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The Post-Modern Prometheus
An episode with a not-so-serious take on Frankenstein. Mulder and Scully are sent to rural Indiana after he receives a letter from a single mother who claims to have been mysteriously impregnated, while unconscious, by an unknown presence 18 years ago.
- All Just a Dream: It's been debated by several reviewers whether the episode's happy ending, or even the entire episode itself, ever actually happened.
- Animal Motif: People from the town look and act like certain animals. The reporter acts like a chicken, young Berkowitz looks like a pig and his room corresponds to that, his friends look like a goat, and so on and so forth.
- As Himself: Jerry Springer.
- Child by Rape: Mutato has been impregnating women by raping them after they're knocked senseless by gas. This is because he wanted a mate, but couldn't find one. While viewed sympathetically by Mulder and Scully, it was not only a crime they never arrest him for, but drastically undercuts his status as a "good" monster.
- Clucking Funny: Clucking hens appear in the Old Pollidori's barn, but the reporter's mannerism and chicken-like movements top them.
- Convenient Slow Dance: The final scene.
- Deliberately Monochrome: As an homage to the Frankenstein movies.
- Dramatic Thunder: Played for Laughs.
- Fanboy: Mutato is one of Mask, to the point he even plays Cher during his romantic escapades.
- Framing Device / Book Ends: A comic book.
- Frankenstein's Monster: The Great Mutato.
- The Grotesque: Mutato.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Pollidori.
- Real After All: The comic book character turns out to be a real mutant.
- Reality Ensues: An angry mob, many of whom are carrying torches, runs amok in a barn. It takes a generous five minutes for the place to catch fire.
- Scooby Stack: Mulder and Scully sheepishly look into Izzy's room and the audience see only their heads.
- Shout-Out: Several to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's book as well as the film — the Pollidori family are named after a friend of Shelley's whom she was on holiday with when she had the idea for the book, and the book's subtitle is "The Modern Prometheus".
- Slow Motion: During Mulder & Scully's dance at the end.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Mulder demands that the authors write a better ending.