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version of the X-Files Timeline is designed to help fans review the alien/conspiracy
story arc of the series. We identify 74 specific mythology/conspiracy
arc episodes, and related details, broadcast during the original run of the series.
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and a Half Billion Years Ago
is blasted off the surface of Mars by a meteor impact. After floating in
space, it eventually enters the atmosphere of Earth, and lands in Siberia.
It contains dormant biological organisms capable of entering living bodies.
(Terma and NASA)
of Years Ago, or more
A virus sometimes
known as the Black Oil and that has the ability to take control of humanoid
species is the "original inhabitant" of the
planet Earth, according to the Well Manicured Man. He adds that aliens
came, also apparently millions of years ago. Those that didn't leave have
been dormant since the last Ice Age, waiting for the Colonists.(Movie)
hunters follow a line of footprints through the snow and enter an ice cave
in what is now northern Texas, during the last ice age. The footprints
are three-toed, implying that they are not human. Inside the cave, they
find another of their kind, encased in ice. They are attacked by a highly
aggressive creature -- an alien. The alien is hard to see, but is based
on a reptilian "grey" alien.
The first human is killed, but the second kills the alien. Black Oil
pours out of the dead alien and enters the body of the human. (Movie)
evidence suggests that around this year an Extraterrestrial Biological
Entity may have been frozen in ice near a glacier in the Yukon Territory.
The body found there in 1997 may also be a hoax. (Gethsemane)
sect settles near Steveston, Massachusetts. They believe in complete isolation
from other people, except for the occasional visit to the Steveston feed
store. Actually, they (apparently) are aliens, with the ability to change
sex and to emit massive amounts of pheromones that can, among other things,
create extreme sexual desire in humans. (Genderbender)
There is limited
evidence that other enclaves of aliens may exist in other parts of the country,
such as Georgia. (The Unnatural)
Butters is born, according to the claim of the Smoking Man in the episode
En Ami. She will still be alive in the year 2000, and will be offered as
proof that the Smoking Man has technology that can end human disease and
in Russian Siberia, a huge explosion occurs, laying waste to a huge geographic
area. No scientific study team reaches the site until 1927. It finds fallen
trees in a pattern radiating outward from a central point. No crater is
found. It is generally considered to be an explosion of a very large meteor
or a small comet. (Historical)
Manicured Man is born, based on age of actor John Neville.
is born, based on age of Darrin McGavin, and the fact that the young Dales
in Travelers looked like he was in his early to mid-thirties.
is born, based on age of actor Peter Donat.
date, Cigarette Smoking Man is born. (Based on being an adult in 1953,
as seen in 731.)
is born. She will eventually believe that she is the victim of alien abductions.
is born circa this year.
- A series of
photographs is taken of The Kindred, a sect of religious isolationists in
Pennsylvania. In 1994, many of the same faces will be seen on the Kindred
farm. They are apparently from another world. (Genderbender)
- Josh Exley
is born in the Macon, Georgia, area. He will disappear at age 6. (The Unnatural)
of Germany's Third Reich conduct a series of experiments on unwilling human
subjects. Generally reviled as inhumane and barbaric, they were intended
to be the basis for a eugenics program to improve the race. (Historical)
- After Germany
surrenders, many of the scientists of the German eugenics program are brought
to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip. (Historical)
- A German industrialist
named Strughold flees Germany, apparently after the downfall of the Reich.
He takes up residence in Tunis. (Movie) (Note that exactly when Strughold
fled Germany is vague. Instead of the end of WWII it is possible that is
happened later and with different circumstances, such as from postwar Communist
- Margaret Scully
is born circa this year.
- The Philadelphia
Experiment may have begun as early as this year. Scully later says it was
an effort to make battleships invisible to radar during World War II, but
as the Manhattan Project heated up, it was de-emphasized. She says most of
the scientists were relocated to Los Alamos, but Mulder claims most never
made it there, and were transferred to Roswell, New Mexico instead.
- A Japanese
medical unit, 731, conducts human experimentation similar to that of German
Victor Klemperer, experimenting on human subjects. Takeo Ishimaru is a leader
of the effort.(731)
- Also sometime
in 1942 six year old Josh Exley disappears from Macon, Georgia. At about
the same time, an adult black man calling himself Josh Exley shows up in
Roswell, NM, and begins playing baseball in the Cactus League. The adult
Exley is a gray alien, shape-changed to appear human, because he has fallen
in love with the game of baseball. The aliens do not allow participation
in such games and he leaves "his family" without
permission, planning to play in the cactus league because the scrutiny of
the major leagues could compromise the secret of his background. An alien
bounty hunter becomes a Macon police officer, planted to watch for missing
person reports of the name Josh Exley, since apparently the aliens do not
read sports news about minor league baseball. (The Unnatural)
- April 26, 1945
- The Joint Chiefs
of Staff issue Order 1067 to General Dwight David Eisenhower to "preserve
from destruction and take under your control records, plans, documents, papers,
files and scientific, industrial and other information and data belonging
to...German organizations engaged in military research." The effort is known
as Operation Paper Clip and includes 127 German scientists and engineers
including Werner von Braun. (Historical)
- Apparently included
in this group is Victor Klemperer, who had conducted gruesome experiments
on Jewish prisoners in concentration camps. There are allegations he may
have experimented on combining human and alien DNA, then or later. (731 & Nisei)
- Early August
- A B-29 transporting
a nuclear bomb similar to those used on Japan, and an escort squadron of
P-51 Mustangs, crash after an encounter with a triangular-shaped UFO, known
to pilots as a Foo Fighter, that also crashes, at 171E, 42N, part way between
the western Hawaiian Islands and the Aleutians. (Date is based on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki bombings, followed by Japanese surrender August 14, 1945.)
- The United
States submarine Zeus Faber, under Captain Sandford and XO Johansen, is dispatched
to locate the planes, which it does. When a Japanese destroyer approaches,
the submarine hides on silent running, and crew members develop radiation
burns. Sandford is taken over by an alien that can occupy human bodies, and
appears to the crew to be acting irrationally. The alien resides in 50 weight
diesel oil, as a medium. When it occupies a human body, it gives the appearance
of diesel oil within the eyeball.
- Johanson seals
the Captain in the ward room, and takes the submarine back to Pearl Harbor.
The other crew in the ward room kill Sandford, and diesel oil evacuates the
body. Of 144 men, only 7 survive, some of whom are hospitalized for years.
They never receive an explanation. Johansen remains on active duty, so apparently
is not disciplined for technical mutiny.
- The UFO, the
aircraft and the nuclear bomb are all left in place on the ocean floor. The
alien may or may not have returned to America. (Piper Maru, Apocrypha, 731 & Nisei)
- September 20,
- German scientists
from the V2 base at Peenemunde in the US under Operation Paper Clip arrive
at Fort Strong, Mass. The first group of seven men includes Werner von Braun.
Many of the Germans are eventually relocated to White Sands, New Mexico,
where 100 captured V2 rockets are reassembled and tested. (Historical)
- December 3, 1946
- Bert and Loretta
Barry's first child is born in Greensboro, NC. The boy, who would later become
an FBI agent as an adult, is christened Duane. (Duane Berry)
- June 29-July
of two brothers named Arthur Dales (not the one in the FBI in the 1950s)
is a police officer in Roswell, NM, and is assigned to protect negro
baseball star Josh Exley from racist threats that the game of baseball
should be kept white. Exley plays for an all-negro team called the Roswell
Grays. Dales ends up traveling on the team bus, and at night, in a lightning
storm, Exley's reflection in the bus window appears to be the image of
a gray alien. The next day, during a game, Exley is hit on the head with
a ball and knocked out. He murmers words in an unknown language and claims
to be from Macon, Georgia. Dales finds green acid on the glove used to
cushion Exley's head and sends it off to be tested. Dales calls the Macom
police and learns that Josh Exley was a six year old child that disappeared
about the time Exley arrived in Roswell. The Macon police officer Dales
talks with is really a bounty hunter. Exley denies to Dales that he was
ever in Macon. Dales thinks Exley "tanked" the game
that day because American League scouts were there and he did not want to
be recruited into the major leagues, because Exley has a secret.
That night, Dales sees a gray alien in Exley's room, wearing a baseball
cap and holding a bat. Dales faints at the sight, but the alien wakes him
up and tells him he is Exley -- this is his real face. Exley morphs into a
pretty girl to prove his claim. The next day they talk more. Exley says
his people guard their privacy and don't allow intermingling, but when he
discovered baseball he immediately fell in love. The bounty hunter
arrives in Roswell, looking for Exley. Posing as Exley, he goes to the lab
and kills the lab technician who was testing the acid on the glove. Dales
finds Exley and warns him that a witness claims he killed a man. Exley
says he talked "with his family" and they want him to come home. He
leaves, supposedly to go back home, and several "men in black" question
Exley actually, however, returns to the baseball team and plays a night
game. After a home run, several men in the white sheets of the Ku Klux
Klan and carrying guns ride up on horses. Exley has gotten too good and
the KKK wants to keep the game of baseball white-only. They threaten
Exley, but the white baseball team overcomes the klansmen, one of whom,
knocked unconscious, is seen to be a gray alien. Everyone else runs
off and Exley confronts the bounty hunter, who quickly awakes. The bounty
hunter says he warned Exley and tells him to show his true face so he
can die with honor. Exley does not morph. Dales drives up as Exley is killed.
The bounty hunter escapes and Dales concentrates on Exley, who is dieing.
Exley warns Dales that his blood is like acid, but Dales finds only red
blood. Exley apparently loved the game of baseball so much that it
transformed him into a human, but Mulder can't figure out if the story
is metaphorical. (All events described by Dales to Mulder in The
- July 4, 1947
- The alleged
Roswell New Mexico UFO incident, on or about this date. On July 8 a news
release is issued from Roswell Army Air Field claiming to have recovered
a crashed "disk." The
following day, however, another news release says it was actually the remains
of a weather balloon. (Historical accounts.)
- Deep Throat
later says that alien DNA was first obtained in 1947, but that Roswell was
a smoke screen, and that a half dozen better samples were obtained between
1947 and 1994. (The Erlenmeyer Flask)
- In The Unnatural,
Mulder said Josh Exley disappeared without a trace, although he was seen
to be killed by the bounty hunter. Did the men in black recover his body,
then stage a UFO hoax to cover their tracks?
- In Two Fathers,
several references are made to "50 years, since
Roswell." Regardless of whether it was a UFO crash or not, apparently
contact is made at Roswell between the alien colonists and the
- As a result
of whatever happens at Roswell, a secret government project begins within
the State Department to investigate and study the aliens. The Project is
staffed with German scientists given immunity from war crimes and allowed
to continue the eugenic experiments of the Third Reich. Japanese scientists
also participate in the work.
- Less than
nine months after the Roswell crash, according to Mulder, the scientists
of the Philadelphia Experiment reportedly cause the USS Eldridge to disappear
from Philadelphia and reappear in Norfolk, Virginia. Mulder believes they
were manipulating naturally-occurring wormholes. (Dod Kalm)
- Deep Throat
also says a super-secret meeting of representatives of many nations meets
in 1947 to agree that any alien survivors of UFO crashes shall be exterminated.
(E.B.E.) At another time, he says this order was from Security Council Resolution
- In End Game,
the Samantha clone claimed that two aliens came to Earth in the 1940s and
produced several identical clones as progeny, known later as the Gregor clones.
Samantha claimed that the aliens were combining human and alien DNA in order
to eliminate their identical nature. She said that they believe that the
human stewardship of the planet is being forsaken and that they will become
the natural hiers of the planet. The clone may have been misleading Mulder,
but there may also be some germ of truth in the story.
- September 24,
- It has also
often been reported that in 1947, the Top Secret US Government project known
as Majestic 12, or MJ-12, is created, possibly by a special classified executive
order of President Truman on 24 September, 1947. According to some reports,
membership of MJ-12 included Dr. Detlev Bronk and Dr. Jerome Hunsaker, names
mentioned by Dana Scully in her Senior Thesis. (Popular reports and Musings...)
- Melvin Frohike
is born, based on the age of actor Tom Braidwood.
- In McMinnville,
Oregon, a UFO is photographed above a field. This photograph is the first
picture shown in the X-Files opening credits.
- In Christmas
Carol, Scully dreams that her mother, Margaret, tells about being given a
cross necklace at about the same age by her mother. Given Margaret's apparent
age, and the ages at which her children were born, this gift was probably
given to Margaret by Dana Scully's grandmother in the 50s.
- Young military
officers Bill Mulder and Alvin Kurtzweil are recruited to "the Project." Kurtzweil
eventually becomes disillusioned, and leaves. He becomes an OB/GYN doctor,
and publishes several books about doomsday ahead, but he is generally discounted.
Bill Mulder remains with the Project for many years, operating under the
cover of being employed by the State Department. Mulder, however, has ethical
problems with the way the Project is run. (Movie)
- Walter Sergei
Skinner is born. (Date based on the age of actor Mitch Pileggi, which is
consistent with Skinner being in Vietnam at age 18, in 1970. Middle name
given in Tunguska.)
- 1952 ????
- Veterans Edward
Skur and two other men are told they need surgery for war wounds. In reality,
German scientists working for the US government graft other living organisms
into their bodies. The organisms occasionally emerge through their mouths
and can dissolve all of the internal tissue of other people. Out of revenge,
Skur begins to plot to kill the German scientists. (Travelers)
of the conspiracy use positions of power in the House Un-American Activities
Committee to pursue their goals. (Travelers)
- June 24, 1952
- One of two
brothers named Arthur Dale (not the one who was a police officer in Roswell,
NM) and his partner, Agent Hayes Michel, arrest Edward Skur for failing to
appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee of the US Congress.
Dale is later told that Skur has hung himself in his jail cell and there
are photographs that it is later learn are faked. Dale goes to the Skur home
to tell Mrs. Skur of her husband's death, but encounters Edward Skur there.
They struggle and Dale sees something attempting to emerge from Skur's mouth,
but there is a disturbance and Skur runs off. Dale files his report but the
HUAC prosecutor, Mr. Cohn, convinces him to change his report to not identify
Skur, saying that some things must be kept from the public.
- Skur's name
keeps coming up in Dale's life. He and Michels are called to the home of
a former German scientist who is dead with all of the internal organs of
his body missing. A note Dale finds there summons Dale to a secret meeting
with Bill Mulder who tells him that Skur is a patriot. He and two other
men had something done to them against their will and Skur wants vengance.
It becomes clear to Dale that HUAC is a cover-up for a more sinister conspiracy
within the American government. Skur thinks Dale and Michel are part of the
plot against him. Dale calls Michel's home, but Skur has already been there
and Michel is dead. Viewers see some kind of living organism exit Skur's
mouth to kill Michel -- apparently entering his body and destroying the internal
- Later, when
Dale is at the Michel crime scene, Cohn arrives and proclaims "national security" to
have the body removed. Dale investigates the other two men identified by
Bill Mulder. One, Gissing, was found dead in the last few days alongside
another German scientist, whose internal organs were all missing. An autopsy
finds a living organism inside Gissing's throat, held in by sutures. Dale
calls on Mrs. Skur and accuses her of knowing her husband is still alive.
He says Skur was the victim of Xenotransplantation -- the process of grafting
another living organism into a human body. He says German scientists experimented
with it during WWII. When Dale leaves, Mrs. Skur goes to her husband in
a backyard fallout shelter, the organism emerges from his mouth and kills
- Dale is taken
to J. Edgar Hoover who lectures him about the communist threat and gives
Dales one chance to save himself. He is sent to an arranged meeting with
Skur, wearing a hidden transmitter. Bill Mulder is one of the escorts to
the meeting site. Skur tells Dale that "they" want
Dale dead. They fight and the organism begins to emerge from Skur's mouth
but Dale manages to handcuff Skur and escape death.
- Bill Mulder
eventually helps Skur escape captivity. (Travelers)
- Early 1950s
to Deep Throat, the federal government learns that the Soviets are experimenting
with eugenics in order to attempt to develop a super soldier. In reaction,
the government somehow manages to clone two people. Eight sets of boy and
girl clones are born and raised in a controlled compound at a place called
Litchfield. The project comes to be called the Litchfield Experiment. The
boys are called Adam and the girls Eve. (Eve -- Deep Throat occasionally
lied to Mulder, or distorted the truth. Details could be different from what
this year, Majestic begins flying aircraft using antigravity propulsion systems.
It is learned that antigravity propulsion operates by bending space-time.
It is also learned that lost time is a common symptom of close proximity
to antigravity propulsion systems.(Dreamland)(Dreamland is not clear, but
the antigravity propulsion system is apparently based on UFO technology.
If so, the technology was apparently obtained after the Roswell crash.)
- August 19, 1953
- The last survivor
of the ward room of the Zeus Faber is interviewed by a task force from Washington
that includes William Mulder and the Cigarette Smoking Man. They ask if the
crewman considers the oil that seeped from Captain Johansen to have been
an entity. Even this early, the Smoking Man smokes Morley Cigarettes. (Apocrypha)
- Note: Given
that Bill Mulder and the Smoking Man are seen as Army Captains in 1962, they
may be junior officers at this time, although they appear in civilian clothes.
(If you believe Musings...)
- According to
the Bounty Hunter posing as Ambrose Chapel, early in the cold war the Soviets
gain the capability of cloning in a program called "Gregor." (Colony and
- October 13, 1961
- Fox William
Mulder is born, son of William and Tina Mulder. The family home is in Chilmark,
on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, near Otis Air Force Base and Camp Edwards
Military Reservation on the mainland. The family also has a summer home
in Qounochontaug, RI, (pronounced QUAN-uh- kah-tagh) near US Highway 1 in
southwest Rhode Island. William Mulder allegedly works for the State Department,
but in fact is deeply involved in the work of The Conspiracy. Fox presently
discovers he is red-green color blind. (Bill Mulder calls Fox a one year
old in a Musings... scene identified as October 1962. Some fan sources once
gave October 11th as Fox's birthday. The 13th was on the file folder in
Paperclip, and repeated on the driver's license in Small Potatoes.)
- In "The Sixth
Extinction II: Amor Fati" the
Cigarette Smoking Man claims to be Fox Mulder's father. Later in the episode,
Diana Fowley makes a statement confirming the claim. The circumstances
are not clear.
- Melissa Scully
is born. (Based on her grave stone, seen in Apocrypha.)
- Diana Fowley
is born circa this year. (The Official X-Files Site says she is "in her 30s." 1963
would make her 35 when she first appears in The End.)
- At some point
early in the Litchfield Experiment, Eve 7 escapes. She is raised by a geneticist
employed by the experiment and grows up relatively normal, by the standard
of the other Eves. She develops the goal of becoming a geneticist and helping
the other Adam and Eve clones become better adjusted. (Eve)
- November 22,
- John Fitzgerald
Byers is born. His parents name him after the assassinated President. (Unusual
- January 22, 1964
- Samantha T.
Mulder is born. Her smallpox vaccination certificate (seen in Paper Clip)
says the family lives at 62 Greer Street, Martha's Vineyard, Connecticut
(even though the island Martha's Vineyard and the community of West Tisbury
is in Mass.)
- February 23,
- Dana Katherine
Scully is born to William and Margaret "Maggie"
Scully. (One Breath) Her birth certificate (seen in Paper Clip) says the
family lives at 1170 W. 53 Road, Annapolis, MD. (February 23 established
in Lazarus.) Her two brothers are Bill Junior and Charlie. Their exact
ages are unknown, although in "Roland" Dana says one brother is older and
one younger. Dana's older sister, Melissa, was born in 1962. (Apocrypha)
Presumably Bill, Jr., is the eldest son, both because of his name and
because he tends to act like an older brother in various settings.
- Takeo Ishimaru
reportedly dies, but continues his work in secret, attempting to combine
alien and human DNA. The conspiracy relocates him to Perkey, West Virginia,
under the name Dr. Shiro Zama. He operates a Hansen's Disease Research facility.
Other people are periodically brought in, kept segregated, and during "treatment" sustain
severe burns. (These burns could result from simple radiation experimentation
or from exposure to alien life, such as found on the Pacific UFO.) (731 & Nisei)
- March 16, 1966
- The Gemini
8 mission suffers serious thruster malfunctions, causing the craft to tumble
and roll after the first-ever American spacecraft docking in space. The crew
battles the malfunction with manual thrusters, and eventually aborts the
flight for an emergency reentry, landing in the Western Pacific. The crew
consists of Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott. (Historical)
- The episode
Space indicates that Astronaut Marcus Aurelius Bolt was on this flight, and
that there was also an oxygen loss. The implication is that some entity intercepted
the spacecraft, and somehow took at least partial control of Belt's mind.
In Space he will be seen to morph uncontrollably. There are implications
that in the future he will be forced to participate in sabotage of certain
- (When originally
broadcast, it was probably the intent that actual aliens had intercepted
Belt in order to keep humans from learning about their existence in the space
nearby Earth. In light of later seasons, the Conspiracy may well have had
reason to limit NASA, and may have used hypnosis, alien gene therapy treatments
and spacecraft based on alien technology to intercept Gemini 8.)
- Ringo Langly
is born circa this year. (First name, "Ringo," was not
given on air but is based on an earlier version of the script for Unusual
- Marita Covarrubias
is born circa this year.
- June 6, 1967
- Roberta K. Sim
is born. Sim will be her married name. Her maiden name is unknown. She is
the future mother of "Emily." (Christmas Carol)
- October 13, 1967
- This apparent
date was seen on a Conspiracy document relating to Dana Scully. It is unclear
what the date might represent in their records. (Emily)
- The Litchfield
Project discovers that at around age 12 the Adam and Eve clones begin to
develop psychoses. They have been found to have abnormal strength and IQs
up to 265 as the result of having 56 chromosomes. (Eve)
- Circa 1969
- A UFO is seen
over Hanoi. The Marines attempt unsuccessfully to shoot it down. Deep Throat
is with "The Company" at
this time. (Musings...) Apparently referring to the same incident, Deep
Throat later tells Mulder that he became one of the three men to have exterminated
an alien, with the CIA in Vietnam. He tells Mulder that the death of that
innocent alien haunts him and that is why he wants the truth to be known.
- Deep Throat
may have been blurring the facts, and may have actually been describing the
killing of an alien in 1991. (Musings...)
- Samantha Mulder
breaks her collar bone, at age 6. (Paper Hearts)
- The Adam and
Eve clones in the Litchfield Experiment become homocidal. This may be about
the time that Eve 8 escapes. The project is given the highest level of classified
status by the Federal Government and all records are destroyed. Also around
this time, Eve 7 enters college, with the goal of completing degrees in genetics
and medicine. She takes the name Sally Kendrick. (Eve)(The escape of Eve
8 was given as ten years after Eve 7 escaped, which was given as early in
the history of the project.
- A photograph
is taken at a West Virginia mine where medical data on hundreds of thousands
of people is filed. The photo includes Bill Mulder, German scientist Victor
Klemperer, the Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man and several other members
of the Conspiracy. (Nisei & 731) Development of
this database may have been required prior to the beginning of the
human-alien hybrid program. (Two Fathers, etc.)
- October, 1973
- John Lee Roche
claims to have sold an Electro-vac Princess canister vacuum cleaner to William
Mulder, as a gift for his wife, Tina. In fact, Mrs. Mulder is given a Princess
model, which she takes with her to Greenwich, Connecticut after her divorce.
- October 13, 1973
- (This entire
date entry is based on One Son.)
- State Department
staff members have learned that the aliens encountered at Roswell are planning
to colonize Earth in a process that will kill all humans. For reasons that
are not completely clear, the Colonists negotiate to delay the colonization
while the members of the Project develop both a means of distributing the
alien Black Oil virus, as well as develop a race of human-alien hybrids that
is immune to the Black Oil. The operatives of the project take a vote and
agree to work with the Colonists as a way of stalling for time while they
try to develop a defense against the Black Oil. In this way, the Conspiracy
is born, and the new Consortium is not controlled by any government.
Bill Mulder is the only dissenting vote. When the aliens provide an alien
fetus to the Consortium, providing DNA with which to develop the hybrids,
Mulder devises a plan to use the DNA to create a vaccine, so that the
entire human population might be saved.
When the humans agree to help the Colonists, the aliens demand that each
give up a child or other loved one into the custody of the colonists,
with the promise that they will be returned when the colonization begins.
The plan is that they, as well as the members and other family of the
Consortium, will receive the alien genes and become hybrids themselves.
It is unclear why the Colonists need help from humans, and why they are
willing to wait for years for the hybrids to be developed. It is also
unclear what use the Colonists would have for immune hybrids.
A dark, shadowy organization of people, mostly men, the Consortium
eventually includes members from many countries. Conspiracy leaders
and operatives do not hesitate at murder and other crimes to further the
goals of the Conspiracy. The conspiracy is also also known as the Consortium
and the Syndicate. (Two Fathers, etc.)
Conrad Strughold becomes involved at some point and gains a position of
authority in the Consortium. Meetings involving him are generally held
in London, as opposed to most meetings of the Consportium which are held
in New York. This suggests that he may be unable to legally enter the United
As time goes by, and no vaccine is developed, some members of the
Consortium come to believe that slavery for the human race is better
than death. They become more interested in their personal futures and gaining
preferred status from the Colonists. Other members of the Consortium,
however, apparently remain pure to the original goal of defeating the
- November 1973??
- In Demons, Mulder
experiences a series of flashbacks to events in his family's summer cottage
in Rhode Island during which Bill Mulder apparently tells his wife that Samantha
must be taken. In the flashback, the Mulders argue and the Smoking Man
is present -- at one point calling young Fox a spy. Closed captioning reveals
Mrs. Mulder repeatedly says "not Samantha," and Bill Mulder says that the
orders came down from on high. Bill Mulder and the Smoking Man also argue
during the flashbacks, which may or may not be true, due to the drugs Mulder
received that induced the flashbacks.
- Tina Mulder
later (in Demons) says her husband asked her to decide which child should
be taken, but she could not and hated her husband for making the choice.
The evidence in a West Virginia mine indicates that Fox was originally chosen,
but the decision was changed, with Samantha ultimately taken. Does that mean
William Mulder chose Fox to be taken, and somehow his decision was overridden?
Or that Bill changed his mind about which of his children would grow up to
make the best operative against the Colonists?
- November 27,
- Samantha Mulder
and Cassandra Spender both disappear. On this day Gerald R. Ford is confirmed
as Vice President of the United States. Also on this date, Rosemary Woods
admits that she was responsible for erasure of some, but not all of the 18
minute gap on a tape recorded in President Nixon's office. (Historical)
- The date is
given in the episode Conduit, which gives Samantha's address at the time
as 2790 Vine Street, Chilmarc, Mass, different from the address on her smallpox
vaccination certificate. It is repeated in Two Fathers and One Son, which
makes clear that both women were taken on the same day.
Spender, wife of C.G.M. Spender, is later confirmed to have been kidnapped
repeatedly by the government conspiracy, working to make her a human-alien
hybrid. C.G.M. Spender is later determined to be an alias of the Cigarette
Smoking Man. (Two Fathers) Someone who is apparently Cassandra is seen in
One Son preparing to enter the alien spacecraft along with other loved ones
of the Consortium members. Either this delivery of family members took place
after November 27th or it was not really Cassandra seen on screen.
is said in One Son to have been taken later than the others, because
Bill Mulder delayed "coming to his senses" about
the plan. In the X-Files Movie novelization, the Well Manicured Man tells
Fox Mulder that his father refused to believe that victory against the
Colonists consists of merely staying alive. WMM says that Samantha was
abducted, to be taken to a cloning program so she would become immune
and survive. WMM also says that Bill Mulder's hope for FOX was that he
would uncover the truth about the Project and do everything possible
to stop it.
It is unclear why Cassandra was apparently taken by the aliens but
returned for experimentation.
is taken just as her older brother, Fox, is getting ready
to watch his favorite TV program, The Magician, starring Bill Bixby.
Their parents are next door, visiting the Galbrands. (Little Green
Men) In Conduit, Mulder's voice on his hypnosis tape says as Samantha
is being taken, he hears a voice in his head saying she will return
someday, which is something he says "I want to believe."
- Fox comes to
believe Samantha has been kidnapped by aliens. Mr. and Mrs. Mulder separate
soon after and divorce. William Mulder later sells the house in Chilmark
and buys a home in West Tisbury, also on Martha's Vineyard. (Paper Hearts)
After her divorce, Mrs. Mulder later lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, keeping
much of her property in storage in the basement, including a vacuum cleaner.
(731 & Nisei;
Paper Hearts) By Sein Und Seit she is living in an apartment, rather than
- Samantha ends
up in the care of C.G.M. Spender and she lives with his family in residential
quarters on the April Air Force Base in California. Jeffrey spender is apparently
living with the family, as well. Both of the children's handprints are placed
in fresh concrete outside the family home. Samantha is subjected to repeated
tests that she comes to hate. (Closure)
- Young Fox
has a recurring nightmare in which he wakes up and thinks he is the only
person left in the world. He is always reassured to find his father in the
study, eating sunflower seeds. (Aubrey) He often closes his eyes when he
climbs the stairs of his house, hoping that he will open them again and his
sister will be in her room. (Conduit)
- Circa 1975
- According to
the Bounty Hunter, posing as CIA agent Ambrose Chapel, around the mid-1970s,
several of the Soviet "Gergor" clones enters the
United States to infiltrate the medical industry to be ready to commit
sabotage in the time of war. The Bounty Hunter was probably not telling
the truth. (Colony and End Game)
Spender is involved in a UFO cult. (Patient X)
- August 1977
- A researcher
working with the Ohio State University finds data on a signal received that
was thirty times stronger than the galactic background, on a wavelength of
21 centimeters. He is so impressed that he writes "WOW" on the printout.
The signal comes to be known as the "WOW
Signal," and is considered the best evidence to date of a possible
extraterrestrial transmission, although it is not considered to be
definitive evidence. (Historical fact, mentioned in Little Green Men
- June 13, 1978
- Morris and Joanne
Fletcher are married. He soon becomes a "man in
black" working at Area 51 to mislead the American public about the
existence of aliens. (Dreamland II)
- February 23,
- On Dana's
fifteenth birthday, Margaret Scully gives her daughter a necklace consisting
of a gold cross on a gold chain. (Ascension) (Note: In Christmas Carol, Dana
has a dream remembering receiving the necklace at Christmas, 2 to 3 years
earlier. Since dreams are not always true, we can't tell for sure when she
- October 23, 1979
- Unable to
stand the tests any longer, Samantha Mulder, age 14, runs away from the Spender
home at April Air Force Base in California. She believes that those performing
the tests have taken her memories -- she has only vague memories of a brother.
She is picked up by police as a runaway and taken to Dominic Savio Memorial
Hospital, suffering from paranoia and what are considered to be self-inflicted
wounds. She gives no name and allows no one but the emergency room nurse,
Arbutus Ray, to touch her. As Samantha sleeps, Ray has a brief vision of
Samantha dead in her bed, but the vision quickly passes and Samantha is fine.
Late that night, a group of men arrives to take Samantha, but the nurse finds
that Samantha has disappeared from a locked hospital room, never to be seen
- FBI agent
Duane Barry is shot in the head. He survives, but has severe mental problems
for the rest of his life. He later believes that he is repeatedly abducted
by aliens. His wife and family leave him. (Duane Barry)
- Fall 1982
- Dana Scully
enters college, receiving an undergraduate degree in physics from the University
of Maryland, taking courses in German (Unruhe) and Greek (Hollywood A.D.)
and writing a thesis on Einstein's Twins Paradox. (Pilot) (An X-Files novel
suggests she spends her first year at the University of California, Berkley
and then transfers to Maryland.)
- Eve 6 is incarcerated
in the Whiting Institute for the Criminally Insane, according to what she
told Mulder and Scully in 1993. She claims to be the continuing subject of
tests under the Litchfield Experiment. (Eve)
- Fox Mulder
enters college, graduating from Oxford with a degree in psychology in 1986.
(Date from resume screen in Unusual Suspects.)
- Sally Kendrick,
AKA Eve 7, goes to work for the Luther Stape Center for Reproductive Medicine
in San Francisco. Among her patients are Mr. and Mrs. Joel Simmons and Mr.
and Mrs. Doug Reardon. Eve 7 is employed as a resident at the Center after
having completed her MD degree at Yale, first in her class, and perviously
having obtained a PhD in Biogenetics. She secretly clones herself twice.
The clones are born as Cindy Reardon and Tina Simmons. Eventually, Eve 6
is suspended for experimentation with eugenics. She is fired and censured
by the American Medical Association. The federal government declines to
investigate her, and she disappears. (Eve)
- Fox Mulder completes
his Oxford degree in Psychology. In the Pilot, Mulder tells Scully "I went
off to school in England, I came back, got recruited by the Bureau..." implying
his entire college career may have been in England. (1986 from resume screen
in Unusual Suspects.)
- In The End,
the Lone Gunmen say that Diana Fowley was Mulder's "chickadee" at the time
he graduated from the FBI Academy, in 1986. On the other hand, Diana implied
that she and Mulder knew each other in 1991, about the time she graduated
from the FBI Academy. One conclusion is that they had a relationship dating
back to 1986, and she applied to the FBI later.
- Sometime in
1986 Gibson Praise is born. Mulder later finds evidence suggesting that Gibson
has alien DNA, allowing him to read minds. (The End)
- Members of
the high school class of 1989 of Bellefleur, Oregon, begin suffering a series
of unexplained disappearances and deaths. Others suffer from what appears
to post traumatic stress syndrome. (Pilot)
- 1988 or 89
- Mulder is
stationed in Washington DC. He initially offends his supervisor, Reggie Purdue,
who later comes to greatly respect Mulder's intellect.
- May 1989
trio of paranoid conspiracy theorists known as The Lone Gunmen meet and
begin working together. At a consumer electronics show in Baltimore, Byers
enlists the assistance of Melvin Frohike and Langly to help a women who
claims her three year old daughter has been kidnapped by a psychopathic
ex-boyfriend. The two are competing hackers, and are each selling equipment
to steal and descramble cable television service.
- The plot thickens
when Susanne identifies Mulder, also attending the show, as the ex-boyfriend,
and when Langly discovers that the woman, Susanne Modeski, is wanted by the
- Susanne explains
that she was a research scientist at the Army Advanced Weapons facility at
Whitestone, NM. She developed a gas that causes fear and paranoia, that the
military plans to test on civilians. They track the material to a warehouse,
where they find the gas in a shipment of asthma inhalers. Mulder follows
them, and there is a gunfight between Mulder and two agents of the Conspiracy,
who want to take Susanne into custody. Suzanne kills them when they are about
to kill Mulder. Mulder inhales some of the paranoia gas, and writhes on the
- Conspiracy operatives
lead by X arrive to sanitize the site. They leave Byers, Frohike and Langly
unharmed, with the caution to "behave." X specificly instructs his operatives
to not touch Mulder. Susanne escapes. Mulder thinks he sees the crew sanitizing
the site as aliens, although they are human.
- The Lone Gunmen
trace Susanne and she admonishes them to tell as many people as they can
about the government conspiracy. They witness Susanne being taken into custody
by X. (Richard Belzer guest stars as Lt. Munch, his character from "Homicide:
Life on the Street." Langly's last name,
reported to be "Ringo" in early scripts, did not make it into the final
edit of this episode.)
- In "Three of
a Kind," we
learn that Suzanne was held captive and possibly subjected to medical tests.
Eventually Grant Ellis, another employee of the Advanced Weapons Facility,
rescues her. She does not trust him for a long time, but eventually comes
to believe that he is working from within to undermine the project. By
1999 she will be engaged to him.
- June 16, 1989
- Mulder works
with Dr. Heits Werber to use regression therapy to remember the night his
sister disappeared. He remembers a voice in his head telling him that Samantha
will not be harmed and will one day return. Mulder tells Werber that "I
want to believe" that
voice. (Werber mentioned in Pilot, June 16 given in Conduit) In addition
to the audio tape seen in Conduit, a videotape recording is made, seen
- At some point,
described only as "several years" before 1997, a
forensic anthropologist named Arlinsky is implicated in a UFO photo
enhancement scandal. (Gethsemane)
- At some point,
possibly in the 1990s or possibly much earlier, a team of Russian geologists
locates rock from the Tunguska meteorite. The rock contains an organism,
probably extraterrestrial in origin, that invades human bodies. It comes
to be called the "Black Cancer." Russians begin
perfecting a vaccination. Eventually the Conspiracy learns of its
existence and begins efforts to acquire samples of the rock and organism.
- Working for
the conspiracy, Dr. Bonita Charre-Sayre uses her position as a consulting
physician for a chain of convalescent homes to test patients with Black Cancer,
without their knowledge. She begins a relationship with the Well Manicured
- She also begins
advocating the destruction of the last samples of smallpox virus, held in
research laboratories following eradication of the disease. This position
is the result of her secret knowledge of the use of smallpox by the Conspiracy.
- The Russian
government may have sent Alex Krycek to America as a mole to infiltrate the
Conspiracy with the ultimate plan of ending Conspiracy Black Cancer research.
On the other hand, maybe the Russians did not know that Alex was an agent
of the Consortium, or maybe somebody else. It is hard telling. (Terma)
- At least two
pilots at Ellens AFB begin acting strangely in a way Scully later says is
typical of reaction to extreme stress. (Deep Throat)
- Reggie Purdue
assigns Mulder to a serial murder case involving girls age 8 to 12, thinking
Mulder can get inside the killer's head. A profile written by Mulder helps
catch John Lee Roche, who had traveled the Northeast as a vacuum cleaner
salesman. Each girl he killed was abducted from her home and strangled with
8-gauge electrical wire. He kept a heart-shaped patch of cloth from the chest
of each victim, hiding them in a copy of Alice in Wonderland, and hiding
the book in the head liner of his white El Camino. Roche confesses to the
murders of 13 girls, dating back to 1979, and is sentenced to life in prison.
He does not mention his three earliest murders. The case comes to be called
the Paper Heart murders, because of the cloth hearts he took as trophies.
Mulder hopes to someday find the trophy hearts, and see if there were only
13 murders. (Paper Hearts)
- Early 1990
- Dana Scully
completes medical training. The FBI recruits her during final months of her
residency and she enrolls in the 15-week FBI Academy training course. Her
parents consider her joining the FBI to be an act of rebellion, but Dana
sees it as a place where she can distinguish herself. (Pilot)
- November 17,
- Travelers. A
sheriff's officer and a landlord arrive at a rundown rural house to evict
the tenant, Edward Skur. They enter the house and find the remains of a body
in the bathtub. Edward Skur attacks the officer and Skur is shot. He dies
saying the name "Mulder."
- Three days
later, Fox Mulder interviews former FBI agent Arthur Dale who opened an X-Files
on Skur in 1952. Most of the original FBI report has been edited out. Dale
has little to say to Mulder, but Mulder realizes that Skur was saying the
name of Bill Mulder, Fox's father. Dale mentions the House Unamerican Activities
Committee (HUAC) and the Army-McCarthy hearings of the 1950s that investigated
alleged communists in the American government in the 1950s. Mulder finds
a tape of one of the hearings and sees his father in the audience. Returning
to Dale's home, Fox gets Dale to tell him about the events of 1952.
- Late 1990 or
- Mulder's success
in violent crimes allows him a certain latitude to pursue his own interests.
He discovers the X-Files. (Pilot)
- Lone Gunmen
later tell Scully that Diana Fowley was Mulder's "chickadee" at the time
he graduated from the FBI Academy, in 1986. On the other hand, Diana implied
that she and Mulder knew each other in 1991, about the time she graduated
from the FBI Academy. One conclusion is that they had a relationship dating
back to 1986, and she applied to the FBI later. At any rate, the Lone Gunmen
say that Diana was present when Mulder discovered the X-Files. This apparently
happened given the tip provided to Mulder by former FBI agent Arthur Dale
in November 1990. (Travelers and The End.)
- The Simmons
family moves from San Francisco to Greenwich, Conneticut, including their
five year old daughter Tina, who is actually an Eve clone. Also during this
year, Mrs. Simmons dies of ovarian cancer. Unknown whether it was before
or after the move. (Eve.)
