The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 24

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

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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 ... See full summary »



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Nancy Kerr ...
Agent Hedin
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Rob Freeman ...
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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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Season Four Review
10 March 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

*this is a review of season four. The rating you see above is for Gethsemane. Season rating follows after the review.

Season Four of The X Files is a slight drop in quality from the exhilarating season three, but it's still simply incredible television which is consistently enthralling.

One thing I missed in season four was consistently interesting mythology plots. I've said it before and I'll say it again: other than the super soldiers, the 'black oil' section of the mytharc is by far the weakest. I really enjoyed the 'abduction' and the later 'colonization' sections. There are still some great mythology arc episodes to enjoy in this season but overall I felt the quality decreased.

The monster of the week episodes are not lacking in typical X Files creativity, wit, and energy, however, delivering on both the horror/suspense and humor angles with series-defining classics like "Home" and "Small Potatoes".

I thought the best season four episodes were: "Home"- Peacocks. Bed. Inbred. Mutant. Brutal. Violent. Really, really creepy. About 10X more effective than most horror movies.

"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"- exactly what I look for in The X Files- intelligent, creative, witty writing.

"Paper Hearts"- one of the best X Files from an emotional viewpoint.

"Small Potatoes"- Babies with tails, shapeshifters, hilarity, frustrated Jehovah's Witnesses.

"Gethsemane"- A brilliant season finale with one of the most effective cliffhangers ever on TV.

Out of all the rated episodes, the average rating for season four is 7.9/10, a bit of a drop from the exhilarating high of 8.25/10 for season three, but still enthralling TV and better than most shows could dream of managing.

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