The X-Files

The Host

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 9/23/94
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  • Episode Description
  • AD Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but on Skinner's own admission what he discovers is a true X-File.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Daniel Sackheim

  • Marc Baur

    Agent Brisentine

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • A Classic

    By sremnes, Aug 05, 2014

  • The fluke man

    By 7dixob, Aug 28, 2012

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    By TrueTvWatcher, May 29, 2012

  • Great classic episode!

    By GeraldC7, Feb 09, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Scully: And Mulder, when you see Skinner to hand in your field report, I know that is your decision but I hope you know that I'd consider it more than a professional loss if you decided to leave.

    • 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. I hear you really endeared yourself to Assistant Director Skinner today. Mulder: Sometimes it just gets hard to smile through it when they ask you to bend down and grab your ankles, you know? Scully: It's not exactly as if you've ever tried to fit into the program.

    • Scully: Is this seat taken? Mulder: No, but I should warn you I may reek a bit of the sewer. Scully: I'll take my chances.

    • X: I think you should know...you have a friend at the FBI.

    • Scully: That creature came off of a decommissioned Russian freighter that was used in the disposal of salvage material from the meltdown. It was born in a... in a primordial soup of radioactive sewage. Mulder: You know, they say three species disappear off the planet every day. You wonder how many new ones are being created.

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    Notes (6)

    • Gabrielle Rose returns as Dr. Zenzola: she previously appeared in the episode "Deep Throat."

    • During Scully's autopsy of the victim, she says the case number is DP112148 (CC's wife's birthday) preceded by her initials. She says the victim is John Doe 101356, Chris Carter's birthday.

    • The Flukeman suit took up to 6 hours to put on. At one point, Darin Morgan, who played the part of the Flukeman, had to wear the suit for 20 hours consecutively. Because the suit was so difficult to remove, that meant that Morgan had to relieve himself in the get-up.

    • Darin Morgan, who plays the Flukeman, is the brother of co-executive producer Glen Morgan and later became a writer for the show.

    • Originally X was intended to be a woman and actress Natalia Nogulich was first cast before the character was changed.

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    Trivia (4)

    • In the beginning of the episode, the chief engineer sends Dmitri to check what's clogging the sewage system. After Dmitri is pulled into the water by the flukeman, he gives the order to flush the tank. If that's an option, how come they didn't flush the tank before Dmitri started his work? It would make it easier to search for cloggs.

    • Factual Errors: Scully states that a hermaphrodite is an animal with no sex organs. However, a hermaphrodite has both male and female sex organs.

    • Plot Hole: Given how dangerous the flukeman is meant to be, why is only one US marshal put in charge of it in the ambulance? And why does the marshal radio for back up only to end up going into the back of the ambulance by himself?

    • Factual Errors: Scully reads to Mulder from a book all about flukes (Trematodes). However, the stuff she is quoting is wrong! She states that flukes or flatworms have a scolex with hooks and suckers. These are actually the distinguishing characteristic of cestodes (tapeworms). Trematodes have no scolex and definitely no hooks.

    Allusions (1)

    • Mulder: I know these. These are from Chernobyl. Mulder is referring to the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. The cloud of radioactive material that was released that day, still makes victims every day as the cloud increases the chances of cancer and physical abnormalities. The site of the explosion is still policed and the clean-up continues till this day.

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