Category:The X-Files (season 7) episodes
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The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. All things – All things is the seventeenth episode of the seventh season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. Written and directed by lead actress Gillian Anderson, it first aired on April 9,2000, the episode is unconnected to the wider mythology of The X-Files and functions as a Monster-of-the-Week story. Watched by 12.18 million people, the initial broadcast had a Nielsen household rating of 7.1, the episode received mixed reviews from critics, many called the dialogue pretentious and criticized the characterization of Scully. However, viewer response was generally positive, the series centers on Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, the skeptical Scully was initially assigned to debunk his work, but the two have developed a deep friendship. In this episode, a series of coincidences lead Scully to meet Dr. Daniel Waterston, after Waterston slips into a coma, Scully puts aside her skepticism and seeks out alternative medicine to save Waterston. The script for all things, the episode of the series written by Anderson, was originally fifteen pages too long with no fourth act. It was only after Anderson worked with series creator Chris Carter, the cast and crew helped Anderson adjust to her directorial debut—the first time a woman directed an episode of The X-Files. The episode makes use of The Sky Is Broken, a song from Mobys 1999 album Play. The episode has been analyzed for its themes of pragmatism and feminist philosophy, FBI special agent Dana Scully is getting dressed in front of a mirror. As she leaves, her colleague Fox Mulder lies in his bed and he is ill and suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition. She questions whether she made the decision to leave him. She meets Waterstons daughter, Maggie, who is resentful of Scully for the effect she had on Waterstons family. Mulder—on his way to England investigating heart chakra-shaped crop circles—calls Scully and asks her to meet a contact of his, Colleen Azar, as Scully speaks to Mulder on her cellphone while driving her car, a woman appears on a crosswalk. Scully brakes hard to avoid hitting the woman, as she does so, she narrowly avoids colliding with a diesel truck. She realizes that, had the woman not stepped in her path, when she later arrives at the house of Azar, she observes that Scully is going through a personal crisis and tries to offer her guidance, but Scully is dismissive. Later, Scully returns to apologize to Azar and agrees to listen to her ideas, Azar shares her knowledge of Buddhism, the concept of the collective unconscious, and the idea of personal auras. Azar believes these concepts might explain these strange occurrences, after a confrontation with Maggie at the hospital, Scully walks through Chinatown
2. The Amazing Maleeni – The Amazing Maleeni is the eighth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on January 16,2000 and it was written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz and directed by Thomas J. Wright. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. The Amazing Maleeni earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.4, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, The Amazing Maleeni, a small-time magician, performs an amazing feat to impress a heckler—he turns his head 360 degrees. So when he is found without a head at all, Mulder and Scully arrive on the case and discover an angry ex-con, an unimpressed rival. All seem to have something to do with a plan to rob a major bank, real-life magician Ricky Jay, who also was Spotnitzs favorite, was brought in to play the part of the titular Maleeni. At the Santa Monica Pier, a magician, The Amazing Maleeni, twists his head completely around at a carnival, while Billy LaBonge, another magician, as hes leaving, his severed head falls completely off. Billy LaBonge is later questioned by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, during the autopsy, Scully finds that, although Maleenis head was cleanly cut off, he died of a heart attack. She also finds that he was dead for at least a month and refrigerated, meanwhile, LaBonge finds a man named Cissy Alvarez whom Maleeni owed money. LaBonge admits that he caused Maleenis head to fall off, Mulder and Scully learn that Maleeni has an identical twin brother, Albert. Albert, interestingly enough is even wearing a neckbrace, which he says he got in a car accident in Mexico. Mulder tells him he thinks he did the act, but the man shows that he has no legs. Back at work, Alvarez threatens Pinchbeck that he kill him if he does not get his money. LaBonge then frames Alvarez for a robbery by attacking a security truck disguised as Alvarez, Mulder soon finds out that Pinchbeck is the real Maleeni and that he faked having no legs. After confronting Pinchbeck, he admits that he faked his own death in order to get out of Alvarezs debt, Pinchbeck admits that he found his brother dead of a heart attack at home and used his body as a double. Pinchbeck is promptly arrested, as is LaBonge, who brings a gun to a bar, in addition, Alvarez is arrested because of the attempted robbery LaBonge did earlier. The vault at Pinchbecks work is emptied and the money is found above Alvarez bar, Mulder shows Scully Maleenis wallet, which he had collected from evidence before confronting him and LaBonge
