Mulder suspects that a beast similar to the Loch Ness Monster is responsible for the deaths of several people who reside near a large lake.

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Scully and Mulder head off to Georgia when there are reports of people disappearing around a local lake. Scully isn't sure why they're getting involved until she sees a highway sign advertising their own version of the Loch Ness monster called Big Blue. The latest victim is a park ranger, giving the FBI jurisdiction, but Scully thinks it's all nonsense. The killings continue and Mulder thinks there something very real out there. Scully comes around when she is affected by the 'monster' in a very personal way. Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Scully's dog is named Queequeg after the fictional character in the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by American author Herman Melville. The chief harpooner aboard the Pequod, Queequeg is the first principal character encountered by the narrator, Ishmael. This episode displays many elements in common with Moby-Dick, particularly the obsession with a large, evasive aquatic animal. See more »

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The flora and topography of the supposed Georgia lake are wrong. There are no snow-capped mountains and spruce evergreens in Georgia. See more »

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Mulder: Hey Scully, do you you think you could ever cannibalize someone? I mean, if you really had to?
Scully: Well, as much as the very idea is abhorrent to me, I suppose, under certain conditions, a living entity is practically conditioned to perform whatever extreme measures are necessary to ensure its survival. I suppose I'm no different.
Mulder: You've lost some weight recently, haven't you?
Scully: Yeah, actually, I have. Thanks for notic...
[she stops and gives him a look]
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Spoofed in Spaced: Chaos (1999) See more »

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True Colors
Performed by R. Nelson Brown
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Respect nature, because it has no respect for you
20 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a season of offbeat forays and unconventional story figments it's refreshing to see the paranormal take a backseat in the late-season stand-alone "Quagmire." I've noticed the most acclaimed MOTW episodes are the ones that center around the development of our two protagonists and their relationship, and this certainly fits the bill. What we have is an episode blending the eerie woodlands of "Darkness Falls," the dynamic rapport of Mulder and Scully (that particularly took some strange turns in the third season), and the ever-endearing pocket-size Queequeg who makes his third and final appearance in the series. Somewhere in the midst of all of this is a plot revolving around a purported aquatic creature who has been killing off visitors at a touristy lake. While this makes for an intriguing X-File on its own, the true strength of the episode lies in its third act, in which the plot pries into the minds of the two agents in a way that a majority of stand-alones do not. Whether Big Blue is real or a hoax, as Scully notes, is irrelevant. What is relevant is the platonic but exceptional bond shared by the two, and "Quagmire" marks a unique period in the series where that bond takes precedence to paranormal activity.

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