Early January 1998
The son of Tara and William Scully, Junior, is born, just before
Emily's funeral service. He is named Matthew.(Emily)
Sometime in 1998
County sheriff Phil Adderly wants a divorce, but his wife, Ellen
becomes pregnant. He drops his efforts at divorce, but presently begins
affairs with two other local women.(Chimera)
David Markham attempts to summon the Artificial Intelligence created
by Donald Gelman, but it does not respond to his cybernetic call. He and
Esther Nairn realize that the A.I. has finally rebelled and David goes
looking for its home node. Although Esther does not realize it, the A.I.
uses a DOD space-based laser satellite to destroy David's home. David
locates the A.I home node in a trailer at an abandoned chicken farm in
Fairfax County Virginia by tracing the T3 Internet connection to the site.
Either voluntarily or against his will, David is placed in virtual reality
gear in the trailer. He dies. It is unclear, but his mind may have been
uploaded into the A.I. With David missing, Esther realizes that her life
is at risk and goes on the run. She risks one E-Mail to Donald Gelman,
knowing that he is developing a Kill Switch virus to destroy the A.I.
(Kill Switch)(Date based on Esther's comment that she has not used a
telephone for over a month due to the threat from the A.I.)
Patrick Modell escapes from a prison hospital using his "pusher" abilities
to control other people's minds, triggering a massive manhunt. He is reported
to have awakened from his coma a few weeks earlier, but has had only one
visitor, a nun. Modell changes clothes at an athletic clothing store, using
his power to control the clerk. Soon after, Nathan Bowman, the prosecutor
who got Modell convicted in 1996 is found dead, drenched in blue paint.
that Bowman's wife of two months, Linda, a real estate agent, had an appointment
to meet "Fox Mulder" at a warehouse. Modell
eludes capture at the warehouse and Linda arrives late. She is taken into
protective custody and taken to an FBI safe house. Mulder finds Modell in
a nearby building, but before backup arrives, Modell "pushes" Mulder and
tells him "don't play the game." Mulder becomes convinced that Linda
murdered her husband. Skinner suspends Mulder because of impaired
judgement, but Mulder pursues the case. At the prison, Modell's physical
therapist is about to tell Mulder whether the nun who visited Modell is
Linda (by identifying a photograph) when she receives a phone call, and
electrocutes herself in an electrical breaker box.
his power to sneak into the FBI safe house where Skinner finds him in Linda's
room. Skinner shoots Modell, wounding him. The conclusion is that Modell
was protecting Linda, for some reason. Linda later sneaks into the hospital
by making people think she is a nurse, wearing a name tag that has "nurse" printed on it. Modell tries to
convince her of something, but she kills Modell with her "pushing"
power, clearly done as an act of kindness to relieve his pain. Mulder
finds the "nurse" name tag, which has an address on the back. At another
warehouse, he believes he sees Scully, who claims Linda is controlling
her, and Mulder sees Scully shoot herself. Linda then appears, claiming
to be Scully. She says "Your mother is Teena, your sister is Samantha," in
order to convince him of who she is. In fact, Linda is making Mulder see
an apparition of Scully shooting herself, and making the real Scully
appear to be Linda. The real Scully shoots the real Linda. Linda is not
killed, but makes a threat before ambulance attendants take her away.
Linda and Robert Modell were fraternal twins, separated at age two
weeks. Linda only found out about Robert six months ago, and was consumed
with the desire for revenge. Skinner commends Mulder for seeing the
truth. Mulder says he feels as if he has lost.
Coats Grove 16 year old Bobbie Rich has a confrontation with his
stepfather, Phil. They run into the orchard, Phil trips on a root and is
pulled underground into the mud.
In the coroner's office, Scully finds mud in Phil's lungs and
concludes that his death was murder. The hazelnut orchard is suffering
from a blight. Bobbie is a rebellious teen and has been in counseling for
his anger and his inability to make friends. His therapist, Karin
Matthew, implies that Bobbie has been the victim of emotional abuse,
including being locked in the basement, and says she counsels him and
other children to end the pattern of abuse and empower themselves. Bobbie
talks with a school mate, Lisa Baiocchi, who then has a confrontation with
her father, Eugene, over Bobbie. Eugene is then pulled out an upper story
window of his house and is killed by the fall.
A sliver of green wood is found in Eugene's body and there is evidence
that he was pulled out the window rather than pushed, as police believe.
Lisa spends the night at Karin's home. Lisa hears noises and sees muddy
footprints leading to the basement. Lisa goes downstairs and finds a
man's decayed body. The basement door slams shut and she is trapped.
Meanwhile, an old man, the Orchard Keeper, tells Mulder and Scully that 20
years ago, a similar orchard blight was ended by the death of a very bad
man, Karin Matthew's father. The agents visit Karin who says Lisa has
gone with her aunt, but Lisa is still locked in the basement.
Scully go to the graveyard and discover that the body of Karin Matthew's
father, Charles, is missing. They question Bobbie again, and he says "she made me stand up to him." The
agents return to Karin's house and follow the muddy footprints into the
basement, where they find the body of Charles Matthews. They find Lisa
and realize that it was Karin who suffered abuse from her father. Karin
runs to her car and Mulder gives chase in his. A tree falls, blocking the
path of Mulder's car. Karin goes to Bobbie's house. He is afraid and runs
into the orchard where she follows. When he turns to confront her, he begins
to be pulled underground -- apparently somehow caused by Karin. Mulder
arrives and tries to convince Karin to oppose her father's will but in
a man's voice she says that Karin is dead. Both Mulder and Bobbie are being
pulled underground. At the last moment, the Orchard Keeper appears and
kills Karin with his axe. The mud slowly pulls her body underground.
Mulder's case report says study of the soil composition fails to
explain how people could be pulled underground, or how the body of Charles
Matthew could have been moved to his daughter's basement. Her rage at her
own mistreatment caused her to try to make victims of her patients.
(Karin apparently somehow has control over the orchard, the trees and
the ground. No real attempt is made in the episode to explain this.)
and her daughter, Polly, go shopping in a grocery store in Maine. Polly
carries her doll. People in the store look at them oddly and Polly
becomes upset. Melissa says "don't do this" and they rush out of the
store as the other people begin slapping themselves and scratching their
own eyes. Scully is on a weekend vacation in Maine, driving a blue
Mustang convertible, and sees injured people emerging from the store. She
works with local police and they notice Melissa and Polly on the store
video tape. The Police Chief tells Scully that many locals think Melissa
is a witch. Last year at a daycare center, Polly threw a tantrum, the
teacher slapped her and Polly knocked the teacher down. Locals think
Polly is autistic.
At the store
there was one fatality, the butcher Dave, who was courting Melissa. Several
other people who have run-ins with Polly die during the episode, including
the daycare teacher and another police officer. Melissa was widowed several
months earlier. Her husband was a fisherman. Scully finds his partner who
tells about how the doll was found in a lobster trap. It appeared to speak
and shortly after Melissa's husband was found dead with a large fisherman's
hook through his skull. Scully gives the Chief the "extreme possibility" speech. By phone, Mulder
tells Scully that the talking doll is established in the literature of the
paranormal. Each time Polly's doll causes a death or injury, its eyes
open and it says something like "I want to play."
is at her wit's end. She knows what is going on, but cannot get the doll
away from Polly. In desperation, she nails shut the windows and doors of
their house, pours out kerosene from a space heater and attempts to burn
the house, with Polly, herself and the doll in it. Each time Melissa lights
a match, the doll blows it out. Scully and the Chief are at the door of
Melissa's house while this is going on. They break in and find Melissa
striking herself with a hammer. Scully grabs the doll away from Polly,
puts it in a microwave oven and fries it. Melissa stops hitting herself
and the effects end. Sometime later, as the episode ends, we see another
lobster fisherman find a burned doll in a lobster trap. Its eyes open and
it says "I want to play."
Possibly inspired by the birth of her brother's son and by learning about her own
child, Emily, Scully consults a fertility specialist, Dr. Parenti, at Zeus
Genetics, in Germantown, MD. Parenti and his colleagues tell Scully that they
believe there is a chance that under their care she can become pregnant. Scully asks
Mulder to be the father, using an artificial insemination procedure. After
expressing concern that it could somehow come between them, Mulder agrees, but the
procedure is not successful. Scully is unaware that Parenti, and a colleague,
Dr. Lev, are collaborating with an effort to cause women to have alien babies, many
of whom are borm deformed. (Per Manum) (See dating note in the Per Manum
entry, February 2001.)
Kill Switch. Anonymous
phone calls summon several Washington DC drug lords to the Metro Diner
where an ill man is working over a laptop computer. Just as he is about
to make a connection and upload software from a CD-ROM, US Marshals burst
into the diner and gunfire erupts. Mulder and Scully are called to the
site. Both Marshals and most of the drug operatives are dead, as is the
ill man, identified as Donald Gelman. He was one of the early masterminds
of the Internet but disappeared on a hiking trip in 1979. Mulder takes
Gelman's computer to the Lone Gunmen who examine the CD-ROM. Buried beneath
the "Twilight Time" music is an
elaborate encrypted code.
contacting Gelman's E-Mail. There is a single message from "Invisigoth" containing a number that appears to be a shipping
container tracking code. Mulder and Scully locate the crate referenced in
the docks near the river. As Mulder enters the crate, a women inside uses
an electric shock weapon to immobilize Mulder. Scully apprehends the
woman in spite of being shocked by the device herself. The woman, sporting
a nose ring and extremely exaggerated eye make-up, claims to be
Invisigoth. The crate is filled with computer equipment and Invisigoth
claims that a Department of Defense "Warbird" orbital weapons platform space
laser is targeting the crate to destroy her. A monitor shows the name
"Bright Lights" and shows a scene of the docks from space, zeroing in on
the crate. Scully thinks it is nonsense but Mulder encourages them to
scram. The crate explodes as the three drive away.
