The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 2

Without (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2000 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Doggett faces off Mulder on top of the cliff and Mulder starts to walk backwards, ready for his fall/jump, there is still a lot of clifftop to go. Yet in the very next shot, Mulder is falling from the edge.

    • 31:56 - Camera shadow visible to lower left, on Doggett's back

    • In response to the goof about the killing of the bounty hunter, X probably meant that a gunshot to the body wouldn't kill it, not a shot to the neck.

    • Skinner is seen to have damage to his eyes due to exposure to the alien blood which evaporates when released. However, later on when Scully shoots the bounty hunter the green blood escapes along with the gas and neither she nor Gibson has any damage to their eyes.

      Response: It does seem inconsistent. I'm wondering if it's because the kill shot had been delivered. If I'm remembering rightly, it's the green stuff that people suffer from when they've shot the aliens in the wrong place and the 'blood' is still alive as it were. In earlier episodes, it didn't seem to have the same corrosive effect when people were stabbed with the needle.

    • Scully saves herself and Gibson by shooting the Bounty Hunter through the neck and he dissolves into green fluid like we have seen before. However, in 'Talitha Cumi' when Mulder finds the metal spike, X tells him it is the only way to kill the aliens and that a "simple gunshot won't do".

    • When Thea goes down into her and Gibson's hideout, how does the trap door re-cover with dirt?

  • Quotes

    • Doggett: My dad always said it's not who wins or loses... it's who takes the worst beating that counts.
      Scully: That supposed to cheer me up?
      Doggett: I thought so. But then I never did get to see your opponent.
      Scully: And you never will. You still don't believe me.
      Doggett: What I don't believe is how long they're keeping you here.
      Scully: Oh, it's just some things they have to check out... make sure of.
      Doggett: Well, I've got some things I thought you'd want checked out. A.D. Skinner is in stable condition, resting comfortably and awaiting diagnosis and further study. Ditto Agent Landau, his throat. Gibson Praise is right now a ward of the state but I asked for special protections, as I assumed you would yourself.
      Scully: What are you doing here, Agent Doggett?
      Doggett: Keeping you appraised of the case.
      Scully: That's not your job.
      Doggett: It is, actually. And officially. I'm... assigned now to the X-Files. Whatever you and I may differ on, I'll find him, Agent Scully.

    • Kersh: The best I can say is it's lucky it all happened at a hospital.
      Doggett: Very lucky, yes, Sir.
      Kersh: I assume the hazardous materials or chemicals which caused this must have been medical.
      Doggett: That has not yet been determined, sir.
      Kersh: So much here is undetermined... as remains the whereabouts of Mulder. But some of your … facts... like "a man falls from the cliff and disappears..." "An agent has his throat crushed by an assailant who vanishes into thin air." This reads like a piece of pot-boiled science fiction.
      Doggett: You mean it reads like an X-File. But that's what you intended, wasn't it, Sir? When you assigned me to the case.
      Kersh: I'll ask the questions, John. You just give me some damn answers. Don't come back until you do.

    • Skinner: It's okay, I've got him. Gibson.
      Scully: How did you get here? How did you get him out of that room?
      Skinner: We went up through the ceiling. I don't know who to trust.
      Scully: Where is he?
      Skinner: He's right here. They're going to find him.

    • Scully: Hey, if something tries to rip your throat out, I got you covered.

    • Scully: Where's the boy?
      Crane: Door at the end of the hall, with AD Skinner.
      Scully: Are you certain about that?
      Mosley: Why don't you get yourself a visual in the exterior window. The night nurse has been checking the boy every 20 minutes-- he's fine.
      Crane: We have hospital personnel going about their business. We're just laying back, waiting for Mulder.
      Scully: Yeah, every minute that you wait, that boy's in danger. He's exposed.
      Mosley: No one's getting past us, Agent Scully. No one's gotten past us.
      Scully: You believe that, Agent Doggett?

    • Doggett: You knew where the kid was, you knew where the kid was and you wouldn't tell me-- why?
      Scully: What kid? I don't see any kid.
      Doggett: You're lying to me again! Assistant Director Skinner took him from here to the hospital.
      Scully: How do you know that?
      Doggett: There's one thing I know for sure in this case and that's that Mulder is after this boy Gibson Praise. Why? It beats the hell out of me. But when he goes after that kid, my men are going to be waiting for him.
      Scully: Your men... followed Assistant Director Skinner?
      Doggett: Hey, where you going? Agent Scully, where you going?
      Scully: Your men are at the hospital?
      Doggett: They got it controlled. Nobody goes in or out of that building without them knowing about it.
      Scully: How do you know that they're your men?

    • Scully: For someone who claims he's not following me, you sure have a knack.
      Doggett: Hey, you're where the action is.
      Scully: What does that tell you? That I'm crazy or that I'm right?
      Doggett: Wandering around in the desert in the dead of night, you call it.
      Scully: You say you want to find Mulder but you won't do what it takes. You're afraid that I'm right.
      Doggett: I'm not afraid of anything. Except that maybe Mulder's got even you believing in this crap now.
      Scully: You've seen this crap for yourself now. How do you explain what took place today?
      Doggett: Let me ask you something hypothetically. Now, if you were to find him out here or this ship or this alien bounty hunter, what would you do then?
      Scully: I know what Agent Mulder would do. He'd do whatever it took.
      Doggett: You mean lie. Like you've been lying to me. And flout orders like you've done every step of the way on this thing. Is that what it takes, Agent Scully?
      Scully: Give a little, get a little, Agent Doggett.

