6x06 How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
First Aired: Dec. 13, 1998 on FOX
Summary: On Christmas Eve, Mulder has Scully meet him at a supposedly haunted mansion in Maryland. Scully, however, doesn't have time for ghost stories and begins to leave when she sees Mulder leave his car and approach the house. Upon entering the manse, both discover a pair of star-crossed lovers…
Main Characters in this Episode
Mulder: [alarmed at a noise] Shhh! What was that?
Scully: [irritably rational] These are tricks that the mind plays. They are ingrained clichés from a thousand different horror films. When we hear a sound, we get a chill, we, we- we see a shadow and we allow ourselves to imagine something that an otherwise rational person would discount out of hand.
Scully: [continuing to rationalize nervously] The whole, Mulder- the whole idea of a benevolent entity fits perfectly with what I'm saying, that, I mean, that a spirit would materialize or return for no other purpose than to show itself is silly and ridiculous. I mean, what it really shows is how silly and ridiculous we have become in believing such things. I mean that... that we can ignore all natural laws about the corporeal body, that... that we witness these spirits clad in their own, shabby outfits, with the same old haircuts and hairstyles, never aging, never- never in search for more comfortable surroundings... it actually ends up saying more about the living than it does about the dead.
Mulder: [only half-listening] Mmm-huh.
Scully: [clearly rattling on in fear and nervousness] And Mulder, it doesn't take an advanced degree in Psychology to understand the unconscious yearnings that these imaginings satisfy. You know, the... the longing for immortality, the hope that there is something beyond this mortal coil, that we might never be long without our loved-ones... I mean, these are powerful, powerful desires. I mean, they're the very essence of what makes us human... the very essence of Christmas, actually.
Mulder: [breathless; whispering] Tell me you're not afraid.
Scully: [breathless also, but stringent] All right, I'm afraid. But it's an irrational fear.
Mulder: [rooted to his spot, letting her go first] I got your back.
Scully: [turning back, seeing that he hasn't moved] Thank you.
Mulder: No, actually that was a left cheek sneak.
- Goof (anachronisms): The ACLU, at the supposed time of Maurice's and Lydia's death, was not called the ACLU. Founded in 1917, it was the National Civil Liberties Bureau.
- Goof (crew or equipment visible): Just as Mulder begins prying open the floor, the lightning causes a person's shadow to appear behind him and Scully that does not correspond with either of their positions or movements.
- This episode has the lowest number of people in the cast of any X-Files episode.
- Maurice ('Ed Asner') tells Mulder that he knows people in the ACLU. Asner has been involved with the ACLU in his real life as an activist in controversial issues.
- This was the cheapest episode of the sixth season.