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Recap / The X-Files S04 E16 "Unrequited"

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Season 4, Episode 16:

Spot the difference. Give up? 
Written by Howard Gordon (Story & teleplay) & Chris Carter (Teleplay)
Directed by Michael Lange

"Name's Nathaniel Teager. 26 confirmed solo enemy kills. A veritable killing machine. Left for dead by the same government that created him."
Denny Markham

Mulder and Scully hunt an invisible assassin.


  • Calling Card: A gaping skull, with bloody swords. On the other side is a King of Diamonds.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: A variation—twice—because the character in danger and the killer are both sitting in the backseat of a limo. The killer being invisible allows him to effectively hide from his victims.
  • How We Got Here: The episode begins at an event to re-consecrate a monument to Vietnam War veterans. It then goes back to show the day preceded, with the event being the climax.
  • Invisibility: Teager is able to induce a blindspot on the people around himself, making him virtually invisible to them.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The Right Hand group, who wind up being a Red Herring.
  • Rule of Three: Teager has three targets. One dies very early on, the second one has the FBI's protection but is killed anyway, and the third one is saved in the climax.
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  • The Vietnam Vet: Teager and his victims. Skinner is also one.

Skinner: Let it go, Agent Mulder. You did your job.
Mulder: So did Nathaniel Teager.

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