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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In this episode, Michael J. Anderson's character, Mr. Nutt, is offended when Mulder mistakes him for a carnival worker. In Carnivàle (2003), Anderson plays the head of a traveling carnival. See more »


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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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


Symphony No. 3
Written by Witold Lutoslawski
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16 November 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Humbug the Limerick:

A circus attraction gone wrong

Sticks his head where it doesn't belong

Making its killings

Now the Enigma its filling

And the Fiji Mermaid has moved along.

Humbug is the first comedy episode of the series written by Darin Morgan who would later bring us a few other great episodes including my favorite overall of the series "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose". A humbug is another word for a sideshow attraction which is exactly what the entire episode is about. The idea of having a trailer park where a bunch of circus freaks all live allows for all kinds of great comedic opportunities. I think one of the things I like most about this is how Mulder's humor is allowed to come out in this episode. Probably one of the better characters is the Conundrum "big jigsaw tattooed naked guy". In other words, great writing and great actors = great episode. 10/10.

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