“What I’m thinking, Mulder, is how familiar this seems. Playing Watson to your Sherlock. You dangling clues out in front of me one by one. It’s a game, and… and, as usual, you’re holding something back from me. You’re not telling me something about this case.” — Dana Scully
Mulder and Scully investigate a case of doppelgängers that seem to leave a wave of destruction in their path.
Radhika: And here we are: One of the most reviled episodes of The X-Files, ever, perhaps even worse than some real doozies like “The Field Where I Died” and “El Mundo Gira.” This is an episode I’ve refused to rewatch until I had to for this blog, and I’m not going to lie — I did a little multitasking while watching in an effort to suppress my feelings of rage. I’m happy to report that I was able to stay sane watching it thanks to this approach, but that doesn’t mean I like the episode any better.
The episode generally focuses on Betty Templeton and Lulu Pfeiffer, doppelgängers who seem to have disastrous effects on their surroundings when they’re in the same place at the same time: People fight, the earth quakes, all sorts of mayhem ensues. And it turns out the two women have also been sleeping with the same man, a wrestler named Bert Zupanic. A few facts emerge — the two women actually share the same father, a rage-filled guy in prison. And eventually, we learn that Zupanic also has a doppelgänger/twin — mayhem of course follows when all four doppelgängers are in the same place, and the episode ends on a mildly bemused chaotic note with both Mulder and Scully recovering from injuries resulting from their encounter with these violence-inducing duos. Continue reading