When Scully's comatose body is discovered at a local hospital, Mulder suspects the government was responsible for her disappearance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Larken ...
Captain William Scully (as Don Davis)
Dr. Daly
Nicola Cavendish ...
Nurse Owens
Nurse Wilkins
Michael Ryan ...
Overcoat Man (as Ryan Michael)


Everyone, including Mulder and Scully's mother, had pretty well given Scully up for dead when she suddenly reappears at a Washington hospital. Details are scanty - the hospital can't really say how she got there - but she is comatose and on a ventilator. With the help of the Lone Gunmen, Mulder learns that her DNA has been altered and that her immune system has shut down. The mysterious Mr. X fails to make contact with him and Mulder hen goes after the Cigarette Smoking Man, ready to do whatever is necessary to save his friend and partner. Written by garykmcd

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11 November 1994 (USA)  »

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First appearance in the series of Melinda McGraw, playing Scully's ill-fated sister Melissa. The character was originally intended to be a romantic interest for Mulder but this idea was soon dropped. See more »


Agent Mulder signs his resignation, but his signature is totally different from the signature on his badge we see in the intro. See more »


Mulder: Get that gun out of my face!
Mr. X: This high-capacity compact Sig Sauer .40 caliber weapon is pointed at your head to stress my insistence that your search for who put your partner on that respirator desist immediately!
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References Earth 2 (1994) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Hmm... mixed feelings.
6 March 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

One Breath the Limerick:

Scully returns but asleep

And causes her mother to weep

A man steals her blood

Mulder and X say he's mud

And Mulder's guilt almost leads him to defeat

When I first watched this episode I remember feeling a little betrayed and I hadn't really liked it as an episode since until now. I think a lot of the reason behind this is that I feel like there just weren't enough answers given or even enough new questions asked about the mythology. This is the first episode with Scully back after being in abducted and all that she really does the whole episode is sleep and sit in a boat and stare. This story is really about Agent Mulder. Because he feels responsible for what happened to Agent Scully he tries to suppress his guilt and anger by trying to find the members of the syndicate who are responsible and make them pay so that he won't have to face his own guilt that he is feeling.

I think what has kept me from giving this episode a higher rating in the past is that there really isn't anything much more than character and story development in this episode. No aliens or monsters or paranormal unless you count the two scenes with G. Owens R.N. the guardian angel. However I do think that the story development and dramatic elements were quite well presented and lately have grown to appreciate these elements a lot more.

After rewatching this there are a lot of things that I overlooked that have heightened my opinion of the episode. I love the scenes with Agent Scully's sister Melissa where she calls Mulder by his first name. Interesting how so many of the women in Mulder's lives tended to be as "spooky" as him but he ended up with the only one that wasn't. The confrontation between Mulder and X in the hospital garage was also great. The scene with Skinner telling Mulder about being in the Vietnam war was a wonderfully acted scene on Mitch Pileggi's part and I think this led into using him as a more main character other than occasional guest star. I also have always liked the way that David Duchovny does his crying scenes and the one in this episode was great. I felt that I could understand how he felt because I have had similar break down moments. Finally, I love the confrontation of Mulder and the Cigarette Smoking Man in his apartment. I love how Mulder completely owns him yelling "Shut up! Tonight I'm asking the questions!" and then slaps the cigarette out of his pompous mouth. The look on CSM's face at that moment is priceless. And then right after that CSM is able to completely manipulate Mulder by calling him on his own guilt for what happened to Scully. This just shows how good CSM is at manipulating people into doing what he wants them to do. What a great bad guy!

All in all after viewing this with a more open mind I have realized that even though I didn't like this episode on first view it really does have some wonderful moments that are very important to the mythology. Unfortunately I think the episode is just presented wrong. I have to give this episode an 7 out of 10.

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