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This Is Not Happening 

Jeremiah Smith appears out of nowhere and formerly dead abductees are coming back to life, giving Scully and Skinner the idea that Mulder may have a shot at still being alive.


Kim Manners


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Roy Thinnes ... Jeremiah Smith
Judd Trichter Judd Trichter ... Richie Szalay
Judson Scott ... Absalom
Sarah Koskoff ... Theresa Nemman Hoese
Bernard White ... Dr. Desai
Eddie Kaye Thomas ... Gary Edward Cory
Arlene Warren Arlene Warren ... Skinner's Assistant (as Arlene Pileggi)
John McGonegle John McGonegle ... Uniformed Cop
Roz Witt ... Night Nurse
Randy Ross ... Nike Man


Jeremiah Smith appears out of nowhere and formerly dead abductees are coming back to life, giving Scully and Skinner the idea that Mulder may have a shot at still being alive.

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Release Date:

25 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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First appearance of Agent Reyes. Final appearances of Teresa Nemman-Hoese and Jeremiah Smith. See more »


When Agent Reyes is driving her Dodge Intrepid, and is contemplating about smoking or not, her car dies. You can see clearly that the car's temperature gauge shows that the engine is still cold, although she clearly has been driving for a while. See more »


Scully: No... No! This is not happening! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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References The X-Files: Talitha Cumi (1996) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Introducing Monica "mini-CSM" Reyes
18 September 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Who could possibly be of at least partial Mexican heritage if you use a little bit of imagination. Which is hard for me, as I am always remembering that movie about Mystic Pizza that she was in.

But the reason why I want to make this review right now is because this is the first introduction to the character and also contains a huge hint that she would be working with the cigarette smoking man at later times. It's something that we didn't consider when these episodes were being shown, but from the moment we saw her in "My Struggle II", it all makes sense. It's not that she smokes, it's the way that she smokes. She is always "quitting", but never actually does. I was glad when they brought the character back but I was sad that they never brought Robert Patrick back to be Dogget again.

"This is not happening" is a conglomeration of all of the X-Files clichés starting from season one up until this episode. You may recognize "Absalom" (Judson Scott aka Joachim from The Wrath of Khan), and Jeremiah Smith aka Roy Thinnes of "The Invaders" fame, and there is even a reappearence of Theresa Hoese, who was in the pilot X-Files episode.

But this episode simply isn't the last dregs of the syndicate mythos story, it's not more of the shape changing alien bounty hunter flying around from state to state in his invisible UFO picking up former UFO abductees.

Here, the abductees are being returned, for a new purpose which doesn't become clear until the next episode and the new "alien replacement/super soldier" arc begins.

This is also a large amount of irony here, things would have worked out more positively had not the FBI become involved and invaded Absolom's compound.

The mysterious thing here is that Jeremiah Smith has always had the same shape changing powers as the alien bounty Hunter, and we also know that the alien bounty Hunter had the same healing powers that Jeremiah Smith had. The alien bounty hunter played so well by Brian Thompson. But after this episode we never see either of these characters ever again.

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