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Monster of the Week Index
Shaenon K. Garrity is a talented cartoonist, writer, and artist who, among her many projects, writes a weekly twelve-panel cartoon which summarizes, parodies, and comments on successive episodes of the X-Files. It's called Monster of the Week and is a lot of fun.
I couldn't find an existing index for 'Monster of the Week', so I decided to make my own. Below you'll find the episodes divided by season, with the original episode's title plus Shaenon's subtitle.
Bonus: Here's a 2012 list Shaenon and her 'Skin Horse' co-auther Jeffrey C. Wells made of the top five 'X-Files' episodes not written by Darin Morgan. It predates the first episode of Monster of the Week by a couple of years.
This document was last updated 21 May 2014.
| Season 2
| Season 3
| Season 4
| Season 5
| Season X
- Pilot; or, They Haven't Invented The Theme Song Yet
- Deep Throat; or, Deep Throat Is Barely Even In This Episode
- Squeeze; or, The First Monster Of The Week
- Conduit; or, Sometimes Psychic Transmissions Aren't All That Useful
- Jersey Devil; or, Homeless + Cave Woman ≠ Scary
- Shadows; or, An Episode That Just Kinda Hangs There
- Ghost in the Machine; or, The Best Part Was When They Said "Phone Phreaks"
- Ice; or, The One Where They Do "The Thing"
- Space; or, Challenger Reference? Too Soon, X-Files
- Fallen Angel; or, Mulder's First Fanboy
- Eve; or, It's Hayley Mills AND Hayley Mills In "The Parent Trap"!
- Fire; or, Mulder Kisses A Girl
- Beyond The Sea; or, Scully Has Daddy Issues
- Gender Bender; or, Spring Of Drowned Amish
- Lazarus; or, Worst "Quantum Leap" Ever
- Young At Heart; or, Confidential To Mad Doctors: Quit Giving Convicts Superpowers
- E.B.E.; or, Because They Can't Say "E.T."
- Miracle Man; or, You've Got The Touch
- Shapes; or, Dances With Werewolves
- Darkness Falls; or, Mites!
- Tooms; or, "Squeeze" 2: Nerds In Paradise
- Born Again; or, More Like "Bored Again"
- Roland; or, Brain Freeze
- The Erlenmeyer Flask; or, Because There's A Flask In It, Is Why
Season 1 Recap
- Little Green Men; or, Getting The Band Back Together
- The Host; or, Flukeman!!!
- Blood; or, Ignore The Generic Title, This Is The One With The Evil LCD Displays
- Sleepless; or, There Was A 1980s "Twilight Zone" Kinda Like This
- Duane Barry; or, Abductee Intervention, Part I
- Ascension; or, Abductee Intervention Part 2: Ski Lift Adventure
- 3; or, This Is The Terrible Vampire Episode
- One Breath; or, Scully In A Mind Boat
- Firewalker; or, Remember The Arctic Episode From Last Season? Like That, Only In A Volcano (featuring mycologist Paul Nagami - additional commentary from him here)
- Red Museum; or, The Vegetarian Cult And The Hormone Shots And The Cows And The Guy In The Walls And There Was Going To Be A "Picket ... [continues off-panel]
- Excelsis Dei; or, TW: Ghost Rape
- Aubrey; or, Only One In Two Million People Has What We Call The "Evil" Gene
- Irresistible; or, Hair And Fingernails. You Know The One
- Die Hand Die Verletzt; or, It Means, "The Hand That Wounds"
- Fresh Bones; or, The Voodoo Episode
- Colony; or, Samantha Return #1
- End Game; or, Samantha Return #1, Part 2
- Fearful Symmetry; or, Invisible Zoo Animals On Wheels
- Død Kalm; or, The Old Man And The Sea
- I Want To Believe It -- Or Not!; or, Humbug
- The Calusari; or, Romanian "Omen"
- F. Emasculata; or, It Doesn't Really Make Your Penis Fall Off, That's Just A Name
- Soft Light; or, Me & My Shadow
- Our Town; or, A Failure Pile In A Cannibalism Bowl
- Anasazi; or, Crap Goes Down, Part I: Dead Alien Boxcar
Season 2 Recap
Season 2 bonuses:
- The Blessing Way; or, Crap Goes Down Part II: Indians Are Magic
- Paper Clip; or, Crap Goes Down, Part III: All The Files
- D.P.O.; or, Lightning Boy's Time To Shine
- Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose; or, W.H. Auden's Musée Des Beaux Arts
- The List; or, The Five People You Kill In Heaven
- 2SHY; or, It's Pronounced "Tushy"
- The Walk; or, Ruined Because I Couldn't Get The Title Out Of My Head & Hummed "Baby Elephant Walk" Over All The Key Scenes
- Oubliette; or, Not Fun Like The One In Labyrinth
- Nisei; or, Japanese For "Alien Autopsy Hoax"
- 731; or, Crazy Train
- Revelations; or, Scully Gets Her Catholic On
- War of the Coprophages; or, Cockroaches!
