The X-files

Unusual Suspects
Episode: 5X01
First aired:11/16/97
Written by: Vince Gilligan
Directed by: Kim Manners

A funny behind the scenes look at the history of the Lone Gunmen.

In a flash back to 1989, Agent Mulder is found acting paranoid in a blood spattered warehouse in Baltimore by Detective John Munch along with Langly, Frohike and Byers (The Lone Gunmen). In an attempt to explain, Byers recants the events that led up to them being found in the warehouse. He met a woman called Holly at a computer convention who claimed that her daughter had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, she then gave him an Internet address to locate her daughter.

Byers hacked in to a government computer but the relevant file was encrypted, however Frohike, in the next booth, agreed to help decrypt the file. Holly then identified Mulder as her ex-boyfriend so Byers and Frohike approached Mulder only to discover he was an FBI agent.

With the help of Langly, who was also exhibiting at the convention, they hacked in to the FBI computer for information on Mulder, but instead discovered that Holly's real name is Suzanne Modeski and that she was wanted for bombing an FBI lab. Suzanne admitted her story was fabricated, in fact she was trying to prevent the government from testing paranoia-inducing gas that she helped develop, on an unsuspecting public. Mulder, while attempting to arrest Suzanne Modeski, had a shootout with some government officials, which left him in a psychotic state caused by exposure to the paranoia gas and allowed Suzanne to escaped. Detective Munch is skeptical until Mulder verifies the story is true.

Mulder then goes to Langly, Byers and Frohike asking them for what had happened. Their friendship and mutual search for the truth has now been established.

Important Quotes:

Suzanne Modeski: No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth, reach as many people as you can with it, that's your weapon!

Langly: We're screwed. Thank you so much for getting me involved in this, DO-hickey.
Frohike: "Frohike," you hippie jerk.
Langly: DO-hickey!
Frohike: Ya know, with that long blonde hair, you'll be the first one in here that gets traded for cigarettes. I'm gonna be laughing my ass off.
Langly Oh yeah? Ya wanna cha-cha?
Frohike: Anytime, any place.
Byers Both of you relax!
Langly: Shut up, ya narc!

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