Mulder and Scully find themselves delving into the world of freaks and circus sideshows when Jerald Glazebrook, otherwise known as the Alligator Man, is killed in his swimming pool. Mulder determines that this attack is identical to 48 others that have taken place over 28 years across the US, the last five of which have taken place in Florida. They soon find themselves in a Florida community where circus performers reside. They learn about the Fiji Mermaid, a half-ape, half-fish creature that never existed. Mulder however can't help but wonder. The murders continue but suspects abound and even the local Sheriff turns out to have once been a sideshow performer. Someone's twin is responsible for what is happening. Written by
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'Gillian Anderson''s character Scully was supposed to eat a grasshopper-like insect in front of Mulder. After Scully picked it up, the scene was to be stopped so a candy bug could replace the real one. However, before "cut" could be called, Anderson immediately placed the real bug in her mouth and ate it, and it stayed in the final cut. David Duchovny
's off-screen gross out can be seen in one of the many "Making of the X-Files" featurettes. See more
Is this man also a body manipulator?
No, in the classical sense, the Conundrum's a geek.
He eats live animals?
He eats anything. Live animals, dead animals, rocks, lightbulbs, corkscrews, battery cables, cranberries...
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