|X-Files, The - Season 8
||November 5, 2000 - |
May 20, 2001
|No. of Episodes
Season 8 of The X-Files premiered on November 5, 2000, and concluded the following May with 21 episodes. Season 8, like the previous two seasons of the show, was filmed in Los Angeles, CA. S8 was a time of considerable change for the series - Following the departure of David Duchovny, who contracted only to return partially for the eighth season following a lawsuit and desire to leave the series during the previous season, the show now found itself needing to fill that void.
Robert Patrick, best known for his role as the T-1000 in the blockbuster film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, beat out more than 100 other actors to land the role of Special Agent John Doggett, a supplemental main character meant to fill the gap made by Duchovny's absence. Duchovny would be contracted to appear in only 12 episodes for Season 8; most of these would be in the latter portion of the season, with only Patrick and Gillian Anderson appearing in other episodes. Doggett, an ex-Marine and former New York cop, was a hard-nosed and no-nonsense presence that would be immensely critical of the paranormal. As such, Doggett would take the role of the 'skeptic' in the show, as Anderson's character Scully had, by this point, shifted (if somewhat reluctantly) more into Mulder's previous role of the 'believer'. The loss of Duchovny was a point of contention for many long-time fans of the series, however the season would receive decent overall reviews from critics, with many praising Patrick's performance.
Story-wise, as Mulder had been abducted in the previous season's finale, this was used in Season 8's opener to explain that character's absence and the appearance of John Doggett (who would be called to investigate Mulder's disappearance and, to this end, would be ordered to work with Scully in the X-Files). Most of the first half of the season would focus on 'Monster of the Week' stories, exhibiting only Doggett and Scully, while the latter half would focus mostly on the overarching mythology, with Mulder's return from his abduction, the revelation of a new type of alien beings, and increased focus on Scully's pregnancy (also revealed in Season 7's finale). The episode "This Is Not Happening" would mark Duchovny's proper return to the season since the two-part opener (his appearances in the two episodes in-between were all in flashback sequences). The episode would also introduce Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), who would be a recurring character for the remainder of the season and become a main character in the next season of the series, as well as a returning character for the rebooted final two seasons.
Of additional note would be the debut of the show's first (and only) direct spin-off series, The Lone Gunmen, which featured exploits of the the eponymous trio. The spin-off would premiere in March 2001, prior to the conclusion of the eighth season of The X-Files, but would would be cancelled in June after only one 13-episode season.
The following weapons were used in Season 8 of the television series The X-Files:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
FBI Special Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), lead agent conducting the search for the abducted Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Scully's new partner and colleague in the X-Files unit, carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm. FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is also seen with a SIG P226. Other FBI agents and government personnel are seen with P226s.
Special Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick
) aims his SIG-Sauer P226
at the conclusion of the first part of the two-part season opener "Within" (S8E01), repeated near the beginning of the next episode, "Without" (S8E02).
Several FBI agents, including Gene Crane (Kirk B.R. Woller
, left foreground) peer over the cliff along with Doggett - all with holstered SIGs - near the beginning of the second part of the two-part season opener "Without" (S8E02).
Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi
) draws a P226 in a brief standoff with Scully in "Without" (S8E02).
Scully (Gillian Anderson
) climbs into the attic of a house with a SIG P226 in-hand in "Patience" (S8E03). The longer slide and hooked trigger guard denote this as a P226, rather than the P228 Scully normally carries.
Doggett wields a SIG-Sauer P226
in "Via Negativa" (S8E07). To the right, Skinner is seen just in-frame also wielding a P226.
A P226 is wielded by a SWAT officer in "Salvage" (S8E09).
'Absalom' (Judson Scott
) holds Doggett's SIG P226 on him in "Three Words" (S8E16).
A black-ops guard wields a P226 in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Doggett with his P226 as Fox Mulder (David Duchovny
) settles him down in "Alone" (S8E19).
FBI Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish
) draws what appears to be a SIG P226 (instead of the P228 she normally carries) in the second part of the two-part season finale "Existence" (S8E21). Note the slide, which appears to be too long for a P228.
Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi
) wields a P226 in "Existence" (S8E21).
SIG-Sauer P226 (Nickel)
A nickel-plated SIG-Sauer P226 is carried and accidentally discharged by Howard Salt (Gary Bristow), a US Census worker attempting to enter the White House at the beginning of "Three Words" (S8E16).
