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 cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Keith Wetzel
Sgt. Paula Duthie
Michael Maher ...
Redhead Deputy
Perla Walter ...
Mexican Lady
J.W. Smith ...
Curtis Jackson ...
Edy (as Curtis C.)
Coroner's Assistant
Spanish Speaking Deputy
María Celedonio ...
Chantara Gomez (as Maria Celedonio)
John Michael Vaughn ...
Daniel Emmett ...
Solomon Eversole ...
Sketch Artist (as Solomon Eversol)


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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Did You Know?


Starting at about 19 minutes in, the camera looks over Mulder's shoulder at the dashboard of the car he's "driving". Since neither the speedometer nor any other gauges are moving we can assume his car is on a flatbed under the control of another vehicle. 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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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 »


References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Funny, interesting...And unfairly panned.
1 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of the different. The strange, the unusual, the experimental. This sentiment is not always shared. And to the longtime fans of a television series in particular, a general sentiment is that everything is written in stone. To deviate is to blaspheme. And it seems, unfortunately, that is the case with this episode.

Mulder and Scully chase a monster across Los Angeles, to which the witnesses of said monster can not all agree on what exactly the monster is. The twist? It's all being recorded--by the cameramen of COPS.

I thought it was good, funny and strangely charming if a little open ended. But knowing how fans react to the different, strange, unusual and experimental (ironically the very things the X-Files were in the beginning and what attracted many fans, including myself, to the show), I was not surprised to find the episode had been panned. How irrelevant, they howled. Irrelevant to what, one wonders? The tired, seemingly endless plot line about a grandiose alien conspiracy? Is that what we should be saying about the interesting episodes about the Fluke-Man or the ancient killer insects in logs? Surely, there were no Hybrid Alien Government Green-Bloods in those!

Maybe it was just the combination of my two favorite shows. Maybe it was the completely blind-siding concept. Maybe I just love a show that can poke fun at it's self and dare to mix things up. Or maybe it was that itch for the strange and unusual. But regardless, I loved it. And if you keep an open mind, like our intrepid duo, you may very well do so yourself.

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