The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 16

William

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2002 on FOX
8.2
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Doggett catches someone in the X-files office trying to steal documents pertaining to Mulder's sister. The intruder is a severely scarred man who blames his disfigurement on Government conspirators. He claims the source of that information - and, in fact, the one who helped him gain entry - is Mulder. Although he refuses to divulge the missing agent's whereabouts, the mystery man has enough knowledge of the X-files and its history to lead Doggett to suspect that he just might be Mulder himself. Scully's fears for the safety of her son are elevated when he is injected with an unknown substance. With the mystery surrounding William becoming even more darker, Scully must allow herself to send him away for his own safety.moreless

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  • William

    9.5
    William was a superb and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written, very engaging and full of character and plot development. I enjoyed the suspense and mystery wondering if the deformed man might be Mulder. It was interesting to watch Scully work through the evidence. There were some touching moments and emotional scenes which really added to the episode. I liked the ending and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Great storyline, sad ending.

    9.1
    I love the storyline of William, it's kind of the only troubles we see Scully getting into this season.



    My only complaint, wel not really a complaint, is that they make it seem so simple to give up a baby for adoption. I know that I wouldn't be able to give up a child of mine (if I ever have children) I think it's hell for a mother, espescially when you already had him/her with you for almost a year. But The story that they tell is great.



    It also show the realationschip between Scully and Mulder at some point, she knows him really well, that's why she knows it's not him. If you want to know a person that well, you have to have a great bound with him/her (friends or otherwise) It's also very obvious that she loves him.moreless
  • It broke my heart.

    10
    This was the most touching episode for me in the whole series. This was the only episode I acctually cried, and I didn't cry even in the last one. Scully giving up her own son is so sad and so not fair. A person must be really strong to give up her own child. I wouldn't do it, even if I had the same reasons Scully had, I definitelly wouldn't do it. This was really a well-written episode, really great. The only thing I missed was Mulder. I think he should have been there to say goodbye to his son, I mean, come on, he only saw his son the day he was born and the day after and then he left, just to never see his own child again. So no fair! Scully should have kept William!moreless
  • Given how many episodes have been devoted to baby William, this one is surprisingly good

    7.5
    The mystery guest is a bigger surprise than anyone originally thought: Jeffrey, who actually survived Smoking Man's attempts to kill him. To spite the father that tried to kill him, he decided to help his half brother and take William out of the equation by injecting him with metal – is that the same metal that can kill the super soldiers? It seems to have worked, William's telekinesis is gone. It's a huge risk to send William away but as long as he's not found, it's the right thing to do. The entire time he's been with Scully he's been under constant attack, maybe now he'll have some peace. He'll never know what he was.



    A surprisingly good episode, thankfully calling an end to the incredibly long list of 'baby William' episodes.moreless
  • What a load of crap

    1.0
    ...was exactly what I was thinking as the ending credits ran across my tv.



    What on earth possessed the writers to make that ending? Of course I grunted as soon as I saw that Duchovny was part of the writing team for this one. The episodes he has given us were all dull, uneventful and utterly no x-files (which is understandable given that he himself is all but a believer. But why does Carter let him write then?).

    This one is no exception.



    Even without watching the opening credits (where Duchovny was not credited as an actor) I did not believe for a split second that the disfigured man was Mulder. Scully simply would have known. Also he wouldn't have broken into the X-Files office, he wouldn't have beaten up Doggett, he wouldn't have lied to Scully no matter what. And he wouldn't have run from her apartment. He wouldn't have injected anything into William without discussing it with Scully because he respects her too much.



    So the 30min where the viewer is supposed to be torn between wether the man is Mulder or not were dull (at least for me.) The DNA test was a "perfect match" but Mulder and Spender are half brothers. So that can't be right (seems to me the FBI lab wouldn't make such a huge mistake.) And btw did you notice that Mulder never acknowledged that Cancer man was his father? That he made no objections whatsoever when Scully named her son WILLIAM after his father?

    Then the revelation that he is actually James Spender. ha. What has he been doing these past years when everybody believed him to be dead? (After his account the experiments burned up his skin immediately so he hasn't been tested on for that long) So after Mulder being Christ, his son being the savior and the key for the alien invasion (which version was the last again?) he is now after the injection of a supposedly extra terrestrial material (aka unidentified material) just a normal boy. Hurray! Finally Scully can live a normal life, teaching FBI rookies and coming home to a healthy baby boy. But Alas! he is still in danger!

    Spender has the awesome ability to know that the aliens would never give up as he is the ultimate and only key for their plans. (btw what would they have done if the syndicate hadn't been killed by the alien rebels? Back then the colonization was about to begin and Scully wasn't even pregnant remember?) So logically the only way out is to give up the baby to complete strangers in the middle of nowhere.



