The X-Files: Season 8, Episode 14

This Is Not Happening (25 Feb. 2001)
"The X Files" This Is Not Happening (original title)

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Jeremiah Smith appears out of nowhere and formerly dead abductees are coming back to life, giving Scully and Skinner the idea that Mulder may have a shot at still being alive.



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Arlene Warren ...
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Jeremiah Smith appears out of nowhere and formerly dead abductees are coming back to life, giving Scully and Skinner the idea that Mulder may have a shot at still being alive.

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First appearance of Agent Reyes. Final appearances of Teresa Nemman-Hoese and Jeremiah Smith. See more »


When Agent Reyes is driving her Dodge Intrepid, and is contemplating about smoking or not, her car dies. You can see clearly that the car's temperature gauge shows that the engine is still cold, although she clearly has been driving for a while. See more »


Monica Reyes: You're hurting for her, I know. Agent Scully.
John Doggett: I don't know how she's doing it in there. With everything she's feeling. What she's afraid of.
Monica Reyes: You know all too well.
John Doggett: Let's leave the past in the past.
Monica Reyes: It was your fear, too. Those three days we looked for your son. The fear of finding what we did. I understand. That's why you're so determined to find Mulder alive.
John Doggett: It's why I can't stand here and listen to all this mumbo jumbo about spaceships.
Monica Reyes: I saw what I saw, John. I'm not going to lie to you. ...
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One of the best mythology episodes ever
10 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Gillian Anderson really stole the show in 'This is Not Happening' with Scully painfully accepting the possibility that Mulder could be dead, after lifeless alien abductees are discovered in the dessert. Mark Snow also left his mark in this episode, putting in tear-jerking music to some dramatic scenes, including one where Scully sees the ghost of her missing partner. 'This is Not Happening' introduces us to new characters, Monica Reyes (who we will see at the end of this season and in the next) and Absalom, a friend of Jeremiah Smith (he's also in the episode) who's predicted an alien apocalypse. The ending is bound to capture you, but sadly with an non superior follow-up leading on from it.

My favourite episode of the overlooked season eight, is just perfect for shippers (like me!) and deserves more applause than it gets at the moment.

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