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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Creepy Conformism is Too True!
18 April 2009 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

Those of us stuck in suburbia and inane neighborhood associations that tout "community" AKA code for: CONFORMITY will find this installment entertaining and too true! Mulder and Scully prove once again to be a winning duo with chemistry and deep character as their investigation leads them down the trail of a mysterious ancient myth set against the surreal enclave of groomed lawns and monochromatic facades.

Aside from "Wrinkle in Time" (Madeleine L'Engle) there are few stories about community control that ring this true. The story features ridiculous rules of conformity that would be laughable if they weren't such a reality in suburban America. As more cookie cutter homes sprout up with less than a foot distance between them, officious Home Owner's Associations will become more of a problem than a solution.

Let's put it this way: the ugliest thing Sculder and Mully uncover is far from mythic. . .it is found in a majority of common suburban neighborhoods across the country.

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