The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 3


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 1998 on FOX



  • Allusions

    • Film References: The Wizard of Oz
      Much like "Post-Modern Prometheus" was a homage to Frankenstein, this episode was a homage to The Wizard of Oz, filmed in the style of Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope; with the story taking place in real-time and being shot in continuous takes with no cutaway shots. The Wizard of Oz references include:

      - The story loosely follows that of The Wizard of Oz, with Mulder in a sort-of alternate reality, running into people who look amazingly like the important people in his life.

      - Mulder's wrecked boat was named the "Lady Garland". Judy Garland was the actress who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

      - The first ballroom scene includes a band named "Elmira Gulch and the Lollipop Guild". Elmira Gulch was the non-Oz name of the Wicked Witch of the West (the mean old woman who wanted to take Toto), and the Lollipop Guild was the ruling body of the Munchkins.

      - The events Mulder witnesses on the Queen Anne are taking place in 1939. The movie version of The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939.

      - Captain Yip Harburg was so-named for The Wizard of Oz lyricist, Yip Harburg.

      - Of course the most obvious reference is in the hospital when Mulder is telling Scully and Skinner that they were there, Skinner replies "Right, me and my dog Toto."

      - An obscure reference (probably not for those who speak German) is in the altered tagline, which translates into "The Truth is Somewhere Out There", possibly a homage to the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

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