The agents search for a killer in a Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers.

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The strange death of a circus sideshow attraction in Gibsonton, Florida leads Mulder and Scully on a bizarre whodunit adventure into the world of the performing arts. Was the killer the Fiji Mermaid, the Dog-Faced Boy, or any of the town's other inhabitants? Written by EJS

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Jim Rose and The Enigma actually are part of a circus, The Jim Rose Circus. It was founded in Seattle by Jim Rose in the early 1990s. They came to prominence while performing on the second stage at the 1992 Lollapalooza festival as the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. See more »

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[after the funeral, attended exclusively by circus performers, breaks up due to Dr. Blockhead's impromptu performance]
Mulder: I can't wait for the wake.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Symphony No. 3
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Written by Witold Lutoslawski
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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


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