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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.

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[[Recap/TheXFiles Index]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E01TheBeginning 1]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive 2]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E03Triangle 3]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E04Dreamland 4]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E05DreamlandII 5]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E06HowTheGhostsStoleChristmas 6]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E07TermsOfEndearment 7]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E08TheRainKing 8]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E09SR819 9]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E10Tithonus 10]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E11TwoFathers 11]] | '''12''' | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E13AguaMala 13]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E14Monday 14]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E15Arcadia 15]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E16Alpha 16]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E17Trevor 17]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E18Milagro 18]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E19TheUnnatural 19]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E20ThreeOfAKind 20]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E21FieldTrip 21]] | [[Recap/TheXFilesS06E22Biogenesis 22]]]]-]]]
'''Season 6, Episode 12:'''
!One Son
->Written by Creator/ChrisCarter & Frank Spotnitz\\
Directed by Rob Bowman

->'''Mulder:''' [Cassandra]'s the first, isn't she? She's the first successful alien/human hybrid.\\
'''Marita:''' If she is... and the aliens learn a hybrid exists... colonisation of the planet will begin. With no stopping it.

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



* BoomHeadshot: How the Cigarette Smoking Man shoots Spender in the end.



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----* WhamEpisode: The Syndicate have their plans and lives snuffed out by the Faceless Rebels, Mulder and Scully are reassigned to the X-Files and Spender is shot dead by his own father, the Cigarette Smoking Man.
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->''"I came here hoping otherwise. Hoping that my son... might live to honor me... like Bill Mulder's son."''


* GoOutWithASmile: Cassandra Spender.


** CSM has his moments too.
-->'''Mulder''': Interesting company you keep.
-->'''Cigarette-Smoking Man''': No more interesting than your apparent lingerie fetish.



* DespairEventHorizon: Mulder has a subtle but notable one after his conversation with the CSM; he very nearly agrees to cut his losses and escape with the Syndicate.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: After being a constant looming presence in the background, the entire Syndicate (minus, naturally, the BigBad himself) is KilledOffForReal.



* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Syndicate's choice to ally with the alien colonists comes home to roost, and they die for it. Lampshaded by Mulder.
-->'''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.
* KillEmAll: The Syndicate elders, along with their families, are killed by the alien rebels.



* ShirtlessScene: Mulder in the ShowerScene

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* ShirtlessScene: Mulder in the ShowerSceneShowerScene.
* SoleSurvivor: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is the only senior Syndicate member to leave this episode alive.
* VillainHasAPoint: Mulder rails against CSM's actions on a moral level, but has a somewhat harder time refuting his rationale.

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* DisappointedInYou: The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Jeffrey Spender as much before he kills him.


-->'''Mulder''': ''(while being checked for contaminants after the DecontaminationChamber)'' 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.

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-->'''Mulder''': ''(while being checked for contaminants after the DecontaminationChamber)'' There must be some kind of mistake. I signed up for the aroma therapy treatment.

-->'''Mulder''':
treatment.\\\
'''Mulder''':
(as Scully scoffs at a plain outfit after their clothes are burnt) I heard gray is the new black.


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* OffingTheOffspring: The Cigarette Smoking Man kills his son, Jeffrey Spender, for his betrayal.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Mulder has a couple.
-->'''Mulder''': ''(while being checked for contaminants after the DecontaminationChamber)'' 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.

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* CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer: 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.


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.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Syndicate had previously decided that siding with the alien rebels would be suicide. Not doing so is what gets them killed.]]

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The The Syndicate had previously decided that siding with the alien rebels would be suicide. Not doing so is what gets them killed.]]



* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Cassandra Spender.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Jeffrey Spender gives up the X-Files and recommends Kersh to reinstate Scully and Mulder. [[spoiler: [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Gets him killed for his troubles.]]]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Cassandra Spender, the whole Syndicate and their families except CSM.]]
** [[spoiler: Eventually subverted with Jeffrey Spender.]]

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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Cassandra Spender.]]
Spender.
* HeelFaceTurn: Jeffrey Spender gives up the X-Files and recommends Kersh to reinstate Scully and Mulder. [[spoiler: [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Gets him killed for his troubles.]]]]
Mulder.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Cassandra Spender, the whole Syndicate and their families except CSM.]]
** [[spoiler: Eventually subverted with
CSM (and, it eventually turns out, Jeffrey Spender.]]Spender).


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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Jeffrey Spender's HeelFaceTurn gets him killed.

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* TheQuisling: 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.

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* TheBusCameBack: Marita Covarubbias, who has been infected with the Black Oil to test the vaccine. It seems to be working though she looks sick.

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* ShirtlessScene: Mulder in the ShowerScene

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* DecontaminationChamber / ShowerScene: Both Mulder and Scully get one in the same room, with just a little wall dividing them.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Both ways with Mulder and Scully in the ShowerScene.


* ContinuityNod: Fort Marlene and it housing an alien fetus were previously established way back in [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E24TheErlenmeyerFlask "The Erlenmeyer Flask"]].
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Syndicate had previously decided that siding with the alien rebels would be suicide. Not doing so is what gets them killed.]]



* MythArc

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* MythArcMythArc: The episode wraps up a sizable part of the storyline--something that promotional material ran wild with.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: CSM and Fowley once things start to go to hell.

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