First Aired: Mar. 29, 1998 on FOX
Summary: Mulder visits a former FBI agent named Arthur Dales, who may be able to shed some light on why a murder suspect's last word was the young agent's name. Dales tells him a story about the agents assigned to a would-be X-File in the Cold War era of the 1950's.
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- Goof (anachronisms): The record player 'DUAL 1214' in the 1952 sequence was not produced before the late 1960s.
- Written as a tribute to Howard Dimsdale, a screenwriter who was victimized by Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s and who later got work as a screenwriter under the alias "Arthur Dales."
- One of the few episodes Gillian Anderson didn't appear in. Others include were season 2's '3', season 4's 'Zero Sum' and season 5's 'Unusual Suspects'.
- We find the origin of what makes a case an X-file. Unsolved cases were filed under "U" until too many were in there, so they started putting them under "X". A case is given an "X" by the director's office.
- Mulder appears, to some extent, to be mimicking 'The Cigarette-Smoking Man'. In the first place, his hair is in the same style as that character's. Secondly, his usual coat is replaced with a waterproof affair, similar to CSM's. Lastly, there is a brief shot of Mulder smoking a cigarette.
- Mulder is seen to be wearing a wedding ring, which is never explained in the context of the show. It's an inside joke in reference to David Duchovny's marriage to Téa Leoni which happened in close proximity to filming.