7X01 HungryWhen a man's body is discovered with the brain removed from the scull in Costa Mesa, California,
Mulder and Scully are assigned to assist the local police in their investigation. The only clue being a button recovered from
the body which leads them to the Lucky Boy Burgers restaurant. They check that all of the employees have their badges and
discover one of the staff, Derwood Spinks' badge is missing, although he claims he left it at home. When it later transpires
that Derwood has a criminal record, he becomes the prime suspect for the local police department and Agent Scully. Agent Mulder
however has a different theory, that the victims brain was sucked out of his head by some kind of proboscis. Mulder's suspicions
fall on another employee Rob Roberts who was working late the night the victim died. Derwood Spinks visits Rob at his home,
annoyed at being fired from the Lucky Boy Burgers restaurant for lying about his criminal record. He confronts Rob with evidence
that he is the murderer and attempts to blackmail him. But Derwood does not realise what Rob is and falls victim to his hunger.
Rob is contacted by Dr Mindy Rinehart, hired by Lucky Boy Burgers to counsel the employee's following recent events. In session
with her, Rob admits that he is battling an eating disorder and she sends him to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, not fully
understanding what Mulder seems to know, that Rob is a really a monster with a compulsion to feed on human brains.
Dr Mindy Rinehart: "I don't believe in monsters. But I do believe in people and sometimes they do terrible things
out of weakness or sickness or fear but I do truly believe that deep down inside even the worst of us wants to be good."
7X02 The Goldberg Variation
When Henry Weems is thrown off the roof of a building by mobsters he won $100,000 from in a card game and survives
the fall. Chicago FBI agents staking out the mobsters witness the unidentified man's miraculous escape and bring it to the
attention of Mulder and Scully who decide to investigate. Mulder theorises that the man has some kind of special healing ability
although Scully believes he just got lucky. A theory supported by the discovery of a cart filled with towels in the area the
man landed. The discovery of an artificial eye in the cart leads them to Weems, who had made an appointment to get a new artificial
eye fitted. They arrive at Weem's apartment building to question him, and go to the aid of the building superintendent, who
requires assistance in turning off her water valve due to a leaky sink problem. However the valve breaks showering Mulder
with water and causing the floor to give way beneath him, dropping him in to the apartment below, where Weems is in hiding.
Mulder returns his artificial eye but Weems refuses to testify against the mobster Jimmy Cutrona. Scully warns Weems that
Cutrona will try to kill him again. Shortly after the agents leave a hitman arrives to kill Weems but is later found hanging
by his shoelaces from the ceiling fan. A background check reveals that Weems survived a plane crash in 1989 and has been 'blessed'
with good luck ever since. Only it appears that when Weems has good luck someone else suffers bad luck as a direct consequence.
Scully: "Come on, Mulder, this guy just got lucky. There's no X-File here."
Mulder: "Maybe his luck is the X-File."
7X03 The Sixth Extinction
Agent Scully attempts to decipher the cryptic symbols on the UFO buried on the beach in Africa's Ivory Coast aided
by local biology professor and former colleague of Merkmallen, Amina Ngebe. Meanwhile in Washington Mulder's condition deteriorates,
Assistant Director Skinner at Mulder's insistence goes to see former Pentagon researcher Michael Kritschgau and persuades
him to visit Mulder in hospital. Kritschgau recognises Mulder's condition from a CIA study of ESP ability and explains that
Mulder's brain is working harder than his body can sustain. Kritschgau tells Skinner to inject Mulder with Phenytoin, which
slows down the electronic impulses in his brain allowing him to regain consciousness. In Africa Scully is wary when Dr Barnes
arrives and offers his help. Scully and Amina soon discovered that the symbols on the UFO describe human genetics and contain
text from every major religion. Dr Barnes believing that the UFO is the ultimate power of life itself takes Scully and Amina
hostage wanting to take full credit for the discovery himself. But Scully hits him with a chair and the two escape while he
is unconscious. Back in Washington Skinner injects Mulder with a greater dose of Phenytoin in order to get him out of the
hospital, however Agent Fowley appears and shortly
afterwards Mulder is overcome with convulsions. Scully returns to Washington and Skinner warns her that Mulder is dying, she
visits him in hospital and pleads with him to hang on. Part Two
Scully about Mulder to AD Skinner: "He's not dying. He is more alive than he has ever been. He's more alive
than his body can withstand and what's causing it may be extraterrestrial in origin."
