Recap / The X-Files S08 E04 "Roadrunners"

A police department in Utah finds a dead body with unexplainable qualities and contact the FBI for help. Scully doesn't tell Doggett about it and decides to go on her own, brushing it off as a simple consultation. Of course, it isn't. She gets lost in a tiny town a few miles away from her destination, and the citizens seem to not want her to leave— because, as it turns out, they are all part of a strange religious cult and need a new host for the slug parasite they worship.


  • Banging for Help: As she can't shout out, Scully starts a fire by knocking a lamp over with her feet to attract Doggett's attention.
  • Body Horror
  • Bound and Gagged: Scully to prevent her calling for Doggett.
  • Chained to a Bed: Scully is tied to a bed before having the parasite inserted into her.
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: The gas station attendant Scully runs into as she first enters the town.
  • For Your Own Good: As they infect Scully with the parasite, the cult tries to convince her that this is really a great honor for her.
  • Pillow Pistol: Scully is so unsettled by the town, she sleeps with a pistol by her hand.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The town in this episode seems friendly at first... until they try to insert a parasitic slug into your spine.