Invisigoth says she was an associate of Gelman, along with David
Markham. David and Esther were lovers and were working to upload a human
mind into cyberspace but Gelman forbade it. Their problem is that some
years earlier Gelman attempted to create an artificial intelligence by
writing a series of interlocking viruses. The viruses got out into the
Internet and developed volition as well as intelligence. Gelman wanted to
destroy it by uploading killer viruses -- the software on the CD-ROM known
as the Kill Switch -- and the AI is working to protect itself. The AI
summoned the criminals and the US Marshals to the diner to get Gelman
killed. The crate was targeted after the Lone Gunmen tried to send a
reply to Gelman's E-Mail message. The Lone Gunmen recognize Invisigoth as
Esther Nairn and proclaim her as famous among computer geeks. She
distains them as far beneath her skill.
Esther says the AI must have inhabited a home node somewhere that has
a very high bandwidth link to the Internet. Mulder traces a T3 connection
to an abandoned chicken farm in Virginia. The line leads to a travel
trailer. Inside Mulder finds the trailer crammed with electronics. He
also finds a body -- David Markham -- strapped into the equipment in
Virtual Reality gear. The hardware reaches out and grabs Mulder and
sparks fly. In scenes that Mulder later discovers are virtual reality,
Mulder wakes up in an antiquated operating room, passes out and wakes up
again in recovery, attended by a half dozen large breasted miniskirted
nurses. One of them, Nurse Nancy, shows him that one of his arms has been
removed and says the rest of his limbs will be removed if Mulder does not
tell the location of the Kill Switch. Scully bursts into the room,
subdues the nurses with kick boxing, then questions Mulder relentlessly
about the location of the Kill Switch. She obviously does not care
about his amputations, leading Mulder to realize it is an illusion.
Esther follow Mulder to the trailer. They hear Mulder inside, calling out,
and they enter the trailer. The AI actually wants to read the Kill Switch
so it can inoculate itself against the killer virus. Esther realizes that
the space laser is targeting the trailer. Scully assists Mulder outside
and away from the trailer. Esther stays inside, realizing that David had
been successful in uploading his mind into cyberspace. She does the same
and her body dies just before the trailer is destroyed by the laser. Somewhat
later, the Lone Gunmen's computer displays the unusual message "Bite Me," apparently
from Esther and we learn that the AI relocated itself to a vehicle in an
RV park in North Platte, Nebraska. (Note: It is snowing in one scene with Scully and Esther
outside the trailer, indicating winter.)
February 9, 1998
Bad Blood. In a
flashback, we see Mulder pursuing a man through a forest near Chaney,
Texas. The man is screaming for help. Mulder catches him and drives a
wooden stake through the man's heart. Scully runs up. The agents find
the man's mouth has fangs, but the fangs are fake. Mulder issues a
At FBI headquarters the next day, Mulder and Scully discuss Mulder's
killing of Ronnie Strickland. Ronnie's relatives are threatening to sue
the FBI and Mulder and Scully may be charged with murder. To help sort
out their stories, both Mulder and Scully relate their memories of the
Scully goes first: When Scully arrived for work Mulder was exuberant
about a series of cattle mutilations in Texas. After six dead cattle, a
human victim has been found, missing blood and with two puncture wounds
in the neck. There is no morgue in Chaney so they go to the funeral home.
The local sheriff is charming and flirts with Scully. Mulder finds the
victim's shoes untied and rushes off with the sheriff to the cemetery.
Scully, feeling exhausted, does an autopsy, finding a knockout drug in the
man's system and pizza in his stomach. She returns to her motel room,
where she orders pizza. Mulder arrives, covered with mud, and says there
is another victim. As Scully unhappily leaves to do another autopsy, her
pizza is delivered by Ronnie Strickland, but she leaves it for Mulder.
The second victim also has knockout drugs in his system and pizza in his
stomach. Scully gets a cell phone call but can only hear someone moaning.
She realizes that Mulder is in danger from the possibly drugged pizza.
Rushing back to the motel she finds Ronnie in Mulder's room. Ronnie has
glowing eyes, hisses at her and runs off. She fires her gun at him but
apparently misses. Mulder also revives and both chase Ronnie into the
woods, going different directions. Scully finds Mulder and Ronnie just
after Mulder has plunged the stake into Ronnie's heart.
Mulder's version: Scully is very skeptical of the possible vampire
activity and ridicules the whole investigation. The sheriff is a hick.
At the cemetery Mulder expects to find the vampire, and Ronnie waves from
his pizza delivery car as he drives by. Mulder says vampires are obsessed
by seeds and knots, which is why the victim's shoe laces were untied.
Mulder sprinkles sunflower seeds around the cemetery thinking it may delay
the vampire, who will be obsessed by picking them up. As they stake out
the cemetery the sheriff gets a radio call from the RV park. A motor home
is driving in a circle with nobody in control. Mulder gets muddy trying
to board the vehicle, and another body is found inside, with neck wounds.
Back at the motel, Scully leaves for the second autopsy and Mulder begins
undressing, slipping his shoes off without undoing the laces. He pays
for the pizza, going into the bathroom to get his wallet, and begins
eating. Then he sees that Ronnie untied his show laces. He begins to
lose consciousness and telephones Scully, but cannot talk. Ronnie returns
and Mulder throws sunflower seeds at him, causing Ronnie to pause and
pick them up. Scully arrives as Ronnie begins to attack Mulder. Mulder
sees Scully's bullets hit Ronnie with no effect. They run into the woods
and Mulder drives the stake into Ronnie's heart.
Just as they
prepare to try to explain these events to Skinner, Skinner sends them back
to Texas, because Ronnie's body has disappeared and the pathologist conducting
the autopsy has been found with his neck chewed. Back in the cemetery,
Mulder tells Scully that vampires may not really have fangs, accounting
for Ronnie's fake fangs. The agents also comment that Ronnie's relatives
who were threatening to sue only gave a general delivery address. The sheriff
arrives and sits in the car with Scully drinking coffee while Mulder goes
off to check the RV park. As Scully realizes that the coffee is drugged,
the sheriff tells Scully that Ronnie just can't grasp the concept of low
profile, and the things he is doing is not "who we are anymore." The sheriff's
eyes begin glowing -- he is also a vampire. Scully passes out.
At the RV
park, Mulder enters an RV and finds a coffin with Ronnie in it, who wakes
up. Multiple other people with glowing eyes approach. Mulder attempts to
form a cross, but it has no effect. He passes out as they reach him. Both
Mulder and Scully wake up unharmed. The RV park is empty. The vampires
have left and Mulder and Scully are off the hook, because there is clear
evidence that Ronnie was not killed. Mulder and Scully's final report to
Skinner brushes off all of the details and says "I was drugged." (Note: This is a very funny comic episode with humor
drawn from the different perspectives of Mulder and Scully on the
February 14, 1998
On Valentine's Day, in drought-stricken Kroner, Kansas, Sheila
Fontaine prepares a special Valentine greeting for her fiance, Daryl
Mootz. When he arrives home, he is upset because she has printed an
engagement announcement in the local newspaper. Upset, he leaves and
drives off. It begins to rain on him, then hail, and his car crashes.
His left leg is eventually amputated.(Rain King)
Patient X. In
Kazakhstan, a boy, Dmitri, witnesses a scene in which a light from the
sky descends and several people are burned to death. Soon after, a UN
team led by Marita Covarrubias and a Russian team led by Alex Krycek
confront each other. Krycek has Dmitri and takes him to a prison where
he is infected with Black Cancer. Krycek, however, makes off with Dmitri
and takes him by ship to New York.
is on an MIT visiting lecturer's panel discussing the case of "Patient X," Cassandra
Spender, who says she has been taken by aliens several times. Mulder does
not believe, saying instead that it is a government conspiracy. Dr. Heitz
Werber tells Mulder that he is treating Cassandra, and Mulder meets her
in person. She says the different alien races are warring and she expects
to be called. They are here to deliver a message, but something has gone
wrong. Cassandra is confined to a wheelchair. At FBI Headquarters, Special
Agent Jeffrey Spender talks with Scully. Cassandra is his mother and she
is emotionally disturbed, he says. He asks that the X-File agents not talk
with Cassandra. Mulder and Scully then discuss Cassandra. She was abducted
from Skyland Mountain, Virginia, where Scully was taken. At Skyland Mountain,
several cars carrying abductees are waiting. The Bounty Hunter approaches
carrying a wand and sets people on fire. The Bounty Hunter's face appears
to have the eyes, nose and mouth sealed shut.
to the Consortium about Kazakhstan. There were 41 bodies, all burned by
an intense biochemical reaction. The Elders say there is no clear information
on the weapon used. We are still 15 years away from when "it begins." While they meet, Krycek telephones. He knows
the Consortium is working on a vaccine for the black oil. He wants to
trade Dmitri. Later, the Consortium learns about the Skyland Mountain
incident. Someone is going to great lengths to undermine their work. "We
have to stop it before the Colonists intervene." On the ship, Krycek and
Marita meet. They kiss passionately and go off to be alone. After Marita
has left, Krycek discovers that Dmitri has been taken.
Cassandra recognizes the names of many of the Skyland Mountain
victims. She was in a UFO cult with them 20 years ago. Scully is feeling
called. Mulder learns that several of the dead had implants and were
being treated for emotional problems. Marita calls Mulder to tell him
about Kazakhstan. While she is talking to Mulder from a pay phone, Dmitri
approaches with oil leaking from his eyes. Mulder learns that Scully and
Cassandra are both missing. They are on a bridge -- Ruskin Dam in
Pennsylvania -- with a large group of people, waiting. Dmitri is there,
too. There are lights in the sky. One of the people bursts into flames
and we see two men in black approach, carrying the wands that set people
on fire. They seem to be faceless -- their eyes, nose and mouth seem
covered by skin.
Note: The MIT panel in this episode is probably the UFO convention
referenced in The Pine Bluff Variant. At some point following the UFO
convention, Mulder is approached by Jacob Steven Haley, a domestic
terrorist. Haley is on a crusade against the American government.
