The X-Files

The X-Files (1993)

50 corrected entries

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man - S4-E7

Corrected entry: The CSM wants to publish his book. It is quite odd that he has to submit it to some publishing houses and suffers from being ridiculed. Using his practically infinite power he could publish or just order to publish the story whenever he pleases.

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Chop Luftmysza

Correction: CSM's writing means a great deal to him, and while he must certainly be aware that he has the power to have his stories published, it's highly likely that like many creatives, he simply wants them to be wanted on their own merit.

Purple_Girl

Tempus Fugit (1) - S4-E17

Corrected entry: At the crash site of Flight 549, Scully says "The plane came in nearly vertical at 300 miles per hour." yet the fly-over view of the debris field shows it spread out over hundreds of feet. Unfortunately, on 9/11 we learned when large commercial aircraft crash straight into the ground, they leave massive, smoking holes. First responders at Flight 93 were not even aware they were looking at a crash site.

stevewaclo

Correction: The appearance and shape of a crash site depends on many factors, such as the exact angle of impact, density and composition of the ground, landform, airplane construction, amount of fuel, and more. Since we have virtually no information regarding these factors, the comparison between Flight 549 and Flight 93 seems to be far-fetched.

Die Hand die Verletzt - S2-E14

Corrected entry: Scully does a internet search for Miss Paddock's prior teaching experience and this search claims "Substitute; Grossmont Union High School Dist. 1998 - 1994." I suppose it should have been 1988 - 1994, or 1994 - 1998.

Correction: The text reads 1990-1994, not 1998. The font used places a diagonal line in the 0, to distinguish it from an O. You can see the same style 0 in the next line where it says 1980.

Bishop73

Drive - S6-E2

Corrected entry: Watch the odometer in Mulder's car. When we first get a shot of it the counter is at about 2092, the when he runs out of gas it is at 2043.

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Correction: The digit under the indicator is not 0 and the number is not 2043. It is probably 2, 7 or 9. It is especially clear when compared to the shape of other 0s on the odometer.

Chop Luftmysza

Hollywood A.D. - S7-E19

Corrected entry: After Mulder storms from the cinema at the end, Scully finds him sitting in the messy, deserted graveyard movie set. However, since the movie was premiering, which happens months after filming is completed, it makes no sense that the set would appear as if it was finished with that same day or that week.

Purple_Girl

Correction: If the studio wanted to reuse the set for another movie, which happens all the time in real life, then they would keep the set up to save on production costs rather than deconstructing it and having to rebuild it.

Serious B

Hollywood A.D. - S7-E19

Corrected entry: In this episode, Mulder and Scully are watching a film about them that was shot sixteen months ago. But that would have been sometime in late 1998, when Mulder and Scully were not on the X-Files. But yet they're in Skinner's office at the beginning. If they had shot the film in consistency with the current timeline, (2000) then the film would have been shown in late 2001. But in that time, Mulder was missing and Scully had a newborn. if anything, she would have seen the movie with Doggett. Somebody didn't plan ahead...

xx:xx:xx

Correction: The X-Files were closed at the end of season 5, but Mulder and Scully were still working under A.D. Skinner in the first X-Files movie, which takes place in the summer of 1998. It wasn't until the beginning of season 6 that they were reassigned to A.D. Kersh. Plus, the case they were working on in this episode wasn't officially an X-File, it was a church bombing, so there's no reason they couldn't have been working on a domestic terrorism case under Skinner. There's no error in the timeline here.

Serious B

Sein und Zeit (1) - S7-E10

Corrected entry: Up to this point in the series, Samantha has been shown by the Smoking Man to Fox. In this episode it appears Fox has completely forgotten the fact that he already saw his sister alive on more than one occasion and appears to back on the belief that she's missing and has accepted the fact that she is dead.

Correction: That wasn't actually his sister he saw on those previous occasions, but rather clones of her. The Smoking Man was only trying to trick Mulder into believing his sister was still alive in order to manipulate him.

