The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 6

Trust No 1

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Scully is approached by a couple who claim their baby has the same abilities as William and have information about the super soldier program, however they will only talk to Mulder, believing him the only person who can make the connections and uncover the truth. Scully is forced into an awkward situation when she has to decide whether to put Mulder's life in more danger even though she desperately wants to see him.moreless

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  • Trust No 1

    Trust No 1 was a superb episode of The X-Files and I really enjoyed watching. The story was intriguing and very engaging as Scully was approached with information that could help save Mulder. It was fun watching her wrestle with her emotions for Mulder while Doggett and Reyes did what they could to help. The mystery man was interesting and it was fun watching Scully be led around in order to meet him. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Post Mulder World

    A solid "B" effort that showcases Anderson's acting abilities and advances the anemic Super Soldiers storyline somewhat with the revelation that they can be destroyed.

    What brings this episode down is subpar writing. The plot is silly and the attempt to create suspense as to whether or not Mulder will reappear is utterly contrived as we all know that he ain't coming back, or at least we should know this given that his name doesn't appear in the credits.

    Not that the writers don't try valiantly to evoke the ghost of Mulder by showing us a montage of Mulder shots, creating an exchange of emails between him and Scully and teasing us with his supposed return on a train that (of course) does not stop to let him off. As with most of the episodes in Seasons Eight and Nine, there are a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies in this episode. If the NSA guy can manage to track down Scully's every move, down to her night of sweet, sweet love with Mulder, why can't he locate Mulder? And why would he make Scully go through such an elaborate process to meet him when in the end he simply shows up alone on a public train platform surrounded by FBI agents? How does our short-legged Scully outrun a Super Soldier at the end? And finally, what is up with Reyes' new Farrah Fawcett hairdo?

  • The super soldier stuff is interesting but why are we listening to Scully writing nauseatingly mushy emails to Mulder?

    Why are we subjected to Scully waxing lyrical about Mulder? Talk about romanticizing, absence must make the heart go fonder because to listen to Scully's painful voiceover, she and Mulder were the greatest lovers since Anthony and Cleopatra. Where Mulder's email is touching, Scully's is nauseating saccharine.

    I always thought Scully was a good parent until now – she sits for several minutes staring at the computer without once looking down at William. As a FBI agent, she should know how many young children are abducted in public places. Even better, she lets a complete stranger stay in her house (remember what happened the last time?) when she should have been very suspicious at seeing the same couple twice in one day in a situation designed to make Scully intervene. When did Scully become this selfish? Her priority should be Mulder's safety, not that she misses him – she nearly got him killed because she pulled him out of hiding.

    What is this Romeo and Juliet stuff? Disguised as an episode about the super soldiers but that accomplishes nothing and provides only one useful fact: that the super soldiers can be killed by the stuff at the quarry.moreless
  • One of, if not the best, episode of season 9. And, FINALLY, someone gives credence to Scully and Mulder sharing a bed together (as seen in the opener to season seven's "All Things"). It seemed like they were trying to make like it never happenedmoreless

    I had alot of early reservations about a season of my favorite tv show without it's core character. However, I found that the writing for this season picked up kind of a "renewed" vibe with stories that wouldn't have made much sense with Mulder and even different ways of shooting the episodes that gave season 9 an almost "indy film" feel. But this episode showed that it had all the elements that made people watch during the show's "glory days". Gillian Anderson stood out as a truly magnificent actress by showing her character's strength and vulnerability without having her partner there to draw from, that she did for so many years before. REMARKABLE!!!!!!!moreless
  • The X Files at its best.

    I really do believe that, i think this episode is fantastic. The writing for this episode is fantastic i really don't know why it doesn't have a higher score. Finally we learn more about where Mulder is and how Scully is in contact with him through email. 'trustno1' hense the name. Anyway Scully finds out that it is still dangerous for Mulder to retuen so she tells him to keep away. I was really nice beliving that Mulder was going to turn up but he never did. Doggett played a good part in this episode and we also see more of the super soldiers. This is definatly one of the best episodes of seaosn 9. Seriously not to be missed.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Special Agent Dana Scully

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Special Agent Monica Reyes

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Shadow Man

Guest Star

Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

CIA Agent

Guest Star

Allison Smith

Allison Smith


Guest Star

James Riker

James Riker

Baby William

Recurring Role

Travis Riker

Travis Riker

Baby William

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Scully is getting William out of the car around 8:30 mark, there are two things wrong with how William is placed in the car. 1) William should be placed in the middle of the backseat, 2) he should be facing the back of the car and not the front. This is a legal requirement and Scully being a law enforcement officer should know this.

