Episode Summary

Dudley, Arkansas is the site of the latest investigation for Mulder and Scully, who are sent to find a missing poultry inspector. The case takes a twist when another poultry worker is shot after she goes insane, giving Mulder a hunch that the townsfolk really are what they eat.

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Scully: Come on, Mulder. Don't you see what they're doing here? They're wasting our time. They're sending us on some kind of a wild goose chase.

Mulder: Chicken chase. George Kearns was a federal poultry inspector assigned to Dudley, Arkansas. Home of Chaco Chicken.

Scully: She claims she saw some kind of a foxfire spirit! I'm surprised she didn't call Oprah as soon as she got off the phone with the police.

Scully: These are only legends, Mulder.

Mulder: Well, most legends don't leave behind twelve foot burn marks.

Mulder: A documentary I saw when I was in college about an insane asylum. It gave me nightmares.

Scully: I didn't think anything gave you nightmares.

Mulder: I was young.

Mulder: So you don't believe it's foxfire?

Sheriff Arens: Sir, Foxfire is nothing more than a ghost story about swamp gas.

Chaco Motto: Chaco Chicken. Good People. Good Food.

Mulder: What's that?

Jess Harold: That. Feed Grinder. Chops up bone and tissue. You see, any part of the bird we can't package we process and use as feed.

Mulder: Chickens feed on chickens?

Scully: So, Mulder, are you ready to admit that they sent us on a fool's errand?

Mulder: If a fool would persist in his folly he would become wise, Scully.

Walter Chaco: Not many people I know are as useful as these chickens.

Mulder: Who knows, Scully? This could turn out to be even more interesting than foxfires.

Scully: I just came up with a sick theory, Mulder.

Mulder: Ooh, I'm listening!

Mulder: Well I'd like it dragged as soon as possible. [The river]

Sheriff Arens: Why would you want to do that?

Mulder: To see what's in there.

Scully: All of them share one strange detail, Mulder.

Mulder: Well they seem to have lost their heads.

Mulder: Scully, I think that the good people of Dudley have been eating more than just chicken.

Scully: You think these people were eaten?

Mulder: Someone's been playing with matches.

Scully: Smells like a recent fire.

Mulder: I bet it's no coincidence it only hit the birth records.

Scully: You think someone was expecting us?