The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 1

The Blessing Way (2)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1995 on FOX
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Scully finds her career with the FBI in jeopardy as Mulder is still missing and The Cigarette Smoking Man is pursuing the stolen files. The Navajo elders find Mulder's body in a cave and perform an ancient ceremony to call the spirit back to the empty vessel.moreless

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  • The Navajo Indians try to revive Mulder and Scully finds that her life is in danger.

    The following episode from anasazi continues where Mulder is apparently dead but is found for the Mexicans and they try to revive him.Scully also finds her job in jeopardy and her life when she is approached by a man who works with the cancer man who tells her she is in danger and that someone she trusts could kill her.Scully finds there is no one she can trust when she believes Skinner is trying to kill her.Scully's sister is also killed by Krycek when before she is about to meet with Scully.This is another episode left on a cliffhanger when Skinner and Scully both hold a gun up to each other.This will definitely be another good season and I can't wait to watch more.moreless
  • The Blessing Way

    The Blessing Way was a perfect opening episode of season three of The X-Files. The story picked up right were it left off and featured some really awesome scenes. I was very entertained with the story, character and plot development, and all of the action, drama and intrigue!. It was interesting to see what happened in the box car in the past. I liked Mulder's spaced out visions. It was a little scary seeing how easily the government could track people, how easily they would kill to conceal their secrets, and just how deep the conspiracy may go. It was awesome watching Mulder undergo the ceremony of The Blessing Way. Scully found herself in a lot of trouble and the ending was definitely a thrilling cliffhanger. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • My favorite cliffhanger in X-Files history

    "Blessing Way" is about loss and sacrifice. Scully loses her partner and her job; Mulder loses his father and nearly loses his life. Both of them are stripped down to the bedrock of commitment: who do you believe? Who do you trust? Who do you believe in? Surrounded by hostility and deception, Scully turns as cold and hard as ice. Even a precious scene with Frohike cannot soften her to human warmth again. Fear and isolation are turning her into a female counterpart of Mr. X: suspicious, jumpy, and unhappy. We see relatively little of Mulder in "Blessing Way", as the middle act does for Scully what the first act did for him: depriving her of all support, to hang alone and defenseless in the howling dark.

    I could have done without the over narration by Albert Hosteen though. His dialogue, along with that of Bill Mulder and Deep Throat in the dream sequence, borders on the pretentious. The image of the white buffalo calf was wasted. Its importance as a symbol and its relevance to either plot or subtext was never brought out. An image is effective because it speaks beyond its surface meaning to an unconscious recognition we can never precisely explain.

    Also, failing to explain Mulder's escape from the boxcar in part one of this story-arc is almost unforgivable. While I can speculate on tunnels, secret compartments, or teleportation, there comes a point where some questions simply must be answered.

    That being said, I absolutely loved the ending to this episode. It is my favorite cliffhanger in X-Files history. Scully and Skinner pointing their guns at one another. I still remember the first time I saw it. It's so well exectued that it makes up for almost any flaw in the storyarc. Of which there are few.moreless
  • Season 3 picks up exactly where Season 2 left off

    I think it'd be a mistake for people to actually believe that Mulder would die here. There's no way that the main character of a show would be killed off two seasons into a show. That being said, the way we're slowly brought back into the show is superb and the way the conspiracy continues to unravel shows a writing team that knows what they're doing.

    We immediately jump back into the action of things, following Scully as she is fired by the FBI for her insubordination while Skinner struggles to do the right thing and help her while trying to avoid the wrath and the power of the Cigarette Smoking Men. Meanwhile, while everyone thinks Mulder is dead, he's actually alive, saved by the Anasazi, and after seeing his father and Deep Throat in a dream, he decides to figure out what his father was hiding from everyone.

    This is only the second part of a trilogy, so there's clearly even more story to tell, but the way the episode ends is completely on a cliffhanger. It appears that Skinner is going to try to help and that he may even know more than he lets on. Meanwhile, the Cigarette Smoking Man proves to be an adversary with a huge network of friends who can help bring down Mulder and Scully.moreless
  • And you thought Mulder was dead...

    Not! But obviously we knew he wasn't.

    Scully loses her job for protecting Mulder, however, I never saw any hint or sign of sorrow in her. Maybe what they said was true, she was the Ice Queen.

