Tonight on FOX The X-Files returns with an all new Monday January 25, season 10 episode 2 called, “Founder’s Mutation,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode when Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) try to discover what unseen force may have driven a scientist to commit suicide.
On the last episode, thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of the thrilling series The X-Files is here. FOX MULDER (David Duchovny) and DANA SCULLY (Gillian Anderson) had been approached by TAD O’MALLEY (guest star Joel McHale), a popular conspiracy theorist web-TV show host, who believed he had uncovered a significant government conspiracy.
With the assistance of FBI Asst. Dir. WALTER SKINNER (Mitch Pileggi), O’Malley seek to enlist the help of former X-Files agents Mulder and Scully, who have since severed tied with the FBI. Through O’Malley, they were introduced to SVETA (guest star Annett Mahendru), a possible alien abductee who shared shocking information with them that challenged everything that Mulder had ever believed about the existence of aliens and the government’s role in covering them up. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the FOX synopsis, “when a scientist suddenly commits suicide, Mulder and Scully investigate what unseen force may have driven him to it. What they uncover is a laboratory where extreme genetic experimentation has been going on for decades, breeding subjects who possess unexpected and dangerous powers – and who harbor deep resentments.”
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#XFiles starts with Dr Sanjay doing a retinal scan to access a secured area of a high tech facility. His work pal says he looks rough and Sanjay hears a high pitched whine in his ear that hurts. His eye looks bloody inside. He gets on the elevator.
At a staff meeting, the team is told that they have to start over. Sanjay is distracted. The reclusive founder rejected their plans – his name is Augustus Goldman. Sanjay gets flop sweat and can’t hear right. His eye is bloodier.
Sanjay looks outside the window and sees hundreds of birds on the lawn then the table begins to rattle. He can hear everything. The team argues – no one notices. He freaks out and screams – can anyone hear that? He says sorry and runs out of the room.
He goes down to his lab at Nugenics and works on his computer – he’s locked the door and no one can get in. Hill shouts something is wrong. The high pitched noise hits him again and Sanjay goes down. He security people drill out the lock.
Sanjay can’t take it and jams an implement into his ear to stop it. It goes through his brain and he keels over dead. Mulder and Scully are sent to Nugenics to check out Sanjay’s body. Scully thinks he had a psychotic break and killed himself.
Mulder says he was trying to access something from isolated servers and it’s a strange place to be before he killed himself. Mulder takes a hard drive and a guy snatches it and says it’s DOD property and he can’t take it.
Mulder says either hand over the drive or let me talk to Goldman. He says Goldman isn’t there. Mulder snatches Sanjay’s phone while the guy’s back is turned and opens it using Sanjay’s fingerprint.
On the way out, she sees Mulder has it and says they need a warrant to take that. At a DC bar, Mulder meets up with Gupta who says don’t use my name please. Mulder notices the guys in black suits. He asks what Mulder wants.
Mulder wants to go somewhere more private and says he can trust him. Gupta agrees. They head into a bathroom and Gupta goes to unzip his pants once they’re alone. Mulder is stunned and says that’s not what this is about.
Mulder tells him Sanjay is dead. Scully starts the autopsy. She says probable cause of death is letter opener to the ear and cerebral cortex. She pulls it out and then checks out his body. She sees something black on his palm.
Gupta tells Mulder that lately Sanjay had been distant and seemed distracted. He says he was upset about his kids and they were dying. Mulder says he didn’t have kids and was single. Gupta says Sanjay lived two lives and has a second place.
Scully calls and says he needs to come see this. She had to break his fingers to read it. He wrote Founder’s Mutation on his hand before he died. Mulder looks at the x-ray and says the angle looks like he was looking for something.
Scully says he mentioned at the meeting that he heard something no one else heard. Mulder says maybe there are other clues. Mulder says he has a second place where he actually lived. They head to Dupont Circle to check out the other place.
A guy runs out in front of their car then staggers off – lucky they were at a near standstill. They head inside the apartment and look around. Scully calls Mulder over and shows him a wall of photos of kids. He tells her that Sanjay said they were dying.
Mulder says it looks like the photos were from a clinic. They notice police lights and she says they must have triggered a silent alarm. They look around quickly then Mulder hears a loud noise. Scully doesn’t seem to hear it.