Serious B

Anasazi (1) - S2-E25

Corrected entry: After Mulder has his tantrum and goes to see Skinner, he does not have or reach for his suit coat, but when he walks up to Skinner, he has it on.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: Not necessarily. When leaving his office, Mulder is not heading directly toward the doors. It seems as firstly he goes up to the hanger to take a suit coat, and only then he leaves. He probably grabs his coat and carries it with his right hand, which is not presented in this shot.

Chop Luftmysza

Beyond the Sea - S1-E13

Corrected entry: When running, Lucas Henry grabs his left arm instead of the right one in which he was shot.

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Chop Luftmysza

Correction: This is not true. He never grabs his left arm and always grabs or favors his right arm.

Bishop73

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When we first see Scully, going into the office at the beginning of the episode, we see when she is on her way to the office and when she enters it she is wearing her badge, yet when the shot changes, it is no longer on her, then when she comes out she is wearing it again.

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Chaz1003

Correction: That's because she is never "wearing" her ID badge. It is clipped to the strap of her purse, not her jacket. You can see this in several shots and you see the badge move with the strap as opposed to moving with the jacket. When she removes the purse the badge comes off too.

Bishop73

Squeeze - S1-E3

Corrected entry: Tooms is sneaking into the room through a vent by unscrewing bolts. The problem is that the bolts should be attached directly to the wall and it would be impossible for Tooms to unscrew them.

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Chop Luftmysza

Correction: Not necessarily. The vent cover could just as likely be secured to a support plate, in which case, the screws would be inserted into holes in the plate that would leave the end of the screws exposed.

Serious B

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Mulder takes out spray paint from the trunk. The problem is that the car isn't his but it was rented. It’s not plausible that all the cars in the rent-a-car company were equipped with spray paint. It is also doubtful that Mulder anticipated the paint use and bought it on purpose.

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Chop Luftmysza

Correction: He does expect it from other similar abduction cases. I believe he takes the spray paint from his own pack and not from a rental car supply kit.

Ice - S1-E8

Corrected entry: The worm is supposed to increase production of a violent hormone, making the host incredibly violent and unable to control it. Yet the infected member of the group manages to hide it perfectly between making their first kill and being discovered by the rest.

Correction: It's explained that the host becomes violent because of the parasitic worm attacking the hypothalamus gland of the brain. When the infected person is finally discovered, the worm is shown to be making its way back towards their brain, indicating that the worm makes its way around the host's body, and that the host can behave normally if the worm is not near the brain.

Serious B

Wetwired - S3-E23

Corrected entry: In this episode, Mulder says that he's red/green colorblind. Colorblind people cannot be F.B.I. agents.

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Correction: Agent Mulder's brief mention of his condition reveals nothing of its severity. Colourblind people can become FBI agents if they can pass the Farnsworth D15 test.

Bishop73

One Son (2) - S6-E12

Corrected entry: At the end of the season 1 finale, The Erlenmeyer Flask, CSM is seen placing the alien embryo (pickled in a jar) in a box somewhere deep in the Pentagon's storage facility - yet in season 6's One Son, the embryo is back in the flask, in the freezing solution where Scully found it in the first place.

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Chimera

Correction: The Smoking Man, who put the embryo in the pentagon's vast storage room in season 1, has direct access to the pentagon at all times and is extremely high up in the ranks of the conspirators, it's more than plausible that he could have taken the embryo back from storage and returned it to the freezing containment if it was needed for further tissue/testing.

Purple_Girl

Provenance (1) - S9-E9

Corrected entry: When Scully goes down to The X Files office at the beginning of the episode, Doggett calls Assistant Director Brad Follmer "Agent Follmer."

xx:xx:xx

Correction: There's no mistake here. He's still technically an agent with the FBI.

Within (1) - S8-E1

Corrected entry: Doggett says that Mulder and Scully first met Gibson Praise in 1997. As we saw in the season 5 finale "The End," Mulder and Scully first met Gibson Praise in 1998.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: The X Files timeline is somewhat confusing, since the show began in 1993 but the Pilot lists the year as 1992. However, at the end of The X Files: Fight the Future, the telegram that Cancer Man receives lists a date of September 6, 1997. The episode, "The End" occurs immediately before the movie in The X Files timeline, so Doggett was in fact correct.

