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31 Days of Halloween, Day 10: “Home” – Season 4

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully investigate the death of an infant with disturbing birth defects, and the trail of clues leads to a murderous clan of inbred mutants.
Trivia | “Home” is the first episode of the series to receive a viewer discretion warning. After its initial airing, FOX took it out of rotation (the only time in The X-Files history that this happened) for three years. The network offered to lift the ban and allow the episode to be repeated if the bludgeoning scene was removed; however, screenwriters Glen Morgan and James Wong refused. The episode eventually returned to FOX on Halloween 1999.
Quotes | Mulder: “Is there some secret farmer trick to get these things moving?” Scully: “I don’t know. Naa-ram-ewe! Naa-ram-ewe!” Mulder: “Yeah, that’ll work.”

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 9: “Grotesque” – Season 3

Synopsis | Mulder becomes obsessed with a case involving an incarcerated serial killer who claims he was possessed by a gargoyle.
Trivia | “Grotesque” ranks as the most-watched stand-alone episode of Season 3, with 18.3 million viewers (original US broadcast). Director Kim Manners identified it as his favorite third season episode.
Awards | “Grotesque” earned an Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Cinematography in a Series.
Quotes | Mulder: “We work in the dark. We do what we can to battle the evil that would otherwise destroy us. But if a man’s character is his fate, this fight is not a choice but a calling. Yet sometimes the weight of this burden causes us to falter, breaching the fragile fortress of our mind, allowing the monsters without to turn within. We are left alone staring into the abyss, into the laughing face of madness.”

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Season 11 Trailer

Season 11: Deadline Interview with Chris Carter

In a Deadline interview, Carter revealed that the Cigarette-Smoking Man and Mulder’s half-brother Jeffrey Spender are showing up in the upcoming season. Carter also said we “can expect to learn more if not see Mulder and Scully’s child, William” and added that his storyline is “explored further”. About the Lone Gunmen, Carter said we “can expect, if not a reference to them, maybe seeing one of them”. It is worth mentioning that Reyes has been confirmed.

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Season 11: Untagged Production Stills

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 8: “2Shy” – Season 3

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully hunt for a mutant killer who uses the Internet to attract his victims.
Trivia | The crew nicknamed “2Shy” the “Lick Me, Kill Me” episode. The villain’s name, Virgil Incanto, is inspired by the Italian Renaissance poets he translates.
Quotes | Mulder: “It’s just a theory, but what if he’s not doing this out of a psychotic impulse, but rather out of some physical hunger? Maybe he needs to replenish this chemical deficiency in order to survive.” Scully: “From a dry skin sample you’re concluding what? That he’s some kind of fat-sucking vampire?”

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 7: “Our Town” – Season 2

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a man in a small town populated by cannibals.
Trivia | “Our Town” is Frank Spotnitz’s first solo non-mythology writing effort – despite being more involved with the overarching story alongside Chris Carter, Spotnitz would occasionally come up with spooky stand-alone entries like this one as a solo writer, including “Detour”, “Via Negativa” and “Dæmonicus”. Some characters in this episode are named after real-life cannibals.
Quotes | Mulder: “Scully, I think the good people of Dudley have been eating more than just chicken.” Scully: “You think these people were eaten!?”

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 6: “Humbug” – Season 2

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully search for a killer in a Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers.
Trivia | “Humbug” is the first straightforward comedy in the series. Initially, FOX was reluctant about the episode – they thought it would damage the image of the show. The departure from the series’ usual style made part of the crew, including director Kim Manners, nervous. Conversely, Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson were open-minded about it and looked at it as a nice change of pace.
Quotes | [Mulder falls on a bed of nails] Scully: “Mulder, are you okay?” Mulder: “It’s more comfortable than a futon.”

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 5: “Die Hand die Verletzt” – Season 2

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully investigate a murder in a small town populated by Devil worshipers.
Trivia | The episode title “Die Hand die Verletzt” means “the hand that wounds” in German; it is taken from the satanic prayer spoken in the cold open by the members of the Parent-Teacher Association, and it also refers to how the demon (disguised as Mrs. Paddock) harms its victims. This is the first episode directed by Kim Manners – the series’ most prolific director with 52 episodes under his belt.
Quotes | Mulder: “But you are responsible. You knew the possibilities contained in your beliefs, no matter how watered down. Did you really think you could call up the Devil and ask him to behave?”

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