    • When Scully is talking on the phone to the shadow man in front of the internet café, you can see Gillian's Sanskrit tattoo on the inside of her right wrist.

    • Near the end when Scully drives out to the mine and gets out and sees the super soldier slowly walking near her, why doesn't she just drive away instead of running away from him on foot?

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (On phone)
      Scully: Hello.
      Shadow Man: You've had quite an earful.
      Scully: Who is this?
      (We see the Shadow Man at his desk)
      Shadow Man: As my associate indiscreetly told you, we don't have names.
      Scully: You've been listening to us?
      Shadow Man: It's all I could do after you closed the shades, Agent Scully.
      Scully: You ever heard of the Constitution?
      Shadow Man: Yes. It's what allows foreign terrorists to live here and enjoy the American dream, until time comes to destroy it. But my trespasses are the least of your concern, after what they've done to you and Mulder.
      Scully: What have they done?
      Shadow Man: Actually, it's what they're prepared to do next.
      Shadow Man: I'd be happy to tell Agent Mulder.
      Scully: Well, you're going to have to tell me 'cause i don't know how to reach Agent Mulder.
      Shadow Man: You reached him yesterday. You sent him an e-mail. Would you like me to read it to you?
      Scully: Look why should i trust you? You're just a voice on the end of the phone. I'm not going to give you anything unless i can meet you. Unless I ... unless i can see your face. Are you still there?
      Shadow Man: If you think you can flush me out you're making a big mistake. Bus bench, Internet cafe. Come alone. You have 20 minutes.

    • Doggett: How long are you going to do this?
      Scully: Do what, Agent Doggett?
      Doggett: Refuse to trust me ... or anybody. How else you going to get him home?

    • (Scully is in the internet cafe, typing an email to Mulder.)
      Scully: (voiceover) I hold no hope you can respond to this. Or that it reaches you. I only hope that you are alive. I cannot help believing that you jumped off that train because you knew what I now know that these "super soldiers" if that's what they are, can in fact be destroyed. That the key to their destruction lies in the iron compound at that quarry. I am scared for you, Mulder. And for William. The forces against us are unrelenting. But so is my determination. To see you again. To regain the comfort and safety we shared for so brief a time.Until then, I remain forever yours... Dana

    • Shadowman: Your size? I know your blood type, your resting heart rate your childhood fear of clowns. I know the name of your college boyfriend, your true hair color, your ATM pin number, favorite charities, pet peeves. I know you spend too much time alone. And I know ... that on one lonely night you invited Mulder to your bed.
      Scully: (Hoarsely) Oh, my God.
      Shadowman: I was as surprised as you are.

    • Shadow Man: Mulder must die. Mulder or your son.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Terry O'Quinn (Shadow Man) is credited with "Special Guest Star" as well as being credited by his real name of Terrance Quinn.

    • The way the title of the episode is written - Trust No 1 also has a double meaning - Trust No One, and Trust Number 1, i.e. yourself above everything else. Given that everyone in the episode has to work out what's happening for themselves, this seems very fitting.

    • This is the third guest appearance Terry O'Quinn has made on The X-Files. He previously appeared in the season two episode Aubrey, and in the feature film Fight the Future. He plays a different character in each appearance.

    • The address for the Trust No 1 FANLISTING is:

    • Scully's screen-name is QUEEQUEG0925. Queequeq was Scully's dog in season 3, which was eaten in 'Quagmire'. 09/25 is the birthdate of Gillian Anderson's daughter, Piper.

    • This episode's tag line is changed to 'They're Watching'.

    • The 'Shadow Man' mentions that there are terrorists living secretly in the US, indicating this episode is set after September 11, 2001.

    • 'Trust No One' were the last words of Deep Throat in season 1's 'The Erlenmeyer Flask' and also Mulder's computer password in 'Little Green Men'. During this episode Scully receives emails from Mulder with the address "Trust No 1".