Originally Posted by gamelan
The X-Files episode, "Home".
I couldn't recall that episode, so I looked it up online:
Wong and Morgan's concept of 'Home' comes from a very unlikely source... Charlie Chaplin! "He was touring England in a musical," explains Morgan. "and went to stay in this old tenement boarding house. The family that ran it evidently took a liking to him, and they said, 'Come on upstairs, we're gonna show you something we don't show to too many people.' So, he goes upstairs to this room with, like, a cot and a hanging bare light bulb, and the family wheels out a young man with no arms or legs. They stand him up and start singing and dancing, and the kid kind of flops around. Of course, Chaplin is horrified. When they're done, they lay the kid back, roll him under the bed and say, 'Wasn't that great?' And he's just mortified. I read that 13 years ago [in Chaplin's autobiography], and ever since then I'd thought, 'God, I've gotta do something like that!' "