- Syzygy; or, X-Files Goes "Heathers"
- Grotesque; or, Gargoyles! But Not The Sexy Disney Kind
- Piper Maru; or, It's Gillian Anderson's Daughter's Name, Is Why
- Apocrypha; or, Not Gillian Anderson's Daughter's Name, Although It Would Be An Awesome Name For A Girl
- Pusher; or, "Please Explain To Me The Scientific Nature Of The Whammy"
- Teso Dos Bichos; or, Kitties!
- Hell Money; or, Lo Pan Steals Your Liver
- Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"; or, Thirteen Ways Of Looking At "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'"
- Avatar; or The Ghost & Mr. Skinner
- Quagmire; or, R.I.P. Scully's Dog
- Wetwired; or, TV Rots Scully's Brain
- Talitha Cumi; or, It Means, "Arise, Maiden," But Mostly It's About Shapeshifters And Stuff
Season 3 Recap
- Herrenvolk; or, Covered In Bees
- Home; or, The Worst Ironic Counterpoint Music Ever
- Teliko; or, Even Mulder Thinks This Case Is Kinda Racist
- Unruhe; or Horrible Swirly Photos
- The Field Where I Died; or, Cult Atlas
- Sanguinarium; or, The Devil Gets Nose Jobs
- Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man; or, Jack Colquitt Saves Goddamn Democracy: A Jack Colquitt Adventure
- Tunguska; or, In Russia, Oil Lightly Seasons YOU
- Terma; or, Krycek & Punishment
- Paper Hearts; or, Technically They're Fabric Hearts
- El Mundo Gira; or, It Means "General Hospital"
- Leonard Betts; or, Headless Body In Topless Morge
- Never Again; or, Clarice Starling's Revenge
- Memento Mori; or, Scully Gets Cancer
- Kaddish; or, Golem, Can You Hear Me?
- Unrequited; or, This Show Has A Lot Of Invisible Soldiers
- Tempus Fugit; or, I Dunno, Aliens And Crap
- Max; or, I Dunno, Aliens & Crap Part II
- Synchrony; or, Cold Shower Time Machine
- Small Potatoes; or, This Is Where My Tax Money Goes?
- Zero Sum; or, Skinner Needs To Stop Getting Framed For Murder
- Elegy; or, Autism Is Magic
- Demons; or, Dude, Where's My Mulder?
- Gethsemane; or, The Truth Is Boring
Season 4 Recap
Season 4 Bonus Content
- Redux; or, Xposition
- Redux II; or, Redux Redux
- Unusual Suspects; or, That Lone Gunman Episode
- Detour; or, I Always Think This Is The One With The LSD Fungus, But That's "Field Trip"
- The Post-Modern Prometheus; or, Another Lovable Rape Monster
- Christmas Carol; or, Ghost Mom
- Emily; or, Not Without My Mutant
- Kitsunegari; or, Cerulean Blue 2: Cerulean Bluegaloo
- Schizogeny; or, Schizogeny
- Chinga; or, The One Stephen King Wrote
- Kill Switch; or, The One William Gibson Wrote
- Bad Blood; or, This Is The Awesome Vampire Episode
- Patient X; or, Oil Be Back
- The Red and the Black; or, Those Darn Aliens
- Travelers; or, Over Hill, Arthur Dales
- Mind's Eye; or, Cool, They Got Lili Taylor
- All Souls; or, Gingers Have No Souls
- The Pine Bluff Variant; or, Militia Impossible
- Folie à Deux; or, It Means "Blurry Bug Monster"
- The End; or, Not Actually The End
Season 5 Recap
Season X / the 2016 miniseries
- My Struggle; or, Cuz It's As Slow As Those Norwegian Novels
- Founder's Mutation; or, Mulder & Scully Remember They Have A Kid
- Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster; or, Nice Hat
- Home Again; or, Xit Through The Gift Shop
- Babylon; or, Mulder Tripping Balls
- My Struggle II; or, Because It's Twice As Slow As Those Norwegian Novels