The seventh season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files commenced airing on the Fox network in the United States on November 7, 1999, concluded on May 21, 2000, and consists of twenty-two episodes. The season would be the last to feature co-star David Duchovny in full-time capacity. He would return in later seasons as an intermittent main character.
Season seven takes place after the destruction of the Syndicate, which marked the end of their long-running story arc. This season marks the end of various other story lines, most notably the revelation of Samantha Mulder's fate to her brother, Fox Mulder. In addition, because sister show Millennium was cancelled in 1999 without concluding any of the shows extended plot lines, Chris Carter felt he needed to bring closure for his cancelled show. As a result, the episode "Millennium" was written and produced.
The seventh season premiere "The Sixth Extinction", debuted with a Nielsen rating of 10.6 and was viewed by 17.82 million viewers, marking a noticeable drop in viewership since the sixth season. The series fell from number 12 to number 29 for the 1999–2000 television year. In addition, the show's seventh season received mixed to positive reviews from critics; many felt that the show still produced good episodes, but that it was the weakest of the Duchovny and Anderson seasons of the show. Before the broadcasting for the season began, David Duchovny sued Fox and announced his decision to leave the show. The season would be the last to feature the original opening sequence for the series, as the two later years changed the opening sequence in an attempt to renew and revive the series.
Agent Scully attempts to decipher the cryptic symbols on the UFO buried on the beach in Africa's Ivory Coast aided by local biology professor and former colleague of Merkmallen, Amina Ngebe. Meanwhile in Washington Mulder's condition deteriorates, Assistant Director Skinner at Mulder's insistence goes to see former Pentagon researcher Michael Kritschgau and persuades him to visit Mulder in hospital. Kritschgau recognises Mulder's condition from a CIA study of ESP ability and explains that Mulder's brain is working harder than his body can sustain. Kritschgau tells Skinner to inject Mulder with Phenytoin, which slows down the electronic impulses in his brain allowing him to regain consciousness. In Africa Scully is wary when Dr Barnes arrives and offers his help. Scully and Amina soon discovered that the symbols on the UFO describe human genetics and contain text from every major religion. Dr Barnes believing that the UFO is the ultimate power of life itself takes Scully and Amina hostage wanting to take full credit for the discovery himself. But Scully hits him with a chair and the two escape while he is unconscious. Back in Washington Skinner injects Mulder with a greater dose of Phenytoin in order to get him out of the hospital, however Agent Fowley appears and shortly afterwards Mulder is overcome with convulsions. Scully returns to Washington and Skinner warns her that Mulder is dying, she visits him in hospital and pleads with him to hang on. Part Two
Mulder's mother goes to see a comatosed Mulder in hospital. However the Cigarette Smoking Man injects Mulder with a substance that wakes him from his coma. Scully is approached by Kritschgau who explains that Mulder's illness is due to exposure to the rubbings from the UFO, that has reactivated the alien virus that he was exposed to in Tunguska. Assistant Director Skinner calls to tell Scully that Mulder has gone missing from the hospital, but that he can not help her as his position has been compromised. The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Mulder that the only way to survive is to leave the X-files behind and enter a kind of witness protection program. Scully is visited by Albert Holsteen who warns her that she must save Mulder to save mankind. Scully receives a book on Native American practices which has symbols on the cover that match the symbols from the UFO. The book contains details of a coming mass extinction that can only be stopped by one man. Scully realises that the Cigarette Smoking Man kidnapped Mulder, believing that his condition is protection against a coming plague. Scully approaches Agent Fowley and pleads with her to help save Mulder, causing her to question the Cigarette Smoking Man's motives towards Mulder. Kritschgau is killed by Krycek and the evidence about the UFO he stole from Scully is destroyed. Agent Fowley comes through with information that allows Scully to rescue Mulder but Fowley pays with her life. Part Three
When a man's body is discovered with the brain removed from the scull in Costa Mesa, California, Mulder and Scully are assigned to assist the local police in their investigation. The only clue being a button recovered from the body which leads them to the Lucky Boy Burgers restaurant. They check that all of the employees have their badges and discover one of the staff, Derwood Spinks' badge is missing, although he claims he left it at home. When it later transpires that Derwood has a criminal record, he becomes the prime suspect for the local police department and Agent Scully. Agent Mulder however has a different theory, that the victims brain was sucked out of his head by some kind of proboscis. Mulder's suspicions fall on another employee Rob Roberts who was working late the night the victim died. Derwood Spinks visits Rob at his home, annoyed at being fired from the Lucky Boy Burgers restaurant for lying about his criminal record. He confronts Rob with evidence that he is the murderer and attempts to blackmail him. But Derwood does not realise what Rob is and falls victim to his hunger. Rob is contacted by Dr Mindy Rinehart, hired by Lucky Boy Burgers to counsel the employee's following recent events. In session with her, Rob admits that he is battling an eating disorder and she sends him to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, not fully understanding what Mulder seems to know, that Rob is a really a monster with a compulsion to feed on human brains.
