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S.R. 819 

When Skinner is infected with an unknown disease and receives a mysterious phone call telling him he has 24 hours to live, Scully and Mulder rush to find a cure and those responsible.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), John Shiban




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Raymond J. Barry ... Senator Richard Matheson
John Towey ... Dr. Kenneth Orgel
Kenneth Tigar ... Dr. Plant
Jenny Gago ... Dr. Katrina Cabrera
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Donna Marie Moore Donna Marie Moore ... ICU Nurse
Greta Fadness Greta Fadness ... OR Nurse
Dan Klass ... Forensic Tech
Susana Mercedes Susana Mercedes ... Driver
Tim Van Pelt Tim Van Pelt ... Young Surgeon
Keith Coulouris ... Intern
Arlene Warren Arlene Warren ... Skinner's Secretary (as Arlene Pileggi)


Skinner comes down with a mysterious condition that puts him on the verge of death. An unknown voice on the phone tells Skinner that he has 24 hours to live. Mulder and Scully rush to find a cure for his condition. His impending death is somehow linked to S.R. 819, a Senate resolution that will supply money and medical supplies to the World Health Organization. Written by Muldernscully

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

17 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of Dr. Orgel's character is an homage to the real Leslie Orgel, who was known for his theories on the origins of life and self-replicating molecules such as catalytic RNA. See more »


(at around 45 mins) Alex Krycek closes the panel on the remote device with his left thumb. In "Terma" (#4.9) Krycek had his left arm amputated. He is seen in a number of intervening episodes with a prosthetic limb. See more »


Skinner: Every minute of every day, we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be. This was the course I chose. Trying to find the delicate balance of interests that can never exist. Choosing by not choosing. Defending a center which cannot hold. So death chose for me.
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