The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 6

How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (13 Dec. 1998)
"The X Files" How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (original title)

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On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully stakeout a house that is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of two lovers who killed each other in a lovers' pact 81 years before. Inside, the agents find ... See full summary »



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On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully stakeout a house that is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of two lovers who killed each other in a lovers' pact 81 years before. Inside, the agents find two apparitions who are more than willing to give insight into the relationship and personalities of Mulder and Scully. Written by Muldernscully

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Maurice ('Ed Asner') tells Mulder that he knows people in the ACLU. Asner has been involved with the ACLU in his real life as an activist in controversial issues. See more »


The ACLU, at the supposed time of Maurice's and Lydia's death, was not called the ACLU. Founded in 1917, it was the National Civil Liberties Bureau. See more »


Scully: The dark Gothic manor, the omnipresent low fog hugging the thicket of overgrowth... Wait. Is that a hound I hear baying out on the moors?
Mulder: No, actually that was a left cheek sneak.
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References How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Music by Hugh Martin
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Not Your Typical Christmas Episode
24 January 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Continuing with the X-files-lite theme of season six, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas takes a funny look into the personalities of Mulder and Scully and their relationship with each other. This is a story more appropriate for Halloween, but told as a Christmas tale. Mark Snow's use of the organ and harpsichord are perfect for this episode, giving it a nice, unique feel. This episode has the smallest cast in the history of the X-Files, with only two guest stars, Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin as the ghosts. The two do a great job as the star-crossed lovers who attempt to get Mulder and Scully to commit a double murder. It is funny to hear all of Mulder and Scully's shortcomings revealed by the ghosts. The set of the haunted house is very cool-looking and perfect. This is definitely not an episode to show to a newcomer to the X-Files. It deals with all the quirky aspects of our favorite agents that we've come to learn and love over the years. A newcomer would just be lost. But, for the long-time x-phile, this is a fun episode that delves more into the relationship between Mulder and Scully. If you're not into that, and just want to see scary monsters and freaks, this is not the episode for you. I enjoyed the episode a lot for those reasons. However, because of the less than x-files feel to it, I don't give it full marks. Still, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas is a good Halloween story for Christmas time.

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