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Episode 1X16

Title: EBE

First screened in Australia: June 2, 1994
First screened in the USA: February 18, 1994

Credits: Director: William Graham
Writers: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Starring: Guest Stars: Plot:
Betrayal lurks on every hand as Mulder and Scully pursue a truck with a strange cargo from Virginia to Washington state, in a chase marked by UFO sightings. Does the truck carry the injured pilot of a UFO shot down over Iraq only days before? Or is it an elaborate hoax, a ruse to mislead and confuse the X-Files team? Scully discovers that she and Mulder are under electronic surveillance, and Mulder learns a painful lesson when his most trusted ally deliberately lies to him. We meet a new set of unconventional allies, however -- the editorial collective of The Lone Gunman conspiracy magazine. Byers, Langly and the sleazy Frohike aid the X-Files team in infiltrating a secret holding facility -- where Mulder discovers a dirty international secret more threatening than a downed UFO.
My Rating: 10/10
One of my all time favourite episodes that goes back to the UFO chasing theme that dominated season one. The episode shows the duplicity of Deep Throat as he lies to Mulder and offers him fake evidence but the chase continues with the help of The Lone Gunmen. Just when Mulder thinks he's found his holy grail and has evidence of an EBE he discovers that Deep Throat has disposed of that evidence.

Notable Quotable:
Mulder: "Some of their ideas are down-right 'spooky'."

Byers: "Vladamir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Russian Social Democrats, is being put into power by the most heinous and evil force in the 20th century."
Mulder: "Barney?"

Langly: "Is this your sceptical partner?"
Frohike: "She's hot."
Byers: (to Scully) "You don't believe that the CIA, threatened by a loss of power and funding, because of the collapse of the cold war, wouldn't dream of having the old enemy back?"
Scully: "I think you give the government too much credit. I mean, the government can't control the deficit or manage crime. What makes you think they can plan and execute such an elaborate conspiracy?"
Frohike: "She IS hot."

Byers: "That's why we like you, Mulder. Your ideas are weirder than ours."

Scully: "These were the most paranoid people I have ever met. I don't know how you could think that what they say is even remotely plausible."
Mulder: "I think it's remotely plausible that someone might think you're hot."
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Peter LaCroix (Ranheim) has also appeared in the episodes "Ascension" and "Unrequited". His movie roles include "Chaindance", "Free Willy 3", "Disturbing Behavior" and "Atomic Train" plus a number of TV movies.

Roger R Cross (Officer Green) also appeared in the episodes "Fresh Bones", "Pusher", and "Folie A Deux". He has had a recurring role in "First Wave" and "The Commish" and appeared in an epiosde of "Sliders". His movie roles include mainly TV movies plus "Look Who's Talking Too", "Dangerous Intentions", "Hideaway", "Free Willy 3" and "Double Jeopardy".

Tom Braidwood and Val Stefoff - both first assistant directors (Tom Braidwood is also Frohike) were names used by Mulder and Scully as aliases to get into the base.

Glen Morgan's Comments
Almost from the beginning, The X-Files had a vocal and articulate following, and "E.B.E." was born out of a desire to repsond to those who enjoyed the show's burgeoning alien mythology. Recalls Glen Morgan, "Jim and I had a chance to do [a conspiracy episode] and "E.B.E." was the result. A lot of that was from fan mail, what people kind of wanted to deal with. I think ["E.B.E."] was written for people we felt were hardcore X-Files fans."
From Medellia's Realm.
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