Episode 1x24: The Erlenmeyer Flask
Category: Purity Control · Rating 5 of 5
A man is hunted by the police. They shoot him, and he bleeds green blood and jumps into the harbor water, staying there for hours to prevent detection.
He's the friend of a scientist who is involved in a project called 'Purity Control' and who is killed by an assassin. Mulder inspects the house of the
fugitive and finds evidence that leads him to a storage facility where a cloning operation seems to be carried out. When he returns with Scully, both the
containers and the bodies are gone and Deep Throat arrives, explaining to them that he could not have informed them earlier, but now there was not much
evidence left. Mulder tries to guard the fugitive but is kidnapped by the assassin. To make an exchange, Deep Throat tells Scully to enter a medical
facility and to get something from the cryogenic compartment - it's a strange looking embryo, and the code to enter the compartment was 'Purity Control'.
During the exchange Deep Throat is killed by the assassin. The X-Files are being shut down, Mulder and Scully are being assigned to different fields.
In the final scene, CSM enters the Pentagon archive (like in the pilot) and adds the embryo to similar samples.
The climax of season one can easily compete with the highlights of future seasons; it is a jump forwards into the mythology and has quite a shocking end. Deep Throat's last words, "trust no one", will be the motto of future consipiracy episodes, his end a taste of things to come.
July 7th, 1998 / September 24th, 1999