The Springfield Files
The truth is not out there
Couch gag: The family use jet packs to fly into the room and sit on the couch. Maggie zooms around the living room before sitting.
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Leonard Nimoy as himself
David Duchovny as Mulder
Gillian Anderson as Scully
Synopsis: On his way home from Moe’s, Homer sees an alien.
Discussion: Life was simple back in the mid 90s. We watched The X Files and believed that the truth was out there. This is a crossover episode; the characters of Agents Mulder and Scully visit Springfield to investigate Homer’s claims of seeing an alien on Friday nights after he’s been at Moe’s. At the time, both shows were top of the ratings and must-see TV.
There’s a ton of references to TV shows and movies, and this episode’s Wikipedia entry has them all listed so I won’t go into it here. But if you recognise the references, it definitely enriches the experience.
The alien is revealed to be Mr Burns, who undergoes rejuvenation treatments once a week, leaving him delirious and joyful. This ending is entirely plausible and not disappointing at all. Who knew Mr Burns could be such a foil?
The main problem with crossover episodes is that they are dated. I’m not aware of The X Files being shown on Aussie TV at the moment, so younger viewers are likely to scratch their heads at Mulder and Scully, and wonder WTF Mulder has a picture of himself wearing only a Speedo. Having said that, it’s still a very good episode, one of the better parodies and providing a genuine mystery for those who haven’t seen it a million times…