27 June 2007

Season 5: Travelers (5X15)

Writers: John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
Director: Bill Graham

In a flash back to 1990, a sheriff while assisting a landlord in the eviction of a tenant, Edward Skur, discovers a dead body with its internal organs removed. A figure springs from the shadows and the sheriff opens fire, mortally wounding an elderly man. As he lays dying he utters the words, 'Mulder... Mulder'.
Special Agent Fox Mulder of the violent crimes division visits a former FBI agent, Arthur Dales about as unsolved case from the 1950's involving Edward Skur as a suspect in a series of killings where the victims had their internal organs removed. Dales is reluctant to talk, until Mulder tells him his name is Mulder, Dales shows recognition of the name. Dales explains how back in the 1952 he and his partner arrested Skur as a suspected communist, that night he received a call from his partner saying that Skur had hung himself in jail.

Later Dales went to the Skur residence to break the news to Skur's wife, however when he got there Dales saw Skur walking down the street and gave chase but after a short scuffle Skur escaped. Dales was then approached by Mulder's father Bill, who explained that Skur was not a communist, he worked for the state department. His arrest and faked death was a cover up by the government, who tricked Skur in to having an operation called xenotransplantation, the grafting of a species into a human body. As the case is re-classified as an X-file, Mulder's father tells Dales the government is trying to cover it up, but the truth must come out.

The character of Arthur Dales would return a few times during the show's 6th season.

In the scene where Dales is being interviewed by Cohn, Cohn's assistant stands at the back of the office and silently observes. He stands in a similar pose and behaves in a similar manner to that of the Cigarette Smoking Man during Scully's initial interview in the pilot episode. The assistant, who is never named in dialogue or in the credits, is definitely an associate of Bill Mulder at the time. Despite the fact that he was not seen smoking in this episode, is it possible that Cohn's assistant was in fact the CSM?

David Fredericks reprises his role as J. Edgar Hoover from "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man".

David can be seen wearing his actual wedding ring which is never explained in the series whether he was, as Mulder, ever married or not. See also ''Unusual Suspects'' where he also wears his ring. He seems to be making a point in both episodes to show his ring.

Dorothy Bahnsen: It's in an X-file.
Dales: An X-file?
Dorothy Bahnsen: Yes. Unsolved cases. I file them under "X".
Dales: Why don't you file them under "U" for "unsolved"?
Dorothy Bahnsen: That's what I did until I ran out of room. There's plenty of room in the "Xs".
Dales: Who decides when a case gets an "X"?
Dorothy Bahnsen: The Director's office. It's...It's kind of a dead end. No one's supposed to see them but it makes for interesting reading.

Dales: Do you know what an... X-File is?
Mulder: It's uh... yeah, it's an unsolved case.
Dales: No. It's a case that's been designated... unsolved.

Episode Number: 112
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, March 29, 1998
Production Code: 5X15

26 June 2007

Season 5: The Red and the Black (5X14)

Writers: Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Director: Chris Carter

Mulder arrives at the bridge, which is a scene of carnage, and is directed to a provisional tent where Scully is being treated by medics. Scully has no recollection of what happen on the bridge at all. Agent Spender tells Mulder that his mother Cassandra Spender is missing. Meanwhile Marita Covarrubias has been infected with the Black Oil by Dmitri, the Well Manicured Man believes Krycek has an vaccine against the Black Oil created by the Russians, he offers Krycek freedom in return for the vaccine.

When a UFO crash lands at Fort Wiekamp Air Force Base, photos reveal a rebel alien who the Syndicate members recognize as a threat to their colonization plans. After test reveal that the people on the bridge all had implants similar to Scully's, Mulder puts forward the theory that the government developed and implanted the chips as part of their bio-weapons project. But Scully agrees to be hypnotized by Dr. Werber and recounts the events on the bridge. How a UFO appeared overhead, then aliens started to kill people on the bridge but were then themselves attacked by a second UFO.

Assistant Director Skinner listens to Scully's session tapes, Mulder again suggests it is cover for a secret military operation. But Skinner finds Scully's UFO explanation more plausible. Krycek contacts Mulder with information about the rebel alien and resistance to the alien colonization plan for earth that draws him in to a deadly confrontation with the alien bounty hunter once more.

