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The Blessing Way 

A furious pursuit of Agent Mulder is underway, and more importantly, the government wants the data tape he carried. Agent Scully, against all odds, searches to uncover his whereabouts, persisting that he is alive when all others deny it.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Walter Skinner
... William Mulder
... Albert Hosteen (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
... Melissa Scully
... Margaret Scully
... Alex Krycek
... Smoking Man
... Well-Manicured Man
... Melvin Frohike
... Deep Throat
... Dr. Mark Pomerantz
... Eric Hosteen
Michael David Simms ... Senior FBI Agent
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A furious pursuit of Agent Mulder is underway, and more importantly, the government wants the data tape he carried. Agent Scully, against all odds, searches to uncover his whereabouts, persisting that he is alive when all others deny it.

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22 September 1995 (USA)  »

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John Neville's first appearance in the series as the Well Manicured Man. The character was originally designed to just appear in this episode and the one following, The X-Files: Paper Clip (1995), but he went down so well with fans that he returned for more episodes. See more »

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Scully: Who are you?
Well Manicured Man: I'm a member of a kind of consortium. We represent certain global interests.
Scully: What kind of interests?
Well Manicured Man: Interests that would be severely threatened if the contents of the digital tape you are all pursuing were to come to light.
Scully: Threatened enough to murder?
Well Manicured Man: Oh my, yes.
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A Good Follow-up To Anasazi
20 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Blessing Way is the continuation of season two's finale Anasazi where Fox Mulder was supposedly killed by an explosion in a buried rail car. Anasazi was at such a high level of drama and excitement, it would be hard to follow it up with as much intensity. The Blessing Way is a great episode but falls a little short of Anasazi. A lot of the episode deals with Mulder's recovery through a Native American ritual called 'the blessing way'. For me, that's where the episode loses a lot of its tension. Mulder lying on a bed being talked about by a Native American and being talked to by deceased persons doesn't do it for me. The other half of the story has to do with Scully dealing with Skinner, a member of the Consortium, and finding an implant in your neck. The Scully side of the story has a lot of good drama and intensity. That's why I gave this episode an 8. The end of the episode is worth the wait, and takes us into the third part of this story, Paper Clip.


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