The X-Files

The X-Files

(Fox, 1993-2002, '16, '18) sci-fi drama series

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Special Agent Fox Mulder's (David Duchovny) family owns a cottage in Quonochontaug. This spells trouble for Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) when he can't pronounce it:

Skinner: Agent Mulder, we've just received a call here that might cause you some alarm.
Mulder: What is it?
Skinner: Your mother has been admitted in a hospital in serious condition, in a small coastal town in Rhode Island called... Quono...
Mulder: Quonochontaug? I'm on my way.

S3E24, "Talitha Cumi," broadcast May 17, 1996.

(Screenshot, S3E24).

If you're not a Rhode Islander, you can be forgiven for thinking that Quonochontaug is a made-up place name, but it's a real beach community in Charlestown. It's also a Native American word that means "black fish."

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