The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 11

Closure (2)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After arresting the murderer of Amber-Lynn LaPierre and discovering a mass gravesite containing the bodies of dozens of missing children, a man comes to Mulder and claims to have had visions of other victims who aren't buried at the site. Despite Scully's objections, he takes Mulder on a journey which reveals what truly happened to his sister.moreless

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  • Closure

    Closure was a perfect episode of The X-Files and I really enjoyed watching because Mulder finally finds what he was searching for all along. The opening scene was heartbreaking and very touching as Mulder narrated the scene of the mass graves. It was intriguing to meet Harold Piller a father of one of the missing children who happened to have a special gift of sight beyond sight. I enjoyed Scully's skepticism as Mulder wanted to believe. There was some back and forth with his belief but in the end he knew the truth in his heart and was able to let go and move on which was nice. I liked the story and seeing the spirits of the missing children. I'm glad this arc is finally over and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • We finally learn what happened to Mulder's sister

    After seven long seasons of looking for the truth, and Mulder found it. And surprisingly, he's happy with it. But are we, as the audience, willing to accept such an easy and out of nowhere answer to a question that has taken so long to arrive at?

    For me, I'm not as impressed as some people may have been. It's hard for me to be too harsh with the episode, especially with how amazing David Duchovny was in these two episodes. He really reminded me of why Fox Mulder is one of the best characters on television. Sure, he has a funny side, but for the most part, he's a hurting and damaged man. This two parter reminded us of this fact.

    But Chris Carter really dropped the ball here. After ending the episode on an intriguing cliffhanger where we find a man who was responsible for kidnapping dozens of girls and killing them, he's shoved aside and a random psychic shows up who randomly claims he wants to help Mulder out of the goodness of his heart. Gone is the Cigarette Smoking Man, Mulder's mom, all of these people that, in the previous episode, tried helping Mulder end up being pushed aside for some guy who just so happens to show up right when Mulder needs help the most?

    I also am suspect to this idea of "Walk-Ins," or spirits that sneak into children's houses and steal them away so they can avoid a life of pain. It seems WAY too easy of an explanation for a plotline that has been endlessly complicated.

    I've thought Season 7 was good up until the last few episodes.. I think here, they're struggling a little bit to find their footing again.moreless
  • Conclusion of Samantha


    Grade: A*

    So this is the episode where the long-running story of what truely happened to Mulder's sister Samantha comes to an end. The results are not what most of us were expecting, but the episode is a well-written, touching, and has a moving scene which is always excellent no matter how many times you watch it.

    Mulder finds out that his sister was taken by Cigarette Smoking Man for tests. She was 14 years old when she died and was taken by the spirits, turning her into "Starlight". Mulder finds one of the ghosts and he tells him to follow him, and is led to an open grass field with other ghosts who have died and are playing happily together. Suddenly, one of them is Samantha, who runs into Mulder's arms and Mulder returns to Scully, asking what happened. He simply says "I'm fine, I'm free" and looks up into the stars.

    So it was not the obvious conclusion of the Samantha ark that most viewers were expecting, but I personally thought it was still a very fitting end to this story arc. There are probably some small plot holes to it but who cares? Closure was an terrific episode with one of the best scenes of the whole show, and as a result is probably the best episode of Season 7 (at least top 3 anyway).moreless
  • Nice to finally find out what happened to Samantha and it's not Mulder's ridiculous aliens version.

    Hypnotic regression is usually suspect, especially when done years after the event. Mulder's beliefs were based on his own regression which have always been highly suspicious and even the guy who reviewed Mulder's session agreed. I always believed it was a story to cover up what actually happened.

    What's never explained is why Amber-Lynn would lead them to the 24 murdered children when she wasn't one of them? The 'Walk-Ins' weren't connected to the murdered children, but to those like Samantha who were never found.

    Harold leads Mulder to the Spender house at the base and he finally gets some answers about Samantha. She was still alive 6 years after she was taken, that gives hope that she could still be alive even now. That entry where she talked about her brother was very touching. Mulder's vision with the children was lovely but if all the children are dead, why were they taken in the first place when they were already marked for death? The explanation – or lack thereof – about why Samantha was taken is never answered, only that she ended up with CSM afterwards. It's all left very vague.

    A good episode and interesting, but the whole explanation about the still-missing children is so vague.moreless
  • A sad, yet simple resolution to the 7 year story ark of Mulder trying to find out what happened to Samantha

    This episode really got to me more so than most episodes of the X Files do. Maybe it was because it was acted so well by David, but I also believe it was because the writing was so good. The plot was fairly simple, Mulder teams up with a psychic who leads Mulder to an old closed down air force base. This base was home to Mulders sister Samantha in 1979 (thats 6 years after she went missing with Mulder in 1973). Eventually they find a handprint of samantha in cement and also one of Jeffery. Its soon revealed the Smoking man was involved and had been looking after Samantha. Mulder finally gets a vision of his sister dead and makes peace with what happened to her and finally gets closure after so many years. This was such a touching episode, but did leave a lot of questions. Such as who killed Samanatha, was it CSM? Why did Mulders mother never reveal what she knew to him? This was a simple resolution to a very complex storyline. I rather like the way Chris Carter chose to end the plot. It had been dragging on for too many seasons and it was time to end it. Maybe it would have been nice if Mulder could have found her alive but I think deep down we all suspected she was dead. I would probably say this is one of the best episodes of season 7. Much of the episodes this season have been lacking something and for me, this is X Files at its best.moreless
Patience Cleveland

