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Nothing Important Happened Today II 

Doggett attempts to uncover the truth about a woman with superhuman abilities who is somehow connected to scientific experiments being conducted in a lab aboard a secret ship that stays at sea year round.


Tony Wharmby


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Lucy Lawless ... Shannon McMahon
Adam Baldwin ... Knowle Rohrer
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Ryan Cutrona ... The Captain
Ben Reed ... Young Officer
Jeff Austin ... Dr. Nordlinger
Cary Elwes ... Brad Follmer
Victoria Gallegos ... Follmer's Secretary


While Reyes and Skinner try to convince him otherwise, Doggett practically goes rogue for his own pursuit of the Truth. His findings, and help from the female super soldier Shannon McMahon, may lead to answers critical to the status and health of William Scully. But Knowle Rohrer is back from the dead and stands in their way. Written by UnforgivenSpaceCowboy

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Release Date:

18 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Shannon McMahon's listed birthplace is Snoqualmie Falls in Washington state, a location known for it's appearance in Twin Peaks. See more »


Deputy Director Kersh gives a dissertation on a diary kept by King George III where he allegedly recorded on July 4, 1776 that nothing of importance occurred that day. This is a factual error, as King George III didn't even keep a diary - according to Arnold Hunt, curator of the British Library. See more »


[regarding the baby's abnormal behavior]
Walter Skinner: If you can't tell me, then get to Mulder. Tell him what happened.
Dana Scully: No. Mulder can't know. He can't be brought back into this. He can't be brought back to the FBI. It's just too dangerous for him right now.
Walter Skinner: It's too dangerous for everyone.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, the tag line reads "Nothing important happened today." See more »


References The X-Files: The Erlenmeyer Flask (1994) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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5 November 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Nothing Important Happened Today II is more of the same from the season premiere. It's only the third time that a sequel episode has the same name as the first part episode without any appellations.

The old shaky camera technique is used at the beginning of the episode. I've never cared much for that style. It makes me dizzy. Are they trying to get across the point that someone is standing there with a hand-held camera? Of course not. Then why use it? We see with Reyes with reading glasses for the first time in this episode. She joins Mulder, Scully, and Skinner as a main character who needs reading glasses. It looks like Doggett is the only main character with perfect vision.

It's obvious in this episode why the agents usually wear subdued colors. Reyes wears a red top in this episode and it stands out. I usually don't notice things like that.

I don't have a lot to say on this episode other than it bugs me to see Kersh (apparently) being nice and slipping Doggett the obituary. It's all very confusing to me and I just don't buy Kersh's motives. How much does he know? How deep is he? The X-Files is supposed to be mysterious and not answer all questions, but Kersh and the Super Soldier storyline are just too convoluted and they hurt the show more than they help it. The reason why I still like Nothing Important Happened Today II is that it is fun to watch and has good action. And there you have it.

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