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"The X-Files" Avatar (TV Episode 1996) Poster

(TV Series)

(1996)

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In Sanskrit, "avatar" means the incarnation of a deity.
First and only appearance of Assistant Director Walter Skinner's wife, Sharon Skinner.
Mitch Pileggi's sex scene with guest actress Amanda Tapping was supposed to be a closed set but David Duchovny insisted on barging onto the set and giving him notes.
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According to the certificate in the box in Skinner's living room, his middle name is Sergei.
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One of the keynotes of this episode was that it's mainly set in a torrential downpour. Except it wasn't. For once, the Vancouver weather was unusually pleasant so all the rain had to be recreated.
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Amanda Tapping (guest starring as Carina Sayles) and Mitch Pileggi (AD Skinner) would later go on to both star and guest star in the series Stargate: Atlantis.
This is effectively the first time in the series that the episode is centred on someone other than Mulder and Scully.
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This episode - a Walter Skinner-centric one - sprang from David Duchovny's request that he and Gillian Anderson play a lesser role in order to have some time off. Being the 21st episode in the season, most of the cast and crew were exhausted at this stage.
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James Charleston's first time directing an episode for the series.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Skinner talks about his past in Vietnam, he says he was "no choir boy; (he) inhaled." This is a reference to Bill Clinton's answer, when asked, that he tried marijuana once in college, but he swore he didn't inhale.
Carina Sayles was the succubus' first victim. A "qarinah" in Arabic is a succubus. In Italian, Carina means "little dear one", thus making a double reference.

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