The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 17


Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 05, 2002 on FOX
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When an FBI cadet with amazing profiling skills approaches Doggett, Reyes and Scully with a lead on a suspect in a series of recent murders, he claims the same killer is responsible for the death of Doggett's son. The agents find themselves wondering if his knowledge of the deaths is because of his obsession with the cases he has studied at Quantico or if he is in some way involved in the murders.moreless

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  • Release

    Release was a superb and pretty entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written, intriguing and interesting. I liked how Doggett and Reyes investigated and found possible links to the death of Doggett's son. There was a lot of action, suspense, drama and character development. I liked how every thing played out and this was definitely a episode with lots of growth for the characters. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This episode seals the future fate for "Monica and John." They come to realize how much they love and support each other in this episode.

    This episode allows John to experience the freedom he needs to move forward with his life. He and his ex-wife can now let go of their son Luke who has been murdered. That is Robert Patrick's real life wife Barbara Patrick. Brad Follmer turns out to be the bad guy. I never liked the creepy guy anyways. A new young cadet is the one who helps them figure out the murderer. He seems to be psychic and have abilities to aid them with the case. There's more to his story than that. He's actually a mental patient who's schizophrenic and got a job at the FBI. His schizophrenic/psychic abilities allow him to solve cases. He gives John the info needed to solve the case before he is found out. They do solve the case. Brad shoots the bad guy (I forgot his name). I love the scene at the beach with John and his ex-wife, they release Luke's ashes. It's very touching then he goes and greets Monica. This seals their future fate, realize they are in love and have a future together. Really touching.moreless
  • Doggett gets closure in his son's death, as we continue wrapping up plot threads.

    Less an X-File and more an episode of Law & Order, but great nonetheless. Fullmer's conflicted, gray area character gets a moment to shine, even if he manages to rob Doggett of a more personal form of justice in the process. The schizo cadet almost seems added baggage, just so that there's something supernatural going on. The case could have been solved virtually the same way without his presence, especially since we have Reyes, queen of the extraordinary guesswork.

    Overall, a well-crafted, emotional episode that's been a long time coming.moreless
  • Doggett gets the closure he has been looking for for over 9 years.

    This was a very touching episode. Its very sad that Doggett lost his son but finally he gets the release that he deserved the truth about his sons death. I absolutly loved this episode, also in this episode Brad gets into deep crap when it is revealed that he has ben taking bribes. The endig of this episode where Doggett and his ex-wife throw their sons ashes in the sea almost made me cry. Only three episodes left of the X Files. Really enjoyed the storyline. Agent Doggett really is a great charator. This episode was very well writeen and is amoung my favourites of season 9.moreless
  • Thrilling, sensational masterpiece!

    When whatching this episode you instantly know from the beginning it's going to be another classic story. Very carefully the plot ties into the other episode which dealt with the death of Agent John Doggett's son. I like the fact they they took three different episodes and moulded them into this one story. This is a mind bender story where you really need the back up eps to understand this one. Acted brilliantly by all parties and the story written stupendously. Episodes like this, that challange your thinking and intellect are why this one in particular is definatly worth watching. As well as a bit of insight into the Doggett/Reyes relationship!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

Barbara Patrick

Barbara Patrick

Barbara Doggett

Guest Star

Jared Poe

Jared Poe

Rudolph Hayes

Guest Star

Sal Landi

Sal Landi

Nicholas Regali

Guest Star

Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes

Assistant Director Brad Follmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Reyes: John! Where you been?
      Doggett: Chasing down leads.
      Reyes: We were supposed to meet in the office this morning, remember? To go over what we have on Regali.
      Doggett: I think this guy, Regali, may have been involved in Luke's death.
      Reyes: What? Since when?
      Doggett: Since I've been talking to Cadet Hayes. He says Regali knew Bob Harvey - that they were in on it together.
      Reyes: How could he possibly know that?
      Doggett: How does he know half the stuff he knows? I did some digging. I found out that Bob Harvey and Regali both did time at Walkill in 1988.
      Reyes: So did a thousand other men. That doesn't mean they knew each other.
      Doggett: I tracked Regali's credit card use, Monica. The day Luke disappeared he gassed his car up two miles from my house.
      Reyes: Regali is a New Yorker. A lot of New Yorker's visit Long Island. This is not evidence, not even close. I will never know how badly it hurt you to lose your son, or how much pain you still carry. I understand how much you want to find his killer, but I don't want to see you disappointed. Not again.
      Doggett: It's not going to happen. Not this time.

    • Doggett: When did you get the new furniture?
      Barbara Doggett: Last year. I just wanted to make a change.
      Doggett: It looks great. You look great.
      Barbara Doggett: You need to call first, John. Kind of throws me when you just show up here.
      Doggett: I'm sorry. It won't happen again. I need to talk to you, Barb.
      Barbara Doggett: It's about Luke.
      Doggett: I got a suspect.
      Barbara Doggett: Oh, god. John...
      Doggett: I know, I know. But this time, it's different.
      Barbara Doggett: Is it? He 'could' be, he 'might' be... I want to find out who did this just as badly as you do. But I don't want you coming over here again, bringing all this up, unless you know... unless you absolutely know. That's what I thought.
      Doggett: Look, this guy may have been cruising the neighborhood. You could have seen him.
      Barbara Doggett: Did you hear anything I said?

