The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 14

Monday

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 1999 on FOX
9.0
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A woman is forced to relive the same day over and over as she tries to prevent Mulder and Scully from being killed by her boyfriend during a bank robbery attempt; and as the events restart again and again, Mulder's sense of deja-vu grows stronger.

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  • Monday

    10
    Monday was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun and similar to the concept from the movie Groundhog Day. It was interesting to see the minor changes each relived day. The story was pretty good and the acting was great. It was a nice change of pace to have a story like this. The fate of Pam was sad though every thing was set right through her bravery. I liked the ending and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Omega

    7.0
    After watching the next episode, I wonder if Omega paid for a product placement, and they wrote this whole episode just to get closeups of the watch
  • X-Files does Groundhog Day.. sort of.

    8.8
    I'm a big fan of any homage to Groundhog Day, one of my favorite comedies. I've seen the show Supernatural do it, and I'm sure there's countless other attempts to copy it, and this episode is no different. Sure, it may be simple and may not explain everything, but it's such a fun premise that I have to ask myself, "Who cares?"



    The basic idea is that the girlfriend of a bank robber keeps reliving the same Monday over and over again, and in this day, her boyfriend straps himself with dynamite, tries to rob a bank and ends up blowing up everybody inside, including Mulder and Scully. She tries over and over again to stop it and save Mulder and Scully, but she can't. Sure, it's sort of like Groundhog Day-lite, but it's much darker. In the movie, Phil Connors' personality was what was wrong with the picture.. until he could change, he'd keep living the same day. However, this girl did nothing wrong and sees the same day as the lowest level of Hell, and it certainly seems that way.



    Another interesting aspect of the episode is that Mulder slowly starts to remember things about the day. Although he shouldn't be remembering things that happened the day before (since it's the girl reliving the day), he forces himself to remember key details, which helps him do things differently from day to day. It's a great episode that is better than half of the episodes this season.



    There's also a huge amount of humor with Mulder, but this time, it doesn't feel like it interferes at all with the tone of the episode. It simply adds to the strangeness and mysteriousness of the situation (I like the callback to the Dreamland episode, where Morris Fletcher gets Mulder a waterbed.. it seems like a weird thing to bring up, but it was fun).moreless
  • It's like Groundhog day meets the XFiles, a bank, and some explosives.

    9.0
    This is one of the better episodes of the season in my opinion, and is a nice break from all the drama that the mythology can bring. In this episode, a woman is forced to live the same day on repeat, and watch her boyfriend rob and subsequently blow up a bank full of people. This centers around Mulder more than Scully and how his day repeats. (There is also a cool parallel with Dreamland because the water bed and mirror above the bed, put there by Morris Fletcher is still there) This episode is also unique because, although Mulder forces himself to remember that he does have a bomb, it isn't until the woman herself dies that the pattern is broken and the day ceases to be repeated.moreless
  • It's like Groundhog Day...

    8.3
    I don't know what it is about this season but they just keep me glued with all the classic Sci-Fi stories. First we had a time warp then we had body switching, now we have time loops. Time lopp episodes are great in that if the person realises that they are in a time loop then they can get away with alot without having to suffer any of the consequences. That is not the case with this particular episode. It is a girl who knows she is doing it but she doesn't want to have fun she just wants it to stop. Mulder even starts to realize that it is a time loop but he is not to sure. This episode had a sad ending and nobody even knows all the crap she went through. Well maybe Mulder to some extent.moreless
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Suanne Spoke

Woman Customer

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Monique Edwards

Monique Edwards

Head Teller

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Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander

Older Agent

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Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

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Arlene Pileggi

Arlene Pileggi

Skinner's Assistant

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • How can Lt. Kraskow predict that they have "a body on the floor" due to the shot fired? One gunshot doesn't mean anyone has to be hurt, and everyone is actually lying down on the floor to begin with, as is common with hostage/robbery situations.

