The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Hollywood A.D. 

A screenwriter tags along with Mulder and Scully as they investigate a church bombing. The case becomes the plot of a Hollywood movie, but the agents find their case, and themselves, distorted on the big screen.


David Duchovny


Chris Carter (created by), David Duchovny




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Garry Shandling ... Fox Mulder / Garry Shandling
Téa Leoni ... Dana Scully / Tea Leoni (as Tea Leoni)
Harris Yulin ... Cardinal O'Fallon
Wayne Federman ... Wayne Federman
Paul Lieber ... Micah Hoffman
Bill Dow ... Chuck Burks
Tim Roe Tim Roe ... Zombie
Barry K. Thomas Barry K. Thomas ... Sugar Bear
Tina M. Ameduri Tina M. Ameduri ... Tina
Bill Millar Bill Millar ... Director


Skinner's buddy from college, Wayne Federman, trails Mulder and Scully on a case involving a pipe bombing in a church, at Skinner's insistence. Wayne is a writer/producer from Hollywood gathering material for a FBI-based movie. Mulder and Scully turn out to be the reluctant stars of this movie by Federman. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

30 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wayne Federman says that he'll be "Heisenbergian" referring to the scientist that Walter White used an alias which was created by X-Files producer Vince Gilligan. See more »


When Mulder and Scully are discussing zombies, Scully explains to Mulder how zombies and the like are just figments of the imagination. However, in the earlier episode The X-Files: Millennium, Scully encounters a zombie toward the end of the episode. She shoots at, and is attacked by, the zombie. She even reports such to A.D. Skinner. It seems unrealistic that an FBI agent would forget a past experience that was so unsettling. See more »


Fox Mulder: You know Scully, I was just thinking about Lazarus, Ed Wood, and those Tofurkey-eatin' zombies. How come when people come back from the dead, they always wanna hurt the living?
Scully: Well, that's because people can't really come back from the dead, Mulder. I mean, ghosts and zombies are just projections of our own repressed cannibalistic and sexual fears and desires. They are who we fear that we are at heart. Just mindless automatons who can only kill and eat.
Fox Mulder: Party pooper. Well, I got a new theory. ...
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Plan 9 From Hollywood
25 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

When a '60s radical turns up dead in the crypt of a prominent Catholic it looks like a great basis for a movie to Deputy Director Skinner's old college pal, writer/producer Wayne Federman (as himself.) It's inexplicable weirdness on screen and off as Mulder and Scully try to handle Hollywood and a case that involves a Da-Vinci-coded soup bowl and the dancing dead.

I guess it had to happen - the show about show business. And it is just as awful as you might expect, combining both a self-parodical X-File AND a parody of a Hollywood treatment of the X-Files! Where does this leave viewers? Near the bottom of the unbrakeable slide in quality that is season 7. Once we were on a search for answers, then we were on a search for questions. Now we're just looking for laughs.

In the finale scene, keep your eye peeled for the Chris Carter zombie - the one with tongue THROUGH cheek and skewered in place with a blue pencil. Oh wait, that's not visible on-screen...

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