Season Eight

8X01: Within ~ Air Date - November 5, 2000

Scully is released from hospital and returns to work, keeping her pregnancy secret, only to discover other agents going over the X-files basement office. Assistant Director Skinner explains that the newly promoted Director Kersh has ordered a man hunt for Mulder. Kersh has assigned Agent John Doggett to the case and expects Scully and AD Skinner to co-operate with the investigation, warning that any mention of an alien connection will result in their dismissal. Skinner and Scully comply, but secretly begin their own investigation in to Mulder's disappearance. Scully is suspicious of Agent Doggett, especially when she discovers that her phone is being tapped and later when her computer is stolen. Investigating at Mulder's apartment, she discovers his computer is missing as well, and more bizarrely, her building superintendent claims to have seen Mulder. Meanwhile, Skinner enlists the help of the Lone Gunman in tracking the movements of the UFO after Mulder's abduction. When Mulder is again spotted, this time at the FBI, Doggett tells Scully that he believes that Mulder is dying from the affects of his unusual brain activity problem the year before and wants to save the X-Files from being uncovered as a failure. Doggett claims that Mulder staged his disappearance and is destroying all the evidence. Skinner disputes this, having been a witness to his abduction. The Lone Gunmen discover that the UFO is in the Arizona Desert, and probably preparing to abduct another victim. And Scully thinks she knows who. Part One of Two

8X02: Without ~ Air Date - November 12, 2000

The FBI Task force continues its investigation in Mulder's disappearance, following Scully's belief that Gibson Praise will be the abducted next, he is traced to a school for the hearing impaired. When Agent Doggett goes to Arizona, he finds Gibson in the company of Agent Mulder. Drawing his weapon, Doggett orders Mulder to release Gibson threatening to shoot. In an attempt to escape Mulder leaps off a cliff. When Scully arrives, Doggett is unable to explain how Mulder got away. Scully tells Doggett that the Mulder he saw was really the alien bounty hunter assuming Mulder's form. When they return to the school to help evacuate the other children, in all the commotion Scully notices a girl, Thea, cycling away. Scully follows her to a cave where Gibson is hiding. He tells Scully that the alien bounty hunter has come for him. He knows that they have already taken Mulder and the others and that they are systematically removing the proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life. Scully continues her search for the UFO in the Arizona desert while Assistant Director Skinner takes Gibson to hospital. However, the alien bounty hunter incapacitates Skinner and abducts Gibson. Scully is tipped off by Gibson that the Skinner he is with is really the alien bounty hunter and she shoots him in the base of the neck. Later, Doggett visits Scully to let her know Skinner and Gibson are both recovering well and that Deputy Director Kersh has assigned him to the X-files. Part Two of Two

8X03: Redrum ~ Air Date - December 10, 2000

When Martin Wells, a Baltimore federal prosecutor wakes up in prison, he is very confused. A radio in another cell announces that the day is Friday. A guard informs Wells that he is being transferred to another prison. In the corridor he spots an old friend, Agent Doggett. Outside the prison the press are gathered, and as he is brought out, Well's father in law steps forward and shoots him....Wells awakes again in the prison cell and is joined by Doggett and Agent Scully. He is confused as to why he is in jail. Doggett informs him that he has been charged with killing his wife. Wells is shocked by the news. Later, when he is taken to court to be charged, the bailiff announces that it is Thursday, the day before he was shot. The judge refuses Wells bail and orders him to be transferred to another prison the following day. Scully and Doggett join Wells in the holding cell and he tells them he is having premonitions about the future, but denies killing his wife. Wells awakes once more in his cell. An attorney visits him to introduce herself as handling his case, but he knows her from his court appearance. She informs him the court appearance is tomorrow, today in Wednesday. Wells realizes that he is experiencing time in reverse, living his days backwards. He confides in Doggett and Scully, Doggett is skeptical, but Scully is more interested in why it might be happening. Wells assumes that he is being given the chance to make amends for something that happened, a second chance to put things right.

