The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 20

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

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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 ...
Eddie Van Blundht
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Eddie Van Blundht Sr.
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Dr. Alton Pugh
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Jennifer Sterling ...
Angry Wife
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The Deputy
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Security Guard
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Husband #2
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Health Department Doctor
Carrie Cain-Sparks ...
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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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Writer Vince Gilligan said that originally he wanted wings to be the "deformity" that the babies were born with, because he was afraid that tails wouldn't be very cute. Tails proved much easier to create digitally, though, so the wings were changed to tails in the script. 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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Mulder: I have a theory. Do you want to hear it?
Scully: Van Blundht somehow physically transformed into his captor and walked out the door, leaving no one the wiser?
Mulder: Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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'Hilarious' is the perfect description
22 April 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

A lot of fans have a problem with The X-Files doing comedy. Myself, not so much. For me, it's all part of the diversity and creativity of the show, and I'd rather have comedy episodes that aren't brilliant than horror episodes ala season 1 which don't really deliver. Fortunately, "Small Potatoes" IS brilliant.

This is Vince Gilligan's first real comedy episode, and it works wonderfully. Written by one great X-Files writer and the lead guest actor in the episode is another great X-Files writer, Darin Morgan. You just have to love Darin Morgan as Eddie Van Blundht.

Just about all of "Small Potatoes" is hilarious. Outside of "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" and "Bad Blood", it's by far the funniest X-File there has ever been and more than deserving of its highly respected status.

I can never look at Star Wars the same way.

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