7X04 The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
Mulder's mother goes to see a comatosed Mulder in hospital. However the Cigarette
Smoking Man injects Mulder with a substance that wakes him from his coma. Scully is approached by Kritschgau
who explains that Mulder's illness is due to exposure to the rubbings from the UFO, that
has reactivated the alien virus that he was exposed to in Tunguska.
Assistant Director Skinner calls to tell Scully that Mulder has gone missing from the hospital,
but that he can not help her as his position has been compromised. The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Mulder that the only way
to survive is to leave the X-files behind and enter a kind of witness protection program. Scully is visited by Albert
Holsteen who warns her that she must save Mulder to save mankind. Scully receives a book on Native American
practices which has symbols on the cover that match the symbols from the UFO. The book contains details of a coming mass extinction
that can only be stopped by one man. Scully realises that the Cigarette Smoking Man kidnapped Mulder, believing that his condition
is protection against a coming plague. Scully approaches Agent Fowley and pleads with her
to help save Mulder, causing her to question the Cigarette Smoking Man's motives towards Mulder. Kritschgau is killed by Krycek
and the evidence about the UFO he stole from Scully is destroyed. Agent Fowley comes through with information that allows
Scully to rescue Mulder but Fowley pays with her life. Part Three
Michael Kritschgau to Scully: "Two years ago your partner was infected with a virus he claimed was alien. A
virus reactivated in him by exposure to a source of energy also alien. Agent Mulder is living proof of what he tried so long
to substantiate: the existence of alien life."
A widow at her husband's funeral in Tallahassee, Florida is approached by a man, Mark Johnson who claims to have
worked with her husband. After the other mourners have left Johnson returns to the funeral parlour and places a phone in the
dead man's hand. A week later Johnson waits outside a cemetery, his phone rings and he walks towards a grave. Agents Mulder
and Scully are called in to examine the empty grave, from the evidence available to them they conclude that someone broke
out of the casket. Scully theorises that someone made it look that way. At a briefing lead by Assistant Director
Skinner however Mulder explains his own theory of Necromancy, the summoning of the dead. Skinner takes Mulder
and Scully aside and explains to them that the dead man Crouch was part of the Millennium Group, a constancy organisation
made up of former FBI agents. Mulder and Scully visit a criminal profiler, Frank Black a former member of the Millennium Group,
he is reluctant to help them as he is involved in a custody battle for his daughter. But he agrees to help in their investigation,
explaining that the members of the Millennium group believe they can bring about the end of the world by killing themselves
before the dawn of the new Millennium. Acting on information from Frank Black, Mulder concentrates on trying to find Johnson,
when Scully is attacked in the morgue by the dead deputy. The two agents put all their effort in to finding Johnson before
it is too late.
Scully: "Now, as crazy as this sounds, I have to ask. Do you believe that the Millennium Group is actually capable
of bringing about the Endtime? Armageddon?"
Frank Black: "I understand their beliefs. I've spent years trying to unravel them, make sense of them. Doesn't
mean I believe them myself."
Three teenagers meet in the woods late at night in Pittsfield, Virginia but are interrupted by a Sheriff's deputy.
Moments later the deputy lies dead, killed with his own flashlight. Mulder and Scully examine the deputy's body, the blow
that killed him was so ferocious that his glasses were pushed through the back of his scull. They question the suspect, teenager
Tony Reed whose fingerprints were found on the flash light, but he denies any part in the murder. Mulder and Scully agree
that Tony is innocent, although Mulder's theory of spirit involvement is not shared by Scully who prefers a more down to earth
course of investigation, suggesting they question Tony's friends. Mulder and Scully visit Tony's school and speak with the
two teenagers with Tony in the woods, the Sheriff's son Max Harden and his girlfriend Chastity. Chastity shows concerned about
Tony when Mulder and Scully tell her he may go to jail. However Tony is later released when the murder weapon mysteriously
goes missing from the evidence room. Mulder and Scully review video footage of the evidence room that shows the flashlight
simply disappears. A blur on the video footage attracts Mulders attention, later analysis by expert Chuck Burks reveals the
blurred object is solid and matches the local high school colours. When one of the teachers at the high school is later attacked
by an unseen force in front of many witnesses, Mulder suspects Max posses some kind of paranormal ability and is using it
Mulder: "I don't know-- some kind of territorial or spiritual entity, maybe. Poltergeists have long been associated
with violent acts like this and they tend to manifest around young people. They seem to be drawn to the turmoil of adolescence."
