The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The Host 

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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

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23 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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


After the tanker drives by agent Mulder (the morning at the park) there is a sequence that was clearly shot at night. See more »


Fox Mulder: Have you ever seen one of these?
[holds up a specimen jar]
Ray: Looks like a big ol' worm.
Fox Mulder: It's called a fluke. It came from the body they pulled out of the sewer.
Ray: Wouldn't surprise me. No telling what's been breeding down there in the last hundred years.
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle (2015) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Stand alone sewerage
19 January 2016 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Mulder and Scully investigate a body found in sewer after being reassigned to different departments.

The Host is the second episode of the second season written by Chris Carter, directed by Daniel Sackheim. It's unconnected to the series' wider mythology and is a standalone episode (a 'Monster-of- the- Week' story) that said, it does develop Mulder and Scully's relationships and characters effectively.

David Duchovny gives a physical performance as bizarre creepy fluke-like man goes on a rampage in the sewers of New Jersey. The atmosphere is pretty grim. The bite make up is well executed. There's plenty of blood and gross moments notably where a man eats a tube of toothpaste, a worm-like creature appears from the body at an autopsy (performed by Scully) and where a man spews out the slimy fluke creature.

With long dark tunnels, moment of men being attacked and dragged under the sewerage water, if horror is your thing this is one of the stand out episodes.

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