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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:
Dr. Rick Newton
Dr. Bugger
Dr. Alexander Ivanov
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?


The piles of faux dung were created for the show by using an organic, feces-free substance. See more »


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 »


Mulder: The development of our cerebral cortex has been the greatest achievement of the evolutionary processes. Big deal. While allowing us the thrills of intellect or the pangs of self-consciousness, it is all too often overruled by our inner, instinctive brain - the one that tells us to react, not reflect, to run, rather than ruminate. Maybe we have gone as far as we can go and the next advance, whatever that may be - will be made by beings we create ourselves, using our own technology. Life forms we...
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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 »


References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


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Are You Sure It Wasn't A Girlie Scream?
26 June 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

War of the Coprophages(say that 10 times fast) is another gem from the pen of Darin Morgan. He just knew how to write Mulder & Scully. This episode is also brilliantly directed by Kim Manners. The use of the roach going across the screen is creative and a bit surprising the first time. The shot from the sink pipe into Mulder's and the sheriff's faces is original and funny. When Mulder is typing at the end and his computer freezes on the word "technology" is funny. David Duchovny voices that by saying, "tech-, tech-, tech-," hits the computer, "technology". It's interesting to see Scully cleaning her gun and then cleaning her dog on her time off. Also, I love the shot of the roach's view when Mulder grabs one and gives it a greeting from planet Earth. I like the transition of Mulder telling the sheriff that he was getting off the phone with his "drug dealer"(Scully) and then the scene shifts straight to the meth lab. Another great part of the episode is that Dr. Bambi's UFO theory and Dr. Ivanov's alien theory both debunk Mulder's beliefs about UFOs and aliens. It's funny to see his reaction to these two theories. War of the Coprophages is just pure comic genius from the classic Mulder/Scully dialogue to the hilarious guest performances. Well done, Darin Morgan!

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