Scully: "Mulder. Rather than spirits...can we at least start with Tony's friends? Please? Just... for me!"
7X07 OrisonReverend Orison leads a service with a group of inmates in the chapel at the Marion maximum security
penitentiary in Illinois. During the service his cries of "Glory, amen," are answered by the inmates stomping their feet in
unison. Among the congregation is Donnie Pfaster. After the service one of the prisoners,
Brigham catches his fingers in an electric saw while working in the garment machine shop. With the guards and other inmates
attending to Brigham, Donnie Pfaster escapes. Mulder and Scully as the agents who caught Donnie Pfaster, a death fetishist,
in the first place are called in to help track him down. Mulder suggests to Scully that she should remove herself from the
case, considering her past history with Pfaster, but Scully is adamant that she should be with her partner. They interview
Brigham, who is uninjured despite the accident that everyone witnessed, Brigham suggests it is a miracle. But Mulder recognises
his use of of the phrase "Glory, amen," and the unconscious tapping of his feet as evidence of post hypnotic suggestion. Suspicion
soon falls on the Reverend Orison, Mulder belives he has the ability through ancient chants to induce mass hypnosis, enabling
the inmates to escape unnoticed. Reverend Orison believes he is making amends for the time in his life when he was acquitted
for a murder that he did commit. However it appears there are wider implication to his actions. Donnie Pfaster abuses his
freedom to hunt down the one victim who eluded him.
Marshall Daddo: "I happen to know you two agents have a particular forte-- a thing for... what is it called?
The supernatural? Now, the circumstances of the escape...."
Scully: "I promise you there is nothing supernatural about this man. Donnie Pfaster is just plain evil!"
7X08 The Amazing Maleeni
When a magician, the Amazing Maleeni is heckled during a routine performance at the Santa Monica Pier in California
by an unimpressed man in the audience. He announces he will attempt the feat of the Egyptian Dedi, and turns his head completely
around on his neck, the audience applaud. But after the show the pier manager finds the Amazing Maleeni's headless body in
his car. The following day, Mulder and Scully examine the scene, although Scully is less interested believing it to be merely
a murder case. Mulder is intrigued by video footage a tourist took of the Amazing Maleeni's trick, although they can not make
out the heckler's face, Scully notices him throwing away a soda cup on film. The fingerprints on the cup lead them to Billy
LaBonge, a small-time magician with a criminal record. They question him, but he claims that The Amazing Maleeni was just
an old man with a gambling debt. However when Scully's autopsy reveals that The Amazing Maleeni's (real name Herman Pinchbeck)
head had been carefully sawed off and then stuck back on with spirit gum, and that he had died of a heart attach and been
stored in a refrigerator for over a month, suspicion falls on Albert Pinchbeck, Herman's twin brother, and also a magician.
Mulder believes that Albert performed the show on the pier in his brother's honour, so that his reputation would be guaranteed
after his death. And that he knows Billy LaBonge and is working with him, in an effort to pull off the perfect bank robbery.
Billy LaBonage: "It's about... originality. Style. And more than anything else... soul. Because that's what
separates the great ones... from the hacks. We can't do this halfway. We're dealing with powerful forces at work here. Energies
far beyond our mere... mortal... understanding."
Mulder: "Enough to make a magician lose his head?"
