“Field Trip” is one of the most psychedelic X-Files episodes, with its reality-bending storyline reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick novel. Is the giant magic mushroom causing the terrifying hallucinations? Were they abducted by aliens? Is it something else? Are they hopelessly trapped in Tommy Westphall’s snow globe (no doubt caused by the rift Det. John Munch/Richard Belzer created when he crossed over from Homicide)?
The following is one of my all-time fave exchanges between Mulder and Scully—especially her last lines, which seem, at least to me, to sum up their experiences in The X-Files in general.
Mulder: Look at me. I’m here.
Scully: How did you get here?
Mulder: Aliens brought me back here.
Scully: From North Carolina direct to your apartment door? Mulder, you don’t remember getting here, do you? Neither do I.
Mulder: It doesn’t change what happened.
Scully: Mulder, why did you knock? This is your apartment. And you don’t seem the least bit surprised to find me here. And what about the Schiffs? I mean, if they’re alive, as you say, then… then where are they? Where’d they go? Mulder, five minutes ago… this room was filled with people attending your wake.
Mulder: Well, what can I say, Scully? I’m here. I’m real.
Scully: Mulder, this is not reality. This is a hallucination. It has to be. And either I am having it, or you are having it or we are having it together.
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