Season 2 Episode 9

Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 1997 on FOX
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Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense
Frank helps a famous writer when his new book ''Doomsday Defence'' upsets the followers of a cult. As Frank tries to track down the members who have killed the person responsible for giving Jose his information, he also has to find a killer to wants to kill the three antichrists.moreless

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Charles Nelson Reilly

Charles Nelson Reilly

Jose Chung

Guest Star

Patrick Fabian

Patrick Fabian


Guest Star

Richard Steinmetz

Richard Steinmetz

Mr. Smooth

Guest Star

Stephen J. Lang

Stephen J. Lang

Det. Bob Geibelhouse

Recurring Role

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Peter Watts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Smooth: Well, my god doesn't wink.
      Jose: Don't I know it. I once knew your god. He worshipped me: he thought I
      was a literary genius. And I was then. Then he asked me what I thought of his writing and I told him: "Goopta, you stink." Because he did! I never saw a grown man cry so hard, for so long. I put my arm around him, I said, "It doesn't matter that I don't like your work! What matters is that you enjoy doing it, you must do what makes you happy." But what I didn't know was that what made him happy was to be a deity! So you are here to kill me because I once told God to not be dark. Isn't that funny? So feel free to use your Onan-o-Graph and your therapies, if that's what it takes to make you happy. And I truly mean that; good luck to you, buddy. But please allow me to wallow in my own misery in peace. And if I should look up from my "downbeat abyss" and find you a fool, that's no right of you to commit upon me a foolish act.

    • Frank: I thought you promised you'd be an observer here.
      Jose: That was before I realized how similar our jobs are. You see, based on some vague details and notions, you try to sketch out a person's past, in order to imagine their future actions. Detection, dramaturgy: it's all the same!

    • Jose: Well, all's well that ends well. Though that's easy for Shakespeare to say... he'll be around for another millennium. But what of our own millennium? Will it all end well? No one can know, but that of course doesn't stop anyone from guessing. And the nature of those predictions always revolve around the usual suspects: salvation and/or self-satisfaction. With that in mind, I humbly add my own prophecy of what the dawn of the new millennium shall bring forth: one thousand more years of the same, old crap.

    • Frank: Hey, don't try it! You'll never make it.
      Smooth: Not with that negative attitude I won't!

    • Smooth: Die, you dark bastard...All right! My gun jammed!

    • Jose: I'm always grouchy when facing a deadline.
      Smooth: Maybe that's because you call it a 'deadline'. You might react more positively if you called them a 'liveline', or 'birthline'.
      Jose: If you're here to kill me, fine. But please refrain from murdering the English language.

    • Frank: Do you mind my asking: you're writing a book, yet you don't believe any of the prophecies?
      Jose: At the start of the nineties, they predicted major breakthroughs for the neurosciences: the 'Decade of the
      Brain'. Instead, it was the decade of ... body-piercing. Now why should the millennium predictions be more accurate?"
      Frank: "The religious component. Do you not believe in God either?
      Jose: Oh, there are times when I've been a devout believer. And there are some times I have been a staunch atheist, and there've been times when I've been both ... during the same course of the same sexual act.
      Frank: Don't be dark. Personally, I think this is a very significant time in mankind's history.
      Jose: But that's what every man throughout history has said about his time.

    • Announcer: Good. Picture in your mind something you've seen recently that disturbed you. It can be a stain on your favorite shirt, or a scratch on your new car. Just close your eyes and try to picture an unpleasant image. Have you pictured an image? Good. Now picture a deflated beach ball. Inflate this beach ball with the disturbing image. Now, push this dark beach ball away from you; just push that ball and watch it float away from you. That's it: keep pushing that unpleasantness away...

    • Peter: The Millennium Group's not interested in publicity.
      Frank: No, no, it's not about us: in fact, he's working on a case that could be of great interest to the group. This Selfosophist was found...
      Peter: Whoa, Selfosophy? No, no ...
      Frank: What is going on, Peter? We've never backed away from anything. We've even faced evil incarnate.
      Peter: Evil incarnate can't sue. All I'm saying is be careful about what you say around your writer friend.

    • Robbinski: Detective, you obviously possess many unique skills, but I sense that your negativity is holding you back. Are you aware how often you use negatively-associated words?
      Geibelhouse: Uh, no, I don't neither.
      Robbinski: And Mr. Black, your profound solemnity is a sure sign of a noble nature, but people are reluctant to open up to dark, gloomy brooders.
      Frank: They are?

