The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 20

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

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 1,579 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(created by),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 01 May 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 28 May 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Humbug" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Humbug (31 Mar 1995)

Humbug (31 Mar 1995) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.
« Previous Episode | 44 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
Jim Rose ...
...
Sheriff Hamilton
...
Mr. Nutt (as Michael Anderson)
The Enigma ...
...
Lanny
Alex Diakun ...
Curator
John Payne ...
Jerald Glazebrook
Gordon Tipple ...
Hepcat Helm
Alvin Law ...
The Reverend
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'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 »

Quotes

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...
See more »

Connections

References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Frenzy
(uncredited)
Performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Among the very best episodes
29 January 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

not only on "The X Files", but just generally speaking of television. Rarely has such a twisted plot been so expertly handled and doused with some of the funniest humor you'll find just about anywhere.

The guest stars for this episode are phenomenal, especially Michael J. Anderson as Mr. Nutt (you might recognize him as The Man From Another Place on "Twin Peaks"). I don't want to say too much about the plot in case you haven't seen it yet, but it expertly keeps things under wraps until the final 15 minutes or so.

Direction, writing, sets, and acting combine to make this utter television perfection, one of the finest episodes you could hope to get out of The X Files. Unforgettable.

10/10


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How would you receive a 'reboot' or 'reimagining'? LondoMollari1
Anyone else reading Season 10? PhillyFreddy
So when does it pick up? Neverender452
How would you rank the seasons? TheSeraphimKid
Monster/Freak of the Week that you wish they revisited. harryThays
Random question-- SMorris87
Discuss Humbug (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?