8X04: Patience ~ Air Date - November 19, 2000

As Scully stares at Mulder's nameplate on his desk in the X-files basement office, she is interrupted by voices outside. Doggett enters with two other agents. Seeing Scully's glare he dismisses them. Doggett comments on the lack of desks in the office, but Scully tells him it is Mulder's office and they are only using it for a while. She shows Doggett slides of two homicides in Burley, Idaho: a husband and wife were killed and human bites were discovered on their bodies. They travel to the crime scene to investigate and are met by Detective Abbott, who believes the couple were the victims of an animal attack and dismisses Scully's theory that the couple were attacked by a human accordingly. However, even Doggett believes that a human was involved after he finds prints. Scully discounts his idea that it is the work of a deranged killer with a deformed foot, when she finds evidence that part of the victims bodies appear to have been regurgitated and nail marks on the porch indicate something had been hanging there. At the morgue, Scully notes that the scratches on the victims bodies match with those found on their porch. And when the lab reports reveal that the saliva found on the couple contains an enzyme found only in bats. Scully leaps to the conclusion that they are on the trail of a human bat, with possible links to a 40 year old case once Doggett later produces a newspaper article from 1956 about a human bat reportedly shot by hunters following the murder of several people.

8X05: Roadrunners ~ Air Date - November 26, 2000

Hank Gulatarski waits at an abandoned bus stop in Juah County, Utah. When the bus finally arrives he boards it, a disabled man on the bus watches Hank intently. The bus stops suddenly in the middle of nowhere and everyone exits. A little bewildered, Hank gets off the bus to see the other passengers stoning the disabled man to death. Scully calls Doggett from the crime scene in the desert where the disabled man's body was discovered. Scully asks him to comb the X-Files for cases that mention mucus. Doggett is a little annoyed at being left out of the case by Scully, but complies with her request. Scully pulls in to a disheveled gas station, only to be informed by the attendant they are out of gas. When Scully mentions she is a doctor, he gives her some from a reserve can. However, a little further up the road Scully's car splutter to a halt. She returns to the gas station on foot, the attendant directs her to the guest house to use the phone. Mr. Milsap, the owner, tells her it is out of order, but that she is welcome to rent a room. Scully is suspicious of him and the other towns' folk after witnessing them performing some sort of religious service, but reluctantly she takes up his offer of a room for the night. In the morning, Milsap asks her for her medical opinion on one of the other guests, Hank. He suffers fits and is bleeding from a wound on his back, and he cannot remember who he is or how he got there. His state leads Scully to believe that the towns' folk are part of a cult responsible for the recent deaths in the area.

8X06: Invocation ~ Air Date - December 3, 2000

Flashback to September 1990, Lisa Underwood is sitting talking to a friend while her 7 year old son, Billy, plays on a swing set at the Bethune Elementary School carnival. When she looks for her son again he has vanished. As she searches frantically for Billy a dark-haired boy walks off holding Billy's backpack. Ten years later, Lisa goes to the school to pick up her son Josh. The principal takes her to the swing set, where her son Billy is sitting there, the same age as when he disappeared. Scully and Doggett arrive at the hospital where Billy is being checked out. Scully pronounces him fit and health, but he refuses to talk. Doggett treating the case as a kidnapping attempts to interview Billy to find out who took him, much to Lisa's annoyance, that she refuses to co-operate further. Scully believes that Billy is not the same child, however test results prove he is. Doggett uses the original case file on Billy's disappearance to track down the dark-haired boy, Ronnie Purnell. He goes to question him, but Ronnie denies having anything to do with it. That night, Lisa argues with her husband Doug about Billy's return. Next morning, Josh is found covered in blood although he is unharmed. A knife found in his bedroom has never been seen before. Tests reveal that the blood is Billy's, but he too is unharmed. When Ronnie is seen outside the Underwood house, Scully and Doggett question him. He claims he did not believe Billy was really there, leading them to believe he knows more about the case.

