Thursday, November 19, 2009

Season 8, Episode 2: Without


Held at gunpoint by Doggett, Mulder lets Praise go; without saying a word, Mulder then walks over the edge of a cliff. However, he survives and disappears. Scully is convinced it was actually the Alien Bounty Hunter out for Praise. She's right! Scully and Skinner notice one of the students leave as Doggett's FBI team searches Praise's school for him, and Scully follows the girl to a hidden bunker in the desert where Praise is hiding, the girl being the only person he's told about his history. Scully finds that Praise has broken his leg and promises to get him to safety.

Skinner is suspicious about how Doggett found out about Praise, and thinks that Kersh is trying to ruin him. Doggett is perplexed when Scully is reported to be in the school at the same time she is returning from the desert. The faux Scully manages to escape and disguise himself as another FBI agent, though Skinner and Scully don't realize it and that leads to a bit of paranoia. Scully and Skinner drive out to Praise's hideout and find him outside, saying Mulder is somewhere out in the desert. Skinner takes him to a hospital, where they're visited by Praise's friend; she certainly doesn't look like herself.

Scully walks into the desert looking for Mulder, and though she sees a bright light descending from the sky it turns out to just be Doggett, arriving in a helicopter. They face off over the situation, and Doggett reveals to Scully's horror that his men followed Skinner to the hospital. As they leave, we see that Scully was a stone's throw away from the cloaked spacecraft carrying Mulder.

Scully and Doggett arrive to find Praise's hospital room empty, Skinner and Praise having apparently escaped through a dropped ceiling. Doggett finds Skinner unconscious above the ceiling just as Scully also finds Skinner, realizing he's an Alien Bounty Hunter after seeing Praise shaking his head. Scully manages to kill the Alien Bounty Hunter, and Doggett arrives in time to see the green goo that remains of him. Kersh isn't pleased with the report, but Doggett sticks with it. He also updates Scully on the case while she's in the hospital, including how Praise has become a ward of state. Doggett tells her he's been assigned to the X-Files, and vows to find Mulder. In the ship, Mulder is surrounded by several Alien Bounty Hunters as he lies on an examination table.

Episode Body Count

Alien Bounty Hunter: shot through the neck by Scully while he's in Skinner form.

Humans: 0
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 1

Cumulative Body Count (163/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 1,727
Creatures: 114
Aliens: 63

Grand Total: 1,904

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