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"The X-Files" Jump the Shark (TV Episode 2002) Poster

(TV Series)

(2002)

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The title is a humorous reference to the phrase "jumping the shark," used to describe shows that have reached their peak and started to decline in quality. Chris Carter said that the title was tongue-in-cheek, and that it was their "way of lowering the boom on anybody who thought that it did."
The opening sequence, narrated by Morris Fletcher, reveals characters from spinoff The Lone Gunmen television show (Jimmy Bond and Yves Adele Harlow), but not featured in the X-Files episodes.
The name of character John Gillnitz is a portmanteau of the names of the episode's three writers: John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz.
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The facility noted in the opening scene as U.S.C.G Base, Miami FL is actually the Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, HI.
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In the lone gunmen's HQ we see a poster for Tsunami Bomb, a female punk rock band which formed in California in 1998.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Vince Gilligan revealed on a 2011 interview that he didn't agree with the decision of killing off The Lone Gunmen, but gave in at the pressure of co-writers Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban.
The X-Files spinoff "The Lone Gunmen" had only one season of 12 episodes. It ended with a cliffhanger as Chris Carter et. all. thought there would be a second season. This crossover episode wraps up many of the loose ends, and is included in the DVD set of The Lone Gunmen.
There were no grave holes under the caskets for The Lone Gunmen.

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