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9x18 Sunshine Days
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at November 18th, 2008 (08:38 am)

This is my last episode post guys! I’ll be joining you again sometime in December for IWTB, it is yet to be scheduled, but keep an eye out! And I hope we have a big turn out for The Truth, even if you only want to complain about it like I will be ;o)


One man's obsession with a 1970s sitcom combined with his remarkable telekinetic ability lead the agents to believe that they have discovered proof for the ultimate X-File.

Writer/s: Vince Gilligan
Director: Vince Gilligan
Originally aired: 12th May 2002 (in the US) – 10th January 2003 (in Australia)


Doggett: I think I'm finally getting the hang of this job.

Scully: Well, if Mulder were here, I'd imagine he'd talk about research linking electromagnetic fluctuations to levitation, poltergeist activity, ghost sightings...
Doggett: Ghosts and poltergeists? That's what Mulder would say?
Scully: At the end of the day I wouldn't have any theory that was any better and I don't now.

Scully: I've been working this unit for nine years now. I've investigated nearly 200 paranormal cases. We are due for some incontrovertible proof. I want vindication, for Mulder and for all of us.


Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Ok, so this one is about a man who manifests the brady bunch to life because he’s lonely … or something.


The second last episode ever and that’s what its about? Did they just stop caring? How is this even remotely scary/creepy? Oh wait, the brady bunch and their perfect ways are scary, but not really in an X-Files way. And for some reason it makes a whole lot of sense that Reyes is a big fan. She has that creepy, shiny, happy lets-all-be-friends attitude … maybe this is an X File after all …

Question: Why does Scully’s Wyle E. Coyote jokes in The Goldberg Variation make me giggle but the ones Reyes makes just fall flat? Oh right because Scully is adorable!

But not adorable when she mentions her missing lover for the first time in forever just because he’s … SPOILER ALERT!!! … going to tun up in the next episode. What about all the other times she could’ve made a Mulder reference? Oh and hey Scully, remember the baby you gave away? Shouldn’t you be a little more upset? She’s throwing herself into her work right? Distract her from what she’s lost? *eyeroll*

I really have nothing to say on this episode, I’m sorry, I find it completely stupid. And even more stupid/irritating because it’s the last MotW ever and its just pathetic. Does anyone actually like this ep? Because I’d love to hear some positive thoughts!


The date mentioned on the videotape is April 4th, 1970. April 4th is the birthday of writer Vince Gilligan's girlfriend, Holly. (Oh Vince, I think you made your point already, Holly is awesome. We got it.)

When Doggett is transported up to the roof and finds himself upside down walking along the rafters, how come his tie remains in the position you'd expect if someone were standing upright? Surely it should have been dangling down - he was the one being affected, not his clothes. But gravity doesn't seem to follow the normal rules here.

Goof: When Oliver changes the house to the landscape, Doggett and Reyes stand up from the table and walk around. While doing so, they cast shadows both above and beneath the table (impossible in itself), while the table casts no shadows at all.

Title: Sunshine Days
The title is a reference to a song that the Brady children sang in an episode of The Brady Bunch when they formed a band, called "It's A Sunshine Day".

Character: Oliver Martin
The entire episode references The Brady Bunch. The character of Oliver Martin is also likely inspired by "Cousin Oliver", a character who joined that show in the failing final season in what is considered the shark-jumping episode.


Posted by: MadShrubbery® (madshrubbery)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
X-Files: Dancing


That's the sole reason why A) This episode was enjoyable and B) an X-File. Otherwise, it was not worthy of being the lead-in to The Truth.

Posted by: Mango (mangomandie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

Yeah I only like it for Ben :P lol. And I didn't realize that was him until I rewatched!


