The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 17

Release (5 May 2002)
"The X Files" Release (original title)

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A Frank Black-esque cadet in Scully's class directs Doggett to a current murder case that may have something to do with a case that went unsolved 9 years prior...the murder of his young son.

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A Frank Black-esque cadet in Scully's class directs Doggett to a current murder case that may have something to do with a case that went unsolved 9 years prior...the murder of his young son.

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John Doggett's wife, Barbara is played by Robert Patrick's real life spouse Barbara Patrick. See more »

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(at around 4 mins) While FBI Cadet Rudolph Hayes is explaining the cause of death of the victim found by Doggett, as the camera moves from her head downward, you can see her breathing and her throat slightly moving up and down. See more »

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Barbara Doggett: Agent Scully? I'm Barbara. John's ex-wife.
Scully: Hi. I'm Dana. Nice to meet you.
Barbara Doggett: He said you'd be coming by.
Scully: You weren't able to make an identification?
Barbara Doggett: I didn't expect to. You know he doesn't think clearly about this. He can't.
Scully: He blames himself.
Barbara Doggett: He thinks he failed Luke. In his mind, he can never do enough, never suffer enough, for what happened. I think if you can help him find the man who did this, maybe... he could move on. He and Monica could really have something together. He just won't let ...
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In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

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Fabulous!
8 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

-- Release --

One of my all time favourite X-Files episodes.

For all those who are complaining about season 9, I recommend them watching the four last episodes (William, Release, Sunshine Days & The Truth) - they are all some of the episodes I remember best from this brilliant TV series.

This episode is not about aliens and UFOs, it's a kind of mystery/detective episode - where Dogget is trying to find a serial killer. Everything in this episode is so well made, the acting is brilliant and the story is truly fascinating. And then it's the music...

.. simply one of the best classical scores I've heard. I get goosebumps whenever I hear the classical anthem in this episode.. it should probably have been played even more. It get's you into the right mood right from the very beginning to the last emotional scene..

I recommend Release highly, even for those who don't like X-Files as well.... Full score from me. A must see!


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