The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 16

Apocrypha (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mulder pursues Krycek, not knowing about the alien that has taken over his body, to get back the DAT tape containing the MJ Documents. Meanwhile, the shooting of AD Skinner uncovers evidence that could lead Scully to her sister's murderer.

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  • The End of we hope so

    That dark material and relation to Alien or something dark is good plot , the end of Krycek was good but the episode can be better

    The Flash back with Mulder's father and the cancer man was awesome
  • So he was always a smoker

    opening" episode. The alien goo pouring out Cry's body is one of the finer WTF moments in the show. One of the best things about the show is that the alien lifeforms are not just the quick and cheap little green men cutouts but there are far bigger and strangers things here. Scully has a great moment confronting her sister's killer, struggling to not give into hate. Theres then of course the cancer man who comes in to clean everything up, seemingly ending everything that's just taken place. Back to square one but buried deep down somewhere, something sinister still remains.moreless
  • Apocrypha

    Apocrypha was a perfect episode and very entertaining. I really enjoyed watching because the story played out nicely and was full of action, suspense, and intrigue. It was cool to see the Cigarette Smoking Man in the old days and now and to learn how he is involved. There was a lot of character and plot development for most of the characters. I liked seeing more of the secret council. Skinner recovers and tries to help Mulder which was awesome. I like how every thing worked out. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The conclusion to yet another two-part episode

    Another two-part episode revolving around government conspiracies comes to an end, and while I thought that the plot was a little murky in places, I thought the overall stakes of the character were higher than ever and made for some amazing television. With Skinner getting shot, Krycek on the run and both Mulder and Scully possibly in danger, it was as exciting as anything I've seen on TV recently.

    I was a bit confused at what was going on with the black oil/fog that took over the people's bodies, and Mulder sort of half-explains to Scully that he believes it to be a mode for alien life-forces to travel from one person to another, but it seemed like a weak idea and there was zero proof that Mulder had except for the fact that the Cigarette Smoking Man and the other government agents were after it. It was nice to see some closure with Krycek though, and it was brutal what happened to him, regardless of what he was guilty of. And I don't think I've ever seen Gillian Anderson act so well as Dana Scully.. her reaction to finding her sister's killer was incredible and was unlike anything I've seen her do on the show.

    I'm sure this episode will be followed by a slew of stand-alone episodes that don't really hold a torch to these type of episodes, but either way, if it means there's more episodes like this in the future, I'll accept that fact. But so far, this was yet another great episode in a great season.moreless
  • Once again CSM wins

    When Mulder and Scully are so close to the truth, they are somehow stopped and end up having nothing. And losing something. This time, what could've been closure for Scully's sister's death it's just a bitter moment because they're back to empty hands.

    CSM had to win again. And Krycek had to help all along. Now, sometimes it's not enough to hurt Scully but now they take Skinner down for a while - and I wonder why they hurt him there instead of doing it with no witnesses at all.

    I love X-files hospital scenes, where there were no many things to say but so little was addressed. It was kind of frustrating but at the same time it kept you wishing for more.moreless
Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty

Agent Fuller

Guest Star

Suleka Mathew

Suleka Mathew

Agent Linda Caleca

Guest Star

Barry W. Levy

Barry W. Levy

Navy Doctor

Guest Star

Brendan Beiser

Brendan Beiser

Agent Pendrell

Recurring Role

Don S. Williams

Don S. Williams

1st Elder

Recurring Role

Lenno Britos

Lenno Britos

Hispanic Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Principal Settings:
      Washington, D.C.; Black Crow, North Dakota

    • When Frohike leaves the ice, he starts walking normally. That indicates that he wasn't wearing ice skates although he skated like he did.

    • As Mulder and Scully get out of the car at missile silo the reflection of camera and operator is visible on the trunk above the license plate 33:52.

    • Mulder recalls to Scully that he saw Krycek being pulled out of the car and then saw the bright flash, but he only came to just in time to see the flash.

    • Additionally, an ALS unit (Advanced Life Support) would have at least two medics assigned to it. One to drive and one to monitor the patient.

    • In the ambulance Skinner is hooked up to an IV. In real life, patients with an IV are accompanied by a nurse when travelling.

