The X-Files (1993– )
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Nothing Important Happened Today 

While Doggett's investigation of Deputy Director Kersh hits difficulties, the agents encounter a beautiful woman with the ability to remain submerged underwater.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Lucy Lawless ... Shannon McMahon
Nicholas Walker ... Carl Wormus
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Cary Elwes ... Brad Follmer
John Casino John Casino ... Roland McFarland
Jane Yamamoto ... News Anchor
Travis Riker Travis Riker ... Baby William


Doggett's investigation of Kersh and the FBI isn't making him any friends, especially Brad Follmer, a new Assistant Director who has a romantic past with Reyes. Meanwhile Scully declines to tell anyone where Mulder has gone while a female super soldier is on the loose and may give Doggett the clues he needs to make his point known. Written by UnforgivenSpaceCowboy

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Release Date:

11 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Brad Follmer is named after Chris Carter's assistant. See more »


When Agent Doggett is listening to the news report on Carl Wormus as he is getting ready, the reporter says he's in his late 30s, yet the obituary clipping left in the hallway for Agent Reyes has his age as 45. See more »


Monica Reyes: You make it sound like I go home from work with post-its on my ass.
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »


References The Lone Gunmen: All About Yves (2001) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Nothing Important Today, Except for XENA Joining The X-Files
12 March 2012 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Which was why I LOVED this episode. As much as I loved Mulder, I was willing to see a X-Files without him. I loved the addition of John Doggett and I knew Monica Reyes would eventually take over Skully's place in the show, had the show gone on longer.

It's because, the X-Files is a CONCEPT, it's NOT strictly about Mulder or Skully, or even CGI Spender or Geoffrey Spender or The Lone Gunman or X or Deep throat. Or Agent Fowley, or Skinner or Kirsch. Or Carey Elwes.

The X-Files was not about one single character or pair of characters, but that was the format of the show - Two individuals go it alone against The World and All the Lies and try to find The Truth, which is blocked to them at every avenue - And the bad Guys are always 10 steps ahead. Sound Familiar? Because we can just assume FRINGE is this same story continued.

Mulder is GONE - He's just Gone, and he's in danger. Skully may be able to get in touch with him, but will not jeopardize his safety.

Doggett had determined to investigate Kersh in the 8th Season Finale. But by this time, he's blocked in like a sardine, and all the evidence and witnesses have been spirited away. Welcome to The basement, Doggett! Skully's baby William has some abilities and that makes him a target. And now Doggett finds a relation to his "friend" Knowle Rohrer and Shannon McMahon - What are they? We saw these guys basically re-assemble from a silver piece of Vertebrae last season. This episode is the start of the last Mythos Arc of The X-Files: The "Super Soldier/Alien Replacement" Arc.

I was glued to the TV when this was first-run because of course, Xena was going to join The X-Files. I was SO excited about this, and I thought she did an incredible believable job - This was the perfect Role for Xena. I always think of Lucy Lawless as Xena more than Lucy, it's just implanted in my brain that way.

This is the first of only two episodes that Lucy was in - It was intended that the character come back and be the best antithesis of Knowle Rohrer, but complications with a pregnancy prevented her from coming back.

But what we have here, is the hand-off, Mulder and Skully hand the X-Files over to Doggett and Reyes, their worthy successors. I liked the Doggett/Reyes team just like I liked the Mulder/Skully team.

It was just that, Well Mulder and Skully, had an impact on us for seven long years. The X-Files as a Concept and as a Show COULD have continued, with different people. It's like Life, things change. People come and go in the Telling, like Lord of The Rings, the narrative starts with Bilbo Baggins and is handed to Frodo, who hands it to Samwise.

It's just the nature of the 'verse - And now, the work done by Mulder and Skully has been handed to Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, Walter Bishop and Astrid Farnsworth in FRINGE.

It had been 7 years since TV had an X-Files type show until Fringe aired in 2009. Honestly, did anyone expect to see shows like The X-Files and Fringe from 2002 to 2008? Not in THAT Administration of Lies. An Administration Mulder would have fought with all his Might.

I'm hopeful our current Administration will continue for another 4 years. Then maybe even The X-Files could come back, if just as another Movie. If it does, I'd like to know the fates of John Doggett and Monica Reyes, because Carter made us care about them, as much as most "X Files Fans" did not care for them.

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