    Pretty shocking news, Scully having an implant embedded in her neck, I think this subplot created some of the best episodes of the series.

    It was really sad to see Melissa get shot because I was hoping that her character could be developed and see her interact more with Scully, being the two of them so different could've brought great moments.

    Poor Scully, she faced a big dilemma not knowing who was coming after her, who to trust, believing Mulder was alive and then told he was dead, but I now think it was to much for her to process to waste time crying for him.moreless
Alfred E. Humphreys

Alfred E. Humphreys

Dr Mark Pomerantz

Guest Star

Dakota House

Dakota House

Eric Hosteen

Guest Star

Forbes Angus

Forbes Angus


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

Rebecca Toolan

Rebecca Toolan

Mrs Mulder

Recurring Role

Michael David Simms

Michael David Simms

Senior FBI Agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Albert Holsteen: You must be careful now to end the ceremoney properly. If you leave, you must not do any work, change clothes or bathe for four days.
      Mulder: This'll really gonna cut into my social life.

    • Albert Hosteen: There's an ancient indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable while history only serves those who seek to control it. Those who would douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men, for they are dangerous themselves ... and unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember it and of those who seek the truth.

    • Albert Hosteen: When the FBI man Mulder was cured by the holy people, we were reminded of the story of the gila monster, who symbolises the healing powers of the medicine man, In this myth the gila monster restores a man by taking all his parts and putting them back together. His blood is gathered by the ants, his eyes and ears by the sun, his mind by talking god and pollen boy. Then lightning and thunder bring the man back to life.

    • Mulder: You were here today looking for a truth that was taken from you. A truth which was never to be spoken, but which now bind us together in dangerous purpose. I've returned from the dead to continue with you, but I fear that this danger is now close at hand and I may be too late.

    • Scully: Eyes forward. Put your hands where I can see them. Don't turn around or I'll blow your head off. Don't think I won't do it, you son of a bitch.
      Skinner: No, I believe you. Just stay cool, I'm with you.
      Scully: Take two steps forward. Now move slowly towards the couch. Turn around and sit down on your hands.

    • Skinner: Forget about your job and family. You'll spend the rest of your life behind bars, there isn't a federal judge that they couldn't persuade.

    • Skinner: We would also ask that you make yourself available to answer further questions in our investigation into Agent Mulder's whereabouts.
      Scully: I've told you everything I know. To the best of my knowledge, Agent Mulder is dead.

    • William Mulder: Hello, son. I did not dare hope to see you so soon nor ever again hope to broker fate with a life to which I gave life. The lies I told you were a pox and poison to my soul and now you are here because of them. Lies I thought might bury forever a truth I could not live with. I stand here, ashamed of the choices I made so long ago, when you were just a boy. You are the memory, Fox. It lives in you. If you were to die now, the truth will die. And only the lies survive us.
      Mulder: My sister? Is she here?
      William Mulder: No. The thing that would destroy me, the truth I felt you must never learn is the truth you will find if you are to go forward.

    • Deep Throat: I was first struck by the absence of time, having depended on it so completely as a measure of myself and my life. Moving backwards into the perpetual night that consumes purpose and deed, all passion and will. I come to you, old friend, with the dull clarity of the dead not to beckon you but to feel the fire and intensity that still live in you... and the heavy weight of your burdens which I had once borne. There is truth here, old friend, if that's all you seek but there's no justice or judgment without which truth is a vast, dead hollow. Go back. Do not look into the abyss or let the abyss look into you. Awaken the sleep of reason and fight the monsters within and without.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Deep Throat: Awaken the sleep of reason and fight the monsters within and without.

      This is an allusion to a painting by Francisco Goya, entitled "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" which was a series of prints he made from 1796 - 1798. One in a series called 'Los Caprichos' (The Caprices), Goya hoped that with this series, he could show the Spanish People of his day the error of their ways by showing them the things Goya and his circle friends though to be monstrous in their culture. "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" shows that when Reason sleeps, "the dark creatures of the night (owls, bats, and a cat) are let loose."

    • Episode Title: The Blessing Way

      The Blessing Way is not just the name of a Native American chant; "The Blessing Way" (1970) is the title of a novel by Tony Hillerman. Interestingly enough, the novel deals with the story of a Native American who collaborates with an Anglo investigator, very much like Mulder in this episode.