The X-files

3X03 D.P.O.

Mulder and Scully investigate when a statistically impossible number of teenagers are killed by lightning strikes in the small Oklahoma town of Connerville. The latest victim was struck in his car outside a video arcade, his heart cooked in his chest. Mulder is sceptical of the coroner's report, and even Scully finds it hard to believe that so many people could have been struck in such a small area. The local sheriff, Jack Teller has no time for their concerns and puts down the number of victims to their close proximity to a government lightning research centre. But with five young men struck by lightning in the area, four of whom died, Mulder and Scully investigate further. They visit the video arcade to speak to the owner, he is not much help to them but Mulder notices the initial D.P.O. on one of the video games from the time that the latest victim was struck. The initials match Darren Peter Oswald, the sole survivor of the recent lightning strikes. But when they interview Darren, he claims he was so engrossed in the video game he was playing that he saw nothing. As they talk Mulder's mobile phone begins to smoke and then melts. Leading Mulder to the conclusion that following his lightning strike Darren, has developed the ability to control and channel lightning. A theory given credence when prints in a fulgarite, created when lightning fuses sandy soil in to glass, match Darren's shoes. But how can you stop someone who can conduct lightning.

Noteworthy Quote

Scully: "Look, after everything we have just been through, after all that we have just seen. I hope you're not thinking this has anything to do with government conspiracy or UFO's"

Mulder: "None of the evidence so far indicates either of those possibilities"

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Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: Kim Manners

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

Guest Cast:
Mar Andersons Jack Hammond
Giovanni Ribisi Darren Oswald
Jack Black Bart Liquori "Zero"
Peter Anderson Stan Buxton
Ernie Lively Sherrif Teller
Karen Witter Sharon Kiveat
Steve Makaj Frank Kiveat
Kate Robbins Darren's Mom
Brent Chapman Traffic Cop
Jason Anthony Griffith 1st Paramedic
Cavan Cunningham 2nd Paramedic
Bonnie Hay Night Nurse

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