The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 15

Arcadia (7 Mar. 1999)
"The X Files" Arcadia (original title)

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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 cast overview:
Gene Gogolak
Big Mike Raskin
Pat Verlander
Tom Gallop ...
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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Mulder and Scully go undercover and use the aliases Rob and Laura Petrie - the names of the characters played by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961). See more »


The handwriting "China" in the box is different when Scully opened it inside the house. See more »


[Mulder and Scully are posing as husband and wife]
Mulder: Wow. Admit it, all you want to do is play house. Woman! Get back in here and make me a sandwich!
[Scully throws a rubber glove at him]
Mulder: Did I not make myself clear?
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »

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11 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Angry about poorly run Homeowner Associations (HOAs) whose management of funds are careless & wasteful. Their administration slowly eating away your freedoms as citizens — too much of Big Brother watching over us. Ever get notice, after notice about grass in the cracks of your driveway & wanted to scream, well in Arcadia you'll be dying.

In this Monster-of-the-Week episode you will instantly feel acquainted with The Association-esque tone --if a Bentley Little fan. Mulder & Scully move-in to the little 'burb undercover to investigate several disappearances at the idyllic planned community. To Mulder's amusement the tenants follow every extraneous order strictly, so he begins to defiantly protest as they scatter to correct it for him. Their fear is what one may call a tulpa; the concept of a being or object which is created through sheer discipline alone, come to enact some neighborly love one might expect from a starving cannibalistic tribe. Like most HOAs (or Frankensteinian Monsters for that matter) which fail as a result of the people involved, the tulpa eventually turns on it's creator.

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