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Scully deeply wants to adopt three-year-old Emily Sim, only to discover that the young girl has developed a serious illness. Mulder arrives in San Diego to help investigate what may be a sinister conspiracy behind it.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Vince Gilligan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Det. John Kresge
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Pat Skipper ... Bill Scully Jr.
Karri Turner ... Tara Scully
Bob Morrisey ... Dr. Vinet
Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Calderon
Patricia Dahlquist Patricia Dahlquist ... Susan Chambliss
Lauren Diewold Lauren Diewold ... Emily Sim
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
David Abbott ... Judge Maibaum
Sheila Paterson Sheila Paterson ... Anna Fugazzi
Eric Breker ... Dark Suited Man #1
Stephen Mendel ... Dark Suited Man #2


With DNA evidence showing that Scully is in fact Emily's mother, Mulder travels to San Diego to help his partner make sense of it all. Mulder thinks it's all related to Scully's abduction where he believes her kidnappers extracted her ova. Dana continues to receive anonymous phone calls which they trace to the children's center where Emily is staying. Emily falls seriously ill and has a strange cyst on her neck. Mulder finds that his attempt to get information about her illness leads him straight to the shape-shifting alien bounty hunters who have been keeping an eye on her. Mulder traces Emily's birth to a surprising location and makes a shocking discovery. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Sequel to Christmas Carol with Mulder this time

Another sequel in the mythology that is not my favorite and i don't like it. Just like Redux they are both to me on the same level not a good episodes. Didn't had any horror in it, it lacked on action. It was boring Scully was like mother of Emily and that girl just died on the end. I like some of the aliens who were shapeshifiting but that was all in the episode.

This time David Duchovny is in this episode as Fox Mulder which in Christmas Carol he was absent. The fight for this girl makes over dramatic and irrilevant to me.

Aliens making experiments on granys older women? That took me out of the story and episode. Not saying Emily episode sucks but this episode just isnt for me. David Duchovny's performence was excellent just the story in here did make no sense to me. Scienci fiction was terrible.

I don't like Christmas Carol or Emily those two episodes mythology just isn't for me. The X-Files fans will love this episode , but I express my personal honest opinion. In my opinion Emily is a step back from Christmas Carol and it is a terrible sequel in The X-Files mythology the weakest one episode.

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