Recap / The X-Files S07 E02 "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati"
Mulder is taken from the hospital by the Cigarette Smoking Man, who offers him a new life free from the pressures of fighting the alien colonizers.
Adventures in Comaland: While in a coma, Mulder dreams he is led by CSM to a simpler life, where lives in a suburban neighborhood, is married to Diana, has children, and his sister is alive with children of her own. He leaves behind his quest, and the sequence ends with CSM comforting Mulder in his deathbed, curtains hiding the alien invasion happening outside.
Artistic License – Medicine: Mulder and CSM have brain surgery, but no shaved heads. Mulder only has a piece of gauze around the middle of his head a week later, with a full head of hair around it.
A Death in the Limelight: Mimi Rogers as Diana Fowley gets a lot more to do in this episode than usual, and then Fowley is killed off at the end. In the DVD commentary, Rogers says that when she was reading the script for the first time, she realized partway through that it was going to end with her death because of this trope.
Dream Within a Dream: Mulder has one of himself and a young boy on the beach building a spaceship while living out his alternate life in his coma.