The 10 Funniest X-Files Episodes

By Rob Bricken in Daily Lists, TV
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:57 am
5) X-Cops

This story is presented as an episode of the reality show COPS, with Mulder and Scully tagging along with the LAPD to investigate a series of reported "monster" attacks during a full moon. Mulder uses the camera time to present his wild ideas to a wider audience, much to Scully's horror. The monster turns out to have a tendency to appear as its victim's worst fear, which in one case (based on a sketch artist's drawing of what a witness saw) even includes Freddy Krueger.

4) Dreamland

A malfunctioning UFO near Area 51 creates a rip in the space-time continuum that causes Mulder to Quantum Leap into the body of Man in Black Morris Fletcher (Michael McKean). Mulder ends up stuck in Fletcher's miserable marriage and making it worse, calling Fletcher's kids by the wrong name, falling asleep while watching porn in the living room, and accidentally causing Fletcher's wife to think he is having an affair with "Special Tramp" Dana Scully. Meanwhile, Fletcher takes advantage of his new life as Mulder, buying a waterbed, hooking up with Skinner's secretary and going by the book so much that Scully eventually realizes it cannot be Mulder.

3) Jose Chung's From Outer Space

"Jose Chung's" is not only one of the funniest X-Files episodes; it may be the best episode of the whole series. Once again, we have writer Darin Morgan to thank for another hilarious story; the guy pretty much invented the X-Files comedy genre. In this episode, a standard alien abduction tale is told from the perspective of several different people, whose accounts all wildly contradict one another. Author Jose Chung, played memorably by Charles Nelson Reilly, struggles to piece together all these conflicting tales as he writes a book that recounts one conspiracy covering up another in true X-Files style. Best moment: Hard to choose, as there's Mulder's girlish scream when he finds a dead alien, Detective "Manners," Mulder watching Bigfoot videos like they're porn, a cigarette-smoking alien, and the Men in Black, who look rather suspiciously like Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek.

2) Je Souhaite

This episode features Jenn, a genie who is disgruntled with her job and fed up with the unending stupidity of the people whose three wishes she grants. Two brothers who find her don't prove any better, wishing for such things as invisibility, a yacht they can't afford the taxes on, and a horrific return from the dead for the brother who became invisible and got hit by a truck. The paraplegic brother (played by Will Sasso of Mad TV) misses the obvious of wishing for the use of his legs and considers asking for a gold wheelchair. When Mulder obtains the genie's services, he wishes for world peace and is granted an ironic wish when Jenn makes everyone on Earth but the two of them disappear. Mulder uses his second wish to undo the first wish, and then begins writing what is basically a legal contract for world peace to keep Jenn from screwing with him again. However, Scully convinces Mulder that humankind needs to achieve peace legitimately and Mulder uses his last wish to finally free Jenn from her service as a genie. Best line: When Scully, ever the skeptic, begins trying to rationalize her examination of an invisible body, Mulder replies with an exasperated, "OH!" It's what most of us had been thinking for years about Scully's refusal to acknowledge all the strange crap she had seen.

1) Bad Blood

Mulder commits a major oops by staking a pizza delivery boy he thinks is a vampire, only to find the teen was wearing fake teeth. Before delivering their report to Skinner, Mulder and Scully go over the story and reveal that they each have markedly different takes on the case in which they went to Texas to investigate murders that Mulder was sure from the get-go were due to vampires. In Scully's version, Mulder is even more enthusiastic than usual about chasing down the supernatural, and Scully is presented as a persistent whiner in Mulder's version of the tale. Scully recalls the sheriff they worked with (Luke Wilson) as a handsome Southern gentleman, while Mulder (perhaps jealously) remembers him as a buck-toothed doofus. Best scenes: There are many, but among the most amusing is Mulder waking up from being drugged singing the theme to Shaft; Mulder recalling the pizza boy vampire soaring at Scully "like a flying squirrel"; and Mulder trying heroically to capture a runaway RV, only to end up being dragged around by it in circles as the trailer park denizens watch on in amusement.

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