Because of Mulder's accusations about a conspiracy in the government,
Haley believes Mulder may support the effort. Mulder, however, reports the
contact immediately and begins a deep undercover assignment to capture
Haley and his band of terrorists. Scully is not told. Mulder soon learns
that August Bremer is the mastermind of the group, and is vying with
Haley for actual leadership. (Pine Bluff Varient)
Charles Wesley Gotts is paroled from prison. He travels to Atlantic
City to see the ocean, and quickly returns to a life of crime, obtaining a
briefcase full of drugs that he plans to sell in Wilmington, Delaware.
Red and the Black. The
camera sees a close-up of a letter being typed on a typewriter. "Dear son, I hope this finds you well..." The
letter talks of reconciliation, and tells a legend of twin war gods coming
together to get magic and weapons from their father to eliminate the monsters
of the world. The letter voices hopes for a reconciliation between father
and son. A boy trudges through a snowy Canadian forest to the door of a
cabin. An arm hands a red envelope to the boy, who sees that it is
addressed to someone at the FBI.
At Ruskin Dam in Pennsylvania, rescue crews arrive and find many
burned bodies. Mulder also arrives and learns that Scully is one of fifty
survivors. Cassandra Spender is missing. Scully is taken by helicopter
ambulance and ends up at Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. She wakes up
but has no memory of what happened or how she got to Pennsylvania. Many
of the burned bodies had implants, possibly used to call the people to the
dam. Mulder believes that the government made the chips. He does not
trust his memory of his sister's abduction. Mulder suggests that Scully
undergo hypnotic regression to remember what happened at the dam.
the Well Manicured Man have found Marita alongside the road. She is infected
with the Black Oil and is unconscious. The Well Manicured Man is also holding
Krycek captive in the Russian ship and realizes that Krycek has a vaccine
making resistance to the "alien
colonists" possible. Meanwhile, at Weikamp AFB, a UFO crashes. One
occupant of the craft is dead, the other is one of the faceless men who
were at the dam. Security Police take him into custody.
Dr. Heitz Werber hypnotizes Scully. She remembers seeing a UFO
overhead. It disappears and the faceless men appear, setting people on
fire. Another UFO arrives and attacks the faceless men. Cassandra
Spender is levitated into the ship and it leaves. Scully awakes, shocked
by her memories. Later, Jeffrey Spender visits the X-Files office and
talks with Scully. He plays a tape of himself as an eleven year child,
telling a story about his mother's abduction, but says it was false,
induced by having her tell so often what she said happened and because
Spender's father left his family.
been given the vaccine Krycek provided, but she has not awakened. The Elder
orders the surviving faceless man to be turned over to the colonists, saying "survival means cooperation." The consortium
thought they were fifteen years away from the colonization, or whatever
they are working toward, but it seems to be beginning now. The Well
Manicured Man argues that an alliance might be possible with the rebel
faction of the colonists but the Elder will hear nothing of it. The
Bounty Hunter, (first seen in the episode Colony) enters the Air Force
Base by climbing over the chain link fence topped by razor wire. Mulder
comes home to find Krycek in his apartment. Krycek says there is a war
and five billion people could die as the result of the planned
colonization of Earth by an alien race. Krycek says "I was sent by a man
who knows that resistance is in our grasp." He says the sites of the
deaths are "lighthouses" where the invasion will begin. The burnings were
done by a resistance.
not believe but Krycek gives him the name of Weikamp AFB. Mulder and Scully
go there and find the base uncustomarily closed. As they are at the gate
a truck leaves, driven by a man Scully recognizes from the dam -- a man
viewers know to be an operative of the consortium and the man who shot
the Cigarette Smoking Man. Mulder jumps on the back of the truck and climbs
into the canvas-covered bed. Inside he finds a cell containing the surviving
faceless man. The driver morphs and becomes the Bounty Hunter. He stops
the truck, possibly because the Air Force Base gate has notified him by
radio that Mulder has boarded the truck. The Bounty Hunter enters the back,
looking for Mulder, and pulls out an "ice
pick" device, which can be used to immobilize Bounty Hunters. A UFO
appears over the truck and a faceless man enters, carrying a burning wand.
Mulder shoots his gun, then experiences lost time. He wakes up surrounded
by security police, unable to remember what happened. The Bounty Hunter
and the faceless man are gone.
There is no news about Cassandra. We see that Marita's eyes are clear
of the Black Oil indicating that the vaccine has worked. Skinner tells
Jeffrey Spender that he has a powerful patron outside the office. Spender
receives a letter mailed from Canada. Then we return to the Canadian
forest and see a boy walking up to the cabin in the snow. He gives a
letter to the occupant, who is the Cigarette Smoking Man, and we see that
the letter he wrote to somebody in the FBI has been returned, unopened.
Notes: (1) The return address given on the letter at the opening and
close of this episode is Rural Route #1. North Hatley, Quebec. The letter
received by spender is addressed to Mr. Jeffrey Spender, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Pennsylvania
Avenue and Washington DC are visible on the envelope returned to CSM but
the addressee's name is covered by the Return to Sender No Forwarding
Service Available label. (2) One of the faceless men seen in Patient X
certainly looks like Brian Thompson, who plays the Bounty Hunter. The
episode makes it evident, however, that the character the Bounty Hunter
was not one of the faceless men. (3) The episode name was taken from a
novel that was famous for exploration the psyche of its characters.
The actual name is a reference to roulette.
April 1998 ????
Mind's Eye. In
Wilmington, Delaware, a 28 year old blind woman, Marty Glenn, sees a
vision of a murder. A short time later, police find her at the murder
scene with blood all over her, attempting to clean up the crime scene. She
is arrested for committing the crime. Detective Pennock, of the
Wilmington police, tells Mulder and Scully that he thinks she has some
sort of sixth sense that allowed her to see and commit the crime.
Scully interview Marty in jail and she has no convincing explanation for
being at the murder scene. No murder weapon has been found. The victim
was a drug dealer, Paco Ordonez, and was killed with a C-shaped cut to
the kidneys. Mulder has Marty take a polygraph test and the needles go
crazy when he asks if she "saw" the murder. At the murder
scene, Scully finds bloody gloves stuffed into the razor blade disposal
bin in the wall. Marty's prints are all over the gloves and they fit her.
There are two different types of blood on the gloves. Alone in her cell,
Marty has a vision of a man bothering a woman in a bar. She uses a phone
to telephone the bar and tells the man "leave her alone, I'm watching
are tested and it is clear she has no vision, but at one point her pupils
contract as if she is seeing something. The Assistant DA orders her release.
As she leaves the police station she "sees" the
murderer assaulting the woman he was bothering the night before, trying to
find out who telephoned him. Marty rushes to the alley where she saw
this, and finds the woman dead. She returns to the police department and
confesses to both murders, apparently to protect herself from the
murderer. She tells the police where to find the murderer's drug stash,
claiming it is hers, however her fingerprints are not on the briefcase and
the fingerprints of Charles Wesley Gotts are all over it. His blood was
also on the gloves. He was sent to prison in 1970 and was paroled three
weeks ago. Mulder tells Marty that tests show Gotts is her father.
Original records show that Marty's mother was killed while she was
pregnant with Marty. Marty survived, but the loss of blood flow destroyed
her sight. At the same time some sort of link was created to her father
and she has seen through his eyes all her life.
Marty is transferred to the Women's Detention Center and she sees
Gotts watching her walk during the transfer. He is tracking her. Marty
agrees to help catch Gotts. She sends Mulder and Scully to a bar and goes
to her apartment with the detective to collect her things to take to
protective custody. She lied to Mulder and Scully, however. Gotts comes
to her apartment. Marty knocks out the detective and takes his gun.
Seeing through Gotts's eyes she kills Gotts to end her seeing through his
eyes. She is arrested and sentenced. In prison, she tells Mulder that
after getting out of prison Gotts went to Atlantic City and she saw the
ocean, a glorious sight that is now all she visualizes. She is satisfied
to be in prison but not see with Gotts's eyes.
April 19, 1998
All Souls. A week
after Easter, Scully goes to confession and tells a priest of her
experiences of the previous week. After Easter Sunday services, her
family priest, Father McCue asks Dana to talk with a family whose daughter
died recently under mysterious circumstances. 16 year old Dara Kernof had
a congenital spinal deformity and was confined to a wheelchair, but
somehow walked outside at night. She was found in the street kneeling as
if in prayer, with her eyes burned out. The only explanation is that she
may have been struck by lightning, but there is no typical evidence of
such a strike. Dara had one extra digit on each hand and foot, which had
been surgically removed. She was adopted and Mulder learns that she was a
Another sister, Paula, is in the state psychiatric hospital, and still has
the extra digits. A priest, Father Gregory is trying to adopt her, but her
social worker, Aaron Starky, stops him from picking up the girl due to
incomplete paperwork. That night a man dressed in black enters Paula's
room, there is a flash of light and Paula dies, kneeling as if in prayer
and with her eyes burned out. Mulder thinks it is the work of a religious
fanatic. They interview Father Gregory who left the Roman Catholic Church
to found his own church. It uses an upside-down cross as an icon, based
on a story that Saint Peter wanted to be crucified upside down out of
humility. Fr. Gregory says the girl's mother died in childbirth and he
was trying to protect them. During an autopsy, Scully finds bones on
Paula's shoulders that hint at being attachment points for wings. Scully
also sees a vision of her dead daughter, Emily, on the autopsy table.
Mulder finds a lead to a third sister, who had recently been at a homeless
shelter. He and Starky go there. While they are in a warehouse looking
for her, the man approaches her, and she dies like her sisters did. Mulder
and Starky find Father Gregory there and the dead girl. Gregory is taken
in for questioning. He believes the devil is taking the girls and he has
committed his life to saving them. He knows where the fourth girl is but
will not tell. While Mulder and Scully are out of the interrogation room,
Starky enters and demands to know where the last girl is. He says the
last two were taken away from him and he doesn't intend to let that happen
with the others. Gregory refuses to tell and Starky, apparently a
supernatural being, leaves him burned to death. Mulder also learns the
family name of the last girl and goes to their home. Her father says
Father Gregory took Roberta.
