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Three of a Kind
Directed by Bryan Spicer
Susanne: It happened. But things got better.
The Lone Gunmen once again encounter Susanne Modeski, the woman who inadvertently brought them together, and uncover a sinister plot involving mind-controlling chemicals.
A sequel to the previous season's Lone Gunmen episode, "Unusual Suspects". Where that episode had Mulder as a supporting character, this one has Scully.
- Absentee Actor: Double Subverted with Mulder whose voice is heard but that's via a recording by The Lone Gunmen to get Scully to join them.
- A Day In The Lime Light: The Lone Gunmen episode.
- Brick Joke: As soon as you see the Lone Gunmen use a voice modifier to impersonate Mulder and persuade Scully to go to Las Vegas, you're just waiting for the moment Scully uncovers this lie, which happens at the end.Scully: Oh man, I am gonna kick their asses.
- The Bus Came Back:
- Damsel in Distress: Susanne Modeski.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Despite some love still existing between Susanne and Byers, the two must part ways when the former leaves the country for a new life.
- Gut Punch: Jimmy Belmont's death changes the light-hearted tone of this episode to something darker.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Timmy's plan was to inject an unwilling captive with anoitic histamine to control them to kill Susanne. But when Susanne fakes her death instead, he kills Grant after he has outlived his usefulness. However, he gets his comeuppance when Byers injects him with his own chemical, making him admit himself as the killer of Grant and Susanne to the police.
- Hot Scientist: Susanne Modeski.
- Intoxication Ensues: Scully is injected with a brainwashing drug to make her forget some evidence she's uncovered, one of its side-effects being the inhibition of higher reasoning. We later see her enthusiastically flirting with an all-male group of defense contractors and The Men in Black. Fortunately, Frohike takes her away, much to their disappointment.Frohike: Why would the government want to turn Scully into a bimbo?
- The Ketchup Test: How Timmy recognizes that the staged shooting was staged.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Or at least nerdish behavior. Timmy is a cold-blooded CIA assassin, NOT Played for Laughs.
- Out of Character Is Serious Business: How Frohike realizes that something is wrong with Scully.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Justified. Scully takes a cigarette at the bar while Intoxication Ensues, though she doesn't smoke.
- Sequel Episode: Sequel and mirror to "Unusual Suspects".
- Shout-Out: "Go brush your hair, Michael Bolton."
- Staged Shooting: Of Susanne. It works for the public, but it doesn't work fr Timmy.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Langly, after failing in his admission to Scully that he doesn't lose it at an autopsy.