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How the Ghosts Stole Christmas 

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.


Chris Carter


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Lily Tomlin ... Lydia
Edward Asner ... Maurice


On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully stakeout a house that is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of two lovers who killed each other in a lovers' pact 81 years before. Inside, the agents find two apparitions who are more than willing to give insight into the relationship and personalities of Mulder and Scully. Written by Muldernscully

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The role of Maurice was originally written for Bob Newhart but he turned the part down. See more »


At the end of the show when the camera pans towards the fireplace, you can clearly see someone removing the carpet on the floor to make sure the dolly cam can make its turn. See more »


Mulder: I think there's a hiding space under the floorboards.
Scully: What are you going to do?
Mulder: There may be somebody trapped under there.
Scully: Mulder, don't.
Mulder: I got to get them out.
Scully: Not now.
Mulder: Hey, you have a gun, right? Rationally, you've been in much more dangerous situations. I was half right.
Scully: Oh, my God.
Mulder: Hey, Scully... Look at this.
Scully: It's a woman. Mulder, it looks like they were shot to death.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Music by Hugh Martin
Performed by Bing Crosby
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A must see even for everybody
11 December 2006 | by anzalduaSee all my reviews

For the first five years the X-files didn't have a Holiday episode. This is one of the best Holiday episodes that I've seen. I'm not going to write about the plot that I can say is marvelous. Let me tell you the the acting that is great, the music really wraps you in the mood for the episode, the lightning is very good, and yes: The plot is more than good. Wonderful performances by Edward Asner and Lily Tomlin spice the episode. Just four characters in a mix that really made a Merry Merry Christmas.

Mulder and Scully find themselves in a situation where they need to thrust themselves and maybe they have to find out about how much they care about each other and maybe how much they love each other. Of course the plot wouldn't have worked without previous knowledge about how Mulder and Scully think. Maybe if you see this episode as your first X files episode it wouldn't make sense, but if you are connected to the characters you will love this one, one of the best of season 6 an one of the best of the whole series.

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13 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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