The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 13

Per Manum

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When Scully and Doggett are contacted by a man who claims his wife was murdered shortly after giving birth to an alien baby, Scully digs deeper into reports of alien fertilization on humans and begins to question her own pregnancy and its conception.

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  • Being a mom is a full time job

    1st things first- by having Mulder appear for these brief moments before we get to finally get to see him again will probably end up lessening its effect. I don't feel like the guy is really gone when they keep having him around for quick moments. Anyway onto the episode, I dunno, I feel like this pregnant story is just some kind of unneeded filler. Hasn't she been through enough already, abducted, cancer, loosing Mulder, etc and now I'm pregnant, what a tv cliche.

  • Per Manum

    Per Manum was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development, especially for Scully. It was interesting to see pregnant women giving birth to alien hybrid babies. I liked the story and how every thing played out.There were many great scifi scenes and perhaps horror depending on your point of view. I liked the suspense and wonder of the story and how engaging the acting was as the characters were portrayed perfectly by the actors. I liked how Scully kept flashing back to Mulder and I liked the ending. I wonder what will happen next?! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A good episode but seriously rewrites history.

    The mystery of Scully's pregnancy is solved – going back to Mulder's discover of Scully's ova, the writers rewrite history and have Mulder being the donor. However, the procedure supposedly didn't take which is the reason for her shock when she became pregnant.

    Poor Doggett, first he gets punished with the X-Files then when Scully takes her mysterious leave of absence, he's stuck alone with them. She has got to start trusting him, he's a good man and he's ferociously protective.

    Nice to see Adam Baldwin, he's one of those actors that should have had a bigger career.

    A good episode but one that does some serious rewriting of events to make Scully's pregnancy more reasonable, instead of what it's looked like until now – govt experiment or alien abduction.moreless
  • Not quite sure what to make of this

    Finally we get an episode about Scully's pregnancy. Even after all the stress she's been through in the early season she did not miscarry. GA is again giving an over the top performance and it is an overall emotional touching episode.

    But I don't get why Scully is hiding her pregnancy from Doggett? Why is she buying this husband story? Why is she endangering herself? Our tough ass-kicking Scully? She was once a medical-student. Wouldn't she have some friend she could rather trust than the military?

    So you see it's a good episode but ooc and has a quite a few continuity holes.moreless
  • Mulder Lends A Helping Hand

    Thirteen episodes into Season Eight and we finally return to Scully's pregnancy, which was the basis for the cliffhanger ending to Season Seven's final episode. Remember that? My feeling is that they try to cram too much story into this single episode, with the result that it comes across as awkwardly written/directed and the performances seem out of character.

    Anderson does a fine job displaying some twenty-seven different emotions, although she does come close to over-acting at times. What I don't understand is Scully's entirely clueless behavior. She falls for the fake husband's story, she runs to a military (!) hospital to protect Mary Hendershot, then she allows herself and Hendershot to be taken from that hospital by strange men-in-black. It all seems a bit farfetched for the skeptical judo-kicking Scully that we all know and love.

    Also, why is Scully so savagely against Doggett knowing about her pregnancy? It's almost pathological. She taunts him with broad hints of her condition (revealing that Parenti is her doctor, for instance) and then flat out refuses to tell Doggett why she is taking a leave of absence. Surely, Doggett can guess what's up and it doesn't seem like something he shouldn't know. Also, what is with Skinner's middle-of-the-night conference at the diner simply to inform Doggett of Scully's leaving? Wouldn't a memo or office conference suffice? And to top it off, even Skinner doesn't know that Scully has Hendershot sitting (alone!) in her car outside. Secrets within secrets...

    Duchovny again reappears (briefly) in a series of short, unconvincing flashbacks. He continues to appear rather dour and unenthusiastic in his performance. The whole "in vitro" scenario seems too gimmicky and convenient to me, although it does give the shippers plenty to obsess about. Like Mulder's brain tumor revelation, it seems rather cheap to drop the "in vitro" storyline in after seven full years of investment in his character by viewers. It just doesn't fit and feels almost like a betrayal of his character for the sake of moving the series into a post-Mulder future.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

David Duchovny

David Duchovny

Special Agent Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Special Agent Dana Scully

Victoria Gallegos

Victoria Gallegos


Guest Star

Jennifer Griffin

Jennifer Griffin

Dr. Miryum

Guest Star

David Purdham

David Purdham

Dr. Lev

Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Knowle Rohrer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Scully initially enters office waiting room, it's empty but a few seconds later, a lady is in a dark top laying on the seat behind her.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Scully: Excuse me, Agent Doggett but are you investigating me?
      Doggett: No, I was doing a background check on Mr. and Mrs. Haskell before I drop the case like you asked me to do.
      Scully: No, I didn't ask you to drop the case I said there was nothing to do.
      Doggett: Well if there is nothing to do then why are you investigating?
      Scully: You are jumping to conclusions
      Doggett: No, I'm just trying to do my job only it gets hard to do if the person you're working with is keeping secrets and telling lies.

    • Doggett: At least you're okay. Why didn't you tell me?
      Scully: I was afraid. Afraid that they'd use it against me, to take me off the X-files so I couldn't find Mulder.
      Doggett: I told you I'd help you. I said we'd find him.

    • (speaking to Scully)
      Mary Hendershot: My name is Mary Hendershot. My baby's in danger. So is yours.

    • (flashback)
      Scully: Okay, if... if you're trying to politely say "no," it's okay. I... I understand.
      Mulder: See what's weird is... this sounds, and this sounds really weird, I know, but I... I just wouldn't want this to come between us.
      Scully: Yeah, I know. I... I understand. I do.
      Mulder: Come on... The answer is "yes."
      (Scully hugs Mulder)
      Scully: Um... well, I'll call Dr. Parenti, and I assume that he'll want to meet you and go through the uh, the donor procedures
      Mulder: No, at that part I'm a pro.
      (Mulder walks out the door)
      (Flashback ends)

    • Dr. Parenti: Dana? You want to come on back?
      Scully: What did you find?
      Dr. Parenti: I looked at this ultrasound that you sent me and... I don't know what I'm supposed to be seeing, but it looks fine to me. As does your own ultrasound.
      Scully: You didn't see anything strange?
      Dr. Parenti: Why do you ask that?
      Scully: I just wanted to be sure. I've had.... complications.
      Dr. Parenti: It's normal to be worried.
      Scully: Okay. Thank You.
      Dr. Parenti: Your only concern right now is when you're going to tell the FBI. Can't keep it a secret forever Dana. You're going to start showing soon.

    • Mulder: Never give up on a miracle.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Narrator: Zeus Genetics - Germantown, Maryland
      Zeus is famous in Greek mythology for fathering many, many children with many, many women. His wife, Hera (also his youngest sister), was very jealous and would do everything she could to foil him. Thus, he would appear to women disguised as their husbands, other men, or animals. And these women, would sometimes have to go into hiding while they carried his child, to be safe from Hera.