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Recap / The X-Files S09 E07 "John Doe"

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Season 9, Episode 07:

John Doe
"This town... people like you come here to disappear."
Written by Vince Gilligan
Directed by Michelle MacLaren

"My partner has disappeared, too. He's in Mexico, I know that much and I will find him, whatever it takes. Your only personal hope for the future is that I find him alive. Now, where is he?"
Monica Reyes

Doggett wakes up in an abandoned warehouse in Mexico with no memory of how he got there or who he is.


  • Big Damn Heroes: The Mexican Federale and Skinner arrive at the right time to apprehend the corrupt cops out to kill Reyes and Doggett when they are trapped in a bus.
  • Bittersweet Ending: More sweet than bitter. Doggett and Reyes are saved in time by Skinner and the Federales, Caballero is caught and Doggett regains his memories. The bad ones as well as the good ones.
  • Heroic BSoD: Doggett freezes up at first when his traumatic memories return to him, leaving it to Reyes to take charge.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Reyes is able to snap him out of his shock, and some of the old Doggett returns, taking charge again.
  • In Medias Res: Doggett wakes up in Mexico, no clue as to who he is or how he got there.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Caballero has the ability to induce this in his victims, including Doggett.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Doggett calls himself “Detective Ladatel” based on a phone calling card.
  • Manly Tears: Doggett when he remembers that his son Luke Doggett was kidnapped and murdered.
  • Noble Demon: Caballero has some shades of this.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Kersh as usual. Though a bit less so this time, and more understandably, given the pressure he is under.
  • Shutup Hannibal: Doggett reclaims his memories and shuts down Caballero verbally when he is finally confronted and figured out.

"I'll take the bad as long as I remember the good."