The X-Files: Season 7, Episode 12

X-Cops (20 Feb. 2000)
"The X Files" X-Cops (original title)

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The investigation of a neighborhood monster isn't too weird for the crew of Cops to follow around Mulder and Scully.


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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin L. Beggs ...
Sheriff #6 (as Kevin Beggs)
Spanish Speaking Deputy
Curtis C. ...
María Celedonio ...
Chantara Gomez
Daniel Emmett ...
Sgt. Paula Duthie
Curtis Jackson ...
X-Cops / Edy
Coroner's Assistant
Deputy Keith Wetzel
J.W. Smith ...
John Michael Vaughn ...
Perla Walter ...
Mexican Lady


An investigation into possible Werewolf sightings brings Mulder and Scully to Los Angeles. There they run into a crew filming a 'COPS' episode. While being followed around by the 'COPS' camera crew, Mulder and Scully trail a monster that appears to be able to change into each victim's own worst nightmare. Written by firefly_andy

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This episode was filmed entirely on video tape. See more »


Coroner's Assistant: [while doing an autopsy] You got this camera crew recording everything. Why?
Dana Scully: [Smiling at the camera] Because the FBI has nothing to hide.
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This episode has two opening credits sequences. The first is the standard opening of the Fox reality series "Cops" (1989), with which this is a crossover (except with images of Mulder and Scully from the episode among the standard police scenes). The regular series credits appear following the teaser. See more »


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The FBI has nothing to hide.
4 June 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Back in 2000, when this episode initially aired, if you missed the promo spots for X-Cops, you were in for a surprise. Opening up the X-Files with the Cops warning and theme would make you re-check the TV guide and make sure you were watching the right show. Wow. A collaboration between a fictional TV show and a reality TV show had to have been a first when X-Cops aired. This episode is so much fun, made all the funner if you're familiar with Cops. Besides having the Cops opening theme, the show also uses the Cops font for captioning locations and names. I envy the cop who got to frisk Scully. It's so funny to watch Scully's reactions to being filmed. Her acting has never been better than in this episode. I love it when she hides behind the door. I like Ricky the police sketch artist. His haircut reminds me of Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons. Steve and Edy are quite funny, though they make me squirm a little. Until I just looked it up on, I didn't get Mulder's line of "the Steve and Eydie?" It's a reference to a 60's and 70's husband and wife singing duo named Steve and Eydie. I also like Mulder's line that "bubblegum pink is a good color for Scully". It's funny to see Mulder completely enjoying Steve and Edy. Was that acting? Or could DD just not contain his laughter? Scully's line during the autopsy is great, smiling at the camera and saying, "the FBI has nothing to hide". And finally, when Scully laments that Mulder didn't get proof again of the paranormal, Mulder points at the camera and says "it all depends on how they edit it." Excellent episode! I laugh out loud the entire time I watch this episode every time. It is too fun.

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