Recap: The X Files S 05 E 03 Unusual Suspects


  • Cameo: Richard Belzer's appearance as Lieutenant John Munch on the Shout-Out with a very direct Expy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode stars the Lone Gunmen.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Subverted. The audience and the Lone Gunmen think that Susanne is going to turn out to be a psycho preying on people's protective instincts, but she really is a victim.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Bayers falls for Susanne the moment he sees her and then he loves her for always even though they had to part ways.
  • Hot Scientist: Introducing Susanne Modeski, a troubled organic chemist. She's a tall and slim blonde and Bayers falls for her.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: How Susanne comes up with her fake name. Doubles as a possible Shout-Out to The Usual Suspects, where the trope is also present.
    Susanne: Holly. Nice to meet you.
    Byers: Holly. Just like the sugar.
    Susanne: Yeah... just like the sugar.
    Byers Funny...
  • Origins Episode: How the Lone Gunmen met Agent Mulder.
  • The Picture Came With The Frame: The picture Susanne Modeski has of her "daugher". She's a top organic chemist who worked for the Advanced Weapons Facility and the evil government people are looking for her. She doesn't have a daughter, but she made her up to gain sympathy of the Lone Gunmen.
    Byers: What about your daughter?
    Susanne Modeski: I don't have one. I'm sorry...
    Byers: The photo?
    Susanne Modeski: It came with the wallet.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Justified. Susanne's story about the psycho boyfriend and abducted child is all lies, but she really needs help, and no one would have believed the truth.