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In part one of the two-part season finale, long-simmering plot twists converge and details about Scully's pregnancy are revealed as Mulder, Doggett, Skinner and Reyes (guest star Annabeth Gish) must put aside their differences and work together to protect Scully's unborn child when Billy Miles an alien/human hybrid, starts a murderous rampage

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Episode Summary
By Michael Marek

The episode begins with a narration by Mulder about the miracle of life or is it just nostalgia for something commandeered by science. How did this child come to be? Is it a miracle or a product of technology?

Scully's mother, Maggie, is helping decorate Scully's apartment for a baby shower. Lizzy Gill arrives, a baby nurse Maggie has asked to help Scully. While the shower is going on, Lizzy replaces the pills in Scully's prescription bottle. At Zeus Genetics, Dr. Lev is working late when Billy Miles enters. He's there to verify that Dr. Lev's work has been fruitful. It has, but his work is done. Billy kills Dr. Lev, dousing the body with a chemical and setting it on fire. Doggett is cleaning his gun on a Saturday morning when Mulder comes to his door. The Zeus Genetics building has burned and Mulder wants to be involved because it's the place where Scully thought they were creating alien babies.

The two visit the FBI evidence analysis facility which is sifting through the debris from Zeus. Doggett's friend, Gene, resents that it was Mulder who initiated the search. All of the Zeus staff is accounted for but Dr. Lev. Lev's co-founder of Zeus Genetics was Dr. Parenti, who was Scully's obstratician for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy. Mulder and Doggett go to question Parenti. They gain access to the office, believing that nobody is there. Parenti actually is there, meeting with a patient. In Parenti's office Doggett finds many glass containers with preserved fetuses. Parenti says they are babies with birth defects. Scully takes her perscription pills as Lizzy is about to leave. Outside, Lizzy is picked up to Duffy Haskel. She tells him that Scully trusts her and Haskel replies, "Good, we're almost at an end."

Dr. Parenti is packing the things in his office when Billy enters. When Mulder and Doggett arrive to further question Parenti, they find the doctor's head in one of the glass canisters. Mulder finds Billy in the office, who tosses Mulder through a glass panel. Doggett fires his gun at Billy's chest, but Billy keeps coming. Doggett ducks into an office, and when he looks out again, Billy has disappeared. Doggett and Mulder go to Scully's apartment, where she cleans a cut over Mulder's eyebrow. Mulder thinks Billy is an alien "human replacement." Doggett counters that Billy bled red blood when he was shot, and the X-Files show that aliens bleed green. Mulder speculates that Billy is something new. Lizzy arrives while they are talking and from another room calls Haskel to report that there is trouble that the agents are asking all the right questions. While on the phone, Haskel is attacked by Billy.

Dogett arrives at the crime scene where Haskel's head has been found, severed from his body. Skinner and Mulder are there, too. Skinner says the building has been determined to be an illegal medical facility for the purpose of human cloning and that prenatal records indicate that Lev and Parenti were monitoring Scully's pregnancy. Skinner asks Mulder about the fatherhood of Scully's baby. Mulder has no idea and Skinner stresses that he needs answers. Mulder phones Scully, who has to leave the shower to answer. She catches Lizzy substituting more prescription pills. Scully is checked out at the hospital, and everything is fine. The replacement pills were just vitamin supplements. Skinner, Mulder and Doggett gather at Skinner's office to question Lizzy, who says that for ten years she has been a scientist working on a secret human cloning project. They were funded with government money from men who are all dead now. They were successful with a clone combining human and alien DNA. The babies only survived a couple of days, but they provided tissue and stem cells for other work, which Lizzy claims to have no knowledge of. Lizzy says Scully's child is very special a perfect human child with no human frailties. Mulder storms out. Doggett's friend, Gene, tells Doggett that Billy has called in from Dr. Parenti's office, offering to give himself up. Doggett takes a SWAT team to Parenti's office, but Billy is not there.

Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment and tells her to pack a bag quickly because she is in danger. He is going to do everything he can to protect her baby, but he can't do that at her apartment. Doggett phones to report that Billy is not where he said he would be. The lights go out in Scully's apartment and Mulder and Scully run. As they head down the hall, Billy approaches from the other end of the hall. Scully's car is blocked in by two other cars. As Billy approaches, he is struck by another car, driven by Krycek. Although Krycek's car completely passed over Billy's body, Billy is recovering rapidly. Krycek calls out that they don't have much time and in a split second, Mulder and Scully decide to go with Krycek. They all gather again in Skinner's office. Krycek says that there are others just like Billy and that they are virtually unstoppable. They are working to end the resistance to the alien's return to the planet. Why do they want Scully's baby? They are afraid of it, because they realize that it could be greater than them. Krycek asked Skinner to kill Scully's baby (a few episodes ago) because he wanted to destroy the truth. Mulder leaps to the conclusion that this truth is that there is a higher power, a God. Krycek says that there is no hospital that is safe enough for Scully.

Doggett calls in help, including agent Monica Reyes, who is on her way to the airport in a taxi. She diverts to the FBI building. Doggett waits for her in the parking garage and phones to Skinner and Mulder to bring Scully down when he sees Reyes' taxi pull up. As Monica drives up, however, Billy is seen in the parking garage and Doggett tells Skinner and Mulder to take Scully back up in the elevator. Billy heads up the stairs. Skinner and Mulder leave Scully with Krycek and head out to intercept Billy. Krycek gets her to the garage and Reyes drives off with Scully, slowly negotiating the curves of the parking garage. Gene stops them at the parking garage exit to the street. On the roof of the building, Skinner encounters Billy. Mulder runs up and knocks Billy over the edge of the building. Billy falls into a garbage truck, several stories below. Gene waives Reyes on and she drives off with Scully. Viewers see that Gene has a bump on the back of his neck.

To be continued.


Scenes and Dialogues

Skinner: There is some personal business we need to take care of. About Scully's baby. About who the father is.
Mulder: Yeah I hear there's a pool at the FBI.
Skinner: I've had my suspicions. that is until i heard you had questions. questions about Scully's pregnancy itself.
Mulder: Who the father is ... that's Scully's business. If you're asking how a woman diagnosed as barren is about to give birth. I have no answer


Episode Cast and Information

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Robert Patrick Special Agent John Doggett
Mitch Pillegi Walter Skinner
Zachary Ansley Billy Miles
Annabeth Gish Agent Monica Reyes
Sheila Larken Margaret Scully
Nicholas Lea Alex Krycek
Frances Fisher Lizzy Gill
David Purdham Dr. Lev
Steven Anderson Dr. James Parenti
Denise Crosby Dr. Speake
Arlene Pileggi 1st Woman Party-Goer
Karon Kearney 2nd Woman Party-Goer
Jay Acovone Duffy Haskell
Kirk B. R. Woller Agent Gene Crane

Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Kim Manners

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