The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 19

The Truth (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 19, 2002 on FOX
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After not knowing Fox Mulder's whereabouts for the last year, A.D. Skinner and Agent Scully learn he is being held for the murder of a military man he couldn't possibly have killed: Knowle Rohrer, one of the government's secret super soldiers. With Skinner acting as Mulder's defence, people who Mulder has dealings with during his last nine years as an FBI agent testify on his behalf. But the military tribunal isn't interested in the truth. When an unexpected person comes to Mulder's rescue, Mulder refuses to slip north over the border to safety. Instead, he heads southwest to the Anasazi ruins of New Mexico seeking a mysterious wise man whom the Indians call The Keeper of the Truth.


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  • Here we are now, 9 years of fighting and hope...

    After catching up with the show for the last six or so months (9 seasons does take some time) I've finally reached the final episode.... sort of. At the time of the writing this we have new episodes, out after a decade of silence so I'm still keeping some things in mind. For the most part I'd like to think of this episode for what it did for the series back then. Let's get started.

    This episode despite not being a grand slam at the time, its actually very well done. It had my full attention which was hard for most of this season. I won't say I've changed my mind, the show could have had a tighter run, 7 seasons maybe but credit must be given to Chris Carter and company for making me care about it all in this episode. The court room set up (my mind thinks of Seinfeld) did seem like a way to bring back old characters but it sure as hell made the whole story a lot simpler to understand and the acting, dialogue was top notch.

    The directing was on point also, for example notice the scene when Doggett is on the phone hearing about Mulder's sentence. The camera stays on Scully's face as this news will hit her the most, they were very aware of making each scene count. The ending action scene is also proof of the commitment to this episode, the explosions and the angle set ups are above anything done in the show.

    So onto the story did it satisfy everything? Yes and no. There are some things that just weren't explained, gaps missing like where did Laurie Holden's character come from, Gibson's long absence... but at the same time those aren't important details. I didn't get everything answered but the episode didn't spend all day explaining things, they covered the important plots and moved ahead. Many would like a grander conclusion to the story but that isn't in X files style, we got a quieter ending with two characters reflecting on their changes that felt real, the future is uncertain but that's always been important to the series. As a younger teen I had hope for some ultimate conclusion but watching it again for the first time since it aired I was laying with appreciation.

    I can't get over some things that have happened in the show's run such as the handling of Mulder in the last two seasons but the last episode tried very hard to bring me back in and it worked. This episode had many of the reasons why this show was so special, I'll never forget it.


    Now with that out of the way how do I feel going forward with new episodes? I do feel like these new episodes are part of the wave in entertainment lately in which old shows and movies are coming back. It would be greater if we got new and exciting shows, people will take chances on them (like LOST, hello!). We could also have a great return though, there was still an ongoing alien cover up and an invasion is still looming so who knows, this may be the best thing.

  • Sad ending

    ending to one of the best shows ever. Its very good that David Duchovny showed up for it. An era was over.
  • The Truth (1)

    The Truth (1) was a perfect first half to the series finale of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because it was unclear at first what was happening as Mulder was going through Government facilities. It was crazy how he was tortured into claiming he was guilty and didn't find anything. The ensuing trial was drawn together quickly and left little room for escape. It was interesting to see Mulder seeing Krycek but no one else could and for Mulder's half brother through his mother's affair with C.S.M. to speak on his behalf. I liked how Mulder, Scully and a little boy Mulder helped in the past all testified in the trial. Skinner was doing a decent defense job himself in a Military Court. The ending was great and I look forward to finding out what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This is an episode where I actually cried. It was touching, revealling, it just had everything.

    The series final unfortunatly. It had a lot of flashbacks in it, showing the previous episodes.

    The storyline was good and revealling. We got the answers on every question ever asked on the show.

    I actually cried during 2 scenes of this episode, namely the scene where Scully tells Mulder that she had to give up William for adoption. I really felt for her, it seemed like I could feel her pain, just by looking at her face, great acting. And then I cried during the final scene, in the motel. It was the way we first saw them really talk in the pilot aswell. This scene had so much love and I guess it was also because I realised that we would have to miss it, the x-files, Scully and Mulder, the little green men (although they are gray).

    Good thing about modern technology is that it gave us DVD-players.moreless
  • Ends with a fizzle, instead of a bang.

    I have several problems with this episode. The first being the court senario. It was obviously set up very unprofessionally. Aside from Skinner moving to dismiss, the defense really doesn't make much of a protest. For a trial of such magnitude, neither side really makes any compelling arguments. Especially when Scully comes in with the evidence that the corpse wasn't the right guy. I mean, there's no way they could have dismissed that. I guess it was becauseDeputy Director Kersh was planning on helping him escape, the whole time. Still very unrealistic.

