The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 16

Apocrypha (16 Feb. 1996)
"The X Files" Apocrypha (original title)

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With Assistant Director Skinner in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds, Scully and Mulder pursue various leads. Scully meets with with a retired naval officer, a friend of her ... See full summary »

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With Assistant Director Skinner in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds, Scully and Mulder pursue various leads. Scully meets with with a retired naval officer, a friend of her father and learns that this is not the first time men have suffered severe radiation burns while investigating that part of the ocean. She fears for Skinner's life when she learns he is being transferred to another hospital. Mulder meanwhile learns the location of the UFO, an abandoned missile site but the Cigarette Smoking Man proves to be a major obstacle. While Mulder pursues his leads on the UFO, Scully continues her investigation into the shooting of her sister and learns that the gun used to kill her was the same as that used on Skinner. Written by garykmcd

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Nicholas Lea was fitted with a mask with tubes for the scene where the alien black oil leaves his body. Lea said filming the scene was horrible, and the scene ended up having to be filmed again a few days later. See more »

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Justice For Scully's Sister?
5 July 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Apocrypha is a great follow-up to Piper Maru. Skinner has been shot by Luis Cardinal and is now in the hospital. I think Mitch Pileggi does some excellent acting in his scenes of being injured in the hospital. It doesn't appear fake at all. This episode brings the digital tape back into play from the season opening episodes 'The Blessing Way' and 'Paper Clip'. But it still plays a minor role to the new development of the Black Oil. Apocrypha has a few scenes with the Syndicate, which I absolutely love. The Well-Manicured Man and the First Elder are great to see, especially when they are upset with the Cigarette Smoking Man and his handling of the situation. One thing that bugs me about this two-part myth/arc is that if Luis Cardinal is the killer of Scully's sister, why are they having him go around shooting Skinner and showing his mug everywhere? It's partially explained in one of the Syndicate scenes that it's CSM's error, but it still doesn't make any sense on his part. I like the mention of the UFO's nickname, the Foo Fighter, by the Well-Manicured Man. It's an interesting coincidence that the lead singer of the band of the same name makes a cameo in the next episode, Pusher. Finally, this episode has an appearance by the Lone Gunmen, always a treat in my view. Although Mulder upstages them with a pencil.


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