John Doggett and Dana Scully meet
Series: The X-Files
Original Airdate: 11-05-00
Production Number: 8X01
Date(s): 2000
Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Kim Manners

An FBI task force is organized to hunt for Mulder but Scully suspects the task force leader, Special Agent John Doggett, and instead chooses to search for her lost partner with Skinner.


After Fox Mulder's alien abduction at the end of season seven, newly-promoted Deputy Director Alvin Kersh assigns pragmatic Special Agent John Doggett to head up the taskforce searching for Mulder. At the start of the episode, Mulder's desk is being cleared to find evidence which could help the manhunt. Kersh sends Walter Skinner and Dana Scully down to the taskforce office to be interrogated. while Skinner walks down to the interrogation room with Gene Crane, Scully waits. An unnamed person next to her than starts asking questions about Mulder. When she finds out that its Doggett, she throws water at his face.

Back at Scully's apartment, she uses her computer to run background checks on Doggett. She then feels sick and leaves the computer and later on calls her mom, Margaret Scully. When she founds out her phone is tapped, she looks outside the window to see in anyone was out there. She notes a mysterious man and she runs down into the hall, where she meets her landlord Mr. Coeben who tells her that it was Mulder.

Meanwhile, Skinner visits The Lone Gunmen, who are checking for any UFO activity in the United States which could be connected to Mulder's abduction. Skinner later finds out that someone has used Mulder's FBI pass to get into the FBI to reach some X-Files, and Skinner has Skinner has become the main suspect. Doggett on the other hand gathered enough evidence to track Mulder's whereabouts before his so-called abduction, he finds out that Mulder is dying and he engraved his name in his family's gravestone to mark his death in 2000. Later on more evidence is found by The Lone Gunmen, they are seeing much UFO activity in Arizona in the meantime Doggett gets information about Gibson Praise when someone slips his file under his door.

Scully and Skinner leaves for Arizona, without giving any of their information to Doggett. While Doggett believes that to find Mulder they must first find the whereabouts of Praise. The eventually locate him in Flemingtown, Arizona in the middle of the desert. By the time Doggett's taskforce has arrived, he had already escaped via a window and leaving for a desert hill top with another person.


This episode marks the first major change to the opening credits since the show first started with new images, updated photos for David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and the addition of Robert Patrick to the main cast. After David Duchovny's departer as a main character after the seventh season, Carter and most fans felt the show was at its natural endpoint with Duchovny's departure, but it was decided Mulder would be abducted at the end of the seventh season, leaving things open for the actor's return in 11 episodes the following year.(Fox Mulder 'Ready to Get Back to Work') They eventually replaced Duchovny's Mulder with Robert Patrick's John Doggett.[1] Jim Engh was a member of the production crew of The X-Files and died during filming of the episode. He was electrocuted to death, six other crew members but no other deaths. This episode was dedicated to his memory.(The Truth Behind Season 8)

Chris Carter was inspired to write the scene in which Dana Scully splashes water into Doggett's face, due to Carter being aware that new actor Robert Patrick would be facing opposition from some members of the fan community. After the conclusion of The X-Files television series in 2002, Patrick commented that this part of the episode had been his favorite scene he had ever shot for the series, admitting that he couldn't think of a better way to introduce the character and that the scene not only said a lot but that it had actually helped him, and Tom Braidwood, who appears in this episode as long-running recurring character Frohike, similarly remarked that the first meeting of Doggett and Scully was one of his own favorite scenes from the entire series.(The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies, The Truth Behind Season 8)

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