6×01 The Beginning

Mulder and Scully are brought before a review board to justify their re-assignment on the X-Files. The board needs scientific proof of extraterrestrial life. Mulder argues that concrete evidence exists via Scully, who had earlier been infected by an alien virus. When Scully is vague regarding this infection, the board gives the team their final warning – find concrete evidence or else.

On the sly, A.D. Skinner gives Mulder a lead on a strange case in Arizona that might give him the hard evidence he needs. At the crime scene, Mulder theorizes that the victim was infected by an alien virus and that this virus ultimately produced an alien entity. The entity then ripped away the victim’s chest from the inside as it birthed itself.

Meantime, the Syndicate is irate that this “situation” has surfaced and is getting so much attention. Cigarette-Smoking Man assures them that he is taking care of the problem. He brings Gibson Praise, the young chess prodigy, to the crime scene in hopes that Praise can divine where the creature has escaped to.

The agents are drawn to a nearby power plant where another murder has occurred. They are met by agents Spender and Fowley who deny Mulder access to the new crime scene. When Mulder and Scully return to their car, they find Praise hiding in the back seat.

Mulder wants to use Praise to find the alien creature, but Scully talks him out of it, explaining that Praise is the scientific evidence Mulder’s been looking for. Praise can corroborate everything Mulder’s been saying. Scully tells Mulder that Praise needs medical attention, and just as they’re about to drive him to the hospital, Agent Fowley arrives. Scully continues on to the hospital with Praise, while Mulder and Fowley go to the plant to find the creature.

At the plant, Mulder and Fowley discover evidence that the alien is there. He calls Scully at the hospital to tell her this; in turn, she reveals that Praise has traces of the alien virus in his body. Somehow, Praise is part extraterrestrial. While Scully’s attention is diverted, Black-Haired Man kidnaps Praise and takes him to the power plant to find and destroy the alien. Mulder catches up with Praise and Black-Haired Man, but it is too late. They have locked themselves inside the core reactor room. Mulder watches helplessly as the alien kills Black-Haired Man. The alien turns on Praise just as the plant’s alarms sound and FBI agents swarm the area. Fowley, now seeming to be on Spender’s side, approaches Mulder and tells him to back off.

Back at the review board, the panel tells Mulder and Scully to cease all association with the X-Files. They are put on probation and told to report to a new boss, Assistant Director Kersh.

#6X01 Original Air Date: 11/08/98

DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi as Assitant Director Walter Skinner
Mimi Rogers as Agent Diane Fowley
William B. Davis as Cigarette Smoking Man
Chris Owens as Agent Spender
Jeff Gulka as Gibson Praise
George Murdock as 2nd Elder
Don S. Williams as 1st Elder
Kim Robillard as 2nd Workman (Homer)
Rick Millikan as Sandy
Wayne Alexander as A.D. Arnold
Arthur Taxier as A.D. Bart
Wendie Malick as A.D. Maslin
James Pickering
Jr. as A.D. Kersh
Scott Eberlein as Black Haired Man