The X-Files (1993– )
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An anonymous tip finally brings Mulder and Scully to the mecca of all UFO lore, Area 51. But when the agents witness the flight of a mysterious craft there, Mulder and one of the Men in Black, Fletcher, somehow switch bodies - and lives.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
General Wegman
Howard Grodin (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Alvin Kersh
Scott Allan Campbell ...
Jeff Smoodge
Lana Chee
Tyler Binkley ...
Terry Fletcher
Dara Hollingsworth ...
Kersh's Assistant
Eddie Jackson ...
Co-Pilot / Rock Man


Mulder and Scully travel to the secretive Area 51 to meet a contact who has inside information on UFOs. Before they arrive, they get stopped by military personnel who tell them to turn back. A weird event occurs that results in Mulder switching bodies with Morris Fletcher, a "man in black" from Area 51, without anyone else knowing. Mulder takes advantage of this perfect disguise to infiltrate Area 51, while Fletcher uses the opportunity to escape the life he hates. Written by Muldernscully

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29 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Originally, the writers contacted Garry Shandling, who was good friends with David Duchovny, to play the part of Fletcher. Unfortunately Shandling was unavailable. See more »


(at around 1 min) Fox is dancing in front of the mirror which shows the reflection of the actual body he is inhabiting. When the wife enters the room, we see that the reflection in the mirror is the real Fox instead of the inhabited body. See more »


Mulder: It's all our questions. The proof that we've suspected but never been able to hold in our hands. That proof is here.
Scully: Mulder, it's the dim hope of finding that proof that's kept us in this car or one very muh like it for more nights than I care to remember. Driving hundreds, if not thousands of miles, through neighborhoods and cities and towns, where people are raising families and buying homes and playing with their kids and dogs and in short, living their lives. While we... we... we just keep ...
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Referenced in The X-Files: Three of a Kind (1999) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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One of the better episodes.
19 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

X-Files is not known for its humor. But this episode is an exception. The switching of personalities is hilarious, especially since the two characters involved in the switch are utterly different in temperament and don't even like each other. Michael McKean is wonderful in this episode. His performance as Morris Fletcher is one of the better TV comic performances. And although Fletcher has his personality quirks he is still likable. This episode proves that a TV drama can delve into comedy without losing its identity or sacrificing dramatic impact. For despite the farcical nature of the story, the underlying premise, that an extraterrestrial entity is somehow involved, remains intact, consistent with the series' theme.

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