Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Season 7, Episode 12: X-Cops


Well, we could use a good laugh after an episode full of dead children. A documentary crew with the TV show Cops is riding along with a Los Angeles deputy and follows him on an investigation of a report of a "monster" roaming a neighborhood during a full moon. After checking out claw marks on a door and some noise in the alley, the terrified cop runs with the crew back to the cruiser, which is knocked on its roof. Mulder and Scully, at first mistaken for suspects, are in the area investigating the same monster sightings, which all happen during full moons.

Mulder, of course, thinks it's a werewolf. Scully's not thrilled about Mulder's theories being recorded for national TV, but Mulder thinks it's a chance to capture proof of the paranormal. A woman who witnessed the monster describes Freddy Krueger instead of a werewolf, and a "bite" on the deputy's hand turns out to be insect stings. The sketch artist is killed nearby, and a nail left at the scene leads the agents to a prostitute who says her boyfriend is to blame for the death. She's terrified that he'll kill her by twisting her head around like a chicken.

The agents and the police raid the boyfriend's crack house and find him dead. Outside, the stung deputy opens fire on something and the prostitute is found dead of a corkscrewed neck. The deputy confesses that on both the first attack and the later one he saw the "Wasp Man," a creature in a scary story his brother used to tell him. Mulder wonders if the attacks are from a single creature that can manifest itself as one's worst nightmare and targets victims by one person's fear becoming the next. When a coroner's assistant afraid of the Hanta virus apparently dies of it within seconds as Scully performs an autopsy, Mulder thinks the creature preys only on mortal fear.

The deputy and crew are attacked by something while doing another investigation of the crack house. Mulder and Scully return to the house, where they find the crew hiding in a closet and the deputy screaming in terror for help from another room. Mulder tells him not to be afraid and manages to break in to find the deputy wounded but alive as the sun comes up. Scully says they haven't gotten any definite proof of Mulder's theory, but he says it all depends on how the Cops guys edit the footage.

Judson Mills, who plays Deputy Keith Weitzel, also played Francis Gage on Walker, Texas Ranger.

Episode Body Count

Hyman Escalara: dies in the hospital about a month before the episode after being attacked by the fear creature in wolf form.

Ricky: a sketch artist slashed by the creature, apparently when it's in Freddy Kreuger form.

Chuco Munoz: apparently dies of a drug overdose.

Chantara Gomez: dies after the creature twists her head the wrong way, apparently while in Chuco form.

Coroner's assistant: apparently killed by the creature in Hanta virus form.

Humans: 5
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (151/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,700
Creatures: 114
Aliens: 62

Grand Total: 1,876

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