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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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The location of the "War" is a parody of the famous War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast in 1938. The War of the Coprophages takes place in Miller's Grove, Mass. In the radio broadcast, the Martians land in Grover's Mill, NJ. See more »

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Scully tells Mulder that "...the flush toilet was invented by a man named Thomas Crapper..." This is an urban legend that has a ring of truth. There was a man named Thomas Crapper (1836 - 1910), and he was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. He made a number of useful improvements to already existing flush toilets which did much to increase their popularity. However, the invention of the flush toilet itself dates back to 1596 and the first British patent was granted in 1778. Another urban legend is that the words "crap" and "crapper" (the latter meaning toilet) derive from Thomas' last name, but both words were in use before he went into business. See more »

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Dr. Bambi Berenbaum: Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful, and so honest.
Mulder: 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.
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Crazy Credits

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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What's important to sailors in a panic
9 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest episodes ever, very snide and very funny in a Family Guy (small, unnecessary, but hilarious details) kind of way. and at the same time one of the most gross. The toilet scene is funny as the cockroaches appear to be stealing the toilet paper before the attack. Then watch the scene in the store very carefully. While everyone else panics and grabs survival essentials, there is a sailor who is only grabbing chocolate bars and women's tights, as per the gifts they gave to women in Europe during the Second World War. Scully and Bambi's face off is spot on, too. The aftermath of the methane explosion is predictable, but still funny.


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