Recap / The X-Files S09 E13 "Improbable"

The agents pursue a serial killer who appears to be choosing his victims based on numerology.

Tropes of this episode:

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Agent Reyes finds out that there is a Serial Killer at large and that his pattern consists murdering women in a set of three. Each set has a blonde, a brunette and a redhead. Redheaded Agent Scully and dark-haired Reyes get trapped in an underground garage and fear they might be his next targets.
  • Breather Episode: The killer is played for drama but the rest of the episode is light and in fact, good natured especially compared to the rest of the grim Season 9.
  • God Was My Copilot: The ending implies that the mysterious man who shows up several times in the episode is God.
  • Numerological Motif: The whole episode deals with numerology and tries to show everything can be expressed in terms of numerological patterns.
  • Serial Killer: He targets women and kills them in a set of three.
  • Something Completely Different: The episode features, among other things, a comedic guest performance from Burt Reynolds and a bizarre musical number. Even Fox's bumper for this episode was something different from the usual "standing around and looking serious" business.