Recap / The X-Files S05 E01 "Redux"

Mulder's suicide is revealed to have been faked — the body Scully identified was actually an agent of the conspiracy who had been spying on Mulder. Scully seeks evidence that the conspiracy has agents within the FBI, while Mulder searches the Department of Defense Headquarters for the truth about aliens and Scully's condition.

Tropes:

  • Call-Back: The Secret Government Warehouse Mulder discovers is the same one the Cigarette Smoking Man was seen in at the end of the very first episode of the series.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: Near the end of "Gethsemane", the fourth season finale, the audience sees Mulder alone in his apartment, crying with his gun in his hands. We cut away just before hearing his gun go off. The next scene is a flash forward in which Scully has apparently been called to his apartment to identify the body of a white male who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She identifies it as Mulder. This episode reveals that Scully was lying, the body is not Mulder's, and the whole crying holding his gun thing was not related to anything. (Specifically, Mulder probably was contemplating suicide — until he was distracted by evidence that he was being spied on, confronted the spy, ended up shooting him, and concocted a plan with Scully to fake his own death.)
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Scully at the inquiry.
  • Faking the Dead: Mulder is revealed to have staged his suicide with Scully helping him to confirm the con.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Mulder has to choose between saving Scully and finding the truth about the Government Conspiracy.
  • Myth Arc
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: As Scully is about to present the FBI inquiry with evidence blowing open the vast Government Conspiracy that has consumed her and Mulder's careers, she suddenly faints after her Deadly Nosebleed returns.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The opening scene from "Gethsemane" is repeated near the end of the episode. It makes a lot more sense with the stakes of the hearing spelled out.
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