The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 1

Nothing Important Happened Today (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2001 on FOX
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Agent Doggett investigates the death of an EPA official after his car is forced off a bridge by a woman he picked up. He asks for assistance on the case from Scully, who has returned to her teaching position at the FBI Academy in Quantico.

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  • Nothing Important Happened Today

    Nothing Important Happened Today was a perfect beginning to the ninth season of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story continues from last season. Mulder disappears leaving Scully to care for her baby alone while Doggett and Reyes are questioned by Kersh. Guest Star Lucy Lawless was a great sight and a little scary in her role of a woman with superhuman abilities. I liked the cat and mouse games within the F.B.I. and really look forward to watching how this plays out in the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This was a great way to start season 9...

    I loved this episode. Now Monica Reyes is offically on the X Files. Scully is looking after her child William and Mulder is on the run, after just getting back! I thought Scully was very cold to Agent Doggett. I don't like the new guy Brad Folmer much, anyway i thought this episode was well written. The plot was intresting and the way the episode ends leaves us begging form more. Is Doggett ok? I know he is but some parts want to bevieve he is dead. It's sad when i look back and see that season 9 is the last season but it is great. Agent Doggett's charactor is becoming great. Although Gillian Anderson is not in Season 9 as much as the previous seaosns i still feel that its great. I love this episode. The Lone Gunmen are also great in this one. I don't know why David Duchovny wanted out of season 9 but i think this show is still great without him. It's a big hole to fill not having Mulder around but the writers are doing what they can.moreless
  • The Morning After

    It's morning in DC after the events of the Season Eight finale and everyone seems to be suffering from a hangover, the writers and producers included.

    Mulder has abandoned the new baby that he embraced so lovingly with Scully in the previous episode. Scully appears to have become a Stepford Wife as she blankly tells Doggett that Mulder is simply gone, with no tears, no curiousity, and no apparent interest in the X-Files. Skinner is back to his version 1.0 self from the earlier seasons.

    This is a dark, dour episode in which not a whole lot happens, more than living up to its supposedly ironic title. Xena stalks around like a hulking water pixie gone bad for no apparent reason. New AD Brad has all the charisma of a date rapist, which, in fact, he appears to be as he munches on Reyes without warning when she visits his office. Reyes continues to show a rather singular interest in Scully, if you know what I mean.

    Anyway, welcome to the season of Doggett and Reyes, a season in which you can expect not much to happen.moreless
  • Haven't seen as much ooc since... well can't remember...

    Seriously what the heck is going on?

    Scully has returned to her sceptical self. She apparently does neither care for Mulder nor for the x-files. She does a poor job of mothering her baby when she puts him to rest with a blanket on more than one occasion. Supposedly William is but a couple days old yet she leaves him with her mother to fly to Quantico to perform an unauthorized autopsy. She lies down fully dressed with make up on and her hair all done and the next scene (supposedly hours later) she wakes up and looks still fabulous, her clothes unwrinkeld... yeah...

    Doggett is pissing everybody off, Skinner is ambigous at best wich is already saying it all for him. Reyes is on some kind of lesbian trip although she calls up AD Brad Can't keep my fingers to myself. And what's up with him? I mean he is soooooo (lacking the english word but let's just say yak!)

    And Mulder? Leaving the FBI, the X-files, the truth, Scully and his baby without so much as a goodbye? Why did DD request this kiss between him and GA if he knew he'd be gone for season 9 without a single scene? Was he hot for her or did he just didn't care what happened to the series lore after he left?

    Besides I feel like I have missed an episode. Why is Mulder suddenly in so much danger he has to leave town? If it is because of what he knows than Scully and William and Skinner even Doggett and Reyes are at risk as well. What does he know? He never actually saw any hard evidence.

    What a disappointment after the great finale of season 8.moreless
  • Forget the X-Files, this feels more like the Twilight Zone. The entire episode makes no sense and every character except Doggett is acting out of character.

    Whole new title sequence – David Duchovny is pointedly not there but Monica, Doggett and Skinner are.

