The X-Files

Hollywood A.D.

Season 7, Ep 19, Aired 4/30/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Mulder and Scully watch a movie with themselves as characters and are thoroughly disgusted at how they and their case are portrayed on the big screen. They recount how 18 months earlier they were followed around by a Hollywood producer while investigating a case concerning 'The Lazarus Bowl' a mythical piece of pottery reputed to have inscribed on it the words that Jesus Christ spoke when he raised Lazarus from the dead.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Mitch Pileggi

    Assistant Director Walter Skinner

  • Bill Dow

    Dr Charles Burks

  • Tim Roe


  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Hollywood A.D.

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 08, 2012

  • An episode filled with zombie snipers, bubble baths and Garry Shandling.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jun 06, 2011

  • Painful to watch. Hated it. I give this episode the finger.

    By LonePunman, Dec 28, 2007

  • Duchnovy returns to the writer/director chair with a hilarious look at the mess that Hollywood would make of an X-Files movie.

    By grifter78, Nov 11, 2005

  • Duchovny's take on Hollywood - a very funny, very knowing episode that will please fans and newcomers alike.

    By qstevie, May 08, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Federman: Well. From counter culture to counterfeiter.
      Mulder: Alright, one more pun and I pull out my gun.

    • Rational Zombie: Come on, man. Don't break the bowl. We don't want to go back to being dead. There's no food, no women, no dancing. Save the bowl and we'll dump that Ciggy-Smoking Stooge for you and you'll be the new King of the Dead. Garry Shandling as Mulder: I'd rather serve in Heaven than rule in Hell.

    • Movie Director: Turkey. Miss Leoni's shoulder is made out of turkey.

    • Garry Shandling: Do you dress on the right or the left? Mulder: Wh..huh..what do you... Garry Shandling: Look, I play a character, I need to find his rudder, his center... Mulder: I guess mostly to the left. Garry Shandling: Mostly? Mulder: Most of the time. Garry Shandling: Wardrobe!

    • Mulder: Federman, that wasn’t a movie, that was real life. Federman: The difference being?

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    Notes (8)

    • While taking the bubblebaths, Scully tells Mulder that she thinks that both Téa Leoni and Gary Shandling have a crush on Mulder. Both are in-jokes: the first to the fact that Leoni and Duchovny are married; and the second to the fact that on the Larry Sanders Show, Larry Sanders, played by Garry Shandling, thought that David Duchovny had a crush on him.

    • Although not proven to be true, Jodie Foster's name came up when describing Scully's character portrayal. Jodie Foster was one of the choices to play Scully but Foster's contract banned her from playing an FBI agent in anything other than The Silence of the Lambs. She went on to voice the tattoo Betty in the Season 4 Episode 13; 'Never Again.'

    • Not only was Scully modelled on Jodie Foster's character in The Silence of the Lambs; moreover, when Foster refused to continue the role in the sequel Hannibal, Gillian Anderson was offered the part (which was finally played by Julianne Moore).

    • Mulder suggests Richard Gere to play him in Federman's movie, an in-joke as David Duchovny was often compared to Gere during the early years of his career.

    • If you look very closely you'll see that in the scene in which the characters which are "loosely" based on Mulder and Scully roll down the hill it's actually David Duchovny and not Gary Shandling who's rolling downhill with Téa Leoni.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Towards the end of the autopsy scene, Scully has her back to the wall while talking to Mulder on her phone. If you look closely, you can see the crew member's shadows moving across the wall behind her.

    • When the cell phone rings during the scene in the crypt, Mulder uncovers the dead body with the phone in its hand. The display on the phone says "Micah Hoffman". Why then would they assume that it was Micah Hoffman's phone since caller ID indicates who is calling, not who owns the phone.

    • This episode was loosely based on the real life case of Mark Hofmann who many believe is the one of the most successful forgers in history. He successfully fooled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to buying counterfeit documents that cast the church in bad light.

    Allusions (11)

    • Movie Connection: Plan 9 from Outer Space. Mulder is watching this movie and quoting the lines from it as Scully walks in. The plot of Plan 9 being about aliens raising human corpses to become their slaves, the theme of resurrection runs throughout this episode.

    • Biblical Connection: I am who I am. This is one of the usual translations of the supposedly true name of God - YHWH.

    • Mulder: Twisted sister my type of nun, ya know. This is a reference to the Heavy Metal band Twisted Sister which was popular from 1972-1988 then 1997 - present.

    • Garry Shandling asks Mulder whether he dresses on the left or the right. This refers to tailored men's pants having a little extra room in the top right or left inseam to accommodate male anatomy. This is why he calls "Wardrobe!" after asking about this.

    • Wayne Federman: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. This is a quote from the Bob Dylan song "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

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