    That kid that could read minds, Gibson Praise, could have been of way more help. He really didn't serve any purpose, other than acute little cameo. Why the heck didn't they examine Toothpick Man (Alan Dale) when Gibson called him out on being an alien. Again, I guess that implied that all the men on the judging panel knew about this. Still, I don't buy it. When they break Mulder out of his cell, where there Hell are all the guards? I realize this isn't a hardcore prison, but surely there would have more security guarding a prisoner who was just received a death sentence. Especially when they lock down the whole facility, yet they just walk right out with the whole gang there to send Mulder and Scully off. Agent Doggett and Reyes have no send off at all. They just drive off in the middle of an action sequence, never to be seen again. Not even in the 2008 movie. Sure, this was a Mulder Scully episode, but Doggett and Reyes were still pretty big players in it, not to mention the last two seasons. They could have worked a little time in there for a farewell to those characters. Skinner, too. The whole Smoking Man, 2012 thing at the end was a waste of time. That whole part was just a set up to reveal the Smoking Man's cameo. Maybe in an attempt to make up for his lackluster falling-down-the-stairs death. The 2012 revelation was not very inventive or crucial to the plot. This time could have been better spent on some satisfying farewells to these characters we spend so long with. I really liked one aspect of this episode. It gave a summary of the series, and cleared a few things up for me. Unlike many people whole probably watched the series over the course of it's 9 year run, I watched the whole thing in succession on Netflix. there were a few pieces to Mulder's original story line that I didn't quite get until after seeing the finale. The cameos were cool, too. I would LOVE to see a final X-files movie in 2012. Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett, and Reyes could all collaborate to stop the alien invasion. The finale totally leaves this option open, although as bad as the 2008 movie did, I don't see it happening. I want to believe!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

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Special Agent Monica Reyes

Matthew Glave

Matthew Glave

FBI Prosecutor Kalembrenner

Guest Star

John Eric Bentley

John Eric Bentley

Post Guard

Guest Star

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Toothpick Man

Guest Star

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea

Alex Krycek

Recurring Role

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Deputy Director Kersh

Recurring Role

Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden

Marita Covarrubias

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Scully: Mulder, it's not funny when you pull that stupid act.
      Mulder: No, it is funny. What's not funny is what they do to you if you don't pull that stupid act. (He kisses her, and she kisses back)

    • Scully: (Crying) Our son, Mulder. I gave him up... I gave him up.
      Mulder: (Crying) I know you had to... I just miss you both so much...

    • Prison Guard: What are you thinking?
      Mulder: About my son... About his mother.

    • Kallenbrunner: Well, what I mean is, you have no proof to back up one word you just told us. (Scully is silent) Agent Scully, isn't it true that you and Mulder were lovers, and you got pregnant and had his love child?
      Skinner: Objection!
      Kallenbrunner: Thank you. Next witness.

    • Scully: Guilty on a lesser charge. Maybe they'll go for it, let you walk out of here.
      Mulder: I'd rather die, Scully. I'd rather die than give them what they want.
      Scully: How can you say that -to me?
      Mulder: This is greater than you or me. This is about everything we've worked for, for nine years. The truth we've both sacrificed so much to uncover.

    • Mulder: Come here you big, bald, beautiful man.
      Skinner: The only thing you're going to be kissing, Mulder, is your sweet ass good-bye.

    • Mulder: It's not about how good you are, they control the game...they own it.
      Doggett: Then lets shove it up their ass.

    • Mulder: If I am a guilty man, my crime is in daring to believe; that the truth will come out and that no one lie can live forever. I believe it still. Much as you try to bury it, the truth is out there. Greater than your lies - the truth wants to be known.

    • Mulder: You may have rid yourself of your headache, but you've only done it by cutting off your own head.

    • Mulder: I smelled you coming, Clarice.

    • Reyes: What are you trying to do, destroy a man who seeks the truth, or destroy the truth so no man can seek it? Either way you lose.

    • Mulder: I just missed all of you so much.

    • Mulder: Maybe there's hope.

  • NOTES (9)

    • In the final scene of the episode, the X-Files Theme is heard in the background slowly "whistled" in a major key, instead of the ubiquitous minor key of the series' opening/closing credits

    • The time when Knowle Rohrer (who Mulder was convicted of killing) pulls up to the USMC Base Brig to 'retrieve' Agent Mulder is 11:21 pm. Chris Carter's wife was born on 11/21.

    • Director Kim Manners provides DVD commentary on the complete season 9 DVD set.

    • Even though they died in "Jump the Shark" The Lone Gunman's ghosts talk to Mulder for a short time.

    • The final scene is a bookend to a scene that was in the Pilot, where we first learn of Mulder's sister's abduction.

    • David Duchovny (Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Scully) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.

    • A cut scene as revealed by the Season 9 DVD collection shows a different ending: President Bush being notified of Mulder's actions and saying "The American people already know the truth, they just don't believe it!" The scene was ultimately cut by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz because it ruined the tone of the previous scene (Mulder and Scully holding each other)

    • December 22, 2012 is the day the ancient Mayans predicted that the world will end.

      The Mayan calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, but it has never been determined that this is because they predicted the end of the world on this date.

    • David Duchovny's name returns to the opening titles in this episode.