7X09 Signs and Wonders
Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate after the body of a young man, Jared Chirp is discovered with 116
snake bites in the small town of Blessing, McMinn County Tennessee. Jared's body was found in his car will all of the doors
and windows locked but no snakes were found at the scene, not to mention the fact that some of the snake bites came from snakes
who hibernate during the winter. The agents suspect Jared was murdered, but Mulder is puzzled by snakes being used as the
murder weapon. Until Scully points out that serpents and religion go hand in hand and wonders if the use of snakes is symbolic
to the killer. A theory given credence when it turns out that Jared belonged to the 'Church of God with Signs and Wonders',
a fundamentaist congregation that practice snake handling as part of their worship. Suspicion soon falls on the church leader
Reverend O'Conner, when it transpires that he has been persecuting Jared and his girlfriend, Gracie who is Reverend O'Conner's
daughter, since she got pregnant and the pair turned their backs on the Church of God with Signs and Wonders in favour of
a less fundamental church in the same area. But when Reverend O'Conner is himself the victim of a snake attack, Mulder and
Scully uncover evidence that suggests Jared was killed because he found out that he was sterile and so could not be the father
of Gracie's baby. Opening up the possibility of some wider evil at work in the community.
Mulder: "Why would anybody use poisonous snakes as a murder weapon?"
Scully: "Maybe it's symbolic. I mean, serpents and religion have gone hand in hand. They've represented the
temptation of Eve-- Original Sin. They've been feared and hated throughout history as they've been thought to embody Satan--
to serve Evil itself."
Mulder: "Maybe these ones actually do."
7X10 Sein Und Zeit
When a young girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre disappears from her home and the only clue is an abduction note written
in her mother's hand writing, Mulder requested Assistant Director Skinner assigns him to
the case. Scully is worried that Mulder is personalizing the case, linking it to his sister Samantha's
abduction. Mulder connects the phrase, 'no one shoots at Santa Claus', from the abduction note to a previous case. They visit
Kathy Lee Tencate in the Idaho state prison, in 1987 she was convicted of murder on the evidence of a similar note found written
in her handwriting after her son disappeared. Kathy is at first reluctant to help them, but eventually tells them that she
knows her son is safe. On their return to Washington they discover that Mulder's mother, Tena Mulder
has taken her own life. Mulder refuses to believe that she committed suicide until Scully's autopsy reveals his mother was
suffering from a terminal illness and knew about it. Mulder returns to see Kathy, who opens up to him, revealing that she
has seen visions of her son. He has been taken by 'Walk-ins', enlightened souls looking for new bodies. She believe Mulder's
sister met a similar fate. Mulder finds an answer phone message from his mother, explaining that she left many things unsaid
and hopes he will come to understand, Mulder takes this to mean about his sister. Mrs LaPierre contacts Mulder saying that
she has seen a vision of Amber, it leads them to a Santa village and a number of shallow graves. Part One
Scully: "That's not what I mean. You're personalizing this case. You're identifying with your sister."
Mulder: "My sister was taken by aliens. Did I say anything about aliens, Scully."
Mulder and Scully aid the Sacramento Police in their investigate of Scruloff, the owner of the Santa
Village, as more children's bodies are uncovered. He admits to having killed 24 children, but refuses to
take the blame for Amber's death. Mulder is approached by psychic, Harold Piller, he explains
that he has helped police forces around the world and has found evidence that children's bodies have been taken from accident
scenes by 'Walk-ins'. He believes that they save the children from terrible fates. Scully
worried about Harold's influence over Mulder in his vulnerable state returns to Washington to investigate further. Back in
California, Harold has a vision of Mulder's mother that leads them to the April Air Force
Base. Meanwhile Scully discovers documents in Tena Mulder's house that link back to the Cigarette Smoking
Man, when she returns to her apartment she finds him waiting there. He explains that he called off the search
for Samantha because he knew she was dead. Mulder however uncovers evidence that Samantha
was living with the Cigarette Smoking Man and his son, Jeffrey Spender at April Air Force
Base. When Scully finds a police report in 1979 of a runaway fitting Samantha's description taken to a hospital emergency
room. They trace the nurse who treated her, who describes the girl disappearing in similar circumstances to Amber. Mulder
has a vision of Samantha and realises she is in a better place, a realisation that at last enables him to feel free. Part
Mulder: " You know, we never stop to think... that the light is billions of years old by the time we see it.
From the beginning of time right past us into the future. Nothing is ancient in the universe. Maybe they are souls, Scully.