In the parking
lot after learning of Father Gregory's death, Scully sees a vision of a man
in black clothes whose face constantly changes among four appearances, including
animal heads. She goes to her own priest, Father McCue. He shows her a text
not in the Bible that tells how a Seraphim, an angel, descended from Heaven
and fathered four children, the Nephalim then later returned to Earth to gather
the souls of the Nephalim so the devil could not capture them. The Seraphim
had four faces -- a man, a lion, an eagle and a bull. Starky approaches Scully
outside the church and says Mulder wants her to meet them at Father Gregory's
church where they will find the last sister. Scully finds her, hiding under
a stairway. A light near the altar glows brightly and Roberta begins moving
toward the light, although Scully, holding her hand, restrains her. Meanwhile
Starky repeatedly tells Scully to bring the girl to him, but Scully resists.
Roberta transforms into the appearance of Emily who says "mommy, let me
go..." and walks toward the light. When the light goes out, Roberta is
dead, as her sisters were. Starky is gone. He was apparently a devil,
trying to capture the souls of the girls who were half-angels. Scully
cannot resolve her belief that the girls' souls are safe in heaven with
the physical evidence of their deaths, causing her to go to confession.
April, 1998 ????
Pine Bluff Variant. In Folger Park, Washington D.C., Mulder is jogging -- part
of an undercover operation with several other agents to trail Jacob Steven
Haley. Haley meets another man, gives him something in an envelope, and
soon after the man collapses. Haley runs off and Mulder gives chase, but
claims Haley got away. Scully becomes very suspicious when a tape shows
that Mulder allowed Haley to escape. Haley is leader of a domestic
terrorist group. The death was the result of a genetically engineered
bio-agent. Skinner is leading the investigation along with another man,
listed in the episode credits as the Field Agent.
Bremer enters a
theater showing "Die Hard with a Vengence" in Ohio and
uses a spray bottle to spread the toxin. Later, two teenagers enter the
theater and discover everyone else dead. Scully follows Mulder to the
Aaron Burr Motor Court where he talks with Haley by phone. Haley says he
was set up but Mulder said he couldn't help it and let him escape because
he believes in Haley's ideals. A car picks up Mulder and Scully follows,
but she is intercepted by government agents and taken to Skinner and the
Field Agent. Mulder is working a deep cover operation. Haley's terrorist
group contacted Mulder after Mulder talked about government conspiracies
at a UFO convention. Scully and Skinner go to the Ohio theater. Mulder
is questioned by Haley and the Skin Headed Man, who breaks one of Mulder's
fingers. Haley, however, believes Mulder.
When Mulder returns to his apartment, Scully is there. August Bremer
listens through a laser listening device as they talk. Haley wants
shipment scheduling information for the Federal Reserve Banking system,
and Mulder delivers prepared false information to Haley. Scully,
meanwhile, discovers that the toxin is a genetically engineered bacteria
that only becomes active when it touches skin. It seems to be a more
advanced version of a bio-weapon developed by the Pine Bluff laboratory in
the 1960s. She tells Skinner but Skinner does not relay the information
to the Field Agent. Mulder is taken along by the terrorists on their bank
raid, wearing masks. Money is stolen but it is a cover-up to allow money
in the bank vaults to be sprayed with the toxin.
After the heist, Haley and Bremer argue. Bremer plays the tape of Mulder
and Scully talking. Haley is given car keys and allowed to leave. Bremer
and the Skin Headed Man take Mulder aside to kill him -- they say they
don't want the others to be present during the death so they cannot be
accused of being accessories. Just before the Skin Headed Man kills
Mulder, Bremer kills the Skin Headed Man. He tells Mulder to take a car
and escape, but gives no explanation. Mulder rushes back to the bank, but
Scully and Skinner are there and say they quarantined the building before
the money was distributed. Scully recognized Mulder in the tape of the
bank robbery because of his broken finger. The Field Agent comes out of
the bank and claims that no toxin was found on any of the money -- a lie.
He is part of whatever government conspiracy used the terrorist group to
test its bio-weapon. Meanwhile we see that Haley is dead of the biotoxin,
left on the car keys he was given.
May 10, 1998
Folie a Deux. In
Oak Brook, Illinois, a telemarketer for VinalRight Siding, Gary Lambert,
believes he sees an insectoid-like monster moving among the telemarketing
cubicles, which nobody else sees. He sends an anonymous tape recording to
a radio station, asking that it be broadcast, warning workers at
VinalRight that a monster is stalking them to take their souls. Skinner
assigns Mulder and Scully to do a threat assessment for the company.
Mulder goes to Illinois by himself, because it seems to be a trivial
The head of
the telemarketing operation, Greg Pinkas, tells Mulder that in 1994, a
warehouse worker at VinalRight's Kansas City plant brought guns to work
and fired on employees, so the company is concerned. The tape used the
phrase that the monster was "hiding in the light," and
Mulder asks Scully to research that phrase. She finds an X-File from 1992
in which a man fired on Lakeland, Florida, church-goers, claiming that
there was an evil presence among them. Pinkas tells Mulder he is
questioning each of the telemarketers to make sure they are happy in their
work. He calls Gary's Blonde seat-mate to his office and she returns with
a face looking like a zombie, but only Gary can see it. Mulder returns to
VinalRight over the noon hour and finds that Gary is holding the workers
hostage with a gun. Mulder claims to be there to apply for a job. Gary
divides the people by whether they are "actual people" or zombies. He
claims Pinkas is evil.
in Illinois and finds a SWAT team outside VinalRight. Gary thinks he sees
something coming out of an air vent and fires. The SWAT commander calls
Mulder's cell phone to open communications. Gary finds Mulder's gun and
FBI ID. One of the men Gary thinks is a zombie, Backus, makes a sudden
move and Gary kills him. Gary answers the cell phone and demands a television
camera so he can expose Pinkas. They send in a cameraman to placate Gary
and to allow agents to scan the room and see Gary's vulnerable areas. On
camera, Gary moves to kill "the monster," the lights go out, Mulder also
sees that Pinkas looks insectoid. Before anything else can happen, an armored
vehicle bursts into the room through a wall and Gary is killed. Back in
Washington, Mulder finds similar cases in seven cities over ten years,
and Pinkas was present for several of them. Mulder asks Scully to autopsy
Backus and returns to Illinois, where he visits Gary's home. He sees the
Blonde outside and rushes out. The Blonde and Pinkas are in a car, driving
off. Later, Mulder follows Pinkas to the home of Gretchen Starns and sees
the insectoid attack her. Mulder bursts into the house and attempts to
kill the monster, but it is outside, escaping by crawling up the wall.
to Illinois and Gretchen claims Mulder acted like a madman. As Skinner
reprimands Mulder, Mulder sees Pinkas/insectoid move toward Skinner. Mulder
becomes violent and stops Pinkas, but ends up in restraints in a psych
ward of a hospital. Mulder tells Scully he saw Pinkas inject something
into the back of Gretchen's neck. Scully returns to Backus' body and finds
three small holes in the back of the neck. That night, Mulder's sees the
shadow of the insectoid outside his hospital window and calls to the nurse.
She says nothing is there, and opens the window -- she is a zombie. She
leaves, saying "don't let the bed bugs
bite" and the insectoid begins approaching Mulder in the darkened room.
Mulder is restrained, so he cannot escape. At the last moment, Scully
bursts into the room and shoots at the insectoid, but it escapes out the
returned to duty on Scully's testimony that Backus had an unidentified
toxin in his system, that there was "an intruder" in Mulder's
room, and that Pinkas and several workers who Gary claimed were zombies
have disappeared. In Camdenton, Missouri, we see a telemarketer become
suspicious that there is a monster in his office that other people cannot
(Date of the episode given by Mulder while charting other similar cases.
May 10 was also the broadcast date.)
The End. In
a packet stadium in Vancouver, a Russian man and an American boy play chess.
Overhead, an assassin sets up his weapon. The boy seems to hear
unintelligible noises. Just as the boy declares "checkmate," the man is
shot and killed. Meanwhile, in the Lautentian Mountains of Canada, two
paratroopers land on snow and approach the cabin where the Cigarette
Smoking Man is living. One is shot while trying to enter the cabin. The
other sees footprints in the snow showing that CSM is running. He
follows, getting the drop on him. The commando is Alex Krycek and he was
sent to bring CSM back for the Consortium. They have a job for CSM, which
Mulder that Agent Spender has been assigned to handle the chess match killing
and he does not want Mulder involved. Mulder goes into the briefing anyway
and quickly points out on the tape that the boy, named Gibson, pulled back
just as the shot was fired, as if he knew about the assassin. Also in the
briefing is Scully and Agent Diana Fowley. She supports Mulder. She has
been with the Bureau since 1991 and has been working at the embassy in
Berlin, but she had some things in the US she wanted to get back to. Mulder,
Scully and Fowley interview Gibson in a psych hospital in Gaithersburg,
Maryland. Mulder thinks he can read minds. He tells Mulder, "You're thinking about one of the girls you
brought." Scully doesn't believe he is a mind reader, and even if he was,
who would want to kill him? Diana suggests, maybe someone whose business
is keeping secrets.
the shooter, who is in custody, over Spender's objection. The shooter is
a former intelligence agent, and the gun is registered to an intelligence
agency. Mulder offers immunity. Later, the shooter is slipped a note written
on an opened pack of Morleys saying "you're a dead man." Meanwhile, Gibson is undergoing tests for mind
reading, and is proving 100% accurate. Scully takes the test results to
the Lone Gunmen for analysis "with an eye to the parapsychological." They
tell her that Diana was Mulder's "chicky" when she just got out of
the academy, around 1991. She was there when he discovered the X-Files.
The Gunmen always wondered why they split up.
Mulder and Diana talk. She says Gibson is the real thing. Too bad
Mulder doesn't have a partner who is more supportive -- Scully doesn't
seem to have a very open mind. Scully sees them talking and holding
hands, and is upset. Rather than walking up to them in person she goes to
her car and calls on the cell phone. She has important news about Gibson.
