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1.1 The Pilot

A YOUNG FBI AGENT IS ASSIGNED WATCHDOG DUTY OVER A FELLOW AGENT, BUT FINDS HERSELF DRAWN INTO HIS INVESTIGATIONS OF PARANORMAL AND UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA.

A young woman is found dead of no discernible cause in a forest in Oregon, the fourth member of her high school class to die this way. Agent Dana Scully is assigned to assist Agent Fox Mulder in his investigation of this and other unexplainable cases, labeled by the FBI as "X-Files." Although Mulder believes in extraterrestrial abductions, UFOs and the paranormal, Scully believes in nothing not upheld by science and scoffs at his theory that the dead girl and her friends may have been involved in an alien abduction. She is surprised, then, when the coffin of an earlier victim turns out to hold a bizarrely deformed, nonhuman body. As Mulder opens up to her, revealing that his younger sister was abducted when they were children, she begins to understand his pressing need to find the truth. A suspicious fire, the disappearance of the exhumed body and a desperate plea for help from the uncooperative coroner's daughter convinces Scully that local law enforcement is hiding some dangerous secret. Together, Mulder and Scully determine that the sheriff's comatose son is behind the mystery, a theory that leads them to an armed confrontation, a headlong chase through deep woods and a midnight epiphany.

Notes

The first appearance of the number 1121 (Chris Carter's wife's birthdate 11/21) as the time on Scully's clock at the end of the episode.

Let's get this out of the way, Ten Thirteen Productions, Chris Carter's production company, is a reference to his own birthdate of 10/13.

"I made this" - The words spoken at the end of every episode, are the voice of Nathan Couturier, the son of the supervising sound editor, Thierry Couturier.

This episode takes place in Bellfleur, Oregon, and Chris Carter was born in Bellflower, California.