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Deep Throat
S01E02
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 Written by
Chris Carter

 Directed by
Daniel Sackheim

 Original Air Date
1993-09-17

 Summary
Mulder and Scully investigate a case where a US military pilot is found with strange symptoms.

 Story
Mulder and Scully investigate the strange disappearance of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Budahas, a test pilot for the military who experienced a psychotic episode and was supposedly hospitalized for treatment. Mulder suspects that Budahas may have met the same fate as six other pilots who mysteriously vanished from Ellens Air Base while participating in experimental aircraft test flights. Mulder hints to Scully that the disappearance may be linked to the paranormal-classifying it as an "X-File" case.

Mulder is approached by a mysterious man--dubbed "Deep Throat"--who advises that the investigation be dropped. However, Mulder and Scully ignore the advice and interview Mrs. Budahas, who describes her husband's unpredictable behavior, strange skin rash and aversion to discussing this work on the military's top secret projects. The agents theorize the pilots may have been associated with Project Aurora, a code name given the Pentagon's secret testing of sub-orbital spy craft. Aided by tips from reporter Paul Mossinger and UFO buff Ladonna, the agents stake out a fenced area near the base. That night, Mulder and Scully watch in amazement as two brightly lit objects shoot through the night sky maneuvering at incredibly speed. The agents give chase when two teenagers, Emil and Zoe, are spotted climbing through a hole from the opposite side of the fence. Soon the hunters become the hunted when a helicopter from the base bears down on the group. The foursome escape, retreating to a restaurant where Zoe and Emil recount tales of watching the light show.

Mulder tells a disbelieving Scully that the military may be flying planes built using technology from a UFO. Mrs. Budahas phones the agents at their hotel when her husband suddenly reappears. The Lieutenant Colonel, however cannot remember any details having to do with his past and the military. Mulder tells Scully he believes Budahas' memory has somehow been drained, and that he--like the other missing pilots who tested the mysterious aircraft--are physiologically incapable of dealing with the stress created during the flights.

The agents are approached by men who seize their evidence and order them to leave town. Mulder instead returns to the base, and using Emil and Zoe as guides, climbs through the hole in the fence. Alone on the base, Mulder is spotted by an apparent UFO and taken prisoner by base security that suddenly arrives. He is then sedated and treated by mysterious figures acting as doctors.

Scully is attacked by Mossinger, who she discovers has been working for the military all along. Scully overpowers him, taking him hostage at gunpoint. She uses Mossinger to find Mulder, and when she learns he is in custody of the military, trades Mossinger in return for Mulder. When he is returned to her, he is unable to recall his encounter with the UFO or what happened while he was on the base seemingly because of the treatment they gave him.

Back in Washington, Mulder is once again approached by Deep Throat while jogging. Deep Throat warns Mulder that the agents have chosen a very dangerous path and their lives are in danger now that they know the truth about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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 Trivia
- Pilot Budahas' house is the same that will be used years later for Frank Black in Chris Carter's other series Millennium.
- This episode introduces the character of Deep Throat.
- This episode's case file number is #DF101364. It is obviously one of the many references to 1013.
- "Deep Throat" was filmed more than a year after the shooting of the pilot episode (S01E01).

 Quotes
"Well, let's just say that this case has a special distinct smell to it, a certain paranormal bouquet."
Fox Mulder

Scully: "If I were that stoned..."
Mulder: "Whoo, if you were that stoned, what!?"

Mulder: "Tell me I'm crazy."
Scully: "Mulder, you're crazy."

Deep Throat: Your lives may be in danger.
Mulder: Why?
Deep Throat: You've seen things that weren't to be seen. Care and discretion are now imperative.
Mulder: I saw someth...
Deep Throat: As I said, I can provide you with information, but only so long as it's in my interest to do so.
Mulder: What is your interest?
Deep Throat: The truth.
Mulder: I did see something. But it's gone. They took it from me. They erased it. You have to tell me what it was.
Deep Throat: A military UFO...
Mulder: ...
Deep Throat: Mister Mulder, why are those like yourself, who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life on this Earth, are not dissuaded by all the evidence to the contrary.
Mulder: Because, all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive.
Deep Throat: Precisely.
Mulder: They are here, aren't they?
Deep Throat: They've been here for a long, long time.

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Superb nostalgic episode with a majestic soundtrack (10/10)
By Jack on 2016-01-01

"Deep Throat" is the first episode of The X-Files shot after the pilot.

OPENING CREDITS
For the first time, The X-Files proposes us a completely new opening credits sequence - the pilot episode having no opening credits except a sentence stating that the episode was based on actual material.
This opening credits scene will become cult for all a generation. So cult that when Chris Carter will actually edit it during the eighth season, the fans will scream. This sequence will even get completely revisited in the ninth season, before turning back to its original version from the tenth season.

