Recap / The X-Files S04 E08 "Tunguska"

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


  • Big Bad Friend: CSM rather insincerely presents himself as this to Skinner.
  • Enemy Mine: Krycek joins forces with Mulder and Scully.
  • Distressed Dude: Mulder, being experimented on with the black oil along with other prisoners.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Skinner displays this to Krycek.
  • 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: Poor Krycek has a hard (if well-deserved) time in this episode, which he spends at the unkind mercy of the good guys.
  • 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