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
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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Gillian Anderson gave birth by caesarian section on September 24th, 1994 to her daughter Piper. About two weeks later she returned to the X-Files set. This is probably Gillian's first postpartum episode. They obviously gave her very little to do as a performer, due to her medical condition. See more »


Capt. Scully is wearing US Navy Dress Whites with the coat tucked into his trousers. The coat is worn on the outside, not tucked in. See more »


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Should Be Called 'Out Of Breath'
20 April 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

One Breath could be the best myth/arc episode of them all. Mulder's mad scramble to save Scully's life leaves you breathless. With all the scenes of Mulder running around and confronting people, you need some scenes to relax and take a breather. One Breath accomplishes that with the hospital scenes and Scully's other-worldly experience. It makes for an episode that paces itself well, mixing the drama with the action to perfection. The introduction of Melissa, Scully's sister is nice. It's funny to see a sibling so completely opposite of Scully. My favorite scene is with Mulder, X and overcoat man down in the parking garage. The execution of overcoat man using silhouettes instead of a direct camera shot is great cinematography. The confrontation between Mulder and CSM is also awesome. Plus, with the appearance of the Lone Gunmen for some comedy relief, this episode is extremely well-rounded. One Breath is an A+.

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