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 he 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 Sculley 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
Did You Know?
The look of the "fluke man" appears to be strongly based on a birth defect known as harlequin type ichthyosis. Babies with this birth defect are born with extremely dry skin resembling scales or armored plating, and a mouth pulled into a wide, circular gape due to the tightly pulled skin. 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
Flatworms are what are known as obligate endoparasites. They live inside the host, entering the body through the ingestion of larvae or eggs. They are not creatures that go around attacking people.
Well, that's good. I didn't want to have to tell Skinner that his murder suspect was a giant, blood-sucking worm.