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Recap / The X-Files S07 E19 "Hollywood A.D."

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Season 7, Episode 19:

Hollywood A.D.
And now, our Feature Presentation of The X-Files movie, with... Garry Shandling... and Téa Leoni. Well, we got the naming right, unlike that Morris Fletcher debacle...
Written and directed by David Duchovny

Skinner: This is Wayne Federman. He's an old buddy of mine from college. He's a writer out in Hollywood now and he's working on an FBI-based movie. He's asked me to give him access.
Scully: A screenwriter?
Wayne: It's actually... It's a writer-slash-producer.
Mulder: Well, that's actually just a hindrance-slash-pain in the neck.

A movie producer who has an in with AD Skinner decides to make a movie about the X-Files.


  • Actor Allusion: The interplay between Mulder and Garry Shandling is much, much funnier if you've watched The Larry Sanders Show, where David Duchovny is a recurring guest with something of a man crush on Larry.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: Mulder and Scully are roped by their boss into a (bad) film production about the X-Files.
  • Combat Stilettos: Lampshaded, when the actress portraying Scully in the movie asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high. Scully then proceeds to teach her how.
  • Dem Bones: In the catacombs of the church. Not a full skeleton, but the hands and skull dance around for the Hollywood producer to see.
  • Driven to Suicide: Augustine O'Fallon after he realized he murdered someone for no good reason.
  • Face Palm:
    • When Skinner tells Mulder that his friend from college, now a writer/producer, will shadow Mulder and Scully on their case, Mulder just rubs his forehead and asks if he pissed off Skinner more than usual.
    • Mulder and Scully are in the theater, watching a film based on one of their cases. Actors portray both Mulder and Scully. The audience chuckles, the actors look interested and pleased, Skinner finds the whole thing hysterical. Scully watches the film in horror, but her shock and surprise is smaller than Mulder's, who just drops his head into his hands and hides his face completely.
  • Funny Background Event: Scully teaching Tea Leoni how to run in high heels, while Mulder chats with Gary Shandling in the foreground.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Augustine O'Fallon does this, only to later discover there was no Masquerade as the scrolls describing Jesus as a fallible human were forgeries.
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  • Noodle Incident: We never do find out whose corpse it was found in the catacombs, and how Hoffman's phone was found on it. (Besides Hoffman's comment that "God works in mysterious ways.")
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: Mulder reveals that he's seen Plan 9 from Outer Space forty-two times. He claims that the sheer badness of the film numbs his brain, allowing him to make intuitive leaps and solve problems that have him stumped.
    Scully: You've seen this movie 42 times?
    Mulder: Yes.
    Scully: Doesn't that make you sad? It makes me sad.
  • The Show Goes Hollywood
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Mulder, Scully, and Skinner in the hotel.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Mulder has a great deal of sympathy for Augustine O'Fallon despite the fact he's a murderer.
  • Tag-Along Actor: A variation with a movie producer instead of actors following Mulder and Scully on an investigation.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: More or less the entire premise of the episode as it's clear Wayne Federman only cares about the basic idea.
    • On a meta level, too, as the religious-text-forgery-bombing portion of the plot is based upon the actual case of forger Mark Hofmann.

"I think the dead are beyond caring what people think about them. Hopefully we can adopt the same attitude."

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The X-Files Bubble Bath Scene

Mulder, Scully, and Skinner have a three-way phone conversation while each of them is taking a bubble bath in their hotel room.

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