The X-Files


Season 3, Ep 21, Aired 4/26/96
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  • Episode Description
  • During a one-night stand in the midst of his divorce, AD Skinner becomes a murder suspect, and Mulder and Scully return the many favors that he has done for them by analyzing evidence that someone doesn't want uncovered to prove his innocence.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Howard Gordon

  • Jim Charleston

  • Mitch Pileggi

    Assistant Director Walter Skinner

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Avatar

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 15, 2012

  • One of the first episodes focusing completely on Skinner

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jan 03, 2011

  • Skinner is part of yet another conspiracy

    By OnePerCentClub, Jul 26, 2010

  • All the information provided but lack of another interests make this episode to represent about average of third season's episodes.

    By arkhyel, Jan 01, 2008

  • perfect example of chrises writing skills one of my favourite X-Files episodes ever!

    By theroseofsharyn, Jun 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Mulder: It's not a strange story... It's age old, actually. You may have heard it - although in slightly less clinical terms. In the Middle Ages, a visitation like the one Skinner described would have been attributed to a Succubus. A spirit that visits men during the night in the form of an old woman. Scully: Visits them for sex? Mulder: Usually.

    • Scully: (About Skinner) Do you know him? Sharon Skinner: I used to think so. I'm Sharon Skinner. I'm his wife.

    • Skinner: I got through that experience like most eighteen-year-olds. By numbing myself with whatever was around. I was no choir boy, I inhaled.

    • Scully: They found no semen samples. There was some irritation, probably an allergic reaction to latex. Mulder: At least they were having safe sex.

    • (Scully and Mulder look around the madam's apartment) Scully: Looks like business is booming. Mulder: I think you mean banging.

    Notes (4)

    • The X-Files Game (the first one) takes place between this episode and the episode "Wetwired" (season 3, episode 23). "Avatar" takes place in March of 1996 and "Wetwired" takes place in late April of 1996. The game takes place during the first week of April, 1996.

    • A scene with Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man was cut due to time constraints. In this scene CSM questions Skinner's allegiance.

    • Amanda Tapping would later be reunited with Malcolm Stewart in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Cure" and with Michael David Simms in the SG-1 episode "Fair Game." Tapping and Mitch Pileggi would also appear together in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Be All My Sins Remember'd."

    • 'Avatar' is a Sanskrit word meaning the human incarnation of a deity. The word has also become popular on the internet as the term used to describe a user's screen name in a chat room or forum.

    Trivia (5)

    • Principal Setting: Washington, D.C.

    • When Mulder and Scully are checking on Mrs. Skinner's car, you can see there is a punch in the front-left side. The next car that they're examining, the one that "pushed her out of the road", they find scratches in the same side (left-front), This would mean that the car didn't push her out, but they crashed. In that case, the damages would be greater than they look like. There's no way that two cars have the marks on the same side, unless they have crashed front to front.

    • Re the above goof: The character was originally written as a man, but when actress Tasha Simms was cast instead, the first name was changed in the script, but never changed in the closing cast credits.

    • When Mulder and Scully are examining the dead prostitute, you can see her eyes moving beneath her eyelids.

    • AD Skinner's lawyer is credited as 'Jay Cassal', but during the episode Skinner clearly calls her 'Jane'.

    Allusions (3)

    • Movie Reference: Don't Look Now The red coat worn by the old woman that Skinner never quite manages to catch up with is an obvious allusion to the red-coated stranger in the Nicholas Roeg film in which Donald Sutherland is haunted by glimpses of a hooded character he thinks may be the reincarnation of his dead daughter.

    • Skinner: I wasn't a choirboy, I inhaled This line is a reference to the famous President Clinton claim that he had had a joint but he never inhaled.

    • Episode Title: Avatar An Avatar is the human incarnation of a deity.

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