Deceive, Inveigle, Obfuscate
This replaced the usual tagline of 'The Truth is Out There' for the
fourth season episode Teliko. Scully's field journal entry (number 74,
no less) puts it best: "What science may never be able to explain is
our ineffable fear of the alien among us; a fear which often drives us
not to search for understanding, but to deceive, inveigle, and
obfuscate. To obscure the truth not only from others, but from
ourselves." (Judy Mas)
This shadowy informant, so unceremoniously killed off in the season
one finale The Erlenmeyer Flask, had the notable distinction of being
one of three men in the world not only to have seen, but to have
killed an alien. He was troubled by this, and told Mulder in EBE that
through him "the truth will be known." Deep Throat claimed to have
connections so high in the government that he could get Mulder
seats at "any (baseball) park in the country" and while his actual
position and influences are not clear, he did sacrifice his life for
Among the marketing-friendly catchphrases featured on the show,
Deny Everything describes Mulder's view of government policy. When
Cancerman meets Bill Mulder (Mulder's father), his suggested retort
to any of Mulder's questions about his father's work for the state
department is, you guessed it, Deny Everything. The other character
to utter the phrase was the enigmatic (Mr) X. The two words also
replaced 'The Truth is Out There' in the opening titles of the episode
Agent Pendrell's rather scathing self criticism after making something
of a fool of himself in front of Scully, with whom he is rather smitten.
The verbal flub in question? In response to Scully's "Well done Agent
Pendrell. Keep up the good work", he replied "Keep it up yourself."
Oh dear. (Megan Thode)
Stars as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, the New York native starred in
plenty of low-budget movies before he shot to Hollywood fame in
The X-Files. Perhaps his most mainstream hit before the show was
'Kalifornia' in which he co-starred with Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis.
Duchovny managed to get some practise in as an FBI agent in Twin
Peaks, though one with somewhat different hobbies to Mulder.
Denis/Denise was an FBI agent with a certain penchant for women's
clothing. Duchovny made the jump to acting only one dissertation
away from a PhD in English at Yale, when he "just realised that (he)
didn't want to be a professor." Duchovny's deadpan acting style now
seems perfectly suited to the character Mulder, though it's worth
pointing out that when auditioning for the role, he wore a tie "with
pink pigs all over it" according to Chris Carter.