The altered tagline for this episode "Resist or Serve" is used as the title for the X Files Playstation 2 game released in 2004.

The list of Skyland Mountain victims viewed by Scully in her hospital room is made up of the names of X-Files staffers.

Krycek: Hear this, Agent Mulder... listen very carefully because what I'm telling you is deadly serious. There is a war raging, and unless you pull your head out of the sand, you and I and about five billion other people are going to go the way of the dinosaur. I'm talking planned invasion. The colonization of this planet by an extraterrestrial race.
Mulder: I thought you were serious.
Krycek: Kazakhstan, Skyland Mountain, the site in Pennsylvania. They're all alien lighthouses where the colonization will begin, but where now, a battle's being waged. A struggle for heaven and earth. Where there is one law: fight or die. And one rule: resist or serve.
Mulder: Serve who?
Krycek: No, not who. What.

Scully: What are you doing sitting here in the dark?
Mulder: Thinkin'.
Scully: Thinkin' about what?
Mulder: Oh, the usual. Destiny. Fate. How to throw a curve ball...

Skinner: Over the past 5 years I've doubted you, only to be persuaded by the power of your belief in extraterrestrial phenomena. And I'm doubting you now not because of that belief but... because extraterrestrial belief is frankly the more plausible explanation.
Mulder: Then I suggest you put ''that'' into your report.

Mulder: Krycek, you're a murderer, a liar, and a coward. Just because you stick a gun in my chest means I'm supposed to believe you're my friend?

Highlights from ''The Red and the Black''

Episode Number: 111
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, March 8, 1998
Production Code: 5X14

18 June 2007

Season 5: Patient X (5X13)

Writers: Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Director: Kim Manners

In Kazakhstan, a young boy Dmitri is witness to a mass murder in the woods. The boy is picked up by Krycek and a group of Russian soldiers who confront Martia Covarrubias who is leading a UN investigation of the incident. Back in the US, Mulder attends a lecture about Patient X, who claims to be an alien abductee. He disagrees with the other delegates, arguing that the 'little green men' stories are a cover up to hide the truth about the government developing biological warfare.

After the lecture he is approached by Dr. Werber, whose patient Cassandra Spender is Patient X. He takes Mulder to meet with Cassandra, she explains to a doubtful Mulder that aliens are on earth to deliver a message. Marita Covarrubias briefs the Syndicate on the Kazakhstan incident, telling them that it was aimed at them. Krycek calls the Well Manicured Man and offers to trade Dmitri in return for all the Syndicate's information on a vaccine for the Black Oil.

Agent Spender, Cassandra's son warns them off the case but Scully meets Cassandra, who has an implant like Scully's in the base of her neck and believes her story. Cassandra tells Scully that some nights she wakes up with a feeling she should be somewhere. After a similar mass murder to the one in Kazakhstan occurs in the US, Scully feels strongly that it has something to do with her own abduction. Later Scully has an attack like Cassandra described and finds herself on a bridge with a crowd of people as a bright light appears overhead.

This is the first appearance of Jeffrey Spender, played by Chris Owens.

This is also the first appearance of Cassandra Spender, played by Veronica Cartwright. She would later return in the Season 6 two-parter "Two Fathers/One Son". Veronica Cartwright was nominated for an Emmy award in 1998 for her performance as Cassandra Spender.

Nicholas Lea is now credited under the "Also Starring" heading.

The shot of Krycek's ship in New York Harbour is a reused shot of the ship in Season 2's ''Dod Kalm'' with a cut out of the New York skyline superimposed in the background.

In Season 2's ''Ascension'', Skyland Mountain was a private ski resort, yet here we are told it is a national park.

Scully: Shouldn't that be my picture next to that headline? Or is that you just having a little fun?
Mulder: Do I LOOK like I'm having fun, Scully?
Scully: You look constipated, actually.
Mulder: That would make sense. I've had my head up my rear end for the last five years.

Mulder: You know? You... you try to reveal what's hidden, you try to incite people with the facts, but they'd rather believe some insane nonsense, refusing to believe what our government is capable of.
Scully: You've come a long way, Mulder.
Mulder: Yeah, and still nobody believes me.

Mulder: One more anal-probing, gyro-pyro levitating ectoplasm alien anti-matter story and I'm gonna take out my gun and shoot somebody.
Scully: Well... I guess I'm done here. You seem to have invalidated your own work. Have a nice life!