Traveling through time as starlight looking for homes. I wonder what my mother saw. And I wonder what she was trying to tell
7X12 X-CopsThe Cops film crew are on a ride along with Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy Keith Wetzel,
when reports come in of a woman who claims that a claw monster is prowling around outside her house. Deputy Wetzel explains
to the film crew that they always get crazy stuff happening when there is a full moon. Arriving at the scene, they find the
hysterical woman locked in her house and evidence that something tried to break in. Moments later they are attacked and the
deputy's car is flipped over. As other officers arrive on scene to assist deputy Wetzel, reports come in of two armed suspects,
the film crew join the police as they rush to the scene. The two suspects identify themselves as FBI agents Mulder and Scully,
working on a case in the area. Mulder explains to the police officers that there have been reports of sightings of something
prowling in the neighbourhood over the last 60 days, always on nights with a full moon. Descriptions from witnesses of a large
fur covered animal standing on it's hind legs, indicating the possibility that the creature is a werewolf. The Sergeant asks
to see Mulder's badge again! Scully is concerned about Mulder's theory being aired by the film crew but Mulder likes the idea
of finding evidence of the paranormal on national television. However his werewolf theory seems less likely as more attacks
occur but witnesses describe their attacker as being there worst fear personified. But can they solve the case before the
full moon sets.
Deputy Wetzel: "And it's hard to have a fast-track career in law enforcement when everybody thinks you're nuts."
Mulder: "Tell me about it."
7X13 First Person ShooterMulder and Scully are called to the offices of the First Person Shooter video game
by the Lone Gunman, after one of the gamers was actually killed whilst inside the game.
The members of the Lone Gunman have a vested interest in the game and share the concern of the game's programmers, Ivan and
Phoebe, who wish to keep the death as low profile as possible to avoid any adverse publicity before the game is released.
The victim appears to have been shot despite the fact that there is no evidence of a gun in the game area. Working with the
computer they manage to get an image of a woman who it appears is responsible. When a computer guru is brought in to play
the game, he too is attacked in the game area and killed. All the evidence suggests that the murderer is a virtual character
inside the game called Maitreya, until the local police contact Mulder telling him they have a suspect in custody. The woman
named Jade Blue Afterglow, who looks exactly like Maitreya, knows nothing of the game First Person Shooter, claiming that
she was paid by a medical facility for a full body scan. Back at the First Person Shooter offices, the Lone Gunman are checking
out the gaming area when the game starts by itself, trapping them inside. Mulder enter the game in order to aid Frohike, Langley
and Briers, but he is soon over come by Maitreya. Promptly the game ends with Mulder still inside, however monitoring software
locates him and it is left up to Scully to try to save him.
Mulder: "Maybe past where the imagination ends our true natures lie, waiting to be confronted on their own terms.
Out where the intellect is at war with the primitive brain in the hostile territory of the digital world where laws are silent
and rules disappear in the midst of arms. Born in anarchy with an unquenchable bloodthirst we shudder to think what might
rise up from the darkness."
7X14 TheefWhen California Doctor Robert Wieder wins the Bay Area Doctor of the year award, both he and his
family are overjoyed. But the celebrations soon turn sour when his father-in-law, Irv is found hanging with his throat cut
in Robert Wieder's mansion, the words, 'Theef' scrawled in blood on the wall next to him. Mulder and Scully are called in
to investigate and conclude that the message on the wall is a mis-spelling of the word thief. Mulder also discovers dirt in
Irv's bed that is identified as hex-dirt. They question Robert Wieder on the matter but he claims that neither he or his father-in-law
had any enemies. Scully's autopsy of Irv's body reveals that he was suffering from progressive dementia, a rare disease that
affects a person's sanity. Mulder speculates that this could have driven Irv to kill himself. When Robert Wieder's wife, Nan
is taken ill and rushed to hospital, she is diagnosed as suffering from Diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, another rare disease.
Mulder airs his belief that someone is using hex-craft to direct these rare diseases against his family, but Robert Weider,
being a man of science dismisses his concerns. Later however he is approached by a man claiming to be the father of Lynette
Peattie, a patient he treated from a bus that rolled over. Knowing he could do nothing to save her and with her in pain, he
eased her suffering by administring morphine until she died. Mulder believes Lynette's father is using the occult to harm
Robert's family as punishment.
