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The X-Files: Season 9: Episode 17 -- A FBI cadet with an uncanny instinct for solving crimes sheds new light on the unsolved murder of Doggett's son.


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Original Air Date:
5 May 2002 (Season 9, Episode 17)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully

Robert Patrick ... John Doggett

Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes

Cary Elwes ... Brad Follmer
Barbara Patrick ... Barbara Doggett
Jared Poe ... FBI Cadet Rudolph Hayes

Sal Landi ... Nicholas Regali

Victoria Gallegos ... Follmer's Assistant
Avery Glymph ... Diener
Kate Lombardi ... Woman

Kipp Shiotani ... Cadet #1

Mandy Levin ... Ellen Persich

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kim Manners 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

David Amann (teleplay)

John Shiban (story) &
David Amann (story)

Produced by
David Amann .... supervising producer
Harry V. Bring .... producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Vince Gilligan .... executive producer
Michelle MacLaren .... co-executive producer
Kim Manners .... co-executive producer
Paul Rabwin .... supervising producer
John Shiban .... executive producer
Timothy Silver .... co-producer (as Tim Silver)
Frank Spotnitz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Bill Roe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynne Willingham 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Production Design by
Corey Kaplan 
Art Direction by
Phil Dagort 
Sandy Getzler 
Set Decoration by
Timothy Stepeck  (as Tim Stepeck)
Costume Design by
Luellyn Harper  (as Luellyn Harper Thomas)
Makeup Department
Dena Green .... hair department head
Cheri Montesanto .... makeup department head (as Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf)
Cheri Montesanto .... special makeup artist (as Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf)
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup artist
Laverne Munroe .... makeup artist: Ms. Gillian Anderson
Gabor Heiligenberg .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Clinton Wayne .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Gary Yee .... makeup effects moldmaker (uncredited)
Production Management
Timothy Silver .... unit production manager (as Tim Silver)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xochi Blymyer .... first assistant director: second unit
Lynn K. D'Angona .... first assistant director (as Lynn d'Angona)
Nina Jack .... second assistant director
Staci Lamkin .... second assistant director: second unit (as Staci Lamkin Boggeri)
Canyon Prince .... first assistant director: splinter unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Day .... property master
Ron Franco .... assistant set decorator
David Napoli .... leadman (as Dave Napoli)
Duke Tomasick .... construction coordinator
Jeff Angelo .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Dawn Ascher-Trevino .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Lisa A. Corbin .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Alan Kobayashi .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Martin L. Mercer .... concept artist (uncredited)
Janet Pett Davies .... art department researcher (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Andronis .... re-recording mixer
Harry Andronis .... sound supervisor
Ronald G. Cogswell .... sound mixer (as Ron Cogswell)
Brian Harman .... re-recording mixer
David John West .... re-recording mixer (as Dave West)
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Mark Relyea .... sound editor (uncredited)
Anthony Torretto .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Calvert .... special effects (as Bob Calvert)
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator (uncredited)
David Peterson .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects producer
John C. Wash .... visual effects supervisor (as John Wash)
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator: remastered version (uncredited)
Brian Ali Harding .... compositor (uncredited)
Jordan Hassay .... digital effects supervisor: remastered version (uncredited)
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version (uncredited)
Yoshiya Yamada .... digital artist (uncredited)
Danny Weselis .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Brockton .... stunt double: Robert Patrick (uncredited)
Pete Turner .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Bixby .... gaffer: second unit
Henry Christian III .... lighting technician
Stephen Collins .... steadicam operator
Tom Doherty .... key grip
James Etheridge .... camera operator (as Jim Etheridge)
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Joe Kraft .... key grip: second unit (as Joey Kraft)
Robert LaBonge .... director of photography: second unit (as Bob LaBonge)
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Garcia .... b camera second assistant (uncredited)
James Jermyn .... film loader (uncredited)
Josh Kuykendall .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Richard J. Lee Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Rob Lueker .... electrician (uncredited)
Brandon Margulies .... camera loader (uncredited)
John McGonegle .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Zoran Milosavljevic .... lighting technician (uncredited)
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Daniel E. Teaze .... first assistant "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Elisha Gruer .... casting assistant
Kimberly Nordlinger .... casting associate
Randy Stone .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadine Haders .... costumer: Ms. Gillian Anderson
Robert 'Jake' Jacobs .... costume supervisor (as Robert Jacobs)
Jennifer L. Soulages .... costume supervisor (as Jennifer Soulages)
Tom Cummins .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Deborah Chalew .... assistant editor
Kip Gibson .... on-line editor
Jason Harkins .... post-production coordinator
Polly Johnson .... post-production coordinator
Peter Ritter .... colorist: dailies
Marty Rosenstock .... on-line editor
Anthony R. Smith .... colorist: DaVinci
Mark Nowicki .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
Location Management
Mac Gordon .... location manager
Ilt Jones .... location manager
Michelle Latham .... location manager
Rob Gibson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Auger .... driver (uncredited)
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Edward Cook .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Jones .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Sisson .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Prentis Woods .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Astadourian .... vice president: Ten Thirteen
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Katrina Cabrera .... researcher (as Katrina Cabrera Ortega)
Michael Daley .... script coordinator
Nanci Etchells .... production accountant
Jana Fain .... office manager: Ten Thirteen
Brad Follmer .... assistant: Chris Carter
Stephanie Herrera .... assistant to the producers (as Stephanie M. Herrera)
Gennifer Hutchison .... assistant to the producers
Steven Maeda .... executive story editor
Blake McCormick .... assistant to the producers
Gabe Rotter .... writers' assistant
Thomas Schnauz .... story editor
Jason Schomas .... production coordinator (as Jason A. Schomas)
Sandra Tripicchio .... assistant to the producers
Ginger Wadley .... assistant to the producers
James Castle .... title designer (uncredited)
Christopher Griffie .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nick Marcou .... production assistant (uncredited)
Canyon Prince .... production assistant (uncredited)
Canyon Prince .... script supervisor: splinter unit (uncredited)
Sara Woomer .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The X Files: Release (#9.17)" - Canada (original title)
45 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Final appearance of Brad Follmer.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (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 »
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 could help him find the man who did this, maybe... he could move on. He and Monica could have something together. He just won't let her in.
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47 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Well ... every problem has got a solution, right?, 3 December 2007
Author: Muldernscully from Roy, Utah

