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"Fight Club"

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Episode 7ABX20

Title: Fight Club

First screened in Australia: 2 August, 2000
First screened in the USA: 7 May, 2000

Credits: Director: Paul Shapiro
Writer: Chris Carter
Starring: Guest Stars: Plot:
Mulder and Scully cross paths with two women, identical in appearance, whose close proximity causes a trail of destruction - which leaves the two detectives bruised and battered. Sofcom
My Rating: 5/10
Another disappointing episode, this time from the pen of Chris Carter! It seems to me that the creators/writers of X-Files are scraping the bottom of the barrel as they search for "monsters of the week". They've been through just about all conceivable myths and folk-lore entities except a genie (that's next week!) and this idea of doubles just didn't do it for me, I'm afraid. The humour was just slapstick and Kathy Griffin just plain annoying. Randall "Tex" Cobb did a good job as opposed to his usual bone-head tough-guy roles and the teaser with the two M&S lookalike missionaries was fine. Overall though it left me with a hollow feeling and I don't feel inclined to watch it again any time soon which is a rare occurrence for an X-Files episode.

Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Kathy Griffin (Betty/Lulu) is one of the stars of "Suddenly Susan" and also does a voice on "Dilbert". She also appeared in two "Seinfeld" episodes, "The Doll" and "The Cartoon". Her movie roles include "Enemies Of Laughter", "Jackie's Back", "Pulp Fiction" and "The Cable Guy".

Randall "Tex" Cobb (Bert) has appeared in numerous movies such as "Liar, Liar", "Diggstown", "Ace Ventura Pet Detective", "Ernest Goes To Jail", "Fletch Lives", "Naked Gun 33 1/3", "Blind Fury", "Raising Arizona" and "The Golden Child".

Trivia and Research:
Doppelgänger (German for "double goer") stems from German folklore, where a wraith or apparition of a living person is distinguished from a ghost. The concept of the existence of a spirit double, an exact but usually invisible replica of every man, bird, or beast is a widespread belief. To meet one's double is a sign of one's imminent death. In Irish and northern English folklore, it is known as a "fetch." A fetch can be seen usually only by persons with second sight, and is most commonly seen by a special friend or near relative just before or at the moment of death of the original.

Mirrors have their own superstitions. Primitive peoples believed that when a man saw his own image in a pool or any other reflecting surface, what he saw was not a mere reflection, but his soul looking back at him. The notion that the soul could be separated from the body without causing death, and that it was sometimes visible as a reflection or a shadow, existed all over the world in early times, and appears in many well-known folk tales.

LuLu Pfeiffer is named after LuLu Powers, a regular catering chef for Ten Thirteen Productions.

The wrestling scene was filmed at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. An open casting call was put out for extras to appear in the stands to see the bout between Randall "Tex" Cobb and Rob "The Van Daminator" Van Dam. The venue was built for the 1932 Olympic Games and was the largest venue in the U.S. at the time. Throughout the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's it was home to some of the biggest boxing, wrestling and roller derby events.

Koko's Print Shop was actually just an empty warehouse. The art department filled it to look like a working copy store.

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