01 August 2007

Season 6: How The Ghosts Stole Christmas (6X08)

Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Chris Carter

It's late Christmas Eve. Telling tales of star-crossed lovers who forged a pact to be together for eternity, Mulder lures Scully into the darkened mansion that the ghost couple purportedly haunts. Once inside, the front door locks behind the duo and traps them inside. Mulder believes it is the work of the ghosts who inhabit the house. Scully, ever the skeptic, instructs Mulder on the psychology of peoples' need to believe in the afterlife as a means to satisfy their fear of mortality. But when a previously locked door springs open and a light shines from inside the room beyond, Mulder chalks it up to ghosts.

Scully, admitting that she is afraid but that it's an irrational fear, still sticks with the belief that people might be actually living in the house. Passing through the door, the partners find themselves in a library. And in a series of odd twists and turns, they become separated -each trapped in some parallel universe version of the library. It is here that Mulder meets Maurice The Ghost, who convinces Mulder to shoot Scully.

In her own parallel library, Scully meets Lyda The Ghost, who convinces Scully to shoot Mulder. When the two agents meet back up, they follow through on the ghosts' mischievous plan and fire their weapons on each other. As they lay gasping on the staircase landing, they realize it was only some kind of mind trick played on them by the ghosts. Safely ensconced back in their homes, the duo agree that the events of the evening never happened.

The role of Maurice was originally written for Bob Newhart but he turned down the role.

The haunted house's address, 1501 Larkspur Lane, may be a reference to a Nancy Drew mystery story, "Password to Larkspur Lane".

Maurice: Hey!
Mulder: Who are you?
Maurice: That's a question I should be asking being this is my house you're standing in. This isn't one of those home invasions, is it?
Mulder: No.
Maurice: Good. Would you like me to show you the door?
Mulder: That's very funny.
Maurice: I wasn't making a joke.
Mulder: Have you looked at the door?
Maurice: Uh-huh, I'm looking at it now.
Mulder: Tell me what you see.
Maurice: I see a door with the lock shot off it. You going to pay for that?
Mulder: That's a door with a brick wall behind it.
Maurice: Okay, sure.

Maurice: You've probably convinced yourself you've seen aliens. You know why you think you see the things you do?
Mulder: Because I have seen them?
Maurice: 'Cause you're a lonely man. A lonely man chasing paramasturbatory illusions that you believe will give your life meaning and significance and which your pathetic social maladjustment makes impossible for you to find elsewhere. You probably consider yourself passionate, serious, misunderstood. Am I right?
Mulder: Paramasturbatory?

Mulder: I almost gave up on you.
Scully: Sorry. Checkout lines were worse than rush hour on the 95. If I heard "Silent Night" one more time I was going to start taking hostages. What are we doing here?
Mulder: Stakeout.
Scully: On Christmas Eve?
Mulder: It's an important date.
Scully: No kidding.

Clip from ''How the Ghosts Stole Christmas''

Episode Number: 123
Season Number: 6
First Aired: Sunday, December 13, 1998
Production Code: 6X08

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