3. Brand X (The X-Files) – Brand X is the eighteenth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on April 16,2000 and it was written by Steven Maeda and Greg Walker and directed by Kim Manners. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. Brand X earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.8, the episode received mixed reviews from critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Walter Skinner is horrified when the witness who was due to testify against the Morley cigarette company dies mysteriously, after being called into assist, Mulder and Scully soon discover that a new brand of cigarette has a dangerous secret. Inspired by the 1999 film The Insider, Brand X was written by Maeda, the scenes featuring shots of beetles crawling out of corpses were shot and filmed using real insects as well as real actors. In one particular scene, over 3,000 live insects were used and those scenes took up to a full day to film. Prior to his trial, Scobie develops a cough, but shrugs it off, in the morning, Skinner and Scobies wife find his body on the bathroom floor, with his face ripped away. The cigarettes were tested on a range of subjects by Scobie and his colleague, of the four human test subjects, chain smoker Darryl Weaver is the only surviving participant. Prior to his death, Scobie agreed to give Weaver an unlimited supply of cigarettes in exchange for his silence, a chain of victims soon succumb to the eggs contained in the toxic smoke, all of whom are found with their bodies covered in the tobacco beetles. While interviewing Weaver, Fox Mulder is exposed to the smoke, later coughing up blood, Voss, who had until now been hiding behind his legal advisor, has a change of heart upon hearing of Mulder’s condition and tells Skinner of the aforementioned testing. Skinner goes to Weaver’s apartment after getting his name from Dr. Voss, when Skinner removes the gauze wrapper around the man’s mouth, the man chokes and beetles begin crawling from his mouth. At the hospital, Mulder is in danger due to the beetle eggs now hatching in his lungs. Meanwhile, Darryl Weaver attempts to browbeat Skinner, threatening to light one of the toxic cigarettes, as Weaver attempts to leave the building, Skinner shoots Weavers shoulder and the pane of glass behind him, leaving him injured and covered in glass. He drops his cigarette to the floor and Skinner dramatically snuffs it out with his shoe, back at the hospital, Scully realizes that nicotine might save Mulder’s life. She is correct in her solution, noting that Weaver’s nicotine tolerance didn’t allow the beetles to develop in his lungs. Scully administers nicotine to Mulder, who in turn recovers, albeit with a throat, as well as a minor addiction to nicotine
4. Chimera (The X-Files) – Chimera is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States, on April 2,2000, was written by David Amann, the episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the series wider mythology. Chimera earned a Nielsen household rating of 7.5, being watched by 12.89 million people in its initial broadcast, the episode received mostly positive reviews from critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Mulder investigates what appears to be the case of a woman from a small town. Scully, meanwhile, must endure an uncomfortable stakeout, similar to the sixth season episode, Arcadia, Chimera was written as a suburban parable about perfection that examined the evil that lies beneath a prototypical white-bread suburban existence. The episode was produced at a time when both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were directing their own episodes, and in order to compensate, Andersons role was drastically reduced in the episode. In Bethany, Vermont, a raven frightens a little girl, Michelle Crittendon, at a park while a neighbor, Jenny Uphouse, the bird is later found at her home. Her mother, Martha Crittendon, is attacked and killed by an unseen monster. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are on a stakeout looking for a woman who is possibly killing prostitutes, Mulder believes she has the power to disappear because every time police attempt to arrest her she cannot be found. While on lookout, Mulder gets a call about the attack, back at the office, Walter Skinner tells Mulder that Crittendon disappeared and asks him what he knows about ravens. Mulder believes that the bird is associated with evil. Skinner tells Mulder that this case is a top priority because Crittendon is the wife of a powerful judge. At the Crittendon home, Marthas husband, Howard, tells Mulder that his wife was cheating on him because he found birth control pills, which is suspicious because Howard has had a vasectomy. Another neighbor, Ellen Adderly, the wife of Sheriff Phil Adderly, is approached by Jenny, at the Crittendon home, Michelle sees the raven outside her window again and Howard leaves to check it out, leading him to find a hand sticking out above the flower bushes. Later the police dig up Marthas body, with marks all over her face. Ellen tells Mulder that she saw a reflection in the mirror earlier, Mulder believes the glass are doorways to a demonic dimension and that someone is summoning forth a demon to attack people. Ellen believes Jenny Uphouse summoned the spirits, but she denies it, later, Ellen finds a skeleton key in her house and a raven by her babys crib