The cops are there and Scully goes to intercept them. Mulder is tormented by sound and light just like Sanjay was. He hears something about “find her” among the noise in his head. Mulder and Scully go see Skinner.
He looks over the report and Murphy says the files are classified from Sanjay’s place and they can’t look over it. Mulder says they are children with grave genetic abnormalities. Skinner says the investigation is closed and they will rule it a suicide.
Murphy threatens them if they disclose any classified info and he leaves. Skinner asks if he made copies and Mulder says he thinks those kids are failed experiments. They wonder if the DOD is responsible. Scully says this is troubling.
Scully says they need to prove Mulder’s theory. Skinner says it could take days for his report to make it through the proper channels and shoves it into a drawer then tells them welcome back. Scully pulled surveillance footage from Nugenics to sync all the footage to his time of death.
She asks what happened to him at Sanjay’s place. She says she knows he was in pain and he tells her about the high pitched frequency that made two words – find her – and Scully says she heard nothing. Mulder points out the birds and says the sounds drew them.
He explains worms will come up out of the ground and attract the birds. He says they need to talk to Goldman. She says Sanjay heard sounds right before he killed himself and she says this is dangerous. Mulder says that never stops them.
She says she may know how to get to Goldman. They head to her hospital. Scully talks to one of the nuns who knows him. She says he helps a lot of women and he’s a champion of the unborn. He funds the hospital.
Scully tells her that Goldman is under investigation and she wants to spare him the indignity of a police raid. She says maybe she can get them a private appointment. The nun hesitates then agrees to relay a message. Mulder says to ask about Founder’s Mutation.
She asks them to wait. A girl knocks on the window of a door and says she needs to get out. She says her name is Agnes. She says she’s not one of these sheep no matter what she signed. Agnes says – I changed my mind and says she won’t give up her child even if he’s sick,
She tells them they showed her on the ultrasound that something is wrong with her baby. She says that’s what it is with all of them. She begs them not to say anything. Sister Mary comes back and says Goldman will see them.
Mulder asks how the patients are chosen and she says they’re homeless and have no fathers. She says they care for these innocent children. Outside, Mulder tells Scully that Goldman could be using those women as incubators.
She asks if this is what he think happened to her when she had her baby. She asks if she was just an incubator and Mulder says she’s never just anything. She asks if he thinks about William and he says he does but had to put it behind him.
Scully says their son would be 15 now. Mulder says she did what she did to keep him safe. Scully asks if she thinks he was an experiment and he says he doesn’t know. She worries he’s like one of those kids on Sanjay’s wall.
Scully thinks about walking a kid to his first day of school. He says he knows the important things and she says she loves him. She takes him inside to stay hi to his teacher. They go inside the school. Later, school lets out and he runs past her to go play.
Scully tells him to be home in time for dinner. Then wind blows her hair and things turn dark. She goes running and sees an ambulance and her son with a broken arm. Then she hears her son call to her and turns. He says Mom, please. She goes to his room.
She sees him looking at himself in the mirror and he has funky alien eyes. He asks what’s happening. She had dozed off and was having a bad dream. She opens her desk and looks at a baby photo fondly.
Goldman meets with Mulder and Scully and they tell the guy Sanjay wrote it on his hand. Scully talks about this research in genetic manipulation. He says what they do is try to save children. He takes them past a ward full of kids with all sorts of horrible disorders.
He says they do cutting edge research and says the kids are treated for no cost. He offers to let them speak to a kid named Adam. He has an overlarge head and only one eye. Scully says hi to him. She asks how long he’s been there. He says forever and that he has no parents.
Goldman says he was sent to them as a baby. She asks why the kids are in sealed rooms since they’re not contagious. Goldman says they have to take out environmental factors that could mess with the treatments.
Scully asks about alien DNA and why the DOD is funding his research. He says he heard she was the rational one. A teenager goes nuts and they have to drag the girl, Molly, back into her room. Mulder gets a call about Agnes.
They go to the scene and a cop says it was a hit and run. Scully asks about the baby – she says she was pregnant but doesn’t appear to be now. Scully tells Mulder that Agnes died from blunt force trauma and gives him the details.
