An anonymous tip finally brings Mulder and Scully to the mecca of all UFO lore, Area 51. But when the agents witness the flight of a mysterious craft, their lives are profoundly and perhaps irrevocably altered.

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Mulder and Scully travel to the secretive Area 51 to meet a contact who has inside information on UFOs. Before they arrive, they get stopped by military personnel who tell them to turn back. A weird event occurs that results in Mulder switching bodies with Morris Fletcher, a "man in black" from Area 51, without anyone else knowing. Mulder takes advantage of this perfect disguise to infiltrate Area 51, while Fletcher uses the opportunity to escape the life he hates. Written by Muldernscully

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Originally, the writers contacted Garry Shandling, who was good friends with David Duchovny, to play the part of Fletcher. Unfortunately Shandling was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Fox is dancing in front of the mirror which shows the reflection of the actual body he is inhabiting. When the wife enters the room, we see that the reflection in the mirror is the real Fox instead of the inhabited body. See more »

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Mulder: YOU SON OF A BITCH, YOU DID THIS! HE IS NOT ME, SCULLY! SCULLY, HE'S NOT ME!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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19 April 2007 | by (Guangzhou, PRC) – See all my reviews

It took me a long time to give Xfiles a chance, but i figured that with so many people hailing it as the 'greatest TV show ever' i HAD to see what it was all about. So i bought the DVD's here in china, cuz they are about $0.50 cents a piece.

I must say, i have never found the show more than mildly entertaining. But i am a completist by nature, so i have felt obligated to watch the whole thing.

After having watched the first 5 seasons and the movie, i was ready to move into season 6. and i found the first episode pretty nice. Now this? (first, you must know i am biased against silly 'monster of the week' style episodes, highly preferring episodes that extend the story arc of the show) But in fact, there is only ONE episode i have seen that i thought was RE-watchable (that one with the writer interviewing scully for the book he wanted to write about alien abductions) Now, i LOVE michael Mckean, but I must say, if this goofiness is the kind of episode that deserves a two-parter, i fear for my sanity when it is all over.


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