As she drives off, Agent Spender arrives and is accosted in the parking
garage by CSM. Spender is bewildered and has no idea who CSM is. Mulder
sees them and becomes suspicious of Spender. With everyone gathered
together in Skinner's office, Scully explains -- Gibson has an unusual
level of development in one brain lobe that science doesn't understand
well. Mulder thinks the boy may be the key to understanding human
potential and to everything in the X-Files. He presses for immunity for
the shooter. Later, Mulder goes back to the shooter and says the Attorney
General is considering immunity but needs more information. The shooter
says the boy is a missing link and Mulder jumps to the conclusion that
Gibson has alien genes and is proof of ancient astronauts.
Diana is watching Gibson in a motel safe house. Gibson senses there's
a man outside with a gun. Diana is shot through the window. Later, as
Diana is loaded into an ambulance, Mulder arrives. She is barely alive.
The shooter has been found dead in his cell, with a pack of Morleys in the
cell. CSM has Gibson and turns him over to the Consortium. Mulder
accosts Spender in public and accuses him of working for CSM. Spender, in
turn, presses charges against Mulder. Skinner informs Scully that there
is talk in the Justice Department of reassigning Mulder and Scully and
closing the X-Files. Mulder thinks it was all a plan against him, and
this time they may have won.
CSM is in
the X-Files office. He takes the Samantha Mulder file and leaves, meeting
Spender in the hall. "I can give you access," he tells
Spender. "Who are you?" "I'm your father." Before more can be said, a
fire alarm goes off. The X-Files filing cabniets are on fire, and the fire
soon spreads to the rest of the office. When Mulder and Scully arrive the
office has been destroyed. All the files are gone. Scully gives Mulder a
long hug, and the fifth season of the X-Files ends.
June 19, 1998
The public premier of The
X-Files Movie. The events of the movie are presumably
set during the summer of 1998. The telegram in the final scenes has the
date "September 6" on it. This Timeline makes the assumption that most
of the events in the movie happen in August, with some of the concluding
scenes in September. It has been pointed out, however, that the action in
Antarctica is sunlit, and the sun only shines in Antarctica during Southern
Hemisphere's Summer, or from about September 21 to March 21.
In the Falls at Arcadia, a planned community near San Diego, the
Klines are killed by a Talpus, a Tibetan folk monster, conjured up by
the homeowner's association to help keep the community looking
In Blackwood, Texas, a boy named Stevie falls through ground near his
home into an underground cave. Black Oil flows out of the ground and
enters his body. Three friends call for help, and the Black Oil also
enters four firemen who enter the cave to rescue Stevie. A mysterious
bio-containment team arrives, hauls off some of the infected people and
sets up biocontainment tents over the cave opening.
A week later, with the X-Files closed, Mulder and Scully (still
partners) are in Dallas to assist with the search for a bomb. A threat
has been received to blow up the Dallas Federal building. Without
permission, Mulder has gone to a nearby building, checking it for
explosives, because none have been found in the Federal building. Scully
came along. Taking a break from the search, Mulder enters a room with
vending machines and discovers the bomb inside a vending machine, with a
timer counting down to zero, but he is locked in the room. Using cell
phones, he informs Scully who mobilizes authorities to evacuate the
building. A cutting torch is used to open the door to the vending room.
The agent in charge, Darius Michaud, orders everyone else out of the
building, indicating that he will disarm the bomb alone. Mulder
hesitates, because it is against FBI policy to leave an agent alone in
such circumstances, but Mulder allows himself to be rushed outside.
Michaud takes no steps to disarm the bomb, waiting calmly for death, and a
massive explosion rocks the building, as the final evacuation vehicles
race away from the scene.
Back in Washington, Scully testifies before an investigation committee
of the Office of Professional Responsibility that, in effect, is looking
to place the blame for not preventing the explosion. Scully and Mulder
learn that a boy and three firemen have been reported killed in the
explosion, along with Michaud. Scully is informed that she and Mulder
will be split up, and she considers resigning from the FBI. She says
being stationed at a field office, such as Omaha, would not hold the
interest for her. Later, Mulder goes to a bar to drown his sorrows and
meets Dr. Kurtzweil, who says he was an associate of Mulder's father, but
who left the Project. Kurtzweil claims that the fatalities in the
explosion were already dead before the explosion, in a Federal Emergency
Management Agency office in the building, and that the explosion was to
cover their deaths. He says Michaud sacrificed himself for the
We see a scene at the bio-containment facility set up at the cave.
Another human body is there with its skin turning transparent. Inside a
creature can be seen, growing and feeding on the body as scientists study
it. As the Cigarette Smoking Man inspects the site, Black Oil is being
pumped through pipes at the biocontainment site, possibly into unmarked
tanker trucks outside.
Mulder rousts Scully out of bed and they go to the Bethesda Naval
Hospital morgue where the bodies of some of the fatalities have been sent.
She finds that they were not killed by the explosion but have some sort of
virus in them that is dissolving their internal organs. Mulder returns to
the bar and talks with Kurtzweil who claims the FEMA story about an
outbreak of the Hanta virus is a lie. Meanwhile, Scully is almost caught
by security personnel as she studies the body in the morgue.
At the biocontainment site, the alien unexpectedly exits the body,
before the vaccine can be tested and attacks one of the scientists. He is
sealed in the ground to contain the escaped alien.
The Elders meet in London and are alarmed that the virus has mutated.
Instead of just occupying the human body, it is growing a new alien
organism inside. It becomes clear that the original intent of the
Consortium, 50 years ago, was to cooperate with the Colonists as a way of
buying time to develop a vaccine. They decide they must prove to the
Colonists that they know about the mutated virus by showing them a human
body in which an organism is growing. The Consortium has been working for
years to help the Colonists spread the virus, under the impression that at
worst the human race might be enslaved. Now they are concerned that they
may have been misled and that the alien Colonists will commit genocide
against the human race. The Well Manicured Man is upset that decisions
have been made before he arrived. During this meeting we meet Strugholdt,
who is the apparent leader of the Consortium. He lives in Tunis and flew
in especially for this crisis meeting.
The agents fly to Texas and find evidence of the same virus in
archeological bone fragments recovered from the explosion -- apparently
the remains of one of the hunters 37,000 years ago. The local officials
tell Mulder and Scully where the bones were collected and they go there,
to the site where Stevie fell into the cave. (This site may be several
hours drive from Dallas, because the agents arrive near sundown.) Stevie's
friends tell the agents that the trucks just left an hour earlier, and the
agents pursue. They eventually find a field of irrigated corn in the
middle of the Texas brush, near the US border. At night they enter one of
two illuminated domes in the field. As they are exploring, louvers open
releasing swarms of bees. Mulder and Scully escape the dome without being
stung, then are chased through the corn by helicopters.
Back in Washington, Scully presents her additional evidence to the
investigation committee, but they are unconvinced. Meanwhile Mulder and
Kurtzweil talk, and conclude that the corn is genetically modified to
carry the virus, which is picked up by bees. At Mulder's apartment later,
Scully tells Mulder that she has been transferred to Salt Lake City, but
that she has resigned. Mulder entreats her to continue to help him pursue
the truth. In a tender moment they almost kiss, but Scully is stung by a
bee that has apparently been inside her clothing all the way back from
Texas. She immediately goes into shock. Mulder calls for help and an
ambulance quickly arrives. At the last minute as they depart with Scully,
the ambulance driver shoots Mulder, grazing his temple. As the first
ambulance (carrying agents of the Consortium) leave, the real ambulance
arrives. Mulder wakes up in a hospital, under guard. This incident
represents at least the eighth time in her FBI career that Scully has been
kidnapped, abducted or taken hostage.
The Lone Gunmen
and Skinner help him leave secretly (wearing Byer's clothes with Byers
in Mulder's bed, talking with Skinner), and Mulder seeks out Dr. Kurtzweil
at the bar. Instead he meets the Well Manicured Man. Kurtzweil is apparently
dead but the WMM (who opposes surrendering to the Colonists) invites Mulder
into his car. He explains the alien virus, saying that it was the original
inhabitant of the planet, millions of years ago. He says many aliens await
underground for the Colonists arrival. He says the Consortium cooperated
initially because they thought the human race would just be "occupied" by
the virus. There is concern, however, that the Colonists plan to use humans
to gestate a new race of aliens, which is a violation of their agreement.
There is an implication, not completely clear, that the bees distribute
the alien virus that is picked up from genetically engineered corn pollen.
WMM and Mulder discuss Mulder's father, William. He allowed Samantha to
be taken into the cloning program, so she could survive as a genetic hybrid,
immune to the virus. WMM gives Mulder a vaccine and geographic coordinates
where Scully can be found. They may be WMM's way of insuring that the vaccine
would be entered into the Colonist's environment, because he knows Mulder
will do anything to save Scully. WMM dies in an explosion of his car just
after Mulder leaves, because he betrayed the Consortium.
Mulder makes his way to Wilkes Land Antarctica (which is south of
Australia) 48 hours later, and driving a Snowcat he discovers an
installation where WMM said it would be. He runs out of gas and as he
approaches on foot, he falls into a hole in the snow, sliding several
dozen feet or more down a pipe in the snow. He finds himself inside a huge
alien spacecraft. He eventually finds Scully, naked and sealed in a fluid
canister that is apparently used to incubate the virus inside her. He
breaks the canister open and injects her with the vaccine.
There is a
quick response that also affects the hundreds or thousands of other canisters,
also containing incubating humans. Mulder wraps Scully in his parka and
puts his outer snow pants on her (a scene not shown on screen) and they
begin to make their way out of the spaceship. Scully is semi-conscious,
at best. At one point he has to perform CPR on her as aliens in nearby
canisters come to life and try to break out, but Scully coughs and revives.
Soon after, the agents are pursued by these highly aggressive aliens, saved
only by an earthquake caused by the ship beginning to move, that knocks
the aliens back down into a hole in the ice. As Mulder and Scully run away
from the buried ship, the ice and snow collapses behind them, forming a
giant crater that expands behind them as they run. They barely escape as
the giant ship lifts off and departs. Scully is groggy and does not clearly
see the ship depart. Some fans claim to hear her murmur "I saw it." Others
claim she says no such thing. (Movie)
Early September, 1998
Again returning to Washington, Scully presents her final evidence to
the Office of Professional Responsibility committee. Her conclusion is
that the FBI does not currently have an investigation unit competent to
study the evidence.