A widow at her husband's funeral in Tallahassee, Florida is approached by a man, Mark Johnson who claims to have worked with her husband. After the other mourners have left Johnson returns to the funeral parlour and places a phone in the dead man's hand. A week later Johnson waits outside a cemetery, his phone rings and he walks towards a grave. Agents Mulder and Scully are called in to examine the empty grave, from the evidence available to them they conclude that someone broke out of the casket. Scully theorises that someone made it look that way. At a briefing lead by Assistant Director Skinner however Mulder explains his own theory of Necromancy, the summoning of the dead. Skinner takes Mulder and Scully aside and explains to them that the dead man Crouch was part of the Millennium Group, a constancy organisation made up of former FBI agents. Mulder and Scully visit a criminal profiler, Frank Black a former member of the Millennium Group, he is reluctant to help them as he is involved in a custody battle for his daughter. But he agrees to help in their investigation, explaining that the members of the Millennium group believe they can bring about the end of the world by killing themselves before the dawn of the new Millennium. Acting on information from Frank Black, Mulder concentrates on trying to find Johnson, when Scully is attacked in the morgue by the dead deputy. The two agents put all their effort in to finding Johnson before it is too late.
Three teenagers meet in the woods late at night in Pittsfield, Virginia but are interrupted by a Sheriff's deputy. Moments later the deputy lies dead, killed with his own flashlight. Mulder and Scully examine the deputy's body, the blow that killed him was so ferocious that his glasses were pushed through the back of his scull. They question the suspect, teenager Tony Reed whose fingerprints were found on the flash light, but he denies any part in the murder. Mulder and Scully agree that Tony is innocent, although Mulder's theory of spirit involvement is not shared by Scully who prefers a more down to earth course of investigation, suggesting they question Tony's friends. Mulder and Scully visit Tony's school and speak with the two teenagers with Tony in the woods, the Sheriff's son Max Harden and his girlfriend Chastity. Chastity shows concerned about Tony when Mulder and Scully tell her he may go to jail. However Tony is later released when the murder weapon mysteriously goes missing from the evidence room. Mulder and Scully review video footage of the evidence room that shows the flashlight simply disappears. A blur on the video footage attracts Mulders attention, later analysis by expert Chuck Burks reveals the blurred object is solid and matches the local high school colours. When one of the teachers at the high school is later attacked by an unseen force in front of many witnesses, Mulder suspects Max posses some kind of paranormal ability and is using it to kill.
When Henry Weems is thrown off the roof of a building by mobsters he won $100,000 from in a card game and survives the fall. Chicago FBI agents staking out the mobsters witness the unidentified man's miraculous escape and bring it to the attention of Mulder and Scully who decide to investigate. Mulder theorises that the man has some kind of special healing ability although Scully believes he just got lucky. A theory supported by the discovery of a cart filled with towels in the area the man landed. The discovery of an artificial eye in the cart leads them to Weems, who had made an appointment to get a new artificial eye fitted. They arrive at Weem's apartment building to question him, and go to the aid of the building superintendent, who requires assistance in turning off her water valve due to a leaky sink problem. However the valve breaks showering Mulder with water and causing the floor to give way beneath him, dropping him in to the apartment below, where Weems is in hiding. Mulder returns his artificial eye but Weems refuses to testify against the mobster Jimmy Cutrona. Scully warns Weems that Cutrona will try to kill him again. Shortly after the agents leave a hitman arrives to kill Weems but is later found hanging by his shoelaces from the ceiling fan. A background check reveals that Weems survived a plane crash in 1989 and has been 'blessed' with good luck ever since. Only it appears that when Weems has good luck someone else suffers bad luck as a direct consequence.
