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In the two-part, eighth-season opener, Robert Patrick joins the cast as Special Agent John Doggett, heading the task force to find Mulder, who appears to be leaving some clues.

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The New Credits

Opening credits have changed. Although most of it is the same, we have new coloured photographs for Mulder and Scully, plus a Doggett badge after Mulder & Scully. The credits are shorter, we dont see the globe with the lightning bolts and the glowing fingers anymore. After the Robert Patrick credit, we see a featus and then a moon crossing over the fetus like an eclipse. The fetus turns into the sun and we see Mulder falling. The moon turns into the pupil of an eye, and he falls into the eye - as we pull back, we realise its Scully's eye - and she blinks!

Episode Summary
By Michael Marek, Jamie Ruby

It is the day after Scully discovered she was pregnant. She dreams both of her baby and of Mulder (a fetus floating around a yellowish liquid and the attached umbilical cord coming out of Mulder's mouth). Her visions of him are disturbing.

At work, she finds men in the X-Files office who tell her that they are looking for anything that might be pertinent for the manhunt. She thinks a conventional search for Mulder is crazy. She goes to Skinner -- who says that it wasn't his idea and they agree that they won't find Mulder that way. Kersh has been named Deputy Director and is now Skinner's superior.

Scully: Weíre not gonna to find Mulder this way. You know that and I know that.
Skinner: I told you last night I will find him. Iím gonna do that. Okay? Now I want you just to cool it. I donít want you doing anything that could upset your pregnancy.
Scully: I donít understand. You are the assistant director. Whoís going over your head on this?
Skinner: Our brand new deputy director.

Kersh tells Scully and Skinner that the only acceptable solution is to find Mulder safe and alive. Scully feels she and Skinner should be directing the search. Kersh says FBI agent John Doggett has been named the leader of the search. Kersh warns that of anything gets out about aliens or abductions, Scully and Skinner will be fired.

Scully: With due respect, there arenít two people better qualified to be directing this action, Sir.
Kersh: Right now you and AD Skinner are the two primary witnesses to Mulderís disappearance. I want your statement taken ASAP.
Scully: You make us out to be suspects, Sir.
Skinner: Taken by who?
Kersh: My task force leader on this, Special agent John Doggett.

Skinner is called to give a statement about Mulder's disappearance. He vows to tell the truth, but Scully says that he won't be any good to Mulder if he gives them the power to ruin his career.

Skinner: Look. I saw what I saw. I have to make a statement in there; Iím not going to tell them it didnít happen.
Scully: But you heard Kersh. You donít want the truth. You give them the truth and theyíll hang you with it.
Skinner: Then theyíll hang me with a lie too. Iím not gonna sell Mulder out.
Scully: What good are you to Mulder, if you give them the power to ruin your career? We *will* find him.

Scully sits while Skinner gives his statement. Another agent is near her and strikes up a conversation. He offers her a cup of water telling her that it could be a long wait.

Doggett: Arenít you his partner, Mulder?
Scully: Yes.
Doggett: I guess nobodyís beyond suspicion on this thing.
Scully: Why are they talking to you?
Doggett: Me? Oh, I knew Mulder back a bit. Been developing a working profile and character background.
Scully: Iíd say they have all the character profiling they need on him.
Doggett: Certainly his reputation. I doubt we agents ever truly know each other, even our partners, not at the end of the day. Their real lives, their friends, girlfriends, deeply personal things, issues.
Scully: I think I know Mulder as much as anybody.
Doggett: Yeah, probably so. I always took the rumors with a grain of salt.
Scully: What rumors are those?
Doggett: Well, you know. Well, that, from the beginning he never felt a real trust with you. That you were ambitious.
Scully: Whereíd that come from?
Doggett: There are women here at the bureau that he would confide in. I donít know if you knew that or not. Scully: No. When was this?
Doggett: I donít know. Itís just talk. So, what do you think happened, to Mulder? Whatís your theory?
Scully: Whatís my theory? My theory is you donít know Mulder at all. You never did. [Scully reaches over and flips over Dogett's id] Kershís task force leader. You might have just introduced yourself.
Doggett: Well, I was getting around to it.

