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Apocrypha 

Mulder uncovers clues about a cover-up involving an alien entity and a sunken World War II aircraft. Scully pursues the man who murdered her sister.

Director:

Kim Manners

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Frank Spotnitz | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
John Neville ... Well-Manicured Man
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Kevin McNulty ... Agent Brian Fuller
Barry W. Levy ... Navy Doctor (as Barry Levy)
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... 1st Government Man
Suleka Mathew ... Agent Linda Caleca (as Sue Mathew)
Don S. Williams ... Elder #1
Lenno Britos ... Luis Cardinal
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Storyline

With Assistant Director Skinner in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds, Scully and Mulder pursue various leads. Scully meets with with a retired naval officer, a friend of her father and learns that this is not the first time men have suffered severe radiation burns while investigating that part of the ocean. She fears for Skinner's life when she learns he is being transferred to another hospital. Mulder meanwhile learns the location of the UFO, an abandoned missile site but the Cigarette Smoking Man proves to be a major obstacle. While Mulder pursues his leads on the UFO, Scully continues her investigation into the shooting of her sister and learns that the gun used to kill her was the same as that used on Skinner. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Kim Manners' first mythology episode. See more »

Goofs

When Mulder and Scully get out of the car at the silo, camera and crew are visible on the reflection of the car body See more »

Quotes

Frohike: [examining a used envelope] I got something here. Writing. Somebody wrote on top of the package and left an impression.
Ringo Langly: Your sci-crime guys at the Bureau have a laser that can measure any change in a surface down to a few nano-meters.
Byers: Actually, they can lift a perfect impression using magnetic toner and a sheet of Mylar.
Frohike: Actually...
[while they have been debating, Mulder has used a pencil to make a rubbing of the impression on the envelope]
Mulder: Actually, it's a phone number, New York City area code.
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »

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Krycek
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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Justice For Scully's Sister?
5 July 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Apocrypha is a great follow-up to Piper Maru. Skinner has been shot by Luis Cardinal and is now in the hospital. I think Mitch Pileggi does some excellent acting in his scenes of being injured in the hospital. It doesn't appear fake at all. This episode brings the digital tape back into play from the season opening episodes 'The Blessing Way' and 'Paper Clip'. But it still plays a minor role to the new development of the Black Oil. Apocrypha has a few scenes with the Syndicate, which I absolutely love. The Well-Manicured Man and the First Elder are great to see, especially when they are upset with the Cigarette Smoking Man and his handling of the situation. One thing that bugs me about this two-part myth/arc is that if Luis Cardinal is the killer of Scully's sister, why are they having him go around shooting Skinner and showing his mug everywhere? It's partially explained in one of the Syndicate scenes that it's CSM's error, but it still doesn't make any sense on his part. I like the mention of the UFO's nickname, the Foo Fighter, by the Well-Manicured Man. It's an interesting coincidence that the lead singer of the band of the same name makes a cameo in the next episode, Pusher. Finally, this episode has an appearance by the Lone Gunmen, always a treat in my view. Although Mulder upstages them with a pencil.


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