Highlights from ''Patient X''

Episode Number: 110
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, March 1, 1998
Production Code: 5X13

14 June 2007

Season 5: Bad Blood (5X12)

Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Cliff Bole

Agents Mulder and Scully return to Washington to discuss the events that led to the bizarre death of a teenage boy, Ronnie Stickland in Chaney, Texas during their investigation before they have to report to Assistant Director Skinner to explain why the FBI is being sued for 446 million dollars by the Strickland family. But the two agents recollection of the events differ. Scully recounts how they went to Texas to investigate a series of cattle exsanguinations after a holiday maker, Mr. Funt met a similar fate.

Scully performed an autopsy on the body that revealed that Mr. Funt was drugged and his blood then drained by syringe. After a second victim was found under similar circumstances and a second autopsy. Scully concluded that someone was attempting to emulate vampires as seen in the movies. Mulder's version is very different, he paints himself in a good light, while Scully is suspicious of his every word. Mulder recounts how they went to Texas to investigate Mr. Funt's death and discovered evidence of the involvement of vampires. Which culminated when Ronnie Stickland, a suspected vampire attacked Mulder, who then killed Ronnie with a wooden stake through the chest after chasing him through the woods. With the two agents unable to agree on the events, the situation is further muddled when word is received from the coroner in Texas that Ronnie Stickland is not dead after all.

This episode was inspired by an episode of the old "Dick Van Dyke Show", titled "The Night the Roof Fell In", in which Rob and Laura Petrie have a fight and then each tell their neighbor their version of what led up to it.

In an amusing coincidence, there is a town in Georgia called Hartwell which has a Stricklands Funeral Home in it.

Scully's "It's not that Mexican goat-sucker, either" refers to the 'Chupacabra' from season 4's ''El Mundo Gira''.

This is reportedly one of Gillian Anderson's favorite episodes.

Scully: Skinner wants our report in one hour. What are you going to tell him?
Mulder: What do you mean what am I going to tell him? I'm going to tell him exactly what I saw. What are you going to tell him?
Scully: I'll tell him exactly what I saw.
Mulder: Now, how is that different? (Scully gives him an exasperated look) Look, Scully, I'm the one who may wind up going to prison here. I got to know if you're going to back me up or what.
Scully: First of all, if the family of Ronnie Strickland does indeed decide to sue the FBI for... I think the figure is $446 million... then you and I both will most certainly be co-defendants and second of all ... I don't even have a second of all, Mulder. $446 million. I'm in this as deep as you are and I'm not even the one that overreacted! I didn't do the ... (she makes a stabbing motion) with the thing!

Sheriff Hartwell: Yeah. Okay. Uh ... what she said, that's what I'm thinking, and, uh ... Yeah.

Mulder: The absence of birds singing.
Hartwell: There ya go! 'Cause I - I ain't hearin' any birds singin', right? 'Course, it's winter and we ain't got no birds, but is... is there anything else?

Mulder: C'mon, Scully, get those little legs moving! C'mon!

Scully: But Mulder, he had fake fangs. Why would a real vampire fake fangs? I mean, for the sake of argument.
Mulder: Fangs are very rarely mentioned in the folklore. Real vampires aren't actually thought to have them. It's more an invention of Bram Stoker's. I think maybe you were right before when you said that this is just a guy who's watched too many Dracula movies. He just happens to be a real vampire.

Scully: Stomach contents show last meal close to the time of death, consisting of... pizza! Topped with pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms... mushrooms... That sounds really good.

Scully: Did he have...
Mulder: Two small puncture marks on the neck? Too bad. We got 'em. Check it out.
Scully: Well, these may be syringe marks. Their placement meant to emulate fangs. Such ritualistic blood-letting points towards cultists of some sort, in which case... What?
Mulder: Yeah, that's probably it, satanic cultists. Come on, Scully.
Scully: You're not gonna tell me you think it's that Mexican goat sucker thing.
Mulder: El Chupacabra? No, they got four fangs, not two, and they suck goats, hence the name. Scully: So instead, this would be...
Mulder: Classic Vampirism.

Scully: Well, there is a psychological fixation called Hematodipsia which causes the sufferer to gain erotic satisfaction from consuming human blood.
Sheriff Hartwell: Erotic. Yeah.

