The second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files commenced airing on Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) in the United States on September 16, 1994, concluded on the same channel on May 19, 1995, and contained 25 episodes.
The season premiere was re-written for David Duchovny—his version of "Beyond the Sea"—that would make Mulder question himself and his beliefs. Instead of Puerto Rico, the original location was supposed to be Moscow, Russia. Series creator Chris Carter wanted to film the episode there, but was not able to secure arrangements. The discrepancies of Samantha's abduction between this episode and "Conduit" were unintentional (Glen Morgan claimed "We don't watch the shows over and over", but it makes sense since Mulder was under hypnosis at the time and memories can become muddled. This excuse was used again when continuity problems arose in their fourth season episode, "The Field Where I Died"). Fox executives did not like this episode at first viewing and wanted them to make a completely different one.
Chris Carter could not complete his opening extravaganza in time, where the X-Files were originally re-opened. So instead he and Co-Executive Producers Glen Morgan & James Wong and Howard Gordon wrote four episodes to replace the planned premiere - with the X-Files closed, which gave Carter time to write Duane Barry, the start of the first two-parter where the X-Files are re-opened.
As the series ended its first season, a problem had arisen for the producers: the pregnancy of Gillian Anderson, who played Dana Scully. Some network executives wanted the role recast, which Carter refused to do. Another problem arose for Carter, who was unable to finish his planned season opening extravaganza. Morgan and Wong were asked to come up with a lower-key replacement, but their "Little Green Men" was nevertheless the first episode to actually show an alien and got the show's best ratings thus-far (with a 19% audience share). The early part of the second season solidified Mulder and Scully's close relationship, even as the two had been separated on drudgery assignments in different departments when the X-Files had been closed at the end of season one. Due to her pregnancy, Anderson was largely demobilized from active scenes with Duchovny, which matched her character's confinement to teaching medical students at Quantico. During early episodes of season two, Scully is typically pictured only in closeup, at a desk, or conducting autopsies—one of her usual roles on The X-Files due to her training as a medical doctor.
Gillian Anderson was not featured at all in the episode "3", but reappeared when Scully mysteriously returned in Morgan and Wong's "One Breath" (directed by R. W. Goodwin), an episode which consistently scores among the highest in fan ratings. Scully's abduction provoked an existential crisis in Mulder. Although the show left it up in the air for years as to who was directly responsible (aliens, the government, or some combination of both), the earlier episode "Sleepless" had foreshadowed the events with the Cigarette Smoking Man's declaration that "every problem has a solution" (referring to Scully). Scully was now seen to be firmly on Mulder's side in the larger conflict, regardless of her original role as a debunker and her continued skepticism towards the paranormal.
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David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully
Episodes marked with an asterisk (*) are part of the series' mytharc. Episodes with a double asterisk (**) are part of the series' Alien Mythology.
See also: List of The X-Files episodes
# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
25 1 "Little Green Men"** David Nutter Glen Morgan & James Wong September 16, 1994 2X01
With the X-Files shut down, FBI agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) finds his own belief in the truth waning. So when an old political ally gives him a new reason to believe, he goes alone to an abandoned SETI program site -- Arecibo Observatory -- in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Concerned for his safety, fellow FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) has to track down his whereabouts before someone or something else does.
26 2 "The Host"* Daniel Sackheim Chris Carter September 23, 1994 2X02
When a man’s decomposed body is found in the sewers of Newark, Mulder is given the supposed “grunt” work. But after Scully’s autopsy turns up a parasite living inside the body and a sewer worker is attacked and bitten by something, it opens up a whole new can of worms.
27 3 "Blood" David Nutter Teleplay by: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Story by: Darin Morgan September 30, 1994 2X03
Apparently prompted by messages from digital appliances with instructions to kill, several residents of a small farming community suddenly turn violent and dangerous.
28 4 "Sleepless"* Rob Bowman Howard Gordon October 7, 1994 2X04
An audio cassette hidden in his morning paper brings Mulder to request the case of a scientist’s death consistent with burning, despite the lack of any evidence of any flames or burns. He is given his request ... along with a new partner, Agent Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea).
29 5 "Duane Barry"** Chris Carter Chris Carter October 14, 1994 2X05
An ex-FBI agent escapes from a mental hospital and holds several people hostage in a travel agency. Mulder and Krycek are sent in to help with the negotiations since the man claims to have been a UFO abductee.
30 6 "Ascension"** Michael Lange Paul Brown October 21, 1994 2X06
Continuing from the previous episode, Mulder races to Scully's house after listening to the recording of her attack on his answering machine. Duane Barry (Steve Railsback) has kidnapped Scully, determined to offer her to the aliens in his place.
31 7 "3" David Nutter Chris Ruppenthal, Glen Morgan & James Wong November 4, 1994 2X07
Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) reopens the X-Files, but Mulder is finding it difficult to work without the missing Scully. When he recognizes a Los Angeles killing as the work of the Trinity murderers, a trio of killers with a fetish for drinking blood, it gives him work in which to immerse himself.
32 8 "One Breath"** R.W. Goodwin Glen Morgan & James Wong November 11, 1994 2X08
When Scully mysteriously re-appears comatose in a hospital, Mulder drives himself crazy trying to find the people responsible. Though his quest for vengeance could make him exactly like those whom he despises.
33 9 "Firewalker" David Nutter Howard Gordon November 18, 1994 2X09
A malfunction in a robot designed for volcanic exploration yields evidence of a lifeform living in the caves. When this lifeform seemingly causes the death of a member of the research team, Mulder and a newly recovered Scully are flown out to the site in The Cascades to investigate before anyone else dies.
