The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an "encounter" he experienced as a child.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), Alex Gansa | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Carrie Snodgress ... Darlene Morris
Michael Cavanaugh ... Sheriff Jack Withers
Donald Gibb ... Kip (as Don Gibb)
Joel Palmer ... Kevin Morris
Charles Cioffi ... Section Chief Scott Blevins
Shelley Owens ... Tessa Seers
Don Thompson ... Holtzman
Akiko Morison ... Leza Atsumi
Taunya Dee ... Ruby Morris
Anthony Harrison ... Fourth Man
Glen Roald Glen Roald ... M.E. Worker
Mauricio Mercado Mauricio Mercado ... Coroner


Mulder and Scully travel to Sioux City to investigate the disappearance of a teenager, Ruby Morris, whose mother Darlene claims was abducted by aliens. There's some reluctance on the part of the FBI to even open an X-File on the matter until Mulder finds that the Darlene was also supposedly abducted during a girl scout outing when she was a teenager. Ruby had something of a wild reputation and the local authorities believe she may have run off with a biker. Ruby's younger brother Kevin is seeing something on the television that he can translate into binary code, something that is of interest to the NSA. For Mulder, the case is far too reminiscent of his sister Samantha's abduction by aliens when he was 12 and she 8 years old. Written by garykmcd

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1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Joel Palmer, who plays young Kevin, reappears in the series in Season 2 in the possession episode, The X-Files: The Calusari (1995). See more »


At the end of the episode watch the small cross that Scully wears as she and Mulder walk down the hall. When the shot changes to a close-up, it has jumped into her shirt. See more »


Mulder: How can an eight year-old boy who can barely multiply be a threat to national security? And people call me paranoid.
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle II (2016) See more »


Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Mvt. I, Allegro
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Underrated - The Search for a missing girl!
14 June 2016 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Conduit is underrated episode in the first season of the X-Files. I like this Episode a lot. Conduit is about a missing teenage girl who disappeared and went missing in Sioux City, Iowa. Mulder and Scully fly there when Mulder takes this case personal.

Section Chief Scott Blevins (Charles Cioffi) did not want to give an open case to Mulder, but Scully convinced him to talk to Mulder about this case. They both travel to Iowa to look closer for a missing girl. The episode is about a Lake Okobogee that was the scene of a series of UFO sightings in 1967: Darlene Morris (Carrie Snodgress) was a member of a Girl Scout troop than, she was one of the witnesses and now her daughter disappeared. While Mulder goes deeper in to this case, we realized that he is looking for this girl because she reminds him on his sister Samantha who went missing and disappeared when he was 12 years old. Mulder does not quit until he finds the body of a girl.

The leads of a missing girl finds connection that Ruby (Taunya Dee) the girl who disappeared had a boyfriend name Greg Randall who was pregnant at the time when she disappeared, it turned out Mulder and Scully found a grave in the woods and it was Greg Randall and they found a suspect and got it in to custody and it was Tessa (Shelley Owens) the girl who told about Greg to Mulder and Scully. She killed him when she find out Greg was going to leave her for Ruby, but in the woods Ruby never showed up. So the search keeps continue when Mulder saves young boy Kevin (Joel Palmer) from biker gang been almost run over, when Scully find's Ruby buried and alive. Mulder and Scully saves the kids. We see Mulder in a church sad when he still misses and searches for his missing sister.

This is a mystery episode that evolves disappearance of a teen girl in Iowa. First I thought the Aliens did that, but than we go deeper in to the plot of the story in this episode. This is not a mythology episode is a mystery episode.

Here we have three incredible actors appearing: Donald Gibb from Bloodsport (1988) appears as bartender and a biker name Kip. We have Carrie Snodgress from Charles Bronson's Murphy's Law (1986) in it, as Darlene the mother of a missing girl and of course Shelley Owens as Tessa boy she was hot in here. The producers than really knew what kind of beautiful actress to cast in the episodes.

I like this episode, I know it should have been mythology episode but even without that, it is still good episode. Still I think this episode should involved aliens and alien abduction and put mystery together it would be a better episode tough, just my opinion. Daniel Sackheim did incredible joy directing this episode, he even directed my favorite episode of all time "Deep throat." 7/10.

The first season of the science fiction television series The X-Files commenced airing on the Fox network in the United States on September 10, 1993, and concluded on the same channel on May 13, 1994, after airing all 24 episodes.

"Conduit" is the fourth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on October 1, 1993. It was written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, directed by Daniel Sackheim, and featured a guest appearance by Carrie Snodgress as the mother of an abducted teenager.

7/10 Grade: B- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Carrie Snodgress, Michael Cavanaugh, Donald Gibb, Joel Palmer, Charles Cioffi, Shelley Owens, Taunya Dee Director: Daniel Sackheim Producers: Chris Carter, Joseph Patrick Finn, Glen Morgan, James Wong Screenplay: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon Rated: R Running Time: 44 minutes

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