Patience Cleveland

Artubus Ray

Guest Star

Christopher Wynne

Christopher Wynne

Base Cop

Guest Star

Ed Beechner

Ed Beechner


Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Rebecca Toolan

Rebecca Toolan

Teena Mulder

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Mulder, Scully and Harold get out of the car to visit Artubus Ray, you can distinctly hear 4 car doors close, when only 3 door are actually closed.

    • Goof: When the children are discovered in the mass grave the bodies are encased in plastic. This should have preserved the biological stew that was their former bodies but all the bones are dry. It would have been more logical just to have them buried in the ground without plastic.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mulder: (reading from Samantha's diary) "They did more tests today, but not the horrible kind. I was awake and they made me lay still... while they shined lights in my eyes. They asked me questions, but I always lie now and tell them what they want to hear, just to make them stop. I hate them and I hate the way they treat me... like I'm an old suitcase they can just drag around and open up whenever they want to. They know I hate them, but they don't even care." This is 1979. She's 14 years old here. 14 years old. (carries on reading) "Sometimes I think my memories were taken by the doctors but not all of them. I remember faces. I think I had a brother... with brown hair, who used to tease me. I hope someday he reads this and knows I wish I could see his face for real." And then, uh... she's, uh... talking about running away. She wants to run away so that they stop doing the tests. And then it just stops.

    • Scully: Mulder, where did you go?
      Mulder: End of the road.

    • Mulder: You know, I never stop to think... that the light is billions of years old by the time we see it. From the beginning of time right past us into the future. Nothing is ancient in the universe. But, maybe they are souls, Scully. Traveling through time as starlight, looking for homes.

    • Mulder: He's okay. It's okay.
      Harold Piller: My son? You saw my son?
      Mulder: He's dead. They're all dead, Harold. Your son, Amberlynn, and my sister.
      Harold Piller: No.
      Mulder: Harold, you see so much, but you refuse to see him. You refuse to let him go. But you have to let him go now, Harold. He's protected. He's in a better place. They're all in a better place. We both have to let go, Harold.
      Harold Piller: You're wrong. I'm going to find him. I don't believe you.
      Scully: Mulder, what happened? Are you sure you're all right?
      Mulder: I'm fine. I'm free.

    • Scully: I got it, Mulder. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It was like it was looking for me. Sergeant's blotter, 1979. (The report read: 'Approximately 14 year old girl picked up. Runaway claims she was held hostage... hospital for exam.')
      Mulder: What are you talking about?
      Scully: The description matches your sister.

    • Scully: This is the document that effectively calls off the search for your sister, Mulder. And it's signed with the initials 'CGBS'. CGB Spender. The smoking man. He was involved with this back in '73.
      Mulder: Well, that's not exactly a revelation, Scully. He was a friend of my father's.
      Scully: Mulder, you told me you believe that he's the man that killed your father. That he's the man who's done nothing but confound your work. Who's come close to killing you and here he's ordering people to stop looking for your sister.
      Mulder: I don't see what you think this proves or how you think it's going to help me find her now.
      Scully: You don't want to press him?
      Mulder: It's a dead end. He's never been of any help and he's not going to be of any help now. Look, I'm pursuing this my own way, all right? I got to go.

    • Mulder: They said the birds refused to sing and the thermometer fell suddenly... as if God Himself had His breath stolen away. No one there dared speak aloud, as much in shame as in sorrow. They uncovered the bodies one by one. The eyes of the dead were closed as if waiting for permission to open them. Were they still dreaming of ice cream and monkey bars? Of birthday cake and no future but the afternoon? Or had their innocence been taken along with their lives, buried in the cold earth so long ago? These fates seemed too cruel, even for God to allow. Or are the tragic young born again when the world's not looking? I want to believe so badly; in a truth beyond our own, hidden and obscured from all but the most sensitive eyes... In the endless procession of souls, in what cannot and will not be destroyed. I want to believe we are unaware of God's eternal recompense and sadness. That we cannot see His truth. That that which is born still lives and cannot be buried in the cold earth. But only waits to be born again at God's behest... where in ancient starlight we lay, in repose.

    • Harold: We're gonna need to hold hands.
      Scully: What do you mean?
      Harold: I'm going to try and... summon their presence into the house.
      Scully: Aw, yay. A séance. I haven't done that since high school.
      Mulder: Well maybe afterwards we can play Post Man and Spin the Bottle.

    • CSM: Allow him his ignorance. It's what gives him hope.

  • NOTES (2)