The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 20

Small Potatoes (20 Apr. 1997)
"The X Files" Small Potatoes (original title)

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Five unrelated women in a small town give birth to babies with small tails. The prime suspect is a man who can shape shift into whomever he wants.

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Darin Morgan ...
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Eddie Van Blundht Sr.
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Dr. Alton Pugh
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Jennifer Sterling ...
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Scully and Mulder travel to a small town when there are reports that five babies were recently born with vestigial tails. Four of the five women were artificially inseminated at the same clinic but the fifth claims to have had sex with Luke Skywalker. Scully thinks it's all nonsense but their focus soon falls on Eddie Van Blundht, a janitor at the fertility clinic. His father had been a circus performer but Eddie seems to have another power: to take the appearance of anyone around him. Things get interesting when he decides to pretend he's Mulder. Written by garykmcd

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When Mulder and Scully visit Eddie Van Blundht's house, the Blundht name is on the wall, the H falls off the wall, possibly as a nod to the fact Eddie states everyone drops the H when writing his name down. See more »

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When Van Blundht (as Mulder) is practicing drawing his weapon, he draws with his left and aims at the mirror. In the close up shot he is trying to do tricks and the weapon is in his right hand. Pan out to see him attempting to re-holster, again with his left. See more »

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Amanda Nelligan: He dropped by my apartment one day and... one thing sort of led to another.
Mulder: But the baby's father is an alien.
Amanda Nelligan: No, no, I didn't say he was an alien. I said he's from another planet. His name is Luke Skywalker. He's what is known as a Jedi knight.
Scully: Did he have a lightsabre?
Amanda Nelligan: No, he didn't bring it. He did sing his song for me though.
Scully: How many times have you seen Star Wars, Amanda?
Amanda Nelligan: 368. I should break 400 by Memorial Day.
Scully: Okay. Thank you.
Amanda Nelligan: Oh, wait a minute. Wait. You know these... these four other ...
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19 September 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

If you want to see the best-acted episode of the x-files look no further than Small Potatoes. David Duchovny shows his true comedic ability throughout this episode. Duchovny plays Eddie Van Blundht playing Mulder so perfectly. Every one of his scenes as Eddie as Mulder are hilarious. Vince Gilligan, who penned this marvelous episode, reveals in the audio commentary that Duchovny ad-libbed many of the lines and mannerisms himself. He truly has a gift for comedy. Props also go to Gillian Anderson for playing a perfect straight(wo)man in this episode. Her playing it straight make the jokes all the funnier. Vince Gilligan also revealed in the commentary that a lot of the dialogue off screen was added through loop lines weeks later to spice up the dialogue. Which was also done quite effectively. The gag of Eddie being annoyed about the omission of the 'H' in his last name is quite funny, especially when the 'H' falls off his name on his house. Darin Morgan, who plays Van Blundht, was perfect for the part in his first "real" acting gig. Kudos again to Vince Gilligan in his first "humorous" episode. For me, this episode ranks second only to 'Bad Blood', also by Vince Gilligan. So, watch Small Potatoes, and treat yourself. I would if I were you.


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