Season 2 Episode 21

Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 01, 1998 on FOX
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Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me
Four devils gather at a doughnut shop and swap stories about their dealings with mankind. But one thing all the devils have in common is that at some point in their lives they have run into Frank Black who somehow has the ability to see the devils' true forms.moreless

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  • A very unusual episode. Well written, with great humor. Some people will hate this episode, but it is one of the smartest episodes of the series.

    I remember watching the first scene of this episode when it first aired a long time ago. I heard that it was a show written by Chris Carter, so I decided to check it out to see if I liked it, but when I did I thought that it was just too corny and didn't feel like sitting through the rest of the episode. Luckily I forgot about that and got into the series through the DVDs. Now that I have watched the whole episode, I realize just how great and unique it is.

    The episode is about four old devils who go into a diner and tell each other about how they've been making people's lives a living hell. The different stories that they tell, along with their comments in the diner add a great commentary on the lives that many people live. The people that they are describing are all very exaggerated, but are all based on real kinds of people.

    Frank only plays a very minor role in this episode, appearing in a few scenes, which probably only add up to a couple minutes at the most. However, it does add to the episode. I especially love the last line that he says.

    Overall, this is a great episode that will be loved by some people, but hated by others (I bet that Chris Carter was cringing all the way through it). A great, exaggerated look at humanity and a one of the most unique looks at evil devils that I've ever seen.moreless
  • The humourous side of Satan

    The use of humour among these devils and their casual demeanor makes their evil all the more real, very palpable. I'm sick of dated evil characters and their tired cliched malevolence ("Sooooo Gadget! We will meet again"...insert evil laughter here). I am slightly more appreciative of what comics have done with characters like Magneto and Black Adam, characters who are capable of nobility despite their heinous attrocities. Unfortunateley even that horse has gone to the well too many times. But THESE characters are so much more real...despite their non-chalance their dedication to unapolegetically following their evil path is not ambiguous in the least. They are out to get you, and it's all in a days work to them. You have here a demon who is actually depressed because he thinks he's lost his knack for evil! And all his buddies are acting like a support's such a fresh look at evil. I loved at how they all tore a strip of the one demon for manifesting himself, writing it off as tired and cliched, until he points out that current societal values make it just as modern as it was in the middle ages. Brilliant! I could watch this episode over and over and get something fresh every time.moreless
  • Possibly the best single episode of television ever!

    Possibly the best single episode of television ever! Reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino script, Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me is a dialogue driven story of for elderly men sitting down after a hard days work, or so it seems. In fact these four men are demons sent to earth to tempt souls. Each sits around enjoying coffee and donuts, and boasts about their difficult temptations! The only down fall to the episode is that it is entirely separate from the rest of the season, in a way that may be why this was such a gem. With great acting and an outstanding script this episode stands alone as my favorite in this series and possibly one of the best ever. You can watch Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me without having seen any other Millennium episodes, and I would highly recommend doing so!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Abum: Hey, kid. Great cup of coffee. Keep up the good work.

    • Toby: I'm a little ashamed to admit that I was worried. How I might feel sympathy for this being. And seeing her like that reminded me what ridiculous creatures they are... to destroy themselves over something so fleeting as emotional attachments and biological needs. I was overcome with relief. Plus, it had been so long since I had notched a soul.
      Greb: You see? You still got it!
      Blurk: Just like riding a bike!
      Toby: But that's when I saw him. I don't who he was or what he was doing there, but there he was, just him.
      Frank: You must be so lonely.

    • Toby: ...Her presence made the mundane seem magnificent.
      Abum: Toby, I don't know where this story is headed, but it's really starting to give me the creeps.
      Toby: One night, she saw my true essence.
      Greb: Another one?
      Blurk: The world's gone mad!
      Toby: One night, she had gotten up to use the bathroom. She saw me for all I'm worth, in all my naked devilry. You see, she forgave me my faults.

    • Censor: You will not get away with this! The final scene is gratuitously violent! Aliens would not carry an Uzi! They are a superior race and they would not carry or utilize automatic weapons! I will not approve this! I am Broadcast Standards and Practices!

    • Censor: No, it doesn't matter that aliens from out of space have no genitalia –- they still have groins, and they shouldn't be kicked there. It is unacceptable, revise for cut!

    • Censor: Unacceptable. If you are going to show a pile of dung, it must be dried dung, not moist.

    • Abum: I mean, I ask you: what evil genius invented the alarm clock? No other creature but man could concoct a device that interrupts, on a daily basis, their only state of natural happiness. No doubt, the evil genius' evil twin contributed the snooze button.

    • Abum: The trouble with serial killers is they're too evil.
      Blurk: Well, hey, if you're afraid of them...
      Abum: That's not what I meant and you know it.
      Toby: What did you mean?
      Abum: The evil is too conspicuous. When people hear about some psycho killer, and it leads them to thinking about the nature of evil. That leads to thoughts about right or wrong -– good or bad.
      Greb: All that thinking can get ugly.
      Abum: Yeah! You don't want to consider a crack like that. You just want them to go through their routine of living their lives.

    • Blurk: You know, we were so envious when man was given free will. But what has it brought them? The belief that their lives are determined by anything other than their own free will.
      Abum: And the right to vote.
      Toby: Wait a minute, I'm confused. You mean the man became a serial killer because...
      Blurk: Yes... just because.

    • Blurk: Tell me, Perry, why do you think you possess this morbid fascination with serial killers?
      Perry: Well, to be honest, I don't know.
      Blurk: You don't think it has anything to do with the fact that you, yourself, possess so many of these characteristics of the prototypical serial killer?
      Perry: What?
      Blurk: White male in his 20s; the abused product of a broken home who spent his youth setting fires and/or torturing animals; an early addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Inability to hold a steady job or relationship with women. Spending all your free time thinking about turning your masochistic/mutilation/sex fantasies into reality! To say nothing of the fact that you drive a van, and keep a roll of duct tape in your glove compartment!
      Perry: How the hell did...? What are you trying to tell me?
      Blurk: Play the hand you've been dealt.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Darin Morgan both wrote and directed this episode.

    • Darin Morgan is well known for his comical scripts featured on both The X Files and Millennium.

    • This was the last episode written by Darin Morgan.

    • When Brock confronts the street signs they read "Permit Parking Only – Except On Tues."; "½ hour Parking Only – NO Parking 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Except No Parking 10 a.m. to 11 a.m."; "Tues. – One Hour Parking". When the Censor confronts the street signs they read "Testicles by Permit Only"; "Moist Dung Will Be Towed"; "Penis Jokes Prohibited"; "Display of Butt Crack Not Allowed"; "Use of the Word Crap Unacceptable".

    • Features the songs "My War" by Black Flag and "Sexy" by Vinny the Goo.


    • There is another X Files allusion, though it's pretty subtle. During the alien autopsy scene, before the censor or dressed up aliens burst in, there is a musical motif that Mark Snow uses, which is not the exact tune, but a very close parody of the X Files theme tune.

    • TV Announcer: These extraterrestrial visitors need to phone home ... and 911.
      The When Humans Attack! sequence also parodies The X-Files with a pseudo-Mulder and pseudo-Scully being held up by Uzi-wielding aliens.

    • Greb: Just take my word for it. Not every network has such strict Broadcast Standards and Practices.
      The When Humans Attack! sequence offers jabs at the Fox network for showing violent reality based TV specials.