- Militia member
Timothy Edward Mayhew, tells Scully and Mulder in 1996 that the "Black Cancer" was
used as biological warfare during the Gulf War. No corroboration of this
statement has been found. (Terma)
- The Church of
the Red Museum moves from California to Delta Glen, Wisconsin, buys a "ranch" and
turns the cattle into pets, because they are vegetarians. They refer to themselves
as the second souls of the first bodies, making them what Mulder later calls "Walk-ins," a
new age idea that holds that new souls can be invited to take over existing
bodies, and lists Abe Lincoln and Charles Colson as walk-ins. (Red Museum)
- Circa 1991
- In 1994 Deep
Throat says that only recently has technology been available for the Conspiracy
to manipulate alien DNA, accomplish combinations of human and alien DNA,
run from Los Alamos. He says Zeus Storage, somewhere in the Washington DC
area, is where the first DNA transplant was made, and the first human/alien
hybrid created, with six terminally ill human subjects volunteering. Dr.
William Sakar recovers as the result of ET gene therapy, developing inhuman
strength and the ability to breath under water and green caustic blood. A
subject of study, Sakar soon becomes concerned that Conspiracy will not let
him live -- if you believe Deep Throat. (The Erlenmeyer Flask)
- December 1991
- Mulder receives
the assignment he has desired since joining the FBI, the X-Files, ending
his partnership with Lamana. (Musings...)
- One of his
first actions is to open an X-File on his missing sister. (Conduit)
- December 24,
- At Dogway,
West Virginia, a UFO crashes, and a critically injured EBE is recovered by
the UFO recovery team working for Deep Throat. The EBE is placed in an intensive
care unit. Humans working around the alien use gas masks. This could be because
the air needed by the alien is unbreathable to humans or because the alien's
blood generates noxious gas. It has also been suggested that Deep Throat,
the Smoking Man and their associates already know about the Black Cancer
and the retrovirus, and the gas mask is to protect them from infection.
- Deep Throat
comments that the craft matches the dimensions of a UFO seen over Hanoi that
the Marines could not shoot down when he was with The Company (CIA). (Of
course, if they couldn't shoot it down, how did they learn its dimensions?)
The Cigarette Smoking Man says it comes at a bad time, because the planted
Roswell story is gaining momentum.
- Russian forces
track the UFO, and pinpointed touchdown. KGB, Chinese, British, and German
operatives probably advance on the compound where the EBE is held.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man calls Deep Throat by the first name "Ronald," indistinct in the
episode, but contained in the closed captioning text.
- Deep Throat
unwillingly executes the EBE, citing Security Council Resolution 1013, stating
that any country capturing an EBE is responsible for its immediate extermination,
even though a living EBE could advance Bill Mulder's project enormously.
Deep Throat states "Tonight we have a
new enemy," meaning the EBE. He calls himself The Liar and the Smoking
Man The Killer. The Cigarette Smoking Man says Deep Throat's lies have
killed many people.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man claims to Deep Throat that he has never killed anybody, or any
thing. Deep Throat killing the EBE causes the Smoking Man to remove his nicotine
patch. (All entries this date from Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.)
- February 1992
- Mulder's work
attracts the attention of the Conspiracy. They look for a way to reign Mulder
in without making him a martyr. He tries to access certain information, but
is blocked by higher offices. (Pilot)
- NICAP, the
National Investigation committee on Aerial Phenomenon, begins following the
work of Agent Mulder. Using the Freedom of Information Act, NICAP obtains
Mulder's travel vouchers, to track his investigations.
- March 7, 1992
two years with the FBI, Dana Scully is assigned to the X-Files. Mulder
initially distrusts Scully, believing she has been assigned to debunk his
work. At face value, her assignment is to bring a rigorous scientific perspective
to them. In fact, Scully really has been assigned to debunk the X-Files
by the international conspiracy that feels Mulder's work is dangerous to
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man attends the meeting Assistant Dire3ctor Blevins' office in which
Scully receives the assignment, but does not speak. He also uses electronic
listening devices to listen in on Mulder and Scully's first meeting. (Musings...)
- Mulder tells
Scully that he has read her Senior thesis, and liked it. (Pilot) She apparently
sent it to him as a partial introduction, given that it dealt with MJ-12.
- On their first
case, they investigate disappearances of teenagers. Four teenagers in Oregon
have been found dead, with two puncture wounds on their backs. Traveling
to Oregon, their airplace experiences unexpected turbulance. Mulder arranges
to have a grave of one of the victims, Ray Soams, exhumed and a body is found
in the coffin that is not human -- possibly what would commonly be called
a grey alien. Inside the nose of the body is a fragment of metal they cannot
identify. they also learn that two additional teenagers, Billy Miles and
Peggy Odell, are institutionalized. Peggy is paranoid and Billy is catatonic.
Mulder suspects that they have been abducted but Scully thinks the answer
must be in the forest, where the victims have been found. Visiting the crime
scene area at night, they are warned off by a sheriff's deputy, Billy's
father. As they drive away, down a rural highway, their car loses power,
they experience a bright flash of light, and clocks are nine minutes later
than they had been. Mulder is thrilled to experience unexplained time
loss, often reported in connection with UFO sightings.
Later that evening, Scully believes that she finds puncture woulds on her
hip, similar to those found on the teenagers. After Mulder checks them
out, allowing him to see her in her underwear, Mulder proclaims them
mosquito bites. As she recovers from her scare, Mulder tells Scully
about his sister's disappearance and about how his passion to locate her
lead him to the X-Files. someone has been blocking his attempts to access
classified government information. Connections he has made in Congress
have protected him, to a certain extent. He tells her about his hypnotic
regression and the memories of Samantha's abduction. As they talk, they
receive an anonymous phone call saying that Peggy Odell is dead. Peggy
ran out of the forest in front of a semi-truck. While they are at the
scene, their motel burns, destroying the x-rays and pictures of the alien
At the motel fire, they are approached by another teenaged girl, Teresa,
who has repeatedly woken up in the forest. Her father is the medical
examiner who withheld information on the marks from his reports. He takes
her away and the agents discover that the bodies have been removed from
the other graves. Mulder suspects that Billy Miles is responsible, in
spite of his vegetative state. Something in the forest summons the
teenagers, Mulder thinks. Visiting Billy, Scully discovers dirt on his
feet like what she found at the crime scene in the forest. They return
to the forest to take another sample, to be sure, and find Billy and Teresa,
although Billy's father tries to black them. The teenagers are surrounded
by a vortex and listed into the air. After a flash of light, both awake
and with no memory of what has happened and with the marks on their backs
- Episode concludes
March 22 with Billy in hypnotic regression telling about how the light took
him away and told him to gather the others for tests. Blevins and the other
FBI officials critisize Scully's reports as having insufficient scientific
basis because she cannot substantiate her observations. She hands Blevins
the metal fragment removed from the unidentified body. Lab tests could not
identify it. As the episode ends, the Cigarette Smoking Man is seen to place
the bottle holding the fragment in a storage box with other similar fragments
in a huge secret storage area labled as being in the Pentagon.
- ??? 1992
Throat first approaches Mulder in the restroom of a lounge in Washington
DC, where Mulder had met Scully, warning Mulder to leave a case of a missing
USAF pilot alone. Mulder infiltrates Ellens Air Force Base in southwest
Idaho. Deep Throat tells him that aliens have "been here for a long, long
time." Mulder suspects that the military is testing aircraft based on UFO
technology at Ellens AFB.
- We see a picture
of a triangular "UFO," photographed in the Ellens
area. Is this the UFO recovered in West Virginia on December 24, 1991?
If not, it is certainly based in part on that UFO. It also appears to
have a shape similar to the Pacific Ocean Foo Fighter, salvaged in 1995.
- It is demonstrated
that the Conspiracy has the capability to selectively erase human memory.
- Circa 1993
- Mulder begins
a series of contacts with a forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution
named Arlinsky who, a few years earlier, was implicated in a UFO photo enhancement
- August 7, 1993
- Ruby Morris
disappears from her home in Sioux City, Iowa. Her mother, Darlene, claims
she was taken by aliens on a camping trip. (Conduit)
and Scully visit Lake Okoboji, in northwest Iowa. Mention is made of the "Sioux
City County Sheriff," although Sioux City is over an hour drive from Lake
Okoboji, in a different county. The article from the tabloid newspaper projected
on the screen in Mulder's office incorrectly spells the lake "Okobogee."
tells them of her experience as a Girl Scout in 1967, and of the abduction
of her daughter, Ruby. Her son, Kevin, seems to be receiving binary data
from the static on his television, which the NSA operative Holtzman tells
Mulder is a classified defense satellite transmission. Scully recognizes
a portion of J.S. Bach's Brandenberg Concertos. A biker bartender displays
evidence of severe radiation burns on his ear. Ruby is eventually found
in a coma, displaying evidence of prolonged weightlessness.
- At Icy Cape,
Alaska, the drilling team passes the record drilling depth, bringing up ice
cores a quarter of a million years old. Within a few days, however, all of
the team members suffer violent deaths. (Ice)
- November 7, 1993
- Ice At
Icy Cape, Alaska, all of the members of an ice drilling team kill each
other, or themselves, leaving behind the cryptic warning, "we're not who
we are." Mulder
and Scully join a team heading for the drilling station to investigate.
They discover a worm-like organism that infects bodies, driving the hosts
insane. The worms came from ice cores that were drilled deep into an ancient
meteor crater under the ice. It seems that they came from space a quarter
of a million years ago, where they were used to an ammonia environment.
pilot, named Bear, becomes infected by the bite of a dog they find at the
drilling station. The man dies when the worm is extracted from his body.
During the night another team member is killed, and it is clear that one
of the remaining four team members is also infected. Suspicion centers
on Mulder, who found the body. Scully discovers that the larvae of two
worms will not coexist in the same human body, proving it with the infected
dog. When the real infected team member is identified, the other woman,
a second worm is placed in her body, and the worms kill each other. The
team is evacuated and Mulder and Scully are pronounced uninfected. Mulder
wants to return to the drilling station with a team better equipped for
genetic study of the worms, but he is informed that 45 minutes after they
were evacuated, the entire complex was burned by the government. As a result
of the events of this episode, Mulder and Scully come to realize how much
they have come to trust each other.
Note: The worms in this episode may well have been the genesis for the
X-Files writers of the concept of the Black Oil.
- Space Mulder
and Scully investigate the space program after receiving information that
someone knew about a sabotaged component. The Space Shuttle Discovery
suffers an oxygen leak in orbit, apparently after encountering an
unidentified craft in orbit. Astronaut Maruc Aurelius Belt, Shuttle
program chief, fears the space program will be killed if the shuttle does
not launch its payload. He has apparently been brainwashed by aliens or
the Conspiracy. While he is involved in sabotage of the shuttle and the
Mars Observer, he also attempts to leak information to allow the sabotage
to be discovered.
- Belt has a
recurring dream in which he remembers being approached by alother craft during
a space walk. He remembers a face that is very similar to the alleged face
seen from orbit on the surface of Mars. He is also briefly seen to morph
uncontrolably so that his face resembles that face. He ends up jumping to
his death from an upper floor of a hospital. The Shuttle lands safely, because
of information he given to Mulder. (Interpretation of this episode is very
difficult. Your author's best guess is that the Conspiracy sent a spacecraft
based on alien technology to intercept the shuttle. They may have used hypnosis
to make Belt participate in sabotage, and alien DNA therapy to cause him
to morph. He could have been an early experiment in morphing. While we did
not see his his body after the fall, might it have bled green ooze?)
- ??? 1993
UFO, first detected by Air Force tracking over Connecticut, crashes near
Townsend, in eastern Wisconsin. "Fallen Angel" is identified as the term
for a downed UFO, and UFO recovery is identified as "Operation Falcon," commanded
by Colonel Calvin Henderson. The public is told a train derailment has released
toxic waste. An invisible survivor of the crash kills several people, by severe
radiation burns (similar to burns associated with the entity in Piper Maru,
et al). Epileptic Max Fenig, of NICAP, a South Dakota native, disappears, apparently
taken by a second, larger UFO. Deep Throat blocks an investigative committee
from closing the X-Files.
- Max is eventually
returned, and continues his efforts to learn the truth about his repeated
abductions. He sends frequent letters to his sister, describing his efforts
in detail. (Tempus Fugit)
- ??? 1993
- Eve In
Greenwich, Connecticut, joggers find Joel Simmons dead. His daughter Tina
says she was only away from him for a few minutes, and remembers nothing,
but most of his blood is missing. Mulder suspects a phenomenon similar to
cattle mutilations. Digitalis was found in his system. Tina's mother died
two years earlier, so Tina is taken to the Fairfield County Social Services
Hostel. She tells Mulder and Scully that "there was red lightning" and that "men
from the clouds" were after her father. That night, Tina's room is broken
into and she disappears.
- An almost
identical case is reported in Marin County, California. Doug Reardon also
died from loss of blood, had digitalis in his system, and died at the exact
same moment as Joel Simmons. His daughter, Cindy, is identical to Tina, but
she was not adopted. The Reardons tried for years to have a baby, and finally
succeed with the help of the Luther Stape Center for Reproductive Medicine
in San Francisco. The agents learn that the Simmons were also treated there,
before moving to Connecticut in 1991. Dr. Sally Kendrick was their doctor
-- a resident there in 1985 after graduating first in her class at Yale Medical
School. She had previously received a PhD in Biogenetics. She was fired for
suspicion of experimenting with eugenics, censured by the AMA and disappeared.
- Deep Throat
tells Mulder about the Litchfield Experiment, begun in the early 1950s. A
group of "geneticly controlled" children
was raised in a secure compound. The boys were called Adam and the girls
Eve. He directs Mulder to the Whiting Institute for the Criminally Insane,
where they meet Eve 6 in a darkened, padded room. She is in restraints
because she attacked a guard. She says her IQ is around 265, and she has
56 chromosomes, resulting in heightened strength, intelligence and psychosis.
She has pictures of all of the Eve clones as children, and they all look
like Tina and Cindy. It is clear Eve 7, as Sally Kendrick, cloned
- Cindy is abducted
by Eve 7. They arrive at the Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco
where Tina is waiting. Eve 7 explains that she escaped and was raised by
caring foster parents and that proper upbringing can reduce the psychosis,
but Tina and Cindy kill her by putting digitalis in her drink. They raised
the foxglove and made the digitalis themselves. They have not been in contact
with each other but "just knew" about each other. The motel manager reports
the suspicious girls and Mulder and Scully find Tina and Cindy in the motel
room with the dead Eve. Driving them back to San Francisco at night, Mulder
and Scully stop with the girls at a truckstop and the girls almost escape.
They are taken back into custody and end up at the Whiting Institute next
to Eve 6 in cells labled Eve 9 and Eve 10. Eve 8 infiltrates the institute.
Cindy and Tina say they "just knew" that Eve 8 would be coming. While we
do not see it, the implication is that all of the Eves escape.
Outside Germantown, Maryland, a man dies after having sex with a woman he
picked up in a bar. After his death, the woman transforms into a man.
Mulder has been tracking four similar deaths. Each victim was swamped
with phemerones containing human DNA -- possibly enough to trigger
anaphalactic shock. The first death was near a colony of religious
isolationists called the Kindred. They are famous for pottery, and traces
of the native clay of that area were found on the latest murder victim.
Mulder and Scully travel to Steveston, Massachusetts, to learn more about
town, Scully talks with Brother Andrew, a male member of
the Kindred. When she shakes hands with him she is strongly affected.
The agents visit the sect, having to walk the last mile because of the
primitive road. The Kindred intercept them along the road, escort
them to the farm, and feed then supper. They pray "for the day of the
coming, the moment of our release." The Kindred tell the agents
little of importance. An older man at the table chokes to death,
and nobody helps him. Many of the faces of the Kindred are the
same as on photographs taken in the 1930s. Scully says they have
probably been inbreeding, but Mulder thinks there may be something
stranger going on.
Mulder and Scully sneak back to the Kindred farm after dark and witness a
strange ritual in which the man who died is covered with clay in
an underground tunnel. The man appears to return to life. Mulder is almost
caught in the tunnel by the Kindred, but escapes. Meanwhile Scully
meets Brother Andrew. He tells her that the killer is Brother Martin, his
best friend, who has left the farm. Andrew knows that Martin poisons the
victims with phemerones. Her judgement is overwhelmed by the phemerones
Andrew emits and Mulder narrowly saves her from having sex with
Meanwhile, the killer kills again, and as a women selects yet another
victim. A police officer interupts, however, saving the man's
life. The murder quickly transforms into a man and punches out the cop. Mulder
and Scully track Martin to a hotel and find another victim. They capture
Martin, but the Kindred intercept them in a back alley near the
hotel and take Martin away. As soon as they round a corner they disappear.
Back at the Kindred farm, Mulder and Scully find the property abandoned,
the tunnels filled in and nothing but a large crop circle in one of the
(The implication is that the Kindred are aliens, and leave on an alien
spacecraft. In one scene, the female version of Martin says that
the Kindred are different from humans and that he/she will be punished by
the Kindred, but that the date of their departure is approaching and that
they will not leave Martin behind. There is no firm date given in this
episode. It is after Beyond the Sea, which was set after Christmas,
and was first broadcast January 21, 1994.)
- E.B.E. An
Iraqi jet shoots down a UFO. The Fallen Angel team recovers the wreckage,
and ships it cross country by semi truck. Near Reagan, Tennessee, the driver
sights a UFO, and Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate.
- We meet the
staff of Lone Gunman, Frohike, Langly and Byers. They publish "The Magic
Bullet Newsletter," working
in an office in a warehouse, and tell Mulder and Scully about a dark
network behind the government. Scully discovers an electronic eavesdropping
- Deep Throat
lies to Mulder to steer him away from actually finding the UFO. In spite
of this, Mulder and Scully locate a secret installation near Mattawa, Washington,
where the Extraterrestrial Biological Entity from the crashed UFO was taken.
Deep Throat tells Mulder the E.B.E has died (been killed).
- Deep Throat
tells Mulder that after the Roswell incident in 1947, an ultra secret conference
of many nations agreed that should any EBE survive a crash, the nation recovering
the EBE would have the responsibility of killing it. Deep Throat claims to
have been one of the three men to have exterminated an alien, with the CIA
in Vietnam. He says the death of that innocent alien haunts him and that
is why he sought out Mulder, so that some day, through him, the truth may
be known. Mulder, though, is not sure he believes Deep Throat's story. (Deep
Throat mentions that pitchers and catchers report for spring training this
- May 8,
Erlenmeyer Flask After
a 60 mile high speed car chase, a man disappears in a harbor at Ardis,
Maryland, after being shot, and bleeding blue-green blood. Dr. Terrance
Berube, owner of the stolen car, is a researcher in the Human Genome Project,
and is killed by a "man in black." Phone records
leads Mulder to Zeus Storage, at 1616 Pandora Street, where he finds what
appears to be human clones growing in vats of liquid. When he returns,
however, the vats have been removed, by forces other than those of Deep
- Deep Throat
says while alien DNA samples have been available since 1947, only recently
has the technology existed to manipulate it, run from Los Alamos.
- He says Zeus
Storage is where the first DNA transplant was made, and the first human/alien
hybrid created, with six terminally ill human subjects volunteering. Dr.
William Sakar recovers as the result of ET gene therapy, developing inhuman
strength and the ability to breath under water. Deep Throat says Sakar fled
an effort to kill him, because the conspiracy does not want crossbreeds living
among society, ending up in the car chase.
- Sakar survives
under water for three days, severely wounded. Mulder locates him, but Sakar
is killed, and his body releases toxic fumes. Mulder is captured by the murderer,
the Man in Black who killed Berube. Deep Throat offers exchange of Mulder
for the original alien tissue, stored at Fort Marlene, Maryland. Scully
obtains what appears to be an alien fetus, and exchanges it for Mulder,
but Deep Throat is killed during the exchange. His final words are "Trust
- The term "Purity
Control" is first used, on the label of a flask of
fluid in Berube's lab, that contains a bacteria. Each Bacteria contains a
virus and cloned chloroplasts, constituting alien DNA, because it contains
two nucleotides not found among the four in human DNA. "Purity Control" is
also the name used at Fort Marlene for the project password, and the storage
container for the alien body.
- The allegiance
of the Man in Black is confusing. The Conspiracy would have access to the
alien tissue from Fort Marlene. This would suggest that the Man in Black
was not a Conspiracy operative. On the other hand, the alien fetus taken
by the Man in Black ended up in the hands of the Cigarette Smoking Man, who
is part of the Conspiracy.
- Note: In
this episode, Mulder watches channel 8, WDF, apparently a local Washington
- May 21,
- 13 days
after Deep Throat is killed, Mulder is informed by Skinner that the X-Files
project is being closed, on orders from the top of the executive branch.
Scully is assigned as an instructor at the FBI Academy. Mulder is assigned
various "garbage" cases.
The Cigarette Smoking Man ends up in possession of the alien fetus,
which he places in storage in a vault in the Pentagon. (The Erlenmeyer
- July 7,
Green Men Based
on information from Senator Matheson, Mulder goes to Puerto Rico to attempt
to obtain data intercepted from space by the Arecibo Observatory, failing
to report for FBI duty as a result. The Cigarette Smoking Man directs FBI
Assistant Director Skinner to watch Scully, because she will lead them
to Mulder. At an abandoned facility associated with the Arecibo radio-telescope,
Mulder finds evidence of a signal from space, and believes he has a visitation
from an extraterresterial that looks just like one he saw when his sister
was abducted. Scully eludes the agents following her and finds Mulder unconscious
at the facility. Scully and Mulder barely avoid a Green Beret UFO recovery
team by some heavy-duty off-road driving by Mulder in a Chevy Blazer. Skinner
reprimands Mulder, and sends him back to his stakeout duty. A tape containing
the signals from space, which Mulder brought back with him, is blank. (Date
from airline passenger manifest for Mulder's flight to Puerto Rico, using
the name "George Hale," a reference to the famous astronomer. As is so
often true, this episode leaves us with the question "what really happened?" The
Conspiracy has demonstrated that it can change memories. Did Mulder really
see anything? Did he ever really have evidence, or were his memories changed
while he was unconscious?)
- ??? 1994
- Alex Krycek
is assigned to work with Mulder. Krycek, however, is actually a subordinate
of the Cigarette Smoking Man.
a lengthy hostage drama, Dana Scully is kidnapped from her apartment by
Duane Barry. He believes that if he offers a replacement abductee, he can
escape further abductions.(Date given on-screen in the swimming pool
scenes.) This represents the second time on-screen that Scully is
abducted or held hostage.
- Ascension Scully
is taken captive, kidnapped by aliens or the governmental conspiracy.
Skinner reopens the X-Files. Krycek disappears, after sabotaging Mulder's
effort on a tramway to save Scully, and killing Duane Barry. Note that
Krycek stops the tram to keep Mulder from getting to the summit, notifies
his superiors that Mulder has been stopped, and then turns the tram back
on, allowing Mulder to get to the summit.
- Skinner reopens
the X-Files. (It is unclear how many days pass during the course of these
two episodes. In order for the statement in Emily to fit, that Scully was
missing for four weeks, it is hard to explain the dates given in the episodes
of August to November.)
- "Emily" is
born, according to state records. She is soon adopted by Marshall and Roberta
Sim, and named Emily Christine Sim.(Christmas Carol)
Scully appears at a hospital, in a coma. Scully's blood is found to
contain protein chains that contain branched DNA that could be a
biological marker, but it is inactive.
- X tells Mulder
that he used to be where Mulder is now, an apparent reference to pursuing
the conspiracy. Now, of course, he has become an operative of the conspiracy.
- In a coma,
Scully is seen as adrift in a rowboat, until her father speaks to her from
beyond the grave. He tells her he loves her and they will soon be together
again. Nurse Owens, who is unknown to and unseen by hospital staff, watches
over Scully in the intensive care ward.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man's address is given as 900 W. Georgia Street, and Mulder locates
him at home. He tells Mulder he has watched Presidents die, and that Scully
was returned because he likes both Scully and Mulder. He is in the game
because he believes what he is doing is right. "If people were to know
the things that I know, it would all fall apart." (This address is not
the address given in Musings as the long-time address of CSM. On the other
hand, that may be a blind mail drop and not his actual residence.)
- Mulder passes
up a chance to solve the conspiracy in order to be with the unconscious Scully.
Scully wakes up, and Mulder returns her necklace to her. (In Emily, Mulder
says Scully was missing for four weeks. This cannot be resolved with Duane
Barry being clearly set in August, and other details showing Scully's return
to be in November.)
Delta Glen in eastern Wisconsin, local doctor, Dr. Larson, has been
injecting the teenagers and cattle with alien DNA and keeping records of
the children by the numbers on credit cards registered to family members.
(This is apparently similar to the project Deep Throat mentioned in The
Erlenmeyer Flask about school children in a southern state injected with
alien DNA in 1987.) The man who killed Deep Throat is in the area,
covering their tracks.
A local cult of vegetarians called The Church of the Red Museum (which
believes they are 18 years away from the New Kingdom) helps Mulder protect
the children and may have served as a control group for the experiment.
There is a confrontation with the killer in a meat packing plant. He is
killed, and he cannot be traced. While not mentioned verbally, many
of the children who had received alien DNA look very similar to each other.
The FBI leaves the case open and unsolved. (Note that eastern Wisconsin
is also where Fallen Angel took place.)
- A right wing
militia organization known as The Right Hand and lead by Denny Markham, organizes
a POW rescue mission to Vietnam and rescues Sergeant Nathaniel J. Teager.
Several other prisoners, however, are left behind. Teager is brought back
to the United States in a cargo plane. In order to preserve the secret of
POWs still in Vietnam, government commandos board the plane in San Diego.
Teager, however, disappears. Mulder later concludes that Teager has learned
how to cause himself to be invisible to people, similar to how Viet Cong
soldiers sometimes seemed to appear and disappear. This would also be similar
to the radio drama series The Shadow, in which the hero had learned in the
orient how to "cloud men's minds" and
seem invisible. (Unrequited)
- Jan 20,
1995 - 04 February 1995
- Colony. A
research vessel in the Beaufort Sea near the Arctic Circle sees a UFO crash
into the water. Investigating, they find a man who they believe to be a
Russian pilot, who is also known by fans as the Bounty Hunter. He is
transported to a medical facility where he promptly disappears. At an
abortion clinic in Scranton, PA, a doctor hears the news report of the
Russian pilot and recognizes the man's face. the doctor runs down the
hall in fear, but the Bounty Hunter is there and stabs him in the back of
the neck with a weapon similar to an ice pick. The blood oozes out green
and fizzy. The Bounty Hunter burns the clinic.
has received three obituaries via the Internet for men in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. All worked in abortion clinics and
all looked identical. A fundamentalist minister has been arrested for
the arson of the clinic and he is carrying a newspaper ad with a picture
of one of the three identical dead men with the headline "do you know
this man?" At the newspaper the agents finds that there is a voice mail
box associated with the account. It provides tips to other similar looking
men. The closest is in Syracuse, NY. While en route, the agents contact
Syracuse FBI agent Weiss, who goes to the man's home where he sees the
man arguing with the Bounty Hunter. The Bounty Hunter says, "your plan
will not succeed." The man is killed and begins dissolving. Weiss
fires his gun at the Bounty Hunter. The wounds ooze green fizz
and a noxious gas and Weiss is overcome. Later, Mulder and Scully
arrive and meet Weiss near the dead man's home. Weiss claims that
nobody was home. When Mulder and Scully walk off to investigate
the property, we see that the real Weiss is dead in the trunk of
Weiss' car and the Bounty Hunter has transformed himself to look
in Washington, Mulder is called into Skinner's office. Weiss
has been found dead. Another e-mail arrives describing one of the identical
men, this time living right in the Washington D.C. area. Mulder
and Scully are encountered by Ambrose Chapel, who claims to be a CIA agent.
He has been the one sending the information to the agents.
He claims that early in the cold war the Soviets learned to clone people
in a program called Gregor. Several of the Gregor clones arrived
in the US in the mid-70s, intended to be moles to sabotage medical
services in time of war. In a secret agreement, someone in government
is allowing the Gregors to be systematically killed. Chapel claims
he placed the "do you know this man" ads
in order to find the Gregors and prevent their murder. This
latest Gregor sees Mulder, Scully and Chapel arrive at his apartment
building. A woman who is with him hides in another room. AS soon
as the Gregor seen Chapel at his door, he runs and jumps out
a window, falling several stories. Not injured, he gets up and
runs again, with the agents returning to the street to chase
him. Chapel corners him first in a dark alley and it becomes
clear that Chapel is the Bounty Hunter. Mulder is hit by a car
and has the wind knocked out of him. When Scully catches up with
Chapel, Chapel claims that the Gregor has escaped, however we
see green ooze in the dark alley.
Back at their office, Mulder and Scully discuss the case. Mulder doesn't
believe Chapel. There is no clear cause of death for Weiss, but his
blood seems to have thickened. Meanwhile Mulder receives word that his father
has been trying to reach him. Calling home, Mulder is surprised that
in spite of their divorce, his mother is at his father's home. Fox is asked
to come home to Martha's Vineyard. Meanwhile, Scully finds the address
where the missing Gregor worked -- a warehouse. Entering it she finds
a series of vats filled with yellow-green fluid. She sees Chapel inside the
building, destroying the equipment. Scully returns home, believing
herself to be in danger, but she cannot reach her partner. Mulder arrives
at his father's big home in West Tisbury and is told that his sister
has returned. Samantha claims that she was returned at age 9 or 10 and was
raised by a family, but had no memory of her real family. She eventually
was treated for anxiety and learned of her history during hypnotic
regression. It becomes clear that her adopted father was also a Gregor
and the bounty Hunter has been sent to kill them. They are all in danger.
She explain that the bounty Hunter can morph.
Scully leaves word for Mulder that she cannot stay at home and will be at
a motel in Germantown, MD. She travels by bus, and unknown to her the
Bounty Hunter is on the bus with her. She returns to the Gregor's
warehouse and everything has been destroyed. It turns out that there
are three Gregors there and she convinces them to go into protective custody,
but the Bounty Hunter later uses disguise to enter the jail where they
are held. When Scully finally checks into the motel, the clerk forgets to
give her a message from Mulder. Later, Mulder arrives at her door and
a moment later the phone rings. It is also Mulder on the phone. One is an
imposter, the Bounty Hunter. To be continued.
Game. In the
Beaufort Sea, 87 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska, the nuclear submarine
USS Allegiance is cruising under the arctic ice when they locate the
crashed UFO. Instructions from base order the allegiance to destroy the
craft, but before they can fire torpedoes, the sub loses power. the
Captain orders the sub to surface, but they are under 32 feet of glacial
the motel, Scully claims the call from Mulder was a wrong
number but soon pulls a gun on the Bounty Hunter, who is disguised
as Mulder. He attacks her, asking "where is he?" and morphs into his
original appearance. When Mulder and Samantha arrive the Bounty Hunter
and Scully are gone. Samantha says the Bounty Hunter wants to kill
her and that he will call to arrange a trade of Scully for Samantha.
At Mulder's apartment, he pressures Samantha for more details. She
claims that the Gregors are the progeny of two original visitors
-- clones attempting to establish a colony since the 1940s. They
believe that our stewardship of the planet is being forsaken and
that they will soon become the natural heirs. In the meantime they
have been using hybridization of human and alien DNA to eliminate
their identical nature. But the experiments were not sanctioned and
the Bounty Hunter was dispatched to terminate the colony., all according
to Samantha. Skinner comes to the door and Samantha senses that he
is not the Bounty Hunter. Scully calls -- she is being held by the
Bounty Hunter who wants to exchange her for the woman in Mulder's
company in one hour. Skinner agrees to help and arranges a sniper
near the bridge where Mulder and Samantha meet the Bounty Hunter.
The exchange is made. Samantha attempts to stab the Bounty Hunter in
the back of the neck but he disarms her. "Tell me where she is," he
demands of Samantha. The sniper fires at the Bounty Hunter
but does not kill him. He and Samantha fall into the river.
next morning, divers are searching the river near the bridge.
Mulder is convinced that the woman really was Samantha and goes off
to tell his father. Bill Mulder visits his son's apartment and Fox
confesses that he has lost Samantha again. "Do you know what losing her again
is going to do to your mother?" asks Bill, not at all sensitive
to his son's anguish. Bill leaves an envelope that Samantha left
for Fox. Inside is the address of a Rockville, MD, abortion clinic
and a note saying that if they are separated he should meet her
there. As he walks up to the clinic, Scully calls his cell phone
and says that Samantha's body has been found. After the phone call
ends, Scully sees the body fizz green and collapse. Mulder enters
the clinic which at first seems to be abandoned. but in the basement
he finds a woman who looks just like Samantha working at a tank
of yellow-green fluid. "She's dead, isn't she?" the woman asks. She
is obviously a clone, and Mulder soon meets three others. They say that
protecting "the one from which we all came," is the important thing,
although it is not clear if this is one of them. Mulder chooses
to not believe them and walk out, even though one claims to know
where the real Samantha is. The bounty Hunter arrives and knocks
evacuate Mulder from the clinic. There are no other people
in the building. He is eventually treated and released from a hospital.
Scully prepares her report -- it must remain incomplete.
Weiss' body was apparently subjected to a retrovirus that caused his
blood to thicken by producing massive amounts of red blood cells. Scully
learns that this is apparently an immune system response to
the virus, which can be controlled by reducing the temperature five
degrees. Meanwhile, Mulder meets his source "X" who describes the submarine
being disabled by the Bounty Hunter's craft. An attack fleet was
dispatched from Anchorage that morning to make sure the pilot doesn't
leave. Scully goes to Mulder's apartment and finds him gone. He left
e-mail for him saying that he will not let her jeopardize her life
and her career by following him. She asks Skinner for help -- even
unofficial channels, but he tells her he cannot help. She places
the "X" of masking tape on Mulder's window to summon "X" who
arrives, but leaves as soon as he sees that Mulder is not there.
Skinner accosts X in the elevator and they fight. Skinner appears
at Mulder's door and tells Scully that Mulder took a commercial
flight to Tacoma, WA, then a military flight to Deadhorse,
Alaska. He used his FBI credentials to charter a rolligon.
Mulder nears the coordinates apparently given top him by
X, he finds the conning tower of a submarine sticking through the ice.
He boards the ship and finds only one man alive, hiding. He
says he is a lieutenant and that the Bounty Hunter killed all the
others on the ship. Mulder realizes that he is the Bounty Hunter and
holds his gun to the base of the man's neck. As he uses handcuffs to
connect the two of them together, the Bounty Hunter bolts and attacks
Mulder, who keeps pleading "tell me how to
find my sister." "She's alive -- can you die now?" the Bounty
Hunter asks. Mulder shoots the Bounty Hunter and is distressed
by the noxious gas that emerges from the wounds. The Bounty Hunter
shoves Mulder out a hatch, which snaps the chain of the handcuff
when the hatch slams shut on the chain. Mulder barely escapes as
the submarine sinks into the sea.
scenes seen both at the beginning of Colony and at the end
of End Game, Mulder is found by a Navy recon team and brought to a hospital
facility by helicopter. His heart is stopped and he has hypothermia,
so the doctors place him in a vat of warm water to raise
his body temperature. Scully bursts into the emergency room and demands
that they remove him from the water bath. She says he has been
exposed to a retrovirus and the only think keeping him alive is his
reduced body temperature. Mulder is removed from the water and his
heart started by electric shock. Intensive transfusions and antiviral
drugs pull him through. He wakes up to find Scully at his bedside. "Did
you find what you were looking for?"
she asks. "No," he answers. "But I found something I thought
I'd lost -- faith to keep looking."
Note: Mulder's Global Positioning System receiver indicated February 3,
1995. After the opening scene, previewing the final scenes of End Game,
the text indicated that Colony began two weeks earlier.
- ??? 1995
invisible elephant, escaped from the Fairfield Idaho Zoo, near Boise, goes
on a rampage, causing Mulder and Scully to investigate. Mountain Home AFB
is not far away, which the Lone Gunmen say is a UFO hot spot. This would
also put them not far from Ellens AFB, mentioned in Deep Throat as being
in southwest Idaho. They meet Sophie, a lowland gorilla capable of speaking
sign language who is "afraid of the light." It turns out the
animals have been abductees, for impregnation and harvesting of the
- April 9,
- Anasasi. A
computer hacker breaks into the "MJ Documents," triggering an effort of
an international commando "black" organization to recover the materials.
Lone Gunmen call the group "Garnet." Mulder obtains the tape, but it
turns out to be written in Navaho. Scully's name is found in the MJ
Documents, as well as references to Merchandise and vaccination.
- The Cigarete
Smoking Man pays a call on Bill Mulder. They clearly had an agreement that
Smoking Man would never visit or seek him out, but the Skoming Man says that
was a long time ago and this business is pressing. He explains that
Bill Mulder's name may be found in the MJ documents, and encourages
him to "Deny Everything." Bill
complains that the files should have been destroyed. The Cigarette Smoking
Man says he is protecting Fox Mulder, to a certain extent.
- William Mulder
calls his son to Martha's Vineyard to tell him tells Fox that the choices
that had to be made seemed complicated in the past are clear now, but he
regrets them now. He encourages his son to not give in, and tells him he
will learn the meaning of the important words "the
Merchandise," then is killed by Alex Krycek. His final words ask
forgiveness from his son, although for exactly what remain unclear.
- [In this episode,
Fox seems shocked that his father might have been part of the conspiracy
Fox is chasing, even though in 1989 former FBI agent Arthur Dale told Fox
that Bill Mulder was involved. Does this mean Mulder did not believe Dale?
- Fox is drugged
with a psychoactive agent in his apartment water system. He assaults Skinner
and ignors a disciplinary hearing. Scully is forced to shoot him to keep
him from killing Alex Krycek. She drugs him and takes him to Farmington,
New Mexico. He wakes up on April 16. Albert Hohsteen and his family take
him to a buried boxcar where there are dozens of misformed human bodies.
The translated MJ documents say the bodies are the result of experimentation
by Axis scientists in the US after World War II. The experiment subjects
are referred to as The Merchandise. In spite of the alien appearance of the
bodies, they have smallpox vaccination scars. We later learn they were killed
with Hydrogen Cyanide. (Anasasi)
Blessing Way. Mulder escapes death in a buried boxcar, when the altered human bodies in
the car are burned by subordinates of the Smiking Man. The Navaho help
him heal and while in a coma, Deep Throat and William Mulder talk to him.
- The spirit
of Deep Throat encourages him to return to the living. The spirit of Bill
Mulder tells him he brokered fate with his children, a reference to Samantha's
disappearance. He said the lies he told his son were a poison on his soul
and a truth he could not live with. He regrets the decisions he made so long
- The Well Manicured
Man approaches Scully and warns her that she may be killed, possibly by an
acquaintance. This causes her to distrust Skinner. She and Skinner pull
guns on each other in Mulder's apartment, short circuited by Mulder's arrival
Scully dies from gunshot wounds, shot in Scully's apartment when she is
mistaken for her sister. Krycek obtains the digital tape with the MJ
files, and disappears.
- June? 1995
- Krycek sells
information from the MJ documents about a UFO that crashed in the Pacific
Ocean during W.W.II to the French government. French agents plan to recover
the nuclear weapon.(Nisei)
- Early August
- Fearing publicity,
the Cigarette Smoking Man has the triangular-shaped UFO that crashed in the
Pacific Ocean during W.W.II salvaged. A tramp steamer/salvage vessel registered
in San Diego, the Talapus, is used to recover the UFO, allegedly looking
for a sunken Japanese W.W.II submarine with gold on board.
- Note: The
name Talapus may be taken from Mount Talapus, near Portland, Oregon.
