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"I probably wouldn't get an argument from even the most devoted X-Files fans if I pointed out that flukemen weren't likely to ever peek out of your toilet." — Anne Simon, PhD, The Real Science Behind The X-Files

I wouldn't be too sure about that, Anne, but you certainly won't get any argument from me. This Monster-of-the-Week episode stars Truculent Mulder, Chipmunk Cheeks Scully, and Stoic A.D. Skinner, with a special appearance by Darin Morgan as the Flukeman. "The Host" is also our first meeting with Mulder's new FBI informant, "X."

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Originally aired: September 23, 1994

Synopsis:
Mulder is pulled off wiretap duty by A.D. Skinner and sent to investigate a dead body that turned up in the New Jersey sewer system. Scully gets involved when she requests to do the autopsy. Rather than "the simple drugland body dump" that Mulder assume it to be, the case turns out be a genuine X-File.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Flatworms are what are known as obligate endoparasites. They live inside of the host entering the body through ingestion of larvae or eggs. They are not creatures that go around attacking people.
Mulder: That's good. I didn't wanna tell Skinner his murder suspect was a giant bloodsucking worm.
And its follow-up:
Scully: Mulder, this is amazing! [looking at the flukeman] Its vestigial features seem parasitic, but it has primate physiology. Where the hell did it come from?
Mulder: I don't know. But it looks like I'm gonna have to tell Skinner that his suspect is a giant bloodsucking worm after all.

Links:
Transcript. We are so lucky to have this site.
Sarah Stegall
Red Wolf's Episode Guide

Fanfiction:
That's always the question, isn't it?
The Repeat Customer by aka "Jake" was written for Fandomonium's Virtual Season of Smut. It's not that smutty, and it is a genuine post-ep, one of the few. It will likely offend some fans, so read it at your own risk.

Date: 2014-10-02 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raktajinos.livejournal.com
omg seeing that on my dash first thing in the morning startled me hahaha.

Date: 2014-10-02 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raktajinos.livejournal.com
hahaha. And you're so right, the makeup department did a stellar job on this one. Though most of the FX in that area were great. I think it's one of the areas where the show has aged well. The clothes are dated and a lot of it is dated, but the physical prosthetic costumes are excellent.

Date: 2014-10-02 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maybe-amanda.livejournal.com
Another fun episode. That shower scene - EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Date: 2014-10-02 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
I love flukey and still approach porta loos with trepidation.

Action Mulder is so heroic in this episode. I love the sewer scene, the lighting is just right and the dank atmosphere created makes me almost believe I can smell how discussing it is down there. Great episode.

Date: 2014-10-02 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Despite being a huge fan, I seldom found The X-Files scary. And despite being a huge fan of supernatural/science fiction/ghost stories, I never believed any of that stuff either. I'm a hard case when it comes to the otherworldly, which I think is why I enjoy reading/watching it. Fear is for real things, mostly vicious conglomerates.

But I admire this ep and like Flukey and liked subsequently knowing that a genius was inside that uncomfortable costume, paddling about in sewage with David. And all the small parts were manned by good character actors and it was fun noticing them, ah, subsequently.

As "scary monsters" go, Flukey was among their finest. Just don't make me watch that dumb SM episode again.

C'mon, guys, we all know that the Files were about sex.

Date: 2014-10-03 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
OMG! Wen! Village of The Damned freaked me out so much!!! This last picture of that brick wall with the eyes and the professor who kept thinking "un mur de pierre, un mur de pierre" (a brick wall, a brick wall...) I saw it way too young, but unlike you I subsequently developed a taste for horror films. I just love scary stories.

About to watch the Host for the first time in many years. Let's hope I don't fall asleep before the end.

Date: 2014-10-03 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Cool! And those kids were so, so creepy. Robert Patrick Modell eat your heart out.

Date: 2014-10-03 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Foreplay. Really ridiculous foreplay.

