Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.



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Freddy Andreiuci ...
Det. Norman
Don MacKay ...
Marc Baur ...
Agt. Brisentine (as Marc Bauer)
Dr. Zenzola
Ron Sauvé ...
Foreman (as Ron Sauve)
Russian Engineer (as Dmitri Boudrine)
Raoul Ganeev ...
Dmitri (as Raoul Ganee)
Federal Marshall


With the X Files still shut down, Mulder is re-assigned from wiretap monitoring to a murder investigation. He finds himself in the sewers of New Jersey and assumes that Assistant Director Skinner is again trying to get him out of the way. Scully offers to perform an autopsy on the dead man and finds a rather large fluke worm attached to the his liver. As the investigation continues, Mulder discovers a human-like creature in the sewer system and Scully believes it is trying to reproduce by finding human hosts. Mulder is also receiving cryptic phone calls from someone stating that he has a friend in the FBI. Written by garykmcd

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23 September 1994 (USA)  »

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In the beginning, when Mulder is in the sewer to view the scene with the body, he gags and coughs from the smell. The local forensic cop said, "it's better if you don't breathe through your mouth;" is incorrect and the opposite of what one should do in such situations. One should not breath through the *nose* because odors and tastes are seriously restricted while the sinuses are closed off. See more »


The tanker truck that the "Flukeman" stows away in belongs to A&A Anderson Tank Service. A&A Anderson Tank Service is a real tanker service owned and operated out of Richmond, British Columbia, where much of the X Files series was shot. According to the plot, New Jersey is the site of this episode. In addition, the phone number "277-1628" you can see on the passing tanker truck is the real phone number of A&A. Lake Betty Park, where the "Flukeman" first enters the tanker truck, is an actual campground located in New Jersey. See more »


Dana Scully: Platyhelminthis are often hermaphroditic. Mulder, this is amazing. It's vestigial features appear to be parasitic, but it has primate physiology. Where the hell did it come from?
Fox Mulder: I don't know, but it looks like I'm going to have to tell Skinner that his suspect is a giant, blood-sucking worm after all.
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Performed by John Beal
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Well, maybe that Flukeman thing. I could've lived without that just fine.
19 April 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

The Host helps the x-files get back into the gross, creepy groove. This episode is a solid beginning for the season two monster-of-the-week(MOTW) episodes. Mulder thinks that he's just being jerked around by Skinner, but apparently Skinner knows a bit more about this case than he's letting on to. The Host introduces us to the newest Mulder informant, X. We only hear his voice on the phone, making it very mysterious. X has a couple of good lines, "Success in your current assignment is imperative." and "Reinstatement of the X-Files must be undeniable." The grossness factor in this episode is high, especially the scene where the sanitation worker is brushing his teeth and then pukes up the worm. Disgusting! I like how the writers were still able to have Mulder and Scully work together even though they've been officially separated. This is a fun episode that has plenty of witty dialogue, creepiness and grossness to suit anyone.

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