"Three Of A Kind"
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Title: Three Of A Kind
First screened in Australia: June 30, 1999
First screened in the USA: May 2, 1999
Director: Brian Spicer
Writers: Vince Gilligan & John Shiban
- Bruce Harwood as John Fitzgerald Byers
- Dean Haglund as Ringo Langly
- Tom Braidwood as Melvin Frohike
- Signy Coleman as Susanne Modeski
- Michael McKean as Morris Fletcher
- Phil Abrams as Little Fritz
- Brian Reddy as Big Fritz
- Richard Zobel as Al
- Jim Fyfe as James Belmont/Jimmy the Geek
- John Billingsley as Timothy Landau/Timmy the Geek
- Jeff Bowser as the Redheaded Geek
- Jason Felipe as Bald Geek
- Rick Garcia as the News Anchor
- Kalena Coleman as Bus Driver
- Charles Rocket as Grant Ellis
- George Sharperson as Security Guard
The Lone Gunmen attend a Defense Contractors' Convention in Las Vegas to uncover trade secrets. When they catch a glimpse of the woman, Susanne Modeski, who disappeared from
Byer's life ten years previously, they trick Scully into coming to their aid.
My Rating: 7/10
This episode was quite good but just seemed to lack a little spark that would make it truly exceptional. Mulder was absent (save from a voice cameo) while Scully's role was a nice chance to showcase her acting talents. Can The Lone Gunmen carry an episode by themselves? Yes. It was interesting to see more detail of their paranoid existence and to meet some of their "weird" nerdish friends and to catch up with the mysterious Susanne Modeski. The opening dream sequence (while I normally hate that kind of thing) with Byers was a fine touch and it tied in well with the ending. The Las Vegas background to the story was well utilised.
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Charles Rocket (Grant Ellis) has appeared in "Dumb And Dumber", "Hocus Pocus", "Dances With Wolves" and "Delirious" (a John Candy flop with Murray Rubinstein from "Biogenesis"). On TV he also had a starring role in "Moonlighting" with Bruce Willis.
Jim Fyfe's (Jimmy The Geek) best known movie roles are in "The Frighteners" (filmed in New Zealand with Michael J Fox) and "A Kiss Before Dying". He also starred in the TV series "Dark Shadows" and appeared in episodes of "News Radio" and "Law And Order" twice.
Brian Reddy (Big Fritz) was in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Pledge Drive" and had small roles in "Dante's Peak", "Primal Fear", "Outbreak" and "Casino", also set in Las Vegas. He's also been seen in two episodes of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer".
Richard Zobel (Al) has appeared in a "Profiler" episode plus "From The Hip" and "Turk 182".
John Billingsley (Timmy) had a starring role in "The Others" TV series.
The Pain Factor:
Scully gets drunk and is also zapped with a mind-altering substance.
The original title for this episode was "B.R.M." which stood for Biological Response Modifiers
The episode was shot in Las Vegas, the first episode shot "on location".
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