Written by: Chris Carter
One of the weirdest episodes of The X-files
On a Soviet
ship, a seaman
is pulled into the sewage system
and the body is found later in a New Jersey
is frustrated with, what he thinks, is a mindless assignment, since the X-files is closed. He tells Scully
the he's thinking of quiting. However, Mulder receives a mysterious
call that tells him he has a friend in the FBI
and that the X-files may be opened soon.
Scully performs an autopsy
on the dead soviet man finding a large live flatworm
, or fluke
, inside the man. Meanwhile a sanitation worker is attacked by something in the water and emerges with a large wound on his back and later complains of an odd taste
in his mouth. The man goes home and while in the shower
he starts to choke and coughs up a fluke that slides down the drain.
Mulder investigates a sewage processing plant
and he and a worker see a creature and manage to catch it. The Flukeman
is primate-shaped with no sex organs
and a worm-like mouth.
While transferring the Flukeman, it gets out and attacks the driver
and hides in a nearby port-o-john
where he is sucked into a sewage tanker. Mulder tracks the tanker
, determined to catch it before it escapes. he goes with a worker to look for it. The worker is attacked and Mulder jumps in the water to help him. He sees the Flukeman enter a drain and he drops the gate therefore cutting the Flukeman in half.
We see what is left of the Flukeman drifting down the pipe and the eyes open -- it's alive
Norman (1st worker) -- "Hey, Agent Mulder
. What would you like us to do with the body?"
Mulder -- " Wrap it up and send it to the F.B.I.
, care of Assistant Director Skinner
Scully -- "Is this seat taken?"
Mulder -- " No. But I should warn you, I'm experiencing violent impulses
Scully -- "Well, I'm armed
, so I'll take my chances."
Scully -- "Apparently, it had attached itself to the bile duct
and was feeding off the liver."
Mulder -- " Lovely."
Scully -- " Believe it or not, something like forty million people are infected worldwide."
Mulder -- "This isn't where you tell me some terrible story about sushi
, is it?"
Scully -- "Radiation
. Abnormal cell fusion. The suppression of natural genetic
processes. Mulder, nature didn't make this
thing. We did. "
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