The X-files

1X22 Roland

Mulder and Scully investigate the death of Dr Ronald Surnow, a member of a jet propulsion research team at the Mahan Propulsion Lab, Washington working on an engine capable of Mach 15. Dr Surnow was trapped in the wind tunnel and sucked in to the engine. He was the second member of the research team to die following the death of Dr Athur Grable in a car crash 6 months before. At the time of Dr Surnow's accident a mentally challenged maintenance worker called Roland Fuller was the only other person in the building. Mulder and Scully question Roland about the incident. Mulder is intrigued by Roland's ability to manipulate complex numbers, he compares Roland's handwriting to the complex equation on the blackboard in the lab, but they do no match. Scully is ready to dismiss Roland as a suspect due to the advanced theoretical work found at the scene. But when another member of the research team Dr Keats is killed by being immersed in liquid nitrogen, the agents discover evidence in computer files that show someone is continuing Dr Arthur Grable's work. Their investigation of Dr Grable uncovers two interesting facts, that Grable's head was cryogenically frozen after his death and stored in the lab and that Roland Fuller is his twin brother. This leads Mulder to conclude that Dr Grable may have a psychic link to Roland and is directing his actions, to complete his work on the engine and kill off the other scientists who threaten it.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder: "This is the work of Arthur Grable, Roland's brother. It's a new theory of jet propulsion unfinished at the time of his death. In the last two weeks Roland has completed the calculations!"

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Writer: Chris Ruppenthal
Director: David Nutter

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Zeljko Ivanek Roland Fuller
Micole Mercurio Mrs Stodie
Kerry Sandomirsky Tracy
Garry Davey Dr Keats
James Sloyan Dr Nollette
Matthew Walker Surnow
Dave Hurtubise Barrington
Sue Mathew Lisa Howe

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