The X-Files (1993– )
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Field Trip 

The skeletal remains of a young couple are found after they have been missing for only three days in an area known for UFO activity. Mulder and Scully have different experiences in the investigation but nothing is quite as it seems.

Director:

Kim Manners

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Robyn Lively ... Angela Schiff
David Denman ... Wallace Schiff
Jim Beaver ... Coroner
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
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Storyline

A young married couple's skeletons are found together on a field in the mountains after only being reported missing for three days. The area where their skeletons were found is known for UFO activity, so Mulder and Scully go there to investigate it. Mulder finds the couple alive and all signs point to an alien abduction. But everything is not as it seems. Written by Muldernscully

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sound effects from the computer game StarCraft (1998) are used - specifically from the Zergs. See more »

Goofs

The yellow "NC Permanent -State Owned" tag on the front of the Medical Examiner's truck is incorrect. As "Boone County" owned the truck the correct tag, at the time of filming, would have been silver colored "Permanent -North Carolina".

NC is a rear display only state and does not issue tags for the front of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Scully: Mulder, can you just, for once, just for the novelty of it, come up with the simplest explanation? The most logical one, instead of automatically jumping to UFOs or Bigfoot or...
Mulder: Scully, in 6 years how often have I been wrong? No, seriously. I mean, every time I bring a new case we go through this perfunctory dance, you tell me I'm not being scientifically rigorous and that I'm off my nut; and in the end who turns out to be right like 98.9 percent of the time? I just think I've earned the ...
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Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Among the Best Stand Alone Episodes
10 July 2008 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

Two skeletons have been unearthed, seemingly of two missing hikers. But as Mulder and Scully try to comprehend what force is behind their deaths...something far more sinister is at work already. And the force that claimed the hikers may already affecting the agents themselves...

The episode, cleverly titled, is among this reviewer's favorites. After the first viewing, one has the tendency to feel cheated. But after repeat viewings, it gets better and better as one realizes that the episode is doing it's honest best to make sure that the viewer never knows quite what is going on.

A pure mind trip of the highest order, this episode delivers the goods. A nicely layered psychological puzzle that will remind the viewer what the unexplained is truly about...and why X-Files is at the top of the class.


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