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31 Days of Halloween, Day 24: “Patience” – Season 8

Synopsis | Scully and Doggett investigate several killings involving a terrifying bat-like creature.
Trivia | “Patience” is the first episode of the series to not feature David Duchovny’s name in the opening title sequence; before this, he is absent in only two episodes out of 163. The human-bat hybrid is inspired by the comic book villain, Man-Bat – one of the arch-nemeses of Batman.
Quotes | Doggett: “The guys upstairs were making some noise about this case – about what’s in our field report.” Scully: “Yeah. You’ll get used to it. I, uh… I never had a desk in here, Agent Doggett, but I’ll see that you get one.”

Patience

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 23: “Chimera” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder investigates a mysterious series of deaths involving ravens, broken mirrors… and a murderous creature.
Trivia | Originally, the episode was going to feature a subterranean monster and was going to be titled “Subterranean Monster Blues”. While “Chimera” was being produced, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were also busy directing their own episodes – “Hollywood A.D.” and “all things”, respectively. Therefore, “Chimera” was initially supposed to have limited appearances by both lead actors, but eventually Duchovny stepped up as he could do the full episode.
Quotes | Scully: “Mulder, please tell me I can go home.” Mulder: “Oh, hey, Scully. How’s the stakeout?” Scully: “Well, the furnace broke, and I can just about see my breath in here.” Mulder: “Ouch! I’m sorry to hear that.”

Chimera

31 Days of Halloween, Day 22: “Theef” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully suspect that hexcraft is the source of a threat against a doctor’s family.
Trivia | Originally, “Theef” was not planned to be produced during the seventh season; another script was scheduled for the first episode after the Christmas break, but that script fell through. Soon afterward, the Vince Gilligan/John Shiban/Frank Spotnitz trio came up with this dark, voodoo-themed tale. It was one of the most challenging episodes for the cast and crew as they did not have much time to prepare.
Quotes | Mulder: “Mulder, why are we here?” Scully: “To be fair, I might have used the words – Mulder, how is this an X-File?” Mulder: “You see that, Scully, you always keep me guessing.”

Theef

31 Days of Halloween, Day 21: “X-Cops” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully are followed documentary-style by a Cops camera crew as they investigate an entity on the streets of Los Angeles.
Trivia | The episode’s original title is “Bad Boys”. At some point, David Duchovny was a possible choice to direct “X-Cops”; time constraints and plans for him to direct “Hollywood A.D.” made it necessary to select another director. It ranks as the most-watched stand-alone episode of Season 7, with 16.6 million viewers (original US broadcast). It serves as a fictional crossover with the series Cops.
Quotes | Scully: “Look, Mulder, you want to talk about werewolves to me you can knock yourself out. I may not agree with you, but at least I’m not going to hold it against you. But this… Mulder, this could ruin your career.” Mulder: “What career? Scully, I appreciate it. You don’t want me looking foolish. I do. I appreciate that.” Scully: “I don’t want me looking foolish, Mulder.”

X-Cops

31 Days of Halloween, Day 20: “Orison” – Season 7

Synopsis | Reverend Orison hopes to save Donnie Pfaster’s soul by helping him break out of prison, but Pfaster only wants the victim that once escaped him – Scully.
Trivia | “Orison” is the third and last sequel to a monster-of-the-week episode. In the first draft, the episode’s main antagonist was a prisoner with the ability to stop time; it was later decided to redefine the story and reintroduce Donnie Pfaster, a villain from the second season episode “Irresistible”.
Quotes | Scully: “That song… Can you hear that?” Mulder: “Barely.” Scully: “I haven’t heard that song since high school. That’s the second time I’ve heard it in the last hour.” Mulder: “Well, I think if it was a make-out song it’d be ruined forever now, huh?”

Orison

31 Days of Halloween, Day 19: “Millennium” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully seek out ex-Millennium Group member Frank Black when some of his former associates turn into the walking dead.
Trivia | The zombie concept of “Millennium” arose from a separate aborted project: at some point, Stephen King was supposed to write an episode based on George Romero’s cult zombie film Night of the Living Dead, and Romero was slated to direct the episode. “Millennium” is notable for featuring the first romantic kiss between Mulder and Scully, and because it serves as a crossover with the series Millennium.
Quotes | Scully: “Mulder, those people even when they were alive mangled biblical prophecy to the extent that it’s unrecognizable. The year 2000 is just their artificial deadline and besides, 2001 is actually the start of the new millennium.” Mulder: “Nobody likes a math geek, Scully.”

Millennium

31 Days of Halloween, Day 18: “Arcadia” – Season 6

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully go undercover, posing as a married couple, to investigate strange happenings in a planned suburban community.
Trivia | Originally, the main antagonist in “Arcadia” was an infamous individual who was terrorizing the neighborhood and becoming a sort of metaphorical bogeyman; eventually, the story was re-written to include an actual monster – a Tulpa creature. The crew members gave the creature a variety of nicknames: “Gumby on Steroids”, “Mr. Butterworth”, “Fecal Fred” and “Sh*t Monster”. The airing of “Arcadia” was delayed by two weeks due to monster-related special effects.
Quotes | Mulder: “You want to make that honeymoon video now?” Scully: “Rob and Laura Petrie?” Mulder: “Pee-trie.” Scully: “Mulder, if we ever go undercover again I get to choose the names, okay?”

Arcadia

31 Days of Halloween, Day 17: “Terms of Endearment” – Season 6

Synopsis | Mulder winds up pursuing a man whom he believes is actually a demon bent on fathering a child.
Trivia | Earlier versions of the script for “Terms of Endearment” were lighter on human interest and heavier on pure shock value. At some point, there was a birth to a serpent, not a demon baby. Interestingly, that bit is later recovered for the seventh season episode “Signs & Wonders” – a horrifying scene in which a woman gives birth to snakes.
Quotes | Scully: “Mulder, we are supposed to be doing background checks, not chasing X-Files.” Mulder: “Scully, Spender just round filed this case – it’s unconscionable.” Scully: “And what do you call rooting through his trash?”

Terms of Endearment

31 Days of Halloween, Day 16: “Folie à Deux” – Season 5

Synopsis | Mulder investigates when a man claims his boss is literally a monster.
Trivia | The episode title “Folie à Deux” means “madness of two” in French. The episode is a behind-the-scenes relic: the monster suit was actually hilarious and made the crew members laugh a lot; it was required serious post-production work to make the bug creature scary.
Quotes | Mulder: “Scully, you have to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does or ever will. You’re my one in five billion.”

Folie à Deux

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