The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat
The X-Files Season 11

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Episode Info

Exploring the idea of the Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how the X-Files themselves may have originated.

Cast & Crew

Gillian Anderson
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
David Duchovny
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Mitch Pileggi
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner
Brian Huskey
Reggie Something
Bill Dow
Charles Burks
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat

One of "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat's" most intriguing attributes is its look back at past episodes.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's funny, smart, irreverent, and, in keeping with a theme of this season, it playfully comments on the X-Files fanbase, who probably remember an episode or two differently than they actually played out.

Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is the most political episode so far this season, and yet it never gets preachy.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" has a rip-roaring time taking the Trump administration-already the subject of some unsubtle digs this season-to task.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Morgan's humor is itself a rectifying tool, though it is always and ever undergirded by a deep sadness for things lost and potential not realized.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Shocker: Darin Morgan delivered another classic episode of The X-Files.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" is universal, in that we trust our memories to hold our own truth. Like Scully says, "I want to remember how it was."

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

[It] falls cleanly in line with the first three episodes of the season thus far, playing whack-a-Schrödinger's-mole with notions of doubles and alternate timelines and oneiric realities, but anchors itself to the core relationship between the two lead[s].

Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

The quirky and quick-witted "Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" may have contained a few news cycle-y elements... but overall it was a masterful, and loving, lampooning of the series featuring hilarious performances from both Anderson and Duchovny.

Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…

Overall, this was one of the silliest hours of The X-Files in a while, but it was also one of the most enjoyable and still had a rather profound message to share.

Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" is a sci-fi farce for the ages, and will go down as one of the best episodes of a show that many (including me, I admit) thought had passed its prime 18 years ago.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat"-is GREAT. In fact, like "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," it's probably one of the series' all-time bests.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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