The X-Files (1993–2018)
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F. Emasculata 

As Scully investigates the spread of a deadly contagion at a prison, Mulder tracks down two escaped convicts infected with the disease.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Charles Martin Smith ... Dr. Osbourne
Dean Norris ... Marshal Tapia
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Paul
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Angelo Vacco ... Angelo Garza
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Morris Panych ... Dr. Simon Auerbach
Lynda Boyd ... Elizabeth
John Tench ... Steve
Alvin Sanders ... Bus Driver
Kim Kondrashoff ... Bobby Torrence
Chilton Crane ... Mother at Bus Station
Bill Rowat Bill Rowat ... Dr. Robert Torrence


When a package with infected contents releases the virus on its inmate recipient, a dozen prisoners contract it and Mulder and Scully are mysteriously called in to help. What they find demands that the truth be told to the public, but that's the one thing they cannot do. Written by EJS

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28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Dean Norris, who plays the reckless, bullheaded Marshal Tapia, is probably best known for his similar role on Breaking Bad (2008). He also guest starred in another Chris Carter show, Millennium: Seven and One (1999). See more »


A Canadian speed limit sign "MAXIMUM 80 km/h" is seen during the gas station scene (16m:09s) but with the "k" painted or taped over. See more »


Mulder: Hey, listen Scully, I need to know how this happened. I want you to start documenting everything you can get your hands on. People have to know about the cover-up.
Scully: The public?
Mulder: It's a public health crisis.
Scully: Mulder, we can't leak this. Not until we know more. The futigive that you're looking for, he might not even be infected.
Mulder: Yeah, but what if he is?
Scully: If this gets out prematurely, the panic is gonna spread faster than the contagion. Mulder, we can't let this be known.
Mulder: What if someone dies because ...
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References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Oh its vile
4 January 2011 | by c-burdettSee all my reviews

This episode, well, this episode is hard to review. The case its self is quite good, its fast paced, has quite a gripping climax and if you can handle it, will probably maintain your interest for the 42 or so minutes. But, for me who has real problems with anything to do with spots, boils, and, the 'stuff' inside them,,, it was just GROSS. Its by far the most gross episode I've seen and makes the worm scene in Ice, and the Scully neck scene in roadrunners seem lovely! It is just absolutely disgusting right from before the credits begin! If you think that you're fine with all that sort of stuff, then don't get me wrong there's an enjoyable episode here. But for some, and i hate to say it, but maybe for me, its just too gross! You have been warned!

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