    Yeah that's right! The baby that Scully so desperately wanted, the one Mulder, Skinner, Doggett, Reyes hell even Crychek protected from the super soldiers! The one that was delivered by Reyes in a ghost town, where Mulder was led by the Bethlehem star! The baby Mulder went into hiding to protect! The baby every single mythology episode evolved around in season 9! That very baby is better protected by farmers than an FBI agent with a medical degree who knows not only what or whom to protect him from but also the one and only weakness of the attackers.

    right...



    Your head spinning yet? Let's wait and see what happens in the next 3-4 episodes and then hopefully this show will end in dignity.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

Gillian Anderson (I)

Gillian Anderson (I)

Special Agent Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Special Agent Monica Reyes

Annie Abbott

Annie Abbott

Older Social Worker

Guest Star

Shannon Hile

Shannon Hile

Mrs. Van De Kamp

Guest Star

Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

Mr. Van De Kamp

Guest Star

James Riker

James Riker

Baby William

Recurring Role

Travis Riker

Travis Riker

Baby William

Recurring Role

Chris Owens

Chris Owens

Jeffrey Spender

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • How is it that Mulder and Spender can have the same DNA if they are only half brothers. My understanding is that only twins will have the same DNA.

      In any event, Spender was a FBI agent as much as Mulder was. If they have the same DNA, the system should have logged 2 hits instead of just 1 hit on Mulder.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Reyes: Dana... the room's all fresh for you. I threw out all the old bedding and bought some brand-new stuff, okay?
      Scully: Thank you.
      Reyes: I know it's impossible to stop thinking about what he said, about William... but it's all lies, Dana, and you were the one who proved it.
      Scully: And how should I prove it now? By insisting that I can protect him... only to learn too late that I can't?
      Reyes: You say it as if you have a choice.
      Scully: He didn't have a choice to come into this life. I don't have a choice about what he is or was... but I do have a choice about the life my son will have... And shouldn't I choose that he never have to be afraid of anyone or anything? And can I ever really even promise him that?
      Reyes: But who can?

    • Scully: I have seen my share of the hideous, of the disgusting and the repellent, but you, Sir, are the most perfect expression I will ever see of all that is vile and hateful in life.
      Jeffrey Spender: That may well be, but for a moment, you believed it - that I was him.
      Scully: I never believed it.
      Jeffrey Spender: You wanted to believe.
      Scully: You are as false as your face. I bet you wish night and day that that bullet that was meant to kill you had succeeded.

    • Scully: Where's Dr Edwards?
      Dr Newman: I'm Dr Newman. I'm going to take your baby.
      Scully: He's been injected with something.
      Dr Newman: We're taking him to trauma. Airways are open. Lungs are clear. Heart rate slightly elevated. Skin is warm. Nondiaphoretic.
      Reyes: I spoke to another doctor, a woman - Dr Edwards.
      Dr Edwards: I'm Whitney Edwards. Agent Reyes?
      Reyes: Yes. This is Dana Scully.
      Dr Edwards: Do we have any idea what he's been injected with?
      Scully: I've no idea. I don't know. I don't know.
      Dr Edwards: We're going to run some tests on him...
      Scully: I'm a medical doctor, okay? Can I...
      Dr Edwards: Good. Then you know what this is all about. You just need to sit tight for me and let us do our job.

    • Scully: Agent Reyes.
      Reyes: Agent Scully.
      Scully: Do we know who he is?
      Reyes: He says his name is Miller, but he has no identification on him. Beyond that, we don't know a lot.
      Scully: Why are the lights off?
      Reyes: He wouldn't speak with them on.
      Scully: What do you mean?
      Reyes: If you saw him in the light, you'd understand. Something's wrong with his face. He's been severely burned - by fire or maybe acid.
      Scully: And he says he knows me?
      Reyes: And that he's afraid. A victim of what he calls the alien conspiracy.

    • Spender: It'll never be over. They'll always know what he was. They'll never accept what he is.
      Scully: Well, I can protect him.
      Spender: And if you can't? Look at me, what they did. Is this what you want for your son?

    • Doggett: (To Spender) I don't care who the hell you are!! If anything happens to that baby, I will personally take you out.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The time stamp on the first scene in the X-Files office, with Doggett doing push-ups, is 11:21 pm. Chris Carter's wife's birthday is the 21st November.

    • Although David Duchovny is uncredited in this episode, he is seen for a split second, by Scully when she is examining the disfigured man, soon to be named Jeffery Spender (Mulder's half-brother), when she looks in his eyes.

    • Subtle hint that the Cigarette Smoking Man is still alive? Spender claims that he is seeking revenge on his father by depriving "them" of super-William: not something you typically do if the target of your revenge is...well, dead.

    • Near the beginning, as Scully is in her car with William, she is singing "Joy to the World" to William, the same song she sang to Mulder while they were stuck in the forest in the Season 5 episode, 'Detour'.

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