Posted by: Erica (erries)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
lost | dharma cup

OMG BENJAMIN LINUS. Ha! I hadn't seen this episode since it aired, which was of course a couple of years before Lost premiered, so I had no clue that the main character in this episode was Ben from Lost. As soon as he opened the door and peeked his head out, I almost spit out my drink. I wanted to yell, "Run, Doggett! Don't trust anything he says!" :P

This episode was mildly cute, but it doesn't fit where it aired at ALL. Jump the Shark, William, and Release were all heavy-hitting, emotionally draining episodes, and of course the two-part finale is next. I think this episode would've done much better sometime mid-season, or maybe even earlier, because it feels so out of place with all the somber, serious episodes here at the end. Then again, that wouldn't have worked with the episode as is, because they kept throwing in allusions to the fact that the show was almost over - Doggett talking about how he's finally getting the hang of this job, Skinner insisting that the X-Files division could stay open forever, etc. Most hilarious to me was when Scully mentioned having worked this job for nine years, almost 200 cases. The writers must've thought that since they were about to hit episode # 200, that meant Scully had investigated 200 paranormal cases. Riiiight. Because she was working cases in Ascension, and 3, and One Breath, and Jose Chung, and Musings of a CSM, and Redux II, and Unusual Suspects, and Travelers, and BLAH BLAH. I quit after Season 5, but you get the point. Whatever, writers. :P

Anyway, uh, back to this episode. It was fine, I guess, but the Brady Bunch stuff was a little much after a while - it started to feel too silly, and not in a good, comedic way. Just in a ridiculous way. But I didn't mind it too much, and it was cute that Oliver got reunited with his beloved doctor in the end.

Posted by: southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)

Most hilarious to me was when Scully mentioned having worked this job for nine years, almost 200 cases. The writers must've thought that since they were about to hit episode # 200, that meant Scully had investigated 200 paranormal cases.

LOL! That annoyed/amused me too. I'm hoping that there were cases we didnt see that M&S worked on to make up for those ones Scully didnt investigate and those cases that took up like 3 episodes. I'm not really sure how any of the season 9 episodes would count as Scully working on them either.

Posted by: jessicalovescsi (jessicalovescsi)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)

Oh my. I remember being so excited to see this episode, hoping that it would lead up to an amazing finale ... and then we saw this. I thought the episode was quite rediculous. I think the writers may have been on LSD when they thought this was a good idea. Who knows...?

The only plus to this episode; Scully looked hot. And she got to smile, which was a plus.

Posted by: zellie (leucocrystal)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
tv | x-files : goo

The episode itself is terrible enough, but that it had to be the penultimate episode of the entire series? *rocks in the corner* I try not to think about it too much. Someone once had a pretty hilarious icon on LJ of Scully smiling up at Skinner from this episode, and it was hilarious because her icon keywords were: "I just gave my baby away! (NO, I'M NOT BITTER)" or something along those lines. Always made me want to laugh in exasperation, or just cry. Kind of like this episode!

I also try to forget that Vince G., my MAN, wrote this one. Usually that's easy to do, thank God.

Posted by: Mango (mangomandie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
mulder profile - frostbitepanda

Someone once had a pretty hilarious icon on LJ of Scully smiling up at Skinner from this episode, and it was hilarious because her icon keywords were: "I just gave my baby away! (NO, I'M NOT BITTER)" or something along those lines.

OMG I need that icon!! LOL. Because it's so true...


Posted by: Crystal (luciddreamer326)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)

"Should we be picking out china patterns?"

Seriously. I hate this episode. It is pointless and Scully is all giggles and sh** even though William is gone, Mulder is still on the run, and life generally blows chunks for her right about now.

Why am I bitter? Mostly for all of the reasons you stated. I think this would have made more sense airing earlier in the season. It would have made more sense to put "William" and "The Truth" right against each other.

To end on a positive note, I like the colors in the picture that you posted. *sits* It was some cool imagery. Yeah, that's all.

Posted by: Amy (_folieadeux)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
xf: msr b&w

Ditto everyone else's comments, particularly as its role as the second last episode. EVER.

I really hate the implication that episodes = cases solved. No way in hell do I believe that to be true. Especially as there were months (?) between the Pilot and Deep Throat, yes? If so, are we supposed to believe M and S sat on their asses and did nothing in that time?


Posted by: Mango (mangomandie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
scully hair! - mata090680

Instead of just repeating everyone's comments...

Scully also seems confused as to why she's wearing a headset while doing her autopsy

Scully looks bored with this ep ... and oooo, all high tech with their webcam conference call. Go 2002!

