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The Host 

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Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.


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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

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23 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


During the final scene when Agent Mulder and the sanitation engineer are descending into the sewer to confront the Fluke, two streams of falling water cross in front of them, forming an 'X'. 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 »


Fox Mulder: You know, sometimes, it just gets hard to smile through it when they ask you to bend down and grab your ankles. You know?
Dana Scully: It's not exactly as if you've ever tried to fit into the program.
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Well, maybe that Flukeman thing. I could've lived without that just fine.
19 April 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

The Host helps the x-files get back into the gross, creepy groove. This episode is a solid beginning for the season two monster-of-the-week(MOTW) episodes. Mulder thinks that he's just being jerked around by Skinner, but apparently Skinner knows a bit more about this case than he's letting on to. The Host introduces us to the newest Mulder informant, X. We only hear his voice on the phone, making it very mysterious. X has a couple of good lines, "Success in your current assignment is imperative." and "Reinstatement of the X-Files must be undeniable." The grossness factor in this episode is high, especially the scene where the sanitation worker is brushing his teeth and then pukes up the worm. Disgusting! I like how the writers were still able to have Mulder and Scully work together even though they've been officially separated. This is a fun episode that has plenty of witty dialogue, creepiness and grossness to suit anyone.

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