tooms — Closed")
      Skinner: Have you read this report? Do you believe them?
      Smoking Man: Of course I do.

    • Mulder: Oh, at 11:30, station 790, Pete Rose Late Night Sports Talk Radio Show.
      Scully: I wouldn't miss it for the world.

    • Arlan Green: (to Tooms) I hope you'll be comfortable, Eugene. The room in the back is small, but I'm sure you'll be able to squeeze in.

    • Mulder: You think they would have taken me more seriously if I wore the grey suit?

    • Scully: But sir, the very nature of the X-Files cases often precludes orthodox investigation.
      Skinner: Are you suggesting that the bureau adopt separate standards for you and Agent Mulder?
      Scully: No, sir.
      Skinner: Are you suggesting that Agent Mulder obstructs you from proper procedure?
      Scully: No, sir. If anything, I'm suggesting that these cases be reviewed with... an open mind.

    • Mulder: If there's an ice tea in that bag, could be love.
      Scully: Must be fate, Mulder. Root beer.

    • Mulder: They're out to put an end to the X-Files, Scully. I don't know why, but any excuse will do. Now, I don't really care about my record, but you'd be in trouble just for sitting in this car and I'd hate to see you to carry an official reprimand in your file because of me.
      Scully: Fox....
      Mulder: I... I... even made my parents call me "Mulder".
      Scully: Mulder, I wouldn't put myself on the line for anybody but you.

  • NOTES (4)