The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 20

Humbug (31 Mar. 1995)
"The X Files" Humbug (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 garykmcd

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While this episode is based in Florida, it was actually filmed in White Rock, BC Canada during the winter. They cleared out all the snow from the park to make it look like the States and The Enigma actually swam in a river that was freezing cold. See more »

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Dana Scully: Is this man also a body manipulator?
Dr. Blockhead: No, in the classical sense, the Conundrum's a geek.
Mulder: He eats live animals?
Dr. Blockhead: He eats anything. Live animals, dead animals, rocks, lightbulbs, corkscrews, battery cables, cranberries...
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A bit of brilliance is a nice surprise
2 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

People should try and watch this episode even if they don't like X-Files. It is like a hidden treasure. The X-Files series has had a habit of leaning towards different genres and this time it ventured into black comedy. The series also has had a reputation for occasional poor writing. Humbug, however, is one of the good ones.

Humbug acts a sort of a comical relief episode. It is one of the few episodes that made me want to watch it twice.

The plot centers around gruesome murders in a sideshow community. The jokes are hit and miss, but overall it's quite funny and adorable. And not only is it funny but smart too. There are no obvious plot holes and it is not clear who the killer is until the end.

Not much else to say other than this is one of the better things I've seen on TV/internet. Looks like the writer Darin Morgan had a stroke of genius, although everyone deserves the credit.


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