The X-Files: Season 3 (1995 - 1996)

Season 3
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Air date: Sep 22, 1995

The third season of The X-Files began where the second season left off -- with the September 22, 1995, episode "The Blessing Way." In this follow-up to the previous season's "Anasazi," Mulder is nursed back to health by a group of Navajo Indians following an explosion in a train. Meanwhile, Scully, still believing herself responsible for Mulder's supposed death, faces possible expulsion from the FBI. The episode comes to a climax when it seems that Mulder's own superior, Assistant FBI Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), is part of a sinister conspiracy. Part two of a three-part story, "The Blessing Way" was written by series creator Chris Carter.

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Air date: Sep 29, 1995

"Paper Clip" is the concluding chapter of a three-part X-Files story which began with the second-season cliffhanger "Anasazi." Recovering from injuries sustained in an explosion, Mulder tries to determine the connection between his father's death and a large-scale government cover-up known as "Operation Paper Clip." Complicating matters is the possibility that Mulder's own boss, Assistant FBI Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), has been assigned to "silence" the inquisitive agent. Meanwhile, Scully, at last secure in the knowledge that Mulder is alive, faces a serious crisis of her own. Written by Chris Carter, "Paper Clip" first aired September 29, 1995.

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Air date: Oct 6, 1995

Several residents of Connerville, OK, have been killed in a series of freak lightning disturbances. All the victims were young -- ranging in age from 18 to 21. Investigating, Mulder and Scully suspect a local teenage layabout named Darren Oswald (Giovanni Ribisi), who apparently possesses the power to control the elements. First telecast October 6, 1995, D.P.O. (the initials are explained in the course of the story) was written by Howard Gordon. Also notable in this episode is the appearance of future comedy star Jack Black in a small role.

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Air date: Oct 13, 1995

This classic X-Files episode stars Peter Boyle as the titular Clyde Bruckman, a man "blessed" with the ability to predict how other people die. Mulder and Scully enlist Bruckman's assistance in solving the murders of several fortune tellers. Bruckman comes to regret his cooperation when he experiences a vision of the murderer's next victim. Incidentally, Boyle's character name is something of an inside joke: the "real" Clyde Bruckman was a comedy writer who worked with such notable funsters as Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and the Three Stooges. Written by Darin Morgan, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" was originally telecast October 13, 1995.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1995

Mulder and Scully look into a mysterious jailhouse death which seems to be linked to the recent execution of death row inmate Napoleon "Neech" Manley (Badja Djola). Just before he was strapped into the electric chair, Manley promised to return from the grave to exact vengeance on all those who wronged him. When another person on Manley's list dies suddenly, the two FBI agents focus their attentions on the next potential victim -- and, as always, there are surprises aplenty in store for everyone. Originally broadcast October 20, 1995, "The List" was written and directed by X-Files creator Chris Carter.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1995

This X-Files episode was one of the first network-TV examples of the now-familiar plot device of "murder by Internet." This time around, Mulder and Scully are put on the trail of a serial killer who preys on heavyset women (à la The Silence of the Lambs). Once the agents determine that the murderer meets his victims via a computer bulletin board, they cook up a scheme to turn the villain's M.O. against him. Written by Jeffrey Vlaming, "2Shy" was originally telecast on November 3, 1995.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1995

Mulder and Scully are dispatched to a military hospital where several patients have tried but failed to commit suicide. At the same time, the family members of these would-be suicides are being murdered by an apparent serial killer. The agents follow the trail of evidence to another of the hospital patients, one Sgt. "Rappo" Trimble (Ian Tracey) -- a quadruple amputee. First aired on November 10, 1995, "The Walk" was written by John Shiban.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1995

Fifteen-year-old Amy Jacobs (Jewel Staite) has been abducted from her home by a known psychopath. Investigating the kidnapping, Mulder and Scully enlist the aid of Lucy Householder (Tracey Ellis) who, 17 years earlier, had been the victim of a similar abduction perpetrated by the same man. As the case progresses, Mulder comes to believe that the hapless Lucy possesses a strange and sinister psychic connection with the elusive psycho. Written by Charles Grant Craig, "Oubliette" made its network debut on November 17, 1995.

