For the Millennium episode of the same name, see Closure (Millennium)
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"Closure" is the eleventh episode of the of The X-Files. It first aired on the Fox network on February 13, 2000. The episode was written by series' creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and was directed by Kim Manners.

Closure is the second part of a two-part story line which helped explore the series' mythology arc, and also served as a resolution to the fate of Fox Mulder's sister Samantha, which had been one of the major themes of the show's mythology.

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After years of believing that his sister was abducted by aliens, Mulder finally learns the long sought-after answers to her true fate with the help of a psychic.

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FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully aid the Sacramento Police Department in an investigation of a brutal murder committed by Ed Truelove, the owner of Santa's North Pole Village. As more child bodies are discovered, he admits to having killed twenty-four different children but denies that he played any part in the death of Amber Lynn LaPierre. Mulder is approached by Harold Piller, a self-professed psychic who tells Mulder that he has helped police forces all over the world and has proved, on various cases, that children's bodies have been taken by walk-ins. Piller has come to the conclusion that the walk-ins save innocent children who are doomed to live unhappy lives or will ultimately suffer terrible, painful fates.

Samantha's hand print.

Scully meanwhile worries about Piller's influence on Mulder. The two FBI agents later return to Washington, D.C., where Mulder keeps searching for evidence. Back in California, Piller experiences a vision of Teena Mulder, which leads the three investigators to April Air Force Base. Scully finds evidence regarding Samantha's disappearance, linking this incident to the Cigarette Smoking Man. When she returns to her apartment, Scully finds the Cigarette Smoking Man, waiting for her. He tells her that he originally called off the search for Mulder's sister because he knew she was dead. Meanwhile, Mulder breaks into April Air Force Base, where he uncovers evidence that Samantha lived with the Cigarette Smoking Man along with his son, . Scully finds a police report matching the description of Samantha in 1979; the investigators find out that she was taken to a hospital emergency room.

Mulder, after many years, finally finds Samantha. "They're all in a better place."

They trace the nurse who treated her and the nurse, Arbutus Ray, claims that Samantha vanished in the same way that Amber did – without a trace. Mulder later on walks through a forest near Ray's home, and receives an ethereal vision of Samantha that influences him to accept that his sister is dead and realize she is in a better place. It is realization that at last enables him to feel at peace with the past and emotionally free.

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