The episode earned a Nielsen household rating of The episode received mixed to moderately positive reviews from critics. A sequel to the episode was later filmed during the series' sixth season , entitled " Three of a Kind ". The concept for having an episode dedicated to The Lone Gunmen arose when the show's producers were forced to start production of the fifth season in the last week of August in Vancouver, but still needed series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for the filming of The X-Files movie in Los Angeles.
Writing duties fell to Vince Gilligan , who initially drafted a story about nanotechnology, before changing to the origins of The Lone Gunmen on behest of series creator Chris Carter. Inside, they find a naked and disoriented Fox Mulder in a box, shouting, "They're here! As they sit in a city jail, they begin blaming each other for the predicament they have found themselves in. In the flashback , Byers, a public affairs officer for the FCC , attends a computer and electronics convention. There, he follows a beautiful woman who passes his booth; he also passes by booths manned by Melvin Frohike and Richard Langly , who are both selling stolen cable television.
When Byers bumps into the woman, she introduces herself as Holly and claims that her daughter had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, who is in the Baltimore area. Byers realizes that the words refer to the Defense Department 's computer network, which she requests he hack into. Byers, at the time an unquestioningly loyal government employee, reluctantly complies.
He finds an encrypted file on her daughter, named Susanne Modeski. Just then, a man whom Holly claims to be her boyfriend passes by Byers's booth.
It is Mulder. Byers and Holly recruit Frohike to help them decipher the file. Returning to his booth, Byers finds his FCC colleague being arrested for the hacking he committed. Frohike convinces Byers not to turn himself in, and recruits Langly to help them hack into the FBI database to learn more about Holly. They discover that "Holly" is actually Susanne Modeski, who is wanted for acts of murder, sabotage, and terrorism at a weapons facility in New Mexico.
Susanne admits her deception but claims that she was scapegoated for trying to leave her job at the weapons facility. There, she had been working on ergotamine , an aerosolized gas that causes paranoia and anxiety.
Susanne claims that the government plans to test the gas on civilians in Baltimore. After deciphering the file, the Lone Gunmen find that she was telling the truth, learning the location of the gas. Susanne also finds evidence that she had a tracking device put in a tooth, which she pulls out. The four of them head to the warehouse, where they find the gas stored inside asthma inhalers. Suddenly, Mulder arrives to arrest them, but two dark-suited men come to take Susanne.
They fire at Mulder, hitting the boxes behind him and exposing him to the gas. The exposure causes Mulder to strip naked, hide in the box, and hallucinate about seeing aliens in the warehouse. Susanne shoots the men and escapes. More men then arrive, led by X , who intimidates the Lone Gunmen. Byers confronts X, asking him about his actions and mentioning the supposed cover-up of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent. Note: This episode was a "sneak peek" episode.
October 13, , year-old Joel Kirkpatrick of Lawrenceville, Illinois is stabbed to death by an intruder in the middle of the night. After an investigation in which numerous seemingly common suspects are considered, his mother, Julie Rae Harper is charged with the crime as the town is in disbelief.
No one imagines she is capable of murder. She is convicted and sentenced to 65 years in prison. She appeals her conviction and the Innocence Project takes up her case, believing she could not have committed the crime. Serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells , who is on death row in Texas, then hints that he committed the crime. Lawrenceville prosecutors are not convinced, but others are. Many witnesses who attempted to come forward around the time of the crime but were ignored also speak up.
These include a man who saw the suspect in a restaurant two days before the murder and thought his behavior was odd, and a bus ticket saleswoman who thought he matched the description on a composite sketch. A new trial is granted, and Harper is freed. Sells is never convicted of this particular murder, though he remains the prime suspect. A serial killer scares Spokane, WA, by taking the lives of many people. The analysis of an old lead helps investigators solve the case. On January 22nd, , Taunja Bennett, a mentally challenged young woman, is found strangled and brutally beaten to death.
An intense investigation produces no suspects. Then, out of the blue, a bizarre confession is made and the case was closed even though the police found the story hard to believe but still deemed the confession convincing.
Incredibly, somebody else claimed credit. People are arrested but in the Fall of , someone sends two anonymous letters: one to the Portland Oregonian newspaper and one to the Washington county judges criminal court. The letters - signed with smiley faces - dispute and question the arrests. The writer says he committed the crimes and, even more disturbing, that Bennett was not his only victim.
In , teenager Joey Martin leaves home through a bedroom window to join friends for beers and to catch a glimpse of a rare comet that was due to pass through the Northern sky, but he disappears. Police do not find any concrete leads up until , when a new detective uncovers a shocking story. An FBI office worker named Melissa Mooney is raped and strangled to death within days of moving into her new home. When her bitter ex-husband is cleared after appearing to be the most likely suspect, her co-workers in the Bureau persist and ultimately succeed in bringing her killer, someone who was right under their noses from the start of the investigation, to justice.
