The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 19

Hollywood A.D. (30 Apr. 2000)
"The X Files" Hollywood A.D. (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dana Scully / Tea Leoni (as Tea Leoni)
Cardinal O'Fallon
Wayne Federman
Micah Hoffman
Bill Dow ...
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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During the early 1980s, a number of documents purporting to be original papers relating to the origin and development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) appeared on the collector's market. These documents, if true, would have cast some aspects of Mormon history and tradition in a dubious if not negative light; the most famous example was the so-called "Salamander Letter," which the church itself bought and which claimed that the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, did not really see an angel (as he said he had) but instead was visited by a talking salamander. These documents were eventually all revealed to be the forgeries of a formerly devout Mormon named Mark Hofmann. Many elements of this episode's plot, including the similarity of the forgers' names and the priest obtaining the forged document that he considers blasphemous, are drawn from the Mark Hofmann case. See more »


Gillian Anderson's stunt double can be seen after Tea Leoni asks 'Scully' to show her how to run with high heels. It's also noticeable how the stunt double starts running before Anderson leaves the frame. 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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Spoofs Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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Beyond swell episode that will keep you up late, thinking.
22 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode will sort of sneak up on you. On its surface, it's just another stand-alone with nary a Morley cigarette in sight. But beneath its soft exterior, the script is an autopsy of the New Testament, carving it open, re-enacting and re-animating the Good Book. The plot is a mirror: we start in a church where faith in life eternal has become just an empty show, and end on the other side of America, on a Hollywood set where, in the closing scene, the dead really are resurrected. Duchovny's sure-handed balancing act as writer and director is impressive. The bubble bath scene, with Skinner, Mulder and Scully, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit?)each soaking in a cloud of bubbles and talking to each other on telephones, is just plain brilliant, and the ghosts arising to dance and (presumably) make love on a Hollywood set after the cameras are gone and the lights are out, just gave me chills. God I wish I could write like that! (I wish I had a bigger flashlight, too!)

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