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* SoundEffectBleep: In typical ''Series/{{COPS}}'' fashion, this happens whenever anyone swears (particularly Sergeant Paula, who appears to have a bit of a foul mouth). Lampshaded by Mulder at one point; when Scully is complaining about the cameras recording them, Mulder points out that they're not being recorded live since Sergeant Paula freely said "[BLEEP]."

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* AmateurFilmMakingPlot: Mulder and Scully accidentally cross paths with a C.O.P.S. shooting crew and star in the episode, despite not being actors.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: All of the events of the episode happen during a single night.

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* {{Pixellation}}: In a parody nature, this pixellation is done on a prostitute named Chantara Gomez (played by actress Maria Celedonio) in the so-called fact that her identity has to be protected.

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* ParodyAssistance: An actual film crew of ''Series/{{COPS}}'' and post-production graphics package was graciously used for this episode.


An officer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, accompanied by a crew from the reality series ''Series/{{COPS}}'', responds to a call about a monster attack, and encounters Mulder and Scully, who are on the same trail.

The entire episode is presented in the style of ''COPS'', and was filmed with the co-operation of the makers of that series.

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* IKnowWhatYouFear: The monster of the week could sense people's worst fear and made them real. Some were literal monsters (a wasp man or a generic villainous killer). A man panicked because he thought his partner would leave him [[spoiler:(but the monster ignored this because it was not a ''mortal'' fear)]]. One woman died of exotic disease simply because Scully had mentioned its name.

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* IKnowWhatYouFear: The monster of the week could sense people's worst fear and made them real. Some were literal monsters (a wasp man or a generic villainous killer). A man panicked because he thought his partner would leave him [[spoiler:(but (but the monster ignored this because it was not a ''mortal'' fear)]].fear). One woman died of exotic disease simply because Scully had mentioned its name.

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* NothingIsScarier: The EldritchAbomination.


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* {{Mockumentary}} / FoundFootageEpisode[[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage Episode]]

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* EldritchAbomination: The MOTW. Never shown, takes the form of your mortal fear, and utterly beyond physical reality. Mulder even describes it as a force rather than a physical entity, which makes sense considering that it kills one unfortunate nurse by becoming the hantavirus.

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* CampGay: Steve & Edy

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* BlackBossLady: Sergeant Paula


* BizarroEpisode: InUniverse, one for ''Series/{{COPS}}'' (if it ever even ''aired'' InUniverse). Also an unusual format and a pseudo-LowerDeckEpisode for ''TheXFiles'' proper.

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* BizarroEpisode: InUniverse, one for ''Series/{{COPS}}'' (if it ever even ''aired'' InUniverse). Also an unusual format and a pseudo-LowerDeckEpisode for ''TheXFiles'' ''The X-Files'' proper.


* BizarroEpisode: InUniverse, one for ''Series/((COPS}}'' (if it ever even ''aired''). Also an unusual format and a pseudo-LowerDeckEpisode for ''TheXFiles'' proper.

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* BizarroEpisode: InUniverse, one for ''Series/((COPS}}'' ''Series/{{COPS}}'' (if it ever even ''aired'').''aired'' InUniverse). Also an unusual format and a pseudo-LowerDeckEpisode for ''TheXFiles'' proper.

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