Scully: "I'll admit Mulder, this is not an open and shut case. But, uh it doesn't make it an X-file."
7X15 En AmiMulder and Scully investigate the case of a young boy's miraculous cure in Goochland, Virginia
after Scully discovers a newspaper outside her apartment highlighting the case. The boy's parent's religious beliefs prevented
their son Jason, who was suffering from cancer, from seeking medical treatment. Scully interviews the boy Jason, who tells
her that some angels, who looked like men, told him not to be afraid and then pinched him on the back of the neck. Scully
examines his neck and finds evidence of a wound, indicating the possibility that he has a chip implanted there. When Scully
returns to her car, she is shocked to find the Cigarette Smoking Man waiting, he claims
to have saved Jason's life, like he saved Scully's life, and that he was the person who sent the newspaper to alert her to
the case. He also tells Scully that he is dying and wants to pass on the cure to her. Scully does not fully trust the Cigarette
Smoking Man, but the chance to get hold of a cure for cancer is something she, as a doctor can not ignore. Scully calls Mulder
to tell him she will be out of town for a few days on a family emergency. Mulder worried by Scully's behaviour confides in
Assistant Director Skinner about his concerns. With the help of the Lone
Gunman, they discover evidence on Scully's computer that someone has been forging e-mail from her to a contact
in the Department of Defense named Cobra. Mulder fears that the Cigarette Smoking Man is behind it and that Scully's life
is in danger.
Cigarette Smoking Man: "A dying man who wants to make right, to share his secrets, to bequeath this cure to
millions of others just like that boy."
Scully: "So you want to give it to us."
Cigarette Smoking Man: "To you, Agent Scully. I've tired of Mulder's mule-headedness, his foolish ideas of overthrowing
7X16 ChimeraMulder and Scully are on a stake out in Washington, following the disappearance of six prostitutes
from the Dirty Dames Strip Club, on the trail of a mysterious blond woman, a possible female serial killer, who has successfully
evaded two police raids by appearing to vanishing. However Mulder is called to Assistant Director Skinner's
office and briefed on a missing persons case in Bethany, Vermont. Martha Crittendon, the daughter of a US Federal Judge disappeared
from her home shortly after her seven year old daughter saw a black raven. Skinner wants Mulder to investigate the raven aspect
of the case from his unique prospective of the paranormal. Mulder joins local sheriff Phil Adderly at the Crittendon residence.
Martha's husband suspects that his wife is not missing, but has run off with the man she was having an affair with, after
he finds birth control pills and a key with the number six on it. However talon marks on the mantel piece and a shatter mirror
have Mulder believing there is more to the case, a belief which is vindicated when Martha's raven pecked body is discovered
buried in the garden. Shortly afterwards the Sheriff's wife, Ellen is chased through her house by a dark figure, shattering
mirrors along the way. When a second woman is found murdered in a similar fashion to Martha in a hotel room, the key Martha's
husband found fits the lock, linking the two victims together. Mulder theorises that someone is either knowingly or unwittingly
directing an evil spirit to attack.
Sheriff Phil Adderly: "You're not saying a raven's the reason Martha's gone missing?"
Mulder: "No, no. Not... not a raven itself. But, in folklore, ravens are companions to evil-- evil spirits,
witches, warlocks-- that kind of thing."
Sheriff Phil Adderly: "Agent Mulder, I appreciate the different tack you're taking on this investigation, but
this whole bird thing...? And keep in mind you're basing this on the word of a seven-year-old girl."
7X17 All ThingsScully joins Mulder for lunch in the X-files basement office, he shows her slides of crop
circle formations, however Scully seems uninterested and opts out of travelling with Mulder to the UK to investigate. Scully
goes to the Washington National hospital to pick up a medical chart, however she is handed the wrong chart, it is marked D.
Waterston. Scully asks the nurse if the chart belongs to a Dr Daniel Waterston, which it does. Scully speaks to his doctor
who explains he was brought in suffering from chest pains. Scully is surprised to hear that he mentioned her name. She leaves
the hospital before Daniel regains consciousness but later receives a phone call from his daughter Maggie saying that he wants
to see her. Scully returns to the hospital, Maggie is not happy and leaves the room, Daniel however is pleased to see her,
they have a history, they used to be lovers. Scully fearful of causing the break up of his family left to joined the FBI.