5. Closure (The X-Files) – Closure is the eleventh episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files, and the 150th episode overall. It was directed by Kim Manners and written by series creator Chris Carter, the installment explores the series overarching mythology and is the conclusion of a two-part episode revolving around the final revelation of what really happened to Fox Mulders sister, Samantha. Originally aired by the Fox network on February 13,2000, the episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, many felt that the final reveal was emotional and powerful, although some were unhappy with the resolution. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, but the two have developed a deep friendship. Closure was a milestone for the series, finally revealing Samanthas fate. The episode was written as a continuation to the episode, Sein und Zeit. Although a majority of the episode was filmed on a soundstage, several scenes were shot on location, such as the scenes at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. Several of the sequences, specifically those featuring the souls of dead children, the episode has been analyzed due to its themes of belief and hope. In the previous episode, Sein und Zeit, Mulder and Scully tracked down a killer who targeted children. While investigating the case, Mulder began to get emotionally involved, Mulder and Scully aid the Sacramento Police in the investigation of a brutal murder committed by Truelove, the owner of the Santa Village. As the remains of children are discovered, he admits killing twenty-four children, but denies murdering Amber Lynn LaPierre. Piller believes that walk-ins save children who suffer terrible fates, Scully becomes worried about Pillers influence over Mulder. The agents return to Washington, D. C. where Mulder keeps searching for evidence in the case, meanwhile, Piller gets another vision of Samantha, leading Mulder to April Air Force Base. Scully finds evidence that Samanthas disappearance is linked to The Smoking Man and he tells her that he had called off the search for Mulders sister when she vanished because he knew she was dead. When Mulder returns to April Air Force Base, he uncovers proof that Samantha lived with the Smoking Man along with his son, Jeffrey Spender, and that she was forced to undergo painful tests. Scully finds a 1979 police report of a girl matching Samanthas description and she and Mulder find the nurse who treated her, and the nurse describes how Samantha disappeared the same way as Amber—without a trace. Mulder later walks through the forest and receives a vision of Samantha along with the spirits of other children, upon telling Scully and Piller—who reacts badly upon hearing that his son is dead—of his vision, Mulder accepts that his sister is dead and in a better place. When Scully comforts Mulder and asks if he is all right, Closure, written by series creator Chris Carter and executive producer Frank Spotnitz, brought an end to Mulders quest for his sister, Samantha, who had been abducted when he was a child
6. En Ami – En Ami is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on March 19,2000, the episode helped to explore the series overarching mythology. En Ami earned a Nielsen household rating of 7.5, the episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, although elements of the script, as well as The Smoking Mans motives, were criticized. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Scully is intrigued after a boy with cancer, whose parents don’t believe in medical treatment because it is against God’s will. What she soon discovers is that his cure is not miraculous, eager, if wary, to learn of the truth behind his secrets, Scully agrees to travel with the Smoking Man to get the cure to all mankind’s diseases. The script was Davis first—and only—writing contribution to the series, Davis, inspired by the Shakespeare play Richard III, wanted to write a story wherein The Smoking Man was able to lure Scully in by enticing her with medical knowledge. In addition, En Ami was the last episode of The X-Files to be directed by Rob Bowman, the episodes title means as a friend in French and also functions as a pun, reading phonetically as enemy in English. Later in the night, the boy sees bright light and men in black walking towards his window, the next day, the boy is miraculously cured of his cancer. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are anonymously given information about Jasons case, at the McPeck house, Jason says that angels came to him and one of them pinched the back of his neck, and now his cancer is gone. Scully examines his neck and finds an incision exactly like the one she received when she was abducted, upon leaving, Scully finds The Smoking Man in her car. The Smoking Man tells her that he was the one who saved Jasons life, Scully leaves, but not before The Smoking Man gives her his phone number. Scully traces the number to The Smoking Mans office address and he explains that he is dying of a cerebral inflammation that developed after his surgery. She agrees to go on a trip to retrieve the cure, during the trip, The Smoking Man tells Scully that he believes he shares a special kinship with her because he once held her own life in his hands. Mulder finds a message Scully left on his phone suspicious and goes to her apartment, the Smoking Man and Scully arrive at the home of Marjorie Butters, a 118-year-old gardener who also has the chip implanted in the back of her neck. Meanwhile, Mulder visits Walter Skinner to voice his concern, but Scully calls Skinner during the meeting, at a gas station, Scully removes the wire, places it in an envelope, and mails it to Mulder. However, a man following the two removes the letter from the mailbox, the Lone Gunmen come to Mulders apartment in disguise and tell him that they cannot find Scully. They reveal that they have found e-mails between Scully and a man called Cobra, who is working on a shadow project at the Department of Defense
