Scully deeply wants to adopt three-year-old Emily Sim, only to discover that the young girl has developed a serious illness. Mulder arrives in San Diego to help investigate what may be a sinister conspiracy behind it.



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Patricia Dahlquist ...
Lauren Diewold ...
David Abbott ...
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With DNA evidence showing that Scully is in fact Emily's mother, Mulder travels to San Diego to help his partner make sense of it all. Mulder thinks it's all related to Scully's abduction where he believes her kidnappers extracted her ova. Dana continues to receive anonymous phone calls which they trace to the children's center where Emily is staying. Emily falls seriously ill and has a strange cyst on her neck. Mulder finds that his attempt to get information about her illness leads him straight to the shape-shifting alien bounty hunters who have been keeping an eye on her. Mulder traces Emily's birth to a surprising location and makes a shocking discovery. Written by garykmcd

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14 December 1997 (USA)  »

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The young actress who originally played Emily was terrified of the hospital setting, and as a result the producers had to recast the role and re-shoot all footage featuring the little girl. See more »


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A Miracle That Wasn't Meant To Be
20 October 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Emily doesn't quite hit the same emotional high for me as Christmas Carol does. It still is a very good episode. Mulder returns and helps Scully. I am always impressed with acting ability of David Duchovny. Just his facial and bodily expressions tell so much. I also love it when he goes to any length to help Scully, whether it be roughing people up or otherwise. This episode features a very cool teaser of Scully walking through a sandstorm and doing a voice-over. I like the final effect of her face turning to sand and blowing away. In past seasons Mulder has been fooled by shape-shifting aliens impersonating other people. I found it funny that he was fooled again after seeing Kresge shooting the alien and seeing the green blood ooze out. One puzzling thing to me is at the very end when Scully looks in Emily's coffin, and all there is is sand with Scully's cross on it. Did Emily turn to sand? Emily is still a good conclusion to the two episode storyline, where we get to see a little deeper into Scully's soul and her yearning for a child of her own.

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