The X-Files (1993– )
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With his mother on deathbed and the alien bounty hunter in pursuit, Mulder decides to put the alien healer in mortal danger for a chance to finally uncover the whole truth behind the alien conspiracy. Meanwhile, Mr. X's cover is blown.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Roy Thinnes ... Jeremiah Smith
Brian Thompson ... Alien Bounty Hunter
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
Morris Panych ... Gray Haired Man
Rebecca Toolan ... Teena Mulder
Brendan Beiser ... Agent Pendrell
Garvin Cross ... Repairman
Ken Camroux-Taylor Ken Camroux-Taylor ... 2nd Senior Agent (as Ken Camroux)
Don S. Williams ... Elder
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Senior Agent


Mulder is intent on saving Jeremiah Smith from the alien bounty hunter if for no other reason than he hopes Smith could save his mother who has suffered a severe stroke. Smith takes him to rural Alberta where he reveals another aspect of the conspiracy: fields where bees can pollinate that are tended by children, several of whom are identical to his sister when she was abducted at age 12. Scully meanwhile believes she has found a connection between smallpox vaccinations and the encrypted files she' located. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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This is the first episode not to be shot by John S. Bartley who had moved on to new pastures. The director of photography was Ron Stannett who was fired midway through the shoot because the producers didn't care for the way he was filming the episode. During this traumatic time, Chris Carter's services were very much needed but he was in the midst of prepping _Millennium_ at the time. See more »


Scully mentions that she has a unique protein in her biopsy as determined by "confocal microscopy" and "immunohistochemical staining" with an antibody. These techniques will identify the sub-cellular location of a protein, as long as the antibody is specific for it. However Scully then claims that this proves that she has a uniquely tagged protein. It does not - all it proves that the antibody has bound the protein that it is specific for, in this case cowpox structural protein number six. It could not show that the protein had a unique sequence added to it. Mass Spectrometry, possibly in conjunction with a Western Blot, would be needed to clearly show that she had a uniquely tagged form of the cowpox protein. See more »


Alien Bounty Hunter: [the alien bounty hunter walks down the hallway, dressed in a black suit and tie. He opens the door to Mrs. Mulder's room and walks over to the bed, looking at the respirator. He looks over to the Cigarette-Smoking Man on the other side of the bed] I need to know the reasons why this should be.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: [sounding fake] So that the work may continue. So that the project may proceed unabated by removing an unnecessary obstacle.
Alien Bounty Hunter: What obstacle?
The Cigarette Smoking Man: Agent Mulder, actually.
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At the end of the opening title sequence the words "EVERYTHING DIES" replaces the line "THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE" usually seen. See more »


Referenced in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Right where you left me...
9 April 2015 | by mdbourke-282-899973See all my reviews

Tee hee hee. I loved the delivery of Scullys line to Mulder. Dry and funny and again reiterated how selfish Mulder could be. Again another fun season opener, nuanced and interesting. The simple premise of the mythology was actually quite brilliant. I remember watching it when i was younger and thinking..what if? The parallels between the conspirators and the Nazis were subtle as a child but now, so much more obvious. Very much enjoying my return to the X File world.I have high hopes for the next season. It will be interesting to see where we can do from here. Hopefully it's success will spawn another 9 seasons of great television.

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