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Rob Roberts has an addiction to human brains. As he tries to control this overpowering hunger and turn his life around, Mulder and Scully try to find out who the brain-eating monster is.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Chad Donella ... Robert 'Rob' Roberts (as Chad E. Donella)
Mark Pellegrino ... Derwood Spinks
Judith Hoag ... Dr. Mindy Rinehart
Lois Foraker Lois Foraker ... Sylvia Jassy
Bill Lee Brown ... Mr. Rice
Chasen Hampton ... Hungry Guy
Kerry Zook Kerry Zook ... Lucy
Steve Kiziak ... Steve
Kevin Porter ... Motivational Speaker
Susan Slome ... Woman at O.A.


Rob Roberts has an addiction to human brains. As he tries to control this overpowering hunger and turn his life around, Mulder and Scully try to find out who the brain-eating monster is.

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21 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The first episode to be told solely from the point of view of the antagonist. We only see Mulder and Scully when he comes into contact with them. See more »


When Robert examines his teeth in the mirror, the reflection of a crew member can be seen. See more »


Robert 'Rob' Roberts: Can I get you anything?
Fox Mulder: Yeah, a cheeseburger and a large order of fries.
[he smiles up]
Fox Mulder: It's a bad joke. I'm sorry.
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle (2015) See more »


Silence and the Mirror
Performed by Unearthed
[plays on the car radio during the opening scene in the drive-through]
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"I get so hungry that I can't help myself..."
15 August 2010 | by DWilliams1089See all my reviews

Season seven, often seen by many devotees as straying from the series' roots, ironically harks back to previous episodes with it's third sequential and first stand-alone episode, "Hungry." Much in the same way that Eugene Tooms ("Squeeze, Tooms") required human livers, Virgil Incanto ("2Shy") fed on body fat, and the guy from "Teliko" needed pituitary glands for subsistence, Rob Roberts gets his calories from brain matter. While this could have made for a pedestrian re-tread of themes from the aforementioned previous episodes, writer Vince Gilligan (known for having penned classics like "Pusher" and "Folie a Deux") changes things up a bit by telling the story from the monsters' perspective. All Roberts wants is a normal life without the impulsions of a monstrous appetite, pardon the pun. This makes for an episode with greater psychological depth than the average MOTW, however, a few things prevented me from fully enjoying it as a whole. First, the psychiatrist character seemed awfully contrived, from her inexplicable purpose in the plot (what fast-food joint would be so generous as to hire a counselor for their minimum-wage employees?) to her corny lines in the final scene. Second, Mulder's goading behavior seemed annoyingly excessive and reminiscent of last season's "Terms of Endearment." If he had been any secondary character he would not have survived to the end of the episode.

When analyzing the stand-alone episodes it's essential to view them both within their own context and within the canvas of the series. When viewed in the former, "Hungry" would get a 6 from me. It's Gilligan's ability to take the premises of episodes past and re-work them into new and innovative formats that make this one more worthy of an 8. I'll go half way and give it a 7. No more drive-thrus for me.

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