Writer: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Harry Longstreet
Original broadcast: September 24th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 24th 1994
One of Scully’s friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.
Mulder and Scully tackle their first monster-of-the-week case courtesy of Agent Tom Colton, an acquaintance of Scully’s from the FBI academy. He wants Scully’s opinion on this “out there” case that’s going to make his career. I’m not sure why Scully would want to help this guy, from the first two seconds of interaction he seems like an arrogant jerk and then calls her Mrs. Spooky. I guess what I like about this is we get a little bit of Scully back story. We learn a bit about her before The X-Files and that she does actually have a life outside of them – well for now. Sorry Scully, you’ll never get out of the damn car. (Sorry newbies, future episode reference.)