The X-files

2X02 The Host

Mulder is pulled of his mundane phone tap surveillance assignment and sent to investigate the discovery of a decomposing body in the New Jersey sewers, but Mulder dismissing it as another gangland killing. Insulted by the pointless assignment he storms in to Assistant Director Skinner's office and confronts him. Skinner tells Mulder the X-files have been closed and the sooner he accepts that the better. Mulder later confesses to Scully that he is considering leaving the bureau and pursuing his interest in the paranormal on his own. But Scully, handling her reassignment more professionally, insists on doing the autopsy and discovers a parasitic worm in the dead man's body. When a sewage worker is attacked by something in the same sewers, Mulder interviews the victim in hospital, he has a large unidentified bite mark on his back from the attack. Mulder receives a phone call, an unknown male voice tells him he has a friend at the FBI. Mulder assuming Scully has been talking about him leaving, asks her not to start any crusades for him, but Scully denies any knowledge on the phone call. When the sewage worker is later found dead in his apartment, Mulder realises that the worm is merely the lava stage of a larger creature, that the perpetrator in the murders is a mutant flukeworm. Scully's investigation reveals the new species arrived on a ship used to dispose of material from the Chernobyl accident. Scully concludes that nature didn't make it, mankind did.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder: "You know, they say three species disappear off the planet everyday. You wonder how many new ones are being created"

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Daniel Sackheim

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Skinner
Darin Morgan Flukeman
Marc Baur Special Agent Brisentine
Matthew Bennet First Workman
Freddy Andreiuci Detective Norman
Don Mackay Charlie
Hrothgar Matthews Man On Phone
Gabrielle Rose Dr Zenzola
Ron Sauve Foreman
Dmitri Boudrine Russian Engineer
Raoul Ganee Dmitri
William Macdonald Federal Marshal

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