The X-Files

Syzygy

Season 3, Ep 13, Aired 1/26/96
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  • Episode Description
  • A rare planetary alignment causes strange behaviour in the residents of a small town but particularly in two teenage girls who were born at the exact same moment on that particular date.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Rob Bowman

  • Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

    Detective Angela White

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Syzygy

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 14, 2012

  • A duo demon girls who are killing people then don't like until they turn on each other

    By JMPieper, Aug 25, 2008

  • A rare planetary alignment leads to some shenanigans.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Dec 21, 2010

  • Sure. Fine. Whatever.

    By RJNeb2, Jun 08, 2008

  • Not a bad episode, but definitely suffered from a few obvious flaws

    By harrier3, Jun 15, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Scully: The map says to turn right at the intersection. Mulder: The detective who contacted me told me to turn left. Scully: At the intersection? Mulder: At the stop light. Scully: This isn't a stop light, it's a stop sign. Mulder: Well, I'm sure she meant 'stop sign.' Scully: Turn right. (They turn right, then a moment later they drive back and go left)

    • Mulder: Ah, Scully, if I'm not mistaken, we're going to be taking a left up here. Uh, there's an intersection up here. You're going to want to -- (Scully shows no sign of slowing down) Scully! You're going to want to-- (Scully speeds through the stop sign) You just ran a stop sign back there, Scully. Scully: Shut up, Mulder. Mulder: .... Sure. Fine. Whatever.

    • Det. White: You know, I don't feel like going home. Do you mind if I slept here? (Kicks off her heels) Mulder: Actually, I'm sure I could get you another room. (Heads to phone and dials 0. Looks over his shoulder at Det. White as she begins to unbutton her blouse. Dials quicker) Det. White: (Tackles Mulder onto the bed) Maybe we can solve the mystery of the horny beast. Mulder: Maybe we should just watch some television. There's a movie on TV. Actually, it's the same movie on every channel. Det. White: Weird. I like weird. (Scully walks in) Scully: Mul- (Sighs) There's been another death.

    • Mulder: Let me drive. Scully: I'm driving. Mulder: Scully, it's not what you think. Scully: I didn't see anything anyway. Mulder: Will you let me drive?! Scully: Why do you always have to drive? Because you're the guy? Because you're the big macho man? Mulder: No, I was just never sure your little feet could reach the pedals. (To Det. White) Mulder: Will you go with her please? Thank you. (Muttering angrily to himself in separate car) Mulder: "Big, macho man."

    • (Mulder hugs Detective White and starts to sniff at her neck) Detective White: What are you doing?! Mulder: Nothing. Detective White: You've been drinking. Mulder: Yes, I have, which is funny because I usually- I normally never- I don't drink.

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    Notes (9)

    • The song playing during the Keystone Cops on all channels on the motel room tv's (and later on in the Police Station mayhem) is "The Sabre Dance" composed by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian.

    • The song playing during the birthday party is Live's "All Over You".

    • Ryan Reynolds, who plays Jay "Da Boom", went on to play roles in movies such as Waiting, Harold & Kumar, and Van Wilder as well as star in the TV series Two Guys and a Girl.

    • Guest star Gabrielle Miller also appears in Season 2 episode "Our Town" as Chaco Chicken worker Paula, who lures the inspector, George Kearns, into the woods in the beginning so the town could cannibalize him.

    • There are a few references to The X-Files video game: the motel in the game is the Comity motel, and the lead character in the game is Craig Willmore, mentioned as one of the basketball players during practice.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Principal Setting: Comity, Caryl County

    • Symptoms of astrological phenomena (in this case, aggressive and rash behaviour, mostly out of character) increase and decrease in a bell curve. So everything suddenly being different as soon as the clock ticked over past midnight (best example being the girls suddenly returning to their original character, not that we witness it to start with) is particularly unlikely. The exact alignment of the planets would be the height of the strange effects and if the power of this astrological occurence was particularly great, a feeling of relief might occur just as the planets move out of exact alignment but the effects should linger for as long as they build up.

    • This episode established the popular phrase among The X-Files community, "Sure. Fine. Whatever.".

    • This is the first (and possibly only) episode that Scully is seen smoking. This is due to the planetary alignment, people are engaging in behaviour that they wouldn't normally, as the psychic says. Also made apparent by Mulder uncharacteristically drinking, and Detective White coming onto Mulder.

    • 22:54 As girls sit around the Ouija board the shadow of the camera is visible on several of them, on the left side of the shot.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Mascot: Horned Goat The school mascot is a two horned goat, which is often used in Satanic rituals, to represent Satan.

    • Madam Zirinka: Bad like an Irwin Allen movie. There's a bit of a double entendre here. Irwin Allen was a producer/director renowned for making some of the most popular TV series of the 60s and 70s (and beyond) and the first big disaster movies, such as The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno . Mme Zirinka is referring to the fact that events that might ensue from these two girls coming together will be catastrophic, like the events in an Allen movie, but in the word 'bad' there's also a gentle nod to the fact that Allen's movies, many of which were not only popular, but also successful, were not always great critical hits, and some of his films, such as The Swarm and Return to the Poseidon Adventure are considered by some to be amongst the worst disaster movies ever made and were box office bombs. Allen died in 1991, aged 75.

    • Carpe pm When the two girls go into the bar to tell their latest prey that they're not dressed up for the funeral, one of them mentions they are there to give him a good time that evening - carpe pm. This is a very clever allusion and pun of the Latin phrase Carpe Diem or seize the day - or in other words 'go for it'.

    • There are numerous similarities between this episode and the events that occurred in the famed Salem, Mass. in the colonial era. A group of teen girls began accusing people of witchcraft and the town became so hyped that several people were hung for the crime. Arthur Miller's The Crucible is not historically accurate, but captures the general feeling of that time. His play was an allegory of the McCarthy trials, which showed similar hysteria over a perceived threat. In the tradition of X-Files, of course, there was an actual threat in this episode, not just a preceived one.

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