With the X Files still shut down, Mulder is re-assigned from wiretap monitoring to a murder investigation. He finds himself in the sewers of New Jersey and assumes that Assistant Director Skinner is again trying to get him out of the way. Scully offers to perform an autopsy on the dead man and finds a rather large fluke worm attached to the his liver. As the investigation continues, Mulder discovers a human-like creature in the sewer system and Scully believes it is trying to reproduce by finding human hosts. Mulder is also receiving cryptic phone calls from someone stating that he has a friend in the FBI.
Did You Know?
The idea for this episode came about when Chris Carter
was treating his dog for worms. See more
The tanker truck that the "Flukeman" stows away in belongs to A&A Anderson Tank Service. A&A Anderson Tank Service is a real tanker service owned and operated out of Richmond, British Columbia, where much of the X Files series was shot. According to the plot, New Jersey is the site of this episode. In addition, the phone number "277-1628" you can see on the passing tanker truck is the real phone number of A&A.
Lake Betty Park, where the "Flukeman" first enters the tanker truck, is an actual campground located in New Jersey. See more
Platyhelminthis are often hermaphroditic. Mulder, this is amazing. It's vestigial features appear to be parasitic, but it has primate physiology. Where the hell did it come from?
I don't know, but it looks like I'm going to have to tell Skinner that his suspect is a giant, blood-sucking worm after all.
Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more