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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While this episode is based in Florida, it was actually filmed in White Rock, BC Canada during the winter. They cleared out all the snow from the park to make it look like the States and The Enigma actually swam in a river that was freezing cold. See more »


Mulder: I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed, jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed, naked guy I saw.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


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6 May 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Humbug is one of the best episodes of season two. It is the first of four Darin Morgan comedy episodes. Humbug is also the X-Files first foray into comedy. It's not a straight-out comedy like some later episodes, but it has a lot of comedic elements to it. Humbug is littered with great guest star performances, including the late Vincent Schiavelli, The Enigma, and Jim Rose. Humbug is superbly directed by Kim Manners. I love when Scully goes into the museum of curiosities and you never get a straight on shot of the curator's disfigured face. It's either seen in a mirror, a reflection of a pot, his profile, or some other abstract way. I was debating whether to drop this episode to a 9 for the puppet used to play Leonard. It looked a bit fake at times. But I figure it wasn't bad enough to drop this episode a full point. Humbug is so well-rounded with the script, sets, and acting, that you I can't justify knocking off a point. Humbug is a truly excellent episode. When you view it though, be sure to leave an extra five dollar donation.

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