8X07: Via Negativa ~ Air Date - December 17, 2000

When two FBI agents are killed under mysterious circumstances while investigating the Ibogan Temple, a religious cult in Pittsburgh, it is classified an X-file. However with Scully admitted to hospital for tests, she passes the case to Doggett. He joins Assistant Director Skinner at the crime scene. There they find Agent Jim Leeds dead in his locked car. In the house he had under surveillance, they discover the bodies of twenty members of the religious cult, all dead from a single axe blow to the head. However, the cult's leader Anthony Tipet and Leeds' partner Angus Steadman are both unaccounted for. Doggett and Skinner visit Steadman's apartment and find him dead from the same head wound as the other victims. Back in Washington, they report to Deputy Director Kersh. Skinner suggests Tipets' use of an iboga hallucinogen may have something to do with the lack of trace evidence at the crime scenes, if it allowed Tipet's consciousness to leave his body. When news comes in about the death of a homeless man in Pittsburgh with the same head wound, a trace of the last call made on a nearby pay phone leads them to Andre Bormanis, a local drug dealer. He admits to supplying the drug which enables Tipet to reach the, 'depths of his soul'. When Bormanis is later found dead with the same head wound while in custody, Scully requests the Lone Gunman assist Doggett. They theorize that the drug enables Tipet to invade the dreams of his victims and making their worst nightmare come true.

8X08: Per Manum ~ Air Date - February 18, 2001

In the X-files basement office, Scully finds Doggett speaking to Duffy Haskell, a man who contacted Mulder eight years before claiming his wife was a multiple abductee. Haskell, the president of the Ohio Mutual UFO Network explains that his wife recently died while giving birth to a baby,aA baby she should not have been able to have after being left barren by the experiments conducted on her. Haskell believes the doctors took the baby because it was alien. After Haskell leaves Doggett points out how similar Haskells wife's experience is to Scully's. She warns Doggett to stay out of her personal files, but finds herself concerned with what she has heard. Scully visits Zeus Genetics in Germantown, Maryland where Haskell's wife gave birth. While investigating she stumbles on a room full of little jars containing deformed fetuses. Fearful, Scully contacts her own doctor, Parenti in hope that he can compare her ultrasound with Haskell's wife. He agrees to her request, and when he hangs up the phone, he is in the same jar filled room that Scully saw. When she returns to the X-files basement office, Doggett informs her that his investigation has revealed that Parenti was the doctor that the Haskell's consulted. Later at home, Scully is visited by Mary Hendershot, who saw Scully at Zeus Genetics. She tells Scully that hers and Scully's babies are in danger. Doggett is informed by Assistant Director Skinner that Scully is taking a leave of absence from the X-files, but he does not tell Doggett why.

8X09: Surekill ~ Air Date - January 7, 2001

Worcester, Massachusetts: Carlton Chase runs frightened through the night streets, stopping to make a desperate phone call, then in to a nearby police station. He claims that someone is going to kill him. He grabs for a policemen's guns and is promptly locked in a cell, moments later his head explodes. In the morning Scully and Doggett examine the cell. X-rays show Chase was shot in the head. On examination, they discover a bullet hole in the air vent in the cell and trace it to a spot two floors up. They visit Chase's office and find the walls riddled with bullet holes. On his desk are a number of invoices from AAA-1 Surekill Extermination. Tammi Peyton arrives for work at AAA-1 Surekill Extermination and plays back Chase's message, after she erases it she reads about his death in the paper. She questions her boss, Dwight Cooper, but he does not answer her. Later, he confronts his brother, Randall who explains he acted because Chase had been stealing from them. That night, Dwight surprises two drug dealers demanding their money and drugs. He points at them and they fall down dead, shot by Randall through the walls of the warehouse. Scully and Doggett investigate the warehouse killings because of the link to Chase's murder. Scully theorizes that they were shot by someone who can see through walls. Doggett dismisses it as another drug hit. However, when they discover traces of a chemical used by exterminators, their attention draws to the two brothers who run AAA-1 Surekill Extermination.

8X10: Salvage ~ Air Date - Jaunary 14, 2001

Nora Pearce is comforted by Curt Delario as she mourns the death of her husband Ray. With no explanation of how, he simply withered away and died. She believes his death was caused by Gulf war syndrome. As Curt drives away, a figure suddenly appears in the road, but instead of the person being knocked down, the car splits around him. Scully and Doggett arrive at the scene of the accident. An autopsy reveals Curt was killed when he was pulled through the windshield. Trace evidence from the car is matched to the deceased Ray Pearce. Doggett visit's Nora and asks about Ray's cremation. He wonders if Ray is in fact alive and involved in the murder. Nora denies this, stating that Ray was so ill that he could not lift his head. Later, at the Southside Salvage yard as Harry Odell, Ray's boss, hurriedly shreds records when Ray enters the office. Harry shoots him with a shotgun and Ray is thrown out of the office. Harry watches as Ray's severed hand begin to twitch and small metal threads appear and begin to repair the limb. Suddenly, Ray grabs him from behind. Doggett surveys the second murder scene and finds a half shredded invoice from a Dr. Clifton at Chamber Technologies. Dr. Clifton no longer works for the company, but his colleague Dr. Puvogel explains that he was working with smart metal that can regenerate itself. When Doggett tells Scully, Scully explains that Ray's illness was as a result of exposure to a non-identifiable metal alloy. Scully theorizes that this exposure could have in some way changed Ray's chemistry.

