The X-Files

Essence (1)

Season 8, Ep 20, Aired 5/13/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Mulder and Doggett join forces to investigate the arson attack on a genetics lab where one of the doctors suspected of experimenting with alien impregnation is killed. They encounter Billy Miles, who has been changed into an alien replicant after his recent abduction and is attempting to erase evidence of the tests; part of the Syndicate's conspiracy with an alien race. When a woman helping Scully out at home is found to be a part of the conspiracy, the agents, along with Monica Reyes and Alex Krycek, know they must protect Scully and her baby from Billy Miles and get her out of the city.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Patrick

    Special Agent John Doggett

  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Kim Manners

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Essence

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 12, 2012

  • Baby Chase

    By Anon67683, Jun 24, 2007

  • hmmmm the william conspiracy begins!

    By maverick13007, Jun 26, 2006

  • An interesting episode.

    By whiteraven2005, Sep 13, 2009

  • After lots of hints and glimpses, we finally get to see some super-soldiers.

    By grifter78, Nov 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Doggett: I'd say this man's well and truly pissed off.

    • Mulder: (to Scully, after she applies the bandage on him) Now I see why you gave up a career in medicine to join the FBI, Scully, you have Manos de Piedra.

    • Mulder: (entering the clinic) Knock Knock Doggett: Yeah, right. What if we get caught, what are we gonna tell them then? Mulder: I'll just say I'm with you Agent Doggett

    • Skinner: There's some business we'll have to clear up, about Scully's baby, about who the father is. Mulder: Yeah, I hear there's a pool going down at the FBI, placing bets.

    • Mulder: We call it the miracle of life: Conception. A union of perfect opposites. Essence transforming into existence, an act without which mankind would not exist and humanity cease to exist. Or is this just nostalgia now? An act of biology commandeered by modern science and technology. God-like we extract, implant, inseminate and we clone. But has our ingenuity rendered the miracle into a simple trick? In the artifice of replicating life can we become the creator? Then what of the soul? Can it too be replicated? Does it live in this matter we call DNA? Or is its placement the opposite of artifice, capable only by God? How did this child come to be? What set its heart beating? Is it the product of a union or the work of a divine hand? An answered prayer, a true miracle? Or is it a wonder of technology? The intervention of other hands? What do I tell this child about to be born? What do I tell Scully? What do I tell myself?

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    Notes (2)

    • Doggett and Mulder refer to Billy Miles as a 'kid' when really he would be about 29 or 30 years old, definitely not a kid.

    • Arlene Pileggi briefly appears as one of the guests at Scully's baby shower. She had previously appeared as Skinner's secretary in several episodes. Perhaps it is the same character and Scully has formed a friendship with the woman; given the amount of time that Scully spends in Skinner's office.

    Trivia (1)

    • Mulder: (to Scully) Now I see why you gave up a career in medicine to join the FBI, Scully, you have Manos de Piedra.
      'Manos de Piedra' means 'hands of stone' in Spanish.

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