With help from a police psychic, Mulder continues to search for clues about Samantha's abduction and ultimately finds the long sought after answers concerning her fate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harold Piller
Agent Schoniger
Arbutus Ray
Christopher Wynne ...
Base Cop
Ed Beechner ...
Megan Corletto ...
Nicolas Stratton ...
Appearing Boy (as Nicholas Stratton)
Fort Atkinson ...
Detective #1
Jeff Xander ...
Detective #2


Mulder enlists the help of Harold Piller, a police psychic, to search for the missing girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre. Meanwhile, Scully searches for answers about Samantha's abduction, leading her to the Cigarette Smoking Man. Both of their investigations lead to Mulder finally learning the truth about his sister's disappearance. Written by Muldernscully

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13 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Mimi Paley, who plays young Samantha Mulder, shares a birthday with David Duchovny, who plays her brother. Curiosly, Vanessa Morley, who plays Samantha at the age when she was abducted, shares birthday with Gillian Anderson, who plays Scully. See more »


Mulder: [voiceover] They said the birds refused to sing and the thermometer fell suddenly as if God Himself had His breath stolen away. No one there dared speak aloud, as much in shame as in sorrow. They uncovered the bodies one by one. The eyes of the dead were closed as if waiting for permission to open them. Were they still dreaming of ice cream and monkey bars? Of birthday cake and no future but the afternoon? Or had their innocence been taken along with their lives buried in the cold earth so long ...
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Cleaning Out Old Plot Devices
24 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Part two of two. In the previous episode FBI agents Mulder and Scully tracked down a serial killer and in the process discovered possible leads to the disappearance of Mulder's sister Samantha, which was originally thought to be an alien abduction. We also were told of beings that lived in the starlight, pre-kidnapping children to preserve them from greater harm. In this episode Mulder is approached by Harold Pillar, a man who became psychic when his son disappeared. Pillar - or is it his lost boy? - leads Mulder to a place where his questions can finally be left unanswered.

It seems like Chris Carter painted himself into a corner back in season 5 (or with the movie?) and in season 6 the alien-invasion "mthology" was essentially flushed. In severing the loose strings it was revealed that Samantha's "alien abduction" was a cover-up in which Mulder's father allowed her to become part of the alien-human hybridization plot. In an effort to finally flush Samantha, this episode gives us a new twist on the issue, and as usual it doesn't really jive with previous info.

I thought the mysticism was murky and the sentimentality of the ending HOPELESSLY inappropriate. I guess we needed a whole episode to say our goodbyes to Samantha, who was once such an important plot device. However I can't help but see this episode as doing little more than burying a piece of the soul of the X-Files - perhaps one that died a season earlier.

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