The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 20

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

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

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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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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 »

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Mr. Nutt: Just because I'm not of so-called average height does not mean I must receive my thrills vicariously. Not all women are attracted to overly tall, lanky men such as yourself. You'd be surprised how many women find my size intriguingly alluring.
Mulder: You'd be surprised how many men do as well.
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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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