Reverend Orison leads a service with a group of inmates in the chapel at the Marion maximum security penitentiary in Illinois. During the service his cries of "Glory, amen," are answered by the inmates stomping their feet in unison. Among the congregation is Donnie Pfaster. After the service one of the prisoners, Brigham catches his fingers in an electric saw while working in the garment machine shop. With the guards and other inmates attending to Brigham, Donnie Pfaster escapes. Mulder and Scully as the agents who caught Donnie Pfaster, a death fetishist, in the first place are called in to help track him down. Mulder suggests to Scully that she should remove herself from the case, considering her past history with Pfaster, but Scully is adamant that she should be with her partner. They interview Brigham, who is uninjured despite the accident that everyone witnessed, Brigham suggests it is a miracle. But Mulder recognises his use of of the phrase "Glory, amen," and the unconscious tapping of his feet as evidence of post hypnotic suggestion. Suspicion soon falls on the Reverend Orison, Mulder belives he has the ability through ancient chants to induce mass hypnosis, enabling the inmates to escape unnoticed. Reverend Orison believes he is making amends for the time in his life when he was acquitted for a murder that he did commit. However it appears there are wider implication to his actions. Donnie Pfaster abuses his freedom to hunt down the one victim who eluded him.
When a magician, the Amazing Maleeni is heckled during a routine performance at the Santa Monica Pier in California by an unimpressed man in the audience. He announces he will attempt the feat of the Egyptian Dedi, and turns his head completely around on his neck, the audience applaud. But after the show the pier manager finds the Amazing Maleeni's headless body in his car. The following day, Mulder and Scully examine the scene, although Scully is less interested believing it to be merely a murder case. Mulder is intrigued by video footage a tourist took of the Amazing Maleeni's trick, although they can not make out the heckler's face, Scully notices him throwing away a soda cup on film. The fingerprints on the cup lead them to Billy LaBonge, a small-time magician with a criminal record. They question him, but he claims that The Amazing Maleeni was just an old man with a gambling debt. However when Scully's autopsy reveals that The Amazing Maleeni's (real name Herman Pinchbeck) head had been carefully sawed off and then stuck back on with spirit gum, and that he had died of a heart attach and been stored in a refrigerator for over a month, suspicion falls on Albert Pinchbeck, Herman's twin brother, and also a magician. Mulder believes that Albert performed the show on the pier in his brother's honour, so that his reputation would be guaranteed after his death. And that he knows Billy LaBonge and is working with him, in an effort to pull off the perfect bank robbery.
Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate after the body of a young man, Jared Chirp is discovered with 116 snake bites in the small town of Blessing, McMinn County Tennessee. Jared's body was found in his car will all of the doors and windows locked but no snakes were found at the scene, not to mention the fact that some of the snake bites came from snakes who hibernate during the winter. The agents suspect Jared was murdered, but Mulder is puzzled by snakes being used as the murder weapon. Until Scully points out that serpents and religion go hand in hand and wonders if the use of snakes is symbolic to the killer. A theory given credence when it turns out that Jared belonged to the 'Church of God with Signs and Wonders', a fundamentaist congregation that practice snake handling as part of their worship. Suspicion soon falls on the church leader Reverend O'Conner, when it transpires that he has been persecuting Jared and his girlfriend, Gracie who is Reverend O'Conner's daughter, since she got pregnant and the pair turned their backs on the Church of God with Signs and Wonders in favour of a less fundamental church in the same area. But when Reverend O'Conner is himself the victim of a snake attack, Mulder and Scully uncover evidence that suggests Jared was killed because he found out that he was sterile and so could not be the father of Gracie's baby. Opening up the possibility of some wider evil at work in the community.
