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
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Cast and crew members later recalled that Kim Manners began giving orders to the roaches. Cinematographer John Bartley explained, "When I saw Kim Manners talking to a bucket of cockroaches, that was a highlight for me." 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
Dr. Bambi Berenbaum
Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful, and so honest.
Dr. Bambi Berenbaum
Eat, sleep... defecate, procreate. That's all they do. That's all we do, but at least insects don't kid themselves that it's anything more than that.
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