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Recap / The X-Files S07 E11 "Closure"

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Season 7, Episode 11:

Written by Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Kim Manners

Schoniger: Word of advice, me to you: Let it be. You know, there's some wounds that are just too painful ever to be reopened.
Scully: Well, this particular wound has never healed. And Mulder deserves closure, just like anyone.

With the help of Scully and a police psychic named Harold Piller (Anthony Heald), Mulder at last learns the fate of his sister Samantha and other children who have mysteriously vanished over the years without a trace.


  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied that's what happened to all the child victims, including Samantha.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Mulder finds out that Samantha along with Amber Lynn and Harold Piller's son have died, but they seem to be happy and in a better place, wherever they are. Samantha's apparition even hugs Mulder, finally giving him closure to the mystery of her disappearance. Piller, on the other hand, cannot accept this, continuing his futile search in response. This can easily be seen in the final words of the episode.
    Scully: Mulder, what happened? Are you sure you're all right?
    Mulder: I'm fine. (Holding back tears) I'm free.
  • Holding Hands: Scully holds Mulder's hand after he reads his sister's diary.
  • I See Dead People: Mulder, as well as police psychic Harold Piller and the parents of one of the victims.
  • Monochrome Apparition: The children, including Samantha, are seen by Mulder with a pale blue tint to them.
  • Myth Arc: The second part of a two-parter revolving around Mulder trying to find out what happened to a bunch of kidnapped children and ultimately, attempt to find his sister, alive or dead.
  • Police Psychic: The episode is kickstarted by a self-proclaimed police psychic who comes to Agents Mulder and Scully with a lead about the former's missing sister. While Piller's actual status as a police psychic is questionable, his powers do seem to be legitimate, as they are able to lead Mulder to a place where he can come to terms with his sister's death.
  • Secret Diary: Samantha had one while she was kept at the base, detailing the tests done on her before she died. Mulder finds it hidden in the wall of the house.
  • Villains Never Lie: Mulder and Scully go back and forth on this, the former intensely sceptical of the Cigarette-Smoking Man's story about Samantha, and Scully more or less willing to take him at his word, because he has no apparent reason to lie. For his own part, CSM claims that with the Syndicate destroyed, there is no longer any reason to protect their secrets. Turns out he was telling the truth. Samantha died.