- A Japanese
medical team, conducting an autopsy of a body found on board the UFO is murdered
by a military special forces team. An Allentown, PA, member of the Mutual
UFO Network, Steven Zinter, intercepts an alien autopsy video feel on a satellite
circuit, and sells it by mail order. (Nisei and 731)
Bruckman's Final Repose. In
Saint Paul, General Mutual insurance agent Clyde Bruckman is sporadically
psychic, being able to predict a person's death. A psychic serial killer
kills several fortune tellers, and targets Bruckman. On September 21 in
Le Damfino Hotel, the killer attacks Mulder, and Scully kills the serial
killer. Bruckman commits suicide. Scully acquires a pet dog, after Bruckman's
neighbor dies. Bruckman tells Scully she will never die. He tells Mulder
that Mulder doesn't want to know how he will die, although at one point
he mentions "autoerotic asphyxiation."
We first meet The Stupendous Yappi, a "professional" psychic. First
broadcast on Friday the 13th.
- Nisei. Seven
weeks after he intercepts the video feed, Steven Zinter is killed by a Japanese
diplomat who carries a briefcase with satellite photos of the Talapus.
Senator Matheson helps Mulder locate the warehouse where the UFO is
stored, and he sees what he believes to be an alien loaded onto a railroad
quarantine car. Mulder boards the train. Scully meets several other
women who claim to be abductees, and has a flashback in which she sees
herself on an operating table, pregnant.
- Robert Patrick
Modell, calling himself Pusher, contacts FBI agent Frank Burst and confesses
to several murders which had been classified as suicides. He eludes capture
for some weeks. (Pusher)
- 731. In
Perkey, WV, a military team executes dozens of malformed humans from Dr.
Zama's closed hospital.
- Scully finds
evidence that the chip implanted in her neck was recording thoughts, for
later playback. The manufacturer is Japanese, connected by paperwork Dr.
Shiro Zama's hospital in WV. Scully talks with a member of the Conspiracy,
the Elder, also known to fans as the Fat Man, who tells her Zama kept his
experimentation secret from his American patrons.
- A man who
claims to be an NSA operative kills Dr. Shiro Zama, under orders from the
Conspiracy, but is himself killed by X. Scully concludes that she was tested
in a similar rail car during her 1994 abduction, and that Zama tested subjects
with diseases and radiation tests.
- Mulder suspects
that Zama was working to develop a alien/human hybrid intended as a weapon,
to be immune to biological weapons.
- The rail car
explodes and the bodies at Zama's hospital are removed, leaving no traces.
The Cigarette Smoking Man obtains Zama's records. (Scully notes that two
weeks earlier, the President apologized for secret radiation testing conducted
on civilians up to 1974. The President's commission was appointed in January
1994 and presented its report in October 95.)
alien life form, waiting in a sunken P-51 Mustang takes control of a
French salvage crew diver from the ship Piper Maru at the location where a
Foo Fighter crashed in 1945 and where the Talapus salvaged a UFO earlier
in the year. The entire crew suffers from extreme radiation poisoning,
except for the infected diver, Gautier. The entity occupies other people,
- FBI Assistant
Director Skinner, is shot and wounded by an agent of the Cigarette Smoking
Man -- shown by evidence to be the same man who shot Melissa Scully, Argentine
citizen Louis Cardinale. (Date based on Skinner saying it has been five months
since Melissa was shot, which would really be September, but this episode
has to follow Nisei and 731.)
- Scully meets
several women who claim to be abduction victims. Some are suffering from
strange forms of cancer that does not respond to treatment. Some claim to
recognize Scully from the "bright white place."
- Apocrypha. The
Cigarette Smoking Man takes Krycek into custody, while he is occupied by
the alien entity. The entity is allowed to return to its UFO, placed for
safe storage in an abandoned in missile silo 1013, at Black Crow, North
Dakota, unlike other UFOs stored in Nevada. Krycek is left alive but
sealed in the silo.
- Skinner returns
to work, limping from his gunshot wound. Cardinale is found dead in his cell,
made to look like suicide.
- The Conspiracy
meets on 46th Street, New York, preserving the secrecy and future of its
- ??? 1995
of the Coprophages. Computerized
mechanical insects are discovered in Miller's Grove Massachusetts (not
to be confused with Grover's Mill in "The War of the Worlds") that could
be alien probes. Dr. Bambi Barenbaum expresses the opinion that UFOs are
actually glowing nocturnal insect swarms.
- Krycek either
escapes from the North Dakota missile silo, or is found by anti-government
militia members, lead by Timothy Edward Mayhew. Krycek works with them to
build two bombs. He plans to use one to decoy Mulder into a complex scheme.
- ??? 1996
Chung's "From Outer Space." Nobody really knows
what happened in this episode. Because the episode is told from many
different perspectives, the truth is even more ambiguous than usual.
It appears to tell the story of how US military pilots are flying advanced
craft, possibly based on captured UFO technology. It also appears to
show how the military inserts false memories in people's minds to make
them think they have encountered aliens. One character also suggests
that the "aliens" are from inner
space, from inside the Earth.
- Avatar. Walter
Skinner is set up for discreditation to remove his support for the X-Files
on the eve of his divorce, and is briefly suspended from his job. His
wife, Sharon, is seriously injured, and they decide not to divorce. He
repeatedly sees the old woman who has appeared to him on occasion during
his life to give warning or aid.
- June 1996
- Transgen Pharmaceuticals
begins making payments to Roberta Sim in connection with experiments on her
adopted daughter, Emily. Emily has been diagnosed with a rare form of autoimmune
hemolytic anemia. The company uses her in double-blind tests, but Roberta
is not satisfied that Emily is being properly cared for. The cash payments
are $30,000 each. (Christmas Carol)
- ??? 1996
Mulder has a stroke after talking with her old acquaintance the Cigarette
Smoking Man, and is hospitalized in Providence, RI. Multiple IRS
employees named Jeremiah Smith are discovered to be working in offices
around the country, storing huge amounts of data on smallpox vaccinations.
Smith also has the power to heal sickness or wounds, just by touching the
victim. (Season Three Finale)
- ??? 1996
- Herrenvolk. Scully
is taken captive for at least the sixth time since becoming an FBI agent,
the second time by the Bounty Hunter, however he releases her unharmed.
Jeremiah Smith shows Mulder a Canadian farm where human "drones," some
apparently clones of Samantha Mulder, raise bees among ginseng plants.
- Smith tells
Mulder that the bees are deadly poison to humans, but not to his people.
The Bounty Hunter kills Smith, but complies with the Cigarette Smoking Man's
request to cure Mrs. Mulder of her stroke. Meanwhile, X is assassinated
when the Conspiracy traces an information leak to him. Before he dies, he
leaves word for Mulder to contact a Special Representative to the Secretary
General of the UN.
- ??? 1996
- One month
after the main events in Herrenvolk, Mulder meets Marita Covarrubias, Assistant
to one of the Special Representative to the Secretary General of the UN.
She tells him that the bee farm has been abandoned, and no evidence of bees
or bee husbandry is left. However, she gives him photographic proof of the
ginseng plants and the Samantha clones.
- the Cigarette
Smoking Man convinces the Bounty Hunter to bring Mrs. Mulder out of the coma
from her stroke. He argues that if Mulder loses his mother, he would become
- Walter Skinner
moves to a new apartment on the seventeenth floor of a building in Crystal
City, Virginia. His wife, Sharon Skinner, does not appear to be in residence
although she and Skinner partially reconciled in The Avatar.
- Krycek sends
Mulder anonymous information about members of a right wing militia planning
a bombing. The information, delivered over the next two weeks, consists of
receipts for detonation cord, diesel fuel and 80 bags of ammonium nitrate,
paid for in cash and over three different signatures. The timeframe given
for these deliveries is "over the last
several weeks" prior to November 25th.
23, 1996 -- Saturday
- At Honolulu
International Airport, a US government operative is detained by Customs officials
in spite of his diplomatic visa. He is carrying what he calls toxic soil
samples in a diplomatic case that originated in Georgia, Russia. Accidentally
broken, the sample container contains organisms that enter human bodies and
immobilize them. They also give the appearance of oil within the human eyeball,
similar to the entities from the Pacific Ocean Foo Fighter.
24, 1996 -- Sunday
Hearts. Mulder has a series of dreams in which he sees a blonde girl, dead in the
forest. He actually finds a skeleton where he saw in the dream, and
recognizes the M.O. of John Lee Roche. The victim is identified as Addie
Sparks, but Mulder soon comes to suspect that Roche may have kidnapped
Samantha. Roche actually claims to Mulder to have killed Samantha, after
Mulder finds the trophy hearts, although there are several other ways
Roche could have learned about Mulder's memories of Samantha's abduction.
- Mulder takes
Roche to Martha's Vineyard. In spite of Roche's detailed memory of each crime,
he does not realize that Mulder has taken him to the wrong house. Roche escapes
Mulder and almost kills a new victim, Caitlin Ross, before Mulder kills Roche
-- without learning the identity or location of the 16th victim.
- (Date November
24 is given on evidence tags containing the hearts. These events are difficult
to resolve with Tunguska. Scully says clearly that Abbie is found on a Sunday
morning, which is consistent with the 24th of November. Two nights pass in
this episode, however, meaning Roche was killed on November 26th, while Mulder
and Krycek are otherwise reported to be flying to Russia.)
- On November
24th, Mulder receives another anonymous nighttime delivery of receipts --
one for first and last month's rent for a warehouse in Flushing, Queens,
New York and one for rent of a two ton truck, purchased with the same signature.
Mulder fears "we could be looking at the next
Oklahoma City." (Tunguska)
- Note: The
events of November 25 through December 6 are depicted in Tunguska and Terma.
There is significant intermixing of events. Particularly, the events experienced
by Mulder in Russia, and Scully in America, while depicted as happening simultaneously,
may be offset by a few days.
25, 1996 -- Monday
and Terma. Mulder organizes an FBI raid in Queens that stops an
apparent plot by American revolutionaries to stage a major bombing.
Mulder and Scully take Krycek into custody. He volunteers to help them
get the man who tried to kill him, and was responsible for the deaths of
Bill Mulder and Melissa Scully. He tips them to a diplomat bringing a
pouch into the country. The pouch, when recovered, contains an ancient
Mars rock. How Krycek knows about the diplomatic couriers is unclear, and
neither Scully nor Mulder asks, on camera, at least.
- Mulder leaves
Krycek at Skinner's. While Skinner is away, the man who lost the pouch comes
searching for it and Krycek kills him. The man falls from Skinners balcony,
attracting police attention.
- At the Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Department of Exobiology, a core
sample is drilled into the Mars rock. It releases what appears to be oil,
coalescing into worm-like organisms that enters the body of the scientist,
Dr. Sacks, and puts him in a coma state.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man tells Skinner that he needs the pouch, and who told Scully and
Mulder to intercept it. He says "wars have broken out
- Marita, who
Mulder locates at her home on the upper West Side of New York City and spends
almost four hours in her apartment, leaving Krycek handcuffed in the car.
Marita tells Mulder where the pouch originated, in Russia, near Tunguska.
Marita provides Mulder cover credentials, and he and Krycek depart for Russia.
(Krycek claims his parents were cold war immigrants and he speaks Russian.)
The Well Manicured Man later tells the Cigarette Smoking Man that Mulder's
travel to Tunguska represents a crisis.
- Scully, Mulder
and Skinner are subpoenaed by Senator Sorenson to testify before a Senate
subcommittee, because of the murder at Skinner's apartment and related events.
(Date of these events taken from Mulder's wrist watch display.)
- At the Harrow
Convalescent Home, Boca Raton Florida, several patients in the infirmary
are used a test subjects for a vaccine against the "black
26, 1996 -- Tuesday
- Mulder and Krycek
reach Tunguska and find a gulag, with mining in progress by slave labor.
Both are captured
by men on horseback. Another prisoner claims to Mulder that Krycek is
speaking Russian to the guards as an equal, and that he is deceiving Mulder.
Mulder finds that he has received an injection in his smallpox vaccination
- Scully and
Skinner meet with the Congressional subcommittee chair. (Tunguska)
27, 1996 -- Wednesday
- Mulder and
several other involuntary experimental subjects are infected with the Black
Cancer organisms from the Martian rocks.
- In St. Petersburg,
Russia, a retired intelligence operative, Vassily Peskow, is recruited by "Comrad
Krasnoyarsk. Arntzen is actually Krycek, or vice versa. (Terma)
28, 1996 -- Thanksgiving
- At Goddard,
Scully finds some sort of worm growing inside Dr. Sacks' blood stream. (Date
based on Scully's comment about Dr. Sacks not receiving anything but fluids
for 48 hours, with 48 hours counted from his infection.)
29, 1996 -- Friday
- Mulder awakes
from the experiment, apparently none the worse for wear. A former geologist
tells Mulder that hundreds of people have died as the result of the experiments.
Mulder subsequently escapes in a delivery truck, briefly taking Krycek captive.
- Mulder is
assisted by the wife of the delivery truck driver. He begins making his way
back to America -- a task made more difficult by his loss of his passport
and other papers.
30, 1996 -- Saturday
- Krycek is
given sanctuary by Russian civilians who then forcibly amputate his left
arm, to remove his smallpox vaccination scar.
1, 1996 -- Sunday
- Peskow arrives
in America and kills Dr. Bonita Charre-Sayre at her horse farm near Charlottesville,
Virginia. He does this to short- circuit Conspiracy research into the Black
- The Well Manicured
Man asks the Cigarette Smoking Man to find the killer of his lover, Dr. Charre-Sayre.
The Smoking Man convinces the congressional majority and minority leaders
to create a red herring and question Scully about Mulder's location, rather
than the crimes themselves.
2, 1996 -- Monday
- Scully spends
the day at Goddard, learning that organisms with the appearance of worms
are growing in Dr. Sacks bloodstream. (Terma)
3, 1996 -- Tuesday
- Dana Scully
testifies before a Senate Select Subcommittee on Intelligence and Terrorism.
She attempts to warn the subcommittee about the conspiracy, but committee
members demand that she reveal Mulder's location. She does not, and is jailed
for Contempt of Congress . (Tunguska)
- Note: Scully
mentions that she left behind a career in medicine for one in law enforcement
four years ago. December 1992 would be several months after she was assigned
to the X-Files, and at that point she had already been employed by the FBI
for a couple of years. She may mean that her assignment to the X-Files marked
the transition from a career in which her job was mostly medicine -- teaching
at the FBI Academy, to one in which medicine was more incidental.
- Peskow kills
Dr. Sack and steals the meteorite fragment. The Cigarette Smoking Man reveals
Peskow's identity to the Well Manicured Man. (Terma)
4, 1996 -- Wednesday
- Mulder walks
in on a Congressional hearing, short circuiting the committee's pressure
on Scully for Mulder's location. Scully and Mulder travel to Boca Raton and
learn of the infection of convalescent home patients with Black Cancer. Peskow
kills the test patients with poison.
- Mulder and
Scully then interview militia leader Timothy Edward Meyhew, who reveals that
Krycek planned to explode another bomb in North Dakota. The truck rented
by Krycek is traced to Canada and Scully and Mulder follow. (Terma)
- At an abandoned
refinery in Alberta, Peskow plants Krycek's remaining bomb and the Tunguska
rock at a well head. With the well spouting oil, the bomb explodes, causing
an oil well fire. The rock is either burned, or pulled deep into the earth.
Mulder is injured by the blast. Scully encounters Pescow, but is not injured.
- Scully and
Mulder testify before the congressional subcommittee, but are left with no
hard evidence of any of the crimes. The Cigarette Smoking Man and a congressional
committee member destroy the documents and interview reports submitted by
- Krycek visits
Pescow's apartment to congratulate him on a fine job in America. He uses
a prosthetic left arm. (Terma)
- Transgen Pharmaceuticals
makes its second payment of $30,000 to Roberta Sim in connection with experiments
on her adopted daughter, Emily. (Christmas Carol)
Pittsburgh, Mulder and Scully encounter Leonard Maurice Betts, who must
consume cancer in order to survive. He can detect cancer inside a person,
and can regenerate body parts, even to the extent of growing a complete
replacement body. He is decapitated in an ambulance accident, but grows
his head back. He generates another body which dies in a car explosion.
The body of Albert Tanner is exhumed, and both bodies are inspected, side
- Betts attacks
Scully in an ambulance and tells her that she has what he needs, i.e. cancer
inside her. She kills him with ambulance defribulators. Scully does not immediately
tell Mulder that Betts claimed she has cancer.
Mori. Tests at Holy Cross Memorial Medical Center confirm that Dana Scully has a
tumor on the wall of her nasal cavity, near the brain. The condition is
hard to treat and if it should grow into the brain it would be fatal. It
is the same as that faced by eleven women Scully met in 731. Scully and
Mulder visit Betsy Hagopian's home and learn she died 2 1/2 weeks earlier.
They discover someone downloading her computer files, and track it to Kurt
Crawford. He says he is also a MUFON member and is concerned that a
governmental conspiracy wants to cover up the information in the files.
- Scully visits
Penny Northern in Allentown-Bethlehem Medical Center. Dr. Kevin Scanlon treats
Penny and says she might have had a better chance if the cancer had been
caught earlier. Scully decides to begin treatment to try to find "the
truth" inside her, with chemotherapy treatments to
weaken her immune system so a gene therapy can be tried. Meanwhile Mulder
and Crawford find references to several dead women being treated at the
federally operated Center for Reproductive Medicine in Lehigh Furnace,
Pennsylvania. When Mulder leaves to take Scully her things at the
hospital, Crawford is killed by a man wielding an "alien killer" ice pick.
Crawford's blood fizzes green, revealing him to have alien DNA.
- Mulder sneaks
into the Center for Reproductive Medicine and finds another Crawford clone
(although Mulder doesn't realize this) and they hack their way into the computer
system, where reference is found to Scully in a directory about the Lumbard
Research Facility, although she has not been a patient. Mulder asks Skinner
to set up a meeting with the Cigarette Smoking Man, but Skinner warns him
against giving in. Mulder agrees, and turns to the Lone Gunmen, who hack
into the Lumbard computer and data on the branched DNA found in Scully's
system in One Breath. They physically break into Lumbard, and Mulder finds
several Crawford clones, revealing them to be clones of the blond boy seen
with the child Samantha clone in Herrenvolk.
- Mulder is
told that the clones are working to subvert The Project that produced them.
He is shown stored ova removed from abduction victims, including Scully,
Penny Northern and Betsy Hagopian. He keeps one of Scully's. The clones tell
him that the abducted women who are dying are their mothers, providing half
the raw material for the hybrids.
- The operative
who killed the first Crawford almost kills Mulder, except for some bullet-proof
glass. Penny dies, after telling Scully that she must not give up hope. Scully
decides to return to work in hopes that finding "the truth" will help her
find a cure for her cancer.
- Although Skinner
warned Mulder not to approach the Cigarette Smoking Man about Scully, Skinner
does himself and begins to negotiate what it would take to save Scully's
life. The Smoking Man tells him that there is always another way, "if you
are willing to pay the price."
- (It has been
reported in the media that Chris Carter has a contact at the FBI with whom
he checks various details to improve accuracy. This contact's name is reported
to be Kurt Crawford -- apparently where the name for the character in this
Mulder takes Scully out to celebrate her 33rd birthday. Meanwhile, at
about 8pm, Flight 549, carrying Max Fenig, crashes near Northville, New
York, after an apparent encounter with a UFO. Conspiracy forces mobilize
to keep the truth secret. Max's sister, Sharon Graffia, a private pilot,
approaches Mulder and Scully during their birthday party and informs them
of the crash. Mulder suspects that Max was kidnapped directly from the
jetliner, although NTSB investigators appear to find Max's body. Later
evidence suggests that two UFOs were near Flight 549. Sharon is abducted,
and returned to the crash site by a triangular UFO. Mulder and Scully
make contact with Sergeant Louis Frish, the air traffic controller in
contact with Flight 549. Frish asks for protection, and Scully takes him
to Washington, then, oddly, takes him to a public bar, where a Conspiracy
operative attempts to kill one or both of them. Scully kills the
operative, but Pendrell is shot, taking a bullet for Scully. Meanwhile,
Mulder locates a crashed UFO in a lake. Scuba diving to it, he finds an
apparent grey alien at the controls, but is approached by two lights
underwater.(Note: This episode covers four days, beginning on the evening
of February 23 and concluding somewhat after midnight on the morning of
- MAX. Two
divers assault Mulder underwater, he escapes, but is arrested on land by
a military unit. The operative who shot Pendrell escapes but Pendrell dies
from his punctured lung. Scully bails Mulder out, revealing that Sharon
is not Max's sister, but was once a co-worker at a defense industry
company. The Air Force claims Frish erred, and caused an F-15 to hit
Flight 549. Mulder and Scully visit Max's Airstream trailer, and find a
video tape he made. (Max also had the Sounds From the Key of X CD in his
stereo.) The military unit recovers hardware and bodies from the sunken
saucer, and the operative (now back in the Albany area after having
escaped from Scully in Washington and not limping from his leg wound)
states that they have found what they were looking for. Sharon tells
Scully that she stole a piece of alien hardware from her employer. Max
had one part, which is why the UFO followed Flight 549. She had another
piece, which is why she was abducted. Mulder finds the third in an
airport baggage claim office, and takes it on a commercial flight to
Washington, much like the events that happened to Max a few days earlier.
The operative is also on board the flight. A UFO intercepts the flight
and recovers the final piece of alien hardware. It is unclear whether
this UFO is human-operated or alien-operated, but the implication is that
it is alien-operated, since the Air Force tried to shoot down the UFO that
tried to abduct Max. Mulder is left with no evidence.
for the Conspiracy ship seven packages of the Conspiracy to South Carolina
for a test. One package is damaged and sent to a shipping house in Virginia
for inspection. Some of the bees, carrying smallpox, escape and build a colony
in a wall. (Zero Sum)
- April 12,
- Demons. Mulder
receives treatment with a psychoactive drug as part of his efforts to
remember the circumstances involving his sister's disappearance. He
experiences a series of flashbacks to events in his family's summer
cottage in Rhode Island during which his parents argue and the Cigarette
Smoking Man is present -- at one point calling young Fox a spy. Closed
captioning reveals Mrs. Mulder repeatedly says "not Samantha," and Bill
Mulder says that the orders came down from on high. Bill Mulder and the
Smoking Man also argue during the flashbacks, which may or may not be
true, due to the drugs Mulder has received. Mulder awakes in a motel,
unable to explain how he got there, and with the blood of two murdered
people on his shirt. Murder charges against Mulder are eventually
dismissed when it is discovered that the victims were abductees, also
receiving the psychoactive drug, who participated in a murder-suicide.
Mulder confronts his mother about the events in the summer house he has
seen in flashbacks. He accuses her of betraying his father, but then
accuses her of having an affair with the Cigarette Smoking Man, and asks
who his father really is. She rebukes him, and says she will not stand
for such questions, asking Fox if he wants to kill his father all over
again. (This episode contains a significant inconsistency in dates.
Act one is clearly labeled as happening on April 12. April 12, 1997, was
a Saturday, however Scully tells Mulder that April 12 is a Sunday. Other
episodes this season have clearly included the 1997 date, leaving the
inconsistency impossible to resolve.)
- April 27
Brody, a worker at a parcel shipping company, is killed by bee stings.
Based on the agreement worked out in Momento Mori, the Cigarette Smoking
Man directs Skinner to clean up the scene of Brody's death and remove all
evidence. Skinner is forced to impersonate Mulder, and a Conspiracy
operative kills a police officer who could identify Skinner, using
- Scully enters
the hospital for tests on her cancer.
- The Conspiracy
begins a test of the smallpox-carrying bees, in a school yard in South Carolina,
leading to further deaths.
- Skinner learns
about Mulder's contact in the United Nations, Marita Covarrubius, and contacts
her, explaining that he has located some of the bees. She encourages him
to inform authorities of what he knows -- something he cannot do without
implicating himself in obstruction of justice.
- Mulder discovers
from photo evidence that Skinner posed as Mulder, and confronts him. He eventually
comes to believe Skinner's story, and covers up for him when it is confirmed
that Skinner's gun killed the police detective.
- Marita is
revealed to be an associate of the Cigarette Smoking Man, although their
relationship is unclear, as are her motivations for feeding information to
Mulder. (Date taken from evidence log.)
- Gethsemane. Dana
Scully reports to a committee comprised of Section Chief Blevins (who
first assigned her to the X-Files) and several other men and women who are
not identified in the episode. She says she is there to report on the
illegitimacy of Mulder's work over the years, and that Mulder has been the
subject of a complex hoax dealing with alleged alien life and the
abduction of his sister. She reports that Mulder claimed to have located
the frozen body of an extra-terrestrial, but that two scientists studying
the body in a warehouse/lab in southeast Washington DC were killed and the
body stolen. One is named Arlinsky, the forensic anthropologist who
Mulder has been in contact with over the last four years.
- Scully reports
that she was also told that several members of a Canadian geodetic survey
team were killed in the cave in the St. Elias Mountains in the Yukon
Territory, where the alleged alien body was located, in an apparent
earlier attempt to take the body. She claims to have learned about
a complex "mechanism of deception" that was designed to
mislead Mulder, resulting in what she calls the "illegitimacy" of Mulder's
work. In fact, at least one of the people in the Yukon, an associate of
Arlinsky's, is shown to be an operative of the Conspiracy.
- Scully also
describes locating Michael Kritschgau, assigned to the Pentagon Research
Division in Virginia, who she says she found stealing an ice core sample.
She further relates how Kritschgau describes the complicated conspiracy to
mislead Mulder to deflect scrutiny from the continued misdeeds of the military-industrial
complex by convincing Mulder to go public with claims of alien life, and
that Kritschgau further claims the same people engineered Scully's cancer.
claims that his son is very ill as the result of Conspiracy chemical warfare
experiments during the Gulf War.
- Scully also
tells the committee that her cancer has moved into her blood stream, which
she had said in Momento Mori would almost certainly be fatal to her. She
reports that Mulder was found dead in his apartment of an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the head.
- (As always
when The X-Files uses flashbacks, it is difficult to determine what actually
happened, and what is based on imperfect memories and/or Scully's fabrication
as part of her lie.)
- Redux. Mulder
is not dead. In fact, Scully is cooperating with him to entrap the
Conspiracy source in the FBI. The dead man is Scott Ostelhoff, Conspiracy
operative who has been videotaping in Mulder's apartment through a tiny
hole in the ceiling. 24 hours before the FBI joint committee seen in
Gethsemane, Mulder kills Ostelhoff in self defense, then uses his DOD
security clearance card to infiltrate the Pentagon. Mulder finds dozens
of apparent alien bodies (or are they hoaxes?), sees several apparent
abductees undergoing medical tests and irradiation, and finds the secret
basement storage room where Conspiracy evidence is kept. He finds a
storage box containing materials relating to Scully, and takes a vial of
fluid, in hopes it contains a cure for her cancer. He also finds a file
card with Scully's name on it, plus many serial or code numbers. He finds
a card for Michael Kritschgau, Jr., but there are no serial numbers on the
card. Mulder escapes the Pentagon at the last second, through the
intervention of the Cigarette Smoking Man.
- The Smoking
Man has earlier in the day visited Mulder's empty apartment, with a look
of remorse on his face. He discovers that the apartment has been subject
to video observation, without his knowledge. He complains to the Elder (also
known as the Fat Man) Conspiracy that the information should not have been
kept from him, because he has been keeping Mulder in check, and in
fact "created" Mulder.
The Elder denies knowledge of such observation.
- Scully, meanwhile,
spends the day at the Paleoarcheology lab at American University, where cells
found in the Yukon ice have begun growing into an organism. She discovers
that DNA fragments in a virus in the organism are also in her body. This
proves conclusively to her that whoever gave her cancer is also responsible
for what she sees as the body hoax.
- After providing
false information to the FBI joint committee, she reveals the DNA evidence,
and makes the accusation that someone in the committee room is responsible
for both the hoax and her cancer. Her suspicion centers on Skinner. Her nose
begins bleeding, and she collapses. Skinner leaps across the room to catch
her, and calls for a doctor.
- Mulder takes
the vial of fluid to the Lone Gunmen, who extract some of the contents to
analyse the fluid inside. Spectography reveals it is "de-ionized water," meaning
it is not a cure.
rushes to Trinity Hospital Medical Center, where Scully is a patient, and
meets Skinner in the hallway. Skinner says he has been witholding
forensic evidence and Mulder believes he is not responsible for Scully's
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man tells Mulder that the deionized water contains a computer chip
designed to inhibit the cancer, and the Lone Gunmen find it in the vial.
Dana decides to have the chip implanted, but also finally returns to her
faith. The family priest comes to her hospital room and they pray.
- The Elder
watches a Congressional hearing on TV, about human cloning. He orders an
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man brings Samantha to meet Mulder, at night in a diner. She says
she remembers little about her abduction, and has been told that her family
was dead. She considers the Smoking Man to be her father and has been told
that he and Mrs. Mulder had an affair but kept it secret. She is confused
and afraid, and leaves without giving Mulder a means of contact, but promises
to consider whether to have further contact.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man tells Mulder that Kritschgau did not tell him the entire truth.
He offers Mulder the complete truth, if Mulder leaves the FBI and goes to
work for the Smoking Man. Mulder is greatly tempted, but ends up declining.
- Mulder testifies
to the FBI committee and names Blevins as the FBI mole responsible for Scully's
cancer. Later, in private, another member of the FBI committee kills Blevins
and makes it look like suicide.
- The Cigarette
Smoking Man is shot through a window, but Skinner tells Mulder that no body
was found and they assume he is dead because so much blood was lost.
- Dana's cancer
goes into remission, but it is unknown whether this is the result of the
chip or prayer or what.
- A Biotechnology
firm called Roush is implicated with both Kritschgau and Blevins. Skinner
is seen in the Congressional committee room, listening to the testimony about
human cloning and investigating Roush.
- Mulder ends
the episode crying in the hallway outside Scully's hospital room, happy that
she is in remission, but frustrated that he is still without answers.
- (Note: The
federal personnel computer screen seen in Gethsemane contains an apparent
April date for these events. In Redux, the phone records show October dates.
This Timeline assumes that the April date was something other than a current
- Writer Jose
Chung is killed by a pickaxe through his skull after he is targeted by a
militant religious sect known as the Church of Selfosophy. The killer is
known as the "Nostradamus Nutball," a name
coined by Chung himself. Chung is killed as former FBI agent Frank Black
is chasing another Selfosophist, who had just grazed Chung with a bullet.
(The Millennium episode Jose Chung's "Doomsday Defense," broadcast on this
Scully and her mother travel to the San Diego US Naval Air Station to visit
Bill Scully Jr., and his wife, Tara, who is pregnant. Dana answers a phone
call and believes she hears her dead sister's voice saying "she
needs your help." The call is traced to the Sims residence, where Roberta
Sims has committed suicide. The Sims have a 4 year old daughter, Emily,
who Dana learns was adopted. Emily looks almost exactly like Melissa
Scully at age 4. Dana reveals to her mother that because of her abduction
some years earlier, Dana cannot have children -- something that is
bothering her more and more.
- Dana suspects
murder in the Sims case, and an autopsy shows high levels of a pain-killing
drug in Roberta's system, injected via hypodermic. In a search of the Sims
residence, a needle is found. Dana sees two mysterious men outside, watching.
Tests show a 60% chance that Emily is Melissa's daughter. Dana orders more
extensive tests. She learns that the Sims have been getting large cash payments
from Transgen Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Calderon there tells her that Emily has
a rare medical condition they have been treating experimentally. That doctor
prescribed the drug found in Mrs. Sims blood to Mr. Sims, who claimed to
have severe headaches. Mr. Sims is arrested for murder, and Emily is taken
into custody by Social Services.
- In the San
Diego County Jail, Mr. Sims is found dead of an apparent suicide just after
the same two mysterious men, who claimed to be his lawyers, leave his cell.
Dana petitions for custody of Emily, but Social Services discourages her
because of her job and lifestyle. On Christmas morning, a courier arrives
with the results of the more sophisticated DNA tests on Emily. She is not
Melissa's daughter, but is the daughter of Dana Scully.
- Emily. Mulder
arrives in San Diego to help Scully. Emily's birth mother is given in
secret records as "Anna Fugazzi," but there is no trace of a real person
by that name. Mulder testifies for Scully before an adoption judge.
Emily is found in the children's home to have a very high fever and a
green cyst on her neck. When a biopsy is done, green ooze and gas comes
- Dr. Calderon
declines to deliver her medical records. Mulder visits him, roughs him up,
then follows him to a large house. Two Dark Suited Men there kill Calderon,
whose wound bleeds green ooze. They then morph into Calderon's appearance
and leave. One goes to the hospital and injects Emily with something
green. Mulder eventually returns to the house, and finds it is a nursing
home and finds 71 year old Anna Fugazzi, and several other elderly
women, who has each had a baby in recent years. Dr. Calderon has been
treating them with a "Beauty Sleep." Mulder finds a
human fetus in green liquid, with Dana Scully's name on the documentation.
Kresge meets Mulder at the house, and they are both attacked by a
Dark Suited Man, who escapes after injuring Kresge. Mulder leaves with
a vial of the green fluid.
- Emily is very
ill, with a growth in her body. She dies. The Scully family attends a funeral
service a few days later. After the service, Dana opens the casket to recover
her necklace, that she had given Emily to wear. The body is gone, and filled
with sand to give it the appropriate weight. The necklace is in the sand.
The nursing home has been emptied with the women placed in other homes around
the state. Kresge recovers. Nobody at Transgen knows anything about Dr.
Calderon's work. (Several days apparently pass during this episode. It has
been suggested that for Tara to be walking after the birth of her son, that
a week or two must have passed between the final scene of Emily in the hospital
and her funeral.)
- Early January
- The son of
Tara and William Scully, Junior, is born, just before Emily's funeral service.
He is named Matthew.(Emily)
Kazakhstan, a boy, Dmitri, witnesses a scene in which a light from the
sky descends and several people are burned to death. Soon after, a UN
team led by Marita Covarrubias and a Russian team led by Alex Krycek
confront each other. Krycek has Dmitri and takes him to a prison where
he is infected with Black Cancer. Krycek, however, makes off with Dmitri
and takes him by ship to New York.
- Fox Mulder is
on an MIT visiting lecturer's panel discussing the case of "Patient X," Cassandra
Spender, who says she has been taken by aliens several times. Mulder
does not believe, saying instead that it is a government conspiracy.
Dr. Heitz Werber tells Mulder that he is treating Cassandra, and Mulder
meets her in person. She says the different alien races are warring and
she expects to be called. They are here to deliver a message, but something
has gone wrong. Cassandra is confined to a wheelchair. At FBI Headquarters,
Special Agent Jeffrey Spender talks with Scully. Cassandra is his mother
and she is emotionally disturbed, he says. He asks that the X-File agents
not talk with Cassandra. Mulder and Scully then discuss Cassandra. She
was abducted from Skyland Mountain, Virginia, where Scully was taken.
At Skyland Mountain, several cars carrying abductees are waiting. The
Bounty Hunter approaches carrying a wand and sets people on fire. The
Bounty Hunter's face appears to have the eyes, nose and mouth sealed
- Marita reports
to the Consortium about Kazakhstan. There were 41 bodies, all burned by an
intense biochemical reaction. The Elders say there is no clear information
on the weapon used. We are still 15 years away from when "it begins." While
they meet, Krycek telephones. He knows the Consortium is working on a vaccine
for the black oil. He wants to trade Dmitri. Later, the Consortium learns
about the Skyland Mountain incident. Someone is going to great lengths to
undermine their work. "We
have to stop it before the Colonists intervene." On the ship, Krycek and
Marita meet. They kiss passionately and go off to be alone. After Marita
has left, Krycek discovers that Dmitri has been taken.
recognizes the names of many of the Skyland Mountain victims. She was in
a UFO cult with them 20 years ago. Scully is feeling called. Mulder learns
that several of the dead had implants and were being treated for emotional
problems. Marita calls Mulder to tell him about Kazakhstan. While she is
talking to Mulder from a payphone, Dmitri approaches with oil leaking from
his eyes. Mulder learns that Scully and Cassandra are both missing. They
are on a bridge -- Ruskin Dam in Pennsylvania -- with a large group of people,
waiting. Dmitri is there, too. There are lights in the sky. One of the people
bursts into flames and we see two men in black approach, carrying the wands
that set people on fire. They seem to be faceless -- their eyes, nose and
mouth seem covered by skin.
- Note: The
MIT panel in this episode is probably the UFO convention referenced in The
Pine Bluff Variant. At some point following the UFO convention, Mulder is
approached by Jacob Steven Haley, a domestic terrorist. Haley is on a crusade
against the American government. Because of Mulder's accusations about a
conspiracy in the government, Haley belives Mulder may support the effort.
Mulder, however, reports the contact immediately and begins a deep undercover
assignment to capture Haley and his band of terrorists. Scully is not told.
Mulder soon learns that August Bremer is the mastermind of the group, and
is vieing with Haley for actual leadership. (Pine Bluff Varient)
Red and the Black. The
camera sees a close-up of a letter being typed on a typewriter. "Dear son,
I hope this finds you well..." The
letter talks of reconciliation, and tells a legend of twin war gods coming
together to get magic and weapons from their father to eliminate the monsters
of the world. The letter voices hopes for a reconciliation between father
and son. A boy trudges through a snowy Canadian forest to the door of a
cabin. An arm hands a red envelope to the boy, who sees that it is
addressed to someone at the FBI.
At Ruskin Dam in Pennsylvania, rescue crews arrive and find many
burned bodies. Mulder also arrives and learns that Scully is one
of fifty survivors. Cassandra Spender is missing. Scully is taken by helicopter
ambulance and ends up at Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. She
wakes up but has no memory of what happened or how she got to Pennsylvania.
Many of the burned bodies had implants, possibly used to call the people
to the dam. Mulder believes that the government made the chips. He does not
trust his memory of his sister's abduction. Mulder suggests that
Scully undergo hypnotic regression to remember what happened at the dam.
of the Well Manicured Man have found Marita alongside the road.
She is infected with the Black Oil and is unconscious. The Well Manicured
Man is also holding Krycek captive in the Russian ship and realizes that
Krycek has a vaccine making resistance to the "alien
colonists" possible. Meanwhile, at Weikamp AFB, a UFO crashes.
One occupant of the craft is dead, the other is one of the faceless
men who were at the dam. Security Police take him into custody.
Dr. Heitz Werber hypnotizes Scully. She remembers seeing a UFO
overhead. It disappears and the faceless men appear, setting people
on fire. Another UFO arrives and attacks the faceless men. Cassandra
Spender is levitated into the ship and it leaves. Scully awakes, shocked
by her memories. Later, Jeffrey Spender visits the X-Files office and
talks with Scully. He plays a tape of himself as an eleven year child,
telling a story about his mother's abduction, but says it was false,
induced by having her tell so often what she said happened and because
Spender's father left his family.
been given the vaccine Krycek provided, but she has not awakened.
The Elder orders the surviving faceless man to be turned over to the
colonists, saying "survival means cooperation." The consortium
thought they were fifteen years away from the colonization, or whatever
they are working toward, but it seems to be beginning now. The Well
Manicured Man argues that an alliance might be possible with the rebel
faction of the colonists but the Elder will hear nothing of it. The
Bounty Hunter, (first seen in the episode Colony) enters the Air Force
Base by climbing over the chain link fence topped by razor wire. Mulder
comes home to find Krycek in his apartment. Krycek says there is a war
and five billion people could die as the result of the planned
colonization of Earth by an alien race. Krycek says "I was sent by a
man who knows that resistance is in our grasp." He says the sites of
the deaths are "lighthouses" where the invasion will begin. The
burnings were done by a resistance.
not believe but Krycek gives him the name of Weikamp AFB. Mulder
and Scully go there and find the base uncustomarily closed. As they are
at the gate a truck leaves, driven by a man Scully recognizes from
the dam -- a man viewers know to be an operative of the consortium and
the man who shot the Cigarette Smoking Man. Mulder jumps on the back
of the truck and climbs into the canvas-covered bed. Inside he finds
a cell containing the surviving faceless man. The driver morphs and
becomes the Bounty Hunter. He stops the truck, possibly because the
Air Force Base gate has notified him by radio that Mulder has boarded the
truck. The Bounty Hunter enters the back, looking for Mulder, and pulls
out an "ice
pick" device, which can be used to immobilize Bounty Hunters. A
UFO appears over the truck and a faceless man enters, carrying
a burning wand. Mulder shoots his gun, then experiences lost time.