Mulder: I think that what we *may* be looking at is what appears to be a series of vampire or vampire-like acts.
Scully: On what do you base that?!
Mulder: Uh... well, on the corpses drained of blood and the fang marks on the neck. But, as always, I'm very eager to hear your opinion.
Scully: Well, it's obviously not a vampire.
Mulder: Well, why not?
Scully: Because they don't exist?

Scully: If there's a point, Mulder, please feel free to come to it.

(Fantasy sequence)
Sheriff Hartwell: You really know your stuff, Dana.
(Mulder interrupts the fantasy sequence) Mulder: DANA?! He never even knew your first name!
Scully: You gonna interrupt me or what?
Mulder: No. You go ahead. (Mockingly) Dana...
(Fantasy sequence) Sheriff Hartwell: Agent Scully, you really know your stuff.

Highlights from: ''Bad Blood''

Episode Number: 109
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, February 22, 1998
Production Code: 5X12

12 June 2007

Season 5: Kill Switch (5X11)

Writers: William Gibson and Tom Maddox
Director: Rob Bowman

When computer genius and co-inventor of the Internet, Donald Gelman is killed in the cross fire of a shoot out between a gang of drug dealer and two deputy marshals in a downtown diner. Mulder recovers his lap top computer and an unmarked CDROM, which he takes to the Lone Gunman. But they are unable to crack the disk's security code. Scully suggests they check Gelman's e-mail. They find a message containing an ID number for a shipping container from someone named Invisigoth.

Mulder and Scully trace the shipping container but as they attempt to inspect it, Mulder is nailed with a stun gun. Scully manages to apprehend a suspect, Esther Nairn, a young woman who knew Gelman. The shipping container is full of her computer equipment, as they question Esther, her attention is drawn to one of the screens. She tells Mulder and Scully that a Department of Defence satellite is locking on to their location. Despite their scepticism the agents leave the shipping container which is destroyed moments later.

Esther claims that Gelman had succeeded in creating a sentinel Artificial Intelligence, a self aware computer program, which he released on to the Internet so that it could evolve. Now the AI is targeting the people who created it and killing them off one by one. Gelman was working on a virus program nicknamed 'Kill Switch' to search out and destroy the AI. Mulder and Scully must find the AI and use the 'Kill Switch' before the AI can kill anyone else.

Guest writer William Gibson is best known for his many "Cyberpunk" sci-fi novels and is also the writer of 1995's Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves. He and long-time writer friend Tom Maddox will return in season 7 as the writers of 'First Person Shooter'.

In early drafts of the script included a scene in which Scully sees a piece of hardware lying in the Lone Gunmen's pile of spare parts, picks it up and models it for herself in the mirror. She holds it up to the side of her nose until someone interrupts her and she guiltily tosses it back into the pile.

The tasks of creating a 3D cybernetic image of Scully was commissioned to a freelance computer artist. Although the producers had some kind of wire-frame model in mind, the artist churned out a 3D model of Scully naked.

(Mulder is searching the car and finds a CD)
Scully: Mulder, that's evidence!
Mulder: Gee, I hope so.

Scully: Earth slime in silicon?
Esther: The primordial slime. The ooze out of which all life evolved. Only this time it's artificial slime. Artificial life. One man alone achieving the equivalent of Copernicus, Magellan, and Darwin.
Scully: What was your role in all this - were you the bass player?

Frohike: She is SO hot!
Esther: Are you gonna take off these cuffs or do I have to do this with my tongue?
Mulder: You don't want to take a vote.

Highlights from ''Kill Switch''

Episode Number: 108
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, February 15, 1998
Production Code: 5X11

08 June 2007

Season 5: Chinga (Bughoney) (5X10)

Writers: Stephen King and Chris Carter
Director: Kim Manners

Melissa Turner and her young daughter Polly visit their local grocery market in Amma Beach, Maine. Melissa has a vision of the one of the employee, Dave with a knife protruding from one eye. Shortly after other customers begin clawing at their eyes and Dave grabs a knife and turns it on himself. Agent Scully vacationing in the area returns to her rented car in the grocery market's parking lot as a old man exits the market, blood trickling down his face and requests the assistance of a doctor. Scully enters the market and provides help to the injured customers.