8X11: The Gift ~ Air Date - February 4, 2001

Agent Doggett travels to Squamash, Pennsylvania following up a previous investigation by Agent Mulder, looking for a possible connection to his disappearance. A woman named Marie had told her sister that she was going to disappear for a while. Mulder was investigating a link to a local legend of a creature roaming the woods that would eat people. The local sheriff dismisses Doggett enquiries about Mulder's investigation of what turned out to be a false report. Doggett questions Marie, who has kidney disease and her husband. They tell Doggett that nothing happened, but he notices three bullet holes that have been plastered over in the wall. Back in Washington, Doggett finds a gun with three bullets missing hidden in Mulder's apartment. When evidence of blood on the gun is discovered, he confers with Assistant Director Skinner. Doggett wonders if Mulder disappeared because he shot someone. He feels unable to confide in Scully, as she signed off the case file and could be implicated. Doggett returns with Skinner to Squamash to investigate further, however the sheriff tries to mislead their investigation. When they try to interview Marie about Mulder's investigation, she is unavailable. Her husband is less than helpful, leading Doggett to believe the local townsfolk are hiding something. Skinner discovers a symbol drawn in blood in the house and enlists the help of the Lone Gunman, they recognize the symbol as a Native American medicine wheel, used to summon a soul-eater to heal the sick. Doggett wonders if Mulder was trying to find a cure for his own illness.

8X12: Badlaa ~ Air Date - January 21, 2001

In Mumbai airport, India, Hugh Potocki goes to the bathroom before boarding his flight back to the US. He does not notice a legless beggar on a cart, moments later Potocki is attacked and pulled under the stall door. The next day Scully and Doggett are called to a hotel room in Washington, where Potocki's bloody body was discovered. They notice a small bloody hand print on the edge of the bed. The autopsy reveals that Potocki died of massive abdominal tissue damage, and that something either went in or out of his rectal wall. Doggett suggests drug smuggling, but this is ruled out as a cause. Test results also indicated that Potocki was dead before his flight left from India. Scully theorizes that it could be a living entity, using the victims to travel by entering their bodies, but Doggett is dismissive. Soon afterwards, they get a call about another victim, a young boy, Quinton, who found his father's body and claims to have seen a legless man in the house. Scully carries out the autopsy, however, as she makes the incision in the man's body, a small hand reaches out. By the time Scully draws her weapon the abdomen is empty. They consult with Chuck Burks, who has assisted Mulder and Scully before. He theorizes that it could be a Siddhi mystic, an Indian holy man with the ability to cloud reality. A theory given credence when Scully uncovers evidence about an accident at an American chemical plant just outside of Mumbai, that killed a number of children including the son of a holy man. She becomes convinced that the Siddhi mystic, who pass on their powers from father to son, is looking for revenge.

8X13: Medusa ~ Air Date - February 11, 2001

On the Boston subway, transit cop, Philbrick, communicates via radio after spotting a possible mugger. He follows the man onto the train. Moments later, the train looses power and screeches to a halt as Philbrick and the suspect struggle. Passengers at the next platform enter the train to find Philbrick with what looks like acid burns over his body. Agent Scully is called in by the Center for Disease Control to investigate. Both she and agent Doggett discuss the situation with the local transit supervisor, Deputy Chief Karras. He is not happy that a major part of the subway system is closed, but Scully is unwilling to allow it to be re-opened until the cause of Philbrick's death is known. Lieutenant Bianco believes the would-be mugger threw acid on Philbrick, however Scully is not convinced. Dogget, Bianco, Melnick who supervised tunnel construction and Dr. Hellura Lyle of the CDC proceed in to the tunnels while Scully coordinates the investigation, keeping in touch via radio and a small camera transmitter worn by Doggett. As they explore the subway, Melnick cries out as something burns his neck, however when Dr. Lyle tests a puddle of liquid, it turns out to be just sea water. Seeing movement, they realize someone else is in the tunnel. Doggett slips in to a side tunnel, but is attacked and knocked down. His assailant is the mugger spotted by Philbrick, and his body shows signs of acid damage. The discovery of three construction workers bodies wrapped in plastic nearby with the same burns leads Scully to suspect that someone within the transit authority is trying to cover up the problem.

