The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 5

Dreamland II (2)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mulder is thrown in jail at the Area 51 compound but is released when it is discovered that the flight data recorder he stole was a fake. Scully comes to her senses and realises that the Mulder she sees isn't who he really is and heads back to Nevada to help the real Mulder. Meanwhile, the mechanism that caused the body swap is rapidly snapping back, undoing everything in it's wake and Mulder and his alter ego must race to put themselves back where they belong.moreless

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Michael McKean

Michael McKean

Morris Fletcher

Guest Star

John Mahon

John Mahon

General Wegman

Guest Star

Dara Hollingsworth

Dara Hollingsworth

Christine Fletcher

Guest Star

Tom Braidwood

Tom Braidwood


Recurring Role

Dean Haglund

Dean Haglund


Recurring Role

Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: The message on Mulder's answering machine was in Morris' voice.

    • A scene of the episode takes place in a bar called the "Little A'Lie'Inn". In Rachel, Nevada there is actually a restaurant/bar/motel called "Little A'Le'Inn", complete with UFO and time capsule just off a road called "The Extraterrestrial Highway".

    • The cover story on The Lone Gunmen newspaper that Morris/Mulder reads is titled "Monica - Minx Or Mandroid," which is yet another humorous reference to the Clinton/Lewinksy scandal of the 1990s.

    • The slip up takes place during the scene after the information leak was notified of the switch between Mulder and Fletcher at the Little A'Le Inn Bar. When Mulder/Fletcher enters his office, the leak says "we shouldn't be seen together." In this scene, over the informants left shoulder, it is possible to see the sound guy for about two full seconds.

    • With a little thought, it's clearly impossible to align the snapping back of the time warp with things staying the same in Washington D.C. If Mulder's apartment is still furnished, then that would mean everything that happened there was still in place (Mulder making out with Kersh's secretary, Mulder's kissing Kersh's butt, etc). But how does this mesh with Mulder and Scully not having any memory of the events? Does this mean they experienced "lost time" and missed those days? But if that's the case, then why is it that Scully says to Mulder that they were able to "slip under Kersh's radar," as if no time had passed at all and their trip was so short that the AD didn't notice?

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Morris(as Mulder): You're gonna miss me when I'm gone.
      Frohike: Yeah, fat chance laughing boy.
      Morris(as Mulder): Back-off sneezy.

    • Morris(as Mulder): If you boys only knew how many of your stories I dreamed up while sitting on the pot.
      Frohike: What stories?
      Morris(as Mulder): Oh, I'm sorry Melvin, that's classified.
      Frohike: The name's Frohike you punk ass.

    • Morris (as Mulder): Baby...
      Scully: 'Baby' me, and you'll be peeing through a catheter.

    • Scully: Agent Mulder has become AD Kersh's new golden boy. He's been tasked with returning the flight data recorder that he and I stole. The son of a bitch confesses to Kersh even more than I do to my priest. I'm just tagging along for the ride.
      Mulder (as Morris): What do you mean, "just tagging along"?
      Scully: I'm out of the Bureau. I've been censured and relieved of my position.
      Mulder (as Morris): No. You can explain it to them like you explained it to me. You have the data. You can make them understand. You can get your job back.

    • Mulder (as Morris): Hey, Chris. Hey, I like the, uh...The, uh... The nose...
      Christine: Ouch! As if.
      Mulder (as Morris): Terry. Buddy. Hey, Terence. Sorry. How's it going?
      Terry: Mom says she's taking out a restraining order on you.

    • Morris (as Mulder): You hate me now, right? Dana, I'm sorry I narced on you to Kersh, but I...I was scared you were going to lose your job.
      Scully: You did the right thing, Mulder.
      Morris (as Mulder): I did?
      Scully: I've been telling you for years you should play more by the book, haven't I?
      Morris (as Mulder): Hey, it's the new me.

    • General Wegman: I didn't mean for it to crash. I just wanted you to see it.
      Mulder (as Morris): Well, why?
      General Wegman: There comes a time when you look back instead of foward, see the sum of your life. My entire career has been spent hiding the truth from the American people destroying, in a way, that which was most precious to me.

    • Mulder: (Addressing the pilot-turned-elderly Native American woman) Hey, Grandma Top Gun, Will you SHUT THE HELL UP?

    • Scully: I'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly.
      Morris (as Mulder): (yelling out the window) Take a picture, it'll last longer.
      Mulder (as Morris): (through clenched teeth) If I ... shoot him is that murder or suicide?
      Scully: Neither, if I do it first.

    • Mulder (as Morris): My name is not Morris Fletcher. It's Fox Mulder. Special Agent Fox Mulder with the FBI. Dana Scully is my FBI partner. I am not your husband, we are not married, we are complete strangers and I have a whole other life that I'm desperately trying to get back to.
      Joanne: You know, Morris, most men when they have a mid-life crisis they go out and buy themselves a sports car. They don't run around calling themselves Fox.

    • Morris: (voice-over) Once upon a time, there was a guy with the improbable name of Fox Mulder. He started out life happily enough, as these things go. He had parents who loved him, a cute kid sister. He had a roof over his head, got all his flu shots, had all his fingers and toes and aside from being stuck with the name "Fox" which probably taught him how to fight - or not - he pretty much led a normal life.
      But the worst thing by far - the biggest kick in the slats this kid Fox ever got - was what happened to his sister. One day, she just disappeared. Now, Fox buckled down and worked his butt off. Graduated top of his class at Oxford then top of his class at the FBI academy. None of that hard work made up for his sister, though. It was just a way of putting her out of his mind. Finally, the way I figure it, he went out of his mind and he's been that way ever since.
      Fox Mulder pissed away a brilliant career, lost the respect of supervisors and friends and now lives his life shaking his fist at the sky and muttering about conspiracies to anyone who will listen. If you ask me, he's one step away from pushing a baby carriage filled with tin cans down the street.
      But now, all that's going to change.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The "mandroid army' scoffed at by Fletcher is a sly flashback to the season 3 episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space".

    • This is the first episode that we see Mulder's bedroom. The question where Mulder slept was discussed rather vividly in the past on the Internet.

    • Scully says to Mulder-in-Morris's-body, "I'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly" which is what Zira (Kim Hunter) said to Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes.

    • Fletcher comments that Saddam Hussein is really a dinner theatre actor named 'John Gillnitz'. The name is a combination of the writers names: John Shiban, Vince Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz.


    • As he is leaving the Lone Gunmen's place, Morris/Mulder contemptuously tells Frohike to "Back off, Sneezy." This is, of course, a reference to the diminutive character from the Disney Snow White story, whom Frohike does actually resemble.

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