Scully is talking dirty...

...And the Skinman isn't sure what to do with himself.

Damn it, why is Scully so hot??

Yeah, that's all I got.


Edited at 2008-11-18 01:46 am (UTC)

Posted by: Firework Rocket (book232)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
XF - scully / dr. scully md

Go 2002!

And yes, Scully is hot in this ep, that's the best I can say about it. I love her s9 hair.

Posted by: Mango (mangomandie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
scully hair! - mata090680

I want her S9 hair so bad. Or her IWTB hair. Or both. Damn!


Posted by: southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)

Scully is talking dirty...

why is Scully so hot??
That is the most common one asks while watchign TXF. I still have no answer.

Posted by: Mango (mangomandie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
scully dr iwtb - awakencordy

Scully is talking dirty...

"Don't say I never did nothing for ya" ;) LOL


Posted by: Lies maybe truth and truth may be lies... (truemyth)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
(X-F) X-ed Armed

"I think I'll go for a walk outside now."

Posted by: Stephanie or Luna or something (lunayoshi)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)

Honestly, aside from the Series Finale, this was the only episode I watched in Season 9. I remember a few things, and I haven't seen the episode since:

1. Despite the show being crap after Mulder left, it still kept is good ol' X-Files feel to it, imo. Maybe it was just the production value or something, but it felt like a real X-Files episode and not some cheap knock-off. I'll give it that.

2. ZOMG DR. ANSPAUGH JOHN AYLWARD. I'm an E.R. nerd and love seeing cast members from that show in X-Files and vice versa. D'aww, Skinner Mitch Pileggi Terry Waters got Huntington's! Noooooo! And Amanda Nelligan Christine Cavanaugh Gloria had a 2-year old son and was sitting her daughter's 5-year old son, and the unruly "son" got taken out to the waiting room, followed by a loud "OUCH" and her grandson yelling "Grandma! Grandma! Uncle Charlie bit the nurse!" That line cracks me up EVERY TIME.

...That's about it. I don't remember at all what happened at the end of this episode, but I think it might've made me cry. Heck if I remember.

Oh, and I LOL'd at the Brady kids lookalikes.

Edited at 2008-11-18 02:43 am (UTC)

Posted by: LiLx (a_is4addiction)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)

I like this episode on its own. It's cute and funny and I like the Brady Bunch and it's kind of a cool story. But when I think about where it stands in the series, I get really pissed off. Mainly because Scully just GAVE HER KID UP FOR ADOPTION and now she is smiling and happy and all that bullshit. Argh.

Posted by: LiLx (a_is4addiction)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)

However, I do love this line:

SCULLY: Well, maybe I've had it these past nine years. If not proof of the paranormal, then ... of more important things.

Posted by: the girl with the broken halo (greydawning)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
XF: Good cop/Insane cop

I watched S9 out of order so at first I didn't get where this ep stood in the timeline. On its own, I did like it. It felt like a throwback to old MoTW episodes and any episode with Scully laughing is always a good one, IMO. Plus Skinner floating made me LMAO XD

Put out of its context, it was enjoyable. Finding out that it was actually after William and immediately before the finale made me "WTF?!?!?!" :/

Posted by: Firework Rocket (book232)
Posted at: November 18th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
XF - scully / skeptical arms crossed

Like others have said, seeing the episode in its own, it's not too bad. It has its funny moments, and it's quite enjoyable.

But yeah, placing it between "William" and "The Truth" was a mistake, to say the least.

Plus, maybe it's just me, mabe it's the fact that I'm from Europe, but I don't even know the Brady Bunch, so... whatever.

Posted by: M (mitsu_chan)
Posted at: November 20th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)

BEN! I wish they had put Michael Emerson in a better ep. He's so, so good at playing the bad guy. He's pretty much LOST's CSM. :P

This episode felt so tacky.... I wish I could appreciate all the nods to fans and references to things but it feels so forced. The concept of the episode in and of itself isn't awful, but it didn't feel scary or threatening at all. I wanted to LOL at the webcam thing, too. Ah, remember the days of brick-sized cel phones and ten pound laptops?

This makes me want to watch seasons 1-3.

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