8X14: This is Not Happening ~ Air Date - February 25, 2001

Richie Szalay drives his car in pursuit of a bright light in the sky over Helena, Montana. Suddenly, he stops at the sight of a UFO hovering above the trees. He yells out, "This is not happening". The UFO disappears leaving the body of a woman on the ground. Scully is called to the X-files basement office, however Doggett is reluctant to tell her what is going on. They proceed to Assistant Director Skinner's office. He explains that Teresa Hoese, abducted from Oregon just before Mulder, has been found barely alive in Montana. They travel to Helena and meet with Dr. Desai, who is caring for Teresa. He explains that she shows signs of being experimented upon. That night Jeremiah Smith walks in to the hospital. He changes his form to that of Dr. Desai and requests Teresa be transferred. Meanwhile, Doggett introduces fellow agent Monica Reyes, who has been briefed on the case and has a possible lead. Teresa's injuries are similar to those found in cult abuse cases. Reyes believes that some kind of abduction group in which Mulder was caught up is involved. Later, while driving on the highway, Reyes witnesses a bright light in the sky. Following it, she discovers Jeremiah Smith and another man, Absalom, loading a body in to a pickup truck. They escape before she can stop them, but she finds a second body lying on the ground. It turns out to be Gary Cory, Richie's friend, also abducted from Oregon. Reyes identifies the man with Jeremiah Smith and they track him to a local farm, where they find Teresa fully healed. Scully demands to know where Mulder is. Shortly afterwards, he is found dead lying in a field. Part One of Two

8X15: DeadAlive ~ Air Date - April 1, 2001

Three months after Mulder's funeral, Doggett is called in to Director Kersh's office and informed that he is to be transferred off the X-Files. Doggett is reluctant as many questions have been left unanswered about Mulder's disappearance. Meanwhile, a fishing boat in Wilmington, North Carolina discovers a badly scarred body floating in the water. When the local coroner later examines the body he is astonished to see the lips moving. When Doggett learns the body was identified as Billy Miles, thought to be dead for months, but now alive, he instructs Skinner not to tell Scully and has Mulder's body exhumed. Scully rushes to the Bethesda Naval hospital demanding to see Mulder. Skinner tells her that he is alive although in a critical condition, not wanting to raise Scully's hope to high. Doggett is again called to Director Kersh's office and ordered to drop the investigation. Shortly afterwards, Skinner looses consciousness in the hallway. When he recovers he finds Krycek waiting for him. He offers Skinner some of Bill Mulder's vaccine that could save Mulder's life, but there is a price. He must make sure that Scully does not give birth. Skinner refuses and Krycek leaves with the vaccine. Doggett finds Skinner disconnecting Mulder's life support and tries to stop him. Skinner tells Doggett about Krycek and the vaccine. Doggett rushes to the parking lot to stop Krycek, but he breaks the vial before Doggett can get it. He goes back upstairs and Scully tells him Mulder is in the operating room. The removal of the life support stopped incubating the virus and a course of anti-virals should save Mulder. Part Two of Two

