The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 2

The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (3)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Scully frantically searches for a way to help her ailing partner without having anyone to turn to for help, while a catatonic Mulder's dreams lead him away from his mission and the X-Files to a place which he believes is a better life.

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Henry Schwartz

Henry Schwartz


Guest Star

Megan Leitch

Megan Leitch

Samantha Mulder

Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Project Doctor

Guest Star

Arlene Pileggi

Arlene Pileggi

Skinner's Secretary

Recurring Role

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea

Alex Krycek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Mulder is laying on top of the operating table, we clearly see that he is strapped down to it. When Scully comes and they have that brief conversation he goes to hug her and is no longer strapped down.

    • Medical Reference: Phenytoin
      Scully mentions that Mulder has been injected with phenytoin. Phenytoin is the generic form of the drug Dilantin. The most common use of this medication is the prevention of convulsions in seizure disorders such as epilepsy.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Dream Sequence)
      CSM: Diana Fowley is dead... (Mulder stares at him) So is Scully. (Mulder starts to cry)

    • Scully: This book. It's explains everything that I found in Africa... using the same symbols that I found on the ship. It's all here - a foretelling of mass extinction; a myth about a man who can save us from it. That's why they took Mulder. They think that his illness is a gift - protection against the coming plague.

    • CSM: Get up.
      Mulder: I'm dying you idiot! If I could get up, I'd kick your ass!

    • Diana Fowley: I'm thinking, Agent Scully. I'm always thinking.

    • Mulder: Scully, I was like you once — I didn't know who to trust. Then I... I chose another path... another life, another fate, where I found my sister. The end of my world was unrecognisable and upside down. There was one thing that remained the same. You... were my friend, and you told me the truth. Even when the world was falling apart, you were my constant... my touchstone.
      Scully: And you are mine.

    • Mulder: Scully! I knew you'd come. They told me you were dead.
      Scully: And you believed them? Traitor.
      Mulder: What?
      Scully: Deserter. Coward.
      Mulder: Scully, don't... I'm dying.
      Scully: You're not supposed to die, Mulder — not here.
      Mulder: What do you mean?
      Scully: Not in a comfortable bed with the devil outside.
      Mulder: No, you don't understand. He's taking care of me.
      Scully: No, Mulder, he's lulled you to sleep. He's made you trade your true mission for creature comforts.
      Mulder: There was no mission. There were no aliens.
      Scully: No aliens. Have you looked outside, Mulder?
      Mulder: I can't. I'm... too tired.
      Scully: No, Mulder, you must get up. You must get up and fight... especially you. This isn't your place. Get up, Mulder. Get up and fight the fight.

    • Albert Hosteen: You're running out of time.
      Scully: Why do you come to me like this? Why? When I can't find him.
      Albert Hosteen: You don't look in the right place.
      Scully: I don't think you're hearing me.
      Albert Hosteen: You don't know where he is?
      Scully: Even if I did I wouldn't know how to save him. This science makes no sense to me.
      Albert Hosteen: Have you looked for him here? (He points to her heart)
      Scully: Are you asking me to pray?
      Albert Hosteen: There are more worlds than the one you can hold in your hand.

    • Scully: Bum a cigarette, Agent Fowley?
      Diana Fowley: I don't smoke.
      Scully: Really? I could swear I smell cigarette smoke on you.
      Diana Fowley: Let's cut the crap, shall we?
      Scully: Yes. Let's.

    • (Dream sequence)
      Deep Throat: They can change your name but they can't change the things you love.
      Mulder: It can't be. You're dead.
      Deep Throat: No. No, just really relaxed.
      Mulder: Scully... saw you get shot... on the bridge six years ago. I was sure you were... dead.
      Deep Throat: One, uh, well-placed bullet... A punctuation mark in a man's life and you get to start a whole new chapter. I'm fine, son. Aside from a little tennis elbow.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The tagline for this episode is changed to the subtitle: "Amor Fati".

    • Amor Fati means "Love of Fate". It can be a religious term, having to do with our lives being divinely willed (thus we are supposed to love our lives). A relatively famous phrase, it was written about by Nietzsche ("Amor Fati: let that be my love henceforth").


    • At the beginning of the episode when Cigarette Smoking Man is in Mulder's hospital room he says, "I'm showing you how to take the road not taken"

      'The road not taken' is an allusion to the poem of the same name by Robert Frost.

    • Visual: Film reference
      The idea behind Mulder's dream sequences were largely borrowed from the last 30 minutes of the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ (based on the Nikos Kazantzakis book of the same name). In the movie, we see Christ saved from the cross at the last minute and allowed to have a normal life. He gets married, has kids, and leads a long, normal life. As Jesus is dying of old age, he is visited by his supposedly-dead best friend Judas, who calls Jesus a traitor and shows him that Jerusalem is burning because Jesus did not die for our sins. Jesus then snaps back to reality where he is indeed dying on the cross.
      As you can tell, the episode is nearly identical, with Mulder 'saved' by the Cancerman, allowed to have a normal life where he marries and has children, when he is about to die of old age, he is visited by his supposedly-dead best friend Scully who calls him a traitor and shows him that the world is being destroyed by aliens because he did not complete his quest, and he snaps back to reality where he wakes on an X-shaped table.