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Air date: Nov 24, 1995

Part one of a two-part X-Files drama, "Nisei" originally aired November 24, 1995. The story begins with the screening of a videotape that supposedly depicts an actual alien autopsy (not unlike the tape that was then being heavily promoted by X-Files' parent Fox Network). The clues provided by this tape lead Mulder and Scully to a strange group of people who may hold the clues to Scully's mysterious disappearance the previous year. By the time the episode has reached its climax, both Scully and Mulder are in danger of extermination for knowing too much. "Nisei" was written by Chris Carter, Howard Gordon, and Frank Spotnitz.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1995

First broadcast December 1, 1995, "731" was the conclusion of a two-part X-Files story that began with the previous week's "Nisei." While trying to confirm the authenticity of an "alien autopsy" videotape, Mulder and Scully have stumbled upon an international conspiracy involving a group of Japanese scientists. In addition, Scully is provided with clues pertaining to her mysterious disappearance of the previous year. Unfortunately, neither agent may live long enough to reveal the truth -- Mulder is stuck on board a booby-trapped train, and Scully is forced to deal with a shadowy government figure who might turn out to be her assassin. Both "Nisei" and "731" were written by Chris Carter, Howard Gordon, and Frank Spotnitz.

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Season three of The X-Files begins with Fox Mulder having been found in the desert, following the end of season two's finale, and is nursed back to health. Dana Scully discovers a Nazi scientist who is attempting to create alien-human hybrids, whilst also meeting with a group of women who had abduction experiences similar to her own. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Cast & Crew