When a young girl, Amber Lynn LaPierre disappears from her home and the only clue is an abduction note written in her mother's hand writing, Mulder requested Assistant Director Skinner assigns him to the case. Scully is worried that Mulder is personalizing the case, linking it to his sister Samantha's abduction. Mulder connects the phrase, 'no one shoots at Santa Claus', from the abduction note to a previous case. They visit Kathy Lee Tencate in the Idaho state prison, in 1987 she was convicted of murder on the evidence of a similar note found written in her handwriting after her son disappeared. Kathy is at first reluctant to help them, but eventually tells them that she knows her son is safe. On their return to Washington they discover that Mulder's mother, Tena Mulder has taken her own life. Mulder refuses to believe that she committed suicide until Scully's autopsy reveals his mother was suffering from a terminal illness and knew about it. Mulder returns to see Kathy, who opens up to him, revealing that she has seen visions of her son. He has been taken by 'Walk-ins', enlightened souls looking for new bodies. She believe Mulder's sister met a similar fate. Mulder finds an answer phone message from his mother, explaining that she left many things unsaid and hopes he will come to understand, Mulder takes this to mean about his sister. Mrs LaPierre contacts Mulder saying that she has seen a vision of Amber, it leads them to a Santa village and a number of shallow graves. Part One
Mulder and Scully aid the Sacramento Police in their investigate of Scruloff, the owner of the Santa Village, as more children's bodies are uncovered. He admits to having killed 24 children, but refuses to take the blame for Amber's death. Mulder is approached by psychic, Harold Piller, he explains that he has helped police forces around the world and has found evidence that children's bodies have been taken from accident scenes by 'Walk-ins'. He believes that they save the children from terrible fates. Scully worried about Harold's influence over Mulder in his vulnerable state returns to Washington to investigate further. Back in California, Harold has a vision of Mulder's mother that leads them to the April Air Force Base. Meanwhile Scully discovers documents in Tena Mulder's house that link back to the Cigarette Smoking Man, when she returns to her apartment she finds him waiting there. He explains that he called off the search for Samantha because he knew she was dead. Mulder however uncovers evidence that Samantha was living with the Cigarette Smoking Man and his son, Jeffrey Spender at April Air Force Base. When Scully finds a police report in 1979 of a runaway fitting Samantha's description taken to a hospital emergency room. They trace the nurse who treated her, who describes the girl disappearing in similar circumstances to Amber. Mulder has a vision of Samantha and realises she is in a better place, a realisation that at last enables him to feel free. Part Two
The Cops film crew are on a ride along with Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy Keith Wetzel, when reports come in of a woman who claims that a claw monster is prowling around outside her house. Deputy Wetzel explains to the film crew that they always get crazy stuff happening when there is a full moon. Arriving at the scene, they find the hysterical woman locked in her house and evidence that something tried to break in. Moments later they are attacked and the deputy's car is flipped over. As other officers arrive on scene to assist deputy Wetzel, reports come in of two armed suspects, the film crew join the police as they rush to the scene. The two suspects identify themselves as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, working on a case in the area. Mulder explains to the police officers that there have been reports of sightings of something prowling in the neighbourhood over the last 60 days, always on nights with a full moon. Descriptions from witnesses of a large fur covered animal standing on it's hind legs, indicating the possibility that the creature is a werewolf. The Sergeant asks to see Mulder's badge again! Scully is concerned about Mulder's theory being aired by the film crew but Mulder likes the idea of finding evidence of the paranormal on national television. However his werewolf theory seems less likely as more attacks occur but witnesses describe their attacker as being there worst fear personified. But can they solve the case before the full moon sets.
