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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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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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Trivia

'Frass' is the specific term for insect poop, which makes Sheriff Frass' name all the more amusing. See more »

Goofs

In the motel guest death scene, when the other guests enter the room, the deceased's' eyes are closed. When Mulder enters, the deceased's eyes are open and looking around. See more »

Quotes

Mulder: Scully, can I confess something to you?
Scully: Yeah, sure, okay.
Mulder: I hate insects.
Scully: You know, lots of people are afraid of insects, Mulder. It's just a... it's natural, instinctive.
Mulder: No, no, I'm not afraid of them. I *hate* them. One day back when I was a kid, I, uh... I was climbing this tree when I noticed this leaf walking towards me. It took forever for me to realize that it was no leaf.
Scully: A praying mantis?
Mulder: Yeah, I had a praying mantis epiphany, and as a result I screamed. No, not... not a girly scream,...
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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 »

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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Not like the rest
27 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am going back and watching all the seasons before the new movie comes out and I must say that in the first three seasons this episode stands out like no other. It's a throwback to old science fiction movies and the playful banter between Scully and Mulder is reminiscent of early season one. This episode was funny and a nice depart from the myth/arc episodes and the MOTW episodes. I always love the dynamic between Mulder and Scully and it's really showcased here. It's meant to be a light-hearted venture rather than the serious intense episodes of late or even some of the weaker MOTW episodes. Kick back and relax. I give it 10/10 for being a much welcomed surprise.


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