Recap / The X-Files S02 E01 "Little Green Men"

The X-Files have been closed permanently; Agents Mulder and Scully have been reassigned, and to different divisions. Without tangible evidence to draw on, Mulder begins to doubt for the first time. Is the truth really out there, or has he just been seeing Little Green Men his whole life? And then a defunct radio-telescope in Puerto Rico starts picking up Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto - one of the examples of earth culture sent beyond the solar system with the Voyager probe. Will Mulder finally be able to obtain hard evidence of alien life? And will Scully be able to find him before the government does?


  • Bluff the Eavesdropper: Scully is followed by two tacky spies. She ditches them off by calling Mulder's answering machine (other shadowy people occupy his apartment) and telling them a code for a particular flight — which she's not taking of course.
  • Continuity Nod: The phrase 'Trust no one' appears again.
  • El Spanish "-o": This little gem from Mulder:
    Mulder: No, Jorge! Donít touch that red button. No-ho on the rojo.
  • Failure Is the Only Option
  • Flashback: Samantha's abduction.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Averted. Not so much gratuitous as Jorge couldn't speak English and Mulder couldn't speak Spanish, so had to try to communicate as in "Hablo inglese? Nombre?" or "Did you say men? Hombres?"
  • Highly Visible Password: When Scully needs to open a password-protected file on Mulder's computer, her guesses are not asterisked out. She tries SPOOKY (Mulder's nickname), SAMANTHA (his abducted little sister), and the third is the charm: TRUSTNO1, which are the dying words of Mulder's first Mysterious Informant Deep Throat.
  • Language Barrier: Between Mulder and Jorge.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": It took Scully only a few guesses to come up with trustno1 when she needed to access Mulder's computer.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The Smoking Man tries a Breaking Speech towards Mulder at the end, until Skinner curtly tells him to leave.