Recap / The X-Files S04 E14 "Memento Mori"


  • Artistic License Medicine: Scully undergoes aggressive chemo and radiation therapy without showing any of the usual overt symptoms. She doesn't even lose a single hair.
  • The Conspiracy: The MUFON members' illnesses and deaths are linked to the Syndicate.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Scully, several times throughout the episode.
  • Deal with the Devil: Skinner advises Mulder to avoid talking with the Cigarette Smoking Man about Scully's condition because it will amount to this, instead ordering him to find another way to save her. However, when it becomes clear that the CSM is the only one who might be able to help, Skinner takes it on himself to make the deal.
  • Diary: Scully keeps one, and she writes her entries as a letter to Mulder.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Scully has one, flashing back to her abduction.
  • Foreign Language Title: "Memento Mori" is a Latin phrase meaning "remember that you must die."
  • Iron Woobie: Dana spends the episode putting on a brave face and deflecting sympathy toward her diagnosis. Possibly strays into Stepford Smiler territory.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": The password to access records at the reproductive medicine facility is on a snowglobe beside the computer.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Eventually subverted by Scully, affirming that people live with cancer every day and that she intends to do the same.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Scully deals with her cancer and undergoes several chemotherapy treatments.