The X-Files

Paper Clip (3) - S3-E2

New this month Trivia: Here we can see that Mulder was born on 13 October. Interestingly, creator Chris Carter was also born on 13 October.

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Trivia: Scully's father and the man Mulder thought was his father were both named William. Mulder's actual father, Cancer Man, was played by William B Davis. Scully and Mulder's son was also named William.

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Trivia: In 2001, The Lone Gunmen were given their own self-titled TV series, The Lone Gunmen.

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Trivia: Whenever the Cigarette Smoking Man smokes on the show, the actor is smoking herbal cigarettes.

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Trivia: Two numbers that appear frequently during the series are 1013 and 1121. October 13 is series creator Chris Carter's birthday, and November 21 is his wife's birthday.

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Trivia: The Lone Gunman is a reference to the Kennedy assassination, in which the Warren Commission reported that a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, killed President John F. Kennedy. Ironically, Bruce Harwood's character, John Byers, is named after Kennedy.

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Tithonus - S6-E10

Trivia: If the story in this episode is to be believed, Scully is now completely immortal. Alfred Fellig couldn't die because he had bypassed death - his nurse died in his place. When Scully is all but dead and Fellig grabs death away from her and dies himself, this should leave Scully in the same position as Fellig was before he died - completely immortal.

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Shadows - S1-E6

Trivia: When Mulder and Scully are in the car park, and Howard Graves's car parking space is being renamed, the name being painted on is Tom Braidwood - who is the actor who plays Frohike and is also an Assistant Director of the series.

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Trivia: Series creator Chris Carter changed the name of William B. Davis' character from "Cancer Man" to "Cigarette Smoking Man" about halfway through the series so tobacco companies wouldn't be offended. However, the character was still referred to by both names throughout the series.

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Trivia: The "I Want To Believe" poster in Mulder's office was a prop created exclusively for the show and wasn't intended to be made commercially available. However, popular demand caused Fox to release the poster for sale.

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Fire - S1-E12

Trivia: David Duchovny (Mulder) got burned while shooting a scene. The scar can be seen when he is at the party shortly before Phoebe arrives and asks if they can dance.

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E.B.E. - S1-E17

Trivia: When Mulder and Scully arrive at the government building with the fake IDs, Mulder's ID says he's Tom Braidwood. Tom Braidwood played Melvin Frohike in this episode and many others.

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Miracle Man - S1-E18

Trivia: The scar David Duchovny (Mulder) got on his left hand while shooting "Fire" can be seen in the bar scene after the sheriff takes the boy away.

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Anasazi (1) - S2-E25

Trivia: Chris Carter makes an uncredited appearance in this episode as an F.B.I. agent who asks Scully if she was assigned to debunk Mulder's work.

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Piper Maru (1) - S3-E15

Trivia: This episode is named after Gillian Anderson's daughter, Piper Maru Anderson.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Trivia: In the scene on the plane, the man who is sitting behind Scully is David Duchovny's father.

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Tooms - S1-E21

Trivia: William B Davis (Cancer Man) spoke his first line in this episode.

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Squeeze - S1-E3

Trivia: The shot of Tooms going down the chimney to reach his fourth victim was not done by any visual effects. A contortionist named Pepper actually squeezed inside, and then the sounds of bones cracking and snapping were added later. Confirmed by co-executive producer Robert Goodwin.

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Trivia: There was no character or characters who appeared in all 201 episodes of The X Files.

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Squeeze - S1-E3

Trivia: Doug Hutchinson is one of the two actors that played the character of Tooms, a liver eating mutant, in the episodes "Squeeze" and "Tooms." Hutchinson is actually a vegetarian, or was at the time. After filming "Tooms" he sent the liver of an animal to Chris Carter as a thank you for the opportunity to play a character on "X-Files."

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Salvage - S8-E9

Trivia: Scully describes the man's body as becoming "living metal" (I think). And Robert Patrick (i.e. The T-1000 in Terminator 2) says something along the lines of "A man made of metal? That kind of thing only happens in the movies, Agent Scully".

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Shadows - S1-E6

Trivia: When Mulder and Scully are in the library, if you look at the newspaper report, above the story of Howard Graves suicide there is an article about a killer who extracts his victims livers and escapes from impossible locations. A reference to Eugene Tooms.

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Tithonus - S6-E10

Trivia: In this episode, if the facts are followed, Scully would live forever because Fennig saw Death instead of her. In the earlier episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (the man who can tell when people are going to die), she asks when she is going to die. He says 'you don't.' Maybe Scully really is intended to live forever.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Trivia: The original script for this episode called for Mulder and Scully to howl at the moon at one point.

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Redrum - S8-E6

Trivia: Doggett's friend Martin is played by Joe Morton. Morton acted with Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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Nothing Important Happened Today (1) - S9-E1

Trivia: When Doggett meets with the Lone Gunmen and their faces are blue, this is a reference to an incident in the series finale of The Lone Gunmen, "All About Yves."

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Arcadia - S6-E15

Trivia: In this episode, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple, Rob and Laura Petrie. This is a reference to The Dick Van Dyke Show, where the main characters were a couple named Rob and Laura Petrie.

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Dreamland II (2) - S6-E5

Trivia: Fletcher says that Saddam Hussein is really a man named John Gillnitz. This is a mix of the names of three of the show's producers: John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz. There is also a character in the episode "Jump the Shark" named John Gillnitz, and a character in the video game, "The X Files: Resist or Serve" named John Gillnitz.