She throws a cup of water in his face for trying to manipulate her, and walks out. The camera zooms on Doggett's dripping face, as Skinner and the other agents are stunned. Later, at home, she checks Doggett's computer file, but runs to the bathroom because she has to vomit. She calls her mom, but gets an answering machine - on the verge of tears she leaves a message that she needs to talk, but hears sounds on the line indicating that the line is tapped. She sees someone outside [Doggett?] watching her apartment. She calls Doggett and tells him to keep away from her, but he is still at his office and appears perplexed. She sees the shadow of someone outside her apartment door, grabs a gun and pursues, but bumps into the landlord who is tyring to fix the roof. He claims he saw Mulder in her building a few moments earlier. She runs back to her apartment and finds that her computer is gone.

Scully goes to Mulder's apartment. His computer is also gone. His bed still has some of his clothes on it. She lies down. In a dream (or reality) we see Mulder with his face skin stretched by mechanical claws. A drill enters his mouth and begins cutting. The Lone Gunmen are with Skinner at a satellite dish field - they are pulling down UFO information from the Pacific Northwest. Skinner wants to know where the spaceship is headed next, but they can't determine where the UFO went.

Doggett calls on Kersh and asks if anyone else is also assigned to look for Mulder that Doggett doesn't know about or whether someone out there was taking orders from another office. Kersh denies it, but asked him what prompted this question. Doggett tells him it was his wits. Kersh tells Doggett that he's got a chance to shine and stand in the spotlight and to show everyone he is an ace.

Scully wakes up in Mulder's bed and finds Doggett in the apartment.

Scully: What are you doing her?
Doggett: I could ask you the same.
Scully: I came by to feed Mulderís fish.
Doggett: And then you got tired and decided to take a nap.
Scully: Youíve got a way about you, Agent Doggett, that might have worked with the NYPD, but youíre talking to a fellow FBI agent now. Iíd appreciated some respect.
Doggett: Respect like you showed me on the phone? Give a little, get a little, Agent Scully.
Scully: Who ambushed me with the phony chitchat about Mulder and then put a wire tap on my phone?
Doggett: Thatís BS.
Scully: And now youíre followiní me!
Doggett: I just came by to feed the fish.

Doggett: I know the answer, Agent Scully.
Scully: I donít even know the question.
Doggett: What happened to Mulder. I know what youíre gonna say or not, because you think Iím the big bad wolf. Do you really believe it?
Scully: You think by talking in circles Iím just gonna get dizzy and, and blurt it out, this so-called answer?
Doggett: That he was abducted by aliens?
Scully: You said it, I didnít.
Doggett: I guess I just find it hard to swallow that a scientist, a serious person could buy that. Ever see an alien, Agent Scully?
Scully: You want me to go on record? I will go on record to say this: That I have seen things I cannot explain. I have observed phenomena that I cannot deny. And that as a scientist and a serious person, it is a badge of honor not to dismiss these things because someone thinks theyíre BS.
Doggett: You think he was abducted.

oggett tells her that he knows where Mulder has been going, he found car rental receipts for a series of 370-mile trips Mulder took in May without telling anyone. Scully doesn't know what he was doing to which Doggett says that maybe she didn't know her partner.

As they talk, Doggett gets a call about Mulder being seen at the FBI headquarters. Skinner and Scully are called to the task force room -- somebody removed some files after office hours. Skinner is questioned -- it was Mulder's pass card that was used to enter the room and Skinner was at the building until 10pm the night before. They wonder if Skinner is helping Mulder and used Mulder's pass card. Skinner says that Mulder is only after the truth, and would not do such a thing just to get back at the bureau as they are implying. Scully tells Doggett that Skinner was telling the truth and Doggett tells her that he believes him, but finds that Mulder's credit card was used two days ago in Raleigh, NC to buy flowers. Scully realizes that Raleigh is where Tina Mulder is buried, which explains the rental car trips. Doggett has also found that the Mulder family cemetery marker is newly engraved to say "Fox Mulder 1961-2000." Scully doesn't know what to think, but Skinner tells her that he doesn't believe it.

