The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 22

F. Emasculata (28 Apr. 1995)
"The X Files" F. Emasculata (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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As Scully investigates the spread of a deadly contagion at a prison, Mulder tracks down two escaped convicts infected with the disease.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Osbourne
Marshal Tapia
Angelo Garza
Morris Panych ...
Dr. Simon Auerbach
Bus Driver
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Bobby Torrence
Mother at Bus Station
Bill Rowat ...
Dr. Robert Torrence


When a package with infected contents releases the virus on its inmate recipient, a dozen prisoners contract it and Mulder and Scully are mysteriously called in to help. What they find demands that the truth be told to the public, but that's the one thing they cannot do. Written by EJS

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Mulder: Why weren't we told the truth?
Cigarette Smoking Man: We didn't know the truth. What we knew only would have slowed you down.
Mulder: But innocent people could be infected! What you knew could have prevented that!
Cigarette Smoking Man: How? In 1988 there was an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Sacramento, California. The truth would have caused panic. Panic would have caused lives. We controlled the disease by controlling the information.
Mulder: You can't protect the public by lying to them.
Cigarette Smoking Man: It's done everyday.
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Another good one
2 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

F Emasculata covers two fobia areas in one - insects and deadly infections. It does so in the most wonderfully eery way.

This is one of the good X-Files episodes. In part it has its work cut out for it because a theme it explores does not leave much ground for making plot holes, like for example an episode about demons would. But even so, the execution of the theme is well done and the acting is good for most part.

This is also one of the few episodes where the confidentiality theme is being explored properly - the moral dilemma of withholding information and thereby preventing panic vs releasing the information and thus exposing those responsible. This is something that keeps coming back throughout the series, but the arguments for or against are usually either not convincing or even non-existing.

A good edge of the seat episode.

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