He wakes up surrounded by security police, unable to remember what
happened. The Bounty Hunter and the faceless man are gone.
is no news about Cassandra. We see that Marita's eyes are clear of the Black
Oil indicating that the vaccine has worked. Skinner tells Jeffrey Spender
that he has a powerful patron outside the office. Spender receives a letter
mailed from Canada. Then we return to the Canadian forest and see a boy walking
up to the cabin in the snow. He gives a letter to the occupant, who is the
Cigarette Smoking Man, and we see that the letter he wrote to somebody in
the FBI has been returned, unopened.
(1) The return address given on the letter at the opening and close of this
episode is Rural Route #1. North Hatley, Quebec. The letter received by spender
is addressed to Mr. Jeffrey Spender, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington DC
are visible on the envelope returned to CSM but the addressee's name is covered
by the Return to Sender No Forwarding Service Available lable. (2) One of
the faceless men seen in Patient X certainly looks like Brian Thompson, who
plays the Bounty Hunter. The episode makes it evident, however, that the
character the Bounty Hunter was not one of the faceless men. (3) The episode
name was taken from a novel that was famous for exploration the psyche of
its characters. The actual name is a reference to roulette.
Bluff Variant. In Folger
Park, Washington D.C., Mulder is jogging -- part of an undercover operation
with several other agents to trail Jacob Steven Haley. Haley meets another
man, gives him something in an envelope, and soon after the man collapses.
Haley runs off and Mulder gives chase, but claims Haley got away. Scully
becomes very suspicious when a tape shows that Mulder allowed Haley to
escape. Haley is leader of a domestic terrorist group. The death was the
result of a genetically engineered bio-agent. Skinner is leading the investigation
along with another man, listed in the episode credits as the Field Agent.
enters a theater showing "Die Hard with a Vengance" in Ohio
and uses a spray bottle to spread the toxin. Later, two teenagers
enter the theater and discover everyone else dead. Scully follows
Mulder to the Aaron Burr Motor Court where he talks with Haley
by phone. Haley says he was set up but Mulder said he couldn't
help it and let him escape because he believes in Haley's ideals.
A car picks up Mulder and Scully follows, but she is intercepted
by government agents and taken to Skinner and the Field Agent.
Mulder is working a deep cover operation. Haley's terrorist
group contacted Mulder after Mulder talked about government
conspiracies at a UFO convention. Scully and Skinner go to
the Ohio theater. Mulder is questioned by Haley and the Skin
Headed Man, who breaks one of Mulder's fingers. Haley, however,
When Mulder returns to his apartment, Scully is there. August Bremer
listens through a laser listening device as they talk. Haley wants
shipment scheduling information for the Federal Reserve Banking system,
and Mulder delivers prepared false information to Haley. Scully,
meanwhile, discovers that the toxin is a genetically engineered bacteria
that only becomes active when it touches skin. It seems to be a more
advanced version of a bio-weapon developed by the Pine Bluff laboratory
in the 1960s. She tells Skinner but Skinner does not relay the information
to the Field Agent. Mulder is taken along by the terrorists on their
bank raid, wearing masks. Money is stolen but it is a cover-up to allow money
in the bank vaults to be sprayed with the toxin.
After the heist, Haley and Bremer argue. Bremer plays the tape of Mulder
and Scully talking. Haley is given car keys and allowed to leave. Bremer
and the Skin Headed Man take Mulder aside to kill him -- they say they
don't want the others to be present during the death so they cannot be
accused of being accessories. Just before the Skin Headed Man kills
Mulder, Bremer kills the Skin Headed Man. He tells Mulder to take a
car and escape, but gives no explanation. Mulder rushes back to the bank,
but Scully and Skinner are there and say they quarantined the building before
the money was distributed. Scully recognized Mulder in the tape of the
bank robbery because of his broken finger. The Field Agent comes out
of the bank and claims that no toxin was found on any of the money -- a lie.
He is part of whatever government conspiracy used the terrorist group to
test its bio-weapon. Meanwhile we see that Haley is dead of the biotoxin,
left on the car keys he was given.
- May 1998
a packet stadium in Vancouver, a Russian man and an American boy play chess.
Overhead, an assassin sets up his weapon. The boy seems to hear
unintelligible noises. Just as the boy declares "checkmate," the man is
shot and killed. Meanwhile, in the Lautentian Mountains of Canada, two
paratroopers land on snow and approach the cabin where the Cigarette
Smoking Man is living. One is shot while trying to enter the cabin. The
other sees footprints in the snow showing that CSM is running. He
follows, getting the drop on him. The commando is Alex Krycek and he was
sent to bring CSM back for the Consortium. They have a job for CSM, which
tells Mulder that Agent Spender has been assigned to handle the chess
match killing and he does not want Mulder involved. Mulder goes into
the briefing anyway and quickly points out on the tape that the boy,
named Gibson, pulled back just as the shot was fired, as if he knew
about the assassin. Also in the briefing is Scully and Agent Diana
Fowley. She supports Mulder. She has been with the Bureau since 1991
and has been working at the embassy in Berlin, but she had some things
in the US she wanted to get back to. Mulder, Scully and Fowley interview
Gibson in a psych hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Mulder thinks
he can read minds. He tells Mulder, "You're thinking about one of
the girls you brought." Scully doesn't believe he is a mind reader,
and even if he was, who would want to kill him? Diana suggests, maybe
someone whose business is keeping secrets.
- Mulder interviews
the shooter, who is in custody, over Spender's objection. The shooter
is a former intelligence agent, and the gun is registered to an intelligence
agency. Mulder offers immunity. Later, the shooter is slipped a note
written on an opened pack of Morleys saying "you're a dead man." Meanwhile,
Gibson is undergoing tests for mind reading, and is proving 100% accurate.
Scully takes the test results to the Lone Gunmen for analysis "with an
eye to the parapsychological." They
tell her that Diana was Mulder's "chicky" when she just got out of
the academy, around 1991. She was there when he discovered the X-Files.
The Gunmen always wondered why they split up.
- Mulder and Diana
talk. She says Gibson is the real thing. Too bad Mulder doesn't have a partner
who is more supportive -- Scully doesn't seem to have a very open mind. Scully
sees them talking and holding hands, and is upset. Rather than walking up
to them in person she goes to her car and calls on the cell phone. She has
important news about Gibson. As she drives off, Agent Spender arrives and
is accosted in the parking garage by CSM. Spender is bewildered and has no
idea who CSM is. Mulder sees them and becomes suspicious of Spender. With
everyone gathered together in Skinner's office, Scully explains -- Gibson
has an unusual level of development in one brain lobe that science doesn't
understand well. Mulder thinks the boy may be the key to understanding human
potential and to everything in the X-Files. He presses for immunity for
the shooter. Later, Mulder goes back to the shooter and says the Attorney
General is considering immunity but needs more information. The shooter
says the boy is a missing link and Mulder jumps to the conclusion that
Gibson has alien genes and is proof of ancient astronauts.
- Diana is watching
Gibson in a motel safe house. Gibson senses there's a man outside with a
gun. Diana is shot through the window. Later, as Diana is loaded into an
ambulance, Mulder arrives. She is barely alive. The shooter has been found
dead in his cell, with a pack of Morleys in the cell. CSM has Gibson and
turns him over to the Consortium. Mulder accosts Spender in public and accuses
him of working for CSM. Spender, in turn, presses charges against Mulder.
Skinner informs Scully that there is talk in the Justice Department of reassigning
Mulder and Scully and closing the X-Files. Mulder thinks it was all a plan
against him, and this time they may have won.
- CSM is in the
X-Files office. He takes the Samantha Mulder file and leaves, meeting Spender
in the hall. "I can give you access," he tells
Spender. "Who are you?" "I'm your father." Before more can be said, a
fire alarm goes off. The X-Files filing cabnets are on fire, and the fire
soon spreads to the rest of the office. When Mulder and Scully arrive the
office has been destroyed. All the files are gone. Scully gives Mulder a
long hug, and the fifth season of the X-Files ends.
- June 19,
- The public premier
of The X-Files
Movie. The events of the movie are presumably
set during the summer of 1998. The telegram in the final scenes has the
date "September 6" on it. This Timeline makes the assumption that most
of the events in the movie happen in August, with some of the concluding
scenes in September. It has been pointed out, however, that the action in
Antarctica is sunlit, and the sun only shines in Antarctica during Southern
Hemisphere's Summer, or from about September 21 to March 21.
- In Blackwood,
Texas, a boy named Stevie falls through ground near his home into an underground
cave. Black Oil flows out of the ground and enters his body. Three friends
call for help, and the Black Oil also enters four firemen who enter the cave
to rescue Stevie. A mysterious bio-containment team arrives, hauls off some
of the infected people and sets up biocontainment tents over the cave opening.
- A week later,
with the X-Files closed, Mulder and Scully (still partners) are in Dallas
to assist with the search for a bomb. A threat has been received to blow
up the Dallas Federal building. Without permission, Mulder has gone to a
nearby building, checking it for explosives, because none have been found
in the Federal building. Scully came along. Taking a break from the search,
Mulder enters a room with vending machines and discovers the bomb inside
a vending machine, with a timer counting down to zero, but he is locked in
the room. Using cell phones, he informs Scully who mobilizes authorities
to evacuate the building. A cutting torch is used to open the door to the
vending room. The agent in charge, Darius Michaud, orders everyone else
out of the building, indicating that he will disarm the bomb alone. Mulder
hesitates, because it is against FBI policy to leave an agent alone in
such circumstances, but Mulder allows himself to be rushed outside.
Michaud takes no steps to disarm the bomb, waiting calmly for death, and a
massive explosion rocks the building, as the final evacuation vehicles
race away from the scene.
- Back in Washington,
Scully testifies before an investigation committee of the Office of Professional
Responsibility that, in effect, is looking to place the blame for not preventing
the explosion. Scully and Mulder learn that a boy and three firemen have
been reported killed in the explosion, along with Michaud. Scully is informed
that she and Mulder will be split up, and she considers resigning from the
FBI. She says being stationed at a field office, such as Omaha, would not
hold the interest for her. Later, Mulder goes to a bar to drown his sorrows
and meets Dr. Kurtzweil, who says he was an associate of Mulder's father,
but who left the Project. Kurtzweil claims that the fatalities in the
explosion were already dead before the explosion, in a Federal Emergency
Management Agency office in the building, and that the explosion was to
cover their deaths. He says Michaud sacrificed himself for the
- We see a scene
at the bio-containment facility set up at the cave. Another human body is
there with its skin turning transparent. Inside a creature can be seen, growing
and feeding on the body as scientists study it. As the Cigarette Smoking
Man inspects the site, Black Oil is being pumped through pipes at the biocontainment
site, possibly into unmarked tanker trucks outside.
- Mulder rousts
Scully out of bed and they go to the Bethesda Naval Hospital morgue where
the bodies of some of the fatalities have been sent. She finds that they
were not killed by the explosion but have some sort of virus in them that
is dissolving their internal organs. Mulder returns to the bar and talks
with Kurtzweil who claims the FEMA story about an outbreak of the Hanta virus
is a lie. Meanwhile, Scully is almost caught by security personnel as she
studies the body in the morgue.
- At the biocontainment
site, the alien unexpectedly exits the body, before the vaccine can be tested
and attacks one of the scientists. He is sealed in the ground to contain
the escaped alien.
- The Elders meet
in London and are alarmed that the virus has mutated. Instead of just occupying
the human body, it is growing a new alien organism inside. It becomes clear
that the original intent of the Consortium, 50 years ago, was to cooperate
with the Colonists as a way of buying time to develop a vaccine. They decide
they must prove to the Colonists that they know about the mutated virus by
showing them a human body in which an organism is growing. The Consortium
has been working for years to help the Colonists spread the virus, under
the impression that at worst the human race might be enslaved. Now they are
concerned that they may have been misled and that the alien Colonists will
commit genocide against the human race. The Well Manicured Man is upset that
decisions have been made before he arrived. During this meeting we meet Strugholdt,
who is the apparent leader of the Consortium. He lives in Tunis and flew
in especially for this crisis meeting.
- The agents fly
to Texas and find evidence of the same virus in archeological bone fragments
recovered from the explosion -- apparently the remains of one of the hunters
37,000 years ago. The local officials tell Mulder and Scully where the bones
were collected and they go there, to the site where Stevie fell into the
cave. (This site may be several hours drive from Dallas, because the agents
arive near sundown.) Stevie's friends tell the agents that the trucks just
left an hour earlier, and the agents pursue. They eventually find a field
of irrigated corn in the middle of the Texas brush, near the US border. At
night they enter one of two illuminated domes in the field. As they are exploring,
louvers open releasing swarms of bees. Mulder and Scully escape the dome
without being stung, then are chased through the corn by helicopters.
- Back in Washington,
Scully presents her additional evidence to the investigation committee, but
they are unconvinced. Meanwhile Mulder and Kurtzweil talk, and conclude that
the corn is genetically modified to carry the virus, which is picked up by
bees. At Mulder's apartment later, Scully tells Mulder that she has been
transferred to Salt Lake City, but that she has resigned. Mulder entreats
her to continue to help him pursue the truth. In a tender moment they almost
kiss, but Scully is stung by a bee that has apparently been inside her clothing
all the way back from Texas. She immediately goes into shock. Mulder calls
for help and an ambulance quickly arrives. At the last minute as they depart
with Scully, the ambulance driver shoots Mulder, grazing his temple. As the
first ambulance (carrying agents of the Consortium) leave, the real ambulance
arrives. Mulder wakes up in a hospital, under guard. This incident
represents at least the eighth time in her FBI career that Scully has been
kidnapped, abducted or taken hostage.
- The Lone Gunmen
and Skinner help him leave secretly (wearing Byer's clothes with Byers in
Mulder's bed, talking with Skinner), and Mulder seeks out Dr. Kurtzweil
at the bar. Instead he meets the Well Manicured Man. Kurtzweil is apparently
dead but the WMM (who opposes surrendering to the Colonists) invites
Mulder into his car. He explains the alien virus, saying that it was
the original inhabitant of the planet, millions of years ago. He says
many aliens await underground for the Colonists arrival. He says the
Consortium cooperated initially because they thought the human race would
just be "occupied" by the virus. There
is concern, however, that the Colonists plan to use humans to gestate a
new race of aliens, which is a violation of their agreement. There is
an implication, not completely clear, that the bees distribute the alien
virus that is picked up from genetically engineered corn pollen. WMM
and Mulder discuss Mulder's father, William. He allowed Samantha to be
taken into the cloning program, so she could survive as a genetic hybrid,
immune to the virus. WMM gives Mulder a vaccine and geographic coordinates
where Scully can be found. They may be WMM's way of insuring that the
vaccine would be entered into the Colonist's environment, because he
knows Mulder will do anything to save Scully. WMM dies in an explosion
of his car just after Mulder leaves, because he betrayed the Consortium.
- Mulder makes
his way to Wilkes Land Antarctica (which is south of Australia) 48 hours
later, and driving a Snowcat he discovers an installation where WMM said
it would be. He runs out of gas and as he approaches on foot, he falls into
a hole in the snow, sliding several dozen feet or more down a pipe in the
snow. He finds himself inside a huge alien spacecraft. He eventually finds
Scully, naked and sealed in a fluid canister that is apparently used to incubate
the virus inside her. He breaks the canister open and injects her with the
- There is a quick
response that also affects the hundreds or thousands of other canisters,
also containing incubating humans. Mulder wraps Scully in his parka and puts
his outer snow pants on her (a scene not shown on screen) and they begin
to make their way out of the spaceship. Scully is semi-conscious, at best.
At one point he has to perform CPR on her as aliens in nearby canisters
come to life and try to break out, but Scully coughs and revives. Soon
after, the agents are pursued by these highly aggressive aliens, saved
only by an earthquake caused by the ship beginning to move, that knocks
the aliens back down into a hole in the ice. As Mulder and Scully run
away from the buried ship, the ice and snow collapses behind them, forming
a giant crater that expands behind them as they run. They barely escape
as the giant ship lifts off and departs. Scully is groggy and does not
clearly see the ship depart. Some fans claim to hear her murmur "I saw
claim she says no such thing. (Movie)
- Early September,
- Again returning
to Washington, Scully presents her final evidence to the Office of Professional
Responsibility committee. Her conclusion is that the FBI does not currently
have an investigation unit competent to study the evidence.
- Outdoors, Mulder
tells Scully that she was right to quit, but she says now that she cannot,
because the virus has a cure and they can save many lives by continuing the
search for the truth. (Movie)
- In the Tunesian
desert, we see another field of irrigated corn, and domes housing bees. The
Cigarette Smoking Man pays a call on Strughold to say that Mulder has been
reinvigorated by his experiences. Strughold dismisses Mulder as an annoyance
who has seen only pieces and does not understand the greater whole of The
Project. Strughold adds "One man
alone cannot Fight the Future." CSM shows Strughold a telegram that
arrived the day before saying "X-Files reopened, please advise." (Movie)
Phoenix, AZ, an employee of Roush Technologies, Sandy, is sick when a corporate
carpool van leaves him off at home. In the morning, he doesn't come out
to the van so another Roush employee enters the house looking for him.
Sandy is on a sofa with his chest exploded outward. The other man is attacked
and killed by an alien before he can leave the building.
- In Washington,
Mulder is using high tech equipment to salvage information from the
burned X-Files. The investigating committee has trouble believing
the story of the alien ship in the antarctic. After the meeting, Scully
tells Mulder that she still must rely on science. Skinner tells Mulder
that his reassignment to the X-Files has been denied, but Skinner
directs Mulder to a file folder in the X-Files office. In the folder,
Mulder finds information on Sandy's death. Agent Spender walks in
and we learn that Spender and agent Diana Foley have been assigned
to the X-Files. Meanwhile the Cigarette Smoking Man informs the Consortium
that the alien is alive and is being sought. He enters a surgery facility
and tells the doctors that Gibson Praise must be prepared to travel.
Gibson's ability to read minds may help locate the alien. Mulder
and Scully visit Sandy's house, violating FBI rules, and find a piece
of claw left in a gouged wall.
- At the Rolling
Hills Nuclear plant, 60 miles from Phoenix, a nuclear engineer named Homer
investigates an unusual gauge reading and is killed by the alien, which is
hiding in the hot chambers near the reactor. By the time Mulder and Scully
learn of the incident and arrive there are dozens of FBI and emergency response
people at the plant. Spender and Foley deny Mulder and Scully access to the
scene and as Mulder and Scully leave, they find Gibson hiding in their car.
They take him to the Camelback View Motel. Gibson's skull has been cut open
and stitched back shut. He has a fever and is not well. Scully argues that
Gibson could be their last best chance to prove Mulder's beliefs. As they
leave to take Gibson to a hospital, Foley arrives and tells Mulder that she
accepted the X-Files assignment to protect Mulder's interests. The creature
is in the reactor #4 building. Mulder goes with her to find it while Scully
takes Gibson to the hospital. Gibson is soon kidnapped by an operative of
the Cigarette Smoking Man and also taken to the nuclear plant.
- Mulder and Foley
find what appears to be a shed skin of the alien. They see the operative
and Gibson, and follow to the reactor chamber, which has control rods extending
down into a pool of water. The FBI agents are locked out of the room but
watch the alien kill the operative. Gibson, apparently communicates with
the alien, and both disappear to somewhere Mulder cannot see them.
- The investigating
committee reprimands Mulder and Scully and orders no involvment with
the X-Files. Scully tells Mulder that the claw found in Sandy's house
contains a DNA match with the virus, which also matches DNA in Gibson.
In fact, the DNA matches inactive DNA in all humans, but it is active
in Gibson. The Cigarette Smoking Man visits agent Spender to congratulate
him on how the affair was handled. At the nuclear plant, we see Gibson
hiding as under water in the reactor vessel, we see the alien again shed
its skin. Rather than the reptilian creature we saw in the X-Files Movie,
it now looks like a "regular" grey alien.
Part I. In
rural Nevada Mulder and Scully drive down a highway at night. Mulder has
been contacted by a source who claims to work at Area 51 at Groom Lake, a
top secret facility. Mulder believes the source may know the truth about
UFOs and alien life. As they approach the base, they are surrounded by
government vehicles and soldiers order Mulder and Scully out of their
car. A civilian official, Fletcher Morris, tells them that they must
leave, and that there are no flying saucers. But a UFO flies over and
Mulder and Morris change bodies. Scully, not realizing this, pulls "Mulder" (really
Fletcher) on the arm and they leave.
who everyone else thinks is Fletcher, plays it by ear and goes back
to Area 51. His name tag has the organizational name "Majestic"
on it. A video display at the security desk makes it clear to him that he
looks like Fletcher. Mulder finds Fletcher's office by the name plate on
the wall and sees photographs of Fletcher with presidents and other VIPs.
He tries to phone Scully, but she is out of the vehicle getting gasoline.
A woman calls who is obviously Fletcher's wife. She is unhappy he is at
work so late and complains. Another agent comes in and says phone records
confirm that an informant did call the FBI. The agent gives "Fletcher" a
ride home. Mulder does not get into bed with Fletcher's wife, spending
the night in a recliner chair, watching a porno channel on the TV. In the
countryside, authorities are at a crash site. The co-pilot is physically
embedded in a boulder but still alive. The pilot is speaking an
- At FBI HQ the
next morning, Assistant Director Kersh reprimands the agents. Fletcher, posing
as Mulder, promises to never investigate an X-File again. He flirts with
Kersh's secretary and Scully tells him he is acting unusual. Meanwhile,
Fletcher's wife, Joanne, wakes Mulder. Mulder cannot handle the Fletcher
family homelife, which includes two teenagers. He locates Fletcher's
car keys and his partner calls to tell him that something big is going
on. At Area 51, Mulder learns that the pilot of the test craft is speaking
Hopi, and claiming to be an elderly Hopi woman. The woman has been located,
and she appears to have the memories of the pilot. Later, from a payphone,
Mulder reaches Scully in Washington. She does not believe his story but
orders a trace on the call. As Mulder drives his car he sees the white
goverment vehicles rushing the other direction. One slows to tell "Fletcher" to
follow. The gas station where Mulder placed the call has been wrecked.
Inside, the attendant is embedded in the floor and someone says "it happened
again." A soldier
kills the attendant and the gas station is burned.
- Scully visits
Mulder's apartment. Kersh's secretary, giggling, is just leaving. Scully
tells "Mulder" that the call was traced to near
Groom Lake but he says they would get in trouble if they attempt to follow
up. Meanwhile, Mulder is in a meeting at Area 51. There has been a tear
in the space-time continuum, apparently caused by the antigravity
propulsion system of the craft. General Wegman, commander of the
installation, mentions "we've been flying them since 1953." There is no
way to know if they can undo the effects of the tear.
- Scully is back
in Nevada. She finds the destroyed gas station, and finds two coins fused
together. In the morning, Scully shows up at Fletcher's house. Joanne
accuses her husband of infidelity. Mulder tries to convince Scully of
who he really is, even describing what she eats for lunch -- mixing bee
pollen in with her yogurt. She still does not believe and drives off.
Kersh calls her cell phone and threatens that she must do exactly as
he says. Fletcher, posing as Mulder, is also in Nevada and has called
Area 51 to report a security leak. Mulder steals the flight recorder
from the crashed craft and meets Scully, but it is a setup and Mulder
is arrested. As Mulder is hauled off, he shouts repeatedly to Scully, "he's
not me, he's not me." To
be continued next week.
Part II. (The
episode opens with narration by Morris Fletcher over home movies showing
young Fox and Samantha Mulder. Fox is dressed as Spock from Star Trek and
his fake ears keep coming off. Fletcher says Mulder has ruined a brilliant
career but "now all that's gonna
Mulder is taken away by the authorities, Scully begins to
wonder. Mulder is put in a holding cell beside the UFO pilot in the Navaho
woman's body. Scully is reprimanded by Kersh and given a two-week suspension.
Morris invites her to Mulder's apartment for a "home cooked meal." Mulder
is questioned by the commander of the installation, Wegman. Security
has learned that the flight recorder he gave to the FBI was not
the recorder from the crash. Not knowing the reason for the switched
recorders, Mulder claims he did it as part of a plan to identify
the informant. No longer in trouble, Mulder goes to the Fletcher
home and tries to explain to Joanna that he is not her husband,
but she does not believe him.
arrives home at Mulder's with bags of groceries. He searches
the apartment and finds the bedroom, filled with boxes and junk. (Mulder
always sleeps on his futon in the living room.) Later, Scully
arrives and Morris gives her the tour of a redecorated apartment, including
the bedroom with a canopied waterbed. He attempts to seduce
Scully and she pulls out her handcuffs, saying "do you know what I'd really
like to do?" Morris
is tricked into cuffing himself to the bed, but Scully pulls out
her gun and accuses him of being Morris Fletcher, not Mulder.
He admits it, saying that he couldn't stand his life and
that he has no idea how to reverse the body switch. As they
talk the informant calls on the phone and arranges a personal
meeting in Rachel, Nevada.
Back in Nevada, Scully and Morris go to a bar to meet the informant.
Morris is obeying Scully and goes in while Scully waits in the car. Morris
discovers that the informant is General Wegman, who gives Morris the
actual flight recorder. But Mulder and Joanna are also in the bar, because
Mulder wants to be somewhere public. Seeing Morris there, Mulder goes
outside and talks with Scully, who admits that she believes his story.
Area 51 security agents enter the bar, and Mulder, Morris, Scully and
Wegman all have to duck around to avoid being seen. Mulder, Morris and
Wegman all end up in the men's room and hatch a plot. Wegman boldly
walks out and orders the Area 51 agents outside, where they find Mulder carrying
a paper bag. Inside is not the flight recorder but a six-pack of beer.
Morris, meanwhile, slips out and drives off with Scully.
The Lone Gunmen are eating dinner when Scully and Morris arrive. It takes
them a while to be convinced that Morris is not Mulder. Morris claims
that most of what the Gunmen print in their publications is invented
to hide the truth -- much of it made up by Morris himself. He claims that
Saddam Hussein is his creation -- an actor who causes trouble whenever
a distraction is needed. The Gunmen decrypt the flight recorder and find
that in addition to the regular data items it tracks, it records things
like Tachyon Flux and Gravitational Displacement. Scully and Morris
go back to Nevada yet again and meet with Mulder. The Gunmen have concluded
that what happened was such a fluke that there is no way to recreate
the body switch safely. Morris has been tasked to return the flight recorded
to Area 51. Scully is suspended. she has to leave Mulder without hope.
next day, Mulder talks with Wegman. Why was he the informant?
Wegman sabotaged the aircraft to disable the Stealth Module so Mulder
would see it. Looking back on his career, Wegman regrets that he has
been involved in misleading the American people. "We just fly these birds.
They engineer them up in Utah." Wegman says he doesn't know the
truth and asks Mulder if aliens really exist, to which Mulder
has no answer.
Three young people, on a lark, are hiking up a mountain to where they
might see UFOs. Some kind of visual wave approaches and passes them
and a boy and girl who had been kissing are fused together. The other boy
runs for help, flagging down a car on the highway that carrys one of the
Area 51 security agents. When they reach the other two, however, they are
no longer fused and have no memory of the events. Scully and Morris drive
past the gas station that was destroyed a few days earlier and it is
undamaged. The owner is alive and well and has no memory of trouble.
They rush to the Fletcher home where Mulder is packing to leave. As
Scully tells Mulder that the time warp appears to be reversing itself,
Morris talks with Joanna. He describes their wedding and other memories
and she believes that he is her husband, although in Mulder's body.
Area 51 authorities show up and take Mulder, Morris and Scully into
custody. They take them back to the highway where Mulder and Morris
exchanged bodies. The bodies of Morris and Mulder flicker and they are
back in their own bodies, but time has reversed and they are at the moment
when they first exchanged bodies, with no memory of the events. Back
in Washington, Mulder and Scully's (only) trip to Nevada has not been noticed
by Kersh. Scully finds the fused coins on her desk and is bewildered
as to where they came from. Mulder returns home and enters his apartment,
but it is still decorated the way Morris left it. He has to open his
door again to see if it is really apartment 42.
Director Skinner is at a gym, in a boxing ring with a sparring partner.
He becomes disoriented and gets knocked out, waking up in a hospital.
While waiting for a doctor, Skinner's cell phone rings and a scrambled
voice says, "it's in you -- you have 24 hours -- you are already dead." The
doctor, however, releases Skinner, after drawing blood for some tests, because
there appears to be nothing wrong except for a bruise on his ribs.
that evening at FBI headquarters, Mulder and Skinner talk. Skinner
is on a couch in his office and is having trouble seeing and Mulder
calls Scully into the office to consult. They wonder if Skinner might
have been poisoned. Retracing his day, Skinner remembers a man who
bumped into him in the hallway. They identify him as Kenneth Orgel, a
physicist who is an advisor to a US Senate committee. Mulder and Skinner
go to see Orgel, who denies that he was at the FBI building, but there
are several men in black in Orgel's home. After a chase, Mulder catches
one. He has Tunesian diplomatic papers, so Skinner orders Mulder to
release him. Orgel has disappeared with the other men in black. In
his house, Mulder finds papers showing Orgel with Senator Matheson,
who has occasionally helped Mulder with tips.
- Scully goes
to talk with the doctor who saw Skinner, Dr. Platte. The blood tests have
not yet been done. They find tiny bits of carbon in Skinner's blood. It is
unclear what they are, but they are multiplying. Scully eventually finds
that the carbon is creating a matrix and building structures in Skinner's
blood. Mulder visits Senator Matheson. Orgel has been working on a bill to
provide aid to third world countries via expanded exports, but the Senator
declines to help Mulder further with the case. On embassy row, Skinner pulls
into a parking garage and his car is fired on by the Tunesian. He and Skinner
stalk each other through the garage, but as the Tunesian is about to shoot
Skinner, a car races through the garage and runs down the Tunesian, killing
him. Skinner collapses.
- Scully learns
that Skinner is being brought back to the hospital. An emergency room doctor
is preparing to remove Skinner's arm. Much of his body is now discolored
and mottled. Scully barges in and stops the procedure, because the problem
is in his blood. In Skinner's office, Mulder finds that Skinner has been
doing a security review on export laws involving new technology. Going to
the hospital to inform Scully of his discoveries, Mulder takes a phone call
from the synthesized voice, and finds that a man is in the hallway using
a handheld data device, a Palm Pilot. Mulder chases the man, who we see to
have long hair, escapes, leaving his car on a higher level of the parking
garage. Soon after, the long-haired man also calls the Senator.
FBI impound lot, the car driven by the long-haired man has been gone over
by a forensics expert. It has strands of wig hair in it, and PCB traces
on the tires. The PCBs could come from any abandoned power plant. Senator
Matheson arrives at an abandoned power plant and finds Orgel tied up and
with the same skin mottling that Skinner has. Orgel swears that he told
the FBI nothing. The long-haired man is watching, moves a control on his
Palm Pilot and Orgel dies. Meanwhile, Scully has an idea to filter Skinner's
blood to try to remove the carbon. Skinner tells Scully he is sorry for
not helping her and Mulder more; he always played it safe and didn't take
sides. All of a sudden, Skinner remembers seeing a man at the gym and
at the FBI office -- with long hair.
- Mulder arrives
at the power plant and finds the Senator's car. Inside, Matheson tells him
that Orgel is dead, killed by the conspiracy. What they put in Skinner is
nanotechnology -- tiny robots. They wanted S.R. 819 in order to be able to
export the nanites and the Senator claims he is not involved. At the hospital,
Skinner's heart stops. As a sheet is pulled over Skinner's body, a hand is
seen to adjust a remote control, and Skinner revives. It is the long-haired
- Three weeks
later, Skinner's is doing well. Whatever is inside him is dormant and he
is back at work. S.R. 819 has been withdrawn. Mulder thinks it is about
the X-Files, but Skinner will not authorize further investigation, which
Scully finds odd because of Skinner's comments about helping them more.
Later, Skinner enters his car in the FBI parking garage. Alex Krycek
is waiting for him and it is obvious that it was he wearing the long
hair wig. He tells Skinner that he could press the button and kill Skinner
at any time. "What's this all about?" asks Skinner.
"All in good time," replies Krycek. [There is no clear date reference
in this episode. The "early 1999" entry given above is strictly
speculation. It could have happened almost any time after the X-Files
of this episode is told as narration by the Cigarette Smoking Man. Who he
is talking to is not clear. The episode begins with flashbacks to many
past conspiracy arc episodes, laying the groundwork for the current
In a railroad yard in Arlington, Virginia, doctors in biocontainment suits
make an incision in a patient's stomach. Green acid boils out and the
cut heals itself. Another doctor arrives and is told that after 25 years
the work is complete, but a faceless man arrives and sets fire to the medical
team. We see that the patient is Cassandra Spender, who has been
missing for a year.
The Cigarette Smoking Man discusses the conspiracy for his unseen guest.
It is hard to believe that the end is here. It was a perfect conspiracy,
preparing the way for the invasion of an alien race and creating a slave
race of human-alien hybrids. They kept it secret for 50 years, since
Roswell, but a rebel alien race came to upset their plans.
Skinner tells agent Spender that his mother is in the hospital, having
survived the attack in the rail car. At the hospital, she does not
explain what happened but asks to talk to agent Mulder. Not happy about
it, Spender eventually tells Mulder but does not specifically ask for
help. Mulder believes that it is a set-up, designed to entrap Mulder
and get him out of the FBI completely. Meanwhile, the Smoking Man visits
the one doctor who survived the rail car attack. He is in a hyperbaric
chamber because of his burns. The doctor says the rebels came to take
Cassandra so they can expose the conspiracy. The doctor points out that
he must not be questioned, and with regrets, the Smoking Man turns off his
oxygen supply. In Silver Spring, Maryland, one of the elders (played
by actor George Murdock) is informed by the Smoking Man that an emergency
meeting of the Consortium has been called, but a faceless man arrives
and burns the elder.
and Scully realize that they have seen these burned bodies
before and that Scully has been kidnapped and subjected to tests in
a rail car in the past. They meet with Cassandra in secret at the hospital.
Long confined to a wheelchair, she can now walk fine and
feels wonderful. She says the woman Mulder saw last year was not his
sister. Samantha is with the aliens. The doctors were also working
with the aliens who are here to wipe the human race off the planet.
They are taking over the universe, infecting all other life forms with
a black substance called "purity," which
is their life force. Agent Spender is also in danger, because he
is allied with the men who are working with the aliens, including her
ex-husband, Cassandra says.
Smoking Man tells his unseen guest that he killed to keep
his collegues from finding Cassandra because he couldn't bring himself
to allow the death of his ex-wife, and that his collegues did not realize
that their group had been infiltrated. In the meeting of
the consortium, we see the burned elder alive and well. He suggests
that the consortium should ally with the rebels but Krycek refutes
the suggestion, saying that helping the invaders has provided time
to develop a way to fight them, but he gets "shushed" by the Smoking
Man. At the FBI, Mulder and Scully use Spender's computer to research
Cassandra and agent Spender. They locate a photograph of Cassandra's
ex-husband, C.G.B. Spender, and it is the Smoking Man. Skinner warns
them to leave the X-Files office, but Spender arrives with other men
and Mulder and Scully are put on administrative leave for unauthorized
access to the X-Files office.
reports to his father that Mulder has been suspended. They
argue and Spender is told "you pale to Fox Mulder." But later, because
he has been exposed, the Smoking Man goes back to Spender and assigns
him to kill the rebel masquerading as an elder, using an "ice pick" weapon.
Krycek drives Spender to the Elder's mansion but Spender
bungles the attack and Krycek, who has been serving as back-up,
appears and kills the alien. Spender is shocked at evidence
of the truth of his mother's claims. Krycek admits that Cassandra
has been the subject of experiments for 25 years and that
agent Spender has, in effect, been protecting the project
that has harmed his mother. Meanwhile, Scully has researched
C.G.B. Spender. The name is certainly an alias, but Scully
has a box full of information, including a 1973 photograph
of C.G.B. and Bill Mulder. They worked together for 25 years
on a classified project and it is clear that the project
is still going on. We finally learn that the Cigarette Smoking
Man has been talking to Diana Fowley. He says she has never
failed him and she answers that it's not too late, she will
is not in her hospital room and her guard is gone. She shows
up at Mulder's apartment, scared because "they" are right behind her.
As someone else knocks on Mulder's door, Cassandra says she is "the
tells Mulder he must kill her. As the pounding on Mulder's door
continues, and as Scully says "no, we have to protect her," Mulder
draws his gun and aims at Cassandra. To be continued, next week.
Son. In opening
scenes of the episode, we see the Elders on October 13, 1973, in a giant
hangar. The hangar doors open and many grey aliens enter. They are
presented a folded US flag.
Mulder's apartment, Mulder has his gun aimed at Cassandra,
but the door bursts open and several men dressed in biocontainment
suits enter, saying they are with the Centers for Disease
Control. Diana Fowley is also there, claiming that they have been infected
with an unknown disease. They are taken to Fort Marlene where
they go through decontamination procedures. Cassandra is kept seperate
from Mulder and Scully. Diana tells them that the CDC was
called by agent Spender. Scully argues that nobody is infected and
wants to see Cassandra. She is suspended from the FBI, however, and
cannot see Cassandra. Scully thinks Cassandra has been taken to continue
the experiments. Mulder thinks she was taken because "she
is the one."
reports to the Smoking Man that he has recovered all of Cassandra's
medical records and concludes that the rebels struck because if the
Colonists find out about her, they will begin the colonization.
The Smoking Man says maybe we need to let colonization begin -- it's
the only way for us to be safe and see our loved ones again. At Fort
Marlene, Mulder sneaks through the halls and in a darkened room
finds Marita Covarubius. Her hair is in ratty and she is far from her
usual elegant appearance. She says if "they" find her with Mulder they
will kill her. She has been subjected to terrible tests -- infected
with the black oil to test the vaccine. Mulder realizes that
the hybrid program was done in cooperation with the aliens, but was
just a way of buying time. If the aliens learn that a successful hybrid
exists, they will begin the colonization.
Jeffrey and Diana visit Cassandra Spender at Fort Marlene. Jeffrey had
her taken into medical isolation to protect her (apparently not realizing
what fans know, that Fort Marlene is a stronghold of the Consortium.)
Cassandra says if the Consortium gets her, everyone dies. Meanwhile,
Mulder is summoned to the office of the Lone Gunmen. Scully has had
them research Diana Fowley. She took a position in Europe with the FBI
counter-terrorism unit but there are no records of her cases. Other
sources show that she spent her time visiting every MUFON (Mutual UFO
Network) chapter, showing particular interest in female abduction vistims.
She also visited Tunisia weekly. Scully thinks she's monitoring the
abduction experiments. Mulder says he is not convinced.
however, goes to see Diana. She is not home so he picks her
lock and searches her apartment, finding nothing incriminating. While
he is there, the Smoking Man enters, and Mulder holds him
at gunpoint. He came looking for his son, who has chosen the wrong
side. Mulder points out that CSM is the one who is experimenting on
women without their permission. CSM says Bill Mulder was against it,
but came to his senses and gave up Samantha. The Project was approved
by majority vote in 1973, and became an organization outside
of any government. They voted to cooperate with the aliens and the
aliens insisted that they turn over their children and loved ones,
including Cassandra. They were sent with the aliens on the promise
that they would be returned when the colonization began. The choices,
CSM says, were not made lightly. Samantha was abducted from her
home because Bill Mulder resisted, but the only way to get the alien
fetus was for Samantha to also be taken. The DNA from the
alien fetus was the only way to develop a race of hybrids that could
survive the holocaust. Bill Mulder's idea was to use the
alien DNA to develop a vaccine. "We've succeeded in spite of ourselves," says
CSM. Colonization will now begin. A state of emergency will be
declared because of the outbreak of the alien virus, delivered by bees.
He gives Mulder a slip of paper.
argues that it has to be stopped or everyone dies. CSM makes
clear to Mulder they they will both survive and that Fox can
see his sister returned, or die in vain like the rest of the world.
