The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 3

Hungry (21 Nov. 1999)
"The X Files" Hungry (original title)

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Rob Roberts has an addiction to human brains. As he tries to control this overpowering hunger and turn his life around, Mulder and Scully try to find out who the brain-eating monster is.



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Episode cast overview:
Robert 'Rob' Roberts (as Chad E. Donella)
Derwood Spinks
Dr. Mindy Rinehart
Lois Foraker ...
Sylvia Jassy
Mr. Rice - 'Lucky Boy' Manager
Donald Pankow - Hungry Guy
Kerry Zook ...
Lucy - 'Lucky Boy' Employee
Steve Kiziak ...
Steve Kiziak
Motivational Speaker
Woman at O.A.


Rob Roberts has an addiction to human brains. As he tries to control this overpowering hunger and turn his life around, Mulder and Scully try to find out who the brain-eating monster is.

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The only episode to be told solely from the point of view of the protagonist. We only see Mulder and Scully when he comes into contact with them. See more »


When Robert examines his teeth in the mirror, the reflection of a crew member can be seen. See more »


Robert 'Rob' Roberts: [to Mulder & Scully] I'm sorry, but this is just good cop, insane cop.
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Doesn't satisfy my X-Files appetite
11 April 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

For me, season seven does not start out strongly. The Sixth Extinction episodes are two of the weakest mythology episodes I've seen. Hungry immediately follows and does not deliver. Hungry is written by Vince Gilligan, my favorite X-Files writer. In this episode, he attempts something different; having the story told from the villain's point of view and not Mulder and Scully's. Now, I appreciate Vince trying to do something different, but it doesn't work for me. Turning Mulder and Scully into secondary characters is a mistake. Their bantering back and forth is such an integral part of the series, that when gone, is very noticeable. Once again, Mulder assumes the role of Columbo, as he did in "Terms of Endearment" from season six. It's tedious this time around. Mulder makes an extreme leap to what's really happening very early in the episode, even early for Mulder. And if Mulder is a secondary character, Scully is almost non-existent and just calmly goes along with Mulder's ideas. I felt that Vince Gilligan wanted us to feel sympathy for Rob Roberts with his "aw shucks" mannerisms. I felt none for him. He's still a killer. Who I did feel sympathy for was Derwood Spinks, excellently cast by the way. An ex-convict trying to integrate back into society again, ruined by a murder investigation in which he is innocent. Rob seeing brains in the hamburger patties and in the texture of the bald man's head were nice touches to show his hunger. With Mulder and Scully playing secondary characters and the show focusing on an unsympathetic character instead, this episode left me "Hungry" for a better episode.

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