Recap / The X-Files S06 E12 "One Son"

Mulder learns the truth about the Syndicate that's collaborating with the alien colonists, just in time for the Syndicate to be wiped out by the alien rebels.


  • The Bus Came Back: Marita Covarubbias, who has been infected with the Black Oil to test the vaccine. It seems to be working though she looks sick.
  • Continuity Nod: Fort Marlene and it housing an alien fetus were previously established way back in "The Erlenmeyer Flask".
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer: Mulder's "explanation" of events at the end. Not even Scully adds any facts to the conversation.
    Mulder: They burned themselves. With a choice made long ago by a conspiracy of men who thought they could sleep with the enemy. Only to awaken another enemy.
    Kersh: What the hell does that mean?
    Mulder: It means the future is here, and all bets are off.
    Kersh: Agent Scully, make some sense.
    Scully: Sir, I wouldn't bet against him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mulder has a couple.
    Mulder: (while being checked for contaminants after the Decontamination Chamber) There must be some kind of mistake. I signed up for the aroma therapy treatment.

    Mulder: (as Scully scoffs at a plain outfit after their clothes are burnt) I heard gray is the new black.
  • Death by Irony: The Syndicate had previously decided that siding with the alien rebels would be suicide. Not doing so is what gets them killed.
  • Decontamination Chamber / Shower Scene: Both Mulder and Scully get one in the same room, with just a little wall dividing them.
  • Disappointed in You: The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Jeffrey Spender as much before he kills him.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Both ways with Mulder and Scully in the Shower Scene.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Cassandra Spender.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jeffrey Spender gives up the X-Files and recommends Kersh to reinstate Scully and Mulder.
  • Killed Off for Real: Cassandra Spender, the whole Syndicate and their families except CSM (and, it eventually turns out, Jeffrey Spender).
  • Myth Arc: The episode wraps up a sizable part of the storyline—something that promotional material ran wild with.
  • Offing the Offspring: The Cigarette Smoking Man kills his son, Jeffrey Spender, for his betrayal.
  • The Quisling: The Syndicate members are revealed to be collaborating with aliens to protect them and their families from colonization by making an alien-human hybrid. They are actually buying time to make a vaccine but to their horror, succeed by making the first hybrid in Cassandra Spender.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Jeffrey Spender's Heel–Face Turn gets him killed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: CSM and Fowley once things start to go to hell.
  • Shirtless Scene: Mulder in the Shower Scene