He urges Mulder to "save her, save yourself," and
leaves the apartment without objection from Mulder. Meanwhile, Jeffrey
arrives at the meeting place of the Elders in New York. Only
Krycek is there, and he says they have all left for West
Virginia where they will be prepared to receive the alien genes and
be taken by the Colonists. The doctors enter Cassandra's room to
begin her for transportation, injecting her with a drug to
immobilize her. CSM is there and he and Cassandra talk privately. She
calls him the biggest bastard of all and he does not defend himself,
except to say that were it not for his actions everyone would
be dead. He ordered the abductions to save her and Jeffrey.
She pleads with him to kill her, to stop the colonization, but he
is still in Diana Fowley's apartment when she returns. He
tells her about his conversation with CSM and says sometimes the only
way those you love can survive is for you to give up. He shows her
the paper given to him by CSM, that says "El Rico Air Base." Diana
has no reaction, other than to kiss and hug him. Meanwhile, Jeffrey
finds his mother gone from Fort Marlene. Marita finds him and says
they are packing everything up. They are going to leave and not take
her, but she tells Spender she knows where they are going and how they
will take Cassandra there and she begs him to help her. A doctor enters
the room where the original alien fetus is kept in liquid nitrogen,
in order to prepare it for transportation. A nurse enters -- she is
a rebel and kills the doctor, taking the fetus and assuming the identity
of the doctor.
Mulder and Scully talk by phone. He wants to take Scully to West
Virginia, presumably to get her included in the group that is saved.
She, however, has learned from Spender where Cassandra is, in the Potomac
Yards where she will be transported by train. Mulder sends Diana on
ahead to West Virginia and goes to meet Scully, because it is their last
chance to stop the colonization. The train is already rolling when they get
there. Scully, driving, blocks the rails with their car, but the train
wrecks the car and continues unstopped. Skinner arrives and Mulder and
Scully tell him they must head for El Rico Air Force Base, in West
Virginia. In the giant hangar at the air force base, CSM arrives and
notes that there are still people missing. The first Elder says they
are waiting to send the signal summoning the colonists until everyone has
arrived. The rebel arrives with Cassandra.
One person missing is Alex Krycek, who is at Fort Marlene. He discovers
the dead doctor and that the alien fetus has been taken by rebels. In
the hall, he finds Jeffrey and Marita. They can't get out because the
security guards will not recognize Jeffrey's authority to remove a
patient. Krycek says it is all going to hell and that the rebels are
going to win. Diana arrives at the hangar. An alien ship arrives, but
the Elders are puzzled because they have not yet sent the signal. The
rebel posing as the doctor presumably called his allies. Rebels rush
into the hangar and surround the Elders and their families, but CSM and Diana
are to the side and quickly escape as we hear screams from the remaining
Later, back at the FBI, Assistant Director Kersh is horrified at the
pictures of the burned victims at El Rico AFB. Skinner is also in the
meeting. Spender says he might have prevented the deaths. Agents Mulder
and Scully might also have prevented the deaths, he points out, if they
had not been suspended. Spender says he was wrong to bring charges against
Mulder and Scully, and urges that the two assistant directors do
everything they can to get Mulder and Scully back on the X-Files. Kersh
asks Mulder if he has answers and Mulder says that he has had answers
for years but nobody would listen. The future is here and all bets are
off. Later, in the X-Files office, Jeffrey arrives to clean out his
things and finds CSM waiting for him, holding the picture of himself
and Bill Mulder from 1973. CSM says Bill Mulder was a good man, but he
betrayed CSM. Jeffrey says he knows enough about his father to hate
him. CSM draws his gun and fires at Jeffrey, then sadly leaves the office.
(This episode leaves many questions, including how much, if any, of the
structure of the consortium remains alive. We have clear evidence that
the Consortium was made up of many people speaking different languages
and apparently from different countries, including conrad Strughold in
Tunisia. They certainly were not all there in West Virginia. Might there
have been multiple pickup points around the world? Is Strughold still
alive and in control?)
March or April 1999?
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Mulder and Scully are in the office.
Mulder is looking through old newspapers for evidence of flying saucers
and finds an article mentioning Arthur Dales in Roswell, New Mexico, in a
story relating to baseball. Scully has little time for baseball and
accuses Mulder of being more interested in baseball than in work. Mulder
goes to Dales' home and finds another man there, who says he is the former
FBI agent's brother, also named Arthur Dales. (He says their parents were
not very creative in selecting names.) Mulder tells Dales that the
newspaper picture also appears to show an alien bounty hunter. Mulder has
to validate himself by answering baseball trivia questions, but Dales
eventually invites Mulder in. Dales asks the philosophical question of
whether a passion can change a man, really shapeshift and transform
June 29, 1947, Dales was a police officer in Roswell and
was assigned to protect negro baseball star Josh Exley from racist threats
that the game of baseball should be kept white. Exley plays for an all-negro
team called the Roswell Grays. Dales ends up traveling on the team
bus, and at night, in a lightning storm, Exley's reflection in the bus
window appears to be the image of a gray alien. The next day, during
a game, Exley is hit on the head with a ball and knocked out. He murmers
words in an unknown language and claims to be from Macon,
Georgia. Dales finds green acid on the glove used to cushion Exley's
head and sends it off to be tested. Dales calls the Macon police and
learns that Josh Exley was a six year old child that disappeared
about the time Exley arrived in Roswell. The Macon police officer Dales
talks with is really a bounty hunter. Exley denies to Dales that
he was ever in Macon. Dales thinks Exley "tanked" the game that day because
American League scouts were there and he did not want to
be recruited into the major leagues, because Exley has a secret.
night, Dales sees a gray alien in Exley's room, wearing a
baseball cap and holding a bat. Dales faints at the sight, but the alien
wakes him up and tells him he is Exley -- this is his real face. Exley
morphs into a pretty girl to prove his claim. The next day
they talk more. Exley says his people guard their privacy and don't allow
intermingling, but when he discovered baseball he immediately
fell in love. The bounty hunter arrives in Roswell, looking for Exley.
Posing as Exley, he goes to the lab and kills the lab technician who
was testing the acid on the glove. Dales finds Exley and warns him that
a witness claims he killed a man. Exley says he talked "with his family" and
they want him to come home. He leaves, supposedly to go back home,
and several "men in black" question
actually, however, returns to the baseball team and plays
a night game. The reason he does this is unclear, but possibly because
he wants to hit one more home run and set a record. He considers the baseball
diamond to be is real home, even though he seemed to say clearly
to Dales that he was returning to his "family." (The teams for this game
are wearing uniforms, but it is apparently out in the country
and there are no spectators, as if they had to hide the fact that
they were playing a mixed-race game.)
After a home run, several men in the white sheets of the Ku Klux Klan and
carrying guns ride up on horses. Exley has gotten too good and the KKK
wants to keep the game of baseball white-only. They threaten Exley,
but the white baseball team overcomes the klansmen, one of whom, knocked
unconscious, is seen to be a gray alien. Everyone else runs off and
Exley confronts the bounty hunter, who quickly awakes. The bounty hunter
says he warned Exley and tells him to show his true face so he can die with
honor. Exley does not morph. Dales drives up as Exley is killed. The
bounty hunter escapes and Dales concentrates on Exley, who is dying.
Exley warns Dales that his blood is like acid, but Dales finds only red
blood. As Dales had suggested to Mulder, Exley apparently loved the
game of baseball so much that it transformed him into a human, but Mulder
can't figure out if the story is metaphorical.
at night, Scully arrives at a baseball diamond where Mulder
is hitting baseballs thrown by a machine. Scully claims she was called
by "Fox Mantle" for an early or late birthday present. Mulder shows
Scully how to use a bat, wrapping his arms closely around her. He jokes
about leaving behind a career in medicine to hunt aliens and reveal
a global conspiracy, but Scully says "shut up, Mulder. I'm playing
a big grin on her face. (Note: Scully's birthday is February 23,
but this episode could anytime within weeks of her birthday --
probably later because of the nice weather in Washington DC.)
of a Kind. The
episode begins with a "Previously on the X-Files" segment, showing the
Lone Gunmen's 1989 encounter with Suzanne Modeski, then shows an
opening narration by Byers in which he says he dreams of living the
perfect life but the dream always ends and he loses it all. In his dream,
Suzanne is his wife. The last scene in this segment is of Byers,
standing in a bleak desert, holding a wedding ring.
Lone Gunmen are at the hotel hosting "Def-Con '99" in Las
Vegas, a convention of black ops technology and trying to
discover details of secret technology, although they are
not allowed in to the conference itself. In a complicated
ruse, Byers is in a private poker game, pretending to be
a defense contractor, but another player, who we later learn
is named Grant Ellis, entraps him with fake jargon, and Byers
is kicked out, losing $3,000 in the process. The Gunmen return
to their room. Two other geeks come to their door, Jimmy
and Timmy, and invite them to go to supper. In a private
moment, it becomes clear that Byers pushes for the Gunmen
to attend such conventions because he is looking for Suzanne
-- they first met her at a convention in Baltimore. On the
way to supper, Byers sees Suzanne in the casino, but cannot
catch up with her.
Mulder calls Scully in the middle of the night, telling her that the
Gunmen have found something big and she has to come to Las Vegas, but
it is the Gunmen using a computer to fake Mulder's voice. Later, getting
ice, Byers sees Suzanne again. A man enters her hotel room and she kisses
him. The Gunmen hack into the hotel computer and learn that the room
belongs to Grant Ellis, who they learn is an employee of the Advanced
Weapons Research facility, where Suzanne worked ten years earlier. Byers
urgently wants to get into the closed room where the actual Def-Con
seminar is taking place. Jimmy knows how -- he crawls through an air
duct. He sees Suzanne in the room, and is surprised to see his friend,
Timmy -- Timothy Landau -- also in the seminar. Jimmy is caught and
injected with something. A short time later he jumps in front of a bus,
killing himself. Meanwhile, Scully has just arrived and she wonders why
she can't reach Mulder by phone.
dressed as a maintenance worker, gets into Suzanne's room
to plant a video recorder in the room, but he finds a recorder already
there, in an air duct. Suzanne returns and Frokihe hides in the bathroom.
Then Byers comes to the door. Suzanne recognizes him but denies she
has been brainwashed. Yes, she was kidnapped ten years earlier, but "things
got better." While they talk, Frohike escapes through another
air duct. At the morgue, Scully begins an autopsy of Jimmy. Langly
is there, but has to leave the room because he gets sick. While
he is retching, Landau finds Scully and injects her. Langly finds
her on the floor, groggy and thinks she is jetlagged. She acts
goofy, but says she found nothing in the autopsy.
Gunmen later watch the tape from the Suzanne's room. She
comes to their room, and wants to explain to Byers, asking the other
two to leave. "THEY" took her and did terrible things, but Ellis saved
her. "I wanted
it to be you, John." She didn't trust Ellis at first, but then realized
he was working against them from within. They had planned to go public
on the last day of this convention, expose THEM and escape. In the casino,
Landau, still posing as a geek, invites Langly to a Dungeons and Dragons
game in memory of Jimmy, but when they get to the room, Langly is
injected. Frohike, meanwhile, finds a giddy Scully, surrounded by men.
X-Files fans will notice that Morris Fletcher is one of them. Scully
is acting like a bimbo, but Frohike grabs her and takes her back to the
Gunmen's room. Suzanne recognizes the effects of a drug she developed,
"AH," Analytic Histamine, which impeeds higher brain functions and makes
the victim subject to suggestion. She gives Scully an antidote.
Langly is also back in the room.
Langly returns to Landau's room, with his hair looking short.
(Actually it is in a severe pony tail, stuck down inside his jacket.)
He is programmed to get into the seminar and is given a gun. At a conference
break, Langly approached Suzanne and shoots her in the chest, but
it is a setup. Suzanne had discovered that Langly was injected, and
also given him the antidote. Frohike and Byers arrive, dressed as ambulance
technicians, and take Suzanne away. Scully takes Ellis into
custody and takes him to Suzanne's room, where he realizes she was not
hurt. She is left alone with Ellis and he says he had to trick
her to save his own life. Landau enters and shoots Ellis, then takes
Suzanne to the Gunmen's room. After a scuffle, Landau is injected by
Byers, and pacified. He is eventually charged with murder. Scully finally
reaches Mulder by phone, and realized he knows nothing about
what is going on. Suzanne is legally dead and Byers provides her a
new ID. She asks him to come with her, but he says she will be
safer without him. She promises him "some day..." and gives
him a ring she says was intended for Grant.
- Biogenesis. The
episode begins with a narration by Scully describing planet Earth as seen
from space, the beginning of life, and the series of mass extinctions that
have happened in the past. Are we already on our way to another mass
extinction? On the beach in Ivory Coast, a scientist examines a find -- a
fragment of a tablet with symbols on it, found in the sand. In his office
back at the Ivory Coast university, he joins it with what appears to be
another fragment of the same tablet. The two parts merge and the tablet
flies across the tent, embedding itself in a Bible. As the scientist
removes the tablet, the Bible opens to the Genesis verse that says, "And
God blessed them and God said unto them Be fruitful and multiply and
replenish the Earth..."
days later, the scientist, Solomon Merkmallen, is at American
University in Washington DC. He meets Dr. Sandoz, who has reportedly found
another fragment of the tablet, but Sandoz acts funny and Merkmallen
suspects that he is an imposter. The real Dr. Sandoz arrives at the lab
and finds Merkmallen dead on the floor, the tablet missing. Skinner briefs
Mulder and Scully on their assignment to investigate Merkmallen's
death. The body is missing, as is Dr. Sandoz. Merkmallen and Sandoz
both believed in the theory of "Panspermia," that life on Earth originated
from organisms that arrived from space. When Mulder sees a pencil rubbing
of Merkmallen's tablet, he experiences a spell of noise, dissonance and
mental disruption. On the way back to Mulder's office, Scully confesses
that she no longer sees the need for Mulder's search for "the truth." He
has exposed the global conspiracy and the conspirators are all dead.
What more does he want? He replies, "My sister."
Mulder and Scully visit Sandoz's lab, the imposter is there.
He is the Biology Department chair, Dr. Barnes. He has made a career of
exposing religious and scientific fraud. When Scully shows him
the rubbing, Mulder experiences another spell. Back at Mulder's office,
Scully has brought "Chuck" in, an expert who has appeared in previous
episodes. Chuck says the characters on the rubbing are phonetic
Navaho, but since it was found in Africa it is likely a fake. Mulder
wonders if it would be in Barnes' best interests to hide proof
of the real thing. Mulder thinks Barnes killed Merkmallen. The agents
visit the Sandoz residence in Maryland. They find a photo of Sandoz
with Albert Hosteen and evidence that Sandoz has traveled frequently
to Navaho country. In the kitchen trash compactor they find Merkmallen's
body. They report to Skinner that there are traces of Cosmic Galactic
Radiation in Merkmallen's remains, radiation found only in space
that apparently came from the tablet. Mulder thinks Sandoz is innocent.
His spells lead him to believe that Skinner is not telling them
everything. When the agents leave Skinner's office, we see that Skinner
video taped their meeting, and he gives the tape to Alex Krycek.
Scully tells Mulder to rest and she goes to New Mexico to find Albert.
He is in the hospital and is being taken to treatment as she arrives.
In his room she finds another copy of the rubbing. On the back is the verse
from Genesis. Scully is told that Albert is dying from cancer. When
Albert is returned to his room, Scully sees Sandoz and chases him. He
says Albert was the only one of the WWII Navaho code talkers who would
work with him. Scully cannot believe that an extraterrestrial artifact
would have a Bible verse on it. Albert told Sandoz that Sandoz's fragment
contained what appeared to be random letters. Meanwhile, Mulder returns
to American University and follows Barnes, experiencing additional spells.
Finally he collapses in a stairwell. Krycek walks past him and approaches
Barnes saying they are destined to become great friends. Scully
telephones Mulder and Diana Fowley answers. Mulder is at home, resting.
Mulder tells Scully if it really is a passage from Genesis on the tablet,
it is proof that the origin of life on Earth is extraterrestrial. Scully
cannot accept that. After the call, Diana phones someone to report on
Mulder, then she begins undressing. We see the Smoking Man in a meeting
where various men are talking about managing a crisis.
is taken into a Navaho sweat lodge for a traditional healing
ceremony. Scully will not go in because she does not share their beliefs.
Skinner phones her and says Mulder is in serious condition and that Scully
should come at once. She arrives to find Mulder in the psychiatric
ward, in a padded room. He is delirious with abnormal brain
functions. Skinner seems to know details of Scully's investigation that
she has not reported. Diana claims Mulder called her and said she was the
only one who would believe him. Scully says "You're both liars." In
Mulder's office, Scully looks for a camera hidden in the ceiling.
(The viewer knows there is a hidden camera -- Scully may or may
not have determined it for sure.) Sandoz interrupts her search
with a phone call -- he has realized that the random letters on
the tablet are gene sequences -- a map to the human genetic structure.
If only we could find more pieces...Scully hears a gunshot. Krycek
has killed Sandoz.
On the beach in Ivory Coast 36 hours later, Scully is at Merkmallen's
camp. His workers take her to another tablet found in the sand. It
is much larger, and Scully realizes it is actually part of a much larger
structure (presumably an alien spacecraft), under water, where the ocean
meets the sand. To be continued....
Closed captioning for this episode used the spelling "Navaho,"
although "Navajo" is also commonly accepted.
Sixth Extinction. In Ivory Coast, Scully is studying the apparent craft
found in the surf. She came to find something she did not believe in and
stayed on to uncover what Mulder's illness prevents him from finding. In
the tent at night, she glimpses a traditionally-garbed native who then
disappears. The tent is filled with a swarm of flying insects. The next
day, a woman biologist from the University of Ivory Coast arrives, named
Amina N'Gebe. The discovery is still a secret but she has learned of it.
She warns Scully not to tell the workers about her vision and the insects.
They are animists and would take it as a bad sign. They are interrupted
when a man working in the surf screams -- he has somehow been burned in
Dr. Barnes arrives at the camp. He denies being a killer. He has been
threatened by men in Washington, but he knows what has come ashore.
He has spent his life searching for answers and he is there to help read
what is on the craft. The sea around the craft turns red and Scully sees
a vision of the native, who again disappears. Later, Scully is assembling
a mosiac of the text on the outside of the craft. Barnes has translated
some. The upper surface has references to human genetics. The bottom
has quotes from the Bible, Koran, ancient Sumeria and other sources, referring
to the Day of Judgement. Barnes, however, has become mentally disturbed.
He threatens Scully and N'Gebe, saying it is his discovery and nobody
leaves before he does, so he will get the credit for the discovery.
night, Barnes discovers that some fish he has in a bag have
come back to life. He claims the ship has brought them back to life.
As he is distracted, Scully hits him with a chair, then she and
N'Gebe escape, driving off. Scully sees the native in the road, then
he appears inside the land rover, reaching out his hand to her and
saying "some truths are
not for you." He disappears, and N'Gebe did not see him. Scully
decides it is time for her to go home. Back at the camp, Barnes
kills his driver, then later discovers that the driver has come
back to life. The driver, looking like a zombie, attacks Barnes,
who falls beside part of the craft.
in Washington Mulder's brain is so active he cannot sleep.
Skinner enters his cell and Mulder tries to strangle him, but Skinner
later finds that Mulder has slipped a note into his pocket saying "help
me." Skinner returns and sees Mulder in private. Mulder cannot speak,
but manages to write something on Skinner's hand, "Kr..." It leads
Skinner to Michael Kritschgau, whose career was destroyed by testifying
to Congress about the UFO coverup. At the hospital, Kritschgau
recognizes Mulder's condition from past CIA experiments into ESP.
Kritschgau gives Mulder a different drug, without Doctors knowing
about it, which eases Mulder's condition. Fowley arrives and is
suspicious of why Skinner and Kritschgau are there. Mulder tells
Skinner that he knows Skinner has been compromised -- that Krycek
is blackmailing him. Mulder says Kritschgau can prove what is causing
Kritschgau conducts a test of Mulder's "remote viewing" abilities.
Initially the results are modest, but when Skinner has the
test speeded up, Mulder shows almost perfect accuracy. Kritschgau
says the CIA showed that some people have ESP, but it was
never attributed to aliens.
and Kritschgau attempt to remove Mulder from the hospital
but Fowley and the doctor interrupt them. Mulder goes into convulsions.
Alone later, Fowley talks to Mulder, although he appears to be catatonic.
She says she knows Mulder knows that her loyalties are to a man
he hates, but he can look inside her and understand why. She loves
him and won't let him die. There is no need to prove what he is --
it has been known for a long time. Scully arrives back in Washington
and first goes to Skinner's office, where he tells her what has happened
to Mulder. He is under security. They won't treat him because they
don't know what is wrong with him. She says he is not dieing and the
cause is alien. She uses her authority as a doctor to get in to see
Mulder. Although he doesn't seem aware, she tells him that if he knows
what she has found, he will be able to hold on. It is a puzzle, but
the answers can save him. "Mulder,
please hold on."
In the Ivory Coast, Amina N'Gebe returns to the camp with police. They
find Barnes, dead near the water. The camera pulls back and there is
no evidence of the craft. To be continued...
- The Sixth
Extinction II: Amor Fati. Mulder
has a dream of himself at the beach, watching a child and his family,
while his mother talks with a doctor. She is upset that his treatment
is not helping him. She visits his bedside and talks to him. He answers
her in his mind, but she cannot hear him. When she leaves, he is distressed.
We then see the Cigarette Smoking Man in his room, and they converse
without speaking aloud. The Smoking Man gives Mulder an injection. Only
part of Mulder is dying. The Smoking Man offers Mulder a way out. "Take
my hand, Fox. I am your father." Mulder
gets up and leaves the hospital with him and is driven to a neighborhood
where he will assume a new life, in a kind of witness protection program.
Smoking Man tells him he could go back to his other life,
and probably die, but encourages him to look around first. In the new
house provided to him Mulder finds a larder well stocked with sunflower
seeds, and he finds that Deep Throat is alive, not killed
six years ago. Deep Throat tells Mulder that he can let go of his guilt
-- that they are all just puppets in a master plan. He has suffered
a long time, but now he can relax. He claims to live just
down the street. In a dream of the beach, Mulder sees a boy whose
sandcastle, shaped like an alien ship, has washed away. "That's
Ok buddy, you can just start again," he
tells the boy. Mulder wakes and Diana walks in wearing lingerie.
They kiss and the picture fades out.
The next morning
Diana brings Mulder a cup of coffee in front of their new house. It's all
perfect, but Mulder isn't sure what he is doing there. They go to visit
the Smoking Man who also lives a few blocks away. The Smoking Man says
Samantha has been living there all along, as well as his three grandchildren.
Samantha comes up and hugs Fox. We see, however, that Mulder is really
in a hospital imagining all this. A device is on his head. Diana asks if
Mulder dreams. The Smoking Man answers that dreams are all he has now.
Scully is asleep in the X-Files office, where she had been studying the
Navaho texts from the ship. Kritschgau enters and claims that the energy
from the piece of the ship reactivated the virus Mulder was infected with
two years earlier. Skinner phones and tells Scully that Mulder has disappeared.
The records show that Mulder's mother checked him out. Skinner says he
shouldn't be involved anymore because he is compromised and the less he
knows the better.
home, Scully hears a noise and finds Albert Hosteen in her apartment, which
stuns her because she thought he was very ill. Albert tells her that she
must find Mulder before something happens. Scully begins her search and
learns that surveillance cameras were blacked out when Mulder left. But
Scully gets a glimpse of Tina Mulder talking with the Smoking Man. Scully
tries to reach Tina, without luck. Scully receives a book on Native American
beliefs and practices, with Navaho writing on it. A section on the Anasasi
mentions the sixth extinction and a myth about a man who can save us from
the coming plague. She feels that the book explains the symbols on the
ship. Scully doesn't know who sent the book to her. Entering Skinner's
office, she sees a man who we understand is Krycek assaulting Skinner,
but she cannot catch him in the crowded FBI halls.
Kritschgau at his apartment and accuses him of being telling
someone about Mulder, resulting in Mulder's disappearance. On
his laptop she finds her own files of the symbols on the ship. He claims
he was having them analyzed by the National Institute of Health.
Wherever she got the information, it proves what happened to Mulder,
he says. Scully deletes the files from the computer. At FBI HQ,
Scully confronts Diana who says Scully could have prevented what
happened to Mulder. Scully tries to convince Diana to help, asking
her to think, "wouldn't he
bust his ass to save you?" Diana responds, "I'm thinking, Agent
Scully, I'm always thinking."
In a lab, a
doctor and the Smoking Man talk. The implication is that
Mulder is a compatible human-alien hybrid. He's immune to the coming
viral apocalypse, but he may not survive the medical procedures.
The Smoking Man says if he doesn't survive, he suffers a hero's
fate. Inside his dream, in rapid succession, Muldr sees himself
and diana married, and sees her pregnant. He sees himself and Diana with
children and his hair is graying, then he is older and
sees Diana in a coffin, then sees the boy on the beach. The boy has built
a sandcastle of the alien ship, but is kicking it apart. "You
were supposed to help me," the
boy tells Mulder.
Albert is back
at Scully's apartment. This science makes no sense to her. He answers that
she must look inside. They pray together, kneeling on the floor. Meanwhile,
Mulder and the Smoking Man are both on operating tables. They are apparently
removing genetic material from Mulder and inserting it into the Smoking
Man, who says he will carry on for Mulder from here. Diana makes a statement
confirming that Mulder is the Smoking Man's son, but suffers an attack
of remorse and leaves. In the dream, Mulder is now a very old man. He and
the Smoking Man talk. All Mulder's loved ones are dead and are waiting
for him; it is time for him to go. As they speak, outside we see flames
as alien spacecraft destroy the city. In a different scene, we see Kritschgau
is dead on the floor of his apartment. Krycek burns various official documents
then leaves with the apartment in flames, taking Kritschgau's laptop with
up on the floor of her apartment. An envelope has been
slipped under her door containing an electronic pass key for a Department
of Defense facility. She rushes to the DOD hospital and
finds Mulder in the operating room with all of the people gone. As she
does so, in his dream she also finds him, as a very old man. She
says he is not supposed to die in a comfortable bed with the devil
outside, to trade his true mission for creature comforts. "You
must get up and fight," she says in
the dream. In the operating room, he struggles to chose between
his fantasy life and reality, then wakes. Scully says, "we've got
to get you out of here. You've got to get up. Help me." He replies, "you
help me." They
One week later,
Mulder is at home, still wearing a head bandage, and his
New York Yankees "Victory Cap." Scully
arrives and Mulder informs her that Albert died last night
- he had been in a coma for two weeks. Scully can't believe it because
she talked with him and they prayed together. She doesn't know
what to believe. She doesn't know what the truth is. Scully tells
Mulder that Diana was found murdered this morning. Scully believes
that Diana helped save Mulder's life - she gave Scully the book
and the electronic key.
he didn't know who to trust. One thing remained the same
- Scully remained his friend and told him the truth. When the world was
falling apart she was his constant. "And you are mine," she
replies. She kisses him on the forehead. In the final scene,
we see Mulder and the boy on the beach again. Mulder is
helping the boy build a huge, very detailed sandcastle
of the alien ship.
of the Biogenesis-Sixth Extinction story is difficult.
In En Ami, the Smoking Man says that his operation was in "the fall." In
the final scene of Sixth Extinction, Mulder references the World Series.
The Yankees won the World Series on October 27, 1999 so this scene, which
was one week after Scully found him in the DOD facility, probably took
place shortly after October 27. It could have been late September at the
very earliest. The Yankees clinched the American League East division,
the first "victory" of the season, in the last week of September. The
reference to Albert having been in a coma for two weeks would appear
to indicate that the entire continued story line lasted slightly
more than two weeks. On the other hand, Scully could have been
in Africa for several weeks, with Albert rallying and relapsing. On
the third hand, Scully was not absent for so long that Skinner
could not cover for her absence.)
around now, a scientist in the Defense Advanced Research Agency begins
e-mail correspondence with Scully, with the intent of eventually turning
over science to her that allows the end to human disease and immortality.
In fact, though, Scully is not involved in the correspondence. Agents
of the Smoking Man pose as Scully, apparently periodically invading
her apartment to use her laptop, in order to entrap the scientist,
who uses the code name "Cobra." (En Ami)
Und Zeit. Amber
Lynn LaPierre, a young girl, says her prayers before going to bed. Mom
and Dad watch from the door then tuck her in. Later, as Dad watches TV,
Billie LaPierre is seen in a daze, writing an abduction note concluding
with the cryptic statement "no one shoots at Santa Claus." Amber's door
slams shut. Mr. LaPierre breaks in the door and the child is gone.
FBI HQ in Washington at around 3am, the investigation is under way
on the LaPierre kidnapping in Sacramento. Mulder enters and wants the
case. Skinner doesn't think it's an X-File but ends up allowing Mulder to
fly out and investigate. Mulder arrives at the LaPierre home and
questions the LaPierres about the note. They lie about the circumstances.
At 10pm, Scully arrives at Mulder's motel, sent by Skinner to find
out why he hasn't reported. As they talk, Mulder's mother calls. She
has been watching the news about Amber Lynn and wants him to call when
he gets back to the east coast.
Washington, Skinner is doing a briefing when Mulder and Scully enter. The
note may have been written in Mrs. LaPierre's handwriting and the evidence
is pointing at the parents but Mulder says none of the theories explain
what happened to the little girl. Scully thinks Mulder is personalizing
the case, thinking about his abducted sister but Mulder recognizes something
in the note. In a Pocatella, Idaho kidnapping in 1987 a note with the
same "no one shoots at Santa Claus" signature
was found. The agents go to the Idaho state women's prison and talk to
Kathy Lee Tencate. She was convicted of the murder of her six year
old son Dean, taken from his room with the note found her handwriting.
Dean was never found. Mulder thinks she is innocent. She refuses to
help, but when they leave she has a vision of her son and calls them
Mulder calls Fox again, leaving a message on his answering machine. There
is so much she has left unsaid that she hopes he will someday understand.
She burns pictures of her family. Mulder, meanwhile, is in California and
shows the LaPierre's a video of Tencate telling part of her story. It was
like the words of the note wrote themselves, she says. She knows her son
is safe and protected. The LaPierre's make a private statement to authorities
and are released for lack of evidence. A chubby man is seen watching news
Washington, Mulder is discussing the case with Skinner when Scully enters.
Mulder's mother has committed suicide. Mulder and Scully arrive at her
home in Greenwich, CT, where police are still reviewing scene. The room
was sealed and the gas oven opened. She also took sleeping pills. Mulder
says it doesn't make sense that she would do this. Why are the family pictures
gone? Mulder suspects that whoever took his sister did this to her. He
is grasping at straws. He demands that Scully do an autopsy. Mulder returns
to Kathy Lee Tencate, who opens up this time. His mother has seen them,
she says - the "walk-ins" -- old souls looking for
new homes. She can see them sometimes but it is hard beause they live in
the starlight. "They" took Samantha to protect her soul from the harm it
would suffer in life but Tencate doesn't know where the children are
taken. At Santa's North Pole Village children's park, kids look at a pen
with reindeer. The proprietor says Santa is just flying in. He goes
inside and enters a locked room filled with video tape boxes and equipment
where he prepares to put on a Santa suit.
finally hears the answering machine tape. Scully arrives and he plays the
tape for her. He thinks his mother knew what he would find in the Amber
Lynn case. The parents have had psychic visions of their children. His
mother must have written a similar note when Samantha was taken. He's been
looking in the wrong place. She was trying to warn him, that's why they
killed her, he claims, but Scully's autopsy shows Tina Mulder was suffering
from a terminal disease. She knew and didn't want to live. Mulder still
believes she was trying to tell him something. Scully thinks his mom wanted
him to stop looking for Samantha - to take away his pain.
the LaPierre residence, Mrs. LaPierre sees a vision of Amber Lynn standing
next to her bed at night. In the morning, Skinner arrives at Mulder's apartment
where he is greeted by Scully. Mulder has had a rough night. Mrs. LaPierre
is asking to talk to Mulder. All three go to California and Mulder
talks to Billie LaPierre who describes seeing her daughter in pajamas,
trying to say something to her -- possibly the words "seventy four." Mulder
does an unexpected turn around and tells Skinner and Scully that Amber
Lynn is dead and that he wants off the case so he can take some leave
time. As they drive off, Scully sees a highway sign for route 74. She
realizes the Santa Village connection. They drive to the establishment
and enter. Mulder and Scully find the inner room with the video equipment.
Some of the tapes go back to the 60s. Scully puts one in a machine
and finds images of Amber Lynn at a playground, dated two days before
her disappearance. The owner of Santa's Village enters and locks Mulder
and Scully inside. He runs and Skinner chases. Mulder and Scully break
down the door and also give chase. Skinner fires into the air and Santa
stops. The man, who says his name is Scruloff, is arrested and nearby
the agents find what appear to be several shallow graves. To be continued.
Dating this episode is difficult. The episode shows a television broadcast
recapping the State of the Union Address, which was given on January 27,
2000. On the other hand, there are television clips from the Chris Carter
series Harsh Realm, which premiered October 8, 1999, and was canceled after
three weeks. The FX cable network announced plans to rerun all eight filmed
episodes of Harsh Realm in March 2000, but that is late for a recap of
the State of the Union Address. If the episode actually does depict the
original Harsh Realm broadcasts, this probably places the beginning of
the episode on October 22 or 29, 1999.
- Early 2000
- Closure. In
an opening narration, Mulder describes the bodies being uncovered from the
shallow graves, one by one. Are they still dreaming the dreams of
children or was their innocence taken along with their lives? We see a
scene of children getting up from their graves and forming a ghostly
circle, as the narration describes them waiting in the starlight to be
born again at God's behest.
and Scully are at the technical services room of the Sacramento
police department. Scruloff was 19 when he committed his first murder,
the first time he was asked to portray Santa Claus. He has
admitted to 24 murders but he refuses to take blame for Amber Lynn. Her
body was not found in the graves. Hard as it is, Mulder wanted one
of the graves to be Samantha. Harold Piller comes to see the agents.
He is a psychic who has gotten some strong "hits" from
this case - about Amber Lynn. He has worked with police around
the world and has seen children's bodies in previous
incidents transported away from an accident scene by
walk-ins. Scully doesn't want to involve Piller because
Mulder is vulnerable right now. Scully goes back to Washington
because she feels she can't do anymore in California.
Mulder takes Piller to the grave site. Piller's son disappeared
under strange circumstances, then one day he started
to see visions of him. Piller believes that the walk-ins
are good spirits, saving the children from some terrible
fate about to happen. They transform matter into energy
- starlight. But Piller senses that Scruloff's victims
all died suffering. Amber Lynn wasn't here, Piller says,
but he senses a connection between her and Mulder. Piller
knows about Samantha - what is the connection between
Samantha and Amber Lynn?
an FBI expert watch a videotape of Mulder's June 16, 1989 hypnotic
regression, telling the story of Samantha's disappearance.
The expert doubts Mulder's story because it seems to be typical
guilt fantasies. Mulder's delusion is playing into his unconscious
hope that his sister is still alive. There was a huge search
for Samantha in 1973. Even the Treasury Department was involved. The
expert advises Scully to leave it be, because Mulder's wound
may be too painful to reopen, but Scully feels she owes it to Mulder.
Late at night, Mulder is watching Planet of the Apes when
Piller knocks at his motel door. In a trance Piller says Mulder's mother
is present and we see a ghostly image of Mrs. Mulder in the room. Piller
says she wants to tell about Samantha, but then he "loses" her.
They then find the words "April Base" written
on a paper pad.
Mrs. Mulder's home and searches. In the wastepaper basket where pictures
were burned she finds part of a document. Scully phones Mulder to tell
him that the document scrap matches a document in Samantha's Treasury
investigation file. It is a copy of the document signed with the initials
CGBS calling off the investigation. Both agents recognize the initials
as belonging to the Cigarette Smoking Man and Scully is astounded when
Mulder doesn't want to press the Smoking Man on the issue. Mulder is
pursuing the matter in his own way. He and Piller arrive at the decommissioned
April Air Force Base, where Piller senses something. A security guard
drives up and tells them to move along. Meanwhile, Scully arrives home
to find the Smoking Man waiting for her. He seems not well and he mentions
having had an operation. He wants her to stop looking. He admits to signing
the order because he believed Samantha was dead. He didn't tell Mulder
for so long because there was so much to protect before that is all gone
now. He leaves, sadly.
Piller return to the base at night and climb the fence. In a residential
area, Piller senses that Samantha was present. They
hide as a police car drives by, then Mulder finds the name Samantha and
a handprint in the cement of a sidewalk of a home. Beside it is another
handprint and the name Jeffrey, a reference to Jeffrey Spender,
the Smoking Man's son. Later, Scully arrives back in California. Mulder
doesn't believe what the Smoking Man said because of the handprint.
Scully thinks Piller was just leading Mulder along. The agents
go and confront Piller -- he is the subject of a criminal investigation
into the disappearance of his son and he has a history
of mental problems, which he claims he has under control. He makes a
compelling case that he is no different from Mulder and just
wants to find his son. All three sneak back into the base and enter the
house where Samantha apparently lived. It has been vacant for
a long time. Piller asks them to hold hands so he can try to summon
the spirits of the residents. We see ghostly visions of many
people. One boy takes Mulder by the hand and leads him down the
hall. Scully and Piller realize Mulder is missing and find him in another
room. Mulder finds a diary that is apparently Samantha's. They
read it in a restaurant. It is dated 1979, when Samantha would have
been 14. It describes tests. Samantha lies and tells "them" what
they want to hear because she hates them. She suspects
her memories were taken by the doctors. She vaguely remembers
a brother and she hopes he someday reads the diary.
In the final entry she talks about running away. Outside the restaurant,
Mulder looks up at the stars and says maybe the starlight
really is made up of old souls, because there is nothing
as ancient in the universe as starlight. Later, as
Mulder sleeps, his mother appears in his room and speaks to
him, but we can't hear what she says.
a 1979 police report with a description matching Samantha.
They visit a hospital to read reports of a "Jane Doe" admitted. Her
mental state exhibited signs of paranoia and there were marks, possibly
from the tests. Mulder is convinced that the Smoking Man knew about
this. The agents and Piller go to visit the emergency room nurse who
signed Samantha in. Outside the house, Mulder has the feeling that
this is the end of the road, that he has been brought here to learn
the truth. He waits outside as Scully and Piller to go the door and
talk to the woman, named Arbutus Ray. She remembers the pretty young
girl. She had a vision of the girl dead, but nobody believed her, then
she blinked and the vision was gone and the girl was sleeping safely.
There were men who came to pick her up. One appeared to be her father
and as she describes him it is clear that he was the Smoking Man. When
the men went to Samantha's locked room, she had vanished. Scully turns
and finds that Mulder is no longer waiting by the car. The same spirit
boy, Piller's son, leads Mulder to a field where other spirit children
play. The lighting of the scene looks as if they might be made of starlight.
Amber Lynn is there, as is Samantha who runs up and hugs Mulder. Mulder
returns to Scully and Piller. It is the end of the road and they are
all dead, he says, with conviction. Piller sees so much but he refuses
to see his son. They are all at a better place, Mulder says, but Piller
refuses to believe. Scully asks Mulder if he is OK. He replies, "I'm
fine - free," and
looks up at the stars as the episode ends.
captioning in this episode gave the name of the killer
Truelove" while in Sein Und Zeit closed captioning gave it
- Spring 2000
- En Ami. In Goochland, Virginia, the McPeck family drives home in car with an
eleven year old boy in back seat. Their car runs a gauntlet of people who
are shouting and holding signs. The boy, Jason, has cancer and the
religious beliefs of the family prevent them from seeking medical help.
At night, a storm comes up, a light glows outside the window and Jason
sees men in black approach out of the light.
As Scully leaves
her apartment she finds a newspaper outside her door - the Goochland newspaper
describing Jason's miracle cure. The family claims the cure was by angels.
Mulder also got an anonymous e-mail about it. Someone wants them to investigate.
