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The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 17

All Things

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 2000 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A series of coincidences puts Scully in contact with someone from her past, a married man who she once had an affair with during medical school, but is dying. This causes her to question her romantic and professional choices in her life. Meanwhile Mulder investigates crop circles.moreless

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  • All Things

    All Things was a perfect episode of The X-Files and a significant achievement for Gillian Anderson. I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing and full of character development for Scully. The scenes were visually stunning and the music really added to the imagery. I liked how the story explored more of Scully's past and it showed she was not with out her own past. Every thing played out wonderfully and the ending was awesome. There was a lot of emotion and connections happening. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Loved it

    This episode is terrific. The directing style is very different. You might call the pacing slow, but it has a very hypnotic rhythm which fits the theme of the episode perfectly.

    It's the type of episode where I would read the recap and thought about skipping it. But the execution here is marvelous. Monster of the week episodes are getting stale by this season, so this sticks out as a more meaningful and interesting.moreless
  • A strangely affecting episode that lingered in my mind for days after I saw it.

    When I first watched this episode I didn't really know what to make of it. It was so unusual for an X file. Very spiritual, focussing on inner struggles and feelings. It made an impact but it took a while for me to process what I was watching. After a day I had to watch it again and that is when I realised that I really liked it. The whole atmosphere, music and style of this episode was just beautiful, almost dream like.

    I liked how the Moby song "The sky is broken" was used throughout the episode as it sounded a bit like Mulders voice. Maybe it's just me? Now I am sure there will be people who do not feel the same way about it. As I said it is not a regular X files episode. There is very little action/scifi and very little Mulder in it, however if you can get past that you can enjoy some fantastic acting from Gillian Anderson who I believe also wrote the script for this episode.

    Highly recommended.moreless
  • Gillian Anderson directs an episode revolving around Scully.

    Reading through some of these reviews, once again, I'm hard-pressed to disagree with the praise. While I must laud Gillian Anderson for doing a great job acting wise, as well as with the direction of the episode, the writing is just too poor to consider it a success. I found myself disappointed, irritated and constantly confused as to why we were following Scully through this particular chapter in her life. The attempts to make an X-File out of this is poor at best.

    The basic idea of the plot is that Scully is once again having those doubts that plague here now and then: did she choose the right path in joining the FBI? This time, we have a former lover of hers that she had an affair with in school as a student.. we've never met this guy before, which means the actors have terrible chemistry. Scully learns that he has some sort of heart issue, and while medicine can't heal it, Scully sort of turns to this half-hearted supernatural solution that ends up solving everything. Oh, and it's hinted at that Mulder and Scully hook up, but surprise! it doesn't happen.

    I sound pretty bitter writing this.. the truth is, there's an interesting episode somewhere buried underneath all the negative stuff, but Gillian Anderson, who wrote the episode as well, didn't do enough to make the episode premise interesting.. there's some good chemistry between Mulder and Scully at the beginning, but I almost wish we would've gotten an episode written by Anderson about crop circles.. that would've been cooler than what we got instead.

    Gillian Anderson is a great actress, and I actually think the direction here was very unique and well-done.. if only the script could match how good the rest of the package was, I might've liked it a bit more.moreless
  • This is by far my favourite episode in the series if not Television series altogether!

    Brief recap: After letting Mulder leave on his own to investigate crop-circles Scully meets her former lover and Teacher Daniel Waterson. She reflects on her life and her choices and how different the outcome had she chosen not to go to the FBI.

    By nature this is not a regular X-File. After all it was written by GA herself. It isn't action packed either. So maybe some of you find it dull. I however found it extroadinairy. If there were a 15 rating available I'd rate it that.

    GA captures Scully really well. Not the early in the series Scully who doubts everything from Telekinesis to Aliens but the older one. The one who has let a child die because she saw the Devil in a social worker. (5x17 - All souls) The one who believed that Mr. Peattie might have been able to save his daughter (7x14 - Theef) Scully is becoming a "light" believer and how could she not after all these years trying to explain away the paranormal with her science. She herself put it so eloquently when she said: How many times has my science been able to provide an explanation, Mulder?

    Also Scully has always looked in strange places when her faith in science was shaken. She went to a psychologist and only told her half the truth when she already knew she had been abducted by aliens. She confesses to a priest (All souls) when she knows she saw the devil. And here she visits the crop-circle researcher because she told her to slow down.

    This is actually my favourite scene in the entire episode. GA captures the feeling of this home perfectly! A lot of woodwork, herbal tea, rain outside and an interesting conversation with a smart person - who wouldn't feel comfortable? And this feeling is transported onto the viewer marvelously! Besides... have you noticed that so far the only lesbian couple to appear in the x-files is written my GA?...

    As for the Buddhist scene - Scully does not intentionally meditate in front of a Buddha Statue. She follows this girl into the temple and is touched by the sight of this statue. Seemed to me like she dropped to her knees because they were weak and that her epiphany came from that same place. Scully won't be a buddhist after that but it shows just how all religions are basically the same. Faith.

    So far I have only explained why I consider this to be the finest X-files episode. Lots of character development for Scully (which would have been lots harder in a mythology episode since it is not her quest per se), a peek into the past. I do not need a MOTW especially if it is a monster like tooms...