8X16: Vienen ~ Air Date - April 22, 2001

Doggett discovers Mulder rummaging through the X-Files cabinets, although no longer actively investigating X-Files, Mulder believes the recent death of an oil rig worker, Simon De La Cruz, on the Galpex Petroleum Orpheus oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, due to radiation exposure, is extraterrestrial-related. Doggett is called to Deputy Director Kersh's office by Scully, to meet with an executive from Galpex Petroleum, called in by Mulder. Doggett is sent out to the oil rig to investigate. He is annoyed to find Mulder already there when he arrives. Meanwhile, in Washington Scully autopsies Simon's body and discovers evidence that he was infected with the black oil, but appeared to developed an immunity to it. Scully attempts to contact Doggett on the oil rig and is surprised when Mulder answers. Doggett orders the oil rig quarantined, however Mulder discovers one crewman, Diego Garza, is unaccounted for. Doggett demands to know what the crew are protecting. Mulder admits he has seen the alien black oil and that he believes the Galpex executive was lying to the FBI. In Washington, Scully tells Assistant Director Skinner she believes that Simon's Mexican Indian background could account for his apparent immunity to the alien virus. Doggett is attacked by one of the crew members while trying to help Garza to get off the oil rig, only Mulder's quick intervention prevents him being exposed to the alien virus. As the other crew members begin destroying the oil rig, Mulder and Doggett evacuate to awaiting helicopters. Later, Mulder informs Doggett that he has been fired from the FBI, having taken the fall for Doggett and the X-Files.

8X17: Empedocles ~ Air Date - April 15, 2001

In New Orleans, Jeb Dukes, is called in by his boss, Gary Garber, to be fired. He is apologetic and sorry to let him go. Jeb steps out of the office building as a police chase ends with a car crash. As he stands there a flaming man emerges from the wreckage and enters Jeb's body. That evening Jeb returns to the office, walks up to his boss and shoots him dead. Local detective, Franklin Potter, requests assistance from the FBI and Agent Monica Reyes is sent to investigate. At first she dismisses the case as satanic based, however, when she sees Garber's body, it briefly appears to be ashes. Reyes calls in Mulder to assist her in the case. She tells him that she experienced a similar vision while investigating Doggett's son's case. When they found his body, both she and Doggett saw the corpse as ashes momentarily, although Doggett later dismissed this as his imagination. When Doggett finds out about Mulder's investigation, he accosts him in the hallway yelling at him to stay out of his life. Mulder tries to cool Doggett down explaining he was called in to assist by Reyes. She joins them in the hallway telling Doggett she believes the current case and his son's case are linked. Doggett warns her to leave it alone. Doggett visits Scully in the hospital and asks her why she now believes in the paranormal in the X-Files. Scully tells him she was scared to believe. Back in the X-Files basement office, Mulder tells Reyes he can find no connection to the other cases with the same kind of visions. But Reyes is insistent that there is a connection, possibly a thread of evil linking them all. Mulder warns her to leave Doggett alone, if he does not want to believe.

8X18: Three Words ~ Air Date - April 8, 2001

Secret service agents ambush Howard Salt, a federal census worker, as he attempts to break in to the White House. He yells, "The aliens are taking over the United States!" and shoots himself. In his hand is a CD-ROM with the words, "Fight the Future" written on it. Director Kersh calls Assistant Director Skinner and Doggett to his office about Mulder's re-assignment to the X-Files; he intends to block it. Doggett argues until Kersh threatens to close the X-Files for good. Skinner and Scully break the news to Mulder, who believes they have all become pawns in a larger conspiracy. He wants more than ever to return to work. When news of Salt's death reach Absalom in prison in West Virginia, he promptly escapes, turning up at Doggett's home to kidnap him. Skinner briefs the agents tasked with re-capturing Absalom, warning them to take his claims of alien invasion seriously. Mulder, meanwhile, links Salt to Absalom, as they were part of the same UFO cult and Salt is a multiple abductee. Mulder is sure he was killed for what he knew. Mulder and Scully sneak in to the FBI evidence room and recover the hard drive from Salt's laptop and take it to the Lone Gunmen who discover file directories from the Federal Statistics Center on it. Absalom, with Doggett as a hostage, tries to enter the Federal Statistics Center looking for proof that aliens are already here. However, security guards quickly surround them and shoot Absalom dead. Doggett briefs Skinner on the events, when Mulder bursts in and attacks him, accusing him of being part of the conspiracy. Scully is concerned that Mulder is in over his head.