While Mulder checks other sources, Scully visits the family. They believe
that it was God's work. Jason says the angels looked like men, told him
not to be afraid and pinched him hard on the back of the neck. Scully realizes
that Jason has a neck wound and possibly has a chip implanted there, just
as a chip cured her own cancer. Scully returns to her car to find the Smoking
Man waiting for her. He claims to have saved both Jason's and Scully's
lives and left the newspaper and the e-mail. He says he is dying himself
and wants to bequeath his cure to her. (He's tired of Mulder's mule headedness.)
He leaves a paper on the seat as she drives off.
has a phone number. Scully traces the number and gets the address.
Going to the building she finds high security but they
send her to the third floor where she finds an office labeled "CGB Spender." The
Smoking Man awaits her and tells her that as he looks at the
sum of his life, most of his work is in ruins. As the darkness descends,
he finds that he has no legacy. He is dying of cerebral inflammation
resulting from his brain surgery and has only a few months. He
is willing to give her the science that provides the miracle cure,
but she has to travel with him - it will take a few days and she
mus not tell Mulder. She is reluctant, but her interest overcomes
her and she leaves word for Mulder that she will be out of town for
a few days, claiming a family emergency. She is carrying a microphone,
hidden in her bra.
and the Smoking Man talk as they drive. He has always had a sort
of affection for her and Mulder. He held her life in his hands when
he cured her of cancer. The Smoking Man thinks Scully is drawn to powerful
men but also keeps distant from them, which is why
she would die for Mulder but won't allow herself to love him. She dismisses
his comments as "pop psychology." He
takes her down a dirt road, and we see that they are
being followed. They arrive at a pleasant country home where
a woman named Marjorie Butters lives, who the Smoking Man claims
is 118 years old, although she is as vital as a much younger
woman. She is gardening and greets CSM with a hug. Scully sees
that Marjorie has a scar on the back of her neck - apparent
evidence of the validity of the Smoking Man's claims for his
apartment manager tells Mulder about Scully leaving with a "driver," who
Mulder recognizes as the Smoking Man. Skinner and Mulder
are concerned but can't find Scully. She took an FBI vehicle
and her mother knows nothing about an emergency. Scully phones
Skinner and says everything is OK, but she won't talk
directly to Mulder. Mulder becomes convinces that she is in trouble.
Scully and the Smoking Man stop for gas and she goes
to the bathroom, talking on the tape to Mulder. She secretly
mails the tape to Mulder but as they drive off the man following
them is seen to have gotten the envelope out of the mailbox.
up at a lake home, late at night. Scully is asleep in the car
and the Smoking Man puts on gloves, brushing a lock of hair out
of her face. Scully wakes up to find herself in satin pajamas.
She thinks the Smoking Man drugged her but he says he just carried
her in so that she would be comfortable. They are in
Milford, Pennsylvania. She is upset and ready to leave, but finally
decides she has to know the answers. The Lone Gunmen arrive at Mulder's
apartment, in disguise. They got into Scully's apartment and found
e-mails on her computer to somebody named "Cobra." Mulder and the
Gunmen barge into Skinner's office carrying Scully's laptop.
For the last 6 months Cobra has been e-mailing Scully from
the department of defense, but she is unaware of it. Somebody
has been posing as Scully to win Cobra's trust. Mulder is
convinced that the Smoking Man is doing this and Scully's
life is in danger. Meanwhile, the Smoking Man tells Scully
that they'll be meeting their contact for dinner and provides
her an evening dress. At a fancy restaurant, Smoking Man
says that their contact, Cobra, is to human genetic science
what the early nuclear scientists were to nuclear warfare.
The Smoking Man says that if Cobra receives assurances, the
science he turns over will be not just a cure for cancer
but a cure for all human disease. How? From the final frontier
- largely extraterrestrial. Theoretically the Smoking Man
can be cured but it appears that he doesn't really want to
be. He is a lonely man. The Smoking Man goes outside for
a smoke. The man who has been following them approaches and
points out that Cobra hasn't shown up, so they have to wait,
but Scully won't stick around for ever. The Smoking Man tells
him, "Just do your damn job.
however, has slipped Scully a note about where she should meet him.
The Smoking Man lets her take a small motorboat to the Calico Cove
inlet, down the lake. Another boat approaches hers. Cobra comments
that they are finally meeting and that she is just as she described
herself. He hands her a CD-ROM. She denies that they have spoken before
- but he is shot and dies before they can say more. The sniper then
targets Scully, but the Smoking Man kills him before he can fire at
her. She returns to the lake home where the Smoking Man meets her.
Because she still believes him, she gives him the CD-ROM but he gives
it back. Later, Scully is at Mulder's apartment where the Lone Gunmen
help examine the content of the disk. It is empty. They return to the
building where Spender's office was, but it is vacant. Mulder says
that the Smoking Man used Scully. Marjorie Butters was a fake. Jason
has a chip in his neck but the parents probably won't let them examine
him. Scully believed the Smoking Man but Mulder thinks he used her
to save himself, to get the science on that disk - saving himself at
the expense of the human race. Scully says that for a moment she saw
something in the Smoking Man's eyes, a longing for something more than
power - something he could never have. Realizing what he is doing,
the Smoking Man throws the real CD into the lake, apparently dooming
himself and keeping the cure for all disease from the human race.
- Requiem. In
Bellefleur, OR - a police car races down highway. Driving is Detective
Miles, who fans first met in the pilot episode of The X-Files. He radios
to a deputy to wait for backup, but Miles' car loses power and coasts,
then strikes another police car that is stopped on the highway in the
dark. The forest is glowing. The dials on Miles' watch are spinning. The
deputy in the other car appears to be dead and green acid is on the
ground. As Miles gets out of the car, another man with the same face as
the deputy stands there, unspeaking.
auditor is in the X-Files office. Mulder and Scully have
spent a huge amount on travel - by FBI standards these numbers are out
of control. The auditor says that Mulder's two big issues, the conspiracy
and the disappearance of his sister, have been resolved, but Mulder
points out that nothing the agents have been investigating
has been resolved. Acknowledging that Mulder's sister was a major
motivation for Mulder, the auditor asks that given the case report saying
that Samantha is dead, what is left to investigate? Scully also
has to defend the investigation of the conspiracy to the auditor. The
auditor tells Mulder that he is evaluating what The X-Files does,
so if they go forward they can do it more responsibly. He tells Mulder
that if he is going to spend so much time looking for aliens, he
should narrow his search to where they are. Meanwhile, in a "hellhole" middle
eastern prison, Marita Covarrubias gets Alex Krycek released.
She tells him that the Smoking Man sent her to find him.
The Cigarette Smoking Man is dying.
Gary and Richie, approach Detective Miles in the woods. They heard that
there was an airplane collision with a UFO. He tells them that the Navy
found their plane and there is no of another craft. Miles sends them
away. As Mulder and Scully are talking in the X-Files office, Billy Miles
telephones Mulder. Mulder and Scully immediately remember the name. Billy
was abducted seven years earlier and Mulder and Scully investigated the
case. He tells them that it is happening again, but not to him this time.
the implication is that he thinks his father has been abducted.
the auditor would say they couldn't justify the expense, the agents head
out to Oregon to investigate. Alex and Marita visit the Cigarette Smoking
Man's apartment, in Washington DCC's Watergate Apartments. He is in a
wheelchair, attended by a nurse, Greta, and has to smoke through a tracheotomy
hole in his throat. Krycek accuses that the Smoking Man had him thrown
in that prison. The Smoking Man agrees that it was for trying to sell
something that was the Smoking Man's. The Smoking Man counters that they
have a singular opportunity now. A crash in Oregon -- an alien ship has
collided with a military aircraft. It is Roswell and Corona again, the
chance to rebuild the project. Meanwhile, Richie and Gary are back in
the Oregon forest at night, looking for the UFO. Gary has an incident
in which he shakes violently, then disappears. Richie sees lights glowing
in the forest and his flashlight bursts into flame. He runs off.
Scully arrive in Oregon. Billy has been a sheriff's deputy for three
years. He got over the abductions, but other people in the area didn't
and don't believe it. Billy is divorced and back living with his father.
He tells about the crash. The other unidentified craft hasn't been found.
His father has been no help, even though a deputy is missing. Detective
Miles drives up. He claims that he has been working with the FAA and
it looks like there was no second craft. As they drive to the scene,
Mulder finds that the collision of the two police cars happened at the
same place Mulder painted an X on the pavement seven years earlier. Scully
finds an ammunition clip, likely from the missing deputy's gun, but there
is no indication of what he might have been shooting at. As Mulder and
Scully drive off to see the missing man's wife, Detective Miles places
the evidence bag with the shells in his car trunk, and viewers see
that the body of the real Detective Miles is in the trunk. A Bounty Hunter
is masquerading as Miles. Mulder and Scully are surprised that the missing
man's wife is Teresa Nemmen, an abduction victim who seven years
ago approached the agents for help. Her husband is also an abductee,
but they keep it a secret because people in the community don't understand.
His experiences were more terrifying than hers. He was taken many times
and tested. Teresa has medical files and as she gets them, Mulder watches
Scully plays with Teresa's baby.
as Mulder study the files, Scully comes to Mulder's door, uneasy but
she doesn't know what is wrong. She felt dizzy and got chills. Mulder
covers her up in his bed and puts an arm around her to warm her. Mulder
says it's not worth it. He wants her to go home. Seeing her holding the
baby shows him what has been taken away from her - including her health
and the chance to be a mother. (Recall that Scully cannot have children,
because of the procedures done during her abduction.) Maybe what the
FBI says is true, Mulder speculates. The personal costs are too high.
There is so much she needs to do in her life - so much more than this.
There has to be an end. Meanwhile, Krycek is in Oregon, too. He reports
by phone to the Smoking Man that in spite of lots of effort, nobody can
find the UFO. He is told that it must be there, hidden in plain site.
Find the deputy and you'll find the ship. Teresa is awakened in the night.
Her husband, Ray, is home, but when he doesn't speak she realizes that
it is not her husband. She runs upstairs and he follows. She stabs him
with a knife and noxious gas comes out of his body, overcoming her.
and Scully arrive at Teresa's home. Billy reports that Teresa is gone,
apparently taken because the door was open. Inside they find
the mark they immediately recognize as acid burns from what Scully
describes as "arguably an alien." Scully feels faint again for a moment.
Marita, who has stayed with the Smoking Man, asks him why
bring Krycek into this matter and then play with him by feeding
him incomplete information. The Smoking Man says that he
has great faith that Krycek will find the ship, but if the
Smoking Man tells him exactly how, Krycek will be tempted
to sell the information. The ship is rebuilding itself, the
Smoking Man says. What we call God is an alien intelligence.
Marita states her conclusion that the aliens are coming and
the Smoking Man corrects her that they are coming back. Mulder
approaches Richie, who is watching the crime scene where
Teresa disappeared. He claims that "they" took his
friend, Gary. Billy is surprised when Richie states that Billy's
father was in the woods and knows what is going on. Richie
takes Mulder and Scully to where Gary disappeared. Richie
claims that his flashlight beam hit a spot and bent the light.
As Scully walks nearby she is lifted up in the air and shakes
rapidly. Mulder realizes Scully is out of sight and finds
her on the ground, groggy. She doesn't understand why this
is happening to her. Mulder also doesn't know, but is sure
that these aren't just random abductions and that the abductees
won't be coming back this time. Billy goes to his father's
home and draws his gun, confronting Detective Miles. Billy
says, "I don't know who you are but you are not
going to take me." His father eventually calms him and Billy
gives up his gun, but we see that Detective Miles is the Bounty
Hunter. Mulder and Scully walk up to the door and, finding
it open, walk in. Billy and the Bounty Hunter are gone.
later at the FBI building in Washington, Skinner visits Mulder's office.
Mulder thinks he is in trouble and says that if the higher-ups are coming
down on Skinner, he is sorry. Skinner, however, has Krycek and Marita
with him. They explain that they have a singular opportunity. The Cigarette
Smoking Man is dying. His last wish is to rebuild the conspiracy. There
is a ship in those woods, cloaked in an energy field. The alien is eliminating
proof of all the abductions. This is Mulder's chance to change all that
and find the proof. Krycek will cooperate because he wants to Damn the
Smoking Man's soul. Scully finds them talking and joins the effort. They
call the Lone Gunmen in to consult and they determine that the ship is
so well cloaked that even military satellites don't detect it, but the
Gunmen have detected it, because they know exactly what to look for.
It's not going to be there forever, however. As they talk it is rebuilding
itself. Scully can't handle it and leaves the room. Mulder follows into
the hall. Mulder won't let her go back to Oregon. They're taking abductees,
he points out, and Scully is an abductee. Mulder won't risk losing her.
They hug and she vows that she won't let him go alone.
accompanies Mulder into the Oregon woods, wondering if it is just a "snipe
looks at the medical records with the Lone Gunmen and realizes
that all of the abductees experienced the same kind of
elevated brain activity that Mulder had a few months ago.
They realize that it is Mulder who is in danger, but Scully
collapses. Mulder and Skinner lay out a network of laser
beams to detect the energy field of the ship. Mulder walks
up to the field and puts his hand into it, causing the
hand to vibrate rapidly. Skinner realizes he can't see
Mulder. Mulder is inside the energy field with many of
the other abductees, including some that we thought were
dead, like Detective Miles, the deputy, Teresa and Billy.
Mulder enters a glowing circle with them and sees a ship
overhead. The Bounty Hunter walks up and joins them in
the circle, ready to be transported up to the UFO, which
is hovering overhead. Skinner sees the ship. It departs
and all of the people are gone.
reports to the Smoking Man and Marita that he failed. The Smoking
Man speculates that perhaps Krycek never wanted to succeed? "The hour
is at hand?" the Smoking Man asks, and Krycek agrees that it is time "to
send the devil back to hell." The Smoking Man's final words are, "As
you do to Mulder and to me you do to all mankind." Krycek pushes the
wheelchair down the stairs and the Smoking Man lies at the bottom, apparently
dead. Skinner visits Scully in her hospital room. She feels ok - they're
just running some tests. She already heard about Mulder's disappearance.
Skinner knows that he will be asked what he saw and says he can't
deny it. He vows that he won't. They are both crying. Scully says, "we
will find him," and Skinner nods. "I have to," she adds. Scully tells
Skinner that there is something else she has to tell him, that he must
keep to himself. She can't explain or believe it, but she is pregnant.
date comments in "Without" listing)
is the day after Scully discovers she is pregnant. She dreams both
of her baby and of Mulder (or possibly receives psychic impressions
from him?). Her visions of him are disturbing. At
work, she finds men in the X-Files office who tell her that they are
looking for anything that might be pertinent for the manhunt. She
thinks a conventional search for Mulder is crazy. She goes to
Skinner -- they agree that they won't find Mulder that way. Kersh has
been named Deputy Director and is now Skinner's superior. Kersh
tells Scully and Skinner that the only acceptable solution is to find
Mulder safe and alive. Scully feels she and Skinner should be
directing the search. Kersh says FBI agent John Doggett has been
named the leader of the search. Kersh warns that of anything gets
out about aliens or abductions, Scully and Skinner will be fired.
is called to give a statement about Mulder's disappearance. : He
vows to Scully that he will tell the truth, but Scully says that he won't
be any good to Mulder if he gives them the power to ruin his career. Scully
sits while Sinner gives his statement. Another agent is near her
and strikes up a conversation. He claims to have known Mulder. He
always took the rumors with a grain of salt - that from the beginning
Mulder never trusted Scully. :
She says she doesn't think he knew Mulder at all, and checks his badge --
it is Doggett. She throws a cup of water in his face and walks
out. Later, at home, she checks Doggett's computer file, but runs to
the bathroom because she has to vomit. She calls her mom, but gets
an answering machine - she leaves a message that she needs to talk, but
hears sounds on the line indicating that the line is tapped. She sees
someone outside watching her apartment. She calls Doggett and tells
him to keep away from her, but he appears perplexed. She sees the
shadow of someone outside her apartment door, grabs a gun and pursues, but
sees no one but her landlord. He claims he saw Mulder in her
building a few moments earlier. She runs back to her apartment and
finds that her computer is gone.
to Mulder's apartment. His computer is also
gone. His bed still has some of his clothes on it. She lies
down. In a dream (?) we see Mulder with his face skin stretched by
mechanical claws. A drill enters his mouth and begins cutting.
The Lone Gunmen are with Skinner at a satellite dish field - they are
pulling down UFO information from the Pacific Northwest, but can't
determine where the UFO went. Doggett calls on Kersh and asks if
anyone else is also assigned to look for Mulder that Doggett doesn't know
about. Kersh denies it. Scully wakes up in Mulder's bed and
finds Doggett in the apartment. They verbally fence - she wants respect
and he thinks she just sees him as "the big bad wolf." He finds it
hard to swallow that a scientist would accept Mulder being taken by
aliens. She tells him that she has seen things she cannot explain
and as a scientist it is a badge of honor to not dismiss these things
because somebody else thinks it's BS. Doggett found car rental
receipts for a series of 370-mile trips Mulder took over four weekends
in May without telling anyone.
As they talk,
Doggett gets a call about Mulder at FBI headquarters. Skinner and Scully
are called to the task force room -- somebody removed files after
hours. Skinner is questioned -- it was Mulder's pass
card that was used to enter the room and Skinner was at the building until
10pm the night before. They wonder if Skinner is helping Mulder and
used Mulder's pass card. Doggett tells Scully that he believes Skinner,
but finds that Mulder's credit card was used two days ago in Raleigh,
NC. Scully realizes that Raleigh is where Teena Mulder is buried,
which explains the rental car trips. Doggett has also found that the
Mulder family cemetery marker is newly engraved to say "Fox Mulder
1961-2000." Scully doesn't know what to think. Doggett finds
medical records of additional treatment Scully knew nothing about
following Mulder's hospitalization a year ago for unusual brain
activity. It appears that Mulder knew that he was dying but didn't
tell Scully. How far would he go for his truth, Doggett asks? His life
and work were threatened and nothing was proven, unless Mulder took one
last big chance. Doggett asks if Mulder is trying to create doubt
and leave a mark. Would he stage his own disappearance? Skinner,
though, knows that he saw a UFO at close range. Scully asks Doggett to
not report Skinner's statement. Doggett says he just wants help to
Scully go back to the Gunmen - there was lots of microburst activity
in the Arizona desert meaning that is probably where the UFO took Mulder. Scully
concludes that it is the aliens removing evidence and that they are in
Arizona because they are looking for Gibson Andrew Praise, who is hard
proof of alien DNA. Doggett also finds a
file (slipped under his door by an unknown person) on Gibson -- they
believe Gibson's file is what was stolen. The boy was last seen in Arizona
and the general consensus is that to find Mulder they need to find Gibson.
We see another scene of Mulder undergoing medical tests -- a medical
saw cutting into his chest -- and Scully wakes up. She is in a
vehicle with Skinner in Arizona. Satellite data shows UFO activity
100 miles north of Phoenix. Doggett and his task force are also
there, flying helicopters. An agent reports that Gibson has been found
at a school for the deaf. Scully and Skinner also head for the school. School
officials pull Gibson out of class pending arrival of the FBI, and Gibson
gives a meaningful look at a girl also attending the school. Doggett,
Scully and Skinner all arrive at the school at the same time. Gibson
went out the window of the office where he was being held. The task
force agents spread out. Gibson walks up to a man (we don't see who it
is) and Doggett soon after finds their footprints lead off into the
mountains. Doggett chases and finds Mulder pulling Gibson toward a
cliff......to be continued.
provides an opening narration about how we live in a darkness of our
own making. Who are these beings we do not understand? If they know
our secrets, why can't we know theirs? We see a UFO landing, but as
the narration concludes, the image of the ship dissolves.
repeatedly shouts orders, Mulder releases Gibson, who runs away. Mulder
doesn't otherwise speak or react. Mulder backs away from Doggett
toward the cliff. Doggett runs forward to stop him, but Mulder falls
off the cliff and strikes the ground far below. In a close-up we
see that Mulder almost immediately awakes with a start. Scully & Skinner
drive up, but Doggett and the other the agents now present don't
know where Mulder is. His body is not where it fell. Doggett can't
explain it, but says cops see amazing things sometimes. A set of
tracks leads down into a gully and provide clear evidence that Mulder
ran away from where he fell.
convinced that it may have looked like Mulder, but it wasn't. Scully
has seen what looks like a man transform into another man. When pressed
for details by Doggett, Scully answers that what appeared to be Mulder
was an alien bounty hunter, come to collect a bounty on Gibson, because
he is part alien. The Bounty Hunter wanted to take Gibson back to his
ship, where she believes Mulder is. Doggett says she is starting to remind
him of Mulder. The other agents gather back at the school with the children
outside. Doggett drives up. Gibson cannot be found, so they search the
school building. The Bounty Hunter, still looking like Mulder, is inside,
but he transforms to look like the principal to talk to Doggett. Scully
thinks Gibson is long gone. She and Skinner see the girl Gibson looked
at earlier get on a bicycle and ride off. Scully follows on foot, having
to trot to keep up. Scully finds the bicycle abandoned, and soon finds
a sand-covered trapdoor. Gibson and the girl are there. He tells Scully
that she shouldn't have come. Scully promises to protect him. They only
reason the aliens want to take him is because he is special. The girl
is the only one at the school he told. Gibson broke his leg while running
away. Scully sets his leg but has to go get a car to transport him.
Doggett. Doggett says he saw Mulder, but does not have him in custody.
Kersh can't understand how Doggett could find Mulder then lose him. Doggett
and Skinner talk - Skinner tells Doggett that he is a pawn in a rigged
game. Doggett asks for specifics. Skinner says Doggett has a good reputation,
and could even become the FBI Director some day, which is why he has
been set up to fail. Skinner tells him that the only way to find Mulder
is to listen to Scully and find the truth, but even then he can lose,
because if Doggett puts anything about aliens in his report, Kersh will
ruin him. The Bounty Hunter is inside the school, now looking like Scully,
but Scully also walks up to Skinner and Doggett, who are standing outside.
They are bemused to see Scully in person at the same time that an agent
radios that she is inside the building. The Bounty Hunter attacks the
agent indoors. The real Scully and company rush in and chase the Bounty
Hunter, but they are eluded. Doggett can't deny that he saw two Scullys.
Scully realizes that the Bounty Hunter is masquerading again, as someone
in the room. The deaf girl knows which it is, but slips away and does
not tell anyone. As Gibson sleeps in his underground hiding place, he
has a vision of Mulder, still in the alien's medical examination restraints.
arrives to transport the injured agent. Scully wants to sneak away in
a vehicle to get Gibson, but Skinner intercepts her. They soon end up
with guns pulled on each other because they each suspect the other of
being a shape changer. Skinner exhibits trust first and lowers his
weapon. When he reveals that he knows Scully is pregnant, they know
they can trust each other. Scully can't take the chance that she
will never see Mulder again. She has to do whatever it takes. She
tells Skinner that she knows where Gibson is, and Skinner accompanies
her. The deaf girl (or is it the Bounty Hunter?) has observed their
conversation. When they get to Gibson's hiding place, he is not there.
They find him several yards away. He says he can "hear" Mulder, somewhere
"You're so close now," he tells Scully. Skinner carries Gibson to the
vehicle but Scully remains behind.
Gibson to a hospital. Later, in his room with Skinner watching over him,
Gibson wakes up. The deaf girl enters the room and shuts the door. Meanwhile,
Scully walks the desert in the night, calling for Mulder. She sees the
lights of what seems to be a UFO flying in the distance. It illuminates
her, but it is a helicopter. It lands and Doggett gets out. She accuses
him of following her, but he responds that she is where the action is.
Doggett knows that Skinner took Gibson to the hospital. Doggett's men
followed Skinner to the hospital. Scully is concerned that the Bounty
Hunter may have infiltrated Doggett's men? They get into the helicopter
and fly to the hospital. Unseen by them, there is a cloaked UFO nearby.
Mulder is inside and senses Scully's nearness.
at the hospital. Doggett is now ready to question his own security. Doggett
and Scully go to Gibson's room and Gibson is gone. Scully runs out and
quickly begins a search. Still in the room, Doggett realizes that the
only way they could have gotten past the security is to crawl through
the suspended ceiling. Above the ceiling they find Skinner, unconscious.
Down the hall, the Bounty Hunter, posing as Skinner, flags Scully down.
She is again suspicious, but the Bounty Hunter attacks Scully. She ends
up shooting him. Green blood fizzes out and the body quickly dissolves.
Doggett bursts in and Scully cries as Gibson looks on.
Back in Washington,
Kersh reviews the pictures of the injured Skinner and the green slime.
There must have been hazardous chemicals that caused the body to dissolve,
Kersh muses. Kersh belittles many of the facts of Doggett's report but
Doggett counters that the report reads like an X-File. Doggett accuses
that it's what Kersh intended when he assigned Doggett to he case. Kersh
says he assigned Doggett to give him some answers and that Doggett should
not come back until he has those answers. Doggett visits Scully in her
hospital room. She doubts that he believes her, but he provides her several
bits of information on case. Gibson is a ward of the state and Doggett
has asked for special protection. Doggett tells Scully that keeping her
apprised of the case is his job now - he is assigned to the X-Files.
Scully is surprised. Doggett promises that no mater what their differences,
he will find Mulder. In the final scene, we see Mulder, still in the
alien medical facility, surrounded by Bounty Hunters in the nearby darkness.
The date of June 2000 for Requiem, Within and Without is based on the
events of the three episodes having taken place not long after Mulder's
rental car trips during four weekends in May, as noted in Within. Note
that the first of these four road trips may have been to Pennsylvania
instead of North Carolina, as reported in The Gift.)
Manum. A woman, Kath, is in the hospital, about to give
birth and the doctor orders an emergency C-Section because the baby's
heart rate is high. When her husband, later identified as Duffy Haskell,
leaves the room to scrub, a nurse locks the door behind him. The
mother is distraught and is knocked out with drugs. When the baby
is born, it appears to be alien.
arrives at the office, Haskell is there, talking to Doggett. He is with
the Ohio Mutual UFO Network and he communicated with Mulder eight years
ago, claiming that his wife was a multiple abductee. He says she is
dead, killed by doctors after giving birth to an alien baby. He has
an ultrasound showing that the baby was not normal, and his wife wasn't
supposed to be able to have babies. When Haskell leaves, Doggett points
out that his wife's story is very similar to Scully's, which Doggett
has read in the X-Files, except for the baby, but Scully tells Doggett
that her personal files are private. In the elevator, Scully has a flashback
to when she first told Mulder that she could not have children. He, in
turn, told her about finding her ova in the research facility run by
the Kurt Crawford clone. He immediately took the ova sample to a specialist,
who said that they were not viable. Doggett interrupts her reverie and
she tells him that there is nothing to do on the Haskell case.
to Zeus Genetics in Germantown, MD. Nobody greets her, so she walks
down a hall and hears voices – a man calming several disturbed women.
Scully ducks into a room to hide and finds dozens of deformed fetuses
in storage bottles. The doctor discovers her and she lies, claiming
to be with a friend, then she rushes home to call her doctor, Dr.
James Parenti. He agrees to meet with her, and viewers see that he
is in the room with the deformed fetuses, unwrapping the body of
an alien baby. Scully has another flashback to her conversation with
Parenti when he told her that he and his colleagues believed that
there was a chance that under their care she could become pregnant,
but, of course, she needed a father. She said she had someone in
mind, but had to figure out how to ask him. The flashback over, she
meets with Parenti who says her ultrasound looks fine. He encourages
her to tell the FBI about her pregnancy.
returns to the office, Doggett has received a call from Parenti's office
about a sonogram Scully left there. He thinks she is investigating
the Haskell case, since the Haskells had consulted Parenti in connection
to their pregnancy. Haskell is called back in to the FBI to be questioned
in Skinner's office. He has a history of making threats, in the letters
to Mulder and to the Haskell's current doctor, Dr. Lev. He tells
a convincing story about what happened to his wife, but Doggett says
there is no record that they were ever married. When Haskell leaves,
he telephones Dr. Lev and it is clear that they are conspiring together.
When Scully returns home that evening we see a flashback to Mulder
visiting her apartment. She had earlier asked him to be the father
of her child, and he gives her his answer – yes. He is complimented,
but doesn't want this to come between them in any way. He will talk to
the doctor about the donor procedure. As the flashback ends, Mary Hendershot
knocks on Scully's door. She was at Zeus Genetics earlier, and says that
both her baby and Scully's are in danger.
his pickup up to an all-night restaurant, where he meets Skinner
and Scully. Skinner tells Doggett that Scully has requested a leave
of absence, but they don't reveal why. He is unhappy that they are
not being candid with him, but Scully promises that she is not putting
Doggett at risk. He sees her get into her car, where Mary Hendershot
is waiting. Doggett doesn't know who Mary is, but it adds to the
mystery he is trying to figure out. Scully takes Mary to Walden-Freedman
Army Hospital, where they have an expert obstetrics team. She explains
the suspicion that the baby may not be human and the team prepares
to induce labor in Mary. Meanwhile, Dr. Miryum, a woman doctor, takes
Scully into another examining room and does another ultrasound that
looks completely normal. Joe Farah, an FBI agent friend of Doggett's,
reports that Haskell's fingerprints match the records of a Marine
named Haskell who died in 1970. David Haskell was buried in a Virginia
cemetary in a Marine honor goard ceremony. Doggett talks to another
friend, Knowle Rorer, who is apparently part of an intelligence agency.
Rorer agrees to look into it and see if Haskell is a "spook," i.e.
an intelligence agent. If he his, then his visit to the X-Files office
had hidden agendas.
Skinner, telling him that Haskell was a setup to get Scully to go wherever
she went. Under pressure, Skinner admits the name of the Army research
facility and Doggett rushes off. After Scully's tests, she is left alone
to rest. She notices a VHS videotape in playback mode. Removing the
tape, she sees that the label has another woman's name on it, Nancy
Boxwell, with the date 11/23/00. Scully suspects that she has been duped.
She rushes to get Mary and escape the Army facility. As they slip out
into a parking garage, Rorer is there with a team of commandoes. He
says he is a friend of Doggett's and hustles the two women into a suburban.
As they drive away, military police chase them, but the suburban eludes
them. Mary goes into labor and Scully demands that the vehicle stop.
When they stop, the commando team members prevent Scully from attending
Mary, injecting Scully with a drug that causes her to pass out.
up in a hospital room and finds Doggett sitting near her. He reports
that both she and the baby are fine. Mary is also fine, with a healthy
son. Scully believes that the boy was substituted for Mary's alien
child, but there is no proof. Everyone says Scully overreacted. For
example, they said that the videotape was of her sonogram, just recorded
on an old tape. Scully is convinced that she and Doggett were used
to get Mary's baby, and now they are also being used to cover it
up. Why didn't she tell Doggett about her baby? She was afraid that "they" would
use it to take her off the X- Files, and she would never find Mulder.
Doggett repeats his pledge to help her find Mulder.
ends with another flashback. Scully returns home to find Mulder waiting
for her. The artificial insemination did not work and Scully will
not have a baby. She feels it was her last chance, but Mulder hugs
her and advises, "Never give up on a
Dating of the flashbacks is difficult. A reference in the episode script,
not seen on the air, indicates that all flashbacks took place about
a year earlier. For several reasons, this dating seems unlikely. Mulder
acquired Scully's Ova in Momento Mori in February 1997. The first
flashback appeared to have happened somewhat after Scully was cured
from cancer, which was in Redux II, set in October 1997. There was
no reference in this episode to Scully's child Emily, but it was in
Christmas Carol, set December 21, 1997, that Scully told her mother
that she can't have children. She may have learned she could not have
children sometime during her cancer tests. So the first flashback of
this episode could have been as early as late 1997. At Christmas 1997
Scully learns about Emily, and shortly thereafter Bill Scully and
his wife have the baby that they have been trying to have for years.
One could imply that Bill and his wife employed the services of a fertility
and/or genetic clinic. In spite of the reference in the script, this
timeline concludes that these two things likely inspired Scully to
consult a specialist, leading to Dr. Parenti's claim that there was
a chance of Scully having a child.)
IS Not Happening. Near Helena, Montana, a UFO zooms
over a deserted rural area. A young man in a car is pursuing, taking
photographs with one hand and dictating into a pocket recorder as
he goes. It is Richie, who Mulder and Scully met in Bellefleur, OR,
in the episode Requiem. The UFO hovers and Richie stops his car and
gets out. He runs to the top of a hill, saying "This is not happening" to
himself, and finds that the UFO has disappeared, but he sees
someone walking nearby. Running after the man, Richie trips and finds a
body on the ground.
at the X-Files office -- Doggett has called her in and takes her to Skinner's
office. Teresa Hoese, formerly Nemmen, has been found. She was abducted
just before Mulder and is now in a Montana hospital, just hanging on
to life. Scully, Doggett and Skinner fly to Helena and rush to the hospital.
The doctor says she has been severely mistreated. It is as if someone
was experimenting on her. In addition to many other injuries, there
are marks on her face as if the skin had been pierced and
stretched. Police deliver their report to Doggett, after which
the three FBI agents go to see Richie. He is in Montana looking
for his friend, Gary, who was also abducted. Internet chat rooms
have told him that there has been a lot of UFO activity nearby
over the last couple of weeks. He claims to have seen someone
with Teresa and police evidence also found footprints -- of
Nikes. Doggett pressures Richie, asking if he thinks aliens wear
Nikes. Richie responds that it it wasn't an alien, what about
his spaceship? Doggett is disgusted. Scully sees it as
their first break in the search for Mulder. Doggett tells
Scully that he thinks she is also afraid to find Mulder,
because of what might have happened to him.
from a bad dream about Mulder being experimented on. She goes to Skinner's
room and they talk outside the motel. Scully relates a conversation with
Mulder about starlight and about how the light we see may be millions
of years old. Mulder thought that souls dwell in starlight and she hopes
he's right. Skinner says it sounds like she is trying to prepare
herself, but encourages her to stop -- Mulder may be
fine. Jeremiah Smith, first seen in the episode Talitha Cumi,
enters the hospital and morphs to look like Teresa's doctor. He
tells a nurse to prepare Teresa to be transferred to another
facility. He is wearing Nikes. Scully's phone wakes her up
with the news that Teresa is gone and the doctor denies having
Scully drive up to the open field where Teresa was found. Doggett has
called them to meet him there. He introduces Monica Reyes, an FBI agent
from the New Orleans office who specializes in ritualistic crime.
Doggett asked her to help with the case. She suspects that the abductions
may be the work of a UFO cult, similar to Heaven's Gate, an opinion
which rubs Scully the wrong way. Doggett follows and tells Scully
that if she is going to contend that there is an alien bounty hunter
involved, they have to part company. "Enjoy your new company," Scully
A man later
identified as Absalom enters a rustic rural building. Jeremiah is in
the building with Teresa. He is using the alien power to heal wounds
on her. Absalom cries with joy while Jeremiah is performing the healing.
They were almost too late, he observes. Scully finds Reyes at the hospital,
looking at Teresa's x-rays. She says she is looking for evidence
of implants. Scully doesn't understand. Reyes says she still
believes that this is the work of a cult, but that she doesn't
disbelieve the reports of alien abductions, and implants are
often reported in such cases. She has worked on many cases of
satanic ritualistic crimes, but never found direct evidence is
Satan. ("We should talk," quips Scully.) Reyes believes that
there are energies in the universe that she is sensitive to. She
can sense Scully's fear. Later, Reyes is driving down a rural
highway, sees a UFO and follows it. It has left another person
behind. Jeremiah and Absalom are loading the body into a pickup
truck when Reyes runs over a nearby hill, calling that she is a
federal agent. The two men drive off before she can approach
them. In the grass nearby Reyes finds a second body -- it is
Richie's friend, Gary.
an autopsy on Gary. He has all of the same kinds of injuries Teresa
did. Scully is more scared than ever for Mulder. Doggett and Reyes
talk in the hall. When they worked together before, she helped during
a three-day search for Doggett's son. She knows that Scully fears
finding what Reyes and Doggett did find, i.e. Doggett's dead son.
She understands that this is why Doggett is so
determined to find Mulder. Reyes recognized Absalom in the
field. He was a doomsday cultist who believed that an alien
invasion would begin at the start of the Millennium. When that
didn't happen, he got involved in credit card fraud, and other
activities. Reyes also saw the license number of the pickup and
traced it to a place about an hour drive away. Absalom's people
are eating outdoors, around a campfire. Jeremiah comes up and
says "they are coming" and "you can't let them find him." The
compound is soon raided by law enforcement, including Scully,
Doggett, Skinner and Reyes. There are dozens of people there,
many sleeping in rough dormitory buildings. In one, Scully finds
Teresa, alive and well. They question Absalom who is
evasive. He now thinks that the alien invasion really did begin
with the new millennium, but just not the way he expected. There
are video cameras all over the compound, which he claims are to
give the abductees a feeling of safety -- so they can see if the
aliens return for them. Scully shows him a picture of
Mulder, but Absalom shakes his head, no. In her motel room,
Scully sees a vision of Mulder standing before her, but when she
looks away for a moment, he is no longer there.
reviewed the tapes and shows scenes to the others. On one, Scully recognizes
Jeremiah, who she recalls Mulder believed had the power to heal.
They see him morph on the video tape, changing to look like Doggett,
although Doggett was never in that building. The agents return to
the compound, where riot troops are still in control. Scully asks
for Jeremiah. Picking out one likely suspect from a crowd, she
questions him privately. He morphs and really is Jeremiah. He
says that he saves abductees and he was trying to help Mulder,
too. Skinner comes in. "You'd better come with us," he
says. They have found Mulder, wrapped in a blanket, on the
ground a distance away from the compound.
up, frantic to help him, but Doggett holds her back, saying that it is
too late. Knowing that Jeremiah has the power to heal, she turns
and runs through the dark back to the compound, but finds a UFO hovering
over the main building, a light beaming down into it. She enters
the shaking building; there are many of the abductees still inside.
When the light goes out, Scully discovers that Jeremiah is gone.
She sinks to her knees, crying, and moaning, "this is not happening." To
be continued in April.
and May 2001?
graveside service is held for Fox Mulder in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Doggett, the Gunmen, Skinner, and Maggie and Dana Scully are among
those gathered. The pastor recites the Bible verse, "Whosoever believeth
in me shall never die." Scully
murmurs to Skinner how everyone else on Mulder's family is now gone, but the
truth he worked so hard to find was never truly revealed to him.
She can't believe she is really standing there. Scully crumbles
a handful of dirt into the grave.
later...Doggett and Skinner meet with Kersh. He is commending them, citing
their efforts in the recovery of Mulder. Kersh has asked Skinner to also
write a letter transferring Doggett off the X-Files and Doggett is being
considered for promotion. Doggett thanks Kersh, but says he'd
like to give the transfer some thought. In The X-Files office,
Doggett and Scully talk. Her pregnancy is showing. Skinner told
Scully about the meeting the Kersh. Scully tries to convince
Doggett that it would be crazy to stay. He counters that in six
weeks, Scully goes on maternity leave. If Doggett is transferred
out, the X-Files office door will be locked, maybe forever.
Doggett still has lots of questions about the Mulder
disappearance and considers it an open case. Scully tells him to
get out when he can or he may never get out.
On a fishing
trawler in a storm 50 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, the crew finds
a human body in their nets. Later, at the morgue, the medical examiner
begins the autopsy but he body, which has clearly long been in the water,
begins to move. Doggett gets a call at home, from Skinner. The
body found in the ocean is Billy Miles and he is alive, in
Wilmington, NC. Skinner and Doggett drive to the cemetery where
Mulder is buried. Skinner is determined to open Mulder's grave
but Doggett thinks it's crazy. Skinner feels that if Billy
appeared to be dead but is now alive, Mulder may also really be
alive, even after three months. Skinner has the casket taken to the same
medical examiner who helped revive Billy. Although a local coroner attempts
to intervene, they open the casket and find
Mulder, his body showing signs of decay.
up to Skinner at the US Naval Hospital at Anapolis, MD. She demands
to know if what she has heard is true. Mulder is alive, clinically,
but his body and brain are all in a state of decomposition. Doggett urges
her not to see Mulder, but she does, entering the room alone. She feels
his chest to feel him breathe, and puts her head to his chest, crying.
