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The second season of The X-Files commenced airing on the FOX network in the United States on September 16, 1994, and concluded on the same channel on May 19, 1995.

Season 2 further developed the mythology arc storyline, introducing several important recurring characters, including Fox Mulder's sister Samantha, Alex Krycek, and the Alien Bounty Hunter for the first time.

The Cigarette Smoking Man and Walter Skinner, who only appeared briefly in season 1, were also established as pivotal characters for the remainder of the series.

Season 2 consisted of 25 episodes, the most of any of the seasons.


The X-Files are no more. Shut down by the FBI, Scully and Mulder have been reassigned. New supernatural events prove that the X-Files investigations are a necessity and Walter Skinner restores them but with a new team, Fox Mulder and Alex Krycek. Mental patient and alien abductee Duane Barry kidnaps Scully and takes her to a mountain where she disappears. Krycek murders Barry. He works for the Cigarette Smoking Man and disappears with his true loyalties revealed. Scully is returned on the edge of death and Mulder faces a critical choice, seek to ambush members of the conspiracy with the help of his new source Mr. X or stay by Scully's bedside. He chooses Scully. Scully recovers and rejoins Mulder on the X-Files.

Men of identical appearances are being murdered by an Alien Bounty Hunter. They learn that they are not exactly Human but some sort of alien-human hybrids made in a lab. That they are identical because they are clones. Mulder and Scully's attempts to protect them are futile because the alien bounty hunter can change form to get at them. Mulder isn't focused on any of this though because the Cigarette Smoking Man shocks Mulder by introducing him to his long missing sister, Samantha Mulder. Scully is captured by the shape shifter. An exchange is set up with the help of AD Walter Skinner. Samantha will trade herself to the alien bounty hunter for Scully. Skinner deploys sharpshooters to take down the alien bounty hunter but when he is shot he takes Samantha with him. When they retrieve her body, it dissolves into a green liquid. Mulder realizes she was a clone, like the men who were murdered by the bounty hunter. He finds other Samantha clones who reveal that some alien-human hybrid clones were made to establish a colony on Earth but the alien race finds these part Human hybrids to be abominations to the purity of their kind so they sent the alien bounty hunter to exterminate them. The bounty hunter arrives, knocks out Mulder, kills the other Samantha clones and burns their laboratory. Mulder doggedly pursues the alien bounty hunter back to his ship, desperate for information on his sister, but fails to defeat the mighty alien bounty hunter. He succeeds in breathing in the toxic fumes of the bounty hunter's blood and hears this from the bounty hunter, "She's alive. Can you die now?" Scully manages to rescue Mulder from the Beaufort Sea and save him from the effects of the toxic blood.

At a Navajo reservation in New Mexico an earthquake reveals a boxcar buried in the ground. Inside are strange corpses. A hacker called the Thinker secretly meets with Mulder to give him the top secret files of the government's knowledge of aliens. This starts a firestorm among the Syndicate members. The Cigarette Smoking Man lies and says it is already handled. Mulder is asked if he has the digital tape this hacker had and he attacks Skinner. He could be dismissed from the FBI over this. Elsewhere, William Mulder meets with the Cigarette Smoking Man who suggests Mulder may have the tape. Scully begins trying to translate the tape since it is in a Navajo code like those used during World War II. Mulder's father asks Mulder to visit him but before he can reveal the secrets he is ashamed of, he is murdered by Krycek. He dies in Mulder's arms, begging for forgiveness. He calls Scully who tells him to flee. She suspects he is being set up which is why she tests his gun but Mulder assumes Scully is working against him. Krycek is about to be killed by Mulder at his apartment when Scully shoots Mulder.

Mulder awakens in New Mexico and Scully informs him that he was acting so aggressively because they were drugging his water supply. The water supply of the whole apartment building. She introduces Mulder to Albert Hosteen, an old code talker who has started translating the files. They refer to some sort of test. Albert's grandson Eric Hosteen drives Mulder to the boxcar. He goes inside and finds a pile of bodies of creatures that don't look Human but they have smallpox vaccination scars. The Cigarette Smoking Man arrives with soldiers and search the boxcar. They don't find Mulder so they burn the boxcar. Where could he have gone? He was in there!

