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Season 7, Episode 20:

Fight Club
"She follows me around trying to ruin my life. I'm not going to let her ruin it this time. It's either me or her. I don't want to leave Kansas."
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Paul Shapiro

"Our doppelganger who lived, until yesterday, in a pink house on Moreton Bay Street. But she's not a manifestation, Mulder, she's real, and so is the path of destruction that she's left in her wake."
Dana Scully

Mulder and Scully investigate a pair of women who look identical and cause mayhem to break out whenever they're near each other.


  • A Deadly Affair: Professional wrestler Bert Zupanic is in a relationship with Betty Templeton, who he refers to as his "good luck charm". However, he ends up sleeping with her lookalike Lulu Pfeifer after meeting her at a bar, and the two women deciding to stay in Kansas for him leads to them confronting each other at Bert's wrestling match and causing a riot to break out; while nobody dies, Mulder and Scully end up quite beat-up.
  • Continuity Nod: When Mulder deduces that Zupanic is unaware of the doppelgangers of Betty and Lulu, Scully responds with a line that Mulder said in their first meeting.
    "Well, I guess that's why they put the "I" in the FBI."
  • Doppelgänger: Betty and Lulu. As well as Mulder and Scully's lookalikes. Plus, Bert Zupanic and his own twin.
  • Hate Plague: When Betty and Lulu are in the vicinity of each other, people start attacking each other, as part of the general wave of mayhem they generate.
  • Hollywood Healing: Mulder's and Scully's faces are badly battered, bruised; they have stitches and Mulder's jaw is even wired, and his arm is broken. They are a sorry sight indeed! By the next episode, they're fine.
  • Hope Spot: For a moment, it seems like the Hate Plague has ended as Betty and Lulu see the doppelganger of Bert Zupanic. Unfortunately, when the real Zupanic sees him, the non-stop fighting comes back.
  • Monster of the Week: Two doppelgangers whose close proximities with each other cause random occurrences, like fighting sprees.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Two doppelgangers in mere proximity to each other cause supernatural destruction, from inciting anger to glass exploding to a sewer hole turning into a vacuum and sucking in Mulder. In the closing monologue, Scully speculates that three or four in close proximity could be even more devastating.
  • Oh, Crap!: Said word-for-word by Mulder, as he ends up between Betty and Lulu's presences, as seen in the page image. This causes him to be sucked into a steaming sewer hole.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Mulder's cell reception keeps inexplicably cutting out whenever he tries to say the word "shit".
    • "No [static], Sherlock.
    • "Somebody's got to get to that fight and keep those two women apart or else this time the [static] is going to hit the fans."

"If four should meet, the result is... well, suffice to say it's better just to avoid these encounters altogether and at all costs."


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