X-COPS - S7-E12

Corrected entry: The tv-esque footage of the show is supposed to be being recorded as the investigation goes on, it's not pre-recorded or supposed to be airing as we watch, yet there is a perfectly placed 'blur circle' following the face of the prostitute. That kind of thing is generally done when filming is done and being edited for tv; even if for whatever reason they decided to blur her face during filming, the blur point follows her face perfectly despite her flailing and panicking, which is highly unlikely.

Correction: Much like the show COPS which this episode crosses over with, the footage is presented in a raw format and always appears to be in the process of being recorded. The episode as we see it is how the viewers of the X-Files universe would see the "episode" of COPS with Mulder and Scully.

Serious B

Conduit - S1-E4

Corrected entry: Scully tells Mulder that Ruby is alive, so why is she performing CPR on her?

Correction: It's possible she wasn't breathing, in which case CPR would be the appropriate thing to do.

S. Ha

The Amazing Maleeni - S7-E8

Corrected entry: Maleeni and Billy are released from prison at the end, allowed to just walk free even though they have robbed a bank. Mulder says they can't complete their EMT scam without the card with his thumbprint on it but their inability to complete their intended crime wouldn't be grounds enough to let them go; they still robbed the bank and set up the EMT theft.

Correction: There was not enough hard evidence to link them to the bank robbery, specifically as the robbery occurred while they were believed to have been in their holding cells. Their intention to steal money over the computer was speculation on Mulder's part, which would not be enough to convict them.

The Post-Modern Prometheus - S5-E5

Corrected entry: When The Great Mutato is lured out by a peanut butter sandwich, he puts down the sandwich when the agents give chase and we see he has taken one bite. When Scully picks up the sandwich, there are two bites taken out of it.

Correction: Yes, we saw him take one bite, and yes, Scully picks up the sandwich showing two bites were taken out of the sandwich; but what you fail to observe is that The Great Mutato has 2 mouths.

Per Manum - S8-E13

Corrected entry: In this episode, Scully has a flashback in which she tells Mulder that she's learned she is barren, after which Mulder confesses he knows and the reason is because her ova were removed and stored in a government facility. However, in the earlier episodes 'Christmas Carol' and 'Emily', while appealing to adopt her biological daughter Emily, Mulder tells the appeal guy right in front of Scully that her ova were removed by doctors and she is shocked. If the flashback scene happened before the Emily episodes, she wouldn't have been shocked when Mulder told the appeal guy about the ova removal and if it was after it, she would already know about it because Mulder told her in those episodes. The flashback makes no real sense.

Correction: The scene in this episode isn't a flashback, it is either a dream or a hallucination of Mulder that Scully is having.

Shadows - S1-E6

Corrected entry: When Mulder and Scully are in the graveyard, the headstone says "Howard Patrick Graves", but the newspaper said his middle name was Thomas.

Mr A Mclelland

Correction: Papers are known to get details wrong especially names, it all depends on what the reporter notes down at the time.

Tooms - S1-E21

Corrected entry: When we see Tooms working after getting his old job back, he sets his sights on a young blonde woman and begins to walk towards her, just before being interrupted by Mulder. What would he have done? Mulder says himself that Tooms didn't get away with his crimes for 100 years by not being careful, so exactly how would accosting a women in broad daylight with plenty of witnesses made sense?

enter_a_uh

Correction: His schedule was thrown off by Mulder's and Scully's intervention; he was simply getting desperate.

Herrenvolk (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: After Mulder retrieves the metal spike right after stabbing the alien bounty hunter, he chases Jeremiah, who has boarded a boat. The shot cuts back soon after to the bounty hunter's body and the spike can still be seen in his neck.

Correction: The metal spike Mulder picks up belongs to the alien bounty hunter. You see him holding it before Mulder stabs him.

Herrenvolk (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: When Mulder stabs the alien bounty hunter and the body rolls down the hill, we see the metal spike in the back of his neck, surrounded by his green acid blood. Yet when Mulder climbs down after it, it is suddenly lying on the ground away from the body.