With the series quickly coming to an end, the X-Files writers decided to tie up all the loose side story lines. Release ties up Doggett's personal story about the abduction and murder of his son.

I've always admired the X-Files' willingness to mix things up. They add the element of titles to various scenes of the episode; namely, The Tip, Ashes, A Message, and Release. It's almost as if they're dividing the episode into chapters of a book.

Mark Snow adds a beautiful piano score to this episode that is very touching. I wish it could have been used in more of the episode. The man is a master. Kim Manners, who directed this episode, has some very poignant shots, especially of Cadet Hayes' apartment. His direction is very fine in this episode.

The guest character of Cadet Rudolph Hayes is very intriguing and interesting. His facial expression is very unique, as if he is purposely trying to keep his mouth shut, whenever he's not talking.

Barbara Patrick, Robert Patrick's real life wife, plays his ex-wife of the same name. She does an all right job, nothing spectacular. The one line of hers I didn't like is when she tells Scully that Doggett could have something with Reyes but he won't let her in. Why would Doggett's ex-wife know anything about his relationship with his female co-worker and why say anything to Scully? The writers just wanted to do one final reference to Doggett and Reyes' relationship. The line doesn't fit and shouldn't have been used.

I felt that the resolution to Doggett's storyline was rushed because of the decision to end the series. Was Follmer meant to be a part of this storyline from the beginning? Maybe this was intentional by the writers, but Cadet Hayes said that he had another message, then he asks to be taken back to the institution. We don't see him again or hear what the message was. Maybe Hayes told Doggett where to find Regali. It felt too abrupt how Hayes left.

Release is a very fine episode resolving Doggett's son storyline. Robert Patrick does a great job, especially when telling the story of his son to Cadet Hayes. However, I felt that this storyline needed to be fleshed out a bit more for it to have more of an emotional impact. As it is, Doggett finally receives closure with his son's death and that's all that matters.

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