Friday, June 12, 2009

Season 1, Episode 24: The Erlenmeyer Flask


A man escapes police pursuit in Maryland and leaves behind green blood after being shot. Deep Throat tips off Mulder that there may be a deeper truth in the matter. The agents' search leads them to a biological scientist, but Scully refuses to investigate the case anymore due to her distrust of Deep Throat. In a meeting outside Mulder's apartment, Deep Throat advises Mulder not to give up on this particular case.

The scientist, who took part in the Human Genome Project, is murdered. A "purity control" found in his lab includes bacteria infused with viruses and chloroplasts, as well as DNA with an extra base pair. Tracking down a phone number from the scientist's house, Mulder finds a false storage company full of humans in some sort of experimental tanks.

A revisit to the storage company finds that the tanks have been removed, but Deep Throat is there to give some information, including that the fugitive is Dr. Secare, one of a set of terminally ill volunteers to undergo gene therapy. Basically, that alien-human hybrids exist.

Mulder finds Secare, but he is killed and Mulder kidnapped by a group of baddies out to quash all knowledge of the aliens or use them for their own nefarious ends. Deep Throat helps get Scully into a containment facility to find "the original tissue" as a bargaining chip for Mulder. There she finds a cryogenically preserved alien fetus. Deep Throat takes it from her for the exchange, and is shot immediately afterwards. His last words are, "Trust no one."

Mulder calls Scully and says Skinner has told him the X-Files are being shut down and the agents reassigned. Mulder vows to carry on the good fight, and the Cigarette-Smoking Man sticks the alien in the same Pentagon storage room where the nose implant was placed.

First time the opening credit isn't "The Truth Is Out There;" this time, it's "Trust No One." Lindsey Ginter, credited as "Crew-Cut Man" plays Kate Austen's stepfather on Lost.

Episode Body Count

Dr. Terrance Allen Berube: murdered by the Crew-Cut Man.

Five human experiments: Deep Throat says they were most likely destroyed after Mulder's discovery, and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Dr. Anne Carpenter: killed in a car accident (yeah, right) after discovering the alien bacteria. It is mentioned that her whole family was also involved, but it's not stated how many or if they were even killed.

Dr. William Secare: shot and killed. I'll classify alien-human hybrids as aliens.

Alien fetus: considering it's not frozen when it's placed in the Pentagon storage, I'd have to say there's no chance it's alive anymore.

Deep Throat: shot and killed by the Crew-Cut Man after turning over the fetus in exchange for Mulder.

Humans: 8
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 2

Season Total and Cumulative Body Count (24/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 181
Creatures: 10
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 200

A nice round number to end the season on.


  1. Mr. Langeveld.

    Please continue your work... the truth is out there.

  2. What about the three paramedics who are poisoned when they are trying to work on him?

    1. I think I left them out because it wasn't clear if they had been killed or just injured. Whenever that happens, I usually gave human resilience the benefit of the doubt.