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

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