The X-Files (1993–2018)
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On their first assignment after being reinstated to the X-Files, Scully and Mulder go undercover as husband and wife in a high-class planned community where several couples have gone missing.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Chris Carter (created by), Daniel Arkin




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Peter White ... Gene Gogolak
Abraham Benrubi ... Big Mike Raskin
Debra Christofferson ... Pat Verlander
Tom Gallop ... Win Shroeder
Marnie McPhail ... Cami Schroeder
Roger W. Morrissey ... Übermenscher (as Roger Morrissey)
Tim Bagley ... Gordy
Tom Virtue ... Dave Kline
Juliana Donald ... Nancy Kline
Mark Matthias Mark Matthias ... Mover


Three couples have mysteriously disappeared from a prestigious planned community over a number of years. After the latest disappearance, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a couple to discover the truth about the community. They find that the planned community has strict regulations, with dire consequences for those who do not follow them. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

7 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mulder and Scully are at dinner and "Rob" is discussing how he met "Laura" at a UFO convention, he says that Laura is more into beliveling UFOs exist. Throughout the show, Mulder is the believer and Scully is the skeptic. This is a play on real life as David Duchovny is the skeptic and Gillian Anderson is the believer. See more »


The handwriting "China" on the box is different when Scully opens it inside the house. (It could easily be a different side of the box with different writing.) See more »


Cami Schroeder: [when Win considers saving Gene] Don't. He deserves what's coming to him.
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Creepy Conformism is Too True!
18 April 2009 | by yatie1939-1See all my reviews

Those of us stuck in suburbia and inane neighborhood associations that tout "community" AKA code for: CONFORMITY will find this installment entertaining and too true! Mulder and Scully prove once again to be a winning duo with chemistry and deep character as their investigation leads them down the trail of a mysterious ancient myth set against the surreal enclave of groomed lawns and monochromatic facades.

Aside from "Wrinkle in Time" (Madeleine L'Engle) there are few stories about community control that ring this true. The story features ridiculous rules of conformity that would be laughable if they weren't such a reality in suburban America. As more cookie cutter homes sprout up with less than a foot distance between them, officious Home Owner's Associations will become more of a problem than a solution.

Let's put it this way: the ugliest thing Sculder and Mully uncover is far from mythic. . .it is found in a majority of common suburban neighborhoods across the country.

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