Because Mount Weather is under military jurisdiction, Mulder faces murder charges in front of a military tribunal, headed by Deputy Director Kersh. Assistant Director Skinner informs Scully of Mulder’s predicament, she is at first grateful for his return then horrified by the prospects of him facing a death sentence if convicted. Doggett and Reyes are incredulous about the murder charges as they know that Rohrer is an alien replicant/super solider. They are further frustrated when the military give them the run around on the whereabouts of Rohrer’s body. Mulder has no illusions that his trial is a farce, that the verdict has already been decided, however he asks AD Skinner to defend him. They realise their only hope is to use the trial to prove the existence of a government conspiracy involving aliens and that Mulder was at Mount Weather investigating this.
AD Skinner calls Scully to testify about being assigned to the X-files to keep an eye on Mulder. She tells them she is a believer after nine years of investigating. Doggett testifies about his involvement in the X-files, however his lack of belief in the alien conspiracy does not help, Reyes’s testimony is more helpful, however a lack of concrete proof of a conspiracy works against Mulder, until they locate Marita Covarrubias, who was employed by the conspiracy in her capacity at the UN. However knowing that her testimony will lead to her death at the hands of the conspiracy, Mulder refuses to let her testify.
Meanwhile Gibson Praise, who had been hiding Mulder in Mexico since he left the X-files, travels to Washington to help defend him. Mulder does not want him to, but AD Skinner allows Gibson to testify. Gibson identifies one of the tribunal members as an alien replicant. Doggett finally manages to track down Rohrer’s body and Scully’s autopsy proves that it is not Rohrer, if Rohrer is not dead then the charges against Mulder are false. However the tribunal finds Mulder guilty and sentences him to death by lethal injection. AD Skinner and Doggett take matters in to their own hands, springing Mulder from his cell. To their surprise they are helped off the base by DD Kersh.
With Mulder and Scully finally reunited, they head off to New Mexico in search of the truth. Doggett and Reyes return to Washington to find the X-files have been closed once and for all. Mulder and Scully arrive at an old Anasazi site searching for a wise man who knows the final truth, which turns out to be the Cigarette Smoking Man. It was him that sent Mulder the Mount Weather keycard and password, so he would know that the date it set and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
Mulder and Scully leave just as black helicopters arrive and destroy the area, killing the Cigarette Smoking Man. They hide out in a hotel in Roswell, Mulder laments that his work on the X-files was ultimately for nothing and with the X-files closed their avenues for exposing the truth are limited. Mulder and Scully commit themselves to find a way to resist and save humanity.
#9ABX19 #9AB20 (Double Episode)
Original Air Date: 05/19/02
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Kim Manners
David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Robert Patrick Special Agent John Doggett
Annabeth Gish Special Agent Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Skinner
James Pickens Jr Deputy Director Kersh
Tom Braidwood Frohike
Dean Haglund Langley
Bruce Harwood Byers
Laurie Holden Marita Covarrubias
Nicholas Lea Alex Krycek
William B Davis Cigarette Smoking Man
Steven Williams X
Adam Baldwin Knowle Rohrer
Chris Owens Jeffrey Spender
Jeff Gulka Gibson Praise