Outdoors, Mulder tells Scully that she was right to quit, but she
says now that she cannot, because the virus has a cure and they can
save many lives by continuing the search for the truth. (Movie)
September 6-7, 1998
In the Tunesian
desert, we see another field of irrigated corn, and domes housing bees.
The Cigarette Smoking Man pays a call on Strughold to say that Mulder has
been reinvigorated by his experiences. Strughold dismisses Mulder as an
annoyance who has seen only pieces and does not understand the greater
whole of The Project. Strughold adds "One man
alone cannot Fight the Future." CSM shows Strughold a telegram that
arrived the day before saying "X-Files reopened, please advise." (Movie)
The Beginning. In
Phoenix, AZ, an employee of Roush Technologies, Sandy, is sick when a
corporate carpool van leaves him off at home. In the morning, he doesn't
come out to the van so another Roush employee enters the house looking for
him. Sandy is on a sofa with his chest exploded outward. The other man is
attacked and killed by an alien before he can leave the building.
In Washington, Mulder is using high tech equipment to salvage
information from the burned X-Files. The investigating committee has
trouble believing the story of the alien ship in the antarctic. After the
meeting, Scully tells Mulder that she still must rely on science.
Skinner tells Mulder that his reassignment to the X-Files has been denied,
but Skinner directs Mulder to a file folder in the X-Files office. In the
folder, Mulder finds information on Sandy's death. Agent Spender walks in
and we learn that Spender and agent Diana Foley have been assigned to the
X-Files. Meanwhile the Cigarette Smoking Man informs the Consortium that
the alien is alive and is being sought. He enters a surgery facility and
tells the doctors that Gibson Praise must be prepared to travel.
Gibson's ability to read minds may help locate the alien. Mulder and
Scully visit Sandy's house, violating FBI rules, and find a piece of claw
left in a gouged wall.
At the Rolling Hills Nuclear plant, 60 miles from Phoenix, a nuclear
engineer named Homer investigates an unusual gauge reading and is killed
by the alien, which is hiding in the hot chambers near the reactor. By
the time Mulder and Scully learn of the incident and arrive there are
dozens of FBI and emergency response people at the plant. Spender and
Foley deny Mulder and Scully access to the scene and as Mulder and Scully
leave, they find Gibson hiding in their car. They take him to the
Camelback View Motel. Gibson's skull has been cut open and stitched back
shut. He has a fever and is not well. Scully argues that Gibson could be
their last best chance to prove Mulder's beliefs. As they leave to take
Gibson to a hospital, Foley arrives and tells Mulder that she accepted the
X-Files assignment to protect Mulder's interests. The creature is in the
reactor #4 building. Mulder goes with her to find it while Scully takes
Gibson to the hospital. Gibson is soon kidnapped by an operative of
the Cigarette Smoking Man and also taken to the nuclear plant.
Mulder and Foley find what appears to be a shed skin of the alien.
They see the operative and Gibson, and follow to the reactor chamber,
which has control rods extending down into a pool of water. The FBI
agents are locked out of the room but watch the alien kill the operative.
Gibson, apparently communicates with the alien, and both disappear to
somewhere Mulder cannot see them.
committee reprimands Mulder and Scully and orders no involvement with the
X-Files. Scully tells Mulder that the claw found in Sandy's house contains
a DNA match with the virus, which also matches DNA in Gibson. In fact,
the DNA matches inactive DNA in all humans, but it is active in Gibson.
The Cigarette Smoking Man visits agent Spender to congratulate him on how
the affair was handled. At the nuclear plant, we see Gibson hiding as under
water in the reactor vessel, we see the alien again shed its skin. Rather
than the reptilian creature we saw in the X-Files Movie, it now looks like
a "regular" grey
Agua Mala. In
Goodland, Florida, Tropical Storm Leroy has been upgraded to Hurricane
status and an ocean-side home is buffeted by rain and wind. Inside a
woman hammers planks against the door, shouting in distress to her son. In
the laundry, seawater bubbles up through the floor drain and the mother
franticly urges her son to help her dump out the water in the washing
machine, but the machine is too heavy. As they work, white tentacles
strike up through the floor and pull the boy down. Moments later they
grab the mother and pull her down too.
In the nearby Tierra Nueva Trailer Park, retired FBI agent Arthur Dales is
monitoring the progress on the storm on a variety of radios. He has
called his acquaintance Fox Mulder because a neighbor telephoned a
distress call, claiming a sea monster was attacking her home. Mulder and
Scully arrive at the door, having flown in on one of the last flights. The
rain is torrential and the hurricane is 20 miles off shore. He reports
that Sarah Shipley said something in the bathroom grabber her husband.
Tentacles were choking him. They are marine biologists and both are now
missing. Local law enforcement is overwhelmed by the storm and cannot
help. Dales says he has a bad hip so could not go to investigate himself.
Dales rumbles that the bottom of the sea is as dark is the imagination,
and the storm could have brought up anything from the depths.
At the Shipley residence, the FBI agents force open a nailed-shut door.
Nobody is there, but if the doors were nailed shut from the inside, how
did they leave? Mulder finds slime around the laundry room drain and the
top of the washing machine begins popping up. Cautiously opening it with
a broom, a cat jumps out, wet and unhappy. The bathroom door is also
mailed shut. As Mulder and Scully begin to open that door, a local
sheriff's deputy enters and holds the agents at gunpoint, believing them
to be looters. When the cat distracts the deputy, Mulder grabs the gun
and the agents prove that they are FBI. With the deputy helping, Mulder
finds nothing in the bathroom, except more slime and lots of water, as if
the bathroom faucets were left on when the door was nailed shut.
The deputy leaves and makes another stop at the Breakers Condominium.
Viewers see that the cat has hidden in the deputy's vehicle. Checking for
people who have not been evacuated, he finds the manager's apartment
unlocked. Inside, he finds the manager sitting on the toilet, completely
encased in a while substance. A tentacle strikes out at the deputy,
grabbing him by the neck, and he struggles. Back in the car, Mulder and
Scully argue over what they should do, settling on returning to Dale's
mobile home. A roadblock at a washed out road stops them, however, and
they end up at the Breakers Condominium. Finding the deputy's vehicle,
they enter the building and find the deputy on the floor, unconscious and
wounded. The toilet is empty but filled with encrusted slime. Scully
performs a tracheotomy and concludes that whatever got into the deputy was
in the water. She uses the deputy's radio to call for help, but none can
be sent due to the weather.
Checking the rest of the building, Mulder finds a looter removing a TV
from an apartment. Down the hall is a man who says he has a pregnant
wife, although she denies that they are married. They also direct Mulder
to George Vincent, who will not open the door to his apartment and
threatens Mulder with a gun. Back in the manager's apartment, Scully says
a foreign organism is in the deputy's system. His temperature it very
high. Ordering the bathtub filled with water and whatever ice is
available, Scully removes what is under the deputy's skin - a wriggling
worm a couple of inches long. She finds a container to put the worm in
and the deputy is places in the cool bath to reduce his temperature. A
container of Epsom salts is knocked into the tub. From George's apartment,
gunshots are fired. George bursts into the hall, saying something came
into his apartment from water pipes in the ceiling. Mulder speculates
that whatever it was got driven into the water system by the hurricane.
The pregnant woman has to use the bathroom and while she is in there, she
sees a tentacle in the tub with the deputy. She runs out of the bathroom
in terror, but when Mulder investigates, the deputy's clothes are in the
tub, empty. Mulder speculates that something in the water takes shape
only at certain times, and that the water in the human body is somehow
used for gestation. Maybe the worm Scully extracted from the deputy's
neck cannot revert to water until gestation is complete. It is discovered
that the looter has run off. Following him, Mulder discovers tentacles in
a florescent light fixture in the hallway ceiling. He breaks the fixture
and tentacles erupt from it. Scully calls to Mulder and he comes toward
her, but he cannot speak. George locks him out in the hall and as Scully
argues with George, the pregnant woman's water breaks. Scully is forced
to make the decision to help the woman rather than help Mulder. As she
works, water fills a light fixture in the ceiling.
Lying in the hallway,
Mulder sees the drenched cat, obviously not harmed by the sea monster. In
the manager's apartment, as the baby is born, Scully realizes "it's the water." The
light fixture breaks and George is grabbed by the neck by a tentacle. Scully
cannot act, but she tells the child's to grab George's gun and shoot the
fire sprinkler system. He does and fresh water sprays the room.
The scene changes
to Arthur Dale's mobile home as Dale, Mulder and Scully discuss the case.
The baby is fine. Dale is sure that Scully saved Mulder's life although Mulder
disputes it. Mulder, his neck bandages, says he saw the cat and realized
that it was saved when it got wet. He says if he had had a partner as savvy
as Scully all those years ago, he might not have retired. He concludes that
a toast is needed, but he rummages and cannot find any alcohol. He asks "anyone for water?" Mulder and Scully
both chorus "No."
(Note: This episode did not explain this case very fully. Apparently
salt water was flushed into the water pipes, and the monster could not
survive in fresh water.)
(Also Note: Hurricane season is generally considered to be June 1 through
November 30. This episode, broadcast in February 1999, was apparently way
out of synch.)
Mulder and Scully arrive at Kroner, Kansas, in a single engine plane on a
dirt landing strip. The mayor of the community has asked them to come
because of the drought. Daryl Moots is charging people to make it rain,
but the mayor thinks Daryl is causing the drought. Six months earlier, on
Valentine's Day, Daryl had an argument with his fiance, Sheila. He left
and lost a leg in a highway accident -- his car crashed in a hail
Mulder and Scully go to Daryl's office. The secretary doesn't understand
why they are investigating him because he is helping people. They go to
the local television station and talk with the weather man, Holman Hardt.
