The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The agents investigate the deaths of several young people who were apparently struck by lightning in the same small town.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Giovanni Ribisi ... Darin Peter Oswald
Jack Black ... Bart 'Zero' Liquori
Ernie Lively ... Sheriff John Teller
Karen Lorre ... Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
Steve Makaj ... Frank Kiveat
Peter Anderson Peter Anderson ... Stan Buxton
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Mrs. Oswald
Mar Andersons ... Jack Hammond
Brent Chapman ... Traffic Cop
Jason Griffith ... Paramedic #1 (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Five male teenagers in Connerville, Oklahoma were reported to have been struck by lightning, and one of them has survived. The most recent death draws Mulder and Scully in, and at the confrontation of local law enforcement, they must solve the case before they, too, are fried. Written by EJS

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6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


"Hey Man, Nice Shot" was also used in The Cable Guy (1996) featuring Jack Black who plays Bart 'Zero' Liquori in this episode. See more »


As Mulder and Scully leave the morgue for the first time, they pass a bottle of amber liquid labeled "Acetic Acid, glacial" on the shelf. Pure acetic acid is colorless. See more »


Fox Mulder: I found it between Miss April and the Women of the Ivy League.
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Crazy Credits

Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
[The show's theme]
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Lightning strikes
20 January 2017 | by thomas-schroersSee all my reviews

What can I say about this episode. It's a regular one. Nothing special about it. The thing is this. When the X-Files was on TV people didn't expect the kind of story lines, that we get nowadays. So I have to remind myself, that it is totally fine, that after four incredible myth episodes we now go back to the monster of the week. In all honesty though this time around the monster isn't really exciting. Actually, the most exciting thing was to see Jack Black and Giovanni Ribisi. I didn't expect that one and the two of them didn't disappoint. Ribisi brought a diverse array of emotions, while being terrifying as well. The episode also has this clear 90s vibe, which I liked. You look at both Black and Ribisi and have no choice, but to think: Yeah 90s. Both of these guys could walk around in those early Linklater movies. Mulder and Scully were in great form, too. I noticed something about Duchovny in this episode. Something was different. Maybe it was the hair or a little new movement of his lips. After four episodes of hectic behavior, Mulder was back to normal.

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