When Skinner is infected with an unknown disease and receives a mysterious phone call telling him he has 24 hours to live, Scully and Mulder rush to find a cure and those responsible.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kenneth Orgel
Dr. Plant
Jenny Gago ...
Dr. Katrina Cabrera
Donna Marie Moore ...
ICU Nurse
Greta Fadness ...
OR Nurse
Forensic Tech
Susana Mercedes ...
Tim Van Pelt ...
Young Surgeon
Arlene Warren ...
Skinner's Secretary (as Arlene Pileggi)


Skinner comes down with a mysterious condition that puts him on the verge of death. An unknown voice on the phone tells Skinner that he has 24 hours to live. Mulder and Scully rush to find a cure for his condition. His impending death is somehow linked to S.R. 819, a Senate resolution that will supply money and medical supplies to the World Health Organization. Written by Muldernscully

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17 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Final appearance of Senator Matheson. See more »


When Skinner follows the Tunisian diplomat into the parking garage and stops there, he gets shot at by the diplomat. He ducks to the side and shoots back twice, when the diplomat rounds the Skinner's car to look inside. When he gets out of the car, the slide of his pistol is in the rear position. While following the diplomat between the parked cars, the slide is in the forward position, and after the diplomat gets hit by the car and Skinner is having his seizure and falls with his back on one of the parked cars (the car's alarm goes off when he drops on it), the slide is in the rear position once again. See more »


Scully: Sir, if this man poisoned you, you should be off your feet and under doctor's care.
Skinner: If this man poisoned me, I'm going to put a gun to his head, find out why, and ask him how he's going to make me well.
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So-so "mythology" thriller
19 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully's FBI supervisor, sickens with a mysterious illness. When Mulder connects it to Skinner's review of Senate Resolution 819, he seeks out former ally Senator Richard Matheson. Meanwhile Scully discovers that the apparent virus is actually nanotechnology.

This is an open-ended story in which our heroes run around without solving anything - including Skinner's problem! Without a real resolution it has to be judged on how it contributes to the larger story arc. Despite popping up again in season 7, what happens here simply isn't important. Skipping it won't lose you anything in understanding the "mythology" which is just about to be wrapped up anyway!

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