The X-Files

Season 5 Episode 2

Redux II (3)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Cigarette Smoking Man helps Mulder to obtain Scully's cure and also lets him see his real sister who doesn't turn out to be as happy to see Mulder as he would've liked. In return for this, CSM asks that Mulder quit the FBI and work for him in the Syndicate where he could have power and respect which Mulder turns down, deciding to stay on the side of justice. While Scully's cure appears to have worked, CSM faces his own enemies and disappears, presumed dead.moreless

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  • Smoking will kill you ya know.

    . I can't recall an X-Files episode before packing this much emotion especially for one of these mythology episodes that usually deal with very specific details and plot points. More than once here were slowed down to see how these characters are reacting to major events, lots of reflection happening and it was all awesome. In addition to that too we got some bigger moments including the killing of Cigarette man.... so were led to believe and Fox's sister finally reunites with him? I wasn't sure about faking Fox's death at first but it turned out that this and the last episode were quite involving. Good job guys.moreless
  • Redux II

    Redux II was a superb and very entertaining episode whose story follows up the season five premiere of the X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because things heated up as Mulder is approached by the Cigarette Smoking Man who asks Mulder to come work for him after reuniting Mulder with his sister who calls the CSM, dad. Mulder is questioned by a panel including the section chief, whom Mulder names as the man behind the conspiracy and Scully's illness. I loved watching the story unfold and for Mulder to go all the way. It was touching to see Mulder visit Scully in the hospital. I couldn't believe the ending when multiple men are shot to protect the secret and Scully's cancer goes into remission. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where Cancer Man gets shot

    The end of a three-part episode and definitely the best of the three.

    It begins with Mulder going to the hospital because of Scully, he finds Skinner who doesn’t want to let him in to save him from something.

    Meanwhile Cancer Man has his own agenda, he wants Mulder to work for the government and in that way he will give Mulder something that will stop the cancer and he wants Mulder to go to a place and wait.

    Mulder does what he asks and then he sees a woman that looks like Samantha, she tells him that she doesn’t remember to well but doesn’t want to. She now has a life with Cancer Man who she believes to be her father. Mulder wants her to go to mom but she can’t and then leaves, she tells him that she will think about it.

    Meanwhile Scully is struggling with her cancer and she decides to let that thing be implanted into her but it doesn’t work. So then she restores to her faith and wants a father to pray for her.

    Mulder is then with the dilemma and possibility to be accused for the murder of the man, when one of the men tells him to give Skinner the fault instead in the meeting he gives that man the fault who gets shot in his office and put in scene as if he had shot himself.

    At the end Mulder tells Skinner about it and that Scully’s cancer has turned and is suddenly doing fine and they don’t know how and why.

    Skinner then tells Mulder that Cancer Man was shot and even though his body wasn’t found, there was a lot of blood loss and is presumably dead. He was holding a picture of Samantha and Mulder who may be his offspring.

    The episode was shocking and extremely well written. Mulder’s cries were sad, especially the pillow biting in Scully’s room.

    Also the conversation between Mulder and Bill Scully was very well acted and well done.

    The end of a three part episode, excellently well done.

  • Brilliant mythology episode

    "Due to what?" "She's dying!" It was a beautiful way to open the episode - with Mulder still in denial about Scully's impending death, Skinner fighting him off, watching it from Scully's bedside where the glass cuts off the sound. Overall, I liked this episode the best out of the three possibly because it has all the "answers" and ties all the loose ends (as much as possible for an X-File). I thought the writing was brilliant, the acting was so convincing and the story was so touching. I don't usually give 10.0 ratings (very rarely) but this episode is up there in my top 5 ultimate favorite X-File episodes. Just the epitome of X-Files mythology. Scully's cancer, the culmination of the threats and CSM's role in this, Mulder's desperate quest for answers and solutions amid his own collapsing belief system, and the treacherous twists within the FBI heirarchy.moreless
  • Scully learns she's dying while Mulder searches for help.

    For a show that likes to take its time revealing stuff, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much was actually revealed in this episode. Usually, Mulder is left in the dark at the end of these types of myth-arc episodes, but this time, he finds a lot more than he expected.

    The episode basically continues the story that began with the Season 4 finale; Mulder is still attempting to figure out what exactly is going on.. whether or not his quest to find the truth has been a hoax the whole time or the actual truth. Scully's cancer worsens and she finds herself facing the prospect of passing away. Meanwhile, a man that nobody would've expected to help steps forward to offer an olive branch: The Cigarette Man.

    Whereas some of the episodes in the past that revolve around the myth-arc use these conspiracy angles horribly and leave us completely confused and befuddled as to what in the world is going on, this episode seemed to much simpler than usual episodes. I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole "everything since the beginning was a hoax" plot, especially considering the little hints C.S.M was dropping to Mulder about some of the stuff being true. It also makes things even more complicated when C.S.M finally introduces Mulder to his sister, Samantha, after thirty plus years. It was a touching moment, and Duchovny does a great job with it, but it bothered me a little bit that he didn't put up a fight or ask more questions, especially considering some of the stuff she was saying (C.S.M is Samantha's father? For real?) I suppose we'll never know the truth now, because the episode ended with a pretty big shocker: the death of C.S.M. He was certainly a huge roadblock for Mulder, but it appeared he was beginning to help.

    However, for all the nitpicking I'm doing, I must admit that the episode did a great job of using its forward momentum. The show backpedals a lot, and this episode, with all its reveals, explanations and occasional shocking moments, deserves its spot near the top as one of the better myth-arc episodes in the show to date.moreless
Robert Wright

Robert Wright

Dr. Zuckerman

Guest Star

Arnie Walters

Arnie Walters

Father McCue

Guest Star

Brent Sheppard

Brent Sheppard


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Don S. Williams

Don S. Williams

1st Elder

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Scully: You'll be in my prayers
      Mulder: Have your father say a few Hail Mulders for me.

    • Mulder: Live the lie, you have to believe it. Like these men who deceive us, who gave you this disease. We all have our faith. And mine is in the truth.

    • Scully: Mulder, if I can save you, let me.

    • Skinner: You look pretty good for a dead man.
      Mulder: I'm only half-dead.

    • Scully: So why'd you come here if you already made up your mind?
      Mulder: Because I knew you'd talk me out of it if I was making a mistake.

    • Mulder: Please tell me you're here with severe chest pains.
      CSM: You should be glad for why I'm here, pay you some respect.
      Mulder: Go to hell.
      CSM: For your cleverness, and your resource, what you managed to do for Scully.
      Mulder: What are you talking about?
      CSM: Well, breaching the security at the Defense Department Facility. Finding the cure for her disease.
      Mulder: What I found was useless.
      CSM: On the contrary, it's essential to her survival. If you like, we could step outside and I might explain myself? I'm here tonight as a friend, Agent Mulder.

    • Mulder: You murdered my father, you killed Scully's sister, and if Scully dies, I will kill you. I don't care whose father you are, I will put you down.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Mulder's threat to CSM, "I don't care whose father you are, I will put you down", is a poignant piece of foreshadowing as we are introduced to Agent Jeffrey Spender later this season in 'Patient X', who we learn is CSM's son. It may also be significant in that many believe that CSM is Mulder's real father.

      In response to the above, I actually think that this is a reference to Samantha's claims that CSM is her father, and to Mulder's previous questioning of his mother's relationship with CSM - in other words, Mulder believes CSM is the father of his sister.