The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 4

Dreamland (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While being detained near the famed "Dreamland" Area 51, a strange craft flies overhead and Mulder swaps bodies with an Area 51 'Man-in-Black'. While the other agent has fun in Mulder's body, Mulder himself finds it difficult to fit into someone else's life, especially a shadowy one. Mulder contacts Scully about the body-swap and tries to get her the Flight Data Recorder from the UFO test flight but his alter ego uses Mulder's FBI persona to have him arrested.moreless

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  • Dreamland

    Dreamland was a perfect episode of the X-Files from start to finish. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development as a UFO encounter causes Mulder to switch bodies with a shadowy Area 51 employee Morris Fletcher. This was a great idea and interesting way to explore the Area 51 site. I loved how Scully interacted with each Mulder, and it was funny to see Mulder dealing with Fletcher's wife. There seems to be a lot more going on that one would have first thought. I liked the ending as the real Fletcher weaved his web around every one. I look forward to watching the next episode to see how it plays out!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Nice episode, with only a little problem.

    This episode started out normally for M & S, with Mulder taking Scully to see a source about a UFO. Then things went sideways, and get funny from there. I'd say more, but I'd hate to ruin the episode itself.

    The only really bad part of this episode was the part when M & S were in their car having an argument. Emotionally it seemed ok, but overall it seemed as if the actors weren't getting along that day or something. It felt a little scripted in parts.

    But other than that, the episode was fine =). Loved how Mulder played Morris and vice versa XD. It was a good break. Also, loved the 'Star Trek' nods in the episode =).

    As for the acting overall, other than that blip at the beginning of the episode... the acting from everyone was pretty good.

    Loved the humor in the episode and seeing Scully not knowing that Mulder isn't really there is just priceless XD. Heck I knew it wasn't really him from the first time that Morris said 'Dana'... really, like Mulder would go and do that, over and over again =p?moreless
  • Mulder switches bodies with an Area 51 employee.

    When I first read the premise for this episode on Netflix, I was actually a bit intrigued.. I thought that we'd get a ton of information about the truth Mulder has been looking for for so long. But honestly.. Chris Carter and co. wouldn't exactly drop the truth in our laps like that. Instead of an informational episode, we get an episode filled with some of the show's funniest moments and a story that is slightly interesting. In fact, I found myself caring very little for the actual story and more for Mulder and Scully's interactions, as strange as they were.

    Mulder and Scully are headed to Area 51 when they're suddenly pulled over by a group of Area 51 employees. As they're being asked to turn around, a UFO arrives, hovering briefly over Mulder before suddenly disappearing. What's odd, however, is the fact that Mulder has switched places with one of the employees there, a guy named Morris Fletcher. This puts Mulder in an interesting position: he has the chance to learn as much as possible about Area 51 and the tests they're doing here. Meanwhile, Morris Fletcher (who is now in Mulder's body) does ridiculous things like smoke cigarettes and hit on random women, something that confuses Scully.

    If the episode found a way to balance the drama and the comedy a little better, I think I might have liked it better. Then again, maybe I'm just upset that the episode didn't go in the direction I was hoping. I was hoping for some slight myth-arc stuff, and instead, we got Mulder dancing in front of a mirror in his underwear and getting into awkward situations with Morris Fletcher's wife (technically, his wife, considering he's in Morris' body).

    Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz certainly do a great job with the script, and for the fourth episode in a row, I'm really enjoying the stories we're getting. It's tough for a show to stay relevant six seasons in (something Supernatural is currently facing and doing pretty well with), but this show seems to be delivering some of its funnest stuff (even if it's not quite the best). Luckily, this is a two part episode, so it should be fun to see how everything is resolved and whether Mulder gets his body back!moreless
  • A hilarious episode from the highly underrated season 6.

    I don't know why people thought the sixth season wasn't up to par with the earlier ones, but i personally love the entire season, with the exception of a few duds. Unfortunately during the original run of the x-files I only saw a handful of episodes, plus the original movie. This was one of those episodes I was lucky enough to have happened to see. I was aware of the mythology of the x-files, but i didn't know what it was about, so i was afraid to get into it. However, this episode is the only two parter that has nothing to do with the mythology and it was at the height of the x-files popularity. The whole episode will make you laugh, from the mirror dance, to "Mulder" slapping Scully's ass, you will not be disapointed.moreless
  • A good episode; in fact, one of my favorites among the sixth season of X-files!

    I have to admit, overall, I found the sixth season of X-files rather disappointing. It simply lacked the mystery, intrigue, and (relatively) scientific explanations that made the earlier seasons so damn good! I mean, Rain King, Terms of Endearment, and Alpha were almost painful for me to watch. But Dreamland (I & II) and a few other episodes (i.e. Triangle among others) almost made up for it. Despite a few badly-shot scenes (such as Mulder dancing in front of a mirror in the body of Morris) this episode was really good! It was overall very funny, with a few very touching moments between Mulder and Scully. Personally, I found the whole idea behind the body-swap very cool and original. The story contributed virtually nothing new to the series' Mythology, which I know disappointed a lot of fans. In the long run, however, I was not let down.moreless
Michael McKean

Michael McKean

Morris Fletcher

Guest Star

John Mahon

John Mahon

General Wegman

Guest Star

Tyler Binkley

Tyler Binkley

Terry Fletcher

Guest Star

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Assistant Director Kersh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Howard identifies Lana Chee as a Hopi who lives on the nearby Moapa Reservation. The Moapa Reservation is inhabited by the Moapa Paiute tribe, not the Hopi, who actually have their own reservation in northeastern Arizona.

    • There is another mistake in the mirror scene. For the whole mirror sequence, in which Mulder dances in front of the mirror, the reflection he sees, and the viewer sees, is that of Morris Fletcher. However, once Fletcher's wife Joann walks in, the reflection in the mirror is now Mulder's and not Fletcher's.