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The Sixth Extinction (2) - S7-E1

Trivia: The establishing shot of "Georgetown Memorial Hospital" is the same one used in Charmed whenever they go to the hospital.

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Memento Mori - S4-E14

Trivia: "Memento Mori" is Latin and means "remember that you are mortal"/"remember you shall die". It was said to military leaders who won great victories to keep their feet on the ground. In this episode both Scully and Mulder are made very aware of her mortality.

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Per Manum - S8-E13

Trivia: "Per Manum" is Latin for "Through the hand." (Or "by hand")

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Humbug - S2-E20

Trivia: Gillian Anderson does put a live cricket into her mouth, on camera, in this episode. Apparently she had eaten one during an earlier rehearsal, but unfortunately was not caught on tape.

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Fire - S1-E12

Trivia: This episode originally included the following line of dialogue towards the end; Scully: Never let it be said that you wouldn't walk through fire for a woman, Mulder. Mulder: And never let it be said that I wouldn't do it for you again, Scully.

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Jump the Shark - S9-E15

Trivia: The title for this episode refers to a website entitled, Jump the Shark, which is dedicated to the moments when TV shows reach their peak and then start going downhill.

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Small Potatoes - S4-E20

Trivia: The guy playing Eddie is Darin Morgan, one of the writers of the show.

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The Beginning - S6-E1

Trivia: In the power plant scene, a worker walks into the control room, there is a bald man with his feet on the control panel - asleep. His colleague greets him as 'Homer' - obvious reference to Homer J Simpson.

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The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (3) - S7-E2

Trivia: Mulder's experiences during this episode bear an uncanny resemblance to the experience of Christ in The Last Temptation of Christ. Mulder is positioned in a crucifixion pose, with a metal crown of thorns. He enters a dream stage where he is no longer a saviour (pursuing the truth) and can live a normal life - with the woman he loved (as Jesus does with Mary in LToC). Life passes by in jumps, people die. Outside the window the apocalypse is raging and at the end Scully takes the role of Judas in challenging his decision to opt out of his mission.

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The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (3) - S7-E2

Trivia: "Amor Fati" is Latin for "Love of fate."

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Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man - S4-E7

Trivia: Young Cancer Man is played by the same man who later plays Agent Spender - Cancer Man's son and Mulder's brother.

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Terms of Endearment - S6-E7

Trivia: According to A. Crowley, the words "Zazas, zazas, nasatanada, zazas" come from some ancient vision: by them Adam was said to have opened the gates of Hell. They are supposed to mean "Open, open, gates of Hell, open" and some claim that it originated in Pagan Europe.

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Tempus Fugit (1) - S4-E17

Trivia: Tempus fugit is Latin for "time flies."

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Brand X - S7-E18

Trivia: In this episode Tobin Bell's character resides in apartment number 24. Two years later, Tobin Bell played Peter Kingsley in the second season of ... 24.

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Redux (2) - S5-E1

Trivia: Originally, the opening credits of this episode ended with the phrase, "All lies lead to the truth." This has been changed back to "The truth is out there" for the DVD.

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Sunshine Days - S9-E18

Trivia: Skinner's secretary Arlene that features in this episode is actor Mitch Pillegi's real-life spouse, also named Arlene.

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Elegy - S4-E22

Trivia: In this episode, longtime character actor Sydney Lassick was cast to play Chuck Forsch, an over-sensitive and delusional patient in a psychiatric hospital. Eighteen years earlier, Sydney Lassick played a virtually identical delusional psychiatric patient, Charlie Cheswick, in the Oscar-winning film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975).

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Agua Mala - S6-E13

Trivia: "Agua mala" is a quote from Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" and means "Bad water" in Spanish.

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Trivia: The rock band Filter contributed music to this show, including their hit single "Hey Man Nice Shot" being used in the season 3 episode "D.P.O." as well as appearing on a couple X-Files soundtracks. Filter's lead singer Richard Patrick is the younger brother of Robert Patrick, who would later be cast in this show as Agent John Doggett.

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Kill Switch - S5-E11

Trivia: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child" - this is a quote from Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear", Act 1 Scene 4.

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Gethsemane (1) - S4-E24

Trivia: Gethsemane is a garden in Jerusalem where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.

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Talitha Cumi (1) - S3-E24

Trivia: "Talitha cumi!" means "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" in Aramaic. These are the words of Jesus when he resurrected a dead Jairus' daughter (Gospel of Mark 5, 21 - 24 and 35 - 43).

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Trivia: Throughout the course of its initial nine-year run, The X-Files had crossovers with 3 other television shows: the short-lived Millennium in the season 7 episode "Millennium," COPS in the season 7 episode "X-COPS" and Homicide: Life on the Street in the season 5 episode "Unusual Suspects." The crossover with Homicide: Life on the Street is especially noteworthy as that show was produced by a different network. The X-Files also had a non-canon crossover with The Simpsons in their season 8 episode "The Springfield Files."

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Serious B

Trivia: The echo effect in the series' theme tune was created purely by accident. Composer Mark Snow created the effect by resting his hand and arm on a keyboard which had an echo effect setting that had accidentally been turned on. Snow was so impressed with the riff that he wrote the theme around it.

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Trivia: Rebecca Toolan plays David Duchovny's mother in the series, even though in real life she's only a year older than him.

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Never Again - S4-E13

Trivia: The tattoo that Scully gets of the ouroboros (the snake eating its own tail) is the symbol for Chris Carter's other show, Millenium.

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