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Season 4, Episode 17:

Tempus Fugit

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"What they're telling you, what they're going to report, they're the opposite of the facts. A claim to ignorance of the facts."
Written by Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Rob Bowman

"Nine minutes that became a lifetime for those passengers, and now for their families. Someone has got to figure out what happened in those nine minutes. Somehow, we've got to get them back."
Fox Mulder
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Mulder and Scully investigate a plane crash that may have been caused by an encounter with a UFO.


Tropes:

  • The Adjectival Man: The Dark Man, a sleeper agent on Flight 549 sent to neutralize Max Fenig.
  • All There in the Script: You could be forgiven for not knowing that the unnamed Syndicate assassin that serves as this two-parter's primary villain was named Scott Garrett and not Moustache Man.
  • The Atoner: Louis Frisch who feels horrible after his part in causing an airplane crash.
  • Call-Back: Mulder and Scully get involved because one of the crash victims was Max Fenig, from the episode "Fallen Angel".
  • Chase Scene: The car chase on the airport runway.
  • Foreign Language Title: Latin for "time flies".
  • Hollywood Acid: Agent Garrett uses this on the Dark Man's corpse, destroying his fingerprints and dental records before Scully has a chance to autopsy him.
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  • Lean and Mean: Agent Garrett is a wiry thin man.
  • Myth Arc: A bare-bones entry, with no sign of the Cigarette-Smoking Man or any other senior members of The Syndicate.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Millar is skeptical of Mulder like everyone else but once evidence starts piling up, he quickly comes on their side.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Pendrell, getting in the way of the bullet.
  • Wham Shot: Mulder seeing the drowned alien in the wreckage at the end.
  • Zipping Up The Body Bag: Mulder with Max.

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