Mulder and Scully are called to the offices of the First Person Shooter video game by the Lone Gunman, after one of the gamers was actually killed whilst inside the game. The members of the Lone Gunman have a vested interest in the game and share the concern of the game's programmers, Ivan and Phoebe, who wish to keep the death as low profile as possible to avoid any adverse publicity before the game is released. The victim appears to have been shot despite the fact that there is no evidence of a gun in the game area. Working with the computer they manage to get an image of a woman who it appears is responsible. When a computer guru is brought in to play the game, he too is attacked in the game area and killed. All the evidence suggests that the murderer is a virtual character inside the game called Maitreya, until the local police contact Mulder telling him they have a suspect in custody. The woman named Jade Blue Afterglow, who looks exactly like Maitreya, knows nothing of the game First Person Shooter, claiming that she was paid by a medical facility for a full body scan. Back at the First Person Shooter offices, the Lone Gunman are checking out the gaming area when the game starts by itself, trapping them inside. Mulder enter the game in order to aid Frohike, Langley and Briers, but he is soon over come by Maitreya. Promptly the game ends with Mulder still inside, however monitoring software locates him and it is left up to Scully to try to save him.
When California Doctor Robert Wieder wins the Bay Area Doctor of the year award, both he and his family are overjoyed. But the celebrations soon turn sour when his father-in-law, Irv is found hanging with his throat cut in Robert Wieder's mansion, the words, 'Theef' scrawled in blood on the wall next to him. Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate and conclude that the message on the wall is a mis-spelling of the word thief. Mulder also discovers dirt in Irv's bed that is identified as hex-dirt. They question Robert Wieder on the matter but he claims that neither he or his father-in-law had any enemies. Scully's autopsy of Irv's body reveals that he was suffering from progressive dementia, a rare disease that affects a person's sanity. Mulder speculates that this could have driven Irv to kill himself. When Robert Wieder's wife, Nan is taken ill and rushed to hospital, she is diagnosed as suffering from Diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, another rare disease. Mulder airs his belief that someone is using hex-craft to direct these rare diseases against his family, but Robert Weider, being a man of science dismisses his concerns. Later however he is approached by a man claiming to be the father of Lynette Peattie, a patient he treated from a bus that rolled over. Knowing he could do nothing to save her and with her in pain, he eased her suffering by administring morphine until she died. Mulder believes Lynette's father is using the occult to harm Robert's family as punishment.
Mulder and Scully investigate the case of a young boy's miraculous cure in Goochland, Virginia after Scully discovers a newspaper outside her apartment highlighting the case. The boy's parent's religious beliefs prevented their son Jason, who was suffering from cancer, from seeking medical treatment. Scully interviews the boy Jason, who tells her that some angels, who looked like men, told him not to be afraid and then pinched him on the back of the neck. Scully examines his neck and finds evidence of a wound, indicating the possibility that he has a chip implanted there. When Scully returns to her car, she is shocked to find the Cigarette Smoking Man waiting, he claims to have saved Jason's life, like he saved Scully's life, and that he was the person who sent the newspaper to alert her to the case. He also tells Scully that he is dying and wants to pass on the cure to her. Scully does not fully trust the Cigarette Smoking Man, but the chance to get hold of a cure for cancer is something she, as a doctor can not ignore. Scully calls Mulder to tell him she will be out of town for a few days on a family emergency. Mulder worried by Scully's behaviour confides in Assistant Director Skinner about his concerns. With the help of the Lone Gunman, they discover evidence on Scully's computer that someone has been forging e-mail from her to a contact in the Department of Defense named Cobra. Mulder fears that the Cigarette Smoking Man is behind it and that Scully's life is in danger.
Mulder and Scully are on a stake out in Washington, following the disappearance of six prostitutes from the Dirty Dames Strip Club, on the trail of a mysterious blond woman, a possible female serial killer, who has successfully evaded two police raids by appearing to vanishing. However Mulder is called to Assistant Director Skinner's office and briefed on a missing persons case in Bethany, Vermont. Martha Crittendon, the daughter of a US Federal Judge disappeared from her home shortly after her seven year old daughter saw a black raven. Skinner wants Mulder to investigate the raven aspect of the case from his unique prospective of the paranormal. Mulder joins local sheriff Phil Adderly at the Crittendon residence. Martha's husband suspects that his wife is not missing, but has run off with the man she was having an affair with, after he finds birth control pills and a key with the number six on it. However talon marks on the mantel piece and a shatter mirror have Mulder believing there is more to the case, a belief which is vindicated when Martha's raven pecked body is discovered buried in the garden. Shortly afterwards the Sheriff's wife, Ellen is chased through her house by a dark figure, shattering mirrors along the way. When a second woman is found murdered in a similar fashion to Martha in a hotel room, the key Martha's husband found fits the lock, linking the two victims together. Mulder theorises that someone is either knowingly or unwittingly directing an evil spirit to attack.
