You bet your blankety-blank bleep that Wednesday’s all-new episode of “The X-Files” was written and directed by fan-favorite Darin Morgan. In honor of the occasion, it’s the perfect time to look back at all of the auteur’s episodes through the years. Morgan’s quirky style is one of a kind on the show, and he was even rewarded with an Emmy in 1996 for writing the Season 3 classic “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Despite his renowned reputation among fans, Morgan has only written six episodes of “The X-Files,” just a drop in the bucket when you consider there’s been more than 200 (and counting). Click through our photo gallery above to see all of Morgan’s “The X-Files” episodes, or read the descriptions below.
“Humbug” — Season 2, Episode 20 — March 31, 1995
Set in the world of a traveling carnival, “Humbug” was Morgan’s first solo script after previously receiving a “story by” credit for Season 2’s “Blood.” This was the first comedic episode of “The X-Files,” which proved that a show that billed itself as sci-fi could still have fun experimenting with different genres. The ultimate villain of “Humbug” turned out to be Leonard, an underdeveloped human fetus that detached himself from his conjoined twin Lanny in order to commit murders.
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” — Season 3, Episode 4 — October 13, 1995
Morgan won his Emmy for writing this episode that guest-starred Peter Boyle in the title role as a man who could foresee how people were about to die. While Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) was told he would die of autoerotic asphyxiation, Bruckman hinted that Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) would never die, which created countless fan theories that Scully was actually immortal. Boyle was awarded the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actor for playing Clyde Bruckman.
“War of the Coprophages” — Season 3, Episode 12 — January 5, 1996
Otherwise known as the cockroach episode, “War of the Coprophages” was inspired by “The War of the Worlds” and featured Mulder trying to investigate why people were being killed in a small town. Scully, meanwhile, was relegated to a comedic subplot in which she stayed at home and relaxed, occassionally helping Mulder solve the case via telephone. But after Mulder kept mentioning a research doctor named Bambi, Scully got jealous so she joined Mulder at the scene.
“Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” — Season 3, Episode 20 — April 12, 1996
Morgan’s final episode of the original series was an instant classic. Charles Nelson Reilly played Jose Chung, an author who was trying to get to the bottom of a possible UFO encounter in Klass County, Washington. The episode played with the “unreliable narrator” structure, as we saw multiple versions of the same scenes from different points of view. The foul-mouthed Detective Manners stole the show for his never-ending “bleeped” language.
“Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster” — Season 10, Episode 3 — February 1, 2016
When Fox revived “The X-Files” in 2016, Morgan was one of only four writer/directors who returned, along with showrunner Chris Carter and longtime contributors Glen Morgan (Darin’s brother) and James Wong. This story proved to be a twist on the old werewolf myth, as a lizard creature (Rhys Darby) was bit by a human and thus turned into a human at night. He tried his best to fit in with the human world by giving himself a name (Guy Mann) and taking on a job that he hated.
“The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” — Season 11, Episode 4 — January 24, 2018
And that brings us to Darin Morgan’s most recent episode. While looking into the alternate theory of reality known as the Mandela Effect, in which many people recall different histories, Mulder and Scully came to discover the potential origins of the X-Files. Morgan’s sixth episode was just as kooky and fun as previous installments, proving that he never lost his touch over the years.