Correction: The metal spike he picks up belongs to the alien bounty hunter. You see him holding it before Mulder stabs him.

E.B.E. - S1-E17

Corrected entry: When Mulder and Scully pull away to follow the truck, if you watch in slow motion, you can see the reflection of a piece of equipment on the car.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: Per submission guidelines mistakes that require slow or stop motion are not considered valid mistakes.

Conduit - S1-E4

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the episode Scully is listening to the tapes from Mulder's hypnosis sessions. She has listened to one side of the tape and turns it over to start on the other side. However when there's a closeup of the tape recorder the tape is halfway through the B-side.

Correction: It is likely that the recording did not take up the entire tape.

How The Ghosts Stole Christmas - S6-E6

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when Scully is parked in her car next to Mulder's, she says 'it's Christmas Eve, I have wrapping to do'. The shot turns to the gifts in the back of her car and every one of them is already wrapped.

Correction: I fail to see how this is a mistake, she did not say she had to wrap all the packages in her car just that she had wrapping to do, which she does with the other packages. Many stores offer complimentary gift wrapping and it is very common to see people out shopping with some packages wrapped and others in need of wrapping.

OneHappyHusky

Space - S1-E9

Corrected entry: When they find Belt on the floor Mulder calls for a doctor. Scully, a medical doctor, is standing right next to him.

Correction: Mulder and Scully are FBI partners in the middle of an investigation. He can't wait around while his partner tends to Belt so he obviously needs a doctor OTHER than Scully.

Damian Torres

Rain King - S6-E8

Corrected entry: This whole episode takes place six months after Valentine's Day (August) when the episode aired in January. Another thing wrong is that Mulder and Scully are on the case when they're currently off the X-Files. The mayor even said that the FBI gave the case to them.

Correction: The date an episode takes place does not always have to coincide with the air date. The case they are sent to investigate by the FBI is a fraud claim against the Rain King, not an X-File. They both still work for the FBI.

Chinga - S5-E10

Corrected entry: When Scully calls Mulder the first time, he is watching what sounds like a porn movie in his office. During the conversation, he goes to turn off the TV which shows swarming bees. But you can see both his arms are down. Neither is holding the phone on which he is talking to Scully.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: I don't need to use my hands to hold a phone. I can pin it between my head and shoulder.

X-COPS - S7-E12

Corrected entry: When Mulder says "We've got to find this Chantara," or something like that, you can see that he starts to mess up his lines and struggles not to laugh.

Correction: Mulder is just laughing at how ridiculous the gay couple is acting.

Fearful Symmetry - S2-E18

Corrected entry: Mulder states that the animals are being returned miles from their cages by an "astrological" variation. The correct word should be "astronomical."

Correction: Mulder is offereing the woman some pretty wild theories, so an "astrological" as opposed to an astronomical variation isn't unreasonable, given the context.

Space - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt is shown on a shuttle mission in 1977, but the space shuttle was first flown in 1981.

Correction: What is shown is a flashback of Belt on what looks like a Gemini mission from the 1960's.

Without (2) - S8-E2

Corrected entry: In an earlier season, X said that a device for piercing the back of the neck was needed to kill the alien bounty hunter, because a gun shot "wouldn't do." However, Scully is able to kill the bounty hunter with a gunshot to the back of the neck.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: X probably meant that a gunshot to the body, not a gunshot to the neck, wouldn't work.

Fire - S1-E12

Corrected entry: After Mulder says he is going to try and catch Phoebe to warn her about their suspect, Scully is talking on the phone, she looks at her watch which has a digital display and pointers. The digital says it's 4:22 but the pointers say it's 4:05.

Correction: My dad has a watch like that. The two modes are never the same time, and are usually off by 15-30 minutes. Maybe Scully's watch is broken, and she can't use the winder to fix the hand display.

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man - S4-E7

Corrected entry: This episode contradicts the season 2 episode "Apocrypha" where young CSM was seen in the 1950's with Bill Mulder as already a shadowy agent and smoking. This episode has CSM still a young man and not part of the Syndicate in 1963, and does not smoke yet. Also this episode fails to mention anything about the conspiracy with an alien species which is one of the key features about the CSM.