    • Geibelhouse: Who'd buy so many copies of the same issue of the same nudie mag?... A pervert with a obsessive-compulsive disorder, that's who. So imagine this poor guy: he's down at the local newsstand... He's buying another dozen issues 'cause he can't help himself. And who's there to witness this gross display of indulgence? An anti-porn, feminist lesbian. So under false pretenses, she approaches the guy... Suggesting she give him a "personal" layout. Once back here, she immediately gets down to business.
      Twohey: Timeout. I thought you said she was an anti-porn, feminist lesbian.
      Geibelhouse: Yeah. She's one of those sexy, good-looking kinds.
      Twohey: Yikes.
      Geibelhouse: Exactly! And guess what she's got stashed under her secrets? A cattle prod. She starts zapping him; he starts screaming 'Stop! Stop!' But she can't stop, she won't stop. She'll never stop 'til every pervert's wiped off the face of the scum-sucking planet!
      Twohey: What a woman.
      Frank: To know that profile reveals less about the perp than it does about the profiler ... That's what scares me.
      Geibelhouse: Hey, Frank, I probably shouldn't have called ya, but I got a hunch there's something about this case that's millenniumistic.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This is the first episode written by Darin Morgan.

    • When Frank had the images in his head, they were from the episodes, "Pilot," "Gehenna," and "Lamentation."

    • When their at the crime scene of the murdered Selfosophist and Jose Chung grabs a book from his bookshelf, the title is "Dance On The Blood Dimmed Tide". This is a reference to the pilot episode, where the episode's antagonist said those same lines. Even the bookcover looks similar to the happenings in the pilot.

    • 1998 Emmy Nomination: This episode garnered Charles Nelson Reilly an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

    • Jose Chung (Charles Nelson Reilly) also appeared in the X-files episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" which was also written by Darin Morgan.

    • Features the songs "Dance and Dream" by Norman Chandler and "Let's Get Goin'" by Johnny Lightning

    • From the very beginning, Millennium was considered by many fans as a spin-off show from The X-Files. The exact thoughts of Chris Carter in this regard are unknown. Guest appearances of Mulder and Scully during the first season were nixed since the show was supposed to stand on its own. However, this appearance by an X-Files character was a nod to the spin-off theory. And of course, when Millennium was canceled after three seasons, Frank Black and daughter Jordan appeared in an X-Files episode the following season, titled - not quite appropriately since it took place on the last days of December 1999 (one year too early) - "Millennium."


    • Robbinski: For example, you're familiar with the films of Bobby Wingood?

      Bobby Wingood, here played by David Duchovny of The X-Files could be a nod to X-Files Director/Producer Robert(aka Bobby) Goodwin who also worked on the Jose Chung X-Files episode.

    • Peter: I hope you're not going to tell me it's a cookbook.
      This is a reference to the original Twilight Zone episode titled "To Serve Man". It is about supposedly altruistic aliens who come to Earth, their rules/guidelines outlined in a book titled "To Serve Man". In the end of it, (beware episode spoiler) we discover that, when translated, it is a cookbook.

    • Character Name: Onan Goopta
      The name Onan comes from a passage in Genesis 38:9, "but Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother." From the name Onan, onanism (self-gratification) derives.

    • Jose: And his first forays into detective fiction proved so inept, they were mistaken for brilliant parodies; and finding immediate publication in the highbrow literary journal, "The Dark Mask."
      Onan Goopta appears to be composite of L. Ron Hubbard and Depak Chopra. Hubbard wrote Science Fiction before founding Scientology while Goopta wrote Detective Fiction before founding Selfosophy. Depak Chopra, like Onan, is a famous self-help new age guru.

    • Robbinski: In fact, many of Hollywood's elite are Selfosophists, so I ask you: how could a religious order with ties to Hollywood be involved in anything immoral?

      Selfosophy is presented as a parody of the Church of Scientology which is known for its strong Hollywood connections.

    • Robbinski: For example, you're familiar with the films of Bobby Wingood?
      Bobby Wingood (who appears on posters in Robbinski's office) looks like David Duchovny from The X-files.

      That is David Duchovny, he's just uncredited in the roll of Bobby Wingood.

    • Jose: Why, he even made a cameo appearance in an award-winning film at Cannes.
      The footage offered of Jose Chung's cameo appearance in the award-winning film at Cannes is actually footage of an appearance by Charles Nelson Reilly in Lidsville (1971). He is in a bizarre green mask and is playing the character Hoodoo. He hops on a round alien scooter, announcing maniacally: "Nobody ever comes out of there alive! Ahahahaa!"