Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In the conclusion (sort of) of a two-part story, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) have dedicated themselves to protecting both Scully (Gillian Anderson) and her unborn child from a seemingly endless variety of alien antagonists. On his own, Doggett hides Scully in a filthy, primitive backwater village in Georgia, where, with the assistance of fellow agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish), she prepares to give birth. Meanwhile, habitual villain Krycek (Nicholas Lea) -- who has made no secret of his desire to murder the baby once it is born -- comes up with disturbing information regarding shadowy alien abductee Billy Miles (Zachary Ansely). The climactic "gag" involving the Lone Gunmen's (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood) maternity gifts borders on sacrilege, but works well within the context of the story. "Existence" was The X-Files' traditional season-ending cliffhanger, bringing the series' eighth year on the air to a rousing conclusion -- with, of course, the promise of more thrills to come. This highly publicized episode originally aired on May 20, 2001, only to be upstaged by the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager a few days later.