Later she telephones Mulder about the bizarre incident, he mentions that it may be the result of witchcraft. Scully assists the local Police Chief Jack Bonsaint and his deputy in their investigation. They review video footage from the grocery market's video camera. Scully notes Melissa Turner, the only unaffected customer rushing to the exit. On route to the Turner residence Bonsaint informs Scully that many of the local townsfolk believe Melissa is a witch, how her husband, a local fisherman died in a strange boating accident.

And that her daughter Polly was involved in a incident with the local day-care centre worker Jane Froelich, who believes that Melissa and her daughter Polly are descendants of witches. Jane claims she slapped Polly when she became uncontrollable and was thrown to the floor. When Jane is later found dead of self inflicted wounds, it is up to Scully to uncover the truth before more people die.

'Chinga' is the name of Polly's evil doll, as well as the title. Unknown to writer Stephen King at the time, Chinga is also an offensive Spanish slang term (apparently the equivalent of the F-word). When Chris Carter realized this, the episode name was changed to "Bunghoney" when it aired outside of the US.

Stephen King churned out several drafts of this episode, but due to Mulder and Scully being slightly out of character, Chris Carter delivered the final draft. They never met during the writing of this episode.

The classical music selection playing as Scully drives into town and when she is taking a bath is Hummel's Piano Concerto No.3, Opus 89.

The book on Scully's night-stand in her motel room is titled, "Affirmation, For Women Who Do Too Much" by Adrianna Carrillo. There appears to be no such book or author and presumably the book is an in-joke meant to poke fun at Scully's work ethic and her inability to simply enjoy her vacation. Also, it is noteworthy that the cover of this book appears to depict a witch in a forest beneath a full moon, a sly reference to the storyline.

Mulder: (In the office, swinging on the back of a chair) Hey Scully, it's me!
Scully: Mulder, I thought we had an agreement. We were both going to take the weekend off.
Mulder: Right, right, right. I know. But-but I, uh I just received some information about a case. A classic X-File. Classic. Wanted to share it with you.
Scully: Mulder, I'm on vacation. The weather is clear, I'm looking forward to hitting the road and breathing in some of this fine New England air.
Mulder: You didn't rent a convertible, did you?
Scully: Why?
Mulder: Are you aware of the statistics of decapitation?
Scully: Mulder, I'm hanging up. I'm turning off my cellphone, I'm back in the office on Monday. Mulder: You shouldn't uh... talk and drive at the same time either. Are you aware of the statistics.... Hello?

Mulder: It sounds to me like that's witchcraft or maybe sorcery that you're looking for there.
Scully: No, I don't think it's witchcraft, Mulder, or sorcery. I've had a look around and I don't see any evidence of anything that warrants that kind of suspicion.
Mulder: Maybe you don't know what you're looking for.
Scully: Like evidence of conjury or the black arts, or shamanism, divination, wicca or any kind of pagan or neo-pagan practices. Charms, cards, familiars, bloodstones, or hex signs or any kind of ritual tableaux associated with the occult, santeria, voudoun, macumba, or any high or low magic.
Mulder: Scully?
Scully: Yes?
Mulder: Marry me.

Scully: Mulder, are there any references in occult literature to... objects that have the power to... direct human behavior?
Mulder: What . . . types of objects?
Scully: Uhm, like a doll for instance?
Mulder: You mean like Chucky?
Scully: (embarrassed) Yeah, kinda like that.

Mulder: You didn't find a talking doll, did you Scully?
Scully: No, no... course not, uh...
Mulder: I would suggest that you should check the back of the doll for a... a plastic ring with a string on it. That would be my first.... Hello?

Highlights from ''Chinga''

Episode Number: 107
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, February 8, 1998
Production Code: 5X10

06 June 2007

Season 5: Schizogeny (5X09)

Writers: Jessica Scott and Mike Wollaeger
Director: Ralph Hemecker

Agents Mulder and Scully travel to Coats Grove, Michigan to investigate after a teenage boy, Bobby Rich is accused of killing his stepfather. Bobby had an altercation with his stepfather Phil over his incomplete lawn work. Bobby threatened him with a shovel and then ran off, Phil gave chase in to the orchard near their home. Shortly afterwards Bobby's mother Patti found Phil buried up to his shoulders in mud with Bobby kneeling next to him. Scully's autopsy of Phil reveals he had twelve pounds of mud in his stomach, Scully speculates that Bobby dug the hole to trap Phil and an accomplice held his head down in the mud.