    • When Scully gets to the hospital, she finds Skinner has been transferred and the ambulance has just left, yet the room is already clean and made-up. Unless the housekeepers in that hospital work at warp speed, this would not happen, it's just too fast.

    • When agent Pendrell runs the saliva sample and gives the results to Scully she says: "looking for a man... with blood type B+, but we already know that from the waitresses description". The waitress would be an X-File herself if she knew the man's blood type just by looking at him.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sick Crewman: That thing is still down there. The Navy will deny it. But you've got to make sure the truth gets out. I can trust you to do that, can't I, Mr Mulder?
      Young Smoking Man: You can trust all of us...

    • Scully: I thought I asked for guards to be posted outside?
      Agent Caleca: We put in a request with the DC police.
      Scully: This wasn't a random shooting. I want guards posted here and I want them here now.
      Agent Fuller: I think it's a matter of pulling men off something else.
      Scully: I've heard the excuses. I don't care if you and Agent Caleca have to stand out in the hallway yourselves. This man has to be protected. Okay?

    • Mulder: I don't think this is just ordinary diesel oil, Scully. I think it's a medium. A medium being used by some kind of alien creature that uses it to body jump.
      Scully: So you're saying that this stuff has intelligence?
      Mulder: I think that it came off of whatever they pulled off the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It's been waiting down there for 50 years for another host, another body, to bring it up to the surface.
      Scully: Waiting to jump into the diver and then into the diver's wife?
      Mulder: And then into Krycek.
      Scully: Krycek?
      Mulder: I think that Mrs Gauthier went to Hong Kong under the control of this thing to find Krycek. I know... I know how it sounds.
      Scully: Is anybody NOT looking for Krycek?
      Mulder: No. But I think the $64,000 question is, what is this thing looking for. You know, now that it's in Krycek, what does it want.

    • CSM: Have the bodies destroyed.
      Doctor: But... these men aren't dead yet.
      CSM: Isn't that the prognosis.

    • Scully: I've just been thinking about something a man said to me. He said that the dead speak to us from beyond the grave - that that's what conscience is... I think the dead are speaking to us, Mulder - demanding justice. Maybe that man was right. Maybe we bury the dead alive.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In the beginning of this episode we can see young Bill Mulder and CSM obviously already involved in the whole conspiracy thing and the year is 1953.

      On the other hand, in the Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man episode, we can see those two still in the army in 1963.

    • The number on the door where the Alien spaceship is being held is 1013, this is a nod to Chris Carter's production company "Ten Thirteen" Productions.

    • During the 'Lone Gunmen on Ice' scene you can see that Byers is quite comfortable on his skates. Bruce Harwood, playing Byers, once trained as a professional ice skater.

    • Kevin McNulty (Agent Fuller) previously appeared in the same role in season 1's 'Squeeze".

    • Apocrypha means "Writings of dubious authenticity". 'Apocrypha' are also books of the bible excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament. It also means "hidden things" in Greek, which really applies to the episode.


    • Well Manicured Man: It was just a foo fighter.

      Foo fighter was a term used in World War II to refer to the types of aerial sightings that, in the postwar period, became known as UFO's. They were usually assumed to be some sort of enemy secret weapon or experimental aircraft. Many were described as "...blobs or flares of light...". The 1953 Robertson Panel, a CIA committee convened in 1952 to examine the rash of UFO reports, reviewed the foo fighter sightings and noted that many objects sighted during the war were metallic and disc shaped and that if the term flying saucer had been in use then, it would have been appropriate. Due to the ephemeral nature of the sightings, it also became synonymous with red herring.

      The term is thought to have been taken from the Smokey Stover comic strip, which ran in the Chicago Tribune from 1935 to 1973. Smokey, a fireman, drove a two-wheeled fire truck he called the Foomobile. One of his catchphrases was Where there's foo, there's fire. The strip's artist, Bill Holman, never explained the term.

      In 1995, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl named his new band Foo Fighters.

      By using this term, not only does the Well-Manicured Man allude to UFO's, he also dismisses the matter at hand as inconsequential and dates himself as part of the World War II generation.