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Small Potatoes 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Eddie Van Blundht
Lee de Broux ...
Eddie Van Blundht Sr.
Robert Rozen ...
Dr. Alton Pugh
Jennifer Sterling ...
Angry Wife
David Cameron ...
Forbes Angus ...
Security Guard
Second Husband
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Health Department Doctor
Carrie Cain-Sparks ...
Duty Nurse (as Carrie Cain Sparks)


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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20 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Despite his constant explanation throughout the episode that "the H is silent," various characters mispronounce Eddie Van Blundht's last name. The shot of the H falling off of the family name on the wall of his father's house is a nod to this frustration. It is also a reference to the fact that early in his career, series star David Duchovny's name was often mispronounced, largely because of the presence of a silent H in its spelling. Duchovny's father, the writer Amram Ducovny, had in fact taken the H out of his spelling of the name years earlier to avoid the constant mispronunciations, though David, his sister, and his mother all retained the original spelling. So the H literally dropping off the side of the Van Blundht father's house is also a reference to the H that Duchovny's father figuratively "dropped" from his name. See more »


When the officer is typing Eddie's name in the computer, in the first shot he types "Van Blundt, Ed" and he continues typing in the next shot, presumably finishing the first name (Eddie) and possibly the middle name. However, when Eddie points out he spelled his name wrong (Blundt instead of Blundht), the officer backspaces twice and types two letters. This would only fix it if he had typed "Van Blundt," as pressing backspace twice would delete the "t," allowing him to type ht, but seeing as he had already typed the full name it would have only deleted the last two letters of the first or middle name (whichever he last typed). Furthermore, even if he had done it from right after the comma, he didn't retype the comma. And finally, if you watch his typing very closely right before Eddie interrupts him, he's not even pressing the correct letters to type any part of Eddie's name. See more »


Scully: So what else about this interests you?
[holds up magazine]
Scully: "Visitor From Space"?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Did he have a light saber?
15 October 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Quite possibly the most hilarious X-Files episode ever. Darin Morgan comes back to the X-Files one last time, not as a writer but as an actor playing the shape shifting alien loser Eddie Van Blundht. This is the best episode in season four, and one of my all time favorites. The teaser is very funny and weird. Five babies are born with a tail and all because of Eddie Van Blundht who just wants to be loved. David Duchovny shows his comedic talents during the last act of this episode playing somebody else playing him. Vince Gilligan who wrote the episode really knows how to do great comedies. Unlike Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose this episode is not touching and it is completely mindless. But it is still great

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