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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28 April 1995 (USA)  »

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The exploding pustules were carefully rigged to burst on command. Makeup supervisor Toby Lindala constructed a hand-held device that connected via tube to the faux sores. When the device was pressed, the pustule would burst. See more »


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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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References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »


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F. Emasculata: The F doesn't stand for Fun.
8 May 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

F. Emasculata is an all-out gross episode with a lot of intrigue. It's got Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man(CSM) in it, so you can't go wrong. Giant red and purple boils on people's face and neck is enough to gross you out. But when these boils explode and spray yellow pus on people's faces, the grossness factor tops out. Mulder and Scully are separated for the bulk of the episode as Mulder pursues two prison escapees who may be infected while Scully tries to determine the cause of this contagion that has killed several inmates. F. Emasculata has an interesting premise about the government experimenting on prison inmates like lab rats. CSM brings just a pinch of the mythology into the episode, specifically when he and Mulder argue over the "truth". This episode is a fun ride, the suspense heightening when you see a boil start to pulsate. So if you have a weak stomach, be forewarned. F. Emasculata will make you think twice before popping that next pimple.

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