    • Barbara Doggett: Agent Scully? I'm Barbara. John's ex-wife.
      Scully: Hi. I'm Dana. Nice to meet you.
      Barbara Doggett: He said you'd be coming by.
      Scully: You weren't able to make an identification?
      Barbara Doggett: I didn't expect to. You know he doesn't think clearly about this. He can't.
      Scully: He blames himself.
      Barbara Doggett: He thinks he failed Luke. In his mind, he can never do enough, never suffer enough, for what happened. I think if you can help him find the man who did this, maybe... he could move on. He and Monica could really have something together. He just won't let her in. They're letting him go?
      Doggett: For now.
      Barbara Doggett: I'll be at my mom's 'til tomorrow.
      (She leaves)
      Doggett: Tell me you got something.
      Scully: As you asked, I compared the wounds inflicted on your son, with the wounds on these two women.
      Doggett: And?
      Scully: There are similarities between the trajectory of the wounds and the force with which they were delivered.
      Doggett: Meaning Regali's the guy.
      Scully: Meaning that it was a brilliant forensic deduction on Cadet Hayes's part. But that's all it is. The killer used different weapons, he demonstrated no consistent MO and no clear victimology.
      Reyes: None of it will hold up in court.
      Doggett: Well, something out there will.

    • Doggett: Something's not right.
      Reyes: What do you mean?
      Doggett: Here's a guy whose name comes up in connection with racketeering, prostitution, drugs, even murder, yet all he's got are nickel and dime convictions. Always gets off with just a slap on the wrist.
      Reyes: You know as well as I do, mob cases are hard to build.
      Doggett: What I'm saying is; I don't think anyone's even trying. I think this guy Regali's greasing somebody.
      Reyes: As in bribery?
      Doggett: What else could it be? What? What is it?

    • Regali: Nice car. I remember when they had you banging around in a ten-year-old Impala. Now look at you. Mr Assistant Director.
      Follmer: You got lucky. He has another suspect.
      Regali: You came down here to tell me that?
      Follmer: There's something I need to know. Were you in any way involved in the death of John Doggett's son?
      Regali: Since when do you ask me questions?
      Follmer: Were you involved!
      Regali: Course not. What kind of guy do you think I am?
      Follmer: That's it, I'm done, Regali.
      Regali: Done?
      Follmer: With you, with this, with this whole thing.
      Regali: And if I say no, what are you going to do? You know, if I'm you, right now I'm thinking 'I could pop this guy right here and who's going to know it's not self defence'. Well, let me remind you, anything happens to me a videotape lands at the Washington Post showing a young Brad Follmer taking cash from yours truly to make an indictment go away. You're done when I say you're done.

    • Scully: It's all in there. How you defrauded the FBI with a false identity in order to gain admittance to the Academy. We know who you really are. We know about your history with schizophrenia. We know that you orchestrated this entire thing in order to get close to Agent Doggett.
      Cadet Hayes: I've been recognized, by Agent Doggett's ex-wife, who failed to identify Nicholas Regali in that same room yesterday.
      Scully: Because Nicholas Regali did not kill Agent Doggett's son. You did.
      Cadet Hayes: That's one explanation.
      Doggett: It's the explanation.
      Cadet Hayes: No.
      Doggett: Then what is? WHAT IS?
      Cadet Hayes: I told you before, Agent Doggett. I studied the photos of your son's death. They called to me. I don't know why, but it was a message, and I listened.
      Scully: And then you killed Agent Doggett's son.
      Cadet Hayes: I studied his case obsessively. I'm a schizophrenic. That's what schizophrenics do. Obsess. I watched Agent Doggett. I watched his ex-wife, too. She can't tell you how she recognizes me, just that she does.
      Doggett: You're a liar. You lied to the FBI. You're lying now.
      Cadet Hayes: Would you have listened to me otherwise? A mental patient with insight into your son's death? I wanted to get close to you, Agent Doggett. To help you.
      Doggett: You gave me that tip. To find the woman's body in the wall.
      Cadet Hayes: Regali associated with the man who abducted your son. I called you so that you could catch him. I've received another message. I'd like to go back home now, to the institution.

    • Reyes: John? John!
      (Doggett keeps walking)
      Follmer: Well?
      Scully: Well, he told us his story. Whether it's true...
      Reyes: In other words, we're nowhere. Again.

    • Regali: Well, well. It's the FBI agent.
      (Doggett sits on the stool next to Regali.)
      Doggett: I'm not here as an FBI agent. I'm here as a father.
      Regali: Whoaa. What could that mean?
      Doggett: I want to know what happened to my son.
      Regali: I don't know who killed your son. But I like you, FBI. I really do. I'll tell you how it could have happened, hypothetically.
      (Doggett is listening.)
      Regali: Say there was this guy ... a businessman. And say this businessman - in the course of doing business - has to associate with any number of thugs, sickos, perverts. Like Bob Harvey, for example. And say this Bob Harvey likes little boys. Yeah. Disgusting. Say one day, Bob Harvey sees a little boy riding a bike, and he can't stand it. He grabs the boy. So, Harvey takes the boy back to his place only he doesn't tell the businessman what he's doing. So, the businessman walks in on him. You see what I'm saying, FBI? The boy sees the businessman's face. The businessman who never did nothing to this little boy. That's a problem. Well, every problem has got a solution, right?
      (He is finished with his story and walks out leaving Doggett.)

    • Barbra Doggett: (To Scully about Doggett) He and Monica could have something... He just won't let anyone in...

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Cary Elwes as A.D. Brad Follmer. Presumably, after he killed Regali at the climax, the video tape depicting his accepting a bribe landed at the Washington Post, resulting in Follmer's dismissal from the FBI, and possibly even being sent to prison on charges of taking bribes and murder. Still, it showed that Follmer wasn't a complete creep, as previous episodes led several viewers to think.

    • The actor who portrays Cadet Hayes was actually a writing intern on the show.

    • The woman playing Agent Doggett's wife in this episode is Robert Patrick's real wife, Barbara Patrick.

    • Hayes's amazing profiling skills seem remarkable similar to Frank Black's, from Millennium, another show by Chris Carter and often considered The X-Files' sister show.