Scully joins Mulder for lunch in the X-files basement office, he shows her slides of crop circle formations, however Scully seems uninterested and opts out of travelling with Mulder to the UK to investigate. Scully goes to the Washington National hospital to pick up a medical chart, however she is handed the wrong chart, it is marked D. Waterston. Scully asks the nurse if the chart belongs to a Dr Daniel Waterston, which it does. Scully speaks to his doctor who explains he was brought in suffering from chest pains. Scully is surprised to hear that he mentioned her name. She leaves the hospital before Daniel regains consciousness but later receives a phone call from his daughter Maggie saying that he wants to see her. Scully returns to the hospital, Maggie is not happy and leaves the room, Daniel however is pleased to see her, they have a history, they used to be lovers. Scully fearful of causing the break up of his family left to joined the FBI. However Daniel's marriage broke down anyway shortly after Scully left, he even moved to Washington in hope of getting back together with her. Later she goes to see Colleen Azar to get some crop circle research for Mulder, and ends up talking about Daniel. Colleen, an advocate of faith healing, tells her how shame and guilt can cause illness. Back at the hospital Scully tells Daniel that she is not the same person who fell in love with him, and that he has to face up to the pain he has caused his daughter, it is the only way he will get well.
Mulder and Scully are called to Winston-Salem, North Carolina after the Federal Witness that Assistant Director Skinner was in charge of protecting, is found dead on his bathroom floor, his mouth eaten away. The witness, Dr Scobie was due to testify to the Grand Jury about a conspiracy at the Morley Tobacco Company. While Scully performs the autopsy, Mulder joins AD Skinner as they meet with Dr Scobie's colleague, Dr Voss. But he is surrounded by company lawyers and unable to answer any questions. Mulder shows Dr Voss, a small insect found at Dr Scobie's house, which he identifies as a Tobacco beetle. Later, as Dr Voss arrives home, he is confronted by a man, Daryl Weaver, who claims to have had an arrangement with Dr Scobie, Dr Voss is wary of him, but hands over some cigarettes. Scully's autopsy reveals that Dr Scobie's injuries were as a result of something attacking his respiratory system, Mulder theories that the Tobacco beetle he found could be the culprit, judging by Dr Voss's reaction at the meeting. Both Scully and AD Skinner are sceptical, however when a second man is found dead in the same manner as Dr Scobie, Tobacco beetles are found at the scene which seems to support Mulder's theory. Shortly afterwards Mulder is taken sick, as Scully oversees his medical treatment, AD Skinner uncovers Morley Tobacco's secret and tries to track down the one surviving test subject, Daryl Weaver, who holds the key to saving Mulder's life.
Mulder is called to Assistant Director Skinner's office to be briefed about the bombing of the crypt of the church of Cardinal O'Fallon. Another man is present during the briefing, AD Skinner's explains that he has arranged for the man, Wayne Fetterman, an old friend of his who is making a film about the F.B.I. to join the investigation. Mulder and Fetterman interview Cardinal O'Fallon and examine the crypt that was used to store religious relics. A ringing mobile phone leads to the discovery of a body amongst the rubble. The phone belongs to Micah Hoffman, a 1960's counter revolutionary. Scully joins Mulder and Fetterman at Hoffman's apartment, they discover bomb making equipment and evidence that Hoffman was forging religious texts, and could have been trying to pass these off as real to Cardinal O'Fallon. Mulder and Fetterman return to discuss the matter with him, however while in the crypt Fetterman witnesses a skeleton form from scattered bones and work on a clay bowl. Later Scully tries to rationalise what he saw, but he has everything he needs for his film and leaves them to continue the investigation. Scully relates to Mulder the story of the Lazarus bowl, a clay bowl made at the time Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, that recorded his words in the clay and has the power to raise the dead. Scully gives the bowl to resident techie Chuck Burks, who discovers an Aramaic voice, that appears to be one man commanding another to rise from the dead.