David Duchovny
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner
Bruce Harwood
John Fitzgerald Byers
William B. Davis
Smoking Man
Dean Haglund
Richard "Ringo" Langly
Jaap Broeker
The Stupendous Yappi
John Neville
Well-Manicured Man
Sheila Larken
Margaret Scully
Brendan Beiser
Agent Pendrell
Tom Braidwood
Melvin Frohike
Bonnie Hay
Night Nurse
Steven Williams
Mr. X
Morris Panych
Gray Haired Man
Ernie Foort
Security Guard
Lenno Britos
Hispanic Man
John Moore
Elder 3
Chris Carter
Executive Producer
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  • Feb 10, 2018
    The paranormal gets even more strange and bizarre in Season 3 of The X-Files. After surviving an attempted assassination Mulder is hot on the heels of the Syndicate; coming ever closer to exposing their plans for colonization. But in the meantime Mulder and Scully continue to look into cases of psychics, astral projection, mass hysteria, mind control, and mythic creatures. With the success of last season's "Humbug," the series attempts to add more humor with the classic satiric episodes "Clyde Bookman's Final Repose" and "Jong Chung's From Outer Space." Additionally, the list of guest stars is more impressive than ever; featuring Peter Boyle, R. Lee Ermey, Kurtwood Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Jack Back, Amanda Tapping, and Jesse Ventura. Fast becoming a powerhouse of the Fox network, The X-Files' third season continues to develop rich and interesting stories and compelling characters that bring in more and more viewers week after week.
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  • Apr 03, 2021
    This is really awesome and cool and clever
  • Mar 23, 2020
    The best season yet, the X-Files' third season boasts some truly classic episodes, a good mixture of MOTW and mythology episodes, attention-grabbing cinematography, fleshing out the side characters more to the point that Skinner got his own episode, great performances from our two leads - special mention goes to Mulder and Scully's conversation on a rock in "Quagmire" about Moby Dick - and stellar production values to the point that you could edit the two-part episodes into one and they honestly wouldn't look too out-of-place on the big screen. Oh, and did I mention this season was funny, too? "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" was a genuinely great episode with the best part not being the Rashomon thing it's got going on but this one Man in Black being very insistent that people saw the planet Venus. Though I had quite a blast with "War of the Coprophages" I had a great time watching this third season and truly hope that I'll enjoy the critically acclaimed darker and edgier fourth season just as much, if not more.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Yet another great season but a couple of episodes I have a little negative reactions.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Feb 21, 2019
    The best season so far with one of the best episodes: Jose Chung's From Outer Space.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Probably the best season of the series. From the opening episode, the mythology starts to take shape, and the stand alone episodes are also fantastic (D.P.O., Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, 2Shy). a couple of the 2-parters are worthy of film
  • Dec 30, 2017
    This and the fourth season were the X-FILES at their best. The overall conspiracy and stand alone episodes mesh so well that you just want more and more. Not resting on their laurels and ever expanding. Shape-shifting aliens would be added to the X-FILES lexicon. Some of the best stand alone episodes they ever did this season, even introducing some comedy! The X-FILES was officially cool and not just for nerds!
  • Mar 31, 2017
    The X-Files: Season 3 is executive produced by Chris Carter, and it stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in a science fiction drama about The X-Files being reactivated, but with Special Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) being missing, and Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) not knowing about what’s going on, and trying to cope with her family’s situation. Before it expires on Netflix, I’ve managed to have enough time to finish the season at a very close call, and maybe I’ll be able to watch more of the show at a later time by renting them, but it’ll definitely take more of my time with it. So from the 3 seasons that I watched so far, this is the best. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are just great as usual, and we get to see a bit more out of them whether it’s family reasons, or something happened that affect them for a while and acted something different that they’re not. Their chemistry will always be the show’s strength, and I think by at this point, the creator knows that also as it shows more of their interactions. It may be the same shtick that we usually see at this point in terms of them arguing when Mulder thinks he knows the answer while Scully proves him wrong through science, the show does try to switch it around which is refreshing to see, and when they have actual conversations, it’s really quite nice and relaxing to listen to. There may not be much more of the main story that it did in the previous season, I still remain invested in what’s happening, the main plotline is really good, and the Monster-of-the-Week episodes are much better than the last season where it was a bit hit-or-miss and has memorable episodes like all of the episodes that Darin Morgan has written that are really funny and different from what I usually see, and Vince Gilligan’s Pusher which has a cool villain, well-written, and has a suspenseful climax to it. Skinner is still a pretty bad*bleep* character that I was pretty interested to know about a bit of his backstory. So while there were some of the best episodes of the series so far, there was an episode that is probably the worst I’ve seen in this show, and that is Teso Dos Bichos because the subject matter is not interesting, it seemed to be whatever it wants to be with no connection whatsoever to itself, and it’s really hard to take the episode seriously when you realize who the murderer was. I’m not the only one here, the cast and crew of The X-Files hated it, and director Kim Manners made T-shirts and gave it to the cast and crew that says “Teso Dos Bichos Survivor”. There might be some other episodes where I thought could’ve been better, but I don’t really remember the ones that stood out like this one. With that said, The X-Files: Season 3 is a really great season that I think I might have enough information for the first film they made which has the black oil in it.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    The third season of the X-Files is widely regarded as the best season of the show at seamlessly showcasing the three areas in which the X-Files came to be known for: 1. First, this season kept progressing the show's "mythology" in fascinating fashion. From the introduction of the shadowy Syndicate (of which the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis is a member) to the continued betrayal of Alex "Ratboy" Krychek (Nicholas Lea), the myth-arc episodes were some of the best in the show's history. A different interpretation of Scully's (Gillian Anderson) earlier abduction is also touched on, as well as a strange alien substance brought up from the depths of the ocean. 2. This season also continued the high-quality "stand-alone" X-File case episodes. "Revelations" probes the religous differences between Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully, "Pusher" introduces a psychologically-terrifying villain, and "Avatar" explores the personal life of A.D. Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). 3. Finally, three comedic episodes are featured in this season, providing a much-appreciated breath of fresh air to a show that regularly delves into some very serious content. "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" pays tribute to the silent films of yesteryear, "War of the Coprophages" is full of witty Mulder-isms, and "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" is considered the ultimate comedic X-File to this day. To conclude, the Third Season of the X-Files does a remarkable job of blending an over-arching mythology with single-hour paranormal excursions and short doses of comedy to keep things fresh. Update (12/2015) -After a re-watch of this season, I actually felt the need to drop the star rating down from five to four. A big reason for this was because the comedy episodes aren't nearly as good in retrospect as they were closer to the live airing. "War of the Coprophages" and "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" just seem odd now instead of inventive. There are also some really strange standalones, as the writers really seemed to branch out into uncharted territory. Still a strong season overall, but I was a bit let down coming off the astounding Season Two.

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