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Hollywood A.D. 

A screenwriter tags along with Mulder and Scully as they investigate a church bombing. The case becomes the plot of a Hollywood movie, but the agents find their case, and themselves, distorted on the big screen.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dana Scully / Tea Leoni (as Tea Leoni)
Cardinal O'Fallon
Wayne Federman
Micah Hoffman
Tim Roe ...
Barry K. Thomas ...
Sugar Bear
Tina M. Ameduri ...
Bill Millar ...


Skinner's buddy from college, Wayne Federman, trails Mulder and Scully on a case involving a pipe bombing in a church, at Skinner's insistence. Wayne is a writer/producer from Hollywood gathering material for a FBI-based movie. Mulder and Scully turn out to be the reluctant stars of this movie by Federman. Written by Muldernscully

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30 April 2000 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Garry Shandling meets Fox Mulder, he asks, "Do you dress on the right or the left?" When men's pants are tailored, extra room is provided in one of the pants legs, either the right or left, to accommodate the wearer's genitalia. This is the side on which one "dresses". Note that the exchange ends with Shandling calling out, "Wardrobe!" See more »


When Mulder and Scully are discussing zombies, Scully explains to Mulder how zombies and the like are just figments of the imagination. However, in the earlier episode The X-Files: Millennium, Scully encounters a zombie toward the end of the episode. She shoots at, and is attacked by, the zombie. She even reports such to A.D. Skinner. It seems unrealistic that an FBI agent would forget a past experience that was so unsettling. See more »


Walter Skinner: Agent Scully, if I am carrying Marilyn Monroe's purse, do you assume that I slept with JFK?
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References Witness (1985) See more »


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Plan 9 From Hollywood
25 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

When a '60s radical turns up dead in the crypt of a prominent Catholic it looks like a great basis for a movie to Deputy Director Skinner's old college pal, writer/producer Wayne Federman (as himself.) It's inexplicable weirdness on screen and off as Mulder and Scully try to handle Hollywood and a case that involves a Da-Vinci-coded soup bowl and the dancing dead.

I guess it had to happen - the show about show business. And it is just as awful as you might expect, combining both a self-parodical X-File AND a parody of a Hollywood treatment of the X-Files! Where does this leave viewers? Near the bottom of the unbrakeable slide in quality that is season 7. Once we were on a search for answers, then we were on a search for questions. Now we're just looking for laughs.

In the finale scene, keep your eye peeled for the Chris Carter zombie - the one with tongue THROUGH cheek and skewered in place with a blue pencil. Oh wait, that's not visible on-screen...

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