"My Struggle III"
Series The X-Files
Season 11, Episode 1
X-Files 11x01 003
Air date January 3rd, 2018
Writers Chris Carter
Director Chris Carter
Producers Garfield Cunningham Whitman; Gabe Rotter; Darin Morgan; James Wong; Grace Gilroy; Chris Carter; Glen Morgan
Starring David Duchovny; Gillian Anderson; Mitch Pileggi
Episode guide
"My Struggle II"

"My Struggle III" is the first episode of season eleven of the paranormal mystery series The X-Files and the 207th episode of the series overall. It was written and directed by series creator Chris Carter. The episode first aired on the FOX Network on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Dana Scully has a seizure and is taken to the hospital. In the midst of her stay, she experiences intense visions and knows that the Cigarette Smoking Man is going to wipe out humanity. Fox Mulder drives to South Carolina to confront him, but instead encounters Mister Y - a former colleague of his father from the old Syndicate days.

Cast Edit

Starring Edit

Actor Role
David Duchovny Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi Walter Skinner

Guest Starring Edit

Actor Role
Barbara Hershey Erika Price
Annabeth Gish Monica Reyes
Lauren Ambrose Agent Liz Einstein
Robbie Amell Agent Kyd Miller
Chris Owens Jeffrey Spender
Anjali Jay Doctor Joyet
A.C. Peterson Mister Y
William B. Davis Cigarette Smoking Man

Co-Starring Edit

Actor Role
Arggy Jenati Female paramedic
Harry Han Male paramedic
Naiah Cummins Nurse
Sandy Da Costa Alien
Jeremy Schuetze Young CSM
Fiona Vroom Young Cassandra
Jett Klyne Young Spender
Alexandre Campion Young Mr. Y
Erica Govier Young Erika

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-14 (LVD).
  • This episode is production code number: 2AYW01.
  • This episode had a viewership of 5.149 million people upon its initial broadcast in the United States, which is down by 2.453 from the previous episode. It had a rating of 1.3% in the 18-49 viewing demographic.
  • Story mythology: This episode follows the series trope of the government conspiracy plot lines that has been a mainstay of the series. This episode is a continuation of the season ten finale, "My Struggle II", and focuses on the character of the show's primary antagonist, the Cigarette Smoking Man.
  • The opening credit sequence ends with the words "I want to believe", which then dissolves certain letters to form the sentence "I want to lie".
  • This is the first appearance of Mister Y, who appears to be a former member of The Syndicate.
  • This is the first appearance of Erika Price, who is likewise a former member of The Syndicate.

Allusions Edit

  • This episode shows that the Cigarette Smoking Man was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This was previously established back in the season four episode, "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man", which shows that the Smoking Man was the actual shooter in the Texas school book depository, and not Lee Harvey Oswald.

Quotes Edit

  • Mister Y: Kill him before he kills us all. You're his son, Mister Mulder.
  • Erika Price: He won't be expecting you.
  • Fox Mulder: You know what I think? That's only half the story. He wants to exterminate humanity. What's your budding enterprise?
  • Erika Price: The colonization of space.
  • Mister Y: We're closer than you think.
  • Erika Price: Building Dyson spheres and magnificent habitable structures.
  • Fox Mulder: Oh. That's the plan. A secret space program? I don't think so. I think this is a power play. You want me to kill him so you can implement your own plan. You want to see blood in the streets. The colonization of space? How do you plan to do that? Transport all humanity off-planet? Seven billion people? That's not possible. Only a chosen few. And you call him evil?
  • Mister Y: We can take you with us, Mr. Mulder, you and your boy.
  • Fox Mulder: You're a liar. You're all liars.
  • Mister Y: Then no one can save us.
  • Fox Mulder: I know someone who can save us. And I think you know her, too. Now get out of my way.


  • Dana Scully: Mulder, you have to go.
  • Fox Mulder: I'm not going anywhere.
  • Dana Scully: To find the Smoking Man.
  • Fox Mulder: Scully, I'm gonna get your doctor.
  • Dana Scully: No, listen to me. I've seen it.
  • Fox Mulder: You've seen what, Scully?
  • Dana Scully: I know how it begins. There's a virus. The Spartan Virus. It shuts down our immune systems, and it starts a pandemic.
  • Fox Mulder: Scully, you had a seizure. You, you have extremely abnormal brain activity.
  • Dana Scully: No, the plague is released. But there's a cure. Mulder, I'm absolutely certain about this.
  • Fox Mulder: Okay. Tell me what you saw.
  • Dana Scully: You're dying, Mulder. And I can't save you. Not without stem cells from our son.
  • Fox Mulder: Scully, I'm fine. I'm here. There's no plague. You don't need to save me.
  • Dana Scully: The Smoking Man is behind it.
  • Fox Mulder: The Smoking Man is dead.
  • Dana Scully: No. No, he's not. He's alive. And he's in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mulder, from where he releases unleashes hell on Earth.



  • Carl Gerhard Busch: My plans are airtight. And even if they were to get out, they would be dismissed as so much fake news. That's the world we live in, Monica. Everyday a new disaster, when the one thing no one is prepared for will wipe the slate clean. We refuse to imagine our impending extinction, the acceleration of the cataclysms. We've thrown science out the window in favor of scandal and opinion and cant and all manner of ridiculous untruths. Civilization a joke, and my plan merely the punchline.

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