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Recap / The X-Files S06 E21 "Field Trip"

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Season 6, Episode 21:

Field Trip
Written by Frank Spotnitz (Story), John Shiban (Teleplay), & Vince Gilligan (Teleplay)
Directed by Kim Manners

"They're affecting your head... maybe mine, too. What if I can't even tell what's real?"
Wallace Schiff

Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious death of a couple whose skeletons were found in the forest.


  • Double-Meaning Title: "Trip" as in 'expedition' and as in 'hallucinatory experience'.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Mulder and Scully realize the mushroom is causing them to hallucinate and snap out of it... except, not really.
  • Fungus Humongous: The episode features a a giant underground fungal complex; the non-sentient growth sucks down its human victims and doses them with powerful hallucinogens to keep them docile while it slowly digests them.
  • Mind Screw: Bizarre things happen inside Mulder's and Scully's hallucinations, such as the Lone Gunmen believing Scully's case report, as well as Mulder retrieving an alien from the cave.
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  • Monster of the Week: A very dangerous fungal complex.
  • Mushroom Samba: The spores Mulder and Scully are exposed to for most of the episode are said to have similar effects to LSD.
  • Spotting the Thread: Both Mulder and Scully realize at various points that things are not what they seem and that they are in a hallucination.
  • Together in Death: In the teaser, a couple is shown cuddling and lying together in bed facing each other. The final shot of the teaser reveals they are already skeletons.

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