The X-Files (1993– )
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The agents search for a killer in a Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Dr. Blockhead
... Sheriff Hamilton
... Mr. Nutt (as Michael Anderson)
... The Conundrum
... Lanny
... Curator
... Jerald Glazebrook
... Hepcat Helm
... Reverend


The strange death of a circus sideshow attraction in Gibsonton, Florida leads Mulder and Scully on a bizarre whodunit adventure into the world of the performing arts. Was the killer the Fiji Mermaid, the Dog-Faced Boy, or any of the town's other inhabitants? Written by EJS

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Mr. Nutt's dog, Commodore, was the same dog Cecil threatened to skin alive for digging up the previous caretaker in season 1, episode 12: The X-Files: Fire (1993). See more »


After the first victim is killed, Mulder tells Scully the victim suffered from ichthyosis. He then proceeds to explain to her what it is, however, as a doctor and pathologist, she would know about this condition. She also fails to stop him and lets him finish his explanation as if she didn't know what it was. See more »


Dr. Blockhead: That's why it's up to the self-made freaks like me and The Conundrum to remind people.
Dana Scully: Remind people of what?
Dr. Blockhead: Nature abhors normality. It can't go for long without creating a mutant. Do you know why?
Dana Scully: No, why?
Dr. Blockhead: I don't know either. It's a mystery. Maybe some mysteries are never meant to be solved.
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Squirmy fun for fans
10 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite non-mythology episode. This series has more than its share of wacky and creepy characters, but this episode's a real showcase. Working my way through the full set on DVD, I'd forgotten that it came so early in the series. Both creepy and very funny, making good use of both David Duchovny's skilled delivery of Mulder's established quirky sense of humor, and letting Gillian Anderson display a few comedy timing chops of her own. And of course the late Vincent Schiavelli is excellent as always -- the world lost a gifted comedian with his passing. But the top honors go to Darin Morgan, for having the kind of strange mind that would think this stuff up in the first place.

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