“How the Ghosts Stole Christmas” Is a Rare Happy ‘X-Files’ Holiday Episode

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As the story goes that Mulder (David Duchovny) tells Scully (Gillian Anderson), Maurice and Lyda were star-crossed lovers who couldn’t stand to spend a single day apart. So, on Christmas Eve, they made a lover’s pact and killed themselves in a spooky old house so that they would never be alone again. Ghost hunters claim that their spirits haunt the house every year on Christmas.

While Mulder and Scully aren’t exactly “star-crossed lovers,” and won’t officially be lovers for another season and a half, they are… something, so when they go into the house, the pair discover corpses that look suspiciously like themselves under the floorboards before they are separated for pop-psychology sessions with Maurice (Asner) and Lyda (Tomlin). Maurice starts off with Mulder, telling him he is “prone to obsessive compulsiveness workaholism” and “antisocialism,” while Lyda is with Scully, telling her that she is seeking “intimacy through co-dependency.”

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