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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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Eddie Van Blundht
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Dr. Alton Pugh
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Duty Nurse (as 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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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 »

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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 »

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Mulder: What did you wanna talk to me about, Eddie?
Eddie Van Blundht: I just think it's funny.
Eddie Van Blundht: I was born a loser, but you're one by choice.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Star Wars Main Title
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Composed by John Williams
Hummed by Christine Cavanaugh
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I was born a loser, but you're one by choice.
19 September 2006 | by (Roy, 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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