30 May 2007

Season 5: Detour (5X04)

Writer: Frank Spotnitz
Director: Brett Dowler

Agents Mulder and Scully join fellow FBI agents Kinsley and Stonecypher as they travel to Florida to take part in an FBI creative team seminar, which Mulder thinks is a complete waste of time. However the car is stopped en-route by a State Troopers road block, Mulder seizes the chance to use his detective skills more productively and gets out of the car. He becomes even more interested after the local Search and Rescue Leader, Michele Fazekas explains that three men have disappeared without a trace in the local woods and strange tracks have been discovered that can not be identified as man or animal.

Mulder arranges from Scully and himself to book in to a motel for the night, a move which is soon rewarded when Louis Asekoff, the son of one of the missing men, claims that a creature with red eyes chased him from his home. Scully puts it down to an overactive imagination and the horror film he was watching however Mulder finds tracks at Louis' house and links the current case to an old X-file from the 1950's when a town in West Virginia was terrorised by primitive looking men with red eyes who the locals dubbed 'moth men'.

Mulder theorises that these attacks on humans could be in response to local developments encroaching on the woods. Mulder and Scully join Michele Fazekas and Jeff Glaser in the search for the strange creature in hope of catching it before it hurts anyone else. But soon it is difficult to tell who is the hunter and who is the hunted.

Singing "Joy to the World" to Mulder was one of Gillian Anderson's favorite X-Files moments.

The actress that plays Michele (Coleen Flynn) in this episode can also be seen in the 7th season episode "All Things".

There were some serious production problems with this episode. It rained almost every day during filming bringing the shooting time up to 19 days. In comparison, a normal episode only takes 8 days to shoot.

Scully's hair goes from being rather straight to curly and back between scenes. The production crew was aware of the problem when they were shooting the episode, but couldn't do anything about it as the heavy rain brought out the natural curl in Anderson's hair.

Scully: Where are you going?
Mulder: I'm gonna check something out.
Scully: You know Mulder, sometimes I think some work on your communication skills wouldn't be such a bad idea.
Mulder: I'll be back soon, and we can build a tower of furniture. Okay? (Cheeky grin, and exits)

Mulder: I don't wanna wrestle.
Scully: Get over here. I'm gonna try and keep you warm.
Mulder: One of us has got to stay awake, Scully.
Scully: You sleep Mulder.
Mulder: If you get tired, you wake me.
Scully: I'm not gonna get tired.
Mulder: Why don't you sing something?
Scully: No, Mulder.
Mulder: If you sing something, I'll know you're awake.
Scully: Mulder, you don't want me to sing - I can't carry a tune.
Mulder: It doesn't matter, just sing anything.
Scully: "Jeremiah was a bullfrog..."

Scully: If I can separate the shell from the casing, maybe I can get the powder to ignite.
Mulder: And maybe it'll start raining weenies and marshmallows.
Scully: Do I detect a hint of negativity?
Mulder: NO! Yes, actually. Yeah.

Mulder: Hey, Scully, who did you identify with - Betty or Wilma?
Scully: I dunno; I certainly identified with Betty's bustline.
Mulder: Yes. I identified with that.

Mulder: How do I say this without using any negative words, Scully?
Scully: You want me to tell them you're not going to make it to this year's teamwork seminar.
Mulder: You see that? We don't need that conference. We have communication like that -- unspoken. You know what I'm thinking.

Highlights from "Detour''

Episode Number: 101
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, November 23, 1997
Production Code: 5X04

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