SIG-Sauer P226, Nickel finish - 9x19mm
Howard Salt attempts to pull the nickel SIG P226 as he struggles with US Secret Service ERT agents in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Good shot of the nickel P226 just before Salt accidentally discharges it.
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) carries a SIG-Sauer P228 as her sidearm. FBI Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) also carries a SIG P228. Other FBI and government agents on the show are also seen using P228s.
Scully draws her P228 in a brief standoff with Skinner in "Without" (S8E02).
Good shot of the SIG-Sauer P228
as it lays on a table in "Roadrunners" (S8E04).
Hank Gulatarski (David Barry Gray
) holds Scully's P228 in "Roadrunners" (S8E04).
Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish
) wields a SIG P228 during the raid on Absalom's compound in "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14), her first episode on the series.
A distraught and 'evil'-infected Katha Dukes (Wendy Gazelle) disarms Reyes of her P228 near the conclusion of "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick
) subsequently disarms Katha Dukes of the SIG P228 and holds it on her in "Empedocles" (S8E17).
ISS SIG-Sauer 'Non Gun'
During a single sequence near the conclusion of "Roadrunners" (S8E04), instead of the SIG-Sauer P226 he normally carries, John Doggett wields and fires what at first glance appears to be a SIG-Sauer P225. Upon closer inspection, the weapon appears to actually be an Independent Studio Services SIG-Sauer 'Non Gun'. This might have occurred because the show's armorer was unable to bring or use a live P226 on-set for this particular sequence.
ISS SIG-Sauer Non Gun used to impersonate and stand-in for the SIG P220/P225/P226/P228/P229.
Special Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick
) aims the SIG Non Gun in "Roadrunners" (S8E04).
Beretta 92FS pistols are seen numerous times throughout the series, carried and used by police officers and government agents, as well as soldiers and military personnel as a Beretta M9 substitute. FBI Special Agent Layla Harrison (Jolie Jenkins), Doggett's temporary partner in "Alone" (S8E19), carries a Beretta 92FS as her sidearm.
On the left, FBI Special Agent James Leeds (Kevin McClatchy) wields a Beretta as he and his partner, Angus Stedman (Lawrence LeJohn) enter a residence at the beginning of "Via Negativa" (S8E07).
The Beretta 92FS
lays next to the slain Agent Leeds in "Via Negativa" (S8E07).
What appears to be an empty Beretta lies on the floor in "Surekill" (S8E08). The casings are identified as .45s, which is an error - The Beretta 92 series are only chambered in 9x19mm (while the similiar-looking Beretta 96 series
are .40 S&W).
A SWAT officer with a Beretta 92FS in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Doggett eyes the Beretta 92FS
being held by a somewhat nervous Agent Harrison in "Alone" (S8E19).
Special Agent Layla Harrison (Jolie Jenkins) switches off the safety on the Beretta in "Alone" (S8E19).
Layla Harrison (Jolie Jenkins) wields her Beretta 92FS
in "Alone" (S8E19). TRIVIA: The character of Layla Harrison was created and named so in honor of a major
X-Files fan and noted
X-Files fanfiction writer who passed away due to cancer on February 10, 2001; almost three months prior to the airing of this episode.
Walther PPK / PPK/S
In "The Gift" (S8E11), flashbacks are shown of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) using his Walther PPK (which he carried in an ankle holster as a 'spare rod' backup weapon, as seen previously in the third and fourth seasons) to shoot and attempt to kill a 'soul eater' who cured him of a terminal disease, to relieve it of its suffering. In the same episode, during the present, Special Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) discovers a holstered Walther taped under Mulder's bathroom sink and has the gun analyzed. Doggett specifically refers to the weapon in the episode as a "Walther PPK". The gun used in this episode is actually an Interarms/Walther PPK/S, not the regular PPK model that Mulder previously used (the PPK/S has a larger frame than the PPK).
Walther PPK/S blued with flat-bottom magazine - .380 ACP
Walther PPK (shown for comparison) - Available in 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP) Auto or 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
seen in the hand of Special Agent Mulder (David Duchovny
) in a flashback sequence at the beginning of "The Gift" (S8E11).
