Recap / The X-Files S09 E16 "William"

A mysterious and hideously scarred man approaches the agents, claiming to have information about a new alien conspiracy that has replaced the old Syndicate. The possibility is raised that he might be Mulder, but it turns out he is Jeffrey Spender.


  • Body Horror: Horrific torture to Spender has rendered him severely disfigured.
  • The Bus Came Back: The return of Jeffrey Spender.
  • Character Title
  • Depower: Spender gives William an injection that will remove his alien-related powers and make him a normal human child, as an "up yours" to the alien conspiracy.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Why Scully gives William up for adoption.
  • How We Got Here: The episode opens with Scully handing William over to his new parents, and then goes back to explain why she decided to put him up for adoption.
  • Myth Arc: Deals with Scully trying to protect her child and ultimately putting him up for adoption for his own protection.