7. Fight Club (The X-Files) – Fight Club is the twentieth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on May 7,2000 and it was written by series creator Chris Carter, directed by Paul Shapiro, and featured a guest appearance by Kathy Griffin. The episode plot serves as a Monster-of-the-Week story, which is unconnected to the wider mythology. Fight Club earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.9, the episode received mostly negative reviews from television critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Mulder and Scully cross paths with a pair of doppelgangers whose close proximity yields unlimited mayhem, splitting up, the agents try to find out why and what they are doing. Steve Kiziak and Arlene Pileggi—David Duchovnys stunt double and Mitch Pileggis wife, respectively—were chosen to play the Mulder, Fight Club contained several scenes of intense action that necessitated the use of various stunt doubles and extras. In Kansas City, Kansas, two religious missionaries visit two women at two different homes in the neighborhood who look exactly alike. The second woman yells at them to go away and the two men, inexplicably, get into a fight in the second womans front yard, later, two FBI agents who look and sound remarkably similar to Mulder and Scully visit the first woman, Betty Templeton. Betty claims to have never seen the woman before. The other woman then passes her by in a car and the two begin fighting each other, much like the missionaries. They are severely injured after the gruesome mauling, both agents, who had worked together for seven years, said that they were possessed. Meanwhile, the woman, Lulu Pfeiffer, applies for a job at Kokos Copies. She becomes aggravated and suddenly, all the copies become black, the other woman, Betty, goes to another job with the same name and same resume. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully begin to investigate the case, later, in a bar, a man by the name of Bert Zupanic comes across Betty. Moments later, Lulu walks into the bar and an earthquake occurs that breaks all the glass in the bar, Mulder finds out through a man named Argyle Saperstein that Zupanic and one of the women are in a relationship and that Zupanic is a professional wrestler. Scully finds that for the past 12 years the women have followed each other across 17 states, Saperstein calls Zupanic and it is revealed that Zupanic owes Saperstein money. In addition, Betty and Bert have been in a relationship, a second earthquake occurs as Lulu prepares to walk in on Zupanic and Saperstein exchanging money
8. First Person Shooter (The X-Files) – First Person Shooter is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on February 27,2000, the episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the series wider mythology. First Person Shooter earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.3, the episode received mostly negative reviews from critics. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. First Person Shooter was written by noted authors William Gibson and Tom Maddox, in addition, the episode serves as the spiritual successor to Gibson and Maddoxs earlier episode Kill Switch. Gibson was motivated to write the episode after the success of Kill Switch, the episode featured several elaborate special effects sequences that nearly put the episode over budget. The episode opens with three men, fitted with futuristic combat gear and automatic weapons, entering the reality game First Person Shooter. In a control room, Ivan and Phoebe, the programmers, are monitoring the players vital signs. Only one of the players makes it to the level of the violent game. She introduces herself as Maitreya, stating, This is my game and she then kills the player with a flintlock pistol. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully visit the headquarters of First Person Shooterss developers in Inland Empire, California, where they meet the Lone Gunmen and they look at the body of the player, which clearly displays a gunshot wound. Ivan claims there is no way a real gun could have brought into the highly-secured building. The agents are shown a video from the game, featuring the character who killed the player. Mulder takes the printout of the character and shows it to a detective, daryl Musashi, a famous computer hacker, arrives at the building and enters the game to kill Maitreya. However, the character cuts off Musashis head and hands with a medieval sword. Mulder receives a call from the Sheriffs Department that a similar to the one in the printout has been picked up. The woman, a stripper named Jade Blue Afterglow, tells the agents that she was paid by an imaging facility in Culver City. Mulder and Scully find out that the Lone Gunmen have become trapped inside First Person Shooter, Mulder enters the game, where he sees Maitreya and follows her
