The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Los Angeles police officer who is being filmed for the show COPS is attacked by a strange monster and Mulder and Scully are investigating the case. Scully is wary of having their faces put on national television but Mulder welcomes the publicity.

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  • X-COPS

    X-COPS was a very different yet extremely entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed the Cops format and it was great to see Mulder and Scully be initially questioned by the Sheriff's Department. I really enjoyed watching the agents investigate and be filmed at the same time. It was funny to see how they each acted and reacted. Mulder was pleased with the mass exposure while Scully tried to remain conservative and objective since the F.B.I. had nothing to hide. This was a great change of pace for the series and refreshing in some ways. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • so good

    I find that X files is really hit and miss with comedic episodes. I prefer episodes that are entirely serious with 1-2 dry wit lines from Mulder/Scully. OR full comedy episodes.

    This episode was flawless. It proved brilliant satire for both Cops and the X files. In particular, the scenes where Mulder talks to the camera are deep humour... Mulder comes off as absurd and somewhat narcissistic, while poking fun at the Cops format. I also was on the floor when the Deputy was commenting on the sketch artist getting killed with cliche after cliche. And there is nothing better than agent Scully pissed off, sarcastic, and trying desperately to keep it real. "The FBI has nothing to hide". What a terrific episodemoreless
  • "Cops" clashes with "X-Files"

    Maybe it's because "The X-Files" has so few classic episodes anymore throughout the sixth and seventh season, or maybe because it's just a good hour of TV.. I'm not sure, all I know is that this episode was one of the better installments I've seen of the show. It was creative and a precursor to the way that certain TV shows would resort to documentary formats for their own shows.

    I loved the way we got a creative new way to follow Scully and Mulder on one of their cases.. it was hilarious to see the way that the cops all were excited to have possible armed suspects, only for us to learn that it was just the two FBI agents. Meanwhile, the thing that they were chasing reminded me of something that Supernatural would do nowadays, which is a good thing.. it kept us on our toes as we tried figuring out where the show was going and who the bad guy would be.

    I also thought Vince Gilligan, Chris Carter and the rest of the crew did a great job of capturing that "Cops" feel without losing the feel for "The X-Files." You still had all the typical push/pull between Mulder and Scully, just in a different format. It was a clever episode, one that's much needed in the show at this point in time.moreless
  • The following is a special episode of the X-Files...

    Now here's two shows that you probably never imagined crossing paths. That is what I like about the X-Files writers they can come up with something new and different and still make people like it. The whole episode just felt like I was watching COPS. I guess I was and I wasn't. The intro to this special episode was very hilarious as well. I loved the "bad boys" music. As I said before the producers and writers just keep coming up with stuff that surprises us and they really keep the show fresh. I think Skinner would have been great in this episode. Great job on this silly episode.moreless
  • A wonderful treat for X-Files fans. Our favorite FBI agents find themselves being filmed for a COPS episode while hunting down a supernatural monster.

    One of my favorite episodes. True X-File/Sci-Fi fans are able to enjoy some good nature parody, this being a prime example. When a supernatural monster attacks the crew of COPS, our favorite FBI agents find themselves being filmed for the series as they track down the monster, before it kills anyone else.

    Everything about this episode is a homage to the COPS series and, to some extent, independent horror films such as the Blair Witch Project. Its funny, but also provides a creepy and well written storyline that works within the X-Files world.

    This episode also features the first gay couple in the series. The interracial gay couple might be in response to previous complaints about how the issue of gender identity was dealt with in 'Gender Bender'.moreless
Judson Mills

Judson Mills

Deputy Keith Wetzel

Guest Star

Dee Freeman

Dee Freeman

Sergeant Paula Guthrie

Guest Star

Perla Walter

Perla Walter

Mrs Guerrero

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Deputy Wetzel is cutting the crime seal at the crack house, the wording on the seal says Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. This is incorrect. The actual name is the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    • When Mulder is trying to break up the fight between Steve and Edy, he sits down and says "Let's all relax." During this scene, David Duchovny starts to laugh but manages to regain his composure and finish the scene.

    • When Mulder says something like "We have to find this Chantara," you can tell he starts to mess up his line and begins to laugh.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Edy: I'm ready for my close up. (Smiles and poses for the camera)

    • Mulder: (To Steve and Edy) Have either of you seen anything like this? (Shows them the sketch of the werewolf)
      Edy: Ooh, no!
      Mulder: Or this? (Shows them the sketch of Freddy Krueger)
      Edy: Ooh, no! That's goin' to give me nightmares!

    • (Scully and Mulder are getting ready to drive to a crime scene, and one of the COPS camera men tries to get in the car with them)
      Scully: No, you go with someone else.

    • Scully: Oh, God. More of you?

    • Woman: Why are they filming this?
      Scully: (Smiling falsely through gritted teeth at the camera) Because the FBI have nothing to hide!

    • Wetzel: It's hard to have a fast track career in law enforcement, when everybody thinks you're nuts.
      Mulder: Tell me about it.

    • Sheriff: Sir. Sir. We got your suspect. (Sketch artist shows them a drawing of Freddy Krueger) Ah, claw monster. Boy, you know, they kill him in every movie and he just keeps coming back.

    • Mulder: What is it, Scully?
      Scully: What is it? Mulder, have you noticed that we're on television?
      Mulder: I don't think it's LIVE television, Scully, she just said (bleep).

  • NOTES (1)

    • As always, Vince finds a way to get his girlfriend's name (Holly) into his episodes. In this case, the police first find Mulder and Scully on Holly Street.


    • Edy: I'm ready for my close up.

      This is the well quoted line from the 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard. The actual line spoken by Norma Desmond is, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." and is the last line of the movie.

    • Character Names: Steve and Edy
      The names of the characters Steve and Edy in this episode are a reference to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, a husband and wife singing duo in the 60's and 70's, known popularly as just "Steve and Eydie"

    • Film reference: The Blair Witch Project
      This episode appears to be an allusion to Blair Witch, not only for being filmed with a hand held camera, but also for the scene with the camera falling to the floor, the handprints on the wall, and also because we never do get to see the "monster".