Sunshine Days | The K Files | The X Files Podcast | Case File 340
The K Files has one more investigation for 2016 and the case is a blessedly more optimistic episode of the show, Sunshine Days, aka the one with Michael Emerson and The Brady Bunch.
The episode is also notable for being written and directed by executive producer Vince Gilligan, and it’s one of the most heartfelt monster-of-the-week entries (filed under F for Frankenstein Monster, see also Post Modern Prometheus, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, The Goldberg Effect, and hoo boy a slew of others).
Flashing forward now to season nine for this special investigation, K Files agents find Doggett, Reyes, Walter Skinner (SKIN MAN) and Scully are part of a bizarre murder case where the main suspect has a spooky obsession with old timey family comedy, The Brady Bunch. What it all comes down to is that our monster’s telekinetic ability is not only the ultimate proof of Mulders’ X-Files-y truth, but also somehow fueled by love.
Love generated by Vince Gilligan, as always. This was Gilligan’s second directorial effort, after season seven’s comedy ep, Je Souhaite. The recreation of The Brady Bunch house set was built for this episode. So, even though it didn’t ramp up to the series finale, “The Truth,” which would deal with the series’ overarching alien colonization mythology, Sunshine Days is still a case file worth opening.
Investigate via video below:
In Van Nuys, California, two men in their early twenties named Blake and Mike (Tyson Turrou and David Faustino) sneak into a house that Blake claims was where the comedy television series The Brady Bunch was filmed. Inside, they find a perfect recreation of the house from the series; Mike, unsettled, gets worried and leaves, but Blake plods on. Blake is subsequently sent hurtling through the air and smashes into Mike’s car and dies.
John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) are called in to investigate. They interview Mike, who claims that Blake died after visiting “The Brady Bunch House”. The three speak to the owner, Oliver Martin (Michael Emerson), but upon entering discover that the house looks nothing like the one featured in the teaser. Doggett, feeling something is not right, checks Martin’s trashcan and finds asphalt shingles; earlier, on top of Mike’s car, Doggett had found a piece of a shingle. He deduces that Blake was thrown through Martin’s roof. Later that night, Mike looks into Martin’s house and sees the whole Brady family eating dinner. He storms into the house, only to find that the family has disappeared. Suddenly, he is confronted by Martin, who tells him to leave. Mike refuses, and is thrown through the roof, only to be embedded in the yard.
Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) looks through various X-Files and discovers one about a young boy named Anthony Fogelman who possessed psychokinesis. She learns that Fogelman later changed his name to Oliver Martin. She meets with Dr. John Rietz (John Aylward), a parapsychologist who worked with the young Fogelman. Rietz claims that, despite being extremely lonely, Martin was not dangerous and that his power faded as he grew up. Reyes makes the connection that Fogelman changed his name to Oliver based on Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch. Scully notes that, in the show, Oliver was portrayed as a “jinx”, and the three agents deduce that Fogelman must see himself as one, too.
Doggett and Reitz decide to talk to Fogelman. Initially, he is apprehensive and nearly sends Doggett hurtling through the roof. It is revealed that Fogelman’s powers are temperamental and sometimes he cannot control them, as was the case with the deaths of Mike and Blake. Reyes and Scully show up and convince him that his powers could positively impact the world. The agents take him to Washington, D.C. and demonstrate his powers to Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) by making him float in midair. Suddenly, however, Fogelman collapses. Scully later reports that his body is destroying itself because of his extreme power. Doggett realizes that Fogelman must stop using his powers; he notes that his power had faded earlier when Dr. Rietz was studying him as a boy. Doggett tells Rietz that his power faded because, with Rietz around, Fogelman did not feel lonely. Rietz visits Fogelman in the hospital, and the two rekindle their friendship, saving Fogelman’s life. Scully laments the fact that there may not be any vindication for the X-Files, but that cases like Fogelman’s might show that there is proof of “more important things. – Wiki
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