When two FBI agents from the Kansas office get in to a fight with one another while investigating an incident where two men making religious calls got in to a fight with one another after visiting two houses and finding identical looking women living in them, Mulder brings the case to Scully's attention. One of the women is identified as Betty Templeton. Back in Kansas, Lulu Pfeiffer, who looks exactly like Betty applies for a job at a Koko's Copy shop, the manager remarks on the fact that she has had 17 jobs in 17 states in the past 3 years. Across town in another Koko's Copy shop, Betty also applies for a job and the manager there notes that she has had 17 jobs in 17 states in the past 3 years. A newspaper clipping leads Mulder and Scully to Burt Zupanic, an amateur wrestler, he claims not to know Betty, but gives them an address. Scully checks the address and finds out about Lulu, she relates to Mulder how Lulu and Betty have followed each other from state to state and where ever they go, destruction has followed in their wake, from fights to fires even full scale riots. Evidence suggests that the women are dopplegangers and keeping them apart should be their top priority. Unfortunately both Lulu and Betty have fallen for Burt Zupanic and have decided they want to stay in Kansas. When Scully discovers that Betty and Lulu's likeness stems from their shared father, via donations to a sperm bank. It leads to the discovery of Burt's doppleganger, but when they meet chaos ensues.
Mulder and Scully are approached by Missouri businessman Jay Gillmore, who wants them to investigate a bizarre affliction that befell him, his mouth suddenly disappeared. He believes one of his former employee's Anson Stokes is some how to blame, having told him to shut up moments before it happened. Mulder and Scully travel to the Mark Twain trailer park to interview Anson, there is a brand new yacht parked next to the trailer. Anson believing them to be IRS agents about the taxes on the yacht, hides and his wheel chair bound brother Leslie talks to Mulder and Scully instead. Mulder notices a woman in black looking board in the kitchen. Scully is astounded when Anson is later found dead and brought in for an autopsy, because he is invisible! An excited Scully calls in a research team from Harvard to validate her discovery. Mulder meanwhile can find no record of the woman in black, until he runs her image through the national archive and finds evidence of the same woman appearing through out history, always around men who have great success and then great failure. Scully is deflated when the Harvard research team arrive and find Anson's body missing. Mulder however believes it has nothing to do with science, that Anson's body disappearing was the result of a wish being granted, he theorises that the woman in black is actually a genie. But he can not make out whether she is a good or evil genie, as everyone she comes in to contact with seems to end in tragedy.
Mulder and Scully face an audit of their expenses, Mulder is accused of being irresponsible with FBI resources and Scully is taken to account for not holding him in check. They are contacted by Billy Miles and return to Bellefleur, Oregon, the scene of their first ever X-files case together to look in to the continuing abductions in the area. Back in Washington, Marita Covarrubias and Krycek meet with a wheel chair bound Cigarette Smoking Man, he is dying and tells them that a UFO crashed in Oregan, giving them an opportunity to rebuild the project. Billy Miles is a sheriff's deputy, he tells them of the crash in the woods, how another deputy is missing. Mulder notes that the missing deputy's car is at the exact spot that he marked 7 years before, when he and Scully lost 9 minutes. As members of the local community begin to disappear one by one, they attempt to find the UFO. However when Scully falls ill and with Billy Miles missing, they are forced to return to Washington. Assistant Director Skinner approaches Mulder with Marita Covarrubias and Krycek, who want to help him find the UFO, as proof of alien abductions. They combine their efforts with assistance from the Lone Gunman in their search. Consequently Mulder returns to Oregon with AD Skinner, but is abducted by the alien bounty hunter. Back in Washington Krycek pushes the Cigarette Smoking Man down a flight of stairs. Scully tells AD Skinner that she is pregnant and they both commit to finding Mulder.