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The Springfield Files 

Special Agents Mulder and Scully arrive in Springfield after Homer claims to have seen an alien.


Steven Dean Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Hans Moleman / Santa's Little Helper / Snowball II / Barney / Grampa / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Hot Dog Vendor / Krusty / Groundskeeper Willie / Pyromaniac / Alf / Chewbacca (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Wiseguy / Moe Szyslak / Red Tick Beer Man / Carl / Chief Wiggum / Alligator / Coma patient / Dr. Nick Riviera (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Jasper / Dr. Hibbert / Alien / Marvin the Martian / Frogs / Kent Brockman / Ned Flanders / Reverend Lovejoy / T-Shirts Clerk (voice)
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully (voice)
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Leonard Nimoy (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Mrs. Glick (voice)


In yet another crazed crossover, Leonard Nimoy narrates another tale of the supernatural, reminiscent of his days with "In Search Of." Realizing that even he's too drunk to drive after a night at Moe's Tavern, Homer stumbles through the woods and encounters a green glowing alien. Needless to say, nobody takes him seriously, except for "X-Files" FBI Agent Fox Mulder, who once again drags along his partner Dana Scully on another quest to prove the government is hiding the presence of UFO's from the public. However, even this mission may make a skeptic out of Mulder. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


After it had been finished, Fox sent the episode out for a critical review, which was "really great". See more »


When the town is waiting for the alien to appear, Homer asks a t-shirt salesman for two "Homer is a Dope" shirts, even though he was just told they were sold out. See more »


Homer: I refuse to share a bed with someone who thinks I'm crazy. Unless you're feeling amorous.
[playful growl]
Marge Simpson: [trying to get to sleep] No, I'm not.
Homer: [getting out of bed] Well, then, good night.
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Alternate Versions

The syndicated version shortens the opening title sequence, also cuts out the scene where Milhouse has to deposit 40 quarters to play an arcade game, and shortens the scene with Homer running through the woods by cutting out Homer going past an owl. See more »


References High Anxiety (1977) See more »


Theme from the X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
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Maybe the best episode ever
23 March 2021 | by mrgicaSee all my reviews

I love this episode, it never gets old. It is brilliant.

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Release Date:

12 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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