    What happened?! Suddenly everyone but Doggett have turned into cowards, running to save themselves – including Skinner, Monica, Scully and Mulder. Scully's gone from hugging Doggett and a sudden first name basis to telling him never to contact her again.

    Monica should really not try the whole femme-fatale thing, she sucks at it. Manipulation's really not her thing.

    I highly approve of Kersh's replacement, Cary Ewles, who is extremely talented at playing the handsome, charming guy who can turn into your worst nightmare if you cross him. He'll be perfect as the new A.D. Surprising to see Lucy Lawless, it's been a while.

    Little William may be more interesting than he looks – possible telekinesis.

    At the end of the episode I just stared at the screen – what was this?! The story (what little there is) is gibberish, some weird fish woman wandering around staring at people, the everyone acting out of character, Mulder is gone with no explanation. Even for a double episode, the first part is supposed to stand on it's own and this one catastrophically does not. 'Nothing important' is right.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

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Shannon C. McMahon

Guest Star

Nicholas Walker

Nicholas Walker

Carl Wormus

Guest Star

John Casino

John Casino

Roland McFarland

Guest Star

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Deputy Director Kersh

Recurring Role

Sheila Larken

Sheila Larken

Margaret Scully

Recurring Role

Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • As Agent Reyes is checking some notes sat at Mulder's desk her pencil breaks. She looks up and sees there are pencils stuck in the polystyrene roof tiles. They were first shown in the episode Chinga back in season 5 as Mulder was bored in Scully's absence.

    • To be a medical doctor, Scully displays fairly poor parenting skills when she places William in his crib wrapped in a blanket. Infants of that age should not have blankets near them while sleeping due to the risk of suffocation should they become entangled.

    • When Brad comes to stop Doggett after Scully has finished the autopsy, he enters the room where the autopsy was carried out and immediately goes to the last examination table where the body was. In other shots there were obviously other tables in the room, how did Brad know that was the table the body was on. In the same scene we can see he brought four FBI agents for 'backup'. Why would he need four when all he was doing was 'punishing' Doggett, this is a bit extreme when Doggett hasn't even committed a crime.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Scully: What? What's the matter?
      Doggett: What's the matter? I've been trying to call you.
      Scully: Yeah, the phone's off the hook because of the baby.
      Doggett: I got panicked that you're not going to be here, that you left, too.

    • Brad: I'm only trying to help you help yourself
      Reyes: I know exactly what you're doing Brad. Don't forget to piss on all the corners before you leave

    • Frohike: (At Doggett's door) Collecting for the needy and unemployed. Open the door!

  • NOTES (6)

    • The opening titles get a major revamp for this last season. The basic concept is still there, but some images are added. One shot shows a list of "FBI Contacts, Witnesses, and Contributors." The names on this list are actually the screen names of posters on the official "X-Files" message board and changed with each new episode that season. Other names on the list were anagrams of characters on the show.

    • The character of Brad Follmer is named after creator Chris Carter's writing assistant.

    • When Doggett meets with the Lone Gunmen, their faces are blue. This is a reference to an incident in the series finale of "The Lone Gunmen", "All About Yves."

    • One of the funniest moments in the series, that is not quotable: Frohike trying to reach the peep hole on the door, but being unable to do it

    • James Pickens Jr is now billed under the Also Starring heading.

    • After being credited as a guest star for the show's entire eight seasons, Mitch Pileggi (AD Skinner) is finally included in the opening titles cast line-up, along with Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish.


    • Title: Nothing Important Happened Today
      "Nothing important happened today" (or words to that effect) was the entry King George III of England made in his personal diary on 4 July 1776. (Since he could not have known about the events occurring in the colonies for several weeks, his comment is often cited as a bit of historical irony.)

    • Reyes: Those tapes you pulled from your desk weren't exactly Pamela and Tommy Lee
      Once again a reference to a sex scandal, following the reference by Mulder to the Clinton/Monica Lewinsky Scandal