"Jump the Shark"
Series The X-Files
Season 9, Episode 15
X-Files 9x15 002
Air date April 21st, 2002
Writers Vince Gilligan; John Shiban; Frank Spotnitz
Director Cliff Bole
Producers Harry V. Bring; David Amann; Paul Rabwin; Kim Manners; Michelle MacLaren; John Shiban; Vince Gilligan; Frank Spotnitz; Chris Carter; Denise Pleune
Starring Gillian Anderson; Robert Patrick; Annabeth Gish; Mitch Pileggi
Episode guide
"Scary Monsters"

"Jump the Shark" is the fifteenth episode of season nine of the science fiction television series The X-Files and the 197th episode of the original series run. It was directed by Cliff Bole with a script written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz. It first aired on the FOX Network on Monday, April 21st, 2002. In this episode, a terrorist prepares to unleash a deadly bio-toxin into the populace. The Lone Gunmen make their final stand in order to save thousands.

Cast Edit

Starring Edit

Actor Role
Gillian Anderson Dana Scully
Robert Patrick John Doggett
Annabeth Gish Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi Walter Skinner

Guest Starring Edit

Actor Role
Bruce Harwood John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund Richard "Ringo" Langly
Michael McKean Morris Fletcher
Stephen Snedden Jimmy Bond
Zuleikha Robinson Yves Adele Harlow
Jim Fyfe Kimmy the Geek
Marcus Giamatti John Gillnitz
John Prosky Medical examiner
Timothy Landfield Douglas Houghton
Michael Craven Wells Leonard Southall

Co-Starring Edit

Actor Role
Pamela Paulshock Brittany
Michael Edward Thomas First man
Robert Joseph Big security guard
Thomas Schnauz Speaker

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This is the fourth and final appearance of Morris Fletcher.
  • This is the final appearance of Melvin Frohike; dies in this episode.

Quotes Edit

  • Morris Fletcher: Once upon a time, there were three... how should I put this... geeks. Three more unlikely heroes... there never were. It wasn't long before their naiveté nearly got them killed. Until they hooked up with an FBI agent... And began publishing a - what shall I call it? "rag" called "The Lone Gunmen". From their cramped basement office they pointed fingers at powerful, evil forces... And some not so evil. In their own unique way, the three gunmen were patriots, fighting the good fight. And provided... expertise for their friends at the FBI. For a brief time it looked as if they might actually make a difference in this cold, cruel world. They acquired an intern who believed in their cause. And a powerful, beautiful nemesis... who became an ally. But the world is not kind to idealists... and those who fight the Good Fight don't always win.


  • John Fitzgerald Byers: We never gave up. We never gave in. If, in the end, that's the best they can say about us, it'll do.


  • Morris Fletcher: Well, watching you three trying to find your butts with both hands is not my idea of a fun time.



  • Ringo Langly: You want to know why Joey Ramone's my hero? 'Cause people like you never managed to grind him down. They never stole his spirit. He never gave in, never gave up, and never sold out. Right till his last breath. And he's not dead. Guys like that, they live forever.


  • Dana Scully: They meant so much to me... I don't think they ever knew that.

See also Edit


The World of the X-Files

The X-Files miscellaneous

External Links Edit

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