The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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.


Rob Bowman


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




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


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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English | Hopi

Release Date:

29 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[looking into Fletcher's closet which only holds black suits]
Mulder: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Johnny Cash.
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References The X-Files: Small Potatoes (1997) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The introduction of Morris Fletcher
9 July 2007 | by Sanpaco13See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the better episodes out there. I honestly can't think of anything I don't like about it at all. I mean you've got an old Indian squaw swearing up a storm and standing at attention when the general comes in and then you've got Mulder trying to deal with a shaky marriage. I love how he gets caught watching porn by his "wife" and she yells at him about being more responsible. The look on his face is one that says "when did I move back in with Mom." I have heard a number of criticisms for these episodes and I don't think that any of them are justified to anything more than personal opinion. Some thought the Marx Brothers style dance in front of the mirror was lame and clichéd. I thought that was part of what made it so funny. Sometimes its funny to be lame on purpose. Others didn't like that Mulder in Morris' body still looked like Mulder. I say you pay way too much attention to details that aren't important. I love how people say the scene with Mulder in the side view mirror and then sitting in the car doesn't work because there are too many Mulder's. I refer to the previous scene I mentioned where Mulder as Morris' reflection still looked like Morris. So wouldn't Morris as Mulder's reflection still look like Mulder? So we are looking at the reflection of Morris as Mulder which looks like Mulder and then at the NON reflection of Mulder as Morris which still looks like Mulder. Its not too hard to understand really. But I guess I have to allow for the fact that everyone is different and just because I didn't get confused by it doesn't mean that everyone else is stupid.

Anyway, enough basher bashing. I love this episode and have since the first time I saw it. 10 out of 10.

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