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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jim Rose ...
Sheriff Hamilton
Mr. Nutt (as Michael Anderson)
The Enigma ...
John Payne ...
Jerald Glazebrook
Gordon Tipple ...
Hepcat Helm
Alvin Law ...


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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First solo writing credit of Darin Morgan for the series. See more »


[Mulder and Scully enter and see Dr. Blockhead sitting on a bed of nails, untangling dozens of fishing lines attached to dozens of fishing hooks planted in the skin of his chest]
Dana Scully: Mr. Swaim, federal agents, we're here to...
[stops and stares]
Dr. Blockhead: It's a variation of a Native American sun dance ritual. I suspend myself by these hooks, and the pain becomes so unbearable I leave my body. If people knew the true price of spirituality, there'd be more atheists.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Squirmy fun for fans
10 August 2009 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite non-mythology episode. This series has more than its share of wacky and creepy characters, but this episode's a real showcase. Working my way through the full set on DVD, I'd forgotten that it came so early in the series. Both creepy and very funny, making good use of both David Duchovny's skilled delivery of Mulder's established quirky sense of humor, and letting Gillian Anderson display a few comedy timing chops of her own. And of course the late Vincent Schiavelli is excellent as always -- the world lost a gifted comedian with his passing. But the top honors go to Darin Morgan, for having the kind of strange mind that would think this stuff up in the first place.

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