To Be Continued in Season 3.


Episodes marked with a double dagger (‡) are episodes in the series' alien mythology arc.

Season Series ImageTitleWriterDirectorOriginal Airdate
"Little Green Men" and James Wong David Nutter September 16, 1994
With the X Files closed, Mulder is contacted by a political ally and sent on a dangerous mission to a radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Concerned for his safety, Scully has to track down his whereabouts before someone or something else does.
U.S. viewers (millions): 16.1 million / Rating/Share: 10.3
"The Host" Chris Carter Daniel Sackheim September 23, 1994
While continuing work not related to the X-files, Mulder apparently finds evidence of a giant worm-like monster in the New Jersey sewage system.
U.S. viewers (millions):15.9 million / Rating/Share: 9.8
"Blood" Story by : Darin Morgan

Teleplay by : & James Wong

David Nutter September 30, 1994
Apparently prompted by messages from digital appliances with instructions to kill, several residents of a small farming community suddenly turn violent and dangerous.
U.S. viewers (millions): 14.8 million / Rating/Share: N/A
"Sleepless" Howard Gordon Rob Bowman October 7, 1994
A new partner joins Mulder as he investigates the deaths of several victims who were killed by apparently nonexistent forces.
U.S. viewers (millions): 13.4 million / Rating/Share: N/A
Duane Barry with Fox Mulder
"Duane Barry" Chris Carter Chris Carter October 14, 1994
Mulder becomes involved in a hostage situation with an escaped psychiatric patient who claims to be terrified of frequent alien abductions. (Part 1 of 2)
U.S. viewers (millions): 13.9 million / Rating/Share: N/A
"Ascension" Paul Brown Michael Lange October 21, 1994
Mulder attempts to search for Scully when she is abducted by Duane Barry, the escaped mental patient who recently held Mulder hostage. (Part 2 of 2)
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.5 million / Rating/Share: N/A
"3" Chris Ruppenthal and & James Wong David Nutter November 4, 1994
With Scully missing, Mulder closes in on an "Unholy Trinity" of vampiresque killers and finds himself falling for a mysterious woman who is the prime suspect.
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.0 million / Rating/Share: N/A
"One Breath" & James Wong R.W. Goodwin November 11, 1994
Scully miraculously appears in a Washington DC hospital, unknowingly supervised by a nurse who may never have existed.
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.3 million / Rating/Share: 9.5
"Firewalker" Howard Gordon David Nutter November 18, 1994
When a moving shadow appears on a video transmission from a volcano, a volcanologist asks Mulder and Scully to investigate the incident.
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.2 million / Rating/Share: N/A
Red Museum
"Red Museum"Chris Carter Win Phelps December 9, 1994
The agents investigate a suggested link between a religious cult of vegetarians and the abduction of several teenagers, although they find that the disappearances are actually connected to a deadly event in their own past.
U.S. viewers (millions): 16.1 million / Rating/Share: 10.4
Excelsis Dei
"Excelsis Dei" Paul Brown Stephen Surjik December 16, 1994
Mulder and Scully uncover strange occurrences in an old-age care home when one of the nurses is attacked by an unseen force she claims to be one of the residents, a 74 year old man.
U.S. viewers (millions): 14.2 million / Rating/Share: 8.9
"Aubrey" Sara Charno Rob Bowman January 6, 1995
When a detective mysteriously uncovers the remains of an FBI agent who disappeared in the 1940s while investigating a murder case similar to a modern-day one she is investigating, Mulder and Scully believe that the original killer had passed his genetic trait of violence to his grandchild.
U.S. viewers (millions):16.2 million / Rating/Share:10.2
"Irresistible" Chris Carter David Nutter January 13, 1995
A mortuary worker who collects hair and fingernails from dead bodies begins to kill people to expand his collection, and he sets his sights on Scully.
U.S. viewers (millions): 14.9 million / Rating/Share: 9.2
Phyllis Paddock
"Die Hand Die Verletzt" & James Wong Kim Manners January 27, 1995
After a teenager is ritualistically murdered in a small town, Mulder and Scully are caught up in a secret occult practice within the local PTA and a substitute teacher with odd powers.
U.S. viewers (millions): 17.7 million / Rating/Share: 10.7
Fresh Bones
"Fresh Bones" Howard Gordon Rob Bowman February 3, 1995
After several murders occur within a Haitian refugee camp, Mulder and Scully are caught in the middle of a secret battle involving a Voodoo priest and the camp commander.
U.S. viewers (millions): 17.8 million / Rating/Share: 11.3
"Colony"Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter

Teleplay by: Chris Carter

Nick Marck February 10, 1995
After four identical men are killed and their obituaries are e-mailed to Mulder, a mysterious CIA agent informs him and Scully that the killer is a bounty hunter sent to destroy the start of a colony of clones. Meanwhile, Mulder is distracted when his sister, Samantha, suddenly returns. (Part 1 of 2)
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.9 million / Rating/Share: 10.3
End game - US navy sub
"End Game"Frank Spotnitz Rob Bowman February 17, 1995
Mulder and his sister race to evade the alien bounty hunter and uncover more of the insidious conspiracy. (Part 2 of 2)
U.S. viewers (millions): 17.5 million / Rating/Share: 11.2
Fearful Symmetry
"Fearful Symmetry" Steve DeJarnatt James Whitmore, Jr. February 24, 1995
Strange things happen in a zoo that result in several deaths, including a government employee and apparently an invisible elephant.
U.S. viewers (millions): 16.5 million / Rating/Share: 10.1
"Død Kalm" Story by: Howard Gordon

Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa

Rob Bowman March 10, 1995
In the North Atlantic, Mulder and Scully investigate the crew of a US Navy Ship, all of whom somehow radically aged. The agents locate the ship but, like the vessel's crew before them, Mulder and Scully also suffer from rapid aging.
U.S. viewers (millions): 17.1 million / Rating/Share: 10.7
"Humbug" Darin Morgan Kim Manners March 31, 1995
A bizarre murder in Florida brings Mulder and Scully to a town populated by circus freaks and sideshows performers of all shapes and sizes, bringing into question the very definition of "normal.
U.S. viewers (millions): 15.7 million / Rating/Share: 10.3
The Căluşari
"The Căluşari" Sara Charno Mike Vejar April 14, 1995
With Scully's help, Mulder investigates a strange death that he believes may be an example of poltergeist activity.
U.S. viewers (millions): 12.9 million / Rating/Share: 8.3
"F. Emasculata" Chris Carter & Howard Gordon Rob Bowman April 28, 1995
After several men in a prison die of a mysterious illness, Scully tries to discover the cause while Mulder attempts to find two escapees who could potentially spread the disease.
U.S. viewers (millions): 14.0 million / Rating/Share: 8.9
"Soft Light" James A. Contner May 5, 1995
Mulder and Scully encounter a man who is afraid of his own shadow.
U.S. viewers (millions): 12.9 million / Rating/Share: 8.5
"Our Town" Frank Spotnitz Rob Bowman May 12, 1995
Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of man in a town where the residents really are what they eat.
U.S. viewers (millions): 14.5 million / Rating/Share: 9.4
"Anasazi"Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter

Teleplay by: Chris Carter

R.W. Goodwin May 19, 1995
A computer hacker discovers evidence against the Syndicate that is so damning that its revelation to the public would be nothing short of catastrophic, leading Mulder into a race against sinister agents to learn the truth. (Part 1 of 3)
U.S. viewers (millions): 16.6 million / Rating/Share: 10.1


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