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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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 ...
Bill Dow ...
Dr. Newton
Alex Bruhanski ...
Dr. Bugger
Ken Kramer ...
Dr. Ivanov
The '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?


In the scene where Scully arrives to town, at the grocery-store riot, a sailor in classic Navy uniform grabs a bunch of chocolate and pantyhose, 2 things that were heavily rationed during WWII. See more »


The cockroach seen at the end on Mulder's plate is a Giant South American Cockroach, which isn't even native to the U.S. or Canada. See more »


Mulder: I think you'd better get up here.
Scully: What happened?
Mulder: It appears that cockroaches are mortally attacking people.
Scully: I'm not going to ask you if you just said what I think you just said, because I know it's what you just said.
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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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Totally rad.
6 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say I've never been much of an X-files fan until recently when someone loaned me the seasons. I caught this gem mid-way through season 3 and it caught me completely by surprise. I had just commented to someone earlier in the day how they recycled ideas, lines, actors and events far too often only to be amazed by an episode which seemed to come from a different mind altogether. It has a serious noir quality, something of a dark detective story. Right away you notice that it's not going to be like the rest, I caught myself laughing right away, Mulder asks Scully "what are you wearing?" Don't get me wrong I enjoy most of the episodes, but I just think it's great that the cast and crew took an opportunity and had a little fun with the whole thing. The best I can discern is that the X-files operate on a two-plane system. The main story, which deals exclusively with the UFO's and relates to the abduction of Mulder's sister and the MIB/Black Berets. The other episodes just seem like filler, they have no real bearing on what happens in the main episodes and generally don't even include the FBI other than Dana and Fox. So essentially, what difference do they make to the series? None, so I applaud the X-files team for this one. If anyone reads this that worked on this episode I'd like to know where I can find out more about it.

Totally Rad.

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