The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 14

This Is Not Happening (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 25, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • In Within(1) and Without(2), the machine that produces the tools for Mulder's tests is next to him on his right, yet in this episode, in Scully's dream, it is on his left.

    • The title of this episode strangely echoes a scene from the season 3 episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space".

      Where the cigarette smoking alien exclaims "this is not happening" over and over. Both episodes deal with extra terrestrials as well.

    • Why did Doggett have Scully and Skinner come out to a field in the middle of nowhere just to meet Reyes? Why not at the FBI Headquarters in Washington?

  • Quotes

    • (Scully sees Mulder's dead body, bends down, and touches his face)
      Scully: No... No!
      Doggett: Scully...
      Scully: (Shouting) He needs help! (She starts to run, but Doggett grabs her.) He needs help! (She manages to break free, and runs off)

    • Skinner: If you're trying to prepare yourself, don't.

    • Reyes: (When seeing the light in the sky) No friggin way!

    • Scully: This is not happening!

    • Scully: I once had a talk with Mulder about starlight, how it's billions of years old. Stars that are now long dead, whose light is still travelling through time. They won't die, that light. Maybe that's the only thing that never does. He said that's where souls reside. I hope he is right.

    • Doggett: Let's be honest Agent Scully, about what no one wants to say. As bad as you wanna find Mulder, you're afraid to find him, too.

    • Scully: Do you believe in extraterrestrials?
      Reyes: Let's just say I don't not believe.

    • Reyes: I have my own thoughts, it's just that what we think happened and what actually happened aren't always the same thing, but not altogether insignificant either.
      Scully: I'm sorry, this feels like therapy

    • Doggett: Ever hear of an Alien in Nikes?
      Ritchie: Doesn't mean it wasn't
      Doggett: Did it ever occur to you that it wasn't an alien, but a man?
      Ritchie: Then what about his spaceship?

  • Notes

    • Annabeth Gish is billed under the Also Starring heading, not bad for her debut episode considering others like Mitch Pileggi had to make a few appearances before being billed with an Also Starring credit.

  • Allusions