Special Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick
) holds the PPK/S in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Doggett and Asst. Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi
) watch the PPK/S being scanned in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Doggett watches Mulder's PPK/S rotate as it is scanned. Note that this PPK has brown grips and a flat-bottomed magazine, whereas the PPK Mulder used in Seasons 3 and 4 had black grips and the magazine with finger rest.
Mulder aims his PPK/S in a flashback in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Beretta 84FS 'Cheetah' (Nickel)
Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) wields a nickel-plated Beretta 84FS in the second part of the two-part season finale "Existence" (S8E21).
Beretta 84FS, Nickel finish - .380 ACP (9x17mm)
Alex Krycek raises the nickel Beretta 84FS
in "Existence" (S8E21).
Krycek (Nicholas Lea
) holds the Beretta on Mulder in "Existence" (S8E21).
Krycek slowly squeezes the trigger.
Closeup of the muzzle of the Beretta just before Krycek is shot in "Existence" (S8E21).
Krycek pushes away the nickel 84FS with his false hand.
Glock 17 pistols are seen used by police and government officers throughout the series. The few seen in Season 8 are generally holstered, and not seen wielded or fired.
Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
A Glock is seen in a Worcester, MA officer's holster near the beginning of "Surekill" (S8E08).
On the left, Sheriff Kurt Frey (Michael McGrady
) has what appears to be a Glock 17
holstered as he speaks with Agent Doggett in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Standard M1911A1 pistols are seen occasionally throughout the series.
Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued US Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1.
Two gangbanger drug dealers draw their weapons in "Surekill" (S8E08). The one on the right has what appears to be an M1911A1
The dealer is gunned down holding his M1911A1 in "Surekill" (S8E08).
ISS Smith & Wesson Snub-Nose Revolver 'Non Gun'
In the opening sequence of "Redrum" (S8E06), Martin Wells (Joe Morton), an incarcerated prosecutor, is gunned down by his father-in-law Al Cawdry (Lee Duncan) as he is being transferred. The weapon Al uses appears best to be an Independent Studio Services Smith & Wesson Snub Nose 'Non Gun', likely used due to the fact the weapon is fired in close proximity to a group of people.
ISS Revolver Non-Gun commonly used to impersonate and stand-in for snub-nose or short-barreled Smith & Wesson small to medium-frame revolvers.
Al Cawdry aims the Snub Revolver 'Non Gun' at the beginning of "Redrum" (S8E06).
Al (Lee Duncan) with the Revolver Non Gun in "Redrum" (S8E06).
Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol (TRP)
What appears to be a Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol (TRP) 1911 variant is wielded by FBI Special Agent Angus Stedman (Lawrence LeJohn) near the beginning of "Via Negativa" (S8E07). A version of this model is actually used by the FBI's HRT.
Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol - .45 ACP
FBI Special Agent Angus Stedman (Lawrence LeJohn, left), prepares to enter a residence with a Springfield Armory TRP drawn at the beginning of "Via Negativa" (S8E07).
Stedman with his TRP. Note the profile of the gun, particularly the sights, hammer and beavertail, which all match that of the Springfield Armory TRP.
Agent Stedman (Lawrence LeJohn) with his Springfield Armory TRP
in "Via Negativa" (S8E07). Note the trigger profile.
Brothers Randall Cooper (Patrick Kilpatrick) and Dwight Cooper (Michael Bowen) are both seen wielding a 9mm Ruger KP94DC in "Surekill" (S8E08). Randall is primarily seen using the gun throughout the episode, loaded with armor-piercing bullets, to take out targets though walls and obstructions (able to do so from to his ability to perceive other, generally non-visible waveforms of light, allowing him to essentially look through walls). Dwight wields the gun near the end of the episode.
Ruger KP94DC (Stainless, Decocker) - 9x19mm
Randall Cooper (Patrick Kilpatrick
) is first seen with the Ruger in "Surekill" (S8E08), after taking out three drug-dealing gangbangers from the outside of the warehouse they were in. Note the flaming cloth on the gun (previously wrapped around it as a improvised silencer).
Dwight Cooper (Michael Bowen
) wields the Ruger KP94 on his secretary Tammi in "Surekill" (S8E08).
Good shot of the Ruger KP94DC
being held on Tammi (Kelly Waymire).
