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War of the Coprophages 

The agents come to the aid of a town seemingly under attack by killer cockroaches.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raye Birk ...
Dr. Rick Newton
Dr. Bugger
Dr. Alexander Ivanov
Nicole Parker ...
Dude (as Alan Buckley)
Maria Herrera ...
Customer #1
Sean Allan ...
Customer #2
Norma Jean Wick ...
Reporter (as Norma Wick)
Wren Roberts ...
Orderly (as Wren Robertz)


Agent Mulder is out investigating reports of strange lights in the night sky when he learns from the local Sheriff that there is another death in town from killer cockroaches. Intrigued, Mulder tags along and a series of deaths ensue with witnesses all claiming the dead body was covered with roaches, though none are to be found by the police arrive. When he learns that there is a local experiment going on, Mulder meets the entomologist involved, the rather attractive Bambi Berenbaum. The answer however, lies with other tests going in town. Throughout, Mulder keeps in touch with Scully who seems to have a logical explanation for everything that's happened so far. As people in the town begin to panic, Scully travels there and joins Mulder to get the poop on just what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Coprophagia is the consumption of feces. See more »


The Sheriff states that "Killer bees are a government experiment gone awry," implying that the US government was involved in transporting African bees to the Western Hemisphere. It was the Brazilian government that did this as early as the 1950s; the African bees escaped captivity, bred with native bees, and it's their descendants that have migrated North from there. See more »


Dana Scully: Smart is sexy.
[Mulder gives her a look]
Dana Scully: Look at it this way, Mulder, by the time there's another invasion of artificially intelligent, dung-eating, robotic probes from outer space, maybe their über-children will have devised a way to save our planet.
Fox Mulder: You know, I never thought I'd say this to you, Scully, but you smell bad.
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Crazy Credits

Just before the closing credits roll, after the final "chord" and display of exec Producer Chris Carter, there is a clear "whirr/chirp" like that the roaches in the episode made. See more »


References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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die, bug, die
2 February 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

i love how scully seems almost bored with the going ons and has an offhand explanation for each death, but as soon as dr. bambi enters the picture she is raring to go (she gets dressed mighty quickly).

loved the phone conversations. mulder is unusually accepting of scully's more down to earth theories abut the mysterious deaths.

the mass panic is hilarious (how great is the 'die bug die' insect spray?!) and a nice foil to second season episode 'f. emasculata'. so *this* is what would have happened if they hadn't kept the outbreak secret.

love gillian anderson's very real reaction to the (non scripted and unplanned) mini car crash in front of the convenient store just as she enters it. and her facial expression when the guy bumps in her. did anybody else flash back to the cricket eating scene in 'humbug' when she casually pops one of the spilled sweets people mistook for roaches int her mouth? great script - absolutely absurd and hilarious but not lacking content and quite thought provoking at times.

as usual excellent direction by the late great kim manners a.k.a. the roach-whisperer.


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