The X-Files (1993– )
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War of the Coprophages 

While looking for signs of alien ships in the sky above a small town, Mulder learns of a series of deaths supposedly caused by metallic cockroaches. He turns to sexy entomologist Bambi for help, which makes Scully angrily rush to his aid.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Bobbie Phillips ... Dr. Bambi Berenbaum
Raye Birk ... Dr. Jeff Eckerle
Dion Anderson ... Sheriff Frass
Bill Dow ... Dr. Rick Newton
Alex Bruhanski ... Dr. Bugger
Ken Kramer ... Dr. Ivanov
Nicole Parker ... Chick
A.J. Buckley ... Dude (as Alan Buckley)
Tyler Labine ... Stoner
Maria Herrera ... Customer #1
Sean Allan Sean Allan ... Customer #2
Norma Jean Wick Norma Jean Wick ... Reporter (as Norma Wick)
Wren Roberts Wren Roberts ... Orderly (as Wren Robertz)


Agent Mulder is out investigating reports of strange lights in the night sky when he learns from the local sheriff that there is another death in town from killer cockroaches. Intrigued, Mulder tags along and a series of deaths ensue with witnesses all claiming the dead body was covered with roaches, though none are to be found when the police arrive. When he learns that there is a local experiment going on, Mulder meets the entomologist involved, the rather attractive Dr. Bambi Berenbaum. The answer however, lies with other tests going on in town. Throughout, Mulder keeps in touch with Scully who seems to have a logical explanation for everything that's happened so far. As people in the town begin to panic, Scully travels there and joins Mulder to get the poop on just what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Second appearance of Queequeg, the Pomerian Scully acquired in The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995). See more »


Near the end Fox is eating a piece of cake or cookie, he is picking up the same piece twice. In between shots of the first and second time, it shows that the plate has nothing on that side of where he picked it from the second time. See more »


Stoner: This stuff takes your mind and just sort of, you know... expands it.
Redheaded Chick: Well, something tells me it's more than my mind you guys are interested in expanding.
Stoner: Well, how about another beer then?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the closing credits roll, after the final "chord" and display of exec Producer Chris Carter, there is a clear "whirr/chirp" like that the roaches in the episode made. See more »


References The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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die, bug, die
2 February 2009 | by frostedfraggleSee all my reviews

i love how scully seems almost bored with the going ons and has an offhand explanation for each death, but as soon as dr. bambi enters the picture she is raring to go (she gets dressed mighty quickly).

loved the phone conversations. mulder is unusually accepting of scully's more down to earth theories abut the mysterious deaths.

the mass panic is hilarious (how great is the 'die bug die' insect spray?!) and a nice foil to second season episode 'f. emasculata'. so *this* is what would have happened if they hadn't kept the outbreak secret.

love gillian anderson's very real reaction to the (non scripted and unplanned) mini car crash in front of the convenient store just as she enters it. and her facial expression when the guy bumps in her. did anybody else flash back to the cricket eating scene in 'humbug' when she casually pops one of the spilled sweets people mistook for roaches int her mouth? great script - absolutely absurd and hilarious but not lacking content and quite thought provoking at times.

as usual excellent direction by the late great kim manners a.k.a. the roach-whisperer.


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