The X-Files Easter Eggs: Did You Catch These In-Jokes From Episode 4?

In times of sorrow, it’s important to find levity where you can. So with that in mind, can we talk about the fan nods in this week’s X-Files?

After all, we’re pretty sure [Spoiler alert!] Margaret Scully would’ve wanted it that way.

We’ve gathered all of the fourth revival episode’s Easter eggs here. When you’re done drying your tears, marvel at the nods to past episodes including “One Breath,” “Home” and “Shadows.”

Click through the gallery to see all of the self-referential moments. And if we missed any, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. ninamags says:

    It was a very sad episode. All the William talk leads me to believe that they will reunite with their son somehow.

    I love that “Downtown” song. I didn’t realize trash compactors were still a thing.

  2. Laura says:

    You missed the crossed flashlight beam X

  3. Chris JC says:

    Yo, TV Line! Reusing an actor isn’t an Easter Egg, it’s Vancouver casting. Additionally, just because someone’s added Chris Carter (as ‘Creator’) to all of The X-Files credits on IMDb doesn’t mean he actually wrote for those episodes. Both the episodes you credit to Glen Morgan and Chris Carter (’Home’ and ‘One Breath’) are actually by Glen Morgan and James Wong.

  4. Drew says:

    So, having a nod to Darren McGavin last week (the Kolchak costume) doesn’t count as an easter egg (when it was obviously intended to be one) but using “Downtown” does qualify because it reminds you of something that happened in another episode, but was completely unrelated?
    In which case, why not bring up the trash monster from “Arcadia” which was pretty much the same monster as this?

  5. Christy says:

    Don’t forget Mulder’s “I’m here” in both One Breath and now Home Again. Though I guess it could fall under the conversation about when she was in her coma (which you did mention).
    It’s not exactly an Easter Egg but I’m so glad that we got to see them hugging as he comforted her again. Reminded me of Memento Mori.

  6. Brian Bauer says:

    I think someone needs to explain to TVLine just what an “Easter Egg” is.

    It ISN’T reusing actors and it ISN’T overtly referencing things that happened in earlier episodes.

  7. Nichole says:

    You didn’t add in the flukeman, it briefly appeared in the basement of the old building and was originally played by Glen Morgan’s brother and fellow X-Files writer Darin, who wrote last week’s very funny episode :)

  8. Rob says:

    We made a low-budget version of the x-files intro!

    It’s low-budget, but full of heart!!

  9. Anita McNab says:

    The was a billboard add for Lariat Rent-a-car in Ep 4

  10. ffnogoodnik says:

    You missed one: In the first act Mulder said “The” and in episode 4 of Season 5 he also said “The”

  11. Bored says:

    Do you even know what an “Easter Egg” is? Pfft!