These opening credits are pure marvellous; 43 seconds of stupendous marvel.
In a radical change to most of the series from the time, the opening credits contain almost zero images from the main characters. Very intelligently, the names of the main actors are displayed in front of FBI badges. Therefore, we don't face the abject "Love Boat" syndrome, where the names appear in front of scenes from the characters.
In these marvellous credits, Mulder and Scully only appear very briefly on a short shot taken from the following episode ("Squeeze").
The logo from the series will appear in different format along the years, seasons, movies and merchandising products. But only the "X" from these credits will represent the true mystery from the show. These waves along the "X"... This cut part at the top left... This "X", typical from a typewriter, sends us back to the fifties, to the Cold War, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the JFK assassination and to the darkest hours from the FBI.
We easily imagine this "X" appearing on a piece of paper from the Remington typewriter of Kolchak, writing his article, his hat on his back.

And what to say about the musical theme of the series? This is simply a myth of television culture. The echo that we can hear and that gives the theme all his sense was actually the result of an error. Mark Snow and Chris Carter were together and suddenly, the wrong button was pressed, which gave this enigmatic sound.

ATMOSPHERE / MUSIC
Shot more than one year after the original pilot, « Deep Throat » still has the same magical atmosphere as the first episode. One of the most important aspects from this episode is the music. Mark Snow offers us once again a beautiful soundtrack both nostalgic and mysterious at the same time, a tour de force that will slowly vanish along the years to come, in favor of a more convential music for this televisual genre.
This tour de force is clearly visible in the very first apparition of Deep Throat. Suddenly, an atmosphere filled with nostalgy and msystery is rising and taking everything with it.
How many times have we heard about the chemistry between Mulder and Scully? So much that this alchemy will one day take over the rest and become counter-productive. For once, I will tell you about another chemistry. The chemistry between Fox Mulder and Deep Throat. From their very first meeting, a father and son relationship, even grand-father grand-child relationship is taking place. This relationship is stronger than fater and son, because we sense that the Deep Throat character is aware that his life is behind him. And he wants, through Mulder, achieve a sort of redemption, because of his acts.

EXCELLENT SCENARIO
While Deep Throat tries to dissuade Mulder to pursue his investigation, Fox Mulder continue anyhow and discovers a major plot from the series. Some men from the government have some alien technology and are developing alien-based military equipment. Everything is beautiful developed, so well that the episode can be seen from multiple angles, which makes the interactions between Mulder and Scully perfect.

PARANOIA
Meanwhile, the sense of paraoia is intense in this episode. Mulder’s phone is being taped, a fake journalist is spying on the FBI, Deep Throat warns Mulder not to pursue this investigation, etc. For the first time, we truly feel this sense of paraoia, which will become one of the typical aspects of the series - again going to its abject paroxysm when we will discover that Scully’s aparment was filmed in the ninth season.

HUMOUR
At the same time, the episode is very funny. The scenes with the young couple (including Seth Meyers) are hilarious. Also, some dialogues between Mulder and Scully are especially funny:
Scully: "If I were that stoned..."
Mulder: "Whoo, if you were that stoned, what!?"

Mulder: "Tell me I'm crazy."
Scully: "Mulder, you're crazy."

MAJESTIC ENDING
Finally, the ending is one of the most beautiful in the all series. I have seen it so many times that I can narrate the dialogues by heart.

Deep Throat: Your lives may be in danger.
Mulder: Why?
Deep Throat: You've seen things that weren't to be seen. Care and discretion are now imperative.
Mulder: I saw someth...
Deep Throat: As I said, I can provide you with information, but only so long as it's in my interest to do so.
Mulder: What is your interest?
Deep Throat: The truth.
Mulder: I did see something. But it's gone. They took it from me. They erased it. You have to tell me what it was.
Deep Throat: A military UFO...
Mulder: ...
Deep Throat: Mister Mulder, why are those like yourself, who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life on this Earth, are not dissuaded by all the evidence to the contrary.
Mulder: Because, all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive.
Deep Throat: Precisely.
Mulder: They are here, aren't they?
Deep Throat: They've been here for a long, long time.

The writing of this scene is just sublime. When we add it up to the awesome directing (the arrival of Deep Throat on the field, Mulder and Deep Throat face to face), the excellent acting from both David Duchovny (he plays this scene tremendously) and Jerry Hardin (playing his character in a very enigmatic way), as well as the magnificent music from Mark Snow, the result is majestic.

I am simply in love with this episode, to which I give a note of 10 out of 10.

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