The Unlikely Criminal Is Exposed - The All-American boy next door. A church-going grandmother. A devoted brother. They were respected role models and trusted members of their community - until the day each of them was charged with a shocking crime. The series shines a light on some "Unusual Suspects", showing that even the nicest neighbor can have a sinister side. From vengeful family members to a corrupt officer patrolling the roads, Unusual Suspects profiles those you would least expect to be capable of committing such dark deeds. Each one-hour episode of Unusual Suspects showcases some of the most baffling and challenging cases in contemporary law enforcement, and commends the unwavering investigations that led to the arrest of these unlikely culprits. Featuring in-depth interviews from some of America's top investigative forces.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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“Unusual Suspects” is the third episode of the fifth season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was written by Vince Gilligan and directed by Kim Manners and aired in the United States on November 16, 1997 on the Fox network. The episode earned a Nielsen household rating of 13.0, being watched by 21.72 million people in its initial broadcast. The episode received mixed to moderately positive reviews from critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. “Unusual Suspects”, however, functions as a flashback episode: in 1989, two salesmen and a federal employee join forces when they meet Susanne Modeski, a woman who claims that she is being pursued by her supposedly violent ex-boyfriend, an FBI agent named Fox Mulder. A sequel to the episode was later filmed during the series' sixth season, entitled “Three of a Kind”. The concept for having an episode dedicated to The Lone Gunmen arose when the show's producers were forced to start production of the fifth season in the last week of August in Vancouver, but still needed series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for the filming of The X-Files movie in Los Angeles. Writing duties fell to Vince Gilligan, who initially drafted a story about nanotechnology, before changing to the origins of The Lone Gunmen on behest of series creator Chris Carter. In addition, “Unusual Suspects” served as a cross-over with the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, featuring Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch character. Gillian Anderson as main character FBI Special Agent Dana Scully is absent in the episode.
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Gilligan also came up with the idea to have a crossover with the show Homicide: Life on the Street, which also takes place in Baltimore. He later recalled, “I realized that the whole episode was framed around Byers telling his story to a Baltimore homicide detective. So I figured 'what the heck? Homicide's a great show, so why not try to get Richard Belzer to play his Detective [John Munch] character?'” Despite some hesitancy from Fox's lawyers, the show got in contact with NBC executive producer Tom Fontana, who was more than willing to allow the use of Belzer: Gilligan later described Fontana as a “great guy” for assistance in the matter. The episode also features the first reappearance of X, who had been murdered in the season four opener “Herrenvolk”. The idea to bring back X was thought up by executive producer John Shiban, who helped Gilligan storyboard the episode. He noted, “we had the board set up and […] and there was a piece missing and we just couldn't come up with a how to get out of this situation, why doesn't this assassin just kill The Lone Gunmen? It was a flashback story and it was in 1989 and we were pacing around in my backyard, and […] I just turned to him and said, 'X! […] X has another agenda! X is the assassin, it's not some other character, it's our X. […] He wouldn't kill the Gunmen, 'cause he's trying to help Mulder.'” The episode was directed by Kim Manners, who was extremely pleased with the final result. He explained, “it was a lot of fun to shoot that show. It was the first show that the Gunmen carried and I had a real good time shepherding Tommy, Dean, and Bruce, 'cause [sic] they were nervous, they had the whole hour to carry.” One scene with which Manners was extremely pleased was the shot wherein Susanne Modeski breaks into the Lone Gunmen's hotel room and the Gunmen cower in fear in a corner. Manners was inspired by the 1939 film adaption of The Wizard of Oz, most specifically the image of " the Scarecrow, and the Tinman, and the Lion […] shaking behind Dorothy." Manners later noted that the sequence “really worked out well”.
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