The X-files

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Secret service agents ambush Howard Salt, a federal census worker, as he attempts to break in to the White House. He yells, "The aliens are taking over the United States!" and shoots himself. In his hand a CDROM with the words, "Fight the Future" written on it. Deputy Director Kersh calls Assistant Director Skinner and Doggett to his office about Mulder's re-assignment to the X-files, he intends to block it. Doggett argues until Kersh threatens to close the X-files for good. Skinner and Scully break the news to Mulder, who believes they have all become pawns in a larger conspiracy, he wants more than ever to return to work. When news of Salt's death reach Absalom in prison in West Virginia he promptly escapes, turning up at Doggett's home to kidnap him. AD Skinner briefs the agents tasked with re-capturing Absalom, warning them to take his claims of alien invasion seriously. Mulder meanwhile links Salt to Absalom, they were part of the same UFO cult, Salt was a multiple abductee. Mulder is sure he was killed for what he knew. Mulder and Scully sneak in to the FBI evidence room and recover the hard drive from Salt's laptop and take it to the Lone Gunman who discover file directories from the Federal Statistics Centre on it. Absalom with Doggett as hostage tries to enter the Federal Statistics Centre looking for proof that aliens are already here among us. However security guards quickly surround them and shoot Absalom dead. Doggett briefs Skinner on the events, when Mulder bursts in and attacks him, accusing him of being part of the conspiracy. Scully is concerned that Mulder is in over his head.

Noteworthy Quote

Doggett: "Just what's the problem here?"

Mulder: "The problem? You occupy an office that used to be devoted to finding the truth and now you're busy burying it. That's the problem."

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Writer: Chris Carter
Frank Spotnitz
Director: Tony Wharmby

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully
Robert Patrick Special Agent John Doggett

Guest Cast:
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Walter Skinner
Tom Braidwood Frohike
Dean Haglund Langly
Bruce Harwood Byers
James Pickens Jr Deputy Director Kersh
Adam Baldwin Knowle Rohrer
Judson Scott Absalom
Nelson Mashita Dr Lim
Gary Bristow Howard Salt
Joe Basile Lead Guard
Ric Sarabia Prison Trustee
Dwight Hicks Prison Armed Guard
JC Murad Intercom Guard

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