They interview Bobby who claims to have been abused by Phil for many years. But Patti claims that Bobby was trying to help Phil escape from the mud, she also tells them that Bobby is under going psychological counselling for anger. Mulder and Scully pay a visit to Bobby's therapist, Karin Matthews. She explains that Bobby is a victim of physical abuse. Mulder expresses his opinion that Bobby did not kill his stepfather. Bobby tells a fellow student and another of Karin's patients, Lisa Baicchi about how he stood up to his tormentor Phil.

Later that evening Lisa's father angrily tells her not to see Bobby anymore, Lisa stands up to him. Moments later her father smashes through the bedroom window and falls to his death. But evidence seems to indicate he was pulled out of the window, leading Mulder to believe there is a greater evil at work in the local community.

Scully's line about the town getting "400 inches of rain a day" is a reference to a comment David Duchovny jokingly made about Vancouver during his appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Mulder's response "Now that's a bit of an exaggeration, don't you think" made the reference particularly humorous.

'Schizogony' (spelled slightly differently than the title) means reproduction by multiple asexual fission.

Katherine Isabelle, who played Lisa Baiocchi, is the daughter of X-Files production designer Graeme Murray.

When Mulder says the line: "A 16-year-old kid who's classmates lovingly refer to as Dorkweed", it is obvious that "Dorkweed" is dubbed over. From Mulder's mouth movements the original word looks like "Dickweed" or "Dickwad".

Mulder: I don't think this was an act of grave robbing, Scully.
Scully: No, that's what *we* were doing.

Mulder: "Ich Bin Ein Auslander". I am an outsider. You know when Kennedy told the Germans 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner' he was actually saying 'I am a cocktail sausage'?
Bobby: Who's Kennedy?

Mulder: Hey Scully, is this demonstration of boyish agility turning you on at all?

Episode Number: 106
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, January 11, 1998
Production Code: 5X09

Season 5: Kitsunegari (5X08)

Writers: Vince Gilligan and Tim Minear
Director: Daniel Sackheim

When Robert Modell, aka Pusher uses his 'gift' to overcome an orderly and escapes from the Lorton Penitentiary. Mulder and Scully are called to Virginia to assist in his re-capture because of their first hand experience of Modell. The FBI agents and US marshals assembled are sceptical when Mulder explains that Modell is able to force his will on to others, and can make people harm themselves. When Nathan Bowman, the prosecutor who helped in Modell's conviction is found dead, his body covered in cerulean blue paint, the walls adorned with a Japanese ideogram, Kitsunegari meaning 'fox hunt', Mulder and Scully realise that Modell is playing his deadly game of cat and mouse once more.

When Modell appears to be targeting Linda Bowman, the prosecutors wife, they arrange for her to be taken to a safe house. Mulder believes that Modell is shadowing their ever move, he carries out a search of the surrounding area and spots Modell. But after Mulder confronts Modell, only for him to escape by forcing his will on Mulder, Mulder begins to doubt the extent of Modell's involvement in the prosecutor's death.

Scully is concerned that Mulder may be under Modell's influence, a concern shared by Assistant Director Skinner. Especially when Mulder pulls his gun on Linda Bowman accusing her of complicity in her husbands death. Skinner orders Mulder to hand in his weapon and go home. Leaving Skinner and Scully to stop Modell before he can take his revenge on Mulder.

As mentioned in the episode, 'Kitsune-gari' is Japanese for "Fox hunt" (with "Kitsune" meaning "fox", and "Gari" meaning "hunting").

Skinner: I just want to say you did a good job.
Mulder: How's that?
Skinner: Nobody could have figured this out but you. You knew it was Linda Bowman and not Modell. You were way ahead of me.
Mulder: I almost killed my partner.
Skinner: Mulder, despite that, you prevailed. You won her game.
Mulder: Then how come I feel like I lost?

Highlights from "Kitsunegari''

Episode Number: 105
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, January 4, 1998
Production Code: 5X08

02 June 2007

Season 5: Emily (5X07)

Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and John Shiban
Director: Kim Manners

After DNA test results reveal that Emily Sim is Scully's daughter, she goes to the San Diego County Children's Centre so that she can protect Emily. Mulder, asked by Scully to be a witness on her behalf at Emily's custody hearing joins her there. He tells Scully that the Lone Gunman hacked in to the California Social Services adoption records, Emily's mother is listed as Anna Fugazzi, meaning fake. He warns her the men behind the conspiracy will do anything to protect Emily even fight Scully's custody of her.

