Classic TV Episodes: The X-Files – Small Potatoes

X-Files Small Potatoes

Fans patiently waiting for the sparks between Mulder and Scully to explode were finally rewarded in “Small Potatoes” — sort of. A loser named Eddie (Darin Morgan) uses his “striated muscle tissue” to bed women by morphing into the men they love — leading to a rash of babies born with tails. When Mulder uncovers the scam, Eddie knocks him out and assumes his shape.

What follows pokes fun at every hallowed X-Files tradition, with Eddie, now played artfully by David Duchovny, slouching into Mulder’s shoes and ridiculing everything from his first name (Fox) to his geeky friends. He even discovers a message from a phone-sex operator on Mulder’s answering machine. The finest touch comes after Eddie (as Mulder) is busted while putting the moves on Scully (Gillian Anderson) over a bottle of wine.

Eddie disappointedly confides to Mulder, “I was born a loser, but you’re one by choice.” A superbly twisted, yet oddly unsettling, romp.

Original Airdate: April 20, 1997

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