The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 12

War of the Coprophages (5 Jan. 1996)
"The X Files" War of the Coprophages (original title)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Dr. Newton
Alex Bruhanski ...
Dr. Bugger
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Dr. Ivanov
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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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The character Dr. Bambi Berenbaum is named for entomologist May Berenbaum. See more »

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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 »

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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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Are You Sure It Wasn't A Girlie Scream?
26 June 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, 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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