Randall with the KP94, as he pulls out another cloth to use with the gun.
The lead gangbanger/drug dealer (Noel Gugliemi) in "Surekill" (S8E08) wields a Jericho 941R, but is killed before he can use it.
Jericho 941 R (early model) - 9x19mm
Two gangbanger drug dealers draw their weapons in "Surekill" (S8E08). The leader gangbanger on the left has a Jericho pistol.
Norinco Type 54
One of the drug dealers in "Surekill" (S8E08) wields a Norinco Type 54 (Chinese-made copy of the Tokarev TT-33), but is killed before he can use it.
Norinco Model 54 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The drug dealer is shot down while holding a Type 54 in "Surekill" (S8E08).
A Glock 26 is seen drawn by an undercover Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officer near the beginning of "Medusa" (S8E12)
Good shot of the Glock 26 as it slides to a stop on the floor of the train car in "Medusa" (S8E12).
A Browning Hi-Power is used by Jeb Larold Dukes (Jay Underwood) in "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm. These Hi-Powers feature elongated bushings different from Hi-Powers Made before 1973 and after the MK II Series.
Closeup of the Browning Hi-Power near the beginning of "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Jeb Dukes holds the Hi-Power in "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Jeb Dukes (Jay Underwood) raises the Hi-Power to his head.
Good shot of the Browning Hi-Power
as Jeb drops it when it becomes glowing hot in "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Jeb Larold Dukes (Jay Underwood) brandishes the Hi-Power in "Empedocles" (S8E17).
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Numerous Heckler & Koch MP5A3s are seen throughout the series. These are wielded by police tactical officers and government agents, as well as military and black-ops personnel, including SWAT officers in "Salvage" (S8E09) as well as US Secret Service ERT agents and black-ops guards in "Three Words" (S8E16). Almost all of the MP5A3s are fitted with Surefire 628 weaponlight forearms and feature Navy lower receivers/trigger packs. The MP5A3s seen wielded in "Three Words" also feature mounted reflex sights. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Lieutenant Bianco (Vyto Ruginis) notably wields a standard H&K MP5A3 throughout "Medusa" (S8E12).
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group - 9x19mm
Transit Police Lieutenant Bianco racks the bolt on his H&K MP5A3 in "Medusa" (S8E12).
Doggett extends the stock of the MP5A3 into the Medusa-organism infested water, preparing to connect it with a live subway rail to kill the Medusas near the conclusion of "Medusa" (S8E12).
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight and safe-semi-two round burst trigger group - 9x19mm
An FBI tactical agent with an MP5A3 with Navy lower during a UFO event at the conclusion of "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14).
A Secret Service ERT agent slings his MP5A3 with Surefire light and reflex sight near the beginning of "Three Words" (S8E16).
Closeup of a black-ops guard with a Heckler & Koch MP5A3
with Surefire light and reflex sight in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Black-ops personnel with MP5A3s in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Quick but good shot of an MP5A3 in the hands of a black-ops guard in "Three Words". Note the reflex sight and Navy trigger/selector pack.
Black-ops guards storm the Census Bureau databank with H&K MP5A3s in "Three Words" (S8E16).
An FBI tactical agent raids a residence armed with a Surefire-equipped Heckler & Koch MP5A3
in "Essence" (S8E20).
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Several fixed-stock Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns are seen wielded by FBI tactical agents in "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14). These, like the MP5A3s, are also fitted with Surefire weaponlight forearms.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight and Navy trigger group, used in S.W.A.T.
Seen for an instant is a Surefire-equipped MP5A2 in the hands of a tactical agent as part of the raid on Absalom's compound in "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14).
Tactical agents with their MP5s in "This Is Not Happening". The nearest one on the left clearly has a fixed-stock Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Rifles / Carbines
XM177 / CAR-15 (Mock-ups)
XM177-style carbines are seen used by military personnel and SWAT officers, notably SWAT officers in "Salvage" (S8E09) and FBI tactical agents in "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14). These appear to be the same weapons from Season 6 - Mocked up from newer Colt Carbines with A2 receivers, such as the Model 727 (distinguished by the brass deflector and A2 rear sights) with a slightly different style of mock XM-style flash moderators, similar to those commonly seem on carbines in LA productions. The carbines all also feature mounted weaponlights.