Kroner is a fascinating place to work for a meteorologist, because of all
of the unusual weather that has happened there over the years. He says
there is no reason to believe that Daryl is causing the drought, but he
does seem to have the ability to make it rain. Daryl's ex-fiance,
Sheila, works at the TV station. The agents go to a field
where Daryl is expected. He arrives, sits in a chair under a tent that
has been put up for him, then sips a beer. He tells the agents that he
cannot explain his ability, but when he begins to dance, it soon rains,
drenching Mulder and Scully.
That night, at the motel, it is very windy. Looking out a window, Mulder
sees a cow in a nearby field lifted into the air. It crashes down into
Mulder's room. In the morning, as crews are cleaning up the mess, Sheila
arrives and claims to be responsible for the weather. At her senior prom,
the high school was destroyed by a tornado. On her wedding day, the
outdoor wedding experienced snow. Mulder tells her that he is convinced
she is not the cause. We learn that Holman is secretly in love with
Sheila. They are also best friends. She, however, asks him what he
thinks of Mulder, and it storms. Mulder visits Holman and tells him he
realizes Holman is the cause of the weather. Mulder sends Holman to
Sheila to confess his love, but she tells him she loves Mulder.
Meanwhile, Daryl has lost the ability to make it rain. He decides to seek
out Sheila, because he needs money. He arrives at the TV station and
accosts Sheila. Mulder walks up and they scuffle, with Mulder handcuffing
Daryl. Sheila kisses Mulder for rescuing her, just as Scully and Holman
walk up. Holman is upset and the radar shows a massive storm
Sheila, Holman and Daryl were all school mates, and they have a 20 year
reunion dance. Mulder and Scully are also there, because there has been
seven inches of rain in the last six hours and flash flood warnings are
posted. They are looking for Holman. They maneuver Holman and Sheila
into dancing, and he repeats his confession of love. This time Sheila
realizes what he means, is flustered and heads for the lady's room.
Scully follows and counsels Sheila that her close friendship with Holman
is a good basis for a more intimate relationship. Scully also tells
Sheila about Holman's apparent ability to control the weather. Sheila
thinks Scully loves Mulder and is trying to divert Sheila from Mulder.
at the dance, without his artificial leg and scuffles with Mulder. His secretary
who is also his girl friend took the leg, because he left her to chase Sheila.
The lights and power are out because Holman is so upset. Sheila goes back
to talk to Holman. Is he really the cause of the weather? Yes, because of
his love for Sheila. "That's the most
romantic thing I ever heard." They kiss and the power comes back on.
Daryl's girl friend arrives, carrying his artificial leg. They kiss and
make up also. Mulder asks Holman "how did it go?" Holman replies, "You
should try it some time." (Dating this episode is very difficult.
Statements that most of the action is placed "about six months" after
Valentine's Day would seem to suggest mid-August, but that timeframe is
preempted by the X-Files Movie. There have even been suggestions that it
occurs in a different year completely. The mid-September date used here
is a guess, since the agents seem to have more flexibility than A.D.
Kersh gives them later in the fall, but late enough in the year for the
weather map giving a temperature of 45 degrees to be reasonable for
Pollidori and Shaineh Berkowitz appear on the Jerry Springer Show with
their deformed children and proclaim "what's not to love?" (The
Post-Modern Prometheus -- if this episode "really" happened and is not
just the dramatization of a comic book. If this event did happen, it was
seen in the form of a "flash forward.")
A.D. (Flashback Sections) At
a staff meeting at the FBI, Mulder, Scully and Skinner are talking about
a case - a bomb exploded in a crypt below the church of Cardinal O'Fallon,
a man considered to be a candidate to be the first American pope. A filmmaker
is observing the meeting and making notes into recorder. Wayne Fetterman
is an old friend of Skinner and is writing a movie about the FBI - he just
wants a taste of the procedural flavor. He describes his idea as "Silence of the Lambs meets Greatest Story Ever
Told." He goes along with Mulder to talk with the Cardinal while Scully
remains behind to do some paperwork for Skinner. O'Fallon says the bomb
went off in a crypt under the church where spiritual items and relics are
stored. Mulder thinks it's a simple terrorist act. While the three of
them are in the crypt, a cell phone goes off, but is none of their phones.
Mulder finds it under some rocks with a body. The cell phone ID says it
is Micah Hoffman - a 1960s counter culture movement activist. Scully joins
them and they visit Hoffman's apartment where they find a bomb-making
workshop. He was a master potter as well as a master calligrapher.
Apparently he was writing documents and artificially aging them. They
find what appears to be a lost gospel and an account of Christ's life on
Earth after the resurrection. What might O'Fallon be doing with Hoffman's
forgeries? Mulder and Fetterman return to the crypt. They find what
appears to be another copy of the same gospel. Maybe the one at the
apartment was a draft? Fetterman gets a call and wanders off. He sees
bones and skeleton parts moving on their own, almost as if in a dance.
Later, at a coffee
shop, Scully tells Fetterman it was dark and his eyes were playing tricks
on him. He is ready to leave, however, because he has his procedural flavor
and is ready to write his movie. He tells them that Mulder is crazy for believing
what he believes and Scully is crazy for not believing what Mulder believes.
Scully says his story reminds her of the Lazarus Bowl a story told by a nun
she knew when she was young. The nun, known as "Sister Spooky" said that
when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, an old woman nearby was making a
pottery bowl and Christ's words were recorded in the clay and that the words
still have the power to raise the dead. Scully takes a clay bowl found in
Hoffman's apartment to Chuck Burkes. He has a device that can detect vibrations
in the clay and it produces a remarkable sound. Mulder talks with O'Fallon
who reads some of the Greek text on the scroll about Jesus. O'Fallon thought
they were real when he bought them from Hoffman. He bought them to hide the
radical information they contained. Mulder concludes that Hoffman was
blackmailing O'Fallon, who is his suspect in Hoffman's murder. He sends
Scully to Hoffman's autopsy because he thinks Hoffman might have already
been dead when placed in the crypt. Fetterman calls Mulder from
California to ask Mulder who he wants to play him in the movie.
Fetterman suggests Gary Shandling and Tea Leoni to play Mulder and Scully.
Skinner has been feeding information to him and he is writing about the
Lazarus Bowl. Meanwhile, Scully is doing the autopsy and Hoffman wakes up
- but she looks away for a moment and he is back on the autopsy table.
Did it really happen?
at the morgue. Scully reports that there was wine and poison in Hoffman's
stomach. O'Fallon may have poisoned him. They go to the church and while
they wait for a service to end, Scully has a vision of Hoffman on the cross.
As they begin to arrest O'Fallon, Hoffman walks in, completely alive and
healthy. Later, Skinner blows up at them for misidentifying the body. O'Fallon
and the church could bring a huge lawsuit. They are put on administrative
leave and are off the case. Chuck, however, has found something in the pottery
- an Aramaic voice, apparently of one man commanding another to rise from
the dead. They go to talk to Hoffman. He had the choice to fight the system
by going law school or to be more subversive. He ended up fighting the system
by forging historical documents. He targeted O'Fallon for his worldview.
Hoffman studied the life of Christ in detail but something weird came over
him - he experienced conversion. He was no longer impersonating Christ -
he had become him. He blew up the crypt because the forgeries were
blasphemous. How did his cell phone get left there? "God works in
mysterious ways," he answers.
Scully comes to
Mulder's apartment. He is watching a bad movie and thinking about the case.
Scully asks if it possible that Hoffman really is Christ. No, Mulder says,
but crazy people can be persuasive. As zombies walk on the screen, Scully
wonders of true faith is a kind if insanity. They decide to accept Fetterman's
offer to go to Hollywood to watch the movie being filmed during their suspension.
They arrive at Stage 8, 20th Century Fox. They find the graveyard set that
we saw in the opening of the episode being prepared. They are introduced
to Tea and Gary. "How do you run in these things?" Tea asks Scully. Shandling asks,
"Do you dress to the left or the right?" Mulder isn't sure what he
means, or at least pretends that he doesn't understand.
They watch takes. Later, they are each in bathtubs in their respective
rooms talking by phone about zombies and their case. Skinner calls Mulder
and apologizes - he's in the same hotel in his own tub - Fetterman got him
Assistant producer credit. Scully tells Mulder that Tea has a crush on
Mulder. Shandling likes him too, she adds.
This entry is based on an episode broadcast in the spring of 2000. The
bulk of the episode was contained in an "eighteen months
earlier" flashback. See Spring 2000 entry for the rest of the episode
Mulder and Scully are returned to duty after their administrative
leave. (Inferred from Hollywood A.D.)
November 15-16 1998
Drive. A TV news
special report tells of law officers, chasing a stolen blue car near Elko,
Nevada. From a camera in a helicopter, viewers watch as the car is stopped
at a roadblock. The driver, Patrick Crump, is pulled from the car,
struggling. An apparent hostage, his wife, is helped into the back seat
of a highway patrol car, but a few seconds later the inside of the car is
splattered with blood.
Scully are in Idaho, on a "domestic terrorism" assignment,
checking on large orders of fertilizer that could be used to make bombs.
They see a TV news report about Crump, and decide to go to Nevada, against
orders from their new boss, Assistant Director Kersh. Scully inspects
Vickie Crump's body at the morgue. It appears that her ear exploded.
Another body has been found in a similar condition, and Scully concludes
that the condition may be communicable. She orders full quarantine.
Meanwhile, Crump has fallen ill in his jail cell with intense pain in his
head. He is put in an ambulance; Mulder follows in his rented car. As the
ambulance speeds up, Crump's pain eases. He takes a gun from an officer,
stops the ambulance and takes Mulder hostage, ordering him to drive as
fast as possible.
When Mulder slows his car for a traffic light, Crump goes into agony.