At Emily's custody hearing Mulder introduces a file about Scully's abduction three years earlier. He explains that Emily was conceived through a scientific experiment using Scully's harvested eggs, proving that Scully is Emily's biological mother. Scully once more receives a mysterious phone call which is traced back to the San Diego County Children's Centre. When the two agents arrive, they discover Emily has a fibrous cyst on the back of her neck. When a doctor attempts to biopsy the cyst, it releases green fluid and he is overcome and has to hospitalised.

While Scully concentrates on Emily's condition and medical test to find a cure, Mulder delves in to the conspiracy behind it. He visits the Dimsdale Retirement home and finds a number of elderly woman, including Anna Fugazzi who have been given regular hormone injections and have given birth in recent years. But in the end not even Scully's belief in science can help her as Emily slips into a coma and dies.

In a heartbreaking off-screen dilemma for the crew, Emily was originally played by a bright, energetic 4-year-old girl, Mecca Menard. Her scenes in the first part didn't require much dialogue and the child did fine. Unfortunately, when the time came to film the scenes in the hospital with Emily being given a CAT Scan, the little girl was so frightened by her surroundings she couldn't be comforted or calmed enough to be able to film the shot.In what he ponders to be the worst thing he has ever done in the business, Executive Producer Robert Goodwin was forced to recast the part and luckily they were able to find slightly older Lauren Diewold in time to finish filming.

One of the mothers Frohike names had a child born on September 25th, 1994, the same day that Gillian Anderson gave birth to her daughter, Piper Maru.

Scully: Who are the men who would create a life whose only hope was to die?
Mulder: I don't know. But the fact that you found her... and had a chance to love her... Then maybe she was meant for that too.
Scully: She found me.
Mulder: So you could save her.

Mulder: What are you drawing?
Emily: A potato.
(Mulder looks at Scully, and then back to Emily)
Mulder: You ever seen Mr. Potatohead?
(Emily nods)
Mulder: He kinda looks like this. (Mulder puffs his cheeks and goes cross-eyed, and Scully and Emily smile) Doesn't he?

Scully: It begins where it ends... In nothingness. A nightmare born from deepest fears, coming to me unguarded. Whispering images unlocked from time and distance. A soul unbound - touched by others but never held. On a course charted by some unseen hand. The journey ahead promising no more than my past reflecting back upon me. Until at last, I reach the end. Facing a truth I can no longer deny. Alone, as ever.

Scully: She's gone into a coma. I'm okay, Mulder. It's what's meant to be.
Mulder: But if you could treat her...
Scully: I wouldn't. I wouldn't do it to her.
Mulder: Are you sure?
Scully: Mulder, whoever brought this child into this world... didn't intend to love her.
Mulder: I think she was born to... serve an agenda.
Scully: I have a chance to stop that. You were right. This child... was not meant to be.
Mulder: All right. I'll stay with you.
Scully: I think I'd like to be alone.

Highlights from ''Emily''

Episode Number: 104
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, December 14, 1997
Production Code: 5X07

01 June 2007

Season 5: Christmas Carol (5X05)

Writers: Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
Director: Peter Markle

Scully joins her mother Margaret and travels to her brother Bill's house in San Diego for the Christmas holidays, soon after arriving she receives a phone call from a woman who sounds remarkably like her dead sister Melissa, the woman tells Scully, 'she needs your help'. A little perplexed by the call, Scully has the FBI trace the origin of the call. It turns out to be a local address, when Scully arrives at the Sim residence she discovers a police investigation in progress.

It appears that Mrs. Roberta Sim committed suicide, the police question her husband Marshall and daughter Emily, Scully feels a strange connection to the girl. Detective Kresge can not understand why the FBI is interested in a suicide, but Scully explains about the phone call. Kresge tells her that the phone has been off the hook for three hours so could not have been used to call Scully, although puzzled Scully leaves.