Correction: This whole episode is based solely on Frohike's guesses about CSM, so obviously, he was wrong on some details.

Herrenvolk (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: When the repair man looks down from the pole at the clones, they all have shadows but the pole doesn't have a shadow.

Correction: The pole does have a shadow, but it's just out of camera range.

Tithonus - S6-E10

Corrected entry: During the interview with Fellig, Agent Ritter gives the date as January 4th [1999]. Since the episode started the day before, it seems harsh for the FBI to be forcing Mulder and Scully (and several other agents) to be doing background checks on the Sunday after New Year's.

Correction: Ok, New year is the passing from December 31st to January 1st. So if you say the interview was on the 4th and they met the day before meaning the 3rd they werent working right after New years. It was in fact 2 days after New Year.

Space - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Why did Mulder call for a Doctor with Scully present in this episode?

Correction: I think he meant it has get an ambulance, since the people that arrive are paramedics.

Christmas Carol (1) - S5-E6

Corrected entry: In this episode, we see a flashback of Melissa and Dana opening presents at midnight on Christmas. They each get identical cross necklaces. But earlier, in "Ascension," Dana's mother tells Mulder that she gave Dana the necklace for her fifteenth birthday.

Correction: This sequence is a dream, not a flashback, which accounts for the conflict.

Show generally

Corrected entry: The X Files office is in the basement of the F.B.I. headquarters. There are no offices in the basement of the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. building in actuality.

Correction: This is an in-joke. The X Files are files that cannot be explained, and technically, people believe that the phenomena contained therin 'doesn't exist' - So it would make sense for the X Files office to be in a place that doesn't exist also.

Roland - S1-E23

Corrected entry: In "Roland," Scully tells Mulder she has two brothers. But in later episodes, such as "Emily," the only brother ever mentioned is Bill. Then, in the episode where Mulder and Fletcher switch bodies, Mulder tries to convince Scully that he's not Fletcher and says "Your mother's name is Margret, your brother's name is Bill, and he hates me." What happened to her other brother?

Correction: Scully has two brothers but Mulder has only met Bill. Her other brother is seen at times though, for example in "One Breath" from season three. His name is Charles.

Pusher - S3-E17

Corrected entry: When Modell "talks" Burst to death, the cops in the room stop Mulder and Scully from disconnecting the call. You would think that two FBI Agents would hold rank over local PD Officers on any case.

Correction: They are his men, it only makes sense that they would listen to him instead of 2 Feds.

Irresistible - S2-E13

Corrected entry: Scully pushes Donnie into the bathtub and he gets soaked from the waist down, but in the next shot he is dry.

Correction: Every shot is either too dark or ends a bit below his chest, making this impossible to say.

Blood - S2-E3

Corrected entry: In the investigation scene following the mechanic's murder, Mulder is wearing rubber gloves but when he scans his finger down the clipboard, his hand is bare.

Correction: He has gloves on throughout the entire scene. They are tight and look like he has none, but if you look closely you can see the latex.

Dod Kalm - S2-E19

Corrected entry: Scully says that Mulder's dehydration contributed to his aging, so why would drinking alcohol, something that can seriously dehydrate you, extend the life of the captain?

Correction: Scully merely said that the captain drank alcohol instead of the contaminated water.

Within (1) - S8-E1

Corrected entry: Scully says that Mulder had been travelling to Raleigh, North Carolina because that is where his family plot is, but in the season 3 premiere 'The Blessing Way', Scully attends Mulder's fathers funeral in Boston.

Correction: He was going to see his mother, not his father. Plus the body could have been moved by Mulders request.

One Breath - S2-E8

Corrected entry: In the episode entitled "One Breath," CSM lights a cigarette in Skinner's office, despite a No Smoking sign, and then he puts it out in an ashtray that sits on a coffee table across from Skinner's desk. If Skinner doesn't allow smoking in his office, why does he have an ashtray in his office?

Correction: So people who enter with cigarettes have a place to put them out.

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