However Daniel's marriage broke down anyway shortly after Scully left, he even moved to Washington in hope of getting back
together with her. Later she goes to see Colleen Azar to get some crop circle research for Mulder, and ends up talking about
Daniel. Colleen, an advocate of faith healing, tells her how shame and guilt can cause illness. Back at the hospital Scully
tells Daniel that she is not the same person who fell in love with him, and that he has to face up to the pain he has caused
his daughter, it is the only way he will get well.
Scully: "Time passes in moments ... moments which, rushing past define the path of a life just as surely as
they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen, to consider
whether the path we take in life is our own making or simply one into which we drift with eyes closed. But what if we could
stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have
shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?"
7X18 Hollywood A.D.Mulder is called to Assistant Director Skinner's office
to be briefed about the bombing of the crypt of the church of Cardinal O'Fallon. Another man is present during the briefing,
AD Skinner's explains that he has arranged for the man, Wayne Fetterman, an old friend of his who is making a film about the
F.B.I. to join the investigation. Mulder and Fetterman interview Cardinal O'Fallon and examine the crypt that was used to
store religious relics. A ringing mobile phone leads to the discovery of a body amongst the rubble. The phone belongs to Micah
Hoffman, a 1960's counter revolutionary. Scully joins Mulder and Fetterman at Hoffman's apartment, they discover bomb making
equipment and evidence that Hoffman was forging religious texts, and could have been trying to pass these off as real to Cardinal
O'Fallon. Mulder and Fetterman return to discuss the matter with him, however while in the crypt Fetterman witnesses a skeleton
form from scattered bones and work on a clay bowl. Later Scully tries to rationalise what he saw, but he has everything he
needs for his film and leaves them to continue the investigation. Scully relates to Mulder the story of the Lazarus bowl,
a clay bowl made at the time Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, that recorded his words in the clay and has the power to
raise the dead. Scully gives the bowl to resident techie Chuck Burks, who discovers an Aramaic voice, that appears to be one
man commanding another to rise from the dead.
Wayne Federman to Mulder: "Well, you're crazy for believing what you believe..."
Wayne Federman to Scully: "...And you're crazy for not believing what he believes."
7X19 Brand XMulder and Scully are called to Winston-Salem, North Carolina after the Federal Witness that
Assistant Director Skinner was in charge of protecting, is found dead on his bathroom floor,
his mouth eaten away. The witness, Dr Scobie was due to testify to the Grand Jury about a conspiracy at the Morley Tobacco
Company. While Scully performs the autopsy, Mulder joins AD Skinner as they meet with Dr Scobie's colleague, Dr Voss. But
he is surrounded by company lawyers and unable to answer any questions. Mulder shows Dr Voss, a small insect found at Dr Scobie's
house, which he identifies as a Tobacco beetle. Later, as Dr Voss arrives home, he is confronted by a man, Daryl Weaver, who
claims to have had an arrangement with Dr Scobie, Dr Voss is wary of him, but hands over some cigarettes. Scully's autopsy
reveals that Dr Scobie's injuries were as a result of something attacking his respiratory system, Mulder theories that the
Tobacco beetle he found could be the culprit, judging by Dr Voss's reaction at the meeting. Both Scully and AD Skinner are
sceptical, however when a second man is found dead in the same manner as Dr Scobie, Tobacco beetles are found at the scene
which seems to support Mulder's theory. Shortly afterwards Mulder is taken sick, as Scully oversees his medical treatment,
AD Skinner uncovers Morley Tobacco's secret and tries to track down the one surviving test subject, Daryl Weaver, who holds
the key to saving Mulder's life.
Assistant Director Skinner: "Killer bugs? This is what I'm supposed to tell the Director?"
Mulder: "I don't know, but judging from Dr Voss's reaction to this, I think it's the thing we should investigate."