    • The first time we see Mulder's watch in this episode, the face is silver, but all the other times, the face is black, as it appears also in "Arcadia".

    • Mulder's waterbed is shown with a leak spraying water in the air. This might happen if one or more people were lying on the bed or pressing down on the mattress, but the fountain continues to spray when he is out of the bed. Waterbed leaks don't spray so much as ooze. Furthermore, the amount of water lost to cause the degree of saturation on the carpet (not to mention leaking into the apartment below) would mean that the bed would have lost most or all of its water, leaving Mulder waking up lying on the bottom of the mattress box.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bernard: (Pointing gun at Scully) I'll shoot her!
      Mulder: What do you think I'll do then?

    • Scully: Since when did you get a water bed?
      Mulder: I-I might just as easily not have a water bed, and then I'd be on time for this meeting. You might just as easily have stayed in medicine, and not gone into the FBI, and then we would never have met, blah blah blah.
      Scully: Fate.
      Mulder: Free will. With every choice, you change your fate.
      Scully: Then let's change yours.

    • Mulder: So you think it's all just fate? We have no free will?
      Scully: No, I think we're free to be the people that we are--good, bad or indifferent. I think it's our character that determines our fate.

    • Mulder: You can change your fate.

    • Robbery Note: This is a robbery.
      Put the money in the bag.
      No alarms.
      No tricks.

    • Bernard: Why are you always in a mood?
      Pam: 'Cause nothing ever changes.

    • Mulder: (repeating it to himself) He's got a bomb, he's got a bomb, he's got a bomb, he's got a bomb, ...

    • Pam: (to Mulder) Don't you see? We're all in hell. I'm the only one who knows it.

    • Mulder: Scully, did you ever have one of those days you wish you could rewind and start all over again from the beginning?
      Scully: Yes, frequently. But, I mean, who's to say that if you did rewind it and start over again that it wouldn't end up exactly the same day?

    • Pam: (resigned, not looking at them as they run past) Go, go, go.
      SWAT Team Leader: Go, go, go!

    • Bernard: Customers, face down! You know what this is!

    • Mulder: I know. I missed the meeting.
      Scully: You didn't miss the meeting. You're extraordinarily late for the meeting. It's still going on.
      Mulder: What are you doing down here?
      Scully: We took a short break and I came looking for you. What are you doing down here, Mulder?
      Mulder: (sarcastically) I'm having the best damn day of my life. Any moment I'm about to burst into song-- "Zip a dee doo dah." My, uh, waterbed sprung a leak and shorted out my alarm clock. My cell phone got wet and crapped out on me and the check I wrote my landlord to cover the, uh, damages is going to bounce if I don't deposit my pay. You ever have one of those days, Scully?
      (Mulder crosses to the door.)
      Scully: Since I've been working here? Yeah. When did you get a waterbed, Mulder?
      (Mulder pauses in the doorway and thinks about it for a moment. Scully stares at him questioningly. Mulder ignores the question.)
      Mulder: Bank's just down the street. I'll be back in ten. Cover for me, will you?
      (Mulder leaves.)
      Scully: When do I not?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Scully's comment "when did you get a water bed?", refers back to 'Dreamland II', when Morris Fletcher bought himself a new water bed, thinking he would be living the rest of his life in Mulder's body.
      The mirrors on the ceiling of the room were also put by Morris Fletcher.

    • According to writers John Shiban and Vince Gilligan, the inspiration for this episode didn't come from Bill Murray's 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, but from an episode of The Twilight Zone called 'Shadow Play.'

    • Writer Vince Gilligan gives us another reference to his girlfriend, Holly Rice. The Cradock Marine Bank is named for a suburb of Portsmouth, Virginia where Holly grew up, and Holly's mother's maiden name is Bernard.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Movie: Groundhog Day

      In the movie "Groundhog Day", Bill Murray keeps experiencing the same day repeatedly. However, he is the only person who remembers the previous "days".

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