One word: suppurating. Two more words: erupting pustules. This episode is basically an after school special on why your Department of Customs is important, people. And making sure no one else has your name, especially someone if you are in prison. More seriously, this is an excellent but sadly overlooked MOTW episode where Scully does science, with just a whiff of conspiracy thrown in. Thematically related to the season 5 episode, The Pine Bluff Variant.
Writer(s): Chris Carter & Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: April 28th, 1995Synopsis
: A pharmaceutical company releases a highly infectious, immune-system-destroying parasite via bug (Faciphaga Emasculata) into a prison population. When two of the infected prisoners escape, Mulder and Scully are called in on the manhunt. Scully does science and is maybe possibly infected! There is a huge cover up in which Cancer Man is involved! Skinner makes dire predictions about the future! Some super gross but also fascinating biology happens!Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: There'll be a time for the truth, Mulder, but this isn't it. LinksRed Wolf's reviewThe AV Club's reviewSarah Stegall's reviewTranscript at Inside the XFanfiction
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