The X-Files

The Truth (1)

Season 9, Ep 19, Aired 5/19/02
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  • Episode Description
  • After not knowing Fox Mulder's whereabouts for the last year, A.D. Skinner and Agent Scully learn he is being held for the murder of a military man he couldn't possibly have killed: Knowle Rohrer, one of the government's secret super soldiers. With Skinner acting as Mulder's defence, people who Mulder has dealings with during his last nine years as an FBI agent testify on his behalf. But the military tribunal isn't interested in the truth. When an unexpected person comes to Mulder's rescue, Mulder refuses to slip north over the border to safety. Instead, he heads southwest to the Anasazi ruins of New Mexico seeking a mysterious wise man whom the Indians call The Keeper of the Truth.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Patrick

    Special Agent John Doggett

  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Mitch Pileggi

    Assistant Director Walter Skinner

  • Annabeth Gish

    Special Agent Monica Reyes

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Sad ending

    By sremnes, Mar 24, 2015

  • The Truth (1)

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 28, 2012

  • This is an episode where I actually cried. It was touching, revealling, it just had everything.

    By Gilmoregirl999, Sep 05, 2008

  • Ends with a fizzle, instead of a bang.

    By revjeremyduncan, Aug 16, 2010

  • A tearjerker, but definately worth watching over again!

    By jenniferbaymer, Apr 08, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Scully: Mulder, it's not funny when you pull that stupid act. Mulder: No, it is funny. What's not funny is what they do to you if you don't pull that stupid act. (He kisses her, and she kisses back)

    • Scully: (Crying) Our son, Mulder. I gave him up... I gave him up. Mulder: (Crying) I know you had to... I just miss you both so much...

    • Prison Guard: What are you thinking? Mulder: About my son... About his mother.

    • Kallenbrunner: Well, what I mean is, you have no proof to back up one word you just told us. (Scully is silent) Agent Scully, isn't it true that you and Mulder were lovers, and you got pregnant and had his love child? Skinner: Objection! Kallenbrunner: Thank you. Next witness.

    • Scully: Guilty on a lesser charge. Maybe they'll go for it, let you walk out of here. Mulder: I'd rather die, Scully. I'd rather die than give them what they want. Scully: How can you say that -to me? Mulder: This is greater than you or me. This is about everything we've worked for, for nine years. The truth we've both sacrificed so much to uncover.

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    Notes (9)

    • In the final scene of the episode, the X-Files Theme is heard in the background slowly "whistled" in a major key, instead of the ubiquitous minor key of the series' opening/closing credits

    • The time when Knowle Rohrer (who Mulder was convicted of killing) pulls up to the USMC Base Brig to 'retrieve' Agent Mulder is 11:21 pm. Chris Carter's wife was born on 11/21.

    • Director Kim Manners provides DVD commentary on the complete season 9 DVD set.

    • Even though they died in "Jump the Shark" The Lone Gunman's ghosts talk to Mulder for a short time.

    • The final scene is a bookend to a scene that was in the Pilot, where we first learn of Mulder's sister's abduction.

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    Trivia (4)

    • In this episode, we see the fourth and final kiss between Mulder and Scully. While it is true that this is the fourth episode in which Mulder and Scully kiss, they share multiples kisses in this episode.

    • In this episode, we finally know for sure that Mulder is the father of William. When the guards are questioning him, he says he's thinking about his son and his mother.

    • Scully's full name is Dana Katherine Scully.

    • Mulder's full name is Fox William Mulder.

    Allusions (1)

    • Fox Mulder: I smelled you coming, Clarice. This is a reference to the movie Silence Of The Lambs (1991).

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