The Lone Gunmen

Season 1 Episode 3

Eine Kleine Frohike

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2001 on FOX
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Eine Kleine Frohike
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Frohike goes deep undercover after the gunmen receive a tip which could possibly lead them to a baker who used to poison members of the French Resistance back in World War II. Frohike must pretend that he is the baker's long lost son, who she has not seen in fifty years and somehow get the truth from her.moreless

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  • Ich Bin Ein Frohike

    7.5
    I am an avowed John Shiban hater, so I groaned when I saw his writing credit as this episode began. Yes, the script is shallow, preposterous and largely unintelligible (all Shiban trademarks) but Tom Braidwood (as Frohike) ends up delivering such a strong comic, yet heartfelt, performance that I ended up enjoying this episode quite a bit.



    The sight of Frohike decked out in lederhosen, with his deadpan but faintly pained expression, is priceless. Pure comedy gold! But the best part of this episode, at least for me, is the touching and sympathetic rapport that Frohike develops with his putative German mother during his short stay in her home.



    A big part of "The X-Files" success, I believe, is due to the presence of an emotional core in most of its stories, which is a component that tends to get overloooked in the zany antics of the Gunmen. Here, they manage to capture this "lightning in a bottle" in the depiction of the relationship between Frohike and his "mother" and the episode is all the better for it, despite the otherwise ridiculous storyline.moreless
Jilena Cori

Jilena Cori

Madame Davos

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Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Michael Wilhelm

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Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Mrs. Allsop

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    • Ca Plan Pour Moi:

      The French pop/punk song in this episode was Ca Plan Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand, which translates to "This Life's for Me." Also played in this episode was part of Bad to the Bone for Jimmy's air guitar scene.

    • Nazi war criminals:

      Many Nazis escaped Germany before they could be taken by the Allies for trial. Some fled to South America, others into the US and Canada, often with the cooperation of US politicians and scientists. Even now, occasional Nazi war criminals are unearthed living quiet lives in towns and cities around the world, often by Israeli intelligence agents. Some of these are still brought to trial. The reference to Nazi war criminals currently residing in the US is similar to The X-Files episode "Paper Clip", albeit more humorous here.

    • Title: Eine Kleine Frohike

      This is German for "a little Frohike." While Frohike is, of course, rather little, we suspect the title is a nod to the composition Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, or "A Little Night Music." Of course, eine kleine is the feminine form.

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