7X20 Fight ClubWhen two FBI agents from the Kansas office get in to a fight with one another while investigating
an incident where two men making religious calls got in to a fight with one another after visiting two houses and finding
identical looking women living in them, Mulder brings the case to Scully's attention. One of the women is identified as Betty
Templeton. Back in Kansas, Lulu Pfeiffer, who looks exactly like Betty applies for a job at a Koko's Copy shop, the manager
remarks on the fact that she has had 17 jobs in 17 states in the past 3 years. Across town in another Koko's Copy shop, Betty
also applies for a job and the manager there notes that she has had 17 jobs in 17 states in the past 3 years. A newspaper
clipping leads Mulder and Scully to Burt Zupanic, an amateur wrestler, he claims not to know Betty, but gives them an address.
Scully checks the address and finds out about Lulu, she relates to Mulder how Lulu and Betty have followed each other from
state to state and where ever they go, destruction has followed in their wake, from fights to fires even full scale riots.
Evidence suggests that the women are dopplegangers and keeping them apart should be their top priority. Unfortunately both
Lulu and Betty have fallen for Burt Zupanic and have decided they want to stay in Kansas. When Scully discovers that Betty
and Lulu's likeness stems from their shared father, via donations to a sperm bank. It leads to the discovery of Burt's doppleganger,
but when they meet chaos ensues.
Scully to Mulder: "What I'm thinking, Mulder, is how familiar this seems. Playing Watson to your Sherlock. You
dangling clues out in front of me one by one. It's a game, and... and, as usual, you're, you're holding something back from
me. You're not telling me something about this case."
7X21 Je SouhaiteMulder and Scully are approached by Missouri businessman Jay Gillmore, who wants them to
investigate a bizarre affliction that befell him, his mouth suddenly disappeared. He believes one of his former employee's
Anson Stokes is some how to blame, having told him to shut up moments before it happened. Mulder and Scully travel to the
Mark Twain trailer park to interview Anson, there is a brand new yacht parked next to the trailer. Anson believing them to
be IRS agents about the taxes on the yacht, hides and his wheel chair bound brother Leslie talks to Mulder and Scully instead.
Mulder notices a woman in black looking board in the kitchen. Scully is astounded when Anson is later found dead and brought
in for an autopsy, because he is invisible! An excited Scully calls in a research team from Harvard to validate her discovery.
Mulder meanwhile can find no record of the woman in black, until he runs her image through the national archive and finds
evidence of the same woman appearing through out history, always around men who have great success and then great failure.
Scully is deflated when the Harvard research team arrive and find Anson's body missing. Mulder however believes it has nothing
to do with science, that Anson's body disappearing was the result of a wish being granted, he theorises that the woman in
black is actually a genie. But he can not make out whether she is a good or evil genie, as everyone she comes in to contact
with seems to end in tragedy.
Scully: "You know, Mulder, in the seven years that we've been working together I have seen some amazing things,
but this? This takes the cake. It's... it's going to change the boundaries of science."
Mulder: "It is amazing, but I don't think it has anything to do with science."
Mulder and Scully face an audit of their expenses, Mulder is accused of being irresponsible with FBI resources
and Scully is taken to account for not holding him in check. They are contacted by Billy Miles
and return to Bellefleur, Oregon, the scene of their first ever X-files case together to look in to the continuing abductions
in the area. Back in Washington, Marita Covarrubias and Krycek
meet with a wheel chair bound Cigarette Smoking Man, he is dying and tells them that a UFO
crashed in Oregan, giving them an opportunity to rebuild the project. Billy Miles is a sheriff's deputy, he tells them of
the crash in the woods, how another deputy is missing. Mulder notes that the missing deputy's car is at the exact spot that
he marked 7 years before, when he and Scully lost 9 minutes. As members of the local community begin to disappear one by one,
they attempt to find the UFO. However when Scully falls ill and with Billy Miles missing, they are forced to return to Washington.
Skinner approaches Mulder with Marita Covarrubias and Krycek, who want to help him find the
UFO, as proof of alien abductions. They combine their efforts with assistance from the Lone Gunman
in their search. Consequently Mulder returns to Oregon with AD Skinner, but is abducted by the alien bounty
hunter. Back in Washington Krycek pushes the Cigarette Smoking Man down a flight of stairs. Scully tells
AD Skinner that she is pregnant and they both commit to finding Mulder.
Agent Chesty Short: "But you don't believe in aliens?"
Scully: "I've seen things that I cannot deny."