    • Goof: How did Morris know Scully's name? It could've been argued that the men in black had a file on Mulder and Scully, but it's made obvious by their questions when "Morris" gets back in the car, that they did not know who the two agents were, specifically.

      Answer: Morris asked to see ID before they switched bodies so he could have easily gotten her name when they flashed their badges.

    • There is a noticeable mistake in the mirror scene between David Duchovny and Michael McKean. When they're bending over and shaking their asses, McKean's hand is on what would be the left leg of his underwear and he's pulling it down just a little bit while Duchovny isn't.

    • When Mulder (who is in the body of Morris Fletcher) tries to convince Scully that he is indeed Mulder, we see him reflected in the real Morris Fletcher's side mirror as David Duchovny and not Michael McKean. In all other reflections in mirrors and windows he appears as Michael McKean.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Awkwardly exiting from Morris' kitchen as everyone ignores him)
      Mulder: Okay! Well, uh, everybody have a good day at your various, uh.... (Looks around, no one's paying attention. Nods.) All right.

    • Terrence: Yo, Dad.
      Mulder: Hey Terry.
      Terrence: Not Terry.
      Mulder: Chris?
      Terrence: Terrence. Terry's for wusses.
      Mulder: (mutters) And Terrence isn't?

    • Howard: It's happened again.
      Mulder (as Morris): What's happened again?
      Howard: Let's get out of here.
      Mulder (as Morris): We got to help this man.
      Howard: We got to help ourselves. Whatever caused this could come back.
      Mulder (as Morris): We can't just leave him here.

    • Scully: Mulder!
      Morris (As Mulder): Hey... Hey, Dana. How's it going?
      Scully: Mulder, where have you been?
      Morris (As Mulder):Oh, sorry, I just got a little lost on my way in.
      Scully: You got lost.
      Morris (As Mulder): I'm just a little, you know, little lost in my head.
      Scully: Yeah.
      Morris (As Mulder): Yeah. One of those days. Yeah.

    • Mulder: Milepost 134. Two miles to go.
      Scully: I'm all a-tingle. So, Mulder, this supposed clandestine source who's contacted you. How do we know that he's not just another crackpot, whose encyclopedic knowledge of extraterrestrial life isn't derived exclusively from reruns of Star Trek?
      Mulder: Because of where this particular crackpot works. Groom Lake. Area 51. Where the military has conducted...
      Scully: ...for the past 50 years, classified experiments involving extraterrestrial technology.
      Mulder: It's all our questions. The proof that we've suspected but never been able to hold in our hands. That... that proof is here.

    • Mulder (as Morris): How do we get the lizard out of the rock?
      Howard: Who says we can?

    • Mulder: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Johny Cash.

    • Joanne: Morris! What about Chris?
      Mulder (as Morris): Chris?
      Chris: You said you'd give me an answer today.
      Joanne: Her nose. You said you'd give her an answer about her nose.
      Mulder (as Morris): Um . . . I think . . .
      (Chris gives him a little girl look.)
      Mulder (as Morris): I think she's a little young for plastic surgery don't you think?
      (Chris cries again.)
      Joanne: Oh, for God's sake, Morris -- a nose ring! She said she wants a nose ring!
      Chris: I hate you! I wish you were dead.
      Mulder (as Morris): Well, my work here is done. Have a nice day.

    • Mulder (as Morris): I'm Mulder. I'm really Mulder. I switched bodies, places, identities with this man Morris Fletcher the man that you think is Mulder, but he's not. Of course you don't believe me. Why was I expecting anything different? Your full name is Dana Katherine Scully. Your badge number is... Hell! I don't know your badge number. Your mother's name is Margaret. Your brother's name is Bill Jr. He's in the Navy and he hates me. Lately, for lunch, you've been having this six-ounce cup of yogurt, plain yogurt, into which you stir bee pollen because you're on a bee pollen kick even though I tell you you're a doctor and you should know better.
      Scully: Look... Any of that information could have been gathered by anyone.
      Mulder (as Morris): Even that yogurt thing? That is so you. That is so Scully. Well, it's good to know you haven't changed. That's somewhat comforting.

  • NOTES (6)

    • One of the signature backstage moments of the entire 6th season occurred during a particularly bleak morning at the distant Lancaster location during the filming of the two-parter. David Duchovny emerged from his trailer and said, "When is this show moving back to Los Angeles?". Within days, dozens of X-Files insiders were wearing T-Shirts emblazoned with the exact same question.

    • The scene in which Mulder encounters his own reflection - as Fletcher - in Morris' bedroom mirror is a near-recreation of the famous mirror scene between Groucho and Harpo Marx in the classic 1933 comedy Duck Soup. This scene was also reenacted by Harpo and Lucille Ball in a famous 1955 episode of I Love Lucy.

    • The scraggly desert gas station had to be built from scratch.

    • The character of Morris Fletcher would later appear in numerous episodes of "The Lone Gunmen", the season 6 X-Files episode "Three of a Kind" and the season 9 episode "Jump the Shark".

    • The man-in-black Morris Fletcher is named after Michael McKean's son, Fletcher McKean.

    • As noted, Dreamland is the nickname for Area 51, the Air Force base near Groom Lake, Nevada which is reputed to be the US Government's base for conducting experiments with alien technology. "Dreamland" actually stands for "Data Repository Establishment and Management Land".


    • Mulder: Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Johnny Cash.

      Mulder says this after he opens Morris Fletcher's closet, which is filled with black suits. Legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was nicknamed the "Man in Black" because he usually performed wearing dark clothing. In 1971, Cash wrote a song called "Man in Black," in which he said that wearing black was an expression of mourning for people who had suffered or died, including American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.