The X-files

4X19 Synchrony

As Jason Nichols and Lucas Menand, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology argue in the street. An elderly man approaches them and warns Lucas that he will be knocked down by a bus at 11.46 pm. Campus security arrest the elderly man for harassing them. Moments later Lucas steps in to the road and is hit by a bus, Jason Nichols notes that the time is exactly 11.46 pm. Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate after the Campus Security guard who arrested the elderly man is found frozen to death. They interview Jason Nichols, who tells them that he was arguing with Lucas because he was going to go public with an accusation that Jason had falsified data on his research paper. Dr Yonechi, a Japanese researcher is met by the same elderly man at the airport and is later found frozen in his hotel room. Scully finds evidence that he was injected with an unidentified chemical compound. A compound that another MIT researcher, Lisa Ianelli recognises as a freezing agent currently being engineered by Jason Nichols but it has not been invented yet. She also admits that Jason is protecting her as she falsified the data in the research paper. They trace the elderly man to a hotel room and find a photograph of Jason, Lisa and Dr Yonechi celebrating, which Mulder believes was taken on the day that the freezing agent was invented five years in the future. It appears that the elderly man is using technology from the future to change the present and thus alter the future.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder to Scully: "'Although common sense may rule out the possibility of time travel, the laws of quantum physics certainly do not'. In case you forgot, that's from your graduate thesis. You were a lot more open minded when you were a youngster!"

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Writer: Howard Gordon
David Greenwalt
Director: Jim Charleston

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

Guest Cast:
Jed Rees Lucas Menand
Joseph Fuqua Jason Nichols
Susan Lee Hoffman Lisa Ianelli
Hiro Kanagwa Dr Yonechi
Jonathan Walker Chuck Lukerman
Brent Chapman Security Cop
Eric Buermeyer The Bus Driver
Patricia Idlette The Desk Clerk
Austin Basile Bellman
Alison Matthews The Doctor

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