    But I also consider this one of the best episode through all the shows I have watched wich range from Desperate Housewives to Buffy, from Futurama to Weeds, from Monk to Dexter and from the Gilmore Girls to CSI. Never have I seen a 44min episode that looked as much like a movie. All the shots of things clicking and tapping, the sound, the slow motion effects, the timing, the camera angles, the acting. It all fits perfectly together to create this wonderful masterpiece and I just love it!

    The only thing I would have preferred to be different is a scene almost at the end. Scully sees the girl again and reaches her but it is Mulder. It would have made more sense if it just were someone else and Mulder bumps into her. Other than that there are no continuity issues, no questions raised that are left unanswered, but the viewer is left with a chance to reflect his/her own life. Our own choices.

    Honestly, what more could you ask for?moreless
Colleen Flynn

Colleen Flynn

Colleen Azar

Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Maggie Waterston

Guest Star

Stephen Hornyak

Stephen Hornyak

Dr Paul Kopeikan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The music Mulder is dancing to after the theme is played is: Moby - The Sky Is Broken. It also features prominently throughout the episode.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Scully: You've come at such a strange time.
      Daniel Waterston: I know, I know. you-- you have a life.
      Scully: I don't know what I have. I mean... your X-rays were in the wrong envelope. I never would have even known you were here if it wasn't for a mix-up. It's just...
      Daniel Waterston: What do you want, Dana?
      Scully: I want everything I should want at this time of my life. Maybe I want the life I didn't choose.

    • Maggie Waterston: You come off so rational, but maybe you know less than you think.

    • Scully: Look, we're always running. We're always chasing the next big thing. Why don't you ever just stay still?
      Mulder: I wouldn't know what I'd be missing.

    • Scully: Mulder, I still have to go over to the hospital and-and-and finish the final paperwork on the autopsy you had me do. And, to be honest, it's Saturday and I wouldn't mind, I don't know, taking a bath?
      Mulder: Well, what the hell does that mean?

    • Mulder: And I am not wearing any pants right now.

    • Mulder: I just find it hard to believe.
      Scully: What part?
      Mulder: The part where I go away for two days and your whole life changes.
      Scully: Mmm, I didn't say my whole life changed.
      Mulder: You speaking to God in a Buddhist temple. God speaking back.
      Scully: Mmm, and I didn't say that God spoke back. I said that I had some kind of a vision.
      Mulder: Well, for you, that's like saying you're having David Crosby's baby. What is it?
      Scully: I once considered spending my whole life with this man. What I would have missed.
      Mulder: I don't think you can know. I mean, how many different lives would we be leading if we made different choices. We... we don't know.
      Scully: What if there was only one choice and all the other ones were wrong? And there were signs along the way to pay attention to.
      Mulder: Mmm. And all the... choices would then lead to this very moment. One wrong turn, and... we wouldn't be sitting here together. Well, that says a lot. That says a lot, a lot, a lot. That's probably more than we should be getting into at this late hour.

    • Colleen: There is a greater intellegence in all things. Accidents, or near accidents often remind us that we need to keep our minds open to the lessons it gives. You may want to slow down.

    • Scully: Time passes in moments. Moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path. To see the reasons why all things happen. To consider whether the path we take in life is of our own making, or simply one into which we've drifted with eyes closed. But what if we were to stop? Pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the roads that have shaped a life? And… seeing those choices… choose another path.

    • Scully: Everything happens for a reason.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Goof: In the scene when Scully is at the hospital, and right before Daniel Waterston codes, the camera moves to the other side of the room and you see a hand pushing the IV pole towards the bed.

    • Is Gillian a buddhist? When Scully enters the hospital room you hear the sound of a bell ringing. This is an integral part of meditation, the bell is rung at the beginning and the end of meditation. Throughout the show, there's quite a bit of reference to slowing down and "being in the now" or "living in the moment." Also, when Gillian Anderson married Clyde Klotz, their ceremony was performed by a buddhist monk.

    • "All things" has one of the most controversial teasers of the entire series. Scully is seen dressing in front of a bathroom mirror, and then we pan out to find it's Mulder's apartment, and he's in bed without any clothes on... hmmm...

    • Mulder appears in brief cameos only throughout this episode.

    • Colleen Flynn (Colleen Azar) previously appeared in "Detour" as Michelle Fazekas, the Search and Rescue team leader investigating the disappearances in the forest.

    • "all things" is the only episode of the series to write it's title with no capital letters.

    • all things is the only episode to have the actors actually react to the music being played in the background. In this episode, Scully has a dream where she walks into the hospital room and she finds herself laying on the bed. There is music being played in the background. Once Scully gets close to the bed, she looks at herself lying in the bed and she mouths "Speak to me"; the same words being played in the background.

    • Moby's song "The Sky is Broken" was the main song for this episode. Another song of Moby's titled "My Weakness" was used in the episode Closure.

    • Mulder's hat, at the end of the episode, reads "Stone Henge Rocks", a possible homage to the fact that some people believe Stonehenge was created by alien forces.


    • Mulder: That's like saying you're having David Crosby's baby.

      Singer-songwriter David Crosby is a former member of the Byrds and the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The "baby" comment refers to his being a sperm donor for singer Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher. Cypher gave birth to two babies fathered by Crosby, named Bailey Jean and Beckett.