34 10 "Red Museum"** Win Phelps Chris Carter December 9, 1994 2X10
Several Wisconsin teens are found wandering in the woods in their underwear with “He Is One” scrawled on their backs. Mulder and Scully travel to investigate this aberrant behavior, though the strangest thing in this meat-producing area is a cult of vegetarian “walk-ins.” The Crew Cut Man returns this time working alone. Several relics from the mythology like purity control and Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) are revisited here.
35 11 "Excelsis Dei" Steven Surjik Paul Brown December 16, 1994 2X11
Mulder and Scully’s latest case begins with the rape and battery of a nurse in a Massachusetts convalescent home. What makes it an X-File is her claim that her attacker was invisible. But upon their arrival, they discover that the unrest is not limited only to the live in residents.
36 12 "Aubrey" Rob Bowman Sara B. Charno January 6, 1995 2X12
When a detective mysteriously uncovers the remains of an FBI agent who disappeared in the 1940s while investigating a murder case similar to a modern-day one she is investigating, Mulder and Scully believe that the original killer had passed his genetic trait of violence to his grandchild.
37 13 "Irresistible" David Nutter Chris Carter January 13, 1995 2X13
Someone is excavating graves in Minneapolis, removing body parts from the corpses. Mulder and Scully are contacted because the agent on the case believes the crimes to be related to incidents of cattle mutilation. Mulder quickly dismisses the idea that the case is an X-File, profiling the perpetrator as a fetishist.
38 14 "Die Hand Die Verletzt" Kim Manners Glen Morgan & James Wong January 27, 1995 2X14
New Hampshire teenagers feign an occult ritual in an attempt to score and inadvertently cause the murder of one of their group. When Mulder and Scully are called to look into the matter, the town’s real worshipers attempt to hide their tracks, though they fear that the boys’ attempt to “get some” got them more than they thought.
39 15 "Fresh Bones" Rob Bowman Howard Gordon February 3, 1995 2X15
One morning Private Jack McAlpin crashes his car into a tree after two separate hallucinatory incidents. The tree has a voodoo symbol drawn on it and this is the second death of a soldier in two weeks that has featured that symbol. The soldiers are guarding a processing centre for Haitians and suspicion falls on one of the Haitians identified by the colonel in charge.
40 16 "Colony"** Nick Marck Teleplay by: Chris Carter
Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter February 10, 1995 2X16
At the beginning, a frozen Mulder is brought to a hospital. The episode flashes back to a scene two weeks before, where the crew of a research vessel find the wreckage of a UFO in the Beaufort Sea. The pilot who survives this crash walks out of the hospital and kills identical-looking doctors in various abortion clinics.
41 17 "End Game"** Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz February 17, 1995 2X17
An alien bounty hunter kidnaps Scully and wants to trade her for Mulder's sister, Samantha Mulder (Megan Leitch). Mulder asks for Skinner's help in making the trade, and has the FBI Director set up a sniper to take down the bounty hunter.
42 18 "Fearful Symmetry" James Whitmore Jr. Steve De Jarnatt February 24, 1995 2X18
The death of a federal construction worker and the destruction of various property can only be tied to an escaped elephant, yet the witnesses claim to have seen no animals which might have caused the turmoil. Soon, Mulder and Scully discover the local zoo whose claim to fame is that they’ve never had a successful animal birth.
43 19 "Død Kalm" Rob Bowman Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa
Story by: Howard Gordon March 10, 1995 2X19
Mulder and Scully are called in when a boatload of survivors from a U.S. Navy destroyer are found. What particularly catches Agent Mulder's attention is that all of these Sailors appear to have aged many decades in the course of a few days. Mulder and Scully travel to Norway where they find a civilian fisherman who is willing to take them to the destroyer's last known position.
44 20 "Humbug" Kim Manners Darin Morgan March 31, 1995 2X20
Mulder and Scully must find the paranormal among the abnormal when they are sent to investigate a long standing series of ritualistic killings which match no known patterns. The latest of which was the death of the “Alligator Man,” just one of many sideshow acts around which the town of Gibsonton, Florida, is built.
45 21 "The Căluşari" Michael Vejar Sara B. Charno April 14, 1995 2X21
A photograph taken just before the death of a two year old boy yields evidence of some supernatural intervention which piques Mulder’s curiosity. When another death in the family occurs, the grandmother of the remaining child requests the aid of some Romanian ritualists (called "căluşari" or “horsemen”) in order to cleanse the home of evil. This is also the only "X-Files" episode rated 18 by the BBFC.
46 22 "F. Emasculata" Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Howard Gordon April 28, 1995 2X22
After several men in a prison die of a mysterious illness, Scully tries to discover the cause while Mulder attempts to find two escapees who could potentially spread the disease.
47 23 "Soft Light" James Contner Vince Gilligan May 5, 1995 2X23
An ex-student of Scully’s asks the agents to help her with her first investigation concerning a number of disappearances with very few clues. Mulder ponders the idea of spontaneous human combustion but rethinks it when they find a man who is afraid of his own shadow. The man is Dr. Banton, a scientist researching dark matter.
48 24 "Our Town" Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz May 12, 1995 2X24
Dudley, Arkansas, is the site of the latest investigation for Mulder and Scully, who are sent to find a missing poultry inspector. The case takes a twist when another poultry worker is shot after she goes insane, giving Mulder a hunch that the townsfolk really are what they eat.
49 25 "Anasazi"** R.W. Goodwin Teleplay by: Chris Carter
Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter May 19, 1995 2X25
The trust that Mulder and Scully have is sorely tested when Mulder begins acting strangely. His aberrant behavior is compounded when the Lone Gunmen direct him to a hacker who managed to break into some very closely guarded files. The files are encoded in Navajo and need to be decoded by a former Navajo code talker.