The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 24

Our Town

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 12, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After several disappearances in a small town, Mulder and Scully investigate and find hundreds of human bones in the river and discover that the man behind the town's main source of wealth, a chicken processing plant, has found a way to prolong his life through cannibalism.

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  • Mulder and Scully investigate a disappearance of a man who appears to have been eaten by the town.

    This is an episode I will always remember for the giant man with the tribal mask killing people with his axe and the town helping to cover it up as they eat the victims but when one man they eat has a disease that is given to everyone else it causes problems for them.Scully is also abducted once again to be beheaded but is saved by Mulder who shot the man with the tribal mask and it he was revealed to be the sheriff who is seen throughout the episode.The rest of the tribe ran off and an investigation was set up into the chicken factory.moreless
  • Our Town

    Our Town was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome, scary and definitely makes me think twice about eating chicken! The guest cast was superb and the it was sad to see Scully be abducted yet again. Why does Mulder send her off by herself in these situations after all that has recently happened? It was a truly scary moment thinking about being put in her situation where others force you and you have no way to escape. I liked the underlying message in the episode, which is to perhaps be more aware of where your food comes from and being aware of what you are actually eating. I liked how every thing played out and the references to a cannibalistic tribe. The ending was great and I look forward to watching the next episode to see how season two wraps up!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Mulder and Scully investigate a town full of cannibals

    Reading through some of the older reviews, I can't help but 100% agree with the notion that the show, has fun as it may be, rehashes plots over and over and over again. It's tough for a show to remain original over time, but as this is just the second season, I worry that some of the plots may be re-used more and more as the show goes on. That being said, despite this feeling like a re-hash of other episodes, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

    Mulder and Scully start looking into the mysterious deaths of people at a chicken factory, and as the show goes on, we start learning more and more secrets about the men and women in the town, specifically that they are cannibals who have been killing and eating certain people. The reasoning behind a lot of it is hazy and difficult to decipher, but the impact and imagery of the man in the mask chopping people's heads off was haunting. If "The X-Files" gets anything right, it's certainly the mood of an episode.

    As the episode preceding the finale, I was impressed, but I hoped they would start building up the finale a little earlier instead of giving us another stand-alone episode.moreless
  • Chicken?


    “Our Town” is annoying because it resembles “Die Hand, Die Verletzt”, as in it’s about a crooked town and voodoo. Basically a corrupt chicken factory are putting people in food, and spreading a disease. Mulder and Sully investigate. Skully nearly gets her head chopped off and Mulder shoots a woman into a big bowl of chicken guts. In the end the whole town are guilty of something, it’s a stupid episode for all the wrong reasons, its not even funny stupid, its stupid stupid. I would say this is a filler episode as it is just a waste of god damn time.

  • Scully... victim again

    Pretty disgusting case, although I bet there have been other, but the idea of people eating people and be conscious about made the whole episode creepy.

    Our favorite duo investigate this case and they come up with theories and facts that could've been explained better. It was never clear to me - and it was some sort of a plot hole - why Paula looked so young after finding out she was more than 40 years.

    Nice to hear Scully have a sick idea and nicer to see Mulder eager to listen to it. Again, she is taken and Mulder does his best to save her, that moment when he takes the tape off her mouth and take a strand off her hair... What can I do? I'm a shipper after all.moreless
Gary Grubbs

Gary Grubbs

Sheriff Tom Arens

Guest Star

John Milford

John Milford

Walter Chaco

Guest Star

Caroline Kava

Caroline Kava

Doris Kearns

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Although Scully says that Paula's brain tissue shows Creutzfeldt-Jakob, and that is what both she and Mulder look at in the microscope, there is no evidence that Paula's skull was opened during the autopsy.

    • When Mr. Chaco is placed in the head strap device prior to his decapitation, it is clear that the strap is placed around his neck, thus holding his head in place and immobilizing him. When Scully is placed in the same device, however, the strap is placed around the top of her head. This makes no sense given that all she would have to do is pull her head out to get out of the device.

    • Just as the truck is being pulled out of the water, from one angle the hood is broken off and to the side of the truck 21:00, but when angle changes to Mulder the hood is gone 21:06.

    • I'm assuming that, since it's the only new body available, the group having their human soup towards the end are drinking the unfortunate Mrs Kearns. What kind of microwaveable cauldron do they have to make the soup that quickly?

    • Just after Chako loses his head, Mulder is shown driving down a long straight road. However the position of the car's steering wheel indicates that it is turned to the left as one of the wheel's spokes can be seen over the dashboard.

    • Mulder says that the events occur near I-10, however, I-10 is nearly 200 miles south of Arkansas's border in southern Louisiana.

    • Up until the scene where Mulder and Scully visit the courthouse at night, they always drive in the same car together, but after this scene they suddenly appear to have two cars at their disposal, enabling Scully to drive to the Kearns' house, while Mulder goes to the Chaco mansion and then later drives by the field where the bonfire is.

    • The townspeople contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) from the bodies they consumed and it showed up in the brain tissue within a matter of weeks. However, this extremely rare disease takes several years to even be detectable.
      Addition: It also usually takes up to a year to be fatal, and symptoms would have occurred earlier on. Dementia and the other degenerative diseases associated with CJD would have presented themselves for a while. Paula Gray's descent and her actions are not consistent with CJD's progression.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Mulder: If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.

      This text is from William Blake's Proverbs of Hell.

    • Episode Title: Our Town

      This episode was named after the play by Thornton Wilder, although the towns in question certainly are different.