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A disfigured man attacks Doggett trying to retrieve X-Files for Mulder...but he might be Mulder himself.


David Duchovny


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Cyd Strittmatter ... Dr. Edwards
James Riker James Riker ... Baby William
Travis Riker Travis Riker ... Baby William
Chris Owens ... Daniel Miller / Jeffrey Spender (as Chris Bradley Owens)
Adam Nelson ... Mr. Van De Kamp / Husband
Shannon Hile ... Mrs. Van De Kamp / Wife
David Fabrizio ... ER Physician
Dallas Munroe Dallas Munroe ... ER Nurse
Annie Abbott ... Older Social Worker
Kiersten Van Horne Kiersten Van Horne ... Younger Social Worker
Dan Shor ... 2nd ER Nurse


A disfigured man attacks Doggett trying to retrieve X-Files for Mulder...but he might be Mulder himself.

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Release Date:

28 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the Paley Center 20 anniversary interview hosted on 2013, David Duchovny confessed he doesn't feel much connected to this episode, his third as director, because it was more plot-driven that his previous episodes. See more »


At 4 minutes 50 seconds into the program, the mysterious character is walking across the hard floor on the way to the x-files office. You clearly hear the sound that would be made by a pair of dress shoes, but the character is wearing tennis shoes which would make no sound. See more »


Mr Van de Kamp: Easy there, hon. You're cleaning so hard I'm afraid you're going to stick the dog in the dishwasher. Hey. Come on, now. Quit it. This is what we dreamed about. What we prayed for.
Mrs Van de Kamp: I know. I'm sorry. I just can't stop wondering why. Why give up a child? Give it up to strangers?
Mr Van de Kamp: God has his reason and his ways.
Older Social Worker: Mr and Mrs Van de Kamp. Hi. This was so hard to find. I'm so sorry, but there's a page here that didn't get signed. If I can just get you to do that now.
Mr Van de Kamp: Okay.
Older Social Worker: Here we go. Right there.
Mr Van de Kamp: ...
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »


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


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Underrated Season 9 Mythology Episode
27 February 2006 | by alex-ross77See all my reviews

Despite Fox Mulder's absence, Chris Carter managed to make the last two seasons of the X-Files, highly enjoyable (with a few exceptions.) What I liked about 'William' for instance was that it was a good episode that revolved around Scully, not Doggett or Reyes. Directed by David Duchovny, the story goes on about a stranger, who states that some kind of conspiracy did tests on him that have scarred his body. Scully can't identify the man, but when the man offers her information about Mulder and starts having a strange interest in her son, William, Scully is forced to make a hard decision, which in a way wraps up some of the complex mythology that has been going on for the last three years. However,with that said people will agree/disagree with me. This episode is often criticised of being slow-paced and trying to end the on-going story of The X Files too ambitiously with a sense of emptiness. I myself, like this episode but I believe it could probably have done a lot more to appeal to a wider range of people.

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