Scully and Mulder go undercover as husband and wife in a high-class planned community where several couples have gone missing.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Gogolak
Big Mike Raskin
Pat Verlander
Win Shroeder
Cami Schroeder
Roger W. Morrissey ...
Übermenscher (as Roger Morrissey)
Dave Kline
Nancy Kline
Mark Matthias ...


Three couples have mysteriously disappeared from a prestigious planned community over a number of years. After the latest disappearance, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a couple to discover the truth about the community. They find that the planned community has strict regulations, with dire consequences for those who do not follow them. Written by Muldernscully

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7 March 1999 (USA)  »

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The name of the episode, "Arcadia", comes from the Latin "Et in Arcadia ego", literally "I, too, have lived in Arcadia" - a Latin way of saying "I, too, have known better times". Arcadia was a paradise in Latin culture and belief. See more »


(at around 22 mins) Scully turns on the video camera and starts talking. We get to see the display and elapsed recording time, which is 1min 17secs. Scully has only had the camera switched on for 14 seconds. See more »


[Mulder and Scully are undercover as newlyweds]
Mulder: You wanna make that honeymoon video now?
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Honey bunch and poopy head.
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Arcadia" is an episode that not only works as a suspenseful standalone, but also as a juncture for the "shipper" fans. Mulder and Scully enter a green-lawn-and-picket-fence community as Rob and Laura Petrie (like the dish!) to investigate a number of fly-by-night murders that no one else seems bothered to investigate. When the new neighbors act in suspicious manners, reprimanding the use of lawn ornaments and unlit lampposts, and others are attacked by a horrible creature, it is clear that the mysterious nature of the townsfolk runs deeper than their landfill's topsoil. The episode manages to work as both a horror story and a comedy (and, if you will, a satire of the American dream) and as such it tends to rank highly in the minds of fans. It also is a dry run at the later romance between Mulder and Scully, and makes for some of their funniest moments (Scully with a facial). While previous episodes tackled the ugly underbellies of private communities, this one arguably did it the most effectively. A season six highlight.


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