Recap / The X-Files S08 E19 "Alone"

With Mulder fired and Scully on maternity leave, Doggett is assigned a new partner to carry out work on the X-Files. They quickly get in over their heads when they're trapped underground by a carnivorous reptile monster.


  • Ascended Fangirl: Leyla Harrison is basically this. She knows most of the cases Mulder and Scully have been involved with and the episode ends with her pointing out a Plot Hole from the first movie.
    • Meta example: Leyla Harrison was a prolific fanfiction writer in the X-Files online fandom. She passed away of cancer in 2001, and the show created the character in honor of her.
  • Call Back: Scully re-gifts the Apollo 11 medallion she got from Mulder in "Tempus Fugit" to Doggett. Doggett loses it and Mulder uses it as a lead, knowing that Agents Doggett and Harrison are near. Leyla Harrison receives the medallion at the end.
  • Continuity Nod: To the movie when Harrison asks how Mulder and Scully escaped from Antarctica.
    • There's also a small one to Queequeg, Scully's dog from seasons' three and four. She finds his tag while cleaning out her desk.
  • Hand Stomp: Stites does this to Doggett when he's trying to pull himself out of the pit.
  • Hanging by the Fingers: Doggett while trying to climb out of the pit.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Mulder investigates the crime scene, giving his name as Kersh to the suspect he talks to.
  • Monster of the Week: A reptile-man. This was the final MOTW that Mulder was featured in until the Season 10 revival (or the 2nd film since it was a not related to the myth arc as well).
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The monster, originally thought to be some kind of reptile, is actually the crypto-biologist who seemed to be protecting the creature and who is able to transform himself at will.