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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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Dana Scully / Tea Leoni (as Tea Leoni)
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Cardinal O'Fallon
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Wayne Federman
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Micah Hoffman
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Tim Roe ...
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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 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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Trivia

In the graveyard scene at the beginning of the episode, the headstone behind which Garry Shandling is hiding reads "Alan Smithee", a pseudonym commonly used by film directors who wish to disown a project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cigarette Smoking Pontiff: I'll offer you a deal. You give me the Lazarus bowl and I'll give you Scully.
Téa Leoni: Mulder!
Garry Shandling: How about this deal? You give me Scully, I don't smash the Lazarus bowl and shove the pieces where the Son of God don't shine you Cigarette-Smoking Mackerel Snapper.
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Spoofs Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Jehovah's Witness meets Harrison Ford's "Witness"
14 July 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Hollywood A.D., written and directed by David Duchovny is a mixed bag. The episode is really fun to view and you can tell the cast is having a fun time. However, the writing and story is a little uneven and the episode suffers for it.

It's interesting to see Wayne Federman compare Scully to Jodie Foster, since many fans feel that the character of Scully was inspired by Jodie Foster's character from "Silence of the Lambs". Assistant Director Skinner finally receives a nickname in the series, being called 'Skinman' by his college buddy Wayne Federman.

If you are a little young and didn't get the Micah Hoffman reference, I'll explain it to you. The character of Micah Hoffman is based on a real person back in 1980's Utah named Mark Hoffman who was a forger of historic Mormon religious documents and bomb maker. Even though the case is not an x-file, Skinner sends Mulder and Scully to investigate it while Wayne Federman tags along to observe them.

The dancing skeleton that Federman sees is silly and is really out of place. Then, later, Scully has hallucinations of Micah Hoffman on the cross instead of Jesus and on the autopsy table. It is never really explained why she had the hallucinations and how it connects to the story.

After Mulder and Scully apparently resolve the forgery and bombing case, the rest of the episode is spent with them in Los Angeles, seeing the production of the movie "loosely" based on them. The episode is quite funny and enjoyable here as Mulder and Scully meet Garry Shandling and Tea Leoni who are the actors playing them respectively. Of course, Tea Leoni is David Duchovny's real life wife. Garry Shandling bugs me for some inexplicable reason. I think I could see Billy Crystal in that role easily.

The funnest scene is when Mulder, Scully, and Skinner are each taking bubble baths separately and have a humorous conversation with each other over the phone. Also, at the end, after Mulder walks out of the movie, Scully comes to join him on the set and they talk. You get to hear Gillian Anderson's true laugh, a very rare occurrence on the X-Files. It's very cute to hear.

The idea of a movie being made based on Mulder and Scully was very interesting. However, the first 3/4 of the episode involving the case, was a bit convoluted. I wasn't sure whether I should take it serious or if it was supposed to be all funny.

Hollywood A.D. is funny in delving once more into Mulder and Scully's relationship with each other, but had the potential to be more. Anyway, where else can you learn that zombies yearn to do more than just eat people?


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