“You believe in extraterrestrials?” — Dana Scully
“Let’s just say I don’t not believe. As I said, I try to stay open.” — Monica Reyes
We begin the buildup to Mulder’s return and get introduced to a new agent as Doggett, Scully and Skinner try to figure out what’s going on with a number of returned alien abductees.
Radhika: “This is Not Happening,” a fairly emotional and reasonably action-packed episode, brings us to that point in season eight where we can start moving away from searching for Mulder and begin thinking more about what will happen once he returns. Of course, Mulder can’t just return in a simple manner, which is why this episode isn’t quite the “ta-da!” reveal promos from back in the day might have made us all think.
When Theresa Hoese, a woman abducted right around the time Mulder was, reappears, bruised and broken, Skinner, Doggett and Scully head to Montana to get to the bottom of things. There, they encounter Richie Szalay (who discovered Theresa), who has been searching for his abducted friend Gary. Meanwhile, viewers are reintroduced to shape-shifter/healer extraordinaire Jeremiah Smith — who has assumed the form of a doctor and had Theresa transferred. That’s around the time Doggett calls in some backup: Special Agent Monica Reyes, a believer in paranormal phenomenon, who nonetheless thinks Mulder may have joined a UFO cult. We later see Jeremiah Smith up to his old tricks, healing Theresa of her injuries. He’s also teamed up with some guy who goes by the name Absalom (and is essentially the leader of a doomsday cult). Continue reading