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Underneath 

After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

Director:

John Shiban

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), John Shiban
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
W. Earl Brown ... Robert M. Fassl
Lisa Darr ... Attorney Jana Fain
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Bearded Man
Robert Curtis Brown ... Assistant D.A. Damon Kaylor
Paul Vincent O'Connor ... Warden Brian Hutchinson
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Duke Tomasick (as Arthur Nascarella)
Carol Kiernan ... Mom
Mary Margaret Lewis Mary Margaret Lewis ... Mrs. Dowdy (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Michael Patterson Michael Patterson ... Dad
Kelly McNair ... Teenage Girl
Aaron D. Spears ... Guard
Rick Garcia Rick Garcia ... Reporter #1
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After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The killer in the story looks like Charles Manson. There are messages written on the wall in blood like in the Manson murders. See more »

Goofs

When Fassl is fighting the bearded man in the bathroom, the man pushes him and his head hits the sink. When this happens, the sink can be seen moving significantly under the impact, revealing it to be a soft prop. See more »

Quotes

Monica Reyes: Somehow this person materialized inside a maximum security prison, killed an inmate, and then vanished into thin air.
John Doggett: Materialized how, like Casper the Friendly Ghost?
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

Connections

References Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908) See more »

Soundtracks

The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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All in All
26 July 2013 | by jzap2288See all my reviews

All in All, I thought John Shiban's 'Underneath' was a lot like the 'Chimera' episode by David Amann, only not as good. Chimera just made more sense and was more believable explanation why the suspect had another dark side to her because deep down, the motif made more sense why she would commit her killings. . Whereas this man didn't have a reason to kill his victims, nor did he even remotely want to. There were however a few good ideas within the story, for instance to bring back an old case from Doggetts NYPD days, a case he dealt with personally. These are the X-Files episodes i'd typically enjoy, especially in season 9 where it seems anything to get away from the super soldier crap is good but this one, I just couldn't find myself locking on tight with.


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