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The Truth 

Mulder's return leads to him being tried for murder before a military tribunal where he seeks to prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy and justify the maintenance of the X-Files.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
Matthew Glave ... Special Agent Kallenbrunner
Jeff Gulka ... Gibson Praise
Chris Owens ... Jeffrey Spender (as Chris Bradley Owens)
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly


Mulder's return leads to him being tried for murder before a military tribunal where he seeks to prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy and justify the maintenance of the X-Files.

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After 9 years, the truth is finally here...


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19 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Once Mulder returns in this episode, he's in the remainder of the series. See more »


Agent John Dogget is proud of his USMC background, as it is frequently mentioned during the show, he would not have called Knowle Rohrer a former Marine when calling the base, looking for his remains. It is instilled from day one of basic training "Once a Marine, always a Marine." See more »


John Doggett: You saw him? Mulder?
Monica Reyes: They've accused him of murder?
Dana Scully: And they have him believing that he did it.
John Doggett: Of murdering who?
Dana Scully: Knowle Rohrer.
John Doggett: Knowle Rohrer? It can't be. I watched Knowle Rohrer die.
Monica Reyes: He can't die. Knowle Rohrer's a super soldier.
Walter Skinner: Mulder side-stepped security at a facility known as Mount Weather - a place where they say our so-called shadow government is installed.
Monica Reyes: What about this murder charge?
Walter Skinner: Thirty government workers are ready to testify they witnessed Mulder push a military officer to ...
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Crazy Credits

This episode marks the return of David Duchovny to the main cast, and also credits Mitch Pilleggi in the opening titles. Five people are credited in the main credits: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish and Mitch Pilleggi. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-aired in syndication and in repeats as a two-part episode. See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Not the best episode, but at least Mulder & Scully are reunited
17 February 2006 | by bugmouthgaSee all my reviews

First off, I think of myself as a big X-files fan, although I didn't become a regular viewer until the 7th season. Why? Well, honestly, I was too much of a scaredy- cat. I remember seeing the previews when it debuted in 1993. It looked new and fresh. And SCARY!!!! And I used to have a hard time watching scary shows. And since no one else I knew wanted to watch it with me, I missed out, bereft of one of the greatest shows ever created.

Eventually, I braved- and wised- up, and started watching the reruns. There was some great acting, writing and directing. Finally, I started watching the new episodes during season 7, which has since become my favorite, introducing me fully into the world of the FBI, aliens, conspiracies and lot's of fun creatures. Later, it became a wonderful thing for me to watch past episodes, watching these lovely characters evolve, grow and change; Scully, in particular, who remains my favorite character.

Season 9 had it's moments. There were a few episodes I could watch over and over again, and others that I never watch for one reason or another. And like the season it concluded, "The Truth" had it's share of both good and well, not so good.

When it originally aired, I watched with breathless anticipation. At that time, I still had not seen a lot of the episodes (particularly from the first 3 seasons), so the flashback clips added some insight to the show. Now that I have seen every episode though, re-watching "The Truth" can be somewhat cumbersome, and I find myself thinking, 'jeez, I've already seen all this before!' I've read that many of the fans felt the same way.

The trial itself did seem a bit unlikely to me as well, although I figured if Mulder did come out of hiding, he would probably get into trouble with the government. I just never imagined that it would be with the military. It also seemed unlikely that Mulder would ask Skinner to represent him, or that the court would allow it in the first place, but then, I'm no lawyer, so what do I know of such things, right? The best part of this episode is the reunion of Mulder and Scully. I think a lot of the fans were waiting for this. And Chris Carter, in his own I-don't-like-emotion-so-I'll-skirt-around-the-whole 'love-thing' at least let his characters have a little bit of happiness at Mulder's return.

Now, some have mentioned that they did or didn't care for the whole Doggett and Reyes thing, for various reasons. Here's my take on it. Agents Reyes and Doggett were decent characters, portrayed by decent actors (whoever was picking on Annabeth Gish, maybe you should see her in something else before you judge. She's really all right.) But what they're NOT is Mulder and Scully. Any of you children of divorce? Any of you since grown up and learned to get along with, or even like your step parent(s)? That's what I think the dislike of Doggett and Reyes comes from, particularly Doggett who was partnered with Scully for awhile during all of season 8. He may be a decent guy, but he's NOT Mulder. And many of us didn't care to see him "with" Scully, although not in the romantic sense at all, of course. It is perhaps, a crude explanation, but it's the closest scenario I can come up with at this late hour.

Another thing before I go. I usually try not to "single" anyone out, but somebody made a nasty comment that deserves a little picking on- after all, he picked on myself and many others with his remarks. A person under the screen name of xyzcosmonaut put down probably at least half of our fans by calling us "shippers" sad. Well, I know that Chris Carter tried to shy away from this aspect of the show, probably fearing that resolving the sexual tension that had been building up between the two leads since the beginning of the series would ruin it. I don't know, but, if you notice, Mulder and Scully never really got to "be together" until the end of the 8th season, when Duchovny was leaving. But one of the bright spots of season 9 to me was keeping Mulder's presence felt, mostly through Scully's constant connection with him particularly through their child, William (oh, and don't get me started on that terrible "resolution"! Ugh!)

But finally, we got to see Mulder and Scully back together like they were meant to be. Maybe that sounds silly or corny, but most people would prefer to have someone to love and grow old with than to die alone. Why should these characters be any different? Love makes the world go round and it comes in many different forms. It IS human nature, and what is wrong with Mulder and Scully loving each other? "The Truth" doesn't offer the truth about a lot of things. It doesn't resolve any of the main characters' turmoils. But it DOES answer one, important question that us SAD, little shippers have always known- that Mulder and Scully love each other!

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