She says the baby had been surgically removed and she can’t tell if the baby was alive when it was taken. Scully says the baby was the only proof she was part of the experiments. Mulder wonders if the baby was with her and survived it.
Mulder says the genetic modifications may be to try and start a new species. Mulder says he found out that Jackie Goldman was ruled criminally insane – his wife. He says she was convicted of murdering her baby but the body was never found.
They go see Jackie at the mental hospital where she’s confined. She appears catatonic. Mulder asks her about her husband’s work. She throws a ball at a cat that’s in the room. She asks what they want. She says no questions about her husband.
She says he’s still keeping her there. Mulder asks if she misses her daughter. She says Molly. Then she says she loved her but something was odd about her. She says when she was two, she found her in the pool. She says she jumped in after her.
She says she was down there at least 10 minutes. She says she found her alive and breathing in the water. She says the other moms thought it was a miracle but she knew her husband experimented on the embryo.
She says she was nine months pregnant and had to get away from her. We see a flashback to her threating him with a knife. She says he hid Molly from her so she drove away from him. She says she knew the government wouldn’t leave her alone since her husband worked for them.
She says she was scared and driving fast then an animal ran across the road. She says she crashed and we see her crawling out of the wreckage of her car. She says she thought she was going to die then she heard the piercing sound.
She says it was in her head and it hurt. She took her knife and cut her stomach open. She says she didn’t kill her baby. She says she let him out. She says she woke up in the hospital and never saw her boy again but thinks about him every day.
Scully tells Mulder that the woman seems believable even though it sounds crazy. They wonder who this kid is that can communicate. Mulder speaks to a janitor who says he works for A1 Janitorial. They work for Nugenics too.
They go back to the footage and Mulder points out someone in the office above Sanjay. The janitor’s name is Kyle and is a high school dropout. They see Kyle had a sort of fit right before Sanjay collapsed downstairs.
They head to Kyle’s house and a woman opens the door. She says she’s his mother. Mulder says they have questions about an incident at work. She says he has nothing to say and Scully says he needs to talk to them.
His mother says her son is simple and then Mulder says she didn’t give birth to Kyle then asks where she found him. She yells at them to get out. The birds gather and she says bad things happen when the birds gather. Mulder collapses from the pain in his head.
Scully says – where is Kyle. The woman looks and Scully goes running around back. Mulder writhes in pain on the ground. Scully goes into a barn out back. She tells Kyle to stop what he’s doing. They handcuff him and toss him in the car.
His mother begs him not to take him and says he didn’t know what he was doing and was trying to protect her. Mulder asks Kyle why he killed Sanjay. He says he didn’t want him to die. He says Sanjay was helping him.
Mulder says he can make him hear things. He says he just wants to find his sister. Scully asks if he means Molly. He says Jackie told him that she’s his real mother and he has to find Molly. Scully says she knows who knows.
They take Kyle to see Goldman who examines him. He asks if he can take some blood. He asks Goldman – where’s Molly – and he asks how he knows that name. He says mother told me to find her. Goldman asks what he would do if he found her.
Kyle says he doesn’t know. They watch him draw Kyle’s blood. Goldman says he’s going to let him meet Molly. He opens the door to her room and Kyle goes in. Mulder and Scully are with him. Kyle speaks her name.
She asks his name. He gets closer and then says no – you’re not my sister. He freaks out and runs calling Molly’s name. He runs down to a room with a glass door and says you’re Molly. She speaks into his head and she says she didn’t know he had a brother.
They touch hands through the glass, he asks if she’s ready and she nods. They smash the glass and grasp hands. Goldman shouts no but she says daddy just let me go. Scully is thrown back against a wall and Mulder is too as power flares.
Blood starts running out of Goldman’s eyes and nose. The kids are killing him with their combined powers. Murphy speaks to Skinner later on the scene. Skinner says the DOD took over and Mulder says he blacked out after Goldman’s eyes popped out of their sockets.
He says they got away. Mulder pocketed the tube of Kyle’s blood and shows Scully. Mulder is watching 2001 A Space Odyssey with his son. They sit cuddling. Later we see him launching a model rocket with his son.
His son says he’s going to go up there someday. Then Mulder hears his son scream and he runs into his room where his son is floating over his bed. He screams then disappears. Mulder is looking at a photo of their baby son.