With a gaggle
of onlookers, teenagers Sky Commander Winky and Capn
Dare are videotaping their latest stunts for the cable access
Dumb Ass show. Capn Dare (otherwise known as
Bill) slips on a helmet, as Winky (David Winkle) pelts him with
balls from a pitching machine. Capn Dares girlfriend,
Natalie Gordon, watches unhappily. So does another boy, Dylan
Lokensgard. The boys move on to their next feat, and Capn
Dare sits inside a portable toilet that is pulled by a car across
a parking lot at a high speed. The car skids to a stop, and Capn
Dare and the toilet roll down an embankment. Capn Dare emerges
unharmed, and the crowd laughs. Natalie is again, not amused.
They move onto their third stunt, where Capn Dare will roll
down a hill in a shopping cart, onto a ramp that will sail him
over Natalie, who waits on the ground. When the stunt goes awry,
Capn Dare is thrown to the ground. Natalie and Winky are
horrified to see that Capn Dares head has collapsed
inside his undamaged helmet.
Reyes arrive at the Medical Examiners Office in Ocean County,
New Jersey. Dr. Fountain has requested help because he is unable
to explain Bills cause of death. Suddenly, the corpses
eyelid flutters. Reyes gently opens the eye with forceps, revealing
a hollow socket from which a swarm of flies emerge. They immediately
call Scully in to make an assessment, and she concludes that the
flies fed at such a furious rate that it caused the boys
head to collapse from within. The helmet actually protected his
head in the crash. Yet Scully pronounces that no fly would act
so aggressively. Dr. Rocky Bronzino, an entomologist who appears
in the doorway, quickly refutes her conclusion. He informs the
agents that the Australian bush fly and the New Zealand screwworm
fly are both aggressive insects. However, these varieties are
not the flies that apparently killed Bill. Reyes says that they
are not investigating a murder by an insect, but a human.
High School in nearby Manahawkin, New Jersey, Natalie sits in
the cafeteria, saddened by her boyfriends death. Dylan watches
her from afar, as Winky approaches Natalie with a camera. He wants
her to speak on the Capn Dare Memorial Video,
but she refuses, blaming him for making Bill do the stunts. Winky
notices that Dylan has stood up to defend Natalie. He threatens
Dylan, and spreads food on his head. Dylans mother, an Administrator
at the school, sees this and summons Winky to her office. Waiting
for him are Reyes and Doggett, who believe that Winky may have
killed his friend in order to sell the video to television networks.
Winky denies the claim, and jumps out of his chair while violently
scratching his back. Reyes and Doggett see that on his back is
written DUMB ASS in red, bloody welts.
home, ignoring his mother to retreat to his bedroom. He lies on
his bed, listening to Syd Barrett and looking longingly at a picture
of Natalie. Mrs. Lokensgard knocks on his locked door, which makes
him only raise his music louder. As he shuts his eyes to cry,
bugs swarm over his window and begin to fill up his room.
The next morning,
Dr. Bronzino informs the agents that the flies that ate Bills
brain and skull happened to all be female. This suggests that
something chemical or hormonal might have triggered the attack.
Yet since lice had also caused Winkys wounds, they wonder
whether someone was somehow directing the bugs to act. They decide
to question Dylan Lokensgard, who was present for every stunt
and had a run-in with Winky just before the lice injured his back.
Natalie leave his front door. He rushes out the window, but his
mother intercepts him and warns Dylan to stay away from Natalie.
She tries to talk to him about the changes his body is going through,
but Dylan brushes her off and heads for school. Meanwhile, Dr.
Bronzino and Scully revisit the scene of Capn Dares
death, tracking the atmosphere with an electroantennogram device.
While not-so-subtly hitting on Scully, Bronzino surmises that
the bugs are somehow being driven crazy with desire. Suddenly,
the devices signal loudly blares. They dont see Dylan,
the cause of the devices alarm, peddling past them on his
bike. Dylan finds Natalie at school, and she apologizes for Winkys
behavior in the cafeteria the day before. They reminisce about
their childhood. Feeling uncomfortable, Natalie leaves abruptly.