Back at FBI headquarters, Doggett is called into Kersh's office at night.
Kersh has been in that office for six months and hasn't yet seen
a sunrise from it. Kersh got a call about Mulder - he wants
Doggett to drop the investigation. It's bad for the FBI. At the
hospital, Scully looks in on Billy Miles, who has a brief
convulsion while she is there. Scully has to explain to a nurse
- she was just looking for an indication that Billy might be
getting better, but she thinks the equipment may have
malfunctioned, because for a moment there appeared to be two
At the FBI,
Skinner isn't well. He staggers while walking down a hall, holding his
chest. It is certainly the nanobots Alex Krycek implanted in Skinner's
system months earlier. Making his way to an elevator, he finds Krycek.
Skinner tells him to go to hell, but Krycek sends him another
attack and Skinner returns to ask what Krycek wants. They go to
the X-Files office. Krycek wants to give Skinner a chance to
save Mulder's life but Skinner isn't sure it can be saved.
Krycek tells Skinner that he has a vaccine developed by Mulder's
father to fight the alien virus.
In the hospital,
Billy regains consciousness, his body still decayed from weeks in the
water. He gets out of bed and showers. The dead skin washes off his
body. Doggett comes to Mulder's room. Scully is sitting there, holding
Mulder's hand. Doggett has concerns about Scully's well being. Scully
says that after her initial reaction to Doggett, he changed her opinion
about him. She is thankful to know about him, and thankful for his
concern, but that he was wrong to feel that the grave should not
be opened. This is not because of her personal feelings, but
because he is assigned to The X-Files. The truth about what
caused this is what matters. A
nurse enters and asks Scully to come - it is Billy Miles,
standing in the hallway, naked and disoriented.
looks healthy. He doesn't remember much when Scully gently questions
him. He remembers the water and being on the spacecraft. They took so
many people this time, but now he understands, he says. "They're
here to save us." Doggett
walks off and Scully follows. She accuses that he doesn't believe
the evidence of his eyes. He says he isn't ready to accept a load
of crap but Scully says he's just bull-headed. He asks if Scully
believes the story about aliens coming to save the world, a
question she doesn't answer. Later, Scully and Skinner talk.
He came down after hearing about Billy. Scully reports that
there isn't a piece of medical data on Billy that isn't 100%
normal. It doesn't make sense, but it's like Billy literally
became a new person. Skinner asks if it could be due to an alien
influence, such as a virus. Scully demands to know what Skinner
knows. He says there may be a vaccine, but it doesn't come
without a price. At a corrections facility in Perkey, West Virginia,
Doggett talks with Absalom. Doggett wants to know about the
people he finds left for dead. Absalom quotes scripture but
Doggett wants to know how he healed the people.
to Mulder's room and finds Krycek there. Krycek says to get the vaccine,
Skinner will have to make sure Scully's pregnancy doesn't come to term.
Skinner is shocked and refuses. Krycek says we all have lives in our
hands - the question is who is willing to sacrifice. Doggett returns
and sees Krycek, making him suspicious. Doggett talks with Scully, who
tells him that she believes that Mulder is infected by a virus that keeps
him just alive enough to transform him into an alien. Absalom also
told Doggett that the abductees, if not cured, would be
resurrected as aliens as part of the plot to take over the world.
The double heartbeat Scully heard in Billy maybe be evidence for
this. Scully is on her way to a surgical bay - Mulder's body has
to be stabilized in order to administer the vaccine she has asked
Skinner to get her. Doggett searches out Skinner, who is in
Mulder's room disconnecting Mulder from the equipment, apparently
an attempt to kill Mulder. Skinner couldn't kill Scully's
baby in order to get the vaccine. Doggett wants to know where
Krycek is and finds him in a car in
the parking garage. Krycek tries to run Doggett down and Doggett
grabs him through the car window as the car careens through the
garage, but Doggett is finally thrown free. Krycek, however,
stops, backs up and gets out of the car, holding up the vial
containing the vaccine. As Doggett approaches him, Krycek drops
the vial, allowing it to break on the floor, then drives off
before Doggett can get to him
back into the hospital. He doesn't have the vaccine. Doggett tells Skinner
he was right - Krycek wasn't to be trusted. Scully is in the operating
room with Mulder when Doggett enters. Scully has realized that by keeping
Mulder on life support they were helping the virus incubate. When Skinner
took him off the equipment, Mulder's temperature dropped but his
vital signs were unchanged. Maybe they can give him courses of antiviral
drugs to help him. Doggett is called to Kersh's office again.
It's going to be awful crowded down in that X-Files office, Kersh
says, meaning that the promotion is no longer available to
At the hospital,
Mulder wakes up. Seeing Scully holding his hand and crying tears
of joy, he jokingly asks "Who are you?". Then he
asks, "Anybody miss me?" Doggett looks
in, but when he sees what is happening he withdraws.
Words. A man, later identified as Howard Salt, walks
along the iron fence along the street outside the White House. He
puts on gloves and climbs the fence, running toward the building.
Secret Service agents intercept him as he calls out "He needs to
know," and "Aliens are taking over the United States, he needs to
know." Salt pulls a gun out of his belt, and as the agents
wrestle for control of the arm, the gun fires into Salt's
abdomen. As Salt passes out, he hands a CD-ROM to an agent,
asking him to give it to the President. On the CD-ROM is
written, "Fight the Future."
in his hospital room, gently touching the wounds on his face and remembering
what was done to him during his abduction. Scully and a doctor enter.
They have important news. In addition to Mulder's incredible recovery,
Mulder's terminal disease is no longer detectible. The virus is gone,
after the treatment with antiviral drugs and blood transfusions. The
scars on his face and body are repairing themselves. He is in perfect
health. Mulder says he feels like Austin Powers. Later, Scully
takes Mulder home to his apartment. He looks around and notices
that one of his fish is missing. Scully tells Mulder he can't
understand what it was like -- learning of his abduction,
searching for him, finding him dead and now having him back.
Her prayers have been answered. Mulder says that her pregnancy
is also an answer to her prayers, and he is happy for her. He,
however, has no idea where he fits in now. He is having trouble
processing what has happened to him.
At the federal
prison in Perkey, WV, a trustee is circulating library books to prisoners
in a common area. He has the new Harry Potter book. He hands Absalom
a book, "The Coming
Apocalypse." Inside the front cover is a newspaper clipping
about a census worker shot on the White House lawn. Deputy
Director Kersh is watching a TV report about the census worker
when Doggett and Skinner enter his office. People are so rarely
what they seem, comments Kersh. Scully has submitted an
application to reinstate Mulder on The X-Files. Kersh intends to
deny the application. The success rate on the X-Files since
Doggett was assigned is much higher than during the time when
Scully and Mulder worked together, he says. The FBI is no place
for a personal crusade, Kersh says, and directs Doggett to tell
Mulder that he will not be reinstated. Kersh says the
alternative is closing the X-Files completely.
Scully actually tell Mulder about Kersh's decision. Mulder thinks it's
something that was set up eight years earlier. For the first time, Mulder
is told that Scully has had a partner for the last several months. Doggett
doesn't know much about the paranormal, but Scully says he is above
reproach and is also being maneuvered. Mulder intends to go back
to work anyway. In Bassett County, WV, a prison work crew,
including Absalom, is working on a road. In the dirt, Absalom
finds a board with a nail sticking out and slips it into the
sleeve of his orange jumpsuit. As the prisoners are loaded into
a van, he uses the board to strike a guard and runs. He is
pursued, but he eludes the guards by running in front of a
passing train, which blocks pursuit.
returns home to find Absalom waiting for him. Absalom grabs Doggett's
gun and holds it on him. Doggett is ordered to put his hands behind
him and lean forward so Absalom can check the back of his neck. He
has to make sure that Doggett is still Doggett, he says. Doggett
is shown the newspaper clipping. Absalom claims "they" killed Salt
for what he knew, just as Absalom's life is threatened. He vows to
show Doggett after which Doggett will spread the word. The invasion
has begun. They are already here. As Absalom utters Biblical
phrases, the phone rings but Doggett is not allowed to answer.
It is Scully calling. She is with Skinner in a briefing about
Absalom's escape. The words "Fight the Future" were found on the
wall of Absalom's cell. The agents in the room are skeptical
about reports that Absalom made claims about alien abduction,
healing and alien invasion. Skinner stresses that while the
claims are not substantiated, neither have they been refuted.
The evidence of torture was real. Skinner tells Scully that this
is obviously an X-File and he wants Doggett to be running it.
Scully answers that she is "all over it." As they talk, Scully's
cell phone pager beeps with a message from Mulder, "Where is
everybody, come on down."
Mulder in his office, feet up on his desk. By being there, he could be
endangering the X-Files, but he brushes off such warnings. Mulder already
knows about Absalom and has noticed that Salt is seen in a photograph
taken of people at Absalom's compound. Mulder doesn't know any more than
that, but has a big hunch. Salt, he says, was a multiple abductee, was
trying to get word to the President and was killed for what he
knew. Scully and Mulder visit the FBI evidence room. Mulder
locates Howard Salt's personal effects, including Salt's laptop.
The entire hard drive is taken up with a ten gigabyte encrypted
file. He removes the hard drive and they leave the evidence
Doggett arrive at the Federal Statistics Center in Crystal City, VA.
Absalom has taped a gun to Doggett's back so that it would fire into
Doggett's skull. Absalom has his hand on the gun. Doggett's FBI credentials
get them through the guard post, but a hidden x-ray locates the gun.
Absalom wants access to the place they compile the data from the current
census. He thinks there's proof in the census data that the aliens are
already among us. As the two are about to enter the computer
room, guards appear with guns. Doggett calls to them to back off
and lower their weapons, but one guard shoots Absalom through the
forehead, killing him instantly.
in Skinner's office. Skinner asks about Absalom's claim that the census
records contain proof. Mulder enters and Skinner has to hold him back
from roughing up Doggett. Mulder thinks Doggett is busy burying the truth.
He got Absalom killed for what he knew. Later, Frohike greets Mulder
at the door to Scully's apartment. It's not fair, Frohike says, that
Mulder has been dead for six months and still looks better than Frohike.
Byers and Langly are also happy to see him, although Langly implies
that Mulder may have been involved in a "certain blessed
event." The Gunmen were able to partially decrypt the file on
Salt's hard drive. The data was downloaded from the Federal
Statistics Center (FSC) the day Salt died. Fifteen minutes after
Salt was shot, firewalls went up on the databanks of the FSC.
Mulder thinks that means he's right and that they would kill to
protect what is in the files. Unless Mulder can find a password,
there is no way to get into the data. What is on the hard drive
is apparently just a directory structure. Scully has gotten the
Gunmen to try to convince Mulder to let this one go, but Mulder
remarks that this is America - just because you get more votes
doesn't mean you win.
his friend, Rorer as Rorer is jogging. rorer compliments Doggett
for dodging a bullet. Doggett wants to know if he is being used.
Rorer can't tell him that, but he can tell him three words. Later,
Doggett stops Scully outside her apartment building. He can't go
upstairs because Mulder doesn't trust him. Doggett tells her that
Salt had a computer diskette that he was trying to get to the President,
according to Doggett's source. The password for the data is "fight
the future." Scully goes inside, where Mulder is waiting. She
hesitates, but tells him of Doggett's information.
on Doggett's door - it is Skinner. Scully called, beside herself. Mulder
somehow got access to a password to a federal database filled with names
of people of a certain genetic profile being tracked using the US Census.
Doggett confesses that he gave Scully the password, but now he doesn't
know which side he is helping. He declined to tell Skinner more.
At the FSC, Scully is parked outside in a car when Doggett knocks
on her window. Mulder wouldn't listen to her. Doggett tells her
to leave. She thinks she can't do that to Mulder, but Doggett
tells her to do it for herself. He thinks he may have set Mulder
up. Doggett runs into the FSC. Mulder and the Gunmen are
inside, working to penetrate the FSC security.
Gunmen's help, Mulder gets inside without the security guards noticing.
Doggett finds the guard's office empty. Mulder arrives at the computer
room and the Gunmen remotely open the locks. He uses a workstation to
access the data and prepares to e-mail the data. Doggett pounds on the
door, which is now locked again, calling that Mulder's life is in
danger and to get out of the room. Mulder ignores him. Doggett
fires his gun through the glass door, jumps through the door and
again warns Mulder of the danger. Mulder thinks Doggett is
trying to protect the data, which Mulder says proves that aliens
are targeting certain people based on their genetic profile for
abduction and replacement by alien facsimiles. He begins to send
a copy to the Washington Post. Guards drive up in military
vehicles. Scully sees them arrive and uses her cell phone to
warn the Gunmen that Mulder has to get out. Mulder again thinks
Doggett has set him up, but Doggett says they've both been set up
and they will both be killed. Langly radios to Mulder that the
data has been trapped and can't be uploaded for transmission.
Byers has a long shot idea for how they can get out. The guards
storm into the computer room and Doggett and Mulder are not
there. They are hiding above the suspended ceiling.
jogging again. As he stops at a drinking fountain, Doggett approaches
him. Why shouldn't Doggett expose Rorer? Skinner is walking toward them
across the park. If Rorer walks, Skinner will see to it that Rorer's
name goes in lights. Rorer asks if Doggett exposes him, where will he
get his answers? Doggett is standing on the tip of an iceberg, he says.
It's not about Mulder, Rorer says, it's about the truth. Doggett has
it all right in front of him in the X-Files. Rorer says he is just
trying to point Doggett in the right direction. As Doggett walks
away, we see that Rorer has a lump on the back of his neck.
an oil-drilling platform at sea, the workers are in a bar/lounge/restaurant
area. The TV goes out and the drill rig boss, Bo Taylor, hits the TV, causing
it to work again. One of the workers, Simon do le Cruz, goes off by himself
to a shop where another man is repairing a radio. Simon carries a knife
from the kitchen. In the lounge, the TV goes out again and
pounding on it doesn't fix it. Taylor goes to find the rig's
communications officer. He finds Simon battering the radio.
The Communications man is dead. Simon is there, and is clearly
frightened. Taylor's body begins to glow and Simon screams.
At FBI Headquarters,
Doggett finds the door to the X-Files office locked. He unlocks it and
enters to find Mulder looking through the file drawers, researching the
recent death of an oil worker. Doggett understands that Mulder is interested,
but points out that he is not assigned to The X-Files. Simon's body
washed ashore with serious burns. The oilrig's communications
officer is also reported as missing. The medical examiner said
the burns are consistent with radiation burns. Doggett is well
aware of the files on the Black Oil that is radioactive and can
allegedly take over human bodies, but he is not convinced about
it. The phone rings - it is Scully in Kersh's office. There is
an oil executive there who says somebody in the X-Files office
contacted him. It was Mulder, working unofficially.
is waiting in Kersh's office, and Kersh is unhappy that Mulder has been
investigating the case. They have a sensitive situation - the company
has located what appears to be a huge new oil reserve, which may spread
into Mexican territory. In order to diffuse the possible international
situation, Kersh reluctantly agrees to have the case investigated. He
sends Doggett, who arrives at the platform by helicopter, 150 miles out
to sea. A new communications specialist also arrives. Doggett
discovers that Mulder is already there. Taylor tells the two
agents that Simon went crazy and tried to blow up the rig,
causing a gas valve to explode, also killing the communications
chief. When Mulder and Doggett aren't looking, viewers see that
Taylor has black oil in his eyes. Later, in private, Mulder and
Doggett argue. Mulder isn't supposed to be there. Both agree
that Taylor is lying.
an autopsy on Simon's body. In his brain, she found evidence of the alien
virus, but it is dead. What killed it? Scully demands an evacuation of
the oilrig, in case the virus is loose. The new communications specialist
is working on the radio, which is still nonfunctional, when Taylor enters.
There is some sort of high frequency interference being received
over a large range of channels. Taylor knocks the man out and
black oil drips out of Taylor's eyes and mouth, infecting the
communications man. Later, Scully uses the now working radio to
send a message to the oilrig and is surprised to learn that
Mulder is there. He suggests that Kersh doesn't need to know
that he is there. She confirms that the virus was in the body
but is dead. Could the radiation have killed it? It seems
unlikely, since the black oil is radioactive itself. Everybody
in the rig is in danger. Scully wants to evacuate the rig and
quarantine the people. Mulder counters that Scully needs to find
what killed the virus. Doggett overhears part of the
conversation and demands from Mulder to know what is happening.
Later, the news is announced to the workers that Doggett has
ordered the rig has been quarantined - nobody can leave or arrive
at the rig. The workers all grumble.
reviewed the crew manifest. There is one other crewmember missing, Diego
Garza. He is a deck hand and was a friend of Simon. Nobody has any idea
where he might be. Scully shows Simon's body to Ortega. He says there
is no evidence of any disease and if they can't give him any, he'll call
in the crew and rotate a fresh crew to the platform. Mulder is looking
for Diego but Doggett thinks Mulder isn't giving straight
answers. Mulder claims he doesn't know what the oilrig workers
are hiding. Mulder has seen how this substance can take over a
man's body. It body jumps from man to man and it's not in all
oil. Mulder thinks the new oil complex is already being pumped
and that the oil is filled with the virus, ready to infect the
planet. Maybe Diego is hiding because he knows what is going on.
As they talk, an alarm goes off. It's the radio room, on fire.
Mulder grabs a fire extinguisher and as Doggett runs down the
hall to get another, Diego knocks him unconscious.
Skinner visit Scully in the morgue. The body should have been well on
its way back to Mexico by now. Kersh got a call from Martin Ortega about
the rig being shut down. Kersh intends to order the quarantine lifted.
Scully counters that communications is out so the order lifting the
quarantine can't be delivered. Kersh threatens Scully and Skinner
that they are running out of mistakes. As the sun sets on the platform,
Mulder concludes that the fire that damaged the radio equipment was
arson. Doggett wakes up to find Diego holding a knife on him.
Diego pokes him to see if his blood is red. Doggett doesn't
speak very good Spanish and their conversation is halting, in
English and Spanish. Diego set the fire to keep the others from
using the radio. "They" have to be stopped before it is too
late. "They" are coming. Who? The flying ships are coming.
Scully finds a large number of T-Cells in Simon's blood, cells
used to fight virus. Simon may have had a genetic immunity to
the virus because he is from a rare group of indigenous Mexican
Indian people. Scully thinks the rest of the rig workers killed
him because he was a threat. It could actually put Mulder and
Doggett in danger if they did get word to them.
Diego continue to talk. Doggett says if Diego stays there, the other
workers will find him. Doggett promises to help Diego get home. Later,
Doggett crawls out of the space where Diego was holding him, apparently
having reached agreement with Diego. Taylor intercepts Doggett, knocking
him down and beginning to drip oil, but Mulder arrives and knocks Taylor
unconscious, saving Doggett. They head for the radio room and
lock the door. Doggett will try to get the radio working while
Mulder barricades the door. Outside, the oil workers gather can
begin to break down the door.
furniture against the door as Doggett gets the radio working. Scully
is on the other end. Scully thinks she knows why they killed Simon. The
choppers are on the way to evacuate the platform, but Mulder orders that
the helicopters not land. Doggett tells Scully that only three of them
on the platform are uninfected. Mulder abruptly breaks the radio, and
when he does, the hammering on the door stops. He had to prevent
the oilrig workers from using the radio, because apparently they
would use it to signal their flying ships. The oilrig workers
are no longer outside the radio room. Mulder and Doggett
cautiously leave the room to find out why, Doggett calling to
Diego as they go. They find Diego's body, burned. They hear the
chopper arrive and continue making their way up to the deck of
the platform. Mulder thinks that the workers are about to blow
the rig. Flames break out as the two agents run over catwalks
and through equipment rooms. In one area, Taylor and his men
block their way. Explosions rock the platform. Ultimately, they
come to a catwalk and jump into the water as the platform
explodes, to soon be rescued by a hovering helicopter.
Back at the
FBI office, Doggett again finds Mulder in the office. Doggett has been
called to Kersh's office. The oil company has lost the right to drill
on that undersea oil complex. Mulder wants the oil to stay where it
is. Mulder tells Doggett that the blame will be properly fixed - on Mulder.
He is out of the FBI. Mulder is taking a fall for Doggett, for the X-Files.
Doggett has seen the oil for himself. Doggett is in charge now
of The X-Files now. Mulder walks out the door as the episode
episode begins with a narration by Mulder about the miracle of life – or
is it just nostalgia for something commandeered by science. How did
this child come to be? Is it a miracle or a product of technology?
mother, Maggie, is helping decorate Scully's apartment for a baby shower.
Lizzy Gill arrives, a baby nurse Maggie has asked to help Scully. While
the shower is going on, Lizzy replaces the pills in Scully's prescription
bottle. At Zeus Genetics, Dr. Lev is working late when Billy Miles enters.
He's there to verify that Dr. Lev's work has been fruitful. It has,
but his work is done. Billy kills Dr. Lev, dousing the body with a chemical
and setting it on fire. Doggett is cleaning his gun on a Saturday morning
when Mulder comes to his door. The Zeus Genetics building has burned
and Mulder wants to be involved because it's the place where Scully
thought they were creating alien babies.
The two visit
the FBI evidence analysis facility which is sifting through the debris
from Zeus. Doggett's friend, Gene, resents that it was Mulder who
initiated the search. All of the Zeus staff is accounted for but
Dr. Lev. Lev's co-founder of Zeus Genetics was Dr. Parenti, who was
Scully's obstratician for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy.
Mulder and Doggett go to question Parenti. They gain access to the
office, believing that nobody is there. Parenti actually is there,
meeting with a patient. In Parenti's office Doggett finds many glass
containers with preserved fetuses. Parenti says they are babies with
birth defects. Scully takes her perscription pills as Lizzy is about
to leave. Outside, Lizzy is picked up to Duffy Haskel. She tells
him that Scully trusts her and Haskel replies, "Good, we're almost
at an end."
is packing the things in his office when Billy enters. When Mulder and
Doggett arrive to further question Parenti, they find the doctor's
head in one of the glass canisters. Mulder finds Billy in the office,
who tosses Mulder through a glass panel. Doggett fires his gun at
Billy's chest, but Billy keeps coming. Doggett ducks into an office,
and when he looks out again, Billy has disappeared. Doggett and Mulder
go to Scully's apartment, where she cleans a cut over Mulder's eyebrow.
Mulder thinks Billy is an alien "human replacement." Doggett counters
that Billy bled red blood when he was shot, and the X-Files show
that aliens bleed green. Mulder speculates that Billy is something
new. Lizzy arrives while they are talking and from another room calls
Haskel to report that there is trouble – that the agents are asking
all the right questions. While on the phone, Haskel is attacked by
at the crime scene where Haskel's head has been found, severed from
his body. Skinner and Mulder are there, too. Skinner says the building
has been determined to be an illegal medical facility for the purpose
of human cloning and that prenatal records indicate that Lev and
Parenti were monitoring Scully's pregnancy. Skinner asks Mulder about
the fatherhood of Scully's baby. Mulder has no idea and Skinner stresses
that he needs answers. Mulder phones Scully, who has to leave the
shower to answer. She catches Lizzy substituting more prescription
pills. Scully is checked out at the hospital, and everything is fine.
The replacement pills were just vitamin supplements. Skinner, Mulder
and Doggett gather at Skinner's office to question Lizzy, who says
that for ten years she has been a scientist working on a secret human
cloning project. They were funded with government money from men
who are all dead now. They were successful with a clone combining
human and alien DNA. The babies only survived a couple of days, but
they provided tissue and stem cells for other work, which Lizzy claims
to have no knowledge of. Lizzy says Scully's child is very special – a
perfect human child with no human frailties. Mulder storms out. Doggett's
friend, Gene, tells Doggett that Billy has called in from Dr. Parenti's
office, offering to give himself up. Doggett takes a SWAT team to
Parenti's office, but Billy is not there.
at Scully's apartment and tells her to pack a bag quickly because she
is in danger. He is going to do everything he can to protect her baby,
but he can't do that at her apartment. Doggett phones to report that
Billy is not where he said he would be. The lights go out in Scully's
apartment and Mulder and Scully run. As they head down the hall, Billy
approaches from the other end of the hall. Scully's car is blocked in
by two other cars. As Billy approaches, he is struck by another car,
driven by Krycek. Although Krycek's car completely passed over Billy's
body, Billy is recovering rapidly. Krycek calls out that they don't
have much time and in a split second, Mulder and Scully decide to go
with Krycek. They all gather again in Skinner's office. Krycek says that
there are others just like Billy and that they are virtually unstoppable.
They are working to end the resistance to the alien's return to the
planet. Why do they want Scully's baby? They are afraid of it, because
they realize that it could be greater than them. Krycek asked Skinner
to kill Scully's baby (a few episodes ago) because he wanted to destroy
the truth. Mulder leaps to the conclusion that this truth is that there
is a higher power, a God. Krycek says that there is no hospital that
is safe enough for Scully.
in help, including agent Monica Reyes, who is on her way to the airport
in a taxi. She diverts to the FBI building. Doggett waits for her in
the parking garage and phones to Skinner and Mulder to bring Scully
down when he sees Reyes' taxi pull up. As Reyes drives up, however,
Billy is seen in the parking garage and Doggett tells Skinner and Mulder
to take Scully back up in the elevator. Billy heads up the stairs. Skinner
and Mulder leave Scully with Krycek and head out to intercept Billy.
Krycek gets her to the garage and Reyes drives off with Scully, slowly
negotiating the curves of the parking garage. Gene stops them at the
parking garage exit to the street. On the roof of the building, Skinner
encounters Billy. Mulder runs up and knocks Billy over the edge of the
building. Billy falls into a garbage truck, several stories below. Gene
waives Reyes on and she drives off with Scully. Viewers see that Gene
has a bump on the back of his neck.
Miles' remains are brought into a medical examiner's lab. The body was
crushed after falling into a garbage truck. In the pulverized remains,
the doctor finds what appears to be a metallic vertebra. He leaves it on
the counter when he leaves the room. The piece of metal spins of its own
accord. Each time it spins, it multiplies itself, as if creating a new
backbone - apparently Billy's body is rebuilding itself out of almost nothing.
riding in a car drives by Reyes. They are in Georgia, where they hope
Billy cannot find them. Reyes is concerned that she has never delivered
a baby and there will not be facilities where they are going. At FBI
headquarters, Mulder and Doggett are with Skinner and Krycek in Skinner's
office. Video from a surveillance camera shows Billy Miles leaving the morgue.
Doggett doesn't believe it is possible. Krycek can't explain it, but
says Billy is somehow a human replacement - some new kind of alien, created
to aid in the repopulation of the planet. The aliens think Scully's baby
is a threat to their plans. Agent Crane gives Doggett the message that
Knowle Rorer wants to talk to Doggett. They meet and RorerRorerRorer
tells Doggett that both Billy and Scully's baby are products of a cold
war effort to create a super soldier. Scully's abduction was by the military,
and the chip in the back of her neck was used to make her pregnant with
the first organic version of the super soldier. RorerRorer wants to stop
Billy before he can get to Scully.
Reyes arrive at Democrat Hot Springs, an abandoned community in Georgia
where Doggett was born. It used to be a popular spot among the rich.
Only Doggett knows where they are. It is night and the rooms are dark
and dirty. They begin making plans for Scully's labor. Outside, Reyes
sees some kind of bluish light in the distance. Billy shows up in the
FBI building causing Krycek and Skinner to run. Skinner barely escapes
Billy by jumping into an elevator and Krycek, already in the elevator,
does not lift a hand to help Skinner. Skinner is seriously wounded. Mulder
is with Skinner in the hospital when Doggett arrives. Doggett tells Mulder
about his conversation with Rorer, making clear that Doggett doesn't
trust Rorer. Mulder doesn't want Doggett to tell anyone where Scully
is - not even Mulder. Doggett is wondering whether the fact that he knows
where Scully is will catch up with him. Mulder points out that Rorer
didn't say HOW they intend to stop Billy.
the house cleaned up and arranged for the labor, impressing Scully. Reyes
talks about needing mood music, suggesting whale songs, reminding Scully
of her sister, Melissa. Reyes sees someone outside. It turns out
to be a female park ranger. The ranger is skeptical of the claims
that she is talking to two federal agents hiding from a very dangerous
man, but she eventually gives them the benefit of the doubt and volunteers
her first aid kit, and to go get further supplies. Scully asks Reyes
if she is feeling any "vibrations." She
says something feels "off," but she can't identify it. Reyes goes outside
to get water from a pump well. The glowing blue light is still there in the
distance. Billy appears out of the dark and attacks her but the park ranger,
who has just returned, shoots Billy, saving Reyes. Scully comes outside
to see what is happening, but feels her first contraction. Her labor is beginning.
In the FBI
parking garage, Mulder and Doggett see Rorer in a car with Krycek. Doggett
follows Rorer when Rorer leaves the car and Mulder watches Krycek. Doggett
sees Rorer talking with Agent Crane outside Deputy Director Kersh's office.
Doggett slips downstairs to Skinner's office - Skinner is there, even
though it is at night. He just got out of the hospital. Doggett phones
Mulder to tell him that Rorer is talking with Crane - Crane must be the
one getting people past FBI security and feeding information to Billy. Crane,
Rorer and Krycek must all be in league. Doggett calls Reyes from a phone
inside the FBI, and Crane must have tapped the call. They know where Scully
is, Mulder concludes.
he has to get to Scully and protect her. Doggett relents and directs
Mulder to Democrat Hot Springs in Northern Georgia. Mulder tells
Doggett that Rorer and Crane may also be human replacements and that
he and Skinner are in danger. Krycek interrupts the call by smashing
the window of Mulder's car. He is holding a gun on Mulder and indicates
that he plans to kill Mulder. Krycek says they have been on the same
side all along and could have killed Mulder many times, but he hoped
Mulder would win somehow. As Krycek begins the pull the trigger,
Skinner, who has entered the parking garage unobserved, shoots Krycek.
When Krycek continues to reach for the gun that has fallen out of
his hand, Skinner shoots him twice more, the last time in the forehead.
Krycek's last words are that it would take more bullets than Skinner
can ever fire to win this game. Mulder still needs the exact location
of Democrat Hot Springs from Doggett. Skinner sends Mulder off to
find Scully, saying that he will "get
Doggett encounters Rorer and Crane, running to escape them. He runs downstairs,
Crane chasing him. Doggett bursts out into the parking garage, encountering
Skinner who turns and runs with him. They jump into Skinner's Blazer.
Crane and Rorer run into the garage. Crane runs for the truck while Rorer
runs for his own vehicle. Crane jumps on top of Skinner's car and beats
in a window, grabbing at Doggett's throat. Skinner ends up driving past
a roof support pillar, knocking Crane off the truck. Crane begins to
get up, but Rorer drives through, his car bouncing right over Crane.
The car bounces into another support pillar and explodes in flame.
in labor. The park ranger is helping more than Reyes, but Reyes notices
a lump on the back of the ranger's neck. Reyes chooses her moment and
smashes the ranger over the head with a pot in which they have been boiling
water. Several other cars drive up and the ranger, now with facial
burns, says, "This baby will be born." Reyes
sees Billy getting up from the ground. Scully is in great distress. Billy
and the others have all entered the room and are watching the labor.
As she screams with pain, Scully is also screaming to not let them
take her baby. The baby is born. Billy and the others leave. Outside,
Mulder is approaching in a helicopter. He lands as the cars are driving
off and Reyes summons him to the building where Scully is. Scully
is OK, but she needs to get to a hospital, Reyes says.
Reyes are in Kersh's office. He is expressing skepticism about their
report. Who even assigned Reyes to the X-Files, anyway? Doggett answers
that he assigned her because he is investigating Kersh's office for a late
night meeting between Kersh, Rorer and Crane, both of whom are missing
and presumed dead. Kersh is left without anything to say. Doggett and
at Scully's apartment. The Lone Gunmen are there, delivering presents.
They don't understand how Mulder arrived in time to save Scully.
Doggett told them that Doggett never reached Mulder with specific
directions. Mulder says, "there was a light, I followed it." The
Gunmen leave. Scully shows Mulder her son - he is perfectly normal.
She has named him "William,
after Mulder's father. Mulder holds him. Mulder jokes that the boy has
Scully's coloring and her eyes, but that he looks suspiciously like Skinner
- a reference to the bald head. Scully doesn't understand why they
didn't take her son from her. Mulder isn't sure, but maybe little
William isn't what they thought he was. That doesn't make him any
less a miracle, though. From the moment Scully became pregnant, she
was afraid about how and why it happened. Mulder says that there
were many possibilities, but they both know the truth.
"Which is what?" she asks. Wordlessly, Mulder kisses Scully on the mouth.
dating: Evidence seen in this episode and the next indicates that
The Lone Gunmen series finale cliffhanger All About Yves happens in
the 48 hours between these two X-Files episodes. In Nothing Important
Happened Today Langly's skin is dyed blue but in Existence it is not.
In All About Yves we see the Romeo 61 list which includes recent entries
on dates 5-14-01 and 5-4-01, indicating that this episode takes place
not earlier than late May. The inconsistency of these dates versus
Scully's 12 month pregnancy will probably never be addressed on screen.
Important Happened Today I. A man, later identified
as Carl Wormus, is having a drink in a bar. He dips his fingers into
his glass and removes the ice. A striking dark-haired woman, later
identified as Shannon McMahan, walks in and seats herself at the
bar. Wormus moves over to talk with her. He wants his drinks without
water, but the bartender always gives him drinks "on
the rocks," he tells her. He doesn't like water because of an addative, "Chloramine,"
that the government adds to water. After only a few moments of
banter McMahan suggests that they go outside "for some air." They are soon
zooming down the highway in his convertible, apparently going to her home out
in the country. Wormus slows as they approach a drawbridge because the bridge
is rising. McMahan slams her hand down on his leg, flooring the accelerator.
The car crashes through a barricade and falls into the water. Underwater, McMahan
sits placidly in her seat as Carl struggles to release his seatbelt and swim
to the surface. As he begins to rise out of his seat, McMahan grabs his ankle
and holds him underwater.
It is 48
hours after we last saw Mulder and Scully. Scully wakes early in the
morning because little William is fussing. Someone is in the shower
but we can't tell who. In the living room we see suitcases, all packed.
The implication is that Mulder is also in the apartment and is preparing
to leave. In rapid succession we see Doggett awake in his bedroom and
Reyes awakened at her apartment by a phone call. The call is from Brad
Follmer, an FBI assistant director who she once had a relationship with.
He asks her to visit his office. Doggett makes coffee and hears a TV
report of Wormus' death. He was a deputy administrator of the Environmental
Protection Agency. Follmer is listening to the same report when he hears
Reyes in his outer office. His assistant was away and she was going
to leave a note rather than knock on his door. He attempts to kiss her
and she resists, surprising him because a couple of years ago in New
York she used to ask him to close the door so them could kiss. Doggett's
investigation of assistant director Kersh is causing waves, Follmer tells
her. He gives her two security tapes from the FBI building. One shows
her meeting with Doggett. He doesn't immediately tell her the content
of the other tape.
Kersh meet each other on the elevator in the FBI building. Doggett says
that his investigation is nothing personal. Kersh says that if Doggett
can't find anything on him, nobody can. Doggett and Reyes talk in
the X-Files office. He's upset that he is just doing his job but
is getting a lot of heat. Reyes tells him that he may be unable to
do his job – the second tape is from the FBI parking
garage, where Doggett and Skinner were attacked, Rorer's car exploded
and Skinner shot Krycek. The tape shows nothing but an empty garage.
The garage has been cleaned of all evidence. Doggett goes to Mulder's
apartment but it is vacant with all of Mulder's possessions removed.
At the Greater
Maryland Water Reclamation Facility in Baltimore, McMahan emerges from
a huge tank of water. She is nude. A plant worker, Roland McFarland,
sees her fleetingly across the facility and walks to investigate. She
grabs him and dives into the tank with him, pulling him deep underwater.
Doggett arrives at Scully's apartment uninvited. The phone has been
off the hook to keep from disturbing the baby and Doggett panicked that
Scully may have disappeared also. Scully will not explain where Mulder
went, just saying that he's gone. Reyes talks with Skinner. She and Doggett
have been unable to trace Mulder. Skinner doesn't know where Mulder
is and probably wouldn't tell her if he did. Doggett arrives and Skinner
asks Doggett to drop the investigation of Kersh. No, the bad guys didn't
get to Skinner and he isn't afraid of them, but he is afraid for the
lives of Mulder, Scully and the baby if the investigation continues.
Doggett concludes that if he doesn't drop the investigation he's alone
on it. Reyes counters that she is still with him.
meets Follmer in a bar. She asked him out and is much more receptive
to him now – because
she wants something from him. She says there isn't going to be an investigation
of Kersh and it probably means that she will be going back to New Orleans
because if they drop the investigation the X-Files will also probably be
dropped, and it is her dream assignment. She also implies that she
wanted to be in Washington to be closer to Follmer. Without saying
it she is asking for his help to keep her assigned to the X-Files.
Doggett goes to Scully's apartment uninvited again and asks for her
help. She says she doesn't know how to find Mulder and that his disappearance
makes sense in its own way. He brings up the claim about the super
soldier project. She says the baby is fine and encourages him to
drop it and when he resists she asks him to leave and not return.
He leaves without pushing further.
Doggett works to track down and telephone several buddies from his Marine
company, trying to find more information on what happened to Rorer after
his discharge. One of them, seen in a photograph of the Marine company,
is Shannon McMahan. He does not reach her. Reyes passes McMahan in an
FBI building hallway. McMahan is wearing FBI credentials. Reyes goes
to the X-Files office where she edits a report, breaking a pencil in
the process. She gets up on the desk to retrieve pencils that are stuck
in the ceiling, but hears someone in the hallway outside. The elevator
door is just closing as Reyes enters the hallway, but she finds an envelope
containing the obituary of Carl Wormus.
William down for a nap and lies down herself. She awakes to find star-
shaped ornaments on the crib mobile over William spinning slowly with William
crying. Scully stops the mobile from turning but when she releases them
they begin turning again. She phones Doggett and says she was wrong
to ask him to drop the investigation. He vows that he hasn't, and that
something has come up. Scully agrees to meet him and Reyes at Quantico,
leaving Maggie Scully watching William. Doggett has obtained Wormus'
body and wants Scully to do a thorough autopsy, even though tests show
Wormus was drunk when he drowned. Skinner calls Doggett to say that
Doggett made a mistake when he obtained the body without jurisdiction.
Skinner warns Doggett to watch his back. As Scully works with Reyes
watching, Doggett goes back home and meets with the Lone Gunmen. Langly's
skin is still blue (see the Lone Gunmen series finale) and Frohike quips
that they may need to charge Doggett to help their finances. They hack
into various computer systems but can't find out anything about Wormus,
except that he had an obsession about water.
that Wormus did, indeed, drown. Reyes is impressed that Scully can
do the autopsy all the while being concerned that something is wrong
with her baby. Scully thinks maybe she's seeing connections that
aren't really there. She discovers marks in Wormus' ankle that spear
to be from fingers, like someone was holding him underwater. Follmer
tells Kersh that Scully is at Quantico and Kersh asks Follmer to
handle it. Follmer protests that he has a conflict – Reyes – but
Kersh can't do anything because he is under investigation. McMahan
visits Scully's apartment but Maggie does not let her in. McMahan
claims to work with Scully but when Maggie asks her name, McMahan
disappears. Scully and Reyes leave the autopsy room. The work is
done and Scully needs to get home. They see McMahan following them.
They don't know who she is, but Reyes remembers her from the FBI
office. Follmer and a team of agents accost Scully and Reyes and
take them back to the examining room. Follmer tells Reyes that he
is doing his best to "cover her ass." The body is gone and Follmer
demands to know where Doggett took it. Reyes denies that Doggett
took it anywhere and suspects that Follmer slipped them Wormus' obituary
to set Doggett up. This claim appears to confuse Follmer.
to the Gunmen, still at Doggett's. They have discovered that Wormus was
receiving encrypted e-mail from McFarland at the water reclamation facility.
