The first episode of The X-Files' fourth season, "Herrenvolk," concluded the two-part story begun in the third-season cliffhanger finale, "Talitha Cumi." Having located Jeremiah Smith (Roy Thinnes), an alien with miraculous healing powers, Mulder hopes to save the life of his comatose mother. But first, Smith has a "long and complicated story" to tell Mulder -- one which leads inexorably to the agent's perennial opponent, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). Meanwhile, in her ongoing quest to help Mulder expose the truth of alien existence, Scully exposes herself to danger in the form of a bounty hunter (Brian Thompson) who has already targeted Mulder for termination. Written by X-Files creator Chris Carter, "Herrenvolk" was originally telecast October 4, 1996.
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