The X-Files

Season 4 Episode 14

Memento Mori

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 1997 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Just before Mulder goes into the lab with the Kurt Crawford clones, Byers sees the police getting out of their car at the front of the lab complex. Mulder spends several minutes in the lab with the clones; the scene then cuts to Byers at the front again and the police are just a few feet from their vehicle, although quite a few minutes have passed.

  • Quotes

    • Mulder: These women, these women are your birth mothers.
      Hybrid: Barren now, from the same procedure that caused their cancer. And now they're left to die, their conditions hastened by the men running this project.
      Mulder: You're trying to save them.
      Hybrid: They're our mothers.
      (Mulder leaves with vial)

    • Mulder: Byers told you about Dr. Scanlon?
      Scully: Yeah
      Mulder: He very well may have killed those women
      Scully: It will have to be proven, if we find him
      Mulder: When we find him, Scully something was done to you, something you're just beginning to remember, you can't quite figure out. But it can be explained and it will be explained, and no matter what you think as a scientist or a doctor there is a way and you will find it, To save yourself.
      Scully: Mulder I can't kid myself, people live with cancer they carry on, and so will I. You know I've got things to finish to prove to myself, my family, But for my own reasons.

    • Scully: (Writing in her journal) I have not written to you in the past twenty four hours because the treatment has weakened my body. Mulder it's difficult to explain to you the fear of facing an enemy which I can neither conquer nor escape. Penny Northern has taken a down turn. I now look at her with the respect that can only come from one that is about to walk the same dark path. Seeing her I can't help seeing myself in a month or a year. I pray that I have her courage to face this journey. Mulder I feel you close, though I know you are now pursuing your own path. For that I am grateful, more than I can ever express. I need to know you're out there if I am ever to see through this.

    • Scully: In med school I learned that cancer arrives in the body unannounced. A dark stranger that takes up residence. Turning its new home against itself, this is the evil of cancer, that it starts as an invader but soon becomes one with the invaded, Forcing you to destroy it, but only at the risk of destroying yourself. It is science's demon possession and my treatment, science's attempt at exorcism. Mulder I hope that in these terms you might know it and know me. And accept this stranger so many recognise but so many cannot completely cast out and if the darkness should have swallowed me as you read this. You must never think there was the possibility of some secret intervention, something you might have done and though we have travelled far together this last distance must necessarily be travelled alone.

    • Scully: I need you to bring the over night bag from the trunk of the car, and I need you to call my mother and ask her to bring up some things to the hospital
      Mulder: Is there anything I should know
      Scully: Mulder what ever you found or whatever you might find I think we both know that right now truth is in me. And I need to pursue it, as soon as possible.

    • Mulder: Scully.. I stole these from some guy with a broken leg down the hall (Hands her the flowers) Guess he won't be able to catch me.

    • Byers: Normal DNA is inactive in it's utical form. When it's unwound or branched like this one that's when it's active, when it can mutate.
      Langly: It's probably what made her sick.
      Mulder: Why store something like this and why keep it a secret?
      Byers: Scientists get funky about having their research poached.
      Langly: Someone might be trying to find a cause.
      Mulder: Or a cure.
      Frohike: Theoretically.
      Mulder: You guys ever been to the Lumbard Research Facility? (pause) Well pick out something black and sexy and prepare to do some funky poaching.

    • Scully: Mulder, I can't kid myself. People live with cancer. They carry on, and so will I. You know I've got things to finish, to prove to myself, to my family, but for other reasons.
      Mulder: Come on back. The truth will save you Scully. I think it'll save both of us.

    • CSM: It's funny. I always thought of you as Fox Mulder's patron. You'd think under your aegis that he wouldn't be consigned to a corner in the basement.
      Skinner: At least he doesn't take an elevator up to get to work.
      CSM: You think I'm the devil, Mr. Skinner?

    • Skinner: You can't ask the truth of a man who trades in lies.

    • Scully: For the first time I feel time like a heartbeat, the seconds pumping in my breast like a reckoning; the numinous mysteries that once seemed so distant and unreal threating clarity in the presence of a truth entertained not in youth, but only in its passage. I feel these words as if their meaning were weight being lifted from me. Knowing that you will read them and share my burden as I have come to trust no other. That you should know my heart, look into it, finding there the memory and experience that belong to you, that are you is a comfort to me now as I feel the tethers loose and the prospects darken for the continuance of a journey that began not so long ago and which began again with a faith shaken and strengthened by your convictions if not for which I might never have been so strong now as I cross to face you and look at you incomplete, hoping that you will forgive me for not making the rest of the journey with you.

  • Notes

    • This episode originally had a kiss on the lips between Mulder and Scully. In the original version, Mulder kisses her forehead, then her lips, then they hug and she walks away. The aired version just has the kiss on the head.

    • A scene with Gillian Anderson (Scully) and Pat Skipper (Scully's brother Bill Jr.) was cut due to time constraints. Bill Scully would make his second 'first appearance' in the season 4 finale 'Gethsemane'. This scene is significant for several reasons in that Bill Jr. voices his displeasure, or rather what he believes to be his parents displeasure, about Dana choosing to be an FBI Agent instead of a doctor and that now she has paid for that decision with her cancer. He also indirectly blames Dana for Melissa's death and, finally, he mentions their other brother Charles.

    • The date on the drawer holding Scully's ova is October 29, 1994 - a few days before she was returned to the hospital in the season 2 episode 'One Breath'.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series.

    • According to media reports, Kurt Crawford is actually the name of Chris Carter's contact at the FBI whom he goes to to check facts for accuracy.

    • Mulder realises that the clones of the young boy he saw with his sister's clones in the season's premiere 'Herrenvolk', are younger versions of Kurt Crawford.

    • 'Memento Mori' is Latin for "A Reminder of Death".

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Memento Mori
      Memento Mori is Latin and means "remember that you are mortal". In the days of the Roman Empire, a military leader achieving great victories would be given a parade through the city of Rome where he in the end was told Memento Mori, so that he wouldn't forget his place in the world.