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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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 ...
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 »


Just before the raid on Chucos crack house, as Mulder and Scully are getting their vests on, the boom mike knocks a leaf off the overhanging bush/tree which lands in shot on the boot of their car. After a moment the cameraman manages to frame it out of shot. See more »


Fox Mulder: [examining the Deputy's wound] Unfortunately though, Deputy, you've been bitten. The skin is broken. Werewolf law pretty much universally holds that someone who's been bitten by such a creature is gonna become such a creature himself, so...
Deputy Keith Wetzel: Now, wait a minute! I mean... that's not what really happened, though.
Fox Mulder: I'm sorry, but you gonna have to be isolated and kept under guard.
Sgt. Paula Duthie: [glaring at Mulder] With all due respect, what the *bleep* are you talking about?
Fox Mulder: I'm talking about preventing this man ...
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Crazy Credits

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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A great episode
22 April 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

The main complaint critics of this episode have about "X-Cops" is that it ridicules The X-Files. I don't know if 'ridicule' is the right word. It makes fun of itself in a loving way. The idea for the crossover here was certainly very creative and different, to combine a popular scripted series with well... COPS. What I like is that Vince Gilligan manages to include some of the more entertaining aspects of COPS in this episode of The X-Files. His script is one of his best, clever, witty, fun. The production work on this episode is also excellent.

This is a creative and great episode that is unfairly criticized because some people have a preconceived notion of what The X-Files 'should be'. Personally, one of the things I admire most about the show is its diversity and creativity, and both are present in "X-Cops".


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