Recap / The X-Files S04 E08 "Tunguska"

Mulder and Krycek travel to the Soviet Union to investigate Russian experiments with the black oil.


  • Distressed Dude: Mulder, being experimented on with the black oil along with other prisoners.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: Agent Scully spends much of the episode grilled by a Senate committee about the death of a diplomat connected with the black oil pouch.
  • Idiot Ball: A good part of the plot for this arc depends on a customs official being stupid enough not only to open a bomb-shaped container but also, after he's warned the thing's a biohazard, to remove the contents and drop them.
  • The Mole: Krycek turns out to be working with the guards at the Gulag in Tunguska.
  • Myth Arc
  • Retired Monster: Vassily Peskow is forced out of retirement to destroy everything connected with the black oil and its vaccine.
  • Shirtless Scene: Skinner.
  • The Tunguska Event