8X19: Alone ~ Air Date - May 6, 2001

Gary Sacks nurses his sick father, Arlen, in Ellicot, New York. As he prepares a meal he hears the heart monitor flat line. When he reaches his father's room he finds the bed empty, he hears a hissing sound and is sprayed with some kind of venom. With Scully away on maternity leave, Doggett is assigned a temporary partner, agent Leyla Harrison, she is a great fan of Mulder and Scully's work and is very excited to be investigating an actual X-File. But, her enthusiasm gets the better of her and conflicts with Doggett's investigation techniques. She immediately offers a paranormal explanation when they discover evidence of slime at the crime scene. Doggett checks out a deserted mansion near the Sack's house. He hears gun shots from outside and finds Harrison missing. As he searches for her, he falls through a trap door in to an underground room. Assistant Director Skinner leads a team of agents in the search for Doggett, when Scully hears he is missing she returns to work to help. She performs Arlen Sack's autopsy and discovers the venom is of reptile origin. Mulder is worried about Scully working in her condition and steps in to conduct his own investigation. Mulder arriving at the crime scene searches in the woods. He stumbles upon the mansion, but the owner Herman Stites denies any knowledge of a reptile. Scully calls Mulder to warn him that Skinner is angry that he is tampering with a federal investigation. Mulder informs Scully that they are looking for a man not a reptile and that he is suspicious of Stites. And for good reason as it turns out, when Scully discovers that Stites has been working on creating a new species of reptile.

8X20: Essence ~ Air Date - May 13, 2001

With Scully preparing for the birth of her child, Mrs. Scully hires a nurse to help her. However, Lizzy Gill, the nurse, seems to have another agenda, beginning with replacing her pills. Mulder turns up at Doggett's apartment, although no longer an FBI agent, he is interested in a fire at Zeus Genetics, believing someone is trying to cover up the work being done there. Doggett sends Agent Crane to the scene, who determines that Dr. Lev is missing. Mulder and Doggett visit his partner, Dr. Parenti, Scully's old obstetrician, and they surprise him in his office examining rows of abnormal fetuses specimens. Mulder accuses him of experimenting with alien embryos. When Lizzy Gill leaves Scully's apartment she is picked up by Duffy Haskell, who had previously contacted Mulder and Scully in regards to a conspiracy surrounding implanting alien fetuses into abducted women. Mulder and Doggett return to Dr. Parenti's office only to find him dead, Mulder is attacked by Billy Miles, who Doggett manages to shoot, but it has no affect. Later, Mulder explains that Billy is an alien replacement, the outcome of his recent abduction. Scully's treatment of Mulder saved him from the same fate. Mulder fears for Scully and her unborn child and persuades her to leave her apartment. When the lights go off in her building, Mulder rushes Scully to the car, however, they are trapped in and unable to drive away. As Billy Miles approaches, he is knocked down by a car driven by Alex Krycek. Doggett arranges for Agent Reyes to take Scully away from Washington so that he, Mulder, Assistant Director Skinner and Krycek can determine why the aliens are so interested in Scully's baby. Part One of Two

8X21: Existence ~ Air Date - May 20, 2001

The pathologist called in to autopsy Billy Miles, is less than happy at the lateness of the hour and opts to finish in the morning. After he leaves, the metallic vertebrae he found during the initial examination begins to reproduce itself. Next morning, Mulder holds a picture from the security camera showing a healthy Billy Miles leaving the morgue. Krycek explains to him, Assistant Director Skinner and Doggett that Billy Miles is a new kind of alien, created to repopulate the planet and that he and the others like him are looking for Scully. Doggett is called away by Agent Crane, who informs him that Knowle Rohrer is there to see him. Rohrer tells Doggett that Billy Miles is a prototype, part of a government program to create a super soldier and that Scully was impregnated with such a prototype. He wants to know where she is, but Doggett plays ignorant. When Billy Miles enters the FBI building, Krycek spots him and runs for the elevator. Skinner quickly follows, but is cut on the head when Billy Miles' arm tears through the metal doors. As he recuperates in hospital, Doggett tells Mulder what Rohrer told him, but Mulder is suspicious, with good reason as it turns out when he and Doggett spot Rohrer talking to Krycek in his car in the basement garage at the FBI building. While Doggett follows Rohrer, who meets with Agent Crane and Deputy Director Kersh, Krycek surprises Mulder and is about to shoot him when Skinner arrives and takes his revenge on Krycek. Later, Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment and finds the Lone Gunman there bearing gifts for Scully's baby. Scully tells Mulder she has decided to call the baby William after his father. Part Two of Two