Later that night Scully dreams of the girl and again receives a phone call asking her to go to Emily once more. Scully decides to investigate the case and performs an autopsy on Roberta Sim, which reveals a small puncture wound on her foot, hinting that there is more to this apparent suicide. Scully is struck by how alike Emily is to her sister at that age, she runs some tests that reveal that Emily may be Melissa's daughter, a more accurate DNA test will take a few days. When Marshall Sim confesses to the murder and then hangs himself in jail, it leaves only Scully to protect the girl. After the results of DNA test comes, it appears that Scully, not Melissa, is Emily's mother.

Mulder's absence in this episode was due to David Duchovny being in LA promoting his movie ''Playing God''.

There is a wonderful subtle moment between Margaret and Melissa Scully, during the flashback scene when the girls receive their cross necklaces. While teenage Dana is enchanted, teenage Melissa seems to be quickly covering up her disappointment. Makes a nice link to the moment in ''One Breath'' when Margaret greets Melissa, crystal-dowsing over a comatose Scully, with a tension-laden "I'm glad you could come".

The young girl playing the teenage Dana is Gillian Anderson's real life 14-year-old sister Zoe, in her first acting role.

The person who ran the DNA analysis at the end of the episode was named John Gillnitz. This is yet another reference to the names of the three writers John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz.

Scully's FBI badge number that she gives to the phone company is different to the one she gives in season 4's ''Teliko''.

Look closely at the logo that appears on the back of the photograph shown to Scully by Bill to prove that Melissa could not have been pregnant in 1994. It's reassuring to know that Melissa trusted the "ETAP" brand for her photo paper needs. "ETAP" is the fictional brand of film first used in "Unruhe" and later in "Small Potatoes".

Detective Kresge: If you got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-The-Great-Beyond.

Scully: Mr. Sim, my name is Dana Scully. I'm sorry for your lossand I'm sorry to disturb you at this hour.
Mr. Sim: What do you want?
Scully: I received a phone call less than an hour ago. I wasaddressed by name and told that I needed to help someone...a woman. I traced the call and it came from your house.
Mr. Sim: I have no earthly idea what you're talking about.
Scully: This is the second time this has happened, and I'd really like to get to the bottom of it.
Sim: You were here earlier.
Scully: Yes.
Sim: Yes, a detective told me, something about a screw up with thephones. I'm in the middle of a meeting. No one's called you fromhere. Not earlier today and certainly not tonight. You can imaginehow bad a day this has been for my daughter and myself.
Scully: I understand.
Sim: Well, if you understand, then you'll stop coming around upsetting me with this... nonsense. Please. (He shuts the door and shuts off the light. Scully goes back to the car and drives off.)

Kresge: Agent Scully, it's been... what? 4 hours? I was gettingworried.
Scully: I'd like to order an autopsy on Roberta Sim. There's apossibility she was murdered.
Kresge: What? You got another phone call?
Scully: I think that it may have been the husband.
Kresge: Where did you get that idea? You want coffee?
Scully: No. Thanks.
Kresge: He's got an ironclad alibi. Mr. Sim was at the doctor'soffice with his daughter. He was there all morning. I checked.
Scully: I took another look at the police photos this morning.There were no hesitation cuts on Roberta Sim's wrists. Suicide victims seldom make the fatal cut the first time.
Kresge: Seldom but not always. Is that all you got?
Scully: No. Why was the phone off the hook when you got to the Sim's house?
Kresge: The wife took it off. I'm guessing she didn't want to beinterrupted.
Scully: Your report says the husband called the police after hediscovered his wife dead.
Kresge: Yeah.
Scully: But if the phone was off the hook when you arrived, how didhe call you? Did he find the phone off the hook, call you, then have the presence of mind to return it to the way that he'd found it? Doesthat make sense to you?
Kresge: What are you suggesting?
Scully: I am suggesting that there are questions that beg for further investigation. Order an autopsy.

Mrs. Scully: What is it?
Scully: It's the DNA test on Emily Sim's blood.
Bill: What does it say?
Scully: It says, definitely, that Melissa is not Emily's mother, but that they found striking genetic similarities between Emily and Melissa, so many that they ran a test against another sample that they already had.
Mrs. Scully: What sample?
Bill: What are you trying to say?
Scully: According to this... I am Emily's mother.

Episode Number: 103
Season Number: 5
First Aired: Sunday, December 7, 1997
Production Code: 5X05