Doggett and Skinner have gone to Baltimore to investigate. They slip
into the plant illegally and locate McFarland's desk, locating files
mentioning Chloramine. Follmer and the other agents storm into the plant.
Skinner and Doggett have to run to avoid them, running through the catwalks
with the other agents in pursuit. Skinner is slowed down when he bumps
into a protruding pipe. Follmer catches up and believes that Skinner
is also there to apprehend Doggett, rather than because the two are
working together. Doggett hides from Follmer in the water tank. The
Chloramine files slowly drift upward, but Follmer cannot see anything
due to the reflections on the dark water. Doggett feels his ankle grabbed
and we see McMahan, nude again but obscured by the murky waste, pulling
him downward deeper into the tank. To be continued.
Important Happened Today II. The captain of a ship
at sea enters a security area within his vessel using a hand print
scanner and a retinal scan. He has a message for Dr. Nordlinger.
It's an encrypted message translated to read "Emergency, stop. Return
to operations base directly, stop."
The Doctor confirms that they are returning to base. On a big screen in the
background we see a microscope projection of work on a human ova. The Captain
returns to the base and orders the signal sent that, "We're coming in."
looks around the tank that is filled with still water. Just after he
turns away bubbles break the surface. Doggett has lost consciousness
underwater but McMahan kisses him to breathe air into his lungs.
Reyes meets with Follmer and Skinner. Follmer is charged with reigning
in the X-Files and he is having trouble understanding the current
investigation. He cites unauthorized autopsies and break-ins to the
water plant. He is trying to give both Reyes and Skinner a chance
to put a positive spin on what is going on. Follmer tells Reyes that
she shouldn't insist on an investigation within the FBI. It won't
expose anything but her unless she distances herself from Doggett.
She walks out of the office. Doggett wakes up in a bed, coughing.
McMahan is there, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. His lungs are full
of water. She had to pull him under water or they would have caught
him. She says she is the product of 50 years of military science – a
bioengineered combat unit. She doesn't sleep and can breathe under
water, she claims. She and Rohrer were recruited right out of the
Marines. They were Adam and Eve but there are many more super soldiers
now. She hates what she is and needs Doggett's help to stop the expanding
program. The two men she killed were preparing to distribute a drug
in the water supply, she says.
is now in a civilian dock in Baltimore. The Captain prepares to leave
the ship although the first mate reminds him that security rules prohibit
them from leaving. The Captain walks to a pay phone on the dock and
calls the office of Carl Wormus, but gets voice mail. He doesn't know
that Wormus is dead. Skinner visits Scully's apartment because he couldn't
be candid on the phone. She and Mulder asked him to leave this matter
alone and he can't understand why Scully is now getting involved. She
can't explain what happened with her baby but she needs answers. It's
too dangerous for her to contact Mulder. Skinner thinks she has made
a big mistake by getting involved. In the morning Scully gets a call
from Reyes and Doggett. They may have some answers for her. Scully arrives
at Doggett's to find him, Reyes and McMahan there. McMahan says the
Chloramine being put in the water system has a changed molecular makeup
and is being delivered into every home to prime the population to breed
a generation of super soldiers. She says she is a first generation prototype
but they are seven generations advanced beyond her and a super soldier
has been born from a mutated human egg.
not inclined to trust McMahan – she's heard lots of conspiracy claims
before. McMahan shows her a lump on the back of her neck that is just
like one viewers have seen on Rorer's neck. She also lifts her shirt.
While Scully examines McMahan, Reyes tells Doggett that she doesn't
trust McMahan. Scully finds a small spinal deformity - the bump - but
otherwise McMahan is physically normal. Doggett still thinks she's the
key to their case. Skinner interrupts their meeting with a phone call
to Doggett. As a result of the call, Doggett bursts into Kersh's office.
Doggett is being suspended for insubordination but Doggett says that
will not stop his own investigation. The Captain returns to the bridge
of his ship. His first mate has been replaced by Rorer, who says he
is now second in command. Reyes finds that McMahan is in the Department
of Justice database, listing her as an employee. The Lone Gunmen enter,
Langly with his face no longer blue. They used fake FBI passes to get
into the building. Their Internet service was disconnected for nonpayment
so they use FBI access to show Reyes phone records from Wormus' voice
mail system. Someone has called several times since he died, even though
his death was big news. As they are connected to the system another
call comes in. They scramble to patch in and Frohike answers the call,
pretending to be Wormus. It is the Captain calling – the ship has been
ordered into port and they (the Captain and Wormus) are under suspicion.
As they had previously talked, the Captain wants Wormus to contact the
FBI and tell them about the lab on board the ship and expose the horror
and inhumanity. Rorer sees the Captain making the call.
Follmer in his office. She is asking for his help again – to obtain
McMahan' Department of Justice case files. She thinks Follmer is on the
wrong side in this matter and that Doggett and all the rest of them
are being set up. Later, after receiving the files, Reyes tells Doggett
and Scully that McMahan is not telling the truth. The two men she killed
had contacted her as whistle-blowers, reporting wrongdoing. Reyes claims
that McMahan hasn't been able to find the Captain of the ship so she
is using Doggett to locate him. Scully says if there really is a lab
on the ship it may hold answers. The Captain tricks Dr. Nordlinger into
opening the security door and demands the computer hard drives containing
data on the "butcher shop" they are running. Scully,
Doggett and Reyes arrive at the dock. They are supposed to meet the Captain
by the pay phone. They see a man walking toward them and Doggett realizes
it is Rorer. Doggett tells Scully and Reyes to run and Doggett fires
his gun at Rorer repeatedly, without effect. Rorer attacks Doggett and
beats him but McMahan appears and beheads Rorer, saving Doggett. "You
didn't trust me," she says, but a hand from
Rorer's beheaded body, which is still standing upright, slams through McMahan'
torso and they both fall into the water, apparently dead.
and Reyes board the ship. They find nobody on board but they find the
severed head and body of the Captain. Doggett goes one way and the women
go another. Doggett finds an explosive device counting down from two
minutes. He rushes off to find the other agents, locating them in the
lab. Scully realizes immediately that the lab has been used to modify
ova, female eggs for transplant. As Doggett shouts that they have to
leave, Scully desperately searches through the records, looking for her
own name. Doggett shouts that there is no time (not unlike the way Scully
shouted at Mulder in The X-Files Movie) and that they'll find another
way. Scully gives up. They flee and the ship explodes just as they reach
later Doggett enters Kersh's office with his completed report. Kersh
is not implicated. Kersh looks at it briefly and reads about super soldiers,
Navy ships and McMahan, all disappeared. The report mentions, "a
conspiracy like a cancer within the US government." Doggett says
he knows that Kersh's hands are dirty in this matter, but Doggett
has concluded that Kersh is the one who left Wormus' obituary to
be found. Kersh claims that he is also a victim of threats on his
life by the conspiracy and that he encouraged Mulder to leave. Doggett
realizes that it was actually Scully who convinced Mulder to go
into hiding. Kersh cites the personal diary of King George III on
July 4, 1776
"Nothing important happened today" to show that revolutions can start that will
change the world forever and even kings can fail to notice. Doggett leaves Kersh's
office and meets Follmer in the elevator. Follmer has heard that Doggett has
a stay on his suspension. The Deputy Director has the X-Files operation just
where he wants it. Follmer claims that he is a friend of The X-Files and smirks
that it is a comfort to have them "down
we see McMahan' body. Her eyes suddenly pop open – she is alive.
Scully is sleeping on a sofa beside William's crib. She checks the baby
then lies down again and closes her eyes. William waves an arm and
as the screen goes black for the credits we hear the sound of the
mobile turning again.
a country home, a man is painting a hand-sized wooden buffalo. His wife
is nearby, pensive. She doesn’t understand how someone could give up
a child. Her husband assures her that God has reasons for asking someone
to do that. People from the adoption agency drive up and deliver a child
to the couple - an infant boy.
Scully drives up to her apartment building. A man watches in the shadows
across the street. Doggett leaves the X-Files office and the same man slips
into the office and begins searching the files. Doggett, having forgotten
something, returns and the man attacks him, and then runs. Doggett uses
his gun to stops the man in the hallway. Scully is called to the office
and talks with Doggett and Reyes. The man says his name is Daniel Miller
and says he got into the building with a key card given to him by Fox
Mulder. The man’s body is heavily burned. Under
questioning, he tells Scully that he came here to find answers about the
government conspiracy that did this to him. Miller had taken several files
relating to Fox and Samantha Mulder. Scully has Miller transferred to
Quantico, where she can do a thorough examination. She concludes that
the injuries are not from burns. He says he was injected with something
that burned his body inside and out. Doggett determines that Miller’s
ID is fake. Doggett’s theory is that Miller is really Mulder.
her examination of Miller. He won’t tell her his
real name. People in the FBI would kill him is they knew he was being
held there. When he tells her that he might be able to help her, too,
Scully has a flash of Mulder saying the same words, but she tells Doggett
and Reyes that Miller is definitely not Mulder. They take Miller back to
the X-Files office where he tells them that what was done to him was a failed
attempt to make him into an alien. The plan is to do this to everyone. He
did not locate the filed he says Mulder told him about. Someone has already
removed them. Scully has them at home and the agents take Miller there.
Mulder and Scully agreed to remove the files from the X-Files office. If
Miller were really Mulder, he would have known where they are. William cries
and Scully finds Miller in William’s room. Miller claims that Mulder has
told him so much about William. He wants to hold the boy FOR Mulder.
Doggett and Skinner
talk. The tests show that Miller’s blood type matches
with Mulder but there are physiological differences that may or may not be
the result of Miller’s condition. Mulder, however, knows those files
inside and out. Why not just tell Miller what is in them? The phone
rings and Skinner gets the DNA report on Miller. Scully talks with
Miller, who is still at her home. It’s all been a good act, she says.
He knew that the files were at her home and he was just pretending.
Miller claims that William is part alien. She demands to know who he
really is. Doggett and Reyes enter the room. Miller’s DNA is a perfect
match for Mulder’s. Scully still cannot
believe that it is really Mulder. The agents realize that Miller has slipped
out. Doggett chases Miller, finally catching him in an alley. Miller
allows himself to be taken back to Scully’s apartment, but he has picked
up a small package in the alley that Doggett does not notice.
Miller is given
a tranquilizer so that he can sleep. The agents agree to keep the situation
a secret. They talk, trying to understand what is going on. Scully says that
you get to know a person in so many ways. She still cannot accept that Miller
is Mulder. Miller, however, has palmed the pills and is still awake.
He slips into William’s room and prepares a syringe with
a very long needle. The drug he prepares was in the package he picked up in
the alley. Scully hears William cry and rushes to his room. Miller is
back in his bed, but there is blood on William’s sheets and it is clear
that Miller has done something. Scully and Reyes rush William to a hospital
emergency room where doctors go to work on him. Doggett questions Miller
and finds the drug. After a long wait in the emergency room, Scully and
Reyes are told that William is fine. There is evidence that his skin
was broken by the injection. He has elevated levels of iron in his blood,
but there are no other effects. Scully now has everything figured out.
Miller is in
an FBI interrogation room. Scully tells him that he is the perfect example
of all that is vile and disgusting in this world. Skinner watches through
the one-way glass. He also realizes who it is. Miller is Jeffrey Spender.
The DNA match was because Spender and Mulder are half brothers. He injected
William with a drug that is a form of magnetite. Spender says that William
is the one thing the aliens need. The injection took William away from them,
but it will never be over because they will always know what William was
and will never accept what he now is. Spender hates his father, the Cigarette
Smoking Man. Spender says that when his father failed to prevent the alien
colonization, he wanted nothing more than to see the world fail, too. Spender,
at least, thinks he has prevented the colonization by transforming William.
It was his form of revenge on his father. Scully says she can protect William,
but Spender disagrees, implying that the conspiracy will try again to transform
William. He asks Scully to look at him and asks if that is what she wants
for her son.
Scully is back
at home, making a choice. She and Reyes talk. Reyes tries to convince Scully
that Spender was lying. Scully asks if she can really insist that she can
protect William, only to learn too late that she can’t.
William didn’t have a choice to come into this life. Scully doesn’t have a
choice in knowing what he is but she does have a choice about the life her
son will have. Shouldn’t she choose that he will never have to be afraid of
anyone or anything? She could never really promise him that. It is clear
that Scully has decided to give William up for adoption.
parents are those seen in the beginning of the episode. The father finishes
preparing the painted buffalos as a new crib mobile as the mother puts William
down in his crib. The mobile is placed over the crib and the parents turn
off the light and leave the room. William gazes up at the mobile, smiling.
As the episode ends, the mobile hangs naturally above the crib.
Truth. At the Mount Weather Complex at Bluemont,
Virginia, a helicopter lands. Several men in suits exit the helicopter,
including Fox Mulder. The men board a bus that takes them through
a doorway into an underground complex. Inside, US Marine Corps officers
meet them, but Mulder slips away. Using an electronic key card, he
penetrates deeper and deeper into secure areas. In one room he activates
a computer console and enters a password. The screen shows the text "December
22, 2012...Date for the mobilization of alien....."
Knowel Rorer enters the chamber and finds the computer that Mulder was using.
Mulder jumps him and they struggle, but Mulder breaks away and runs. At the
end of a hallway, a figure opens a door, letting Mulder through, then locks
it so Rorer can't get through. the figure is Alex Krycek. "No -- you're dead," says
Mulder. Alarms sound and Mulder runs on. He is trapped on a catwalk and Rorer
approaches him. They struggle again and Mulder manages to flip Rorer over a
catwalk railing. Rorer falls several stories to electrical cables below and
is electrocuted. As Mulder pulls himself back up onto the catwalk, Marine guards
have their guns on him.
is in solitary confinement where he is being brainwashed. He is abused
and kept from sleeping by uniformed troops. They eventually get him
to say that he entered the government facility illegally to find
something that wasn’t there and that he deserves the harshest punishment
for his crime. Scully and Skinner enter the Marine Corps brig. They
don’t know how long
Mulder has been there, but he is being held for the murder of a military
man. When they enter his cell, watched by a Marine guard, Mulder
is unemotional and it seems that the brainwashing has worked. He
says they are treating him well and he is clear about the crimes
he has committed. Scully is confused by his reactions. After Scully
and Skinner leave, Krycek appears in Mulder’s cell.
Reyes talk with Scully and Skinner. Mulder is accused of killing Rorer,
but Doggett saw Rorer killed earlier. They know that Rorer is a supersoldier
and cannot really be killed. They won’t be able to
produce the body. Scully leaves the room, to beg for mercy with “the man
upstairs.” Kersh talks with a Marine Corps general. The general will
allow the FBI to give Mulder a hearing in a military tribunal, but the
general wants a guilty verdict. Mulder is a crusader but a lot of people
don’t like crusaders. Kersh reluctantly agrees. Scully and Skinner
return to Mulder’s cell. There is no guard present this time and Mulder
makes a Hannibal Lector joke. Mulder says he has to put on an act because
of what they do to him if he doesn’t. Mulder and Scully engage in a long
hug and an extended kiss. Skinner then tells Mulder that he is in big
trouble. Mulder wants Skinner to represent him and says that they can’t
try him without exposing themselves. Doggett and Reyes enter and say that
they have identified where Rorer’s body is being held, at Fort Marlene.
Later, Scully returns to Mulder’s cell. She needs him to confide in her
or they will lose. Mulder thinks he can’t win. Scully is scared, but
Mulder says he knows what he is doing. Skinner told him about William
being given up for adoption. Scully is afraid Mulder will never forgive
her, but he says he knows she had no chance. He has been in New Mexico,
looking for the truth. When Scully asks what he found, Mulder smiles and
says he cannot tell her.
tribunal is ready to begin in a spartan hearing room. The prosecutor
is an FBI lawyer. The five judges are FBI executives. Kersh presides.
The prosecutor will call no witnesses, but introduces the sworn statements
of 30 scientists who witnessed Mulder killing Rorer. Skinner moves for
dismissal or delay because he can’t find his key witness, Marita
Covarubius, but Kersh tells him that it is a military tribunal and
he must proceed. Scully testifies first. As a scientist she came
to believe in extra-terrestrial life and in a government conspiracy
to hide the fact from the public. She believes that life came to
Earth millions of years ago in a meteor from Mars, and along with
it came an alien virus. It infected life on Earth, but that life
died in the last ice age. The virus lay dormant in underground oil
reservoirs. It resurfaced in contemporary times and signaled to
other aliens who crashed at Roswell in 1947. The government captured
aliens, obtained alien technology, and learned of alien plans to
retake planet Earth. She also describes how she was abducted in
1994 by the military for experiments. The prosecutor demonstrates
that Scully has no proof and accuses that she and Mulder were lovers
and that she got pregnant and had Mulder’s love child. Scully
has no good response to that accusation.
Jeffrey Spender who testifies that his father led the conspiracy
to hide the existence of extraterrestrials. Spender and Mulder are
half brothers. He describes how Bill Mulder was killed and how Samantha
was abducted and experimented on. Spender didn’t know of
his father’s crimes when he went to work for the FBI. The prosecutor
counters with Spender’s FBI written reports about Mulder, which are not
complimentary. In Weed Hope, NM, a Native American youth rides his
motorcycle up to a shack. Gibson Praise is inside. They have learned
about Mulder. Gisbon will get ready to leave. Scully enters Mulder’s
cell. She wants Mulder to make a plea bargain but he refuses. This is
about the truth. Scully then urges Mulder to take the stand and testify,
but he refuses. Scully is not just fighting for Mulder - she is fighting
for the two of them, i.e, their relationship. After she leaves, X appears
in Mulder’s cell. X asks what Mulder is doing and Mulder says he is
putting the truth on trial. X says “they” have too much power to be
afraid. He gives Mulder a piece of paper with Marita’s address written
on it. Doggett, meanwhile, is at home on the phone to Fort Marlene,
trying to track down the Rorer’s body, but he is getting the run-around.
Reyes, also there, tells him that somebody is outside. They draw guns
and discover that it is the Native American youth. He didn’t want to
endanger “him,” meaning Gibson.
the stand. Her former position with the United Nations allowed her to
further the interests of the conspirators, who called themselves
The Syndicate. They were working to develop a vaccine against the
alien virus, tracking subjects in the human population through their
vaccination scars. She saw people in Russia actually amputate their
arms to keep from being tracked. She came to hate the Syndicate but
was found out and made a test subject. The Syndicate was trying to
save only themselves but a group of renegade aliens who avoided infection
by self-mutilation destroyed the conspirators. She resisted testifying
before the tribunal because the conspiracy continues, conducted by
others. The supersoldiers, like Rorer, are alien replacements. Krycek
appears to Mulder, but nobody else in the room can see him. Krycek
tells Mulder that “they” will kill Marita if she
testifies further. Mulder insists that Skinner dismiss Marita, just as
Skinner is beginning to press her for more details on the identity
of the supersoldiers. Doggett enters the tribunal room and confers
with Skinner, telling him that Gibson Praise is there to testify.
Gibson testifies that he has been hiding Mulder in the desert for
the last year. Gibson asserts that he can read minds. He looks around
the room, reading the minds of everyone there. He says that one of
the judges is an alien. Mulder jumps up, shouting that he wants the
judge examined. Mulder struggles and is forcibly removed from the room.
(End of the first hour of this two-hour episode.)
deliver Mulder to a conference room to talk with Doggett, Reyes and
Skinner. Gibson is with Scully and is safe. Gibson feels that three
of the judges are wavering. They encourage Mulder to testify. When
he again declines, Doggett and Reyes say they will testify. Doggett
goes first. He testifies about the supersoldiers and says that Rorer
was one of them. Mulder couldn’t have killed him because the only
way to do that is with a rare metal, magnetite. On cross examination,
the prosecutor points out that it is the basis of Mulder’s case
tat these supersoldiers are aliens. Doggett is unable to swear that
he believes that the supersoldiers are aliens. Reyes testifies.
She describes how Scully was surrounded by aliens as she was giving
birth, including one that was shot at point blank range but didn’t
die. Scully was one of many women who were used as surrogates. The
child was important to the supersoldiers because of his powers.
William, of course, cannot be produced to demonstrate these powers.
When the prosecutor dismisses Reyes, she offers an outburst - what
is the point here? To find the truth or to destroy the truth so
nobody can find it? She looks directly at Kersh and says,
“either way, you lose.”
Doggett and Reyes rush up to Scully’s apartment. Doggett
finally found somebody at Fort Marlene who didn’t know he was supposed
to give Doggett the run-around. The alleged body of Rorer has been moved
to Quantico and Scully needs to examine it. Doggett will stay with
Gibson. Scully and Reyes go to Quantico where they see the burned body.
Scully sands Reyes to get Rorer’s military medical records. Scully goes
to the tribunal and testifies that based on her tests, the body isn’t
Rorer. Kersh orders her removed from the tribunal because she examined
the body without authority. The room erupts and Kersh shouts that the
trial is adjourned. Later, the five judges reenter the room. They have
a verdict - guilty of first-degree murder. Mulder is allowed to speak
before the sentence is passed. He congratulates them on succeeding where
so many others have failed. Liars do not fear the truth if there are
enough liars. No one lie can be buried forever. As much as they try to
bury it, the truth is out there. Mulder sees the spirits of Krycek and
X standing behind the judges as he speaks. Mulder tells the judges that
they are getting rid of their headache, but only at the expense of
cutting off their own heads. Scully, Doggett and Reyes wait at Scully’s
apartment for the news. Skinner phones. The sentence is death by lethal
injection. Scully cries.
up to the Marine Corps brig and is admitted. Doggett and Skinner enter
Mulder’s cell - they are breaking him out. Skinner has keys
and they run through the hallways. Rorer enters Mulder’s cell, and finds
him missing. The alarm is sounded. As the three fugitives try to escape,
the meet Kersh who tells them that they will never get out the way they
are trying. Kersh says he is doing what he should have done all along.
He helps them get through a cut in the chain link fence of the Marine base
and into a waiting vehicle. They drive to where Scully, Reyes and Gibson
ware waiting with another vehicle. Kersh tells them to drive north to
Canada and get an airplane. They must get off the continent to be safe.
Mulder and Scully drive off, but Mulder heads south. He is going to see
a man about the truth. Doggett and Reyes take Gibson to the X-Files
office, but the file cabinets and furniture have been removed. Skinner
knows and he is trying to get to the bottom of it. They all go the
Kersh’s office and are met at the door by an agent previously shown to be
a supersoldier. Only Skinner is allowed to enter. Gibson says that the
agent knows where Mulder and Scully are going and “they” are going to kill
Scully are on the Texas-New Mexico border. Mulder stops the car, kissing
Scully as she sleeps. He gets out of the car to urinate. The spirits
of the Lone Gunmen greet him. They ask him why he would risk perfect
happiness. Mulder needs to know if he can change the truth. He gets
back into the car and drives on. Mulder and Scully arrive at an ancient
Anasazi pueblo. They see smoke from a fire - someone is living on
an upper level of the pueblo. Mulder and Scully climb the ladders.
A Navajo woman is cooking. Mulder says he was sent a message and
a key to the Marine facility by a wise man who lives in the ruins
- the Keeper of the Truth. Doggett and Reyes are in a helicopter,
flying across the desert, looking for Mulder and Scully. Mulder and
Scully are ushered into the presence of the wise man - it is the
Cigarette Smoking Man, with long gray hair and still with a tracheotomy
device in his throat. He says that Mulder now knows the truth, which
he found in the Marine base, but Mulder refuses to speak it, even
though it could save his life. Indian wise men hid in this pueblo
as their own culture was destroyed by the aliens. The pueblo contains
magnetite, which makes it safe against the aliens. Those wise men
were the first “shadow government.” The Cigarette
Smoking Man wants to tell Scully his story - a story that has terrified
every President since Truman. The Mayans were so afraid that their
calendar stops on the date of the final alien invasion, December 22,
2012. Mulder saw the date at Mount Weather where our own secret
government will be hiding when the invasion happens. The Cigarette
Smoking Man protected Mulder all those years, waiting for this final
moment. Broken and afraid, now you can die, the Smoking Man says.
As two black
helicopters fly through desert canyons, Doggett and Reyes are dropped
off from their own helicopter. As they approach the pueblo, Rorer drives
up in another vehicle. He approaches them and Doggett fires at him. Rorer
is not affected by the gunshot to the chest, but as he continues forward,
the magnetite affects him. He zooms into the rock and explodes with
a puff of dust. Doggett and Reyes run on and meet Mulder and Scully,
running out of the pueblo. They know you are here and you have to
get out, Doggett tells them. Mulder and Scully won’t get into their
own vehicle, but grab Rorer’s and drive
off. Doggett and Reyes leave in Mulder and Scully’s original vehicle.
The black helicopters arrive and use rockets to destroy the pueblo. One
rocket impacts directly on the room where the Smoking Man sits, exploding
the chamber in a ball of flame.
New Mexico, Mulder and Scully are in a motel room. It isn’t
said, but the implication is that the government thinks they are dead,
killed at the pueblo. Scully, in a bathrobe, is on the bed. Mulder sits
on the floor. Mulder recalls sitting in a motel room like this when
they first met. He wanted to convince her of the truth and he eventually
did, but he has been chasing after monsters with a butterfly net. He
tell her what he had learned because he didn’t want to accept defeat. He
was afraid it would crush her spirit. She asks why she would accept it
if he won’t. You only fail if you give up and Scully knows Mulder won’t
give up, even now. If this is the truth he has been looking for, what
else is to believe, she asks. He replies that he wants to believe that
the dead are not lost to us, and if we listen to them they can give us
the power to save ourselves. Scully says, “we believe the same thing.”
Mulder moves to the bed and they hold each other. “Maybe there’s hope,” he
says as the episode and the TV series ends.
date set for the alien invasion, confirmed by Mulder at the Mount
Weather Complex at Bluemont, Virginia. (The Truth)
Patient X, in 1998, the members of the consortium indicate
that they thought they were fifteen years away from the beginning of
the colonization, placing that event in 2012 or 2013.
of The New Age, as believed by the Red Museum.
The end of the longest calendar cycle of the Aztec people, who worship lizard gods. (Archeological accounts
January 24, 2016
Premier of the 2016 season of The X-Files.
My Struggle. The episode opens with a narration by Mulder. As photographs flash, he describes his sister’s disappearance and his resulting obsession since childhood with alien abductions, his service with the FBI and work on the X-Files, the assignment of Scully to debunk his work, and their work together. The X-Files was closed in 2002 and investigation of the paranormal halted, he relates, but his personal obsession did not.
We see several examples of past UFO sightings as Mulder describes them and other bits of evidence for UFOs, concluding with the crasu of a flying saucer in Northwest New Mexico (not Roswell which is in Southeast New Mexico). Mulder wonders if all of these things are really a hoax or are we being lied to.
In the first in a series of a flashbacks, a bus transports a man referred to as “Doc” to a UFO crash in Northwestern New Mexico. A saucer sticks out of the ground at an angle, with massive damage. Military personnel are working around the site.
At Our Lady of Sorrows hospital in Washington, DC, Scully receives a phone call from Walter Skinner at the FBI, looking for Mulder. Tad O’Malley, a conservative talk show host and conspiracy theorist wants to meet Mulder and has asked Skinner for help.
Outside, Scully waits as Mulder arrives in a taxi. They have not seen each other for some time. They are no longer living together but are happy to see each other. O’Malley approaches. He invites them into a limousine because he does not want to be overheard. He says he is a true believer, but Mulder and Scully reply that The X-Files are closed and they have moved on. Mulder thinks O’Malley is in it for the ratings. Mulder tests his knowledge and O’Malley knows his stuff. He says he is ready to bloe open a massive conspiracy but needs their expertise.
In Low Moor Virginia, O’Malley introduces Mulder and Scully to Sveta Zataley, a young woman who Mulder once interviewed after her first childhood abduction. She shows them scars on her stomach from many abductions. The abductors also implant false memories, but she remembers sometimes, she says. The aliens have made her pregnant several times, but removed the babies before they are born. She believes she has alien DNA. It is familiar story, told time and again by abductees. Mulder wants Scully to perform a DNA test to confirm what Sveta says, but Scully is clearly not thrilled by the idea.
In a 1947 flashback, it is night at the UFO crash site. Soldiers are following a trail of blood and find a grey alien, injured and trying to crawl away. They shoot it, over the Doc’s objections.
Scully and Sveta are in the hospital with Scully taking a mouth swab for the DNA testing. Svtea claims to be able to move things with her mind sometimes, but cannot control the ability. She senses that Mulder and Scully were previously a couple. She says Mulder was diagnosed as depressed and that is what ended their relationship. She senses that they have a child together…and that Scully has been abducted.
O’Malley arrives at Mulder’s rural home in a helicopter (apparently the house seen in the second X-Files movie). He is taking Mulder to meet some people who are very paranoid. He takes Mulder into a building, blindfolded. They have a triangular flying saucer in a “faraday cage” which shields it from outside radiation. It is called an Alien Replica Vehicle (ARV). When Mulder touches it, it begins to hover. It runs on zero point energy or "torroidal energy," Mulder is told, and it can become invisible.
In a 1947 flashback, the grey’s body is recovered. The doc wants to examine it.
Scully is testing herself when O’Malley entered her lab. She is assists surgeons working on children with a condition known as microtia who have a congenital deformity in which the external ear is underdeveloped -- often they are Navajo, she says. She is far from her pervious life on the X-Files. She remembers good things about that work - it was some of the most intense and challenging work she has ever done. Her relationship with Mulder was one of the most intense and challenging she may ever have, she tells O'Malley. O’Malley says he is actually there just because he wanted to see Scully again.
Mulder calls at Sveta’s door at night. He saw Sveta look at O’Malley briefly earlier when giving an answer, as if for a non-verbal question. She admits that she does not believe that it was aliens who abduct her, but rather men in flying ships. She is afraid for her life. Mulder calls Scully -- what if there is no alien conspiracy and everything they have been led to believe may be wrong? Sveta is the key to everything, Mulder says.
Skinner takes Mulder to the former X-Files office. The files are gone and Skinner does not know where they are. (In The Truth, during Mulder's trial Doggett and Reyes had gone to the X-Files office and found that the file cabinets and furniture had been removed. Skinner was said to be trying to find out who had taken them.) Skinner called Mulder because he is looking out for him. Mulder believes that he was being led in a false direction when he worked on the X-Files, but now thinks that the danger has never been greater. “So do something about it,” Skinner says.
O’Malley features Scully’s work on his show. Scully watches and then receives Sveta’s test results. She asks for certain samples to be retested. Mulder meets an older man outside in the dark – we discover that it is the man who was the Doc at Roswell in 1947. He had told Mulder to call, if he ever put the pieces together. Mulder called because he seen the ARV and believes he now knows the truth. The countdown has begun, Mulder thinks, for a massive conspiracy against humanity by men using alien technology. The Doc reveals little, but says Mulder is nearly there, adding that Roswell was a smokescreen. "So I've been told," replies Mulder, alluding what Deep Throat told him in 1994, that Roswell was a "smoke screen", and that a half dozen better alien DNA samples were obtained between 1947 and 1994. (The Erlenmeyer Flask)
Scully arrives at Mulder’s house, concerned because he hung up on her and seems out of control. Mulder says that all these years they we have been deceived. She has seen him this way before, on fire believing he can save the world. They argue, then Scully is surprised to see that Sveta is at Mulder’s home. She is the key to everything, he says.
Scully is about to leave, but O’Malley arrives. A meeting is about to begin. Mulder tells what Scully perceives as a wild story – after the end of WWII the time was right for the conspiracy. He spins a tale of study of alien technology and use of alien DNA and human hybridization. Mulder and O’Malley are not sure exactly what this conspiracy is trying to accomplish, but “they” are driven by corporate greed, with a goal of taking over America and then the world. O’Malley takes over the story and it gets more and more paranoid. The government is preparing to use all of our information against us in the final take-over by an international conspiracy. It will seem like an attack on America by terrorists or a false alien attack. The Russians tried it in 1947 (apparently a reference to Roswell and what the Doc called a smokescreen). O’Malley is going to broadcast the story tomorrow, but Scully discounts it. Sveta’s tests came back negative, with no evidence of alien DNA, she says.
Scully is back at work the next day. She watches O’Malley’s broadcast. Sveta has announced that O’Malley is lying and forced her to say what she did. Mulder is also watching and says “They got to her.”
Military units enter the building where Mulder saw the ARV and blow it up.
Later in the day, Scully check’s O’Malley’s website again, and it is unavailable. Mulder approaches her in the hospital parking garage. He tells another wild story about runaway greenhouse gases making Earth as hot as Venus, and the elite leaving the planet. Scully urgently wants to find Sveta and protect her. Her first tests came back negative, but Scully had her entire genome retested, as well as Scully’s own. They both DID come back with non-human elements. Scully is ready to move to stop this conspiracy – whether or not she is ready, there is no choice. Skinner calls.
Sveta is driving a car, but the electrical system dies. A narrow beam of intense light strikes the car from above, from a huge triangular UFO. The car explodes as she attempts to escape. We do not know whether she survives.
The Cigarette Smoking Man receives a phone call. We have a small problem, he says. They have reopened the X-Files he says, as someone holds a cigarette to his throat (where we saw in season 9 that he had had a tracheotomy).
Note: Sveta's last name "Zataley" is from DNA test document closeup.
My Struggle II. The episode begins with a narration by Scully, paralleling Mulder’s in My Struggle 1. She tells of her assignment to the X-Files. She came to understand that Mulder’s work was worthy of their investigation and that a world existed on the fringes of accepted science. She would also come to fear that the FBI was threatened by dark forces. Her abduction and intervening incidents led her to believe that she was subjected to tests and threats. She suspects a conspiracy of men hiding science for 60 years, a self-interested cabal wanting to consolidate power. But questions about these men remain. In recent tests, she has discovered DNA anomalies in her own blood that she can only classify as alien.
Scully arrives at the X-Files office, but Mulder is not there. She sits in his chair and sees that he has been watching Truth Squad. Tad O’Malley is back after six weeks with what he calls a major discovery, that there is alien DNA in virtually every American Citizen. Tad calls Mulder’s phone and asks Scully her to come to Mulder’s home. He is not there and the place is in disarray. O’Malley has had his own DNA tested and it also contains anomalies. Back at the X-Files office, Scully tells Skinner and Einstein about O’Malley’s claims. Einstein thinks it is science fiction, but Scully says the facts cannot be discounted. Scully and Einstein go to Our Lady of Sorrows Hospital. Scully is grateful that Einstein has come along. As they enter, they are accosted by a disoriented young man – his arm has a wound but Nurse Sandeep takes him in hand.
Mulder is driving a car and his face is bloody. Skinner calls, but Mulder ignores the call and speeds up.
Scully draws blood from Einstein and Scully tells about her own anomaly. They share a faith in science, but the science they were taught only takes them a distance toward the truth. Scully suspects their smallpox vaccines years ago, but Scully does not know why. The possibility is reason enough to run the tests. Agent Miller arrives. People on the Internet are freaking out about O’Malley’s claims. He has a guest describing fast moving contagions. Scully thinks it is all too plausible. Scully asks the Sandeep about the man who was apparently in the military – Scully thinks the symptoms indicated anthrax. She notes that soldiers deploying to Iraq were given vaccines. Anthrax is the “canary in the coal mine” and other diseases may follow. This may be the advent of a global contagion, according to Scully.
Mulder is in his car as Scully calls him, but he does not answer. He drives on to South Carolina. In the X-Files office late at night Miller watches O’Malley report anthrax infections. On Mulder’s computer, Miller finds the address Mulder was searching for – Spartanburg, SC.
Soldiers arrive at the hospital. Einstein wants to consider all explanations, but Scully thinks they are in deep trouble. Einstein points out that it is only one class of people affected, the military.
Scully receives a mysterious call from a woman why says she has the answer, someone who was there for Scully before. Scully agrees to meet the woman. It is Monica Reyes, formerly assigned to the X-Files. She has been gone from the FBI for a decade. In a series of flashbacks we see her story. The badly burned Cigarette Smoking Man summoned her to a meeting and made her an offer that changed her life. He says he is not an evil man, but he is the most powerful man in the world. He threatened her with the ultimate weapon – the ability to kill everyone on the planet except for the chosen few. Now Reyes works for him. Hers was the hand holding his cigarette in My Struggle I. They won’t know what hit them, he says in the flashback, but their fates were sealed since birth.
She tells Scully that both of them are among the chosen few, with modified DNA. We continue to see Reyes’ story in flashbacks. The Smoking Man sent a man to Mulder to offer him a deal. They fought. The man attempted to kill Mulder, but Mulder got the drop on him, demanding to know who sent him. In the next scene, we see Mulder holding a gun on the Cigarette Smoking Man. You sent for me, I’m here, Mulder says (presumably Spartanburg, South Carolina).
The Smoking Man claims to have controlled Mulder since before he knew who he was. It is far too late for heroics, he says, but he wants to save Mulder’s life, so he can see Scully again. He didn’t set out to destroy the world, he says, people did. The Smoking Man lists climate change and other man-made disasters. The aliens predicted this but none of them could save the world from annihilation. The Smoking Man says he just changed the timetable. He offers Mulder “a seat at the big table.” They can start the world anew. Mulder refuses, but CSM notes that Mulder appears to be sick already. It is not too late.
O’Malley reports that hospitals are being overrun, but the mainstream media is failing to report the epidemic of diseases. He claims that chem trails are being used to spread it. Immunity to common germs is breaking down. Scully returns to her hospital. Reyes has told her how to defeat what is called the Spartan Virus. Nurse Sandeep says they are overrun with sick people. Scully needs Einstein’s help to act quickly. Scully now knows it is gene tampering. Alien DNA saves people, but the smallpox vaccine gene tampering is what makes people susceptible to losing their immune system. Scully wants to amplify her own DNA and create a vaccine against the gene therapy.
CSM tells Mulder that it is no time for pride. The ultimate irony – all thanks to the Spartan Virus. The Smoking Man removes a partial face mask revealing mutilated features. Mulder is very sick. Meanwhile Einstein and Scully work, but they find no alien DNA at the location where Scully saw it before. Nurse Sandeep comes in – the doctors are all getting sick.
O’Malley reports the first deaths – soldiers and the elderly. He urges viewers to stay indoors. He and his crew are also sick, but they will continue to report as long as they can.
In the hospital, the wards are overflowing. Power flickers. Einstein says they have to figure it out. What is wrong with the science? The virus removes the gene that is essential to the immune system. The alien DNA somehow deactivates the virus, returning the immune system to functioning. Einstein wonders if maybe their sample of Scully’s blood was too small.
Miller has found Mulder. Both are sick and the Smoking Man is still there. There is nothing anyone can do, he says. But Miller takes Mulder, helping him into the car. The Smoking Man tells Miller “before he dies, say goodbye for me.”
Einstein takes more blood from Scully. Einstein is starting to get sick. Their test this time finds a small bit of alien DNA. They can have a cure in a few hours. Miller calls Scully. He and Mulder are heading back to Washington, but Mulder’s condition is not good. There has been a run on gasoline, and they may have trouble getting back. Scully has a transfusion for Einstein. She will have the alien DNA, but everyone needs to have it to survive.
O’Malley reports that systems are failing. There is a traffic jam in DC. Scully calls to the crown “get to the hospital, help is on its way.” She drives desperately to try to meet Miller and Mulder – on sidewalks, wrong ways on one-way streets, trying to thread past Scully runs through the streets and drives in the sidewalk, wrong way in streets. They are close together on the interstate bridges over the Potomac River (14th Street, US Highway 1, Interstate 395), but Scully cannot drive anymore because the bridge is blocked with vehicles. On foot, she runs between the vehicles, finally finding Miller and Mulder. Mulder is in bad shape and is semi-delirious. Apparently he is too sick. Scully is worried that the transfusion will not be enough and says that the only thing that might save him is stem cells from their son, William, but she does not know where William is.
At this moment, an Alien Replica Vehicle (a triangular UFO based on alien technology) appears and hovers over them. A light beams directly down on Scully and Miller on the bridge pavement and Mulder inside the car. The last thing we see is Scully, looking upward toward the light.
Session 10 ends with this cliffhanger.
The End, for now.....