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Episode 5X19

First screened in Australia: 8 July, 1998
First screened in the USA: 10 May, 1998

Title: Folie A Deux

skinner being attacked by a big bug

Credits: Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Vince Gilligan
Starring: Guest Stars: Plot:
Mulder and Scully encounter a delusional man who believes his boss may be a monster, and he is willing to pay any price to prove it.
Fox Media Release

An unusual plot---even for this show---is spun around the concept of a monster stalking telemarketers. Sound funny? Not to Mulder, who's miffed when he and Scully are assigned to perform an "assessment" of a tape-recorded claim of that threat to employees of a vinyl-siding company. "I believe your insight will be helpful here," Skinner tells Mulder, who clearly sees the task as a waste of time that needn't involve Scully. But he changes his mind upon hearing the tape, which contains a key phrase that rings a bell with Mulder and reminds him of a past case. When Scully digs up the details back at the office, he decides he could use her help---and not a moment too soon.
US TV Guide

My Rating: 8/10

A genuinely creepy episode concerning telemarketers -- those annoying people who call you up on the phone offering you all those amazing deals. The best solution is Jerry Seinfeld's -- ask them for their home phone number and say you'll call them back. Oh, you don't like people calling you at home! Now you know how I feel!

The tension of the episode builds until the final scenes where Mulder is strapped in his bed with the bug coming towards him ... and Scully running to his rescue. Real edge of the seat stuff.

The special effects are good - the zombie people and the skittering bug while there are the usual brilliant Mulderisms such as his "monster boy" speech.

Notable Quotable:
Mulder: "Why canít the Chicago field office take care of it?"
Skinner: "Because I prefer you did."
Mulder: (challenging) "Because the manifesto contains bizarre overtones ... claims of a paranormal nature?"
Skinner: "It speaks of a monster stalking employees. Your insight into such claims should aid in assessing the threat, if any, posed by this person."
Mulder: (sarcastically) "Monsters. Iím your boy."

Mulder: "I mustíve done something to piss him off."
Scully: "What do you mean?"
Mulder: "Get stuck with this jerk-off assignment or have I finally reached that magic point in my career where every time somebody sees Bigfoot or the Virgin Mary on a tortilla I get called to offer my special insight on the matter?" (rubs his forehead)
Scully: "Youíre saying 'I' a lot. I heard 'we'. Nor do I assume that this case is just a waste of our time."
Mulder: "Not yours, anyway. Thereís no reason both of us should go to Chicago. Iíll take care of it."
Scully: "Mulder..."
Mulder: "Iím monster boy, right?"

Mulder (strapped in a hospital bed): "Five years together, Scully. You must have seen this coming. (laughs softly)

Mulder: "Scully, you *have* to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does or ever will. Youíre my one in ... five billion."

Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Brian Markinson (Gary Lambert) has appeared in some well-known movies such as "City Of Angels", "Primary Colors", "Volcano", "Up Close And Personal" and "Apollo 13" as well as an episode of "Millennium"

Cynthia Preston (Nancy) is the star of a TV series "Total Recall 2070" and appeared in movies "Convergence" and "The Ultimate Weapon".

John Apicella (Greg Pincus) is a soap star on "Days Of Our Lives" and appeared in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Tape" as well as in "Twin Peaks" with David Duchovny. His movie roles include "Kuffs" and "Point Break".

For details on Roger R Cross (Field Agent) see "E.B.E.".

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