9. The Goldberg Variation (The X-Files) – The Goldberg Variation is the sixth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on December 12,1999 and it was written by Jeffrey Bell, directed by Thomas J. Wright, and featured guest appearances by Willie Garson and Shia LaBeouf. The episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the wider mythology. The Goldberg Variation earned a Nielsen household rating of 8.8, the show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work, in this episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a mysterious man named Henry Weems, who appears to be the luckiest man in the world. The title is a reference to Rube Goldberg machines and the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bells original draft of the episode opened with a man falling thirty-thousand feet from an airplane, due to budgetary reasons, the intro was later changed to a man falling out of a building. Willie Garson—who had appeared in the season episode The Walk—was cast as Henry Weems. The first cut of the episode was four minutes under-time, and so various insert shots, in Chicago, a man by the name of Henry Weems wins $100,000 playing poker against a mobster named Joe Cutrona, though Weems appears ignorant of the basic rules of poker. Suspecting that Weems cheated, Cutrona attempts to him by throwing him off the 29th story of the building they are in. After Weems lands in a hatch to a basement, he stands right back up and walks away. Two agents in a car stationed outside witness the event and eventually tell Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who promptly take the case. Mulder initially believes the man has the ability to cure himself, the agents track down Weems, a handyman at an apartment building. He refuses to testify against Cutrona, Weems has a fascination with Rube Goldberg machines. As such, his apartment is filled with them, after meeting with Weems, Scully concludes that there is no X-File, but Mulder believes that his luck is the X-File in question. As the agents begin to leave the complex, one of Cutronas enforcers comes to kill Weems, the two agents rush back up stairs and find Weems unscathed. Mulder notes that Weems was the survivor of a commuter jet crash that killed 20 people in December 1989. Weems picks up a ticket and wins $100,000 but learns that it would take 12 months to get the money
10. Hollywood A.D. – Hollywood A. D. is the nineteenth episode of the seventh season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on April 30,2000, the episode is a Monster-of-the-Week story, unconnected to the series wider mythology. Hollywood A. D. earned a Nielsen household rating of 7.7, the episode was met with largely positive reviews, with many critics approving of the episodes humorous nature. The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who work on cases linked to the paranormal, Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. Meanwhile, during the filming of the movie, Mulder and Scully research the mysterious Lazarus Bowl, Hollywood A. D. was written and directed by series star David Duchovny, his second writing and directing credit after the sixth season episode The Unnatural. The episode itself contains several in-jokes and references deliberately placed by Duchovny, walter Skinners old college friend, Hollywood producer Wayne Federman, is involved in a film project about the FBI. During Federmans research phase, Skinner gives him access to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, Federman tags along and constantly interrupts the agents. While searching the catacombs of OFallons church, Mulder finds the remains of Micah Hoffman, searching Hoffmans apartment, they find bombs and counterfeiting tools, as well as forged gospel of Mary Magdalene. Mulder and Federman return to the church and search the catacombs, finding several skeletons, Federman wanders off and stumbles upon animated bones, who attempt to assemble a shattered piece of pottery. He panics and leaves the scene, Mulder and Scully examine the pottery. Scully tells Mulder the story of The Lazarus Bowl, in which the aunt of Lazarus had been making a clay bowl when Jesus Christ resurrected him, the words of Christ were then recorded in the grooves of the bowl, much like a phonograph record. Mulder brings the relic to Chuck Burks, who, after performing an analysis, discovers voices in Aramaic, in one portion part of the audio. The other contains lyrics from I am the Walrus by The Beatles, Mulder visits OFallon, who admits he bought the forged gospel from Hoffman, but believed it was real. Meanwhile, during Hoffmans autopsy, Scully experiences a vision wherein he comes back to life on the operating table, later, at the church, Scully sees a vision of Hoffman in Jesus place on a large crucifix. Mulder arrests OFallon for Hoffmans murder, but Micah Hoffman walks in, Skinner suspends Scully and Mulder for four weeks because of the mix-up. Sixteen months later, OFallon kills Micah Hoffman in a murder-suicide, as such, the X-File is never truly solved. During their suspension, Mulder and Scully venture to Hollywood to view the production of Federmans film and it is revealed that Federmans movie will be called The Lazarus Bowl, and Garry Shandling will play Mulder and Téa Leoni will play Scully. After filming is done, Mulder and Scully attend a screening of the film with Skinner, but are thoroughly disgusted at how their case, and they, are portrayed on the big screen