Doggett finds medical records of additional treatment Scully knew nothing about following Mulder's hospitalization a year ago for unusual brain activity. Scully said that it was in Mulder's temporal lobe to which Skinner added that Mulder had made a full recovery. However, it is clear from the records with Doggett that Mulder was dying but didn't tell Scully.

Doggett: How far would Mulder go?
Scully: How far would he go for what?
Doggett: The truth. His truth. Whatever it was he was trying to prove. How bad did he need to prove it?
Scully: It was his whole life.

Doggett says that Mulder found himself in a place where no one wants to go. His life and work were threatened, his search was in vain and nothing was proven, unless Mulder took one last big chance. Doggett asks if Mulder is trying to create doubt and leave a mark. Would he stage his own disappearance - steal files from the FBI and break into his and Scully's apartment? Skinner, though, knows that he saw a UFO at close range. Scully asks Doggett to not report Skinner's statement. Doggett says that it wouldn't do any good to him, because it won't help him find Mulder and thats all he wanted to do.

Skinner and Scully go back to the Gunmen - there was lots of microburst activity in the Arizona desert meaning that is probably where the UFO took Mulder. Scully thinks its a waste of time, but Skinner believes that its the only thing they have. Scully asks that even if it were true, where would they begin to which Langly suggests that maybe they should go to whoever was going to abducted next.

Scully suddenly realizes that it is the aliens removing evidence of their existence and that they are in Arizona because they are looking for Gibson Andrew Praise, who is hard proof of alien DNA. Doggett also finds a file on Gibson -- they believe Gibson's file is what was stolen.

The boy was last seen in Arizona and the general consensus is that to find Mulder they need to find Gibson. We see another scene of Mulder undergoing medical tests - a medical saw cutting into his chest - and Scully wakes up. She is in a vehicle with Skinner in Arizona. While trying to the find the way:

Skinner: Whatís out there?
Scully: According to this map, a whole lot of nothiní.

Satellite data shows UFO activity 100 miles north of Phoenix. Doggett and his task force are also there, flying helicopters. An agent reports that Gibson has been found at a school for the deaf. Scully and Skinner also head for the school. While at a gas station Scully notices that the air ripples across the desert (the spaceship's force field). School officials pull Gibson out of class pending arrival of the FBI, and Gibson gives a meaningful look at a girl also attending the school.

Doggett, Scully and Skinner all arrive at the school at the same time. Gibson escaped out of the window of the office where he was being held. The task force agents spread out. Gibson walks up to a man (we don't see who it is) and Doggett soon after finds their footprints lead off into the mountains. Doggett catches up with them and points his gun at the man pulling Gibson toward a cliff. The camera pans to show Mulder's face ....to be continued.

Cut Scenes

Scully`s searches were also to lead her to Mulder`s doctor, Dr. Beth Siegler. The clues to Mulder`s possible whereabouts -- or the reason behind his disappearance -- lie in the events seen in Biogenesis / The Sixth Extinction / The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati. Mulder`s transformation plays a big part in these episodes, which is why Scully decies that she must find Gibson Praise, who has the same abilities as the ones that Mulder had. However, though these details remain in the episode, the character of Beth Siegler was cut.


Episode Cast and Credits

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Robert Patrick Special Agent John Doggett
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Walter Skinner
James Picken Jr. Assistant Director Alvin Kersh
Arlene Malinowski Teacher
Marty Zagon Coeben
Tom Braidwood John Byers
Bruce Harwood Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund Ringo Langly
Jonathan Palmer
Jeff Gulka Gibson Praise

Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Kim Manners

Aired on: 5th November 2000

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