The X-Files (1993– )
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Deep Throat 

Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Michael Bryan French ... Paul Mossinger
Seth Green ... Emil
Gabrielle Rose ... Anita Budahas
Monica Parker ... Ladonna
Sheila Moore ... Verla McLennen
Lalainia Lindbjerg ... Zoe
Andrew Johnston ... Lt. Col. Robert Budahas
Johnny Cuthbert ... Commanding Officer (as Jon Cuthbert)
Vince Metcalfe Vince Metcalfe ... Kissell
Michael Puttonen ... Motel Manager
Brian Furlong ... Lead Officer
Doc Harris Doc Harris ... Mr. McLennen


Mulder and Scully investigate the mental breakdown and disappearance of a U.S. Air Force officer, Col. Robert Budahas, once a well regarded test pilot. Mulder's research reveals that there is a pattern of breakdowns at Ellens Air Force base but Scully thinks there are any number legitimate medical reasons for what has happened. Mulder is soon in touch with local UFO enthusiasts and learns where in the area is best to view UFOs. He comes across two young people who regularly sneak onto the base through a hole in the fence to sit back and watch. Mulder believes the aircraft the locals are seeing were built using alien technology and it becomes apparent that the U.S. government is hiding something and will go to great lengths to keep it that way. Throughout, Mulder receives advice and a friendly warning from an unknown man, Deep Throat, who warns him to be careful and confirms Mulder's suspicions about aliens. Written by garykmcd

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17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The house used for the exterior shots of the Budahas residence would also become Frank Black's yellow house in Millennium (1996) and Cassie Blake's in The Secret Circle (2011). See more »


As Mulder and Scully are driving towards the road block set up by the men in black, Mulder breaks sharply, and the exterior shot through the windscreen clearly shows the stunt doubles in the car. See more »


Zoe: [about a picture of a UFO, which she claims took herself] I'm selling limited edition prints, twenty dollars. Down to my last five, if you're interested.
Mulder: Put it on my tab.
Scully: [Leans over to Mulder] Sucker.
Mulder: What would the chances be of someone like me, seeing a UFO?
Scully: Catch ye outside.
[Outside the diner, Scully is looking at a map, Mulder comes out]
Scully: Wanna see something weird, Mulder? Ellens Air Base isn't even on my US GS quadrant map.
Mulder: I know. Let's go.
Scully: You know. Where are we going?
Mulder: We got our own map,...
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Probably my favorite episode
8 January 2015 | by edbergsweSee all my reviews

If I had to choose a one and only episode from the series, as I remembered it right now, it would be this one. I guess you'll get on my track, at least if you're looking at the show as a mystery show as it was intended to be to begin with, and not a love story or a sci-fi show for that matter.

Don't get me wrong, but I prefer the latter two rather as additional "spice", rather than the maintrack. For instance the chemistry is great between M&S here also no matter how you look at it. Also, I like the fact that it's almost like the viewer is through the eyes of M&S at the same time; the common sense of Scully but also the curiosity and the desire of Mulder.

At this point the possibilities was endless, and it was a great foundation to plan out the mythology story. There weren't as much effects and sci-fi blockbusters in the early episodes, but I believe that was actually X-Files strength and why the series worked best the less it tried to answer itself. The episode raised questions and it was in time what people knew and actually still know.

I can't spot any plot holes or anything either, everything seems to be in place. And while there were just as good similar episodes episodes in seasons 2-3, there's just something about the early season 1 which brings it above the rest in my opinion; the overall charm & mood plus the music.

Perhaps I'm biased with nostalgia, but I really think at least the music in the early season 1 was awesome and this episode is a great example. Not that I don't think Mark Snow was able to write even better stuff, but I believe he was commanded to tone his work down somehow later on.

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