The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 24

Gethsemane (18 May 1997)
"The X Files" Gethsemane (original title)

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Agent Scully appears before a committee chaired by section chief Blevins to account for her and Mulder's recent activities. A Canadian geodetic survey team has apparently found an alien frozen in the ice in the Yukon. A friend of Mulder's at the Smithsonian let's him know of the find and they set off to join the team and see it firsthand. They're not prepared for what they find. Scully meanwhile arrests Michael Kritschgau, a one-time Department of Defense employee, who has an amazing story to tell her - one that will rock the very foundations of Mulder's beliefs in the existence of extra-terrestrials. With her cancer worsening, Scully begins to reexamine her faith. Written by garykmcd

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The icy caverns were constructed inside a warehouse previously been used for cold storage, and required truckloads of lumber and 10,000 square feet of Styrofoam. The set was one of the most expensive and elaborate built during the series' history, requiring a constant temperature of negative 21 degrees F (negative 29 degrees C) to maintain the real snow and ice used to decorate it. This refrigeration allowed the actors' breath to visibly fog up, aiding the cast in having a place that felt real for their acting. See more »


Mulder pulls a refrigerated truck up to a warehouse in Washington D.C., yet Scully later on (around 34:40) states that the warehouse is "just outside Washington D.C. in Sethburg, VA." See more »


Scully: It just means proving to the world the existence of alien life is not my last dying wish.
Mulder: What about Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?
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At the end of the opening credits,instead of saying 'the truth is out there', it says 'Believe the lie'. See more »

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Believe The Lie
23 September 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Sometimes the best episodes leave me with the fewest notes with which to write these reviews. This is because I get so wrapped up in the story I forget to observe more closely. Gethsemane is one those episodes. The episode grabs your attention right away when Scully is apparently identifying the body of Agent Mulder. The story then goes back in time and shows Scully recounting those events to some FBI committee. We are introduced to Michael Kritschgau, a federal Department of Defense employee who manages to cast doubt on Mulder's belief on the existence of extra-terrestrial beings. The revelations given by Kritschgau prove to be a turning point in the series for most of the next season. The one gripe I have with this episode is that six men have just been murdered on a mountainside, but the alien hasn't been stolen! The man Mulder is with smiles. Well, at least the important thing is still here. They then take off to perform the autopsy on the supposed alien. How insensitive of Mulder and the other two men! I know they weren't friends with these men, but come on! Other than that, I found the red/orange feel to the FBI committee interesting. I thought Mulder showed some genuine tears, and the scene transition from his face to Scully's was interesting. I don't know why, but it was cool. If you did not have any spoilers when first seeing it, then this cliffhanger has got to be the most powerful of the series, thinking that Mulder has just committed suicide. Gethsemane, like its name implies, shows us Mulder's sufferings as he realizes that everything he has believed in is a lie.

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