Date: 2014-10-02 11:57 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (Sailor Moon - Makoto - reaction: OMG &he)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
The now iconic inserted text in that typewriter font, I'm so fond of it.

Oh, Skinner, I love you so. Mulder the kid doesn't want to do his homework and demands attention while Skinner the parent is doing grown-up stuff.

"Is this seat taken?" "No. But I should warn you I'm experiencing violent impulses." - "Well, I'm armed, so I'll take me chances." Oh, you two! ...I seem to be having a lot of feelings today.

Patient complains about the disgusting taste in his mouth and the doctor just gives him a chewing gum. Ugh, way to be helpful! Reminds me of how I tried this kissing thing once and then my mouth didn't taste like my mouth for a whole week! No amount of chewing gum, toothpaste and whatnot would make it go away. Drove me nuts.

Scully, did you murder the poor little flatworm?! D:

"Felt like old times" Scully says and they both smile. Aw, my preciouses!

Scully looking through the round window in the door reminds me of another red-haired woman looking through a similar door. Now I'm imagining Scully and Flukey miming at each other, oh god!

35 minutes into the episode I've finally decided to do the fun thing and check out this episode's IMDb page. No wonder some of these actors look familiar, I have seen them elsewhere. Most recently Matthew Bennett on Orphan Black! But apparently sewage treatment plant guy isn't Lost's Daniel Faraday's dad, although he looks like it.

Date: 2014-10-03 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
Other thoughts.

Travel expenses. This "technically" isn't an X-File or at least it's not given to Mulder as one.

1. Washington to Newark, New Jersey
2. New Jersey to Washington - to visit Skinner
3. Washington to Sayreville New Jersey
4. New Jersey to Washington - to visit Scully
5. Washington to New Jersey
6. Washington to New Jersey - Scully's trip *presumably back again*
7. New Jersey to Washington - to visit Skinner
8. Washington to New Jersey - Mulder again
9. New Jersey to Washington - Back to DC Mulder

So we are looking at £2070 in travel expenses for this case, perhaps it was cheaper re-opening the X-files after all :)

He would have never got away with carrying that worm with that quantity of fluid on a plane in hand luggage these days

Date: 2014-10-03 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
It's not an X-File case, because the X-Files are closed. I love the way Mulder confronts Skinner about it, too.

I know, I was thinking of the "budget cutting" in later episodes and the fact that the Agent who primarily tells him about the case says he has a plane to catch in an hour. Thought I would expand upon the idea as it amused me ( in a maths geek kinda way)

I love Mulder in this episode, he has that glint in his eye back after being stuck on wire tap duty.

They must make exceptions for law enforcement personnel transporting evidence.

I would have though so too, but I did have a vivid image of Mulder arguing with security personnel at the gate ;)

Date: 2014-10-03 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Ahahahahahah! Oh, only you would think of adding these things up, you wonderful crackpot.


CUSTOM: "You have to drink it or leave it behind, Sir."
MULDER:"What about the worm?"
CUSTOM:"What? You never had Mezcal before?"
SCULLY:"Bottoms up, G-Man,"
MULDER:"I'm gonna grow a scolex and come after you."
SCULLY: "Well, I guess you'll live up to your reputation then."
MULDER:"What reputation?"
SCULLY:"You know...sucker."



Edited Date: 2014-10-03 07:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-03 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Pretty damn good.

Date: 2014-10-03 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
:D Great Xxx

Date: 2014-10-03 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I don't think we were ever supposed to think about travel time or money. They just bounced around as required by the script. Might as well have had a tardis.

Date: 2014-10-03 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
There is a crossover fic there somewhere :)

Date: 2014-10-04 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
That or those Lariat rentals had DeLorean engines.

Date: 2014-10-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
I'd forgotten how gross this ep truly was. The moment where Scully smiles and says that it felt like old times made me want to cry. THEY WERE SO YOUNG AND SO CLUELESS OF ALL THE CRAP THAT WAS AWAITING THEM!!!

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