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On their first assignment after being reinstated to the X-Files, 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:
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 makes a joke demanding that Scully "get back in the kitchen and make him a sandwich" which is a play on the stereotype jokes that was a popular trend at the time. See more »


This is supposed to be a gated community. At 28secs, we can see to the left of the screen that anyone can just climb over the flower bed to gain entry. See more »


Big Mike Raskin: It's come for you, Laura. You can't make a noise. Shh. Shh.
Dana Scully: [All messed up] Mike. What happened to you?
Big Mike Raskin: You have to get out of here.
Dana Scully: [Heavy footsteps] Why? What are you talking about? Who's downstairs?
Big Mike Raskin: Shh, shh, shh.
Dana Scully: Mike... Who did this to you?
Big Mike Raskin: The Ubermenscher. It's our fault. The original homeowners - we asked for it and now we can't stop it.
Dana Scully: Stop what, Mike?
Big Mike Raskin: [Grunting] I tried to give it Shroeder. You know, tit-for-tat. Just like Shroeder did for me.
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »


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Honey bunch and poopy head.
4 August 2010 | by 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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