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Small Potatoes 

Five unrelated women in a small town give birth to babies with small tails. The prime suspect is a man who can shape shift into whomever he wants.


Cliff Bole


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Darin Morgan ... Eddie Van Blundht
Christine Cavanaugh ... Amanda Nelligan
Lee de Broux ... Eddie Van Blundht Sr.
Robert Rozen ... Dr. Alton Pugh
Paul McGillion ... Angry Husband
Jennifer Sterling Jennifer Sterling ... Angry Wife
David Cameron David Cameron ... Deputy
Forbes Angus ... Security Guard
Peter Kelamis ... Second Husband
P. Lynn Johnson ... Health Department Doctor
Carrie Cain-Sparks Carrie Cain-Sparks ... Duty Nurse (as Carrie Cain Sparks)


Scully and Mulder travel to a small town when there are reports that five babies were recently born with vestigial tails. Four of the five women were artificially inseminated at the same clinic but the fifth claims to have had sex with Luke Skywalker. Scully thinks it's all nonsense but their focus soon falls on Eddie Van Blundht, a janitor at the fertility clinic. His father had been a circus performer but Eddie seems to have another power: to take the appearance of anyone around him. Things get interesting when he decides to pretend he's Mulder. Written by garykmcd

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20 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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This is a personal favorite for both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny who spent most of the shoot in hysterics. See more »


When the officer is typing Eddie's name in the computer, in the first shot he types "Van Blundt, Ed" and he continues typing in the next shot, presumably finishing the first name (Eddie) and possibly the middle name. However, when Eddie points out he spelled his name wrong (Blundt instead of Blundht), the officer backspaces twice and types two letters. This would only fix it if he had typed "Van Blundt," as pressing backspace twice would delete the "t," allowing him to type ht, but seeing as he had already typed the full name it would have only deleted the last two letters of the first or middle name (whichever he last typed). Furthermore, even if he had done it from right after the comma, he didn't retype the comma. And finally, if you watch his typing very closely right before Eddie interrupts him, he's not even pressing the correct letters to type any part of Eddie's name. See more »


Amanda Nelligan: [to Mulder] May the force be with you.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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Hummed by Christine Cavanaugh
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'Hilarious' is the perfect description
22 April 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

A lot of fans have a problem with The X-Files doing comedy. Myself, not so much. For me, it's all part of the diversity and creativity of the show, and I'd rather have comedy episodes that aren't brilliant than horror episodes ala season 1 which don't really deliver. Fortunately, "Small Potatoes" IS brilliant.

This is Vince Gilligan's first real comedy episode, and it works wonderfully. Written by one great X-Files writer and the lead guest actor in the episode is another great X-Files writer, Darin Morgan. You just have to love Darin Morgan as Eddie Van Blundht.

Just about all of "Small Potatoes" is hilarious. Outside of "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" and "Bad Blood", it's by far the funniest X-File there has ever been and more than deserving of its highly respected status.

I can never look at Star Wars the same way.


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