The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 20

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

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  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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Episode credited cast:
Darin Morgan ...
Eddie Van Blundht
Eddie Van Blundht Sr.
Robert Rozen ...
Dr. Alton Pugh
Jennifer Sterling ...
Angry Wife
David Cameron ...
The Deputy
Forbes Angus ...
Security Guard
Husband #2
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Health Department Doctor
Carrie Cain-Sparks ...
Duty Nurse (as Carrie Cain Sparks)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melvin Frohike (voice)


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 Eddie is talking about the baseball cap his Therapist gives him, he says the other prisoners beat him up and take his hat, The Therapist just gives him a new one. When Mulder and Scully are walking away a prisoner is cleaning the hall, he is wearing the regulation orange jump suit and a similar hat, could suggest that throughout the episode Eddie looks like other people, the end of the episode could imply that there will be more people who look like Eddie, Orange Jump suit and red baseball cap. See more »


When Mulder and Scully are walking from their car to the Van Blundht's house, Scully takes out an umbrella and both act as though it is raining, but it is clearly not. See more »


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?
See more »


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'Hilarious' is the perfect description
22 April 2008 | by ( – 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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