The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The agents investigate the deaths of several young people who were apparently struck by lightning in the same small town.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon


Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Giovanni Ribisi ... Darin Peter Oswald
Jack Black ... Bart 'Zero' Liquori
Ernie Lively ... Sheriff John Teller
Karen Lorre ... Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
Steve Makaj ... Frank Kiveat
Peter Anderson Peter Anderson ... Stan Buxton
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Mrs. Oswald
Mar Andersons ... Jack Hammond
Brent Chapman ... Traffic Cop
Jason Griffith ... Paramedic #1 (as Jason Anthony Griffith)




Five male teenagers in Connerville, Oklahoma were reported to have been struck by lightning, and one of them has survived. The most recent death draws Mulder and Scully in, and at the confrontation of local law enforcement, they must solve the case before they, too, are fried. Written by EJS

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The title of this episode is taken from the initials of the character "Darin Peter Oswald." The initials are seen on the high-score screen of what appears to be Darren's favorite video game. See more »


As Mulder and Scully leave the morgue for the first time, they pass a bottle of amber liquid labeled "Acetic Acid, glacial" on the shelf. Pure acetic acid is colorless. See more »


Fox Mulder: I found it between Miss April and the Women of the Ivy League.
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Crazy Credits

Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


Features The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »


Ring the Bells
Written by Tim Booth, Larry Gott and Jim Glennie
Performed by James
[plays on the jukebox at the arcades during the opening sequence]
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2 future stars shine in entertaining episode
9 November 2007 | by patpattersonSee all my reviews

DPO is another episode that I remember seeing way back in the 90s and recently had the chance to watch again.I still enjoyed it a lot and it brought back memories of that particular time in my life. DPO stands for Darin Peter Oswald and as the title suggests the episode is all about him.Hes a small town slacker who works as a mechanic and spends his spare time hanging around the arcades with his friend "Zero",and longing after his schoolteacher,Sharon Kiveat.However he also possesses a special gift,having the ability to apparently channel electricity through his person and focus it on who/whatever is unlucky to get in his way.This is where M&S come in after the number of electricity related deaths in Darin's small town attract their attention.Despite the skepticisms of the local police chief they soon realize Darin had something to do with the deaths.Can they manage to rein him in before his frustration at being rejected in love and his feelings of inadequacy send him spiraling out of control? A Couple of other things to note: The episode featured 2 then relatively unknown actors who would subsequently rise to greater fame:Giovanni Ribisi in the title role and funnyman Jack Black as his friend "Zero".Ribisi is especially good here and he really has the moody teenager persona down to a tee. The opening sequence is tense and exciting and the music(Ring the Bells by James)and action combine very well and peak together in a dramatic climax.The scenes where DPO uses his gift and "strikes" are also handled well and some of these scenes are quite spectacular looking. So to sum up my feelings DPO is a pretty solid X-file.I would put it in the same category as "Pusher",as it features a human character with an extraordinary gift.Its probably not one of my absolute fave eps but its not too far off either.I give it 8.5/10.

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