X-Files Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster is my New Jam
X-Files Season 10 comedy episode is full of eggs and laughs
Recap and Review by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier
X-Files has been my favorite show for all of my adulthood. So when Darin Morgan inserted this many Easter Eggs – and amazingly funny moments – into one episode, I just have to say, thanks. The episode is equally a tribute to many X-Files moments of yore and wonderfully creatively written.
The episode starts with Stoner #1 (Tyler Labine) and Stoner #2 (Nicole Parker) sniffing paint from a brown bag. I spent the next hour cackling at the gags and jokes. Stoners 1 & 2 of course have previously appeared in Quagmire and War of the Coprophages (both 1996). It is interesting to note, both episodes were directed by Kim Manners, who we will talk more about later.
Our paint bag stoners hear a noise and discover a giant lizard man wrestling with animal control agent, Pasha (Kumail Nanjiani, X-Files fan and podcaster). The lizard hisses and runs away, through our stoner couple. DUDE! A lot of dudes have been attacked and killed, with teeth marks to the throat, and one missing their clothes.
When we first see Mulder, he is using the I WANT TO BELIEVE SIGN as a pencil dart board. No more room on the ceiling?
“Mulder, what are you doing to MY poster?” Scully enters to Mulder oozing self doubt in his past beliefs. Mulder admits he is middle aged and his new wisdom is causing second guessing.
“Mulder, have you been taking your meds?” Scully.
To be truthful, the comedy is a little forced. But I was immensely entertained, so who cares?
CUT TO Mulder and Scully in the woods looking for monsters. Mulder for once is trying to find reasoning without paranormal explanations.
“Aw Scully, I gave up profiling before I gave up monsters. You’ve seen one serial killer you’ve seen them all!” Mulder.
The were-monster is next seen attacking a truck stop transvestite hooker. As they hear a scary roar, Mulder and Scully run to the action while the animal control officer runs the other way.
The ongoing theme in this episode is Mulder’s “SMART PHONE” camera app acting up.
They chase the were-lizard into a port-o-potty where they only find what seems to be a traveling salesman (Rhys Darby). Perhaps a nod to Darin’s own time in a camp side john as the Flukeman, Host Season 2.
Mulder is very impressed with smart phone camera techniques, including video of himself scream hysterically.
“The internet is not good for you” Scully says of Mulder’s explanations.
Back at the motel, Mulder suddenly wakes by screaming manager, drunk on rubbing alcohol. “Please go away or I’ll kill ya.”
I was cracking up at the bear rug on the wall. Mulder finds the former guest room torn apart, leading to a hidden passageway, with Fox peering at Scully though a huge dead wall-mounted fox’s eyes.
Of course this is when we see the Motel Manager checking out Mulder sleeping in his red briefs, before witnessing the were-monster’s transformation.
This is a cheeky nod to the famous Mulder speedo scene from Season 2 episode, Duane Barry.
Mulder is beside himself as he tries to convince Scully of the truth, with a few theories, and the need to check out of the motel immediately.
David Duchovny’s arguing with himself was perfectly performed with impeccable delivery of both Mulder’s reasonings and Scully’s rebuttals.
“Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder” Scully. “Your bat crap crazy”
Mulder tracks down the witch doctor / psychologist via Guy Mann’s prescriptions.
“Werewolf was my patient on Monday” Doc.
The doctor tries to give anti-psychotic drug prescription to Mulder for believing the were-lizard’s story.
After meeting Scully at the SMART PHONES IS US store, Mulder finds Guy Mann at the cemetery, where we also see a head stone tribute to late Kim Manners. This brought an emotional response from the entire fandom.
The following monologue and interchange was absolutely brilliant. From Guy Man trying to get Mulder to kill him, to his origin story (a human bite turning him from a reptilian creature into a were-lizard), to lying about having sex with Scully (fell out of chair here), to being driven by the desires/fears of a middle aged man (job, burgers, morning coffee, depression, revenge, lying about sex life, etc).
Guy Mann got a dog. “…the only way to be happy as a human, was to spend all your time in the company of non humans” Guy Mann loses dog.
Guy explains his confrontation with the trans-gendered professional.
“She hit like a man” Guy
“Because she used to be a…” Mulder
“I’ll do the surgery” Guy
“They cut off your genitals” Mulder
“That’s a but too far…” Guy
“I’m just looking for some internal logic” Mulder grasps for understanding.
“Why, there is no external logic” Guy
By the end Guy is running off calling Mulder the monster.
Mulder drinks away the moment.
“Let’s Kick It In The Ass”
Mulder wakes to his X-Files ringtone sleeping at the base of Kim Manner’s headstone. It’s Scully at the animal control center. Scully gets attacked. Mulder runs to save her, but Scully already apprehended the killer. Mulder runs off to see Guy. Scully steals the dog.
Will the puppy survive the season?
The puppy’s name, Daggoo, is also a character from Moby Dick. “He reminds me of Queequeg” (The Pomeranian Scully adopted in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and lost in “Quagmire” to Big Blue).
“I did not know reptile hibernated” Mulder
“That’s racist. I’m not a reptile” Guy
Mulder seems content seeing the actual transformation.
“I’m glad to have met you” Guy
Thank you to Darin Morgan and the gang for delivering what might be my new favorite episode. Brilliantly written and wonderfully performed by David, Gillian and Rhys.
In fact, going one step further, I would like to start the Award Season Buzz here. I nominate Rhys Darby (https://twitter.com/rhysiedarby) for special guest Emmy. Do I have a second?