    • Gibson Praise: He's here. I hear him.
      Scully: What are you talking about?
      Gibson Praise: Mulder. He's somewhere out there.

    • Skinner: This has gone too far, Scully.
      Scully: No. That's what's wrong here. It hasn't gone far enough. I need those car keys.
      Skinner: And what do you think you're going to do?
      Scully: Look, we are being hampered here by the FBI, by John Doggett, by doubt, by our own mistrust. Whatever it is, it is working... as long as we let it.
      Skinner: You told me Mulder wouldn't allow it. Wouldn't let me ruin my career over this. Over him. But what about you, Scully? I mean, my god, you've got even more at stake.
      Scully: I-I can't take the chance that I'm never going to see him again.
      Skinner: Mulder could just come walking out of the dark-- we don't know.
      Scully: Look... we've got one last chance here waiting for us out there in the desert-- Gibson Praise. It may just be who gets to him first.
      Skinner: Get in the car. I'll drive.

    • Skinner: Agent Scully!
      Scully: Who are you?
      Skinner: Who am I?
      Scully: Drop your weapon and turn around.
      Skinner: I won't turn around.
      Scully: Just do it! I know how it works-- kill shot to the back of the neck.
      Skinner: Scully, you're pointing your weapon at a friend.
      Scully: Turn around, or I'm going to assume that you're not who you say you are.
      Skinner: Scully, it's me! Skinner! I can prove it. I know your secret-- who else knows it?
      Scully: Okay... then tell me.
      Skinner: You tell me. How do I know it's you?

    • Doggett: This amuse you? I amuse you?
      Skinner: No. It just made sense to me. How you found your way out here. Who led you to Gibson Praise.
      Doggett: You think I was spying on you?
      Skinner: No, but I think our new Deputy Director was. You're being made a pawn in a rigged game.
      Doggett: All right, you've painted me the picture, now put it in a frame.
      Skinner: All right. You've got a good rep, Agent Doggett. You don't compromise, you don't quit. You're a damned good FBI agent-- best of the best. Lot of guys put you in the Director's chair one day. Which is why you've been set up to fail. There's no amount of search and rescue or rolling cordons or eyes in the sky that are going to turn up Mulder. It's just the wrong approach.
      Doggett: It's not a question of approach. It's the only approach I got.
      Skinner: The only way you're going to find Mulder is to give into the truth. To listen to Scully. But even then... say you did find him, even then you lose. You put anything about aliens or UFOs or alien bounty hunters in your report... Kersh will ruin you. I'm betting that was his plan.

    • Doggett: Yeah, this is John Doggett.
      Kersh: Agent Doggett, I'm getting reports from Arizona...
      Doggett: Yes, sir.
      Kersh: ...That you found Agent Mulder.
      Doggett: I'm afraid somebody jumped the gun on that. I saw him, sir, but I...
      Kersh: What do you mean, you saw him? What the hell is going on out there?
      Doggett: Well, we're 'round the clock here. I've got local SAR, a rolling ground cordon and an eye in the sky. We're on top of the situation.
      Kersh: How does the FBI find a man and then lose him in the middle of the desert? 'Cause I'd like to know. Agent Doggett, are you there?
      Doggett: Yeah. I heard the question.
      Kersh: I put you in charge out there, Doggett. Now do the damn job.

    • Gibson Praise: You shouldn't have come. You'll lead them to me.
      Scully: I'm here to protect you, Gibson. I know you know that's the truth. I know you know my thoughts.
      Gibson Praise: I know they took the man you work with Mulder. And now, they've come to take me.
      Scully: The only reason they want to take you, Gibson is because you're a special boy. They want to take you because of what you are.

    • Doggett: A cop sees things. A man drops five stories, dusts his head off and goes back to work. An old lady gets shot point-blank in a Chinese restaurant, plucks the slug out of her egg foo yung. But even if Mulder survives this, what he does then is too much. You got your point of impact there where Agent Scully is standing... clear and identifiable. And a set of tracks here leading down to the wash. Look at these tracks. What do you see? Mulder was running.

    • Doggett: Now, are you armed? Come on, damn it. This is just stupid, Agent Mulder. Don't turn this into a movie. Just tell me if you've got a gun. It's too hot for this B.S.

    • Scully: (Voice over) We live in a darkness of our own making. Blind to a habitant world all but invisible to us. A world of beings traveling through time and space, imaginable to us only as flights of fancy. Who are these beings we dare to imagine, but fear to accept? What dark work goes on inside their impossible machine, cloaked from us by invisible forces? If they know our secrets, why can't we know theirs?

    • Skinner: I don't like pointing guns at pregnant women anymore than I like them pointing guns at me.

  • Notes

    • This is the last appearance of the Alien Bounty Hunter. He is later seen in flashbacks during the series finale in Season 9.

    • Agent Landau may have been named for Martin Landau, the man who played Alvin Kurtzweil in the X-Files movie.

  • Allusions