The X-Files (1993– )
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The End 

A government assassin is caught trying to kill child chess prodigy Gibson Praise during an international chess tournament. Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley arrives to help on the case but Scully is suspicious of her.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Mimi Rogers ... Agent Diana Fowley
Jeff Gulka ... Gibson Andrew Praise
Martin Ferrero ... Shooter
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Black-Haired Man
Chris Owens ... FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
George Murdock ... 2nd Elder
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Don S. Williams ... 1st Elder


Agent Jeffrey Spender is put in charge of a case of an international chess master who was felled by an assassin's bullet during a tournament. Mulder believes that the target was actually the man's opponent, a 12 year-old chess prodigy by the name of Gibson Andrew Praise. Mulder soon realizes that the boy's skill isn't so much at chess as it is to read the thoughts of others. The boy is under protective custody but the conspirators have brought in someone whose sole task is to get his hands on the boy: the Cigarette Smoking Man. Testing shows that Gibson uses part of his brain that doctors know little about. For Scully, it may be the link they need to firmly establish the alien conspiracy theory. Mulder's pursuit of the case comes at a very high cost however. Written by garykmcd

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17 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The television shows that Gibson is seen watching (The Simpson's, King of the Hill) aired on the FOX Network along with The X-Files. He makes several remarks about how good the shows are and how he wishes he could watch them at home. When Mulder mentions Baywatch to the boy, he voices his dislike for the show... which was broadcast on NBC, a FOX competitor. See more »


The Vancouver Science World (a dome like sphere) is seen in several scenes when the Smoking Man meets Krycek outside. In that particular scene, they were supposedly in the US See more »


Cigarette Smoking Man: You look surprised. Is it that I'm here or that I'm alive?
Elder #1: When we heard you'd been shot, we assumed the worst.
Elder #2: There were reports you lost too much blood to have survived.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Obviously you underestimated me. More obviously, you overestimated the man you sent to do the job.
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So long, Vancouver!
27 December 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

After five dark, cold, and rain-filled seasons filming in Vancouver, the x-files wrapped up production and moved to warm and sunny L.A. It was a great five years, and the dark and wet atmosphere really helped set the tone for the series. For the opening teaser, the show used a large arena and advertised for all the locals to come fill up the arena as extras for the chess tournament. Those aren't CGI people. They're all real. It was the x-files way of thanking the people of Vancouver for five wonderful years. It's hard to believe that that many people would watch one chess match, but it's still a cool visual. The season goes out with a bang in 'The End', a fitting finale for Vancouver. It's cool to see the syndicate out of their usual office. I believe this is the first time you see all of them together in a different setting. It's interesting how the cartoon Gibson is watching mirrors the episode. The emotional tension in this episode is heightened, especially between Mulder and Scully. This is caused by the addition of Diana Fowley, excellently played by Mimi Rogers. The character of Diana Fowley adds a certain amount of dramatic tension to the show, when she apparently horns in on Scully's territory. The scene of Scully seeing Mulder with Fowley and then returning to her car to call him is very poignant. The Cigarette Smoking Man's vocabulary is replete with chess terms in his conversations with others. And the final scene of Mulder's office is very powerful. The whole episode is layered with meaning. 'The End' means so many different things in this episode; an excellent title for the episode. It's a very fitting end to the Vancouver years of the X-Files.

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