A young woman is raped and murdered in the home she shares with her live-in boyfriend. The killer turns out to be someone who made a living saving lives. Initial evidence points to another policeman from the same department. Detectives investigate their own workmates until they get to the unusual suspect. In , the brutalized body of a young mother is found in a gallon trash barrel.
Initial leads point to a possible love triangle, and the possibility that the obsession of one of her coworkers just went too far. When the shocking truth is untangled, a vicious killer faces final justice. Puyallup resident and mother-of-three Dana Laskowski is found murdered in her home. After investigating and clearing her ex-husband, current boyfriend, and an infatuated cable installer, detectives learn that Dana's penchant for mentoring wayward teens may have played a role in her demise.
Ultimately, the only thing more shocking than the killer's identity is the penalty that they receive. In , a popular high school girl is murdered in the Angeles National Forest. Investigators run through a network of classmates, rivals and troublemakers to find the killer. Years later, a break in the cases exposes the shocking truth and unearths a devastating betrayal. Laurderdale-by-the-Sea resort manager Rudi Houda is walking through a grocery store parking lot to his car, when out of nowhere, a mysterious pickup pulls up alongside Houda and someone inside douses him with a cooler full of deadly acid.
Despite prompt help from bystanders, paramedics, and doctors, Houda later dies of his injuries. Further investigation reveals that Houda was involved in a contentious oceanfront property war with a neighboring condominium owner who made it no secret that he wished Houda harm. The suit was highly ridiculed behind the scenes. To fix the perceived issues with the monster, the production team gave the film to visual effects editor Laurie Kallsen-George, who digitally altered the footage until it was deemed suitable.
It usually begins with one person who conceives of a delusional belief and then spreads it to another; thus, those two share the same delusion. In Oak Brook , Illinois , Gary Lambert Brian Markinson , a telemarketer at a company called VinylRight, believes that his seemingly normal boss, Greg Pincus John Apicella , is an insect-like monster that only he can see in its true form.
Mulder suspects that the case is a deliberate waste of time and tells Scully not to accompany him. During his meeting with Pincus, Mulder learns that the tape was sent to a local radio station with a demand that it be played twenty-four hours a day; on the tape, a man — revealed to be Lambert — claims that a monster "hides in the light" and stalks employees at VinylRight.
Mulder calls Scully and asks her to find past X-Files containing the phrase. After one of Lambert's co-workers, Nancy Aaronson Cynthia Preston , is turned into a living corpse by Pincus— while appearing normal to everyone else— Lambert flees to his apartment and arms himself with an assault rifle. Meanwhile, Scully calls Mulder to tell him that she found the phrase "hiding in the light" in a case from Lakeland, Florida , that involved similar accusations of hidden monsters.
Mulder admits that Scully should come to Chicago to help him with the investigation. He returns to the VinylRight office and unwittingly walks into the middle of a hostage situation , being held captive by Lambert along with Pincus and the other employees. As Scully arrives on the scene, Lambert divides his hostages into "real people" and "monsters", claiming that Pincus has turned several employees into zombies.
Lambert shoots Mark Backus, one of the purported zombies, when he tries to disarm him while briefly distracted by Mulder. When Lambert demands a camera to broadcast his warning, Scully arranges for a SWAT officer disguised as a cameraman to be sent in the building.
Lambert, not knowing that the camera broadcasts only in a closed circuit , accuses Pincus of being a monster. As the lights are cut, Lambert forces Mulder to look behind him and see that Pincus, for an instant, is a large insect.
Just then, the FBI smashes into the room with an armored vehicle and kills Lambert before he can open fire. At his office, Mulder maps out all the reports of monsters "hiding in the light" against places Pincus has lived and worked. Mulder asks Scully to do an autopsy of Backus to see if there is any evidence of Lambert's claims, but Scully refuses. In an effort to prove Lambert right, Mulder goes to his home with an Agent Rice.
There, Mulder finds a map of Pincus' movements and incidents of reported monsters, like the map Mulder made. Looking out a window, Mulder sees the zombified Nancy watching him. He runs outside to confront her, but she drives away in a car with Pincus. Meanwhile, Skinner asks Scully why Mulder returned to Chicago. She covers for him and finds herself committed to performing Backus's autopsy. She hands over the operation to her assistant, who observes that the body has been dead for between 48 and 72 hours, not the 24 hours since the shooting.
He looks through the window and sees the monster leaning over the woman as she watches TV. Breaking into the house, Mulder sees that Starns has been transformed into a zombie.
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