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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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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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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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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