The X-Files

Memento Mori

Season 4, Ep 14, Aired 2/9/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Scully's recent failing health is revealed to be inoperable brain cancer which is common among abductees. She meets with other abductees with the same condition and forms a special bond with a dying woman, while Mulder tries to save her from a doctor who may be connected with the abductions.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Rob Bowman

  • Chris Carter

  • Vince Gilligan

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Memento Mori

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 30, 2012

  • Scully spends the whole episode moaning Fox should just put her down ! this episode and the last one she has just moaned and moaned boring !

    By DarcyPace, Oct 19, 2009

  • It is a long, long way from "I thought you were sent to spy on me" to "The truth will save both of us", but we finally got there.

    By MattMTRUSTNO1, Aug 13, 2011

  • Scully faces her cancer

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Feb 02, 2011

  • Scully's cancer Beware of spoilers!

    By Ngbballgyrl15, Mar 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Mulder: These women, these women are your birth mothers. Hybrid: Barren now, from the same procedure that caused their cancer. And now they're left to die, their conditions hastened by the men running this project. Mulder: You're trying to save them. Hybrid: They're our mothers. (Mulder leaves with vial)

    • Mulder: Byers told you about Dr. Scanlon? Scully: Yeah Mulder: He very well may have killed those women Scully: It will have to be proven, if we find him Mulder: When we find him, Scully something was done to you, something you're just beginning to remember, you can't quite figure out. But it can be explained and it will be explained, and no matter what you think as a scientist or a doctor there is a way and you will find it, To save yourself. Scully: Mulder I can't kid myself, people live with cancer they carry on, and so will I. You know I've got things to finish to prove to myself, my family, But for my own reasons.

    • Scully: (Writing in her journal) I have not written to you in the past twenty four hours because the treatment has weakened my body. Mulder it’s difficult to explain to you the fear of facing an enemy which I can neither conquer nor escape. Penny Northern has taken a down turn. I now look at her with the respect that can only come from one that is about to walk the same dark path. Seeing her I can’t help seeing myself in a month or a year. I pray that I have her courage to face this journey. Mulder I feel you close, though I know you are now pursuing your own path. For that I am grateful, more than I can ever express. I need to know you’re out there if I am ever to see through this.

    • Scully: In med school I learned that cancer arrives in the body unannounced. A dark stranger that takes up residence. Turning its new home against itself, this is the evil of cancer, that it starts as an invader but soon becomes one with the invaded, Forcing you to destroy it, but only at the risk of destroying yourself. It is science's demon possession and my treatment, science's attempt at exorcism. Mulder I hope that in these terms you might know it and know me. And accept this stranger so many recognise but so many cannot completely cast out and if the darkness should have swallowed me as you read this. You must never think there was the possibility of some secret intervention, something you might have done and though we have travelled far together this last distance must necessarily be travelled alone.

    • Scully: I need you to bring the over night bag from the trunk of the car, and I need you to call my mother and ask her to bring up some things to the hospital Mulder: Is there anything I should know Scully: Mulder what ever you found or whatever you might find I think we both know that right now truth is in me. And I need to pursue it, as soon as possible.

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode originally had a kiss on the lips between Mulder and Scully. In the original version, Mulder kisses her forehead, then her lips, then they hug and she walks away. The aired version just has the kiss on the head.

    • A scene with Gillian Anderson (Scully) and Pat Skipper (Scully's brother Bill Jr.) was cut due to time constraints. Bill Scully would make his second 'first appearance' in the season 4 finale 'Gethsemane'. This scene is significant for several reasons in that Bill Jr. voices his displeasure, or rather what he believes to be his parents displeasure, about Dana choosing to be an FBI Agent instead of a doctor and that now she has paid for that decision with her cancer. He also indirectly blames Dana for Melissa's death and, finally, he mentions their other brother Charles.

    • The date on the drawer holding Scully's ova is October 29, 1994 - a few days before she was returned to the hospital in the season 2 episode 'One Breath'.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series.

    • According to media reports, Kurt Crawford is actually the name of Chris Carter's contact at the FBI whom he goes to to check facts for accuracy.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Continuity: Just before Mulder goes into the lab with the Kurt Crawford clones, Byers sees the police getting out of their car at the front of the lab complex. Mulder spends several minutes in the lab with the clones; the scene then cuts to Byers at the front again and the police are just a few feet from their vehicle, although quite a few minutes have passed.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Memento Mori Memento Mori is Latin and means "remember that you are mortal". In the days of the Roman Empire, a military leader achieving great victories would be given a parade through the city of Rome where he in the end was told Memento Mori, so that he wouldn't forget his place in the world.

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