10×05 Babylon

In Texas, a young Muslim man prays and goes about his daily routine. After driving to a motel to meet a friend, they then head over to an art gallery called Ziggurat for an art opening, which is later revealed to have been showcasing controversial depictions of Muhammad considered offensive to Muslims. Prior to leaving the car, they hold hands and say a prayer and then walk into the gallery, which shortly thereafter explodes. One of the men, now presumed to be a suicide bomber along with his friend, survives but is incapacitated in a vegetative state. Meanwhile, other bombers are shown to be planning another attack.

Back in Washington, D.C., Mulder and Scully meet Agents Miller and Einstein, both younger counterparts to the agents (believer and skeptic) but Miller is more extreme. While Agents Miller and Einstein leave to solve the bombing in Texas, Mulder asks Einstein (instead of Scully due to her recent loss) to meet up with him while Scully meets Miller in Texas.

Mulder and Einstein’s relationship starts off rocky due to Einstein’s extreme skepticism. Scully and Miller get along well but clash with bigoted Homeland Security agents who try to silence him. The agents try to find a way to communicate with the vegetative bomber. Miller, who had worked with the FBI in Iraq, tries to speak with him in Arabic, while Scully checks his ECG for any subconscious reaction.

Arriving in Dallas, Mulder comes up with an idea to communicate with the comatose bomber. Einstein gives Mulder psilocybin mushrooms, making Mulder high. He wanders into a rodeo themed bar where he dances and passes out after seeing The Lone Gunmen amongst the crowd. In his dreams Mulder is on a ship being beaten by the Cigarette Smoking Man. He sees the comatose man in his mother’s arms. He speaks to Mulder in Arabic.

Mulder wakes up in a hospital and is scolded by Skinner. Einstein reveals that she had given Mulder a placebo, despite Mulder’s objections considering his powerful and profound experience. Mulder later spots the bomber’s mother hoping her presence would wake him up. However, the man dies. Agent Miller asks Mulder about his dreams, after trying to remember Mulder says, “Babil al funduq” which turns out to be the name of the hotel where the other bombers are hiding, Babylon Hotel. FBI SWAT agents arrive at the hotel and capture the bombers.

Mulder later questions human nature and their beliefs, but then hears a loud sound of trumpets, suggesting it is the voice of God.

The X-Files episode
Episode no. Season 10
Episode 5
Directed by Chris Carter
Written by Chris Carter
Production code 1AYW04
Original air date February 15, 2016
Running time 44 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Lauren Ambrose as Agent Einstein
Robbie Amell as Agent Miller
Eric Breker as SP Agent Brem
Stephen Lobo as
Shaine Jones as
Janet Kidder as Nurse
Artin John as Shiraz
Nina Nayebi as Noora
Garry Chalk as Mad Dog
Marci T. House as Angry Woman
William B. Davis as Cigarette Smoking Man
Bruce Harwood as John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood as Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund as Richard “Ringo” Langly