Recap / The X-Files S03 E12 "War of the Coprophages"
Strange incidents surround a cockroach infestation in a small town.
Apocalypse Anarchy: Locally. People think that they are all going to be killed by cockroaches which got there either due to government conspiracy and their experiments, or that they are alien robotic invaders. Chaos ensues. It's most apparent in one scene in a convenience store where everybody is trying to grab whatever supplies they can and two ladies fight over the last can of insecticide.
Eccentric Exterminator: A cockroach exterminator opens the episode with a heartfelt ode to roaches before finishing it with "But to them, we humans are gods and should act accordingly" and stomping a particularly unlucky specimen on the floor. It doesn't end well for him.
Embarrassing First Name: Dr Bambi Berenbaum the entomologist. Mulder, or should we say Fox, even allows first name basis. Scully is amused.
Genius Cripple: Doctor Ivanov. He's on the wheelchair and he uses a computer voice synthesizer to speak.
Geeky Turn-On: After Scully talks at length about the likelihood of intelligent alien life evolving, and the implications this may hold for Darwinian theory, Mulder jokingly asks her what she's wearing. (See also Nerds Are Sexy below.)
Mundanger: Zig-zagged. The X-Files usually created scary atmosphere by something paranormal and straight use of Mundanger would suggest troubles caused by something ordinary, for example creepy cockroaches. There really is a mass hysteria created by cockroach infestation which is Primal Fear in itself. Also, there are several deaths. However, at least one of the cockroaches was made of metal and its technology was way too advanced to come from our planet. Some of the cockroaches really are robotic aliens. However, it's unclear if there are actually more of these. The others may very well be just the common kind. In addition, it turns out that the cockroaches - either alien robotic ones or common earth ones - were not the direct cause of the deaths that appeared in the episode.
Nerds Are Sexy: Scully on the budding romance of the doctors: "Smart is sexy."