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Mulder tries to stop a Russian supersoldier from destroying the site in North America where the black oil virus can be excavated. Scully is jailed after she refuses to reveal Mulder's whereabouts at a Senate subcommittee hearing.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
William B. Davis ... Cigarette Smoking Man
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
John Neville ... Well-Manicured Man
Stefan Arngrim ... Prisoner
Jan Rubes ... Vassily Peskow (as Jan Rubés)
Fritz Weaver ... Senator Albert Sorenson
Brent Stait ... Timothy Mayhew
Malcolm Stewart ... Dr. Sacks
Campbell Lane ... Senator Romine
Robin Mossley ... Dr. Kingsley Looker
Brenda McDonald Brenda McDonald ... Auntie Janet
Pamela MacDonald ... Nurse


Mulder and Krycek are taken prisoner in Russia and subjected to bizarre experiments that includes the black oil and vaccinations. They manage to escape but are separated and find different ways out. Back in the U.S., Scully is subpoenaed to appear before a Senate sub-committee and is threatened with jail for contempt when she refuses to tell them where Mulder is. Meanwhile, some of the conspirators, including the Cigarette Smoking Man and the Well-Manicured Man are worried their secret is getting out. Written by garykmcd

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English | Russian

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1 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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The title in the opening credits reads "E PUR SI MUOVE" which is Italian for "And Yet It Moves". See more »


Around 00:11:52, on the right of screen, we can see Krycek's actor and the bald Russian's actor waiting for their scene side by side. Around 00:12:01, the bald Russian is on the bridge and Krycek is going up to him. See more »


Fox Mulder: Why is this so hard to believe? When the accepted discovery of life off this planet is on the front page of every newspaper around the world? When even the most conservative scientists and science journals are calling for the exploration of Mars and Jupiter? With every reason to believe that life and the persistence of it is thriving outside our terrestrial sphere? If you cannot get past this, then I suggest that this whole committee be held in contempt for ignoring evidence that cannot be ...
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The tagline in the opening credits reads "E Pur Si Muove," which translates from Italian to "And still it moves," a phrase ascribed to Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei after his arrest, trial, and conviction for defending the Copernican heresy by the Catholic Church. According to legend, he would utter this after his prayers in quiet protest against the Church, although the stories of this occurring did not surface until a century after Galileo's death. See more »


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