The X-Files (1993–2018)
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With help from a police psychic, Mulder continues to search for clues about Samantha's abduction and ultimately finds the long sought after answers concerning her fate.


Kim Manners


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
William B. Davis ... CGB Spender
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Anthony Heald ... Harold Piller
Stanley Anderson ... Agent Schoniger
Rebecca Toolan ... Teena Mulder
Patience Cleveland ... Arbutus Ray
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Base Cop
Ed Beechner Ed Beechner ... Deputy
Megan Corletto Megan Corletto ... Amber Lynn LaPierre
Nicolas Stratton Nicolas Stratton ... Appearing Boy (as Nicholas Stratton)
Mimi Paley ... Young Samantha
Fort Atkinson Fort Atkinson ... Detective #1
Jeff Xander Jeff Xander ... Detective #2


Mulder enlists the help of Harold Piller, a police psychic, to search for the missing girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre. Meanwhile, Scully searches for answers about Samantha's abduction, leading her to the Cigarette Smoking Man. Both of their investigations lead to Mulder finally learning the truth about his sister's disappearance. Written by Muldernscully

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The original script had Mulder break down in tears after learning of Samantha's fate. David Duchovny didn't want to play it that way and asked director Kim Manners to trust his instincts. Instead Duchovny played the scene with such relief and acceptance that he brought tears to the eyes of the cast and crew. See more »


During the climax of the episode, the spirits cast shadows on the ground, yet they are translucent. See more »


Mulder: I wonder what my mom was thinking. I wonder what my mom was gonna tell me.
Scully: Get some sleep.
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Crazy Credits

The tagline of the opening credits reads "Believe to Understand." See more »


Referenced in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Awful episode about the Beautiful Samantha Mulder
15 December 2016 | by MysteryRidahSee all my reviews

Just finish watching closure episode, i read some other reviews, a few i agreed with , that it was horrible. So throughout all the seasons/episodes where Samantha Mulder story-line was that she was taken by aliens( which made more sense anyway ), the bounty hunter alien knowing about her and trying to killed the clones of her, CSM showing Mulder many times his sister Samantha Mulder, for goodness sake we seen her in many episodes, alive and well. Even those taken by aliens told Mulder that his sister is still alive and was a clone from her. Watching the episode closure, made no sense at all. So basically the original story-line was all a waste of time, because it would have made more sense for Mulder to be reunited with her sister, then to say she was killed by some fat man and went into some stupid star light afterlife nonsense.

ugh, i have to remind myself to just never watch that episode ever again and erase it from my memory and just pretend she was taken by aliens and she's living somewhere in a nice home now. Oh wait, the CSM already proved that , remember when him and Samantha Mulder went to see Mulder at the restaurant?

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13 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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