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An anonymous tip finally brings Mulder and Scully to the mecca of all UFO lore, Area 51. But when the agents witness the flight of a mysterious craft there, Mulder and one of the Men in Black, Fletcher, somehow switch bodies - and lives.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Michael McKean ... Morris Fletcher
John Mahon ... General Wegman
Michael B. Silver ... Howard Grodin (as Michael Buchman Silver)
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Scott Allan Campbell Scott Allan Campbell ... Jeff Smoodge
Julia Vera ... Lana Chee
Nora Dunn ... JoAnne Fletcher
Tyler Binkley Tyler Binkley ... Terry Fletcher
Dara Hollingsworth Dara Hollingsworth ... Christine Fletcher
Ted White ... Attendant
Laura Leigh Hughes ... Kersh's Assistant
Eddie Jackson Eddie Jackson ... Co-Pilot / Rock Man
Christopher Stapleton ... Pilot
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Storyline

Mulder and Scully travel to the secretive Area 51 to meet a contact who has inside information on UFOs. Before they arrive, they get stopped by military personnel who tell them to turn back. A weird event occurs that results in Mulder switching bodies with Morris Fletcher, a "man in black" from Area 51, without anyone else knowing. Mulder takes advantage of this perfect disguise to infiltrate Area 51, while Fletcher uses the opportunity to escape the life he hates. Written by Muldernscully

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hopi

Release Date:

29 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The mirror gag between Mulder and Fletcher is an homage to the classic Marx Brothers routine. See more »

Goofs

At around 29:50m Mulder - in the role of Morris Fletcher - is asked from car to car to turn around. When he is turning around his car, only one other car is visible on the road, while before and after that three other cars are visible. See more »

Quotes

Scully: What is going on with you?
Morris Fletcher: [as Mulder] Will you please stop trying to pick a fight with me?
Scully: Mulder, you are acting bizarre.
[they turn to Kersh's assistant]
Morris Fletcher: [snickers] Jealous?
[slaps Scully's ass and walks away. Scully turns around in shock]
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Connections

Spoofs Duck Soup (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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One of the better episodes.
19 October 2007 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

X-Files is not known for its humor. But this episode is an exception. The switching of personalities is hilarious, especially since the two characters involved in the switch are utterly different in temperament and don't even like each other. Michael McKean is wonderful in this episode. His performance as Morris Fletcher is one of the better TV comic performances. And although Fletcher has his personality quirks he is still likable. This episode proves that a TV drama can delve into comedy without losing its identity or sacrificing dramatic impact. For despite the farcical nature of the story, the underlying premise, that an extraterrestrial entity is somehow involved, remains intact, consistent with the series' theme.


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