XM177E1 Carbine (AKA Colt Model 609) - 5.56x45mm
Commercial CAR-15 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. This is strictly a semiautomatic civilian copy of the XM177 style of rifles.
A SWAT officer with his XM177 mockup in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Good shot of a Colt Carbine barrel with mock XM177-style flash moderator in "Salvage" (S8E09). The moderator appears rather long and thin, similar to those on commercial CAR-15s.
SWAT officers prepare to enter a room armed with Colt carbines in "Salvage".
To the left, a quick shot of a Colt Carbine in the hands of a tactical agent in "This Is Not Happening" (S8E14). Note the stepped post-A2-style pistol grip.
Mossberg 500 (Numerous Variants)
Several types of Mossberg 500 shotguns are seen throughout the season - Due to the number of different variants, they will be sub-divided within this section.
Mossberg 500 'Persuader'
Several standard riot-model Mossberg 500s, known as 'Persuader' models, are seen throughout the season. The shotguns are used by numerous police and government agents. One Mossberg 500 with synthetic pump grip and wood buttstock is notably seen in the second part of the two-part season finale "Existence" (S8E21).
Mossberg 500 "Persuader" with standard five-shot magazine tube - 12 Gauge. This is the most commonly produced version of the 500 series today.
Seen only for a moment is a Mossberg 500 with weaponlight wielded by a SWAT officer in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish
), after realizing the Game Warden is actually one of the alien 'Super Soldier' human replacements, holds the Mossberg on her in "Existence" (S8E21).
Reyes lowers the Mossberg 500, giving a good view of the wood buttstock.
Mossberg 500 Field
A 'field' variant of the Mossberg 500 is seen wielded by one of the townspeople in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Mossberg 500A Field Gun with 28" Barrel - 12 Gauge
A townsperson wields a Mossberg 500 Field in "The Gift" (S8E11).
What appear to be Mossberg 500AT variants, noted by the wooden furniture, are wielded by corrections officers guarding a work detail in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 Gauge. Note the wood furniture.
What appears to be a Mossberg in the hands of a corrections guard in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Another guard hurries along with his Mossberg as 'Absalom' attempts to escape in "Three Words" (S8E16).
Remington 870s are wielded by police officers and and government agents throughout the series. Sheriff Kurt Frey (Michael McGrady) notably uses an 870 with synthetic furniture to gun down Agent Doggett in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Remington 870 with early style black synthetic riot foregrips and buttstock - 12 Gauge
To the right, a quick shot of the Remington 870 in the hands of Sheriff Frey in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Sheriff Frey with the 870 as he walks to Doggett's body in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Side-by-Side Double Barreled Shotgun
Several 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in Season 8. One is wielded by a self-exiled Ernie Stefaniuk (Gene Dynarski) when he and Scully are attacked by the 'man-bat' in "Patience" (S8E03). Several townspeople in "The Gift" (S8E11) are also seen wielding Side-by-Side shotguns.
1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
Ernie Stefaniuk loads his Side-by-Side Double Barreled Shotgun in "Patience" (S8E03).
A townsperson with a Double Barreled Shotgun in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Sawed-Off Side-by-Side Double Barreled Shotgun
A Sawed-off Side-by-Side Shotgun is used by Harry Odell (Dan Desmond), a salvage yard owner, in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Remington Spartan Sawed Off shotgun - 12 Gauge
Odell covertly moves to retrieve his sawed-off shotgun in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Harry Odell (Dan Desmond) brandishes the sawed-off DBL shotgun.
Odell with his sawed-off shotgun in "Salvage" (S8E09).
Over/Under Double Barrel Shotgun
An Over & Under 12-Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun is wielded by one of the townsfolk in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Browning 5.25 Over/Under Shotgun - 12 Gauge
On the left, a townsperson with an O/U Shotgun in-hand in "The Gift" (S8E11).
Trivia - Gun Cleaning Sequence
In the first part of the two-part season finale, "Essence" (S8E20), Doggett is seen cleaning his SIG-Sauer P226. A rarity in most films and TV shows, this is the second and last of only two times in the series such an action is performed on-screen by one of the main actors (The previous instance occurred in Season 3).
Doggett is seen here in "Essence" (S8E20) cleaning the barrel of his SIG-Sauer P226