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 between takes, Jim Rose would entertain the cast and crew with his skills in Organ Origami - ie, twisting his genitalia into odd shapes. See more »


[after correcting Mulder's assumption that he was a circus performer]
Mulder: I'm sorry. I meant no offense.
Mr. Nutt: Well, why should I take offense? Just because it's human nature to make assumptions about people purely on the basis of their physical appearances? Why, I've done the same thing to you, for example. I've taken in your all-American features, your dour demeanor, your unimaginative necktie design, and concluded that you work for the government... an FBI agent. But you see the tragedy? I have ...
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


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A bit of brilliance is a nice surprise
2 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

People should try and watch this episode even if they don't like X-Files. It is like a hidden treasure. The X-Files series has had a habit of leaning towards different genres and this time it ventured into black comedy. The series also has had a reputation for occasional poor writing. Humbug, however, is one of the good ones.

Humbug acts a sort of a comical relief episode. It is one of the few episodes that made me want to watch it twice.

The plot centers around gruesome murders in a sideshow community. The jokes are hit and miss, but overall it's quite funny and adorable. And not only is it funny but smart too. There are no obvious plot holes and it is not clear who the killer is until the end.

Not much else to say other than this is one of the better things I've seen on TV/internet. Looks like the writer Darin Morgan had a stroke of genius, although everyone deserves the credit.

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