Reyes and Doggett accost Dylan, and question him in his mothers
office. They show him the Dumb Ass video, and he nervously
begins to perspire. Doggett hands him a tissue to wipe his sweat.
Mrs. Lokensgard enters, refusing to let their interrogation continue,
when flies begin to gather on the office ceiling. Dylans
entire body is suddenly and mysteriously covered in flies.
A Vector Control
team evacuates the school, but all the bugs have disappeared.
The paramedics examine Dylan, who is unharmed with no bites on
him. Reyes believes that Dylan staged the attack to make himself
look like a victim instead of a perpetrator. Mrs. Lokensgard drags
Dylan to the car, while Winky eyes him suspiciously. Dr. Bronzino
examines the tissue that Dylan used to wipe his sweat, finding
that the boy is actually secreting bug pheromones. Although that
notion is preposterous, Reyes theorizes that Dylan is using the
bugs to act out against anyone who might harm Natalie. Later that
night, Dylan is surprised to see Natalie climb up to his bedroom
window. She hasnt been there since they were in the fourth
grade. She apologizes for not being a friend to him over the years,
realizing only now how important he really is to her. He is ecstatic
that his dream girl has opened her heart to him. They kiss, but
she pulls away when Dylans tongue causes her mouth to bleed.
Natalie cries and quickly leaves, as Dylan tries to explain. He
runs after her into the street, when another car stops behind
him. It is Winky with a group of friends, who capture Dylan. They
ask how he killed Capn Dare. Dylan responds angrily, I
just have to open my mouth. And when he does, a set of bug
mandibles appears between his lips, spraying an opaque mist. The
car loses control, turning upside down before it rolls to a stop.
Reyes come upon the car wreck, where Winky and his friends are
stuck under a thick spider web. He tells them that Dylan is the
one responsible, and that he chewed his way out the back window.
Reyes finds Natalie at home, curled up on her bed and crying.
Reyes asks Natalie to talk to Dylan and convince him not to hurt
anyone else. Yet Dylan is already standing in Natalies bedroom.
At the Lokensgard home, Scully and Dr. Bronzino arrive to question
Dylan, but the house is empty and dark. They enter through the
open front door, and Bronzino finds high readings of pheromone
levels. After Scully leaves to join Doggett at the crime scene,
Bronzino continues to scan the Lokensgard home with his electroantennogram.
Mrs. Lokensgard surprises him, and she shoots a stream of webbing
at Bronzino from the insect mandibles in her mouth. Dylan returns
to his house with Natalie, and Mrs. Lokensgard confronts her son.
He is upset when she tells him that he is not like the other kids
and never will be.
at Natalies to find Reyes completely wrapped in layers of
webbing, barely able to breathe. She tells Doggett that Dylan
took Natalie to his house, which is where Scully is headed when
she lost contact with Dr. Bronzino. Scully creeps in the Lokensgard
home and sees Natalie sobbing. Scully cautiously goes into the
attic with her weapon ready. Her flashlight beam locates a cocoon,
from which comes the voice of Dr. Bronzino. Scully frees him.
Paramedics arrive soon after, followed by Doggett and Reyes.
discover that the other cocoon in the attic was a crude coffin
for four bodies, one of whom was Dylans father, long reported
missing. Mrs. Lokensgard had killed her husband for not being
what she and Dylan were -- neither human nor insect, but an anomaly
in between. Although Dylan had tried to fit in with his peers
and was in love with Natalie, he could not hide from his true
nature. Mrs. Lokensgard escapes with her saddened son.
awake in her bed, when her attention is drawn to a light in the
night sky. She goes to her window and sees a swarm of fireflies,
their lights twinkling and forming a message that reads, I
OF THE FLIES"
Original Air Date: 12/16/01
Directed by Kim Manners
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
ROBERT PATRICK as Special Agent John Doggett
ANNABETH GISH as Special Agent Monica Reyes
Hank Harris as Dylan Lokensgard
Samaire Armstrong as Natalie Gordon
Michael Wiseman as Dr. Rocky Bronzino
Jane Lynch as Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard
Aaron Paul as Sky Commander Winky
Branden Williams as Capn Dare
Erick Avari as Dr. Herb Fountain
Aeryk Egan as Camera Dude