The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 4


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

During a stakeout of murderer Irwin Lukesh, Doggett sees Reyes attacked by Lukesh but then we see Reyes and Doggett in her apartment, apparently both fine. Elsewhere at the same time, Doggett is shot and Lukesh identifies Reyes as the shooter. While Reyes is asked for her badge and gun by AD Follmer and Doggett lies in hospital near death, the conflicting circumstances of the stakeout and Doggett's shooting do not add up and it becomes clear that Lukesh possesses the power to switch between parallel universes and alter the events in each.moreless

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  • 4-D was Entertaining

    4-D was a great episode of The X-Files and I found it pretty entertaining. The story was intriguing and I liked the character development for Reyes and Doggett. There was a little action, lots of drama and a little love story brewing perhaps. I liked how the story played out and it was very emotional to see Reyes pull the plug on a different Doggett to get hers back. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Really emotional episode, grew my enthusiasm even more for the 9th season.

    Really emotional episode, grew my enthusiasm even more for the 9th season. This is the episode where I think Annabeth Gish is the perfect choice.

    Who thought The X-Files is still considering the idea of parallel universe. I am quite a big fan of X-Files and at first I raise one eyebrow when they decide to cast Annabeth.

    But as time episodes go by, I found myself waiting for her scenes at each and every episode. I hope this review is not rambling. If so, I apology, it's my first.moreless
  • Is That A Polish Sausage Or Are You Just Happy To See Me, Agent Doggett?

    This is one of those episodes whose premise seems like a great idea at the time but that is totally unworkable in practice. The writer doesn't bother to think through the many, many logical inconsistencies in his premise, probably because he is too busy thinking to himself how cool it will be to seemingly kill off both Reyes and Doggett in the opening minutes of the episode. And didn't we already have an episode where Doggett is killed and then brought back to life? Yeah, I thought so....

    Why is our killer able to jump between dimensions without pushing out his left-handed twin? If the two dimensions truly are mirror images of each other, wouldn't Reyes or Doggett dying in one dimension mean that they would have to die in the other dimension simply to preserve the symmetry? Otherwise, over time the two dimensions would eventually evolve into two completely different worlds bearing no relationship whatsoever to each other.

    The sudden emergence of a possible love connection between Doggett and Reyes seems a bit hokey at this stage in the game. It rings false on so many levels that I'm convinced the writers have given up on preserving any sense of integrity for the series. It's become just another paycheck that they will milk until the plug is inevitably pulled...moreless
  • What the heck is going on with this show?

    Alternate Dimension is a theme I love. But only in the hands of a gifted writer. Or at least a consistent one. Here we have neither.

    The plot has more wholes than substance. Why did nobody die in this reality? How did the villain manage to switch dimensions in the first place? Why does Monica care for John so much all of a sudden. Whatever happened to her lesbian come ons to Scully? And where exactly was she in this episode? Brad is among the good guys again? Doggett became a believer for a quarter of a second?

    It just feels like the writers ran out of ideas or at least the will to think them through to the end. If ever there was a half baked storyline this is it.moreless
  • The first true Monica episode and it's stunning.

    I was beginning to despair for season 9 until this episode, which was really superb. I'm not a little relieved. It's a true X-File both inside the series and from an series point of view. It puts all the typical elements of a good episode together in a way I haven't seen since season 6.

    The story is a fascinating one – a man discovers he can move between parallel universes and uses that ability to play out his serial killer fantasies for real. In one world, he kills and escapes with ease, but returns to safe haven in our world where he has no criminal record. His mistake was killing one FBI agent and nearly killing another, accidentally dragging that Doggett into our world which is when his little game fell apart. Raising questions that couldn't be answered – like two versions of the same gun, an FBI agent who swears he was shot by Lukesh and another, who swears the shot agent was with her when she was informed by Skinner. Throw in some wonderful moments between Doggett and Monica – beautifully understated by both actors – and it's a truly impressive episode. I didn't even like Monica until now, but seeing the softer side of her toward Doggett has converted me.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Special Agent Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Special Agent Monica Reyes

Dylan Haggerty

Dylan Haggerty

Erwin Timothy Lukesh

Guest Star

Angela Paton

Angela Paton

Mrs. Lukesh

Guest Star

Gil Colon

Gil Colon

Agent Rice

Guest Star

Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes

Assistant Director Brad Follmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Just as Agent Reyes is about to lock the door while in Doggett's room, you can see the moving shadow of a boom mike just above her.

    • If Doggett entering the parallel Earth pushed out the other Doggett, then why didn't Reyes' gun, carried by Lukesh into the other parallel Earth, push out Reyes's real gun.

    • The alternate world Doggett's death should have brought real world Doggett back. It should not have sent Reyes back in time.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Scully: Monica, I'm so sorry. Agent Doggett is just coming out of surgery and they're moving him to the ICU.
      Follmer: How's it look?
      Scully: If he pulls through this, it's likely that he'll be paralysed for life.

    • Lukesh: God, I enjoyed you. You bled just like a pig.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Dr. Kim (John's doctor in the hospital) is played by Ming Lo; Ming Lo plays another character by the same name in two episodes of Scrubs (My Cake and My Fallen Idol).

    • At the end of the episode, it says:
      In Loving Memory of
      Ricky Lold Arreguin
      January 24, 1985 - September 13, 2001

    • The tag line for this episode wasn't really changed, just flipped backwards (erehT tuO sI hturT ehT) - which is in keeping with the entire "teaser". The film in the teaser was flipped so that right-handed people became left-handed, hair was parted on the other side, etc.

    • 4-D is the abbreviated form of 'fourth dimension' which is generally accepted as Time. Length, Breadth, and Depth make up the other 3 dimensions.

      4-D is also the apartment unit where Lukesh and his mother live.