The X-Files (1993–2018)
15 user 6 critic

The Host 

1:34 | Trailer
Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter


Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Darin Morgan ... Flukeman
Matthew Bennett ... First Workman
Freddy Andreiuci ... Det. Norman
Don MacKay ... Charlie
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Agt. Brisentine (as Marc Bauer)
Gabrielle Rose ... Dr. Zenzola
Ron Sauvé ... Foreman (as Ron Sauve)
Dmitri S. Boudrine ... Russian Engineer (as Dmitri Boudrine)
Raoul Ganeev Raoul Ganeev ... Dmitri (as Raoul Ganee)
William MacDonald ... Federal Marshall




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. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The idea for this episode came about when Chris Carter was treating his dog for worms. See more »


In one of the final scenes, there is a shot of a city at night captioned "Newark, New Jersey". It is actually a shot of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, filmed from Federal Hill. See more »


Mr. X: I think you should know, you have a friend at the F.B.I.
See more »


Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
See more »

User Reviews

One of the best
6 October 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"The Host" is an amazing episode, and it comes as sort of a mild surprise that it is so great every time one watches it simply because it doesn't have the popularity and status of something like "Home" or "Bad Blood". It not only features one of the best, weirdest, most memorable and most gruesome monsters on the show (played by Darin Morgan, who would go on to write some of the show's best episodes), but is very interesting in terms of the continuing storyline of the X-Files being closed and the politics behind all that, Mulder & Scully's relationship, and in terms of character writing (which is related to the plot, of course). It's not just a great episode because it's got a great monster, it's a phenomenal script which accomplishes something in all different aspects of "The X-Files" as a series.

This script by Chris Carter was quite possibly his best up to this point. The idea itself is intriguing and well-executed, and this has to be just one of the most disgusting monsters on the show but also one of the most interesting and one of the best-developed. In addition to the quality of the monster and case, the episode is packed with witty banter, quirky guest characters, exceptionally well-done gross-out moments, stunning makeup work, a nasty end for the monster, and there's even interesting conversations between Skinner and Mulder and the introduction of Mr. X.

When it comes down to deciding which my favorite standalone episodes are I tend to go for the ones which are most inventive and different, as well as ones with exceptional writing for the characters and particularly notable dialogue. "The Host" actually manages to be all of those things with writing that extends beyond the case and characters into the overall mythology as well. Creepy, funny, intelligent, entertaining, and lots of fun, "The Host" is a real classic and one of the best episodes of not only season two but the whole series.


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »


Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | Russian

Release Date:

23 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS (blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed