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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At 14:04 we see a clip from the original "Planet of the Apes". See more »


Cigarette Smoking Man: I like to make myself useful.
Scully: You can start by putting out that cigarette.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Got it all figured out, don't you, Agent Scully?
Scully: All but why you can't just come to the door and knock.
Cigarette Smoking Man: I did that. No one answered.
Scully: You're sick.
Cigarette Smoking Man: I had an operation.
Scully: What do you want?
Cigarette Smoking Man: I want you to stop looking.
Scully: You've wanted that since 1973 when you ordered an end to the search for Agent Mulder's sister. Your initials are on that document.
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Features Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Trite and repetitious
28 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the poorest episodes, typical of what happened after the series left British Columbia. The province was integral to the look and feel of the series. Afterwards the show largely degenerated into hoary religious clichés, perfunctory dialogue, repetitious themes and emotionally manipulative music. The psychic subplot is so embarrassing and shallow that I'm amazed it was even considered. The same shtick was used in the second X-files movie, and not even Billy Connolly could save it,

Chris Carter seems to have lost control over his series in L.A. The dignified thing to do would have been to end the X-files after season 6.

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