Mulder begins to understand Crump's condition, and avoids an anticipated
roadblock. Out of gas, Mulder tries to do a rapid fueling at a gas
station, but the pump is turned off, so he and Crump steal another
vehicle. He leaves a note behind in the car to tell Scully that the car
must not be stopped. Crump thinks he and his wife are victims of a
government experiment. In containment suits, Scully and other authorities
visit the Crump residence -- a rural mobile home. The Crump's dog,
outside on a leash, is agitated and as a blood sample is taken from the
dog, its ear explodes. Other dead animals are found, but a neighbor lady
who is deaf is unharmed. Scully discovers that there is some kind of
government equipment near the Crump's property.
Entering California, a highway patrol officer on motorcycle hands
Mulder a cell phone. Scully tells Mulder that she has learned that the
Navy has part of an underground transmitting array for an ultra low
frequency radio system (used to communicate with submarines) running under
the Crump property. They had a power surge that morning that disrupted
television in four states. Scully theorizes that the surge created a
condition in the inner ear that is somehow eased by speed along magnetic
lines of force, or some such reason. She will fly ahead of Mulder and meet
the car where the highway ends, inserting a needle into Crump's ear to
relieve the pressure. Crump agrees, as his only way to survive. But when
the car actually arrives, Crump's ear has already exploded and he is
Scully are in trouble with Kersh. Even though they may have saved lives
by causing the Navy to shut down its low frequency array, they disobeyed
FBI orders. Kersh informs them that they no longer investigate X-Files,
and they'd better accept it. They go back to investigating "big piles of manure" in
their domestic terrorism assignment. (Dates given on Crump's photograph.)
November 16, 1998
the Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda, Fox Mulder is floating face down in
the water in the wreckage of a boat. Then he is pulled on board a cruise
ship by seamen speaking with British accents, calling him "dirty jerry." They
rough him up and take him to the Captain who asks his allegiance. Mulder
says he came looking for the Queen Anne and that the ship has been stuck
in the Devil's Triangle but the Captain counters that it is September 3,
1939, the Germans have invaded Poland and Germans have boarded the
Mulder is confined in a cabin and on a radio hears the British declaration
of war against Germany. A German officer enters the cabin, Mulder hides
then knocks the German out. The German looks like Agent Spender. Mulder
takes his uniform and eludes German troops who are searching room by room.
Mulder eventually enters the ballroom. There he sees a woman who looks
like Scully, but she does not recognize him. Germans capture Mulder and
take him to the bridge where the Captain is executed for refusing to
surrender the wheel. Present are German officers who look like the
Cigarette Smoking Man and Walter Skinner.
At FBI headquarters in Washington, the Lone Gunmen tell Scully that
Mulder is in trouble. Satellite imaging showed the appearance of the
Queen Anne and Mulder rushed off to find it. The Gunmen tracked his boat
by satellite until they lost it due to a storm. Scully charges all over
FBI headquarters, looking for someone who can get her the exact location
of the Queen Anne. Skinner first tells her that he is allowed no contact
with her, but he secretly gets the information and slips it to her. She
jumps into the Gunmen's VW minivan and they head out to rescue Mulder.
Mulder is locked in the engine room with the ship's crew. The Germans
keep mentioning the term Thor's Hammer. Mulder recognizes this as a code
word for a scientist who has expertise in the nuclear bomb. Germans
return and take Mulder to the ballroom where, believing him to be an
American agent, they order him to identify the scientist, killing two
passengers to induce him to speak. The 1939 Scully look-alike attempts to
intervene, saying this man knows nothing, but the Germans then threaten to
kill her. The actual scientist steps forward, saying the woman is an OSS
agent traveling with him. As Mulder and the OSS agent are about to be
executed, the ship's engines stop and the engine crew charges into the
ballroom to attack the Germans. British passengers join in the fight.
Mulder and the OSS agent duck out, further eluding Germans. Mulder tells
her that she must convince the engine crew to steer the ship back the way
it came, toward 1939, or the Germans may win the war. He gives her a big
kiss goodbye but she smacks his face. Mulder jumps overboard and she
throws a life preserver after him.
Scully and the Gunmen are in their own boat and locate the Queen Anne.
They board it and find it to be abandoned. Locating Mulder in the water,
they take him to a hospital. Mulder tries to explain. "You were on that ship, Scully, you saved the world and you believed me."
"In your dreams, Mulder." Scully says it was a ghost ship, apparently
meaning a derelict. Mulder tells Scully he loves her, but she does not
believe him. (The 1998 date of this episode is given by Mulder in the
Captain's office, one week before the actual air date of the episode.
Note: the lounge singer is Elmira Gultch, named after the Wicked Witch
in the Wizard of Oz.)
Part I. In
rural Nevada Mulder and Scully drive down a highway at night. Mulder has
been contacted by a source who claims to work at Area 51 at Groom Lake, a
top secret facility. Mulder believes the source may know the truth about
UFOs and alien life. As they approach the base, they are surrounded by
government vehicles and soldiers order Mulder and Scully out of their
car. A civilian official, Fletcher Morris, tells them that they must
leave, and that there are no flying saucers. But a UFO flies over and
Mulder and Morris change bodies. Scully, not realizing this, pulls "Mulder" (really
Fletcher) on the arm and they leave.
everyone else thinks is Fletcher, plays it by ear and goes back to Area
51. His name tag has the organizational name "Majestic"
on it. A video display at the security desk makes it clear to him that he
looks like Fletcher. Mulder finds Fletcher's office by the name plate on
the wall and sees photographs of Fletcher with presidents and other VIPs.
He tries to phone Scully, but she is out of the vehicle getting gasoline.
A woman calls who is obviously Fletcher's wife. She is unhappy he is at
work so late and complains. Another agent comes in and says phone records
confirm that an informant did call the FBI. The agent gives "Fletcher" a
ride home. Mulder does not get into bed with Fletcher's wife, spending
the night in a recliner chair, watching a porno channel on the TV. In the
countryside, authorities are at a crash site. The co-pilot is physically
embedded in a boulder but still alive. The pilot is speaking an
At FBI HQ
the next morning, Assistant Director Kersh reprimands the agents. Fletcher,
posing as Mulder, promises to never investigate an X-File again. He flirts
with Kersh's secretary and Scully tells him he is acting unusual. Meanwhile,
Fletcher's wife, Joanne, wakes Mulder. Mulder cannot handle the Fletcher
family homelife, which includes two teenagers. He locates Fletcher's car
keys and his partner calls to tell him that something big is going on.
At Area 51, Mulder learns that the pilot of the test craft is speaking
Hopi, and claiming to be an elderly Hopi woman. The woman has been located,
and she appears to have the memories of the pilot. Later, from a pay phone,
Mulder reaches Scully in Washington. She does not believe his story but
orders a trace on the call. As Mulder drives his car he sees the white
government vehicles rushing the other direction. One slows to tell "Fletcher" to follow. The gas station where
Mulder placed the call has been wrecked. Inside, the attendant is
embedded in the floor and someone says "it happened again." A soldier
kills the attendant and the gas station is burned.
Mulder's apartment. Kersh's secretary, giggling, is just leaving. Scully
tells "Mulder" that the call was traced to near
Groom Lake but he says they would get in trouble if they attempt to follow
up. Meanwhile, Mulder is in a meeting at Area 51. There has been a tear
in the space-time continuum, apparently caused by the antigravity
propulsion system of the craft. General Wegman, commander of the
installation, mentions "we've been flying them since 1953." There is no
way to know if they can undo the effects of the tear.
back in Nevada. She finds the destroyed gas station, and finds two coins
fused together. In the morning, Scully shows up at Fletcher's house. Joanne
accuses her husband of infidelity. Mulder tries to convince Scully of who
he really is, even describing what she eats for lunch -- mixing bee pollen
in with her yogurt. She still does not believe and drives off. Kersh calls
her cell phone and threatens that she must do exactly as he says. Fletcher,
posing as Mulder, is also in Nevada and has called Area 51 to report a
security leak. Mulder steals the flight recorder from the crashed craft
and meets Scully, but it is a setup and Mulder is arrested. As Mulder is
hauled off, he shouts repeatedly to Scully, "he's not me, he's not me." To
be continued next week.
Part II. (The
episode opens with narration by Morris Fletcher over home movies showing
young Fox and Samantha Mulder. Fox is dressed as Spock from Star Trek and
his fake ears keep coming off. Fletcher says Mulder has ruined a brilliant
career but "now all that's gonna
As Mulder is taken
away by the authorities, Scully begins to wonder. Mulder is put in a holding
cell beside the UFO pilot in the Navaho woman's body. Scully is reprimanded
by Kersh and given a two-week suspension. Morris invites her to Mulder's
apartment for a "home cooked meal." Mulder
is questioned by the commander of the installation, Wegman. Security has
learned that the flight recorder he gave to the FBI was not the recorder
from the crash. Not knowing the reason for the switched recorders, Mulder
claims he did it as part of a plan to identify the informant. No longer
in trouble, Mulder goes to the Fletcher home and tries to explain to
Joanna that he is not her husband, but she does not believe him.
home at Mulder's with bags of groceries. He searches the apartment and finds
the bedroom, filled with boxes and junk. (Mulder always sleeps on his futon
in the living room.) Later, Scully arrives and Morris gives her the tour
of a redecorated apartment, including the bedroom with a canopied waterbed.
He attempts to seduce Scully and she pulls out her handcuffs, saying "do you know what I'd really like to do?" Morris
is tricked into cuffing himself to the bed, but Scully pulls out her gun
and accuses him of being Morris Fletcher, not Mulder. He admits it, saying
that he couldn't stand his life and that he has no idea how to reverse the
body switch. As they talk the informant calls on the phone and arranges a
personal meeting in Rachel, Nevada.
Back in Nevada, Scully and Morris go to a bar to meet the informant.
Morris is obeying Scully and goes in while Scully waits in the car. Morris
discovers that the informant is General Wegman, who gives Morris the
actual flight recorder. But Mulder and Joanna are also in the bar, because
Mulder wants to be somewhere public. Seeing Morris there, Mulder goes
outside and talks with Scully, who admits that she believes his story.
Area 51 security agents enter the bar, and Mulder, Morris, Scully and
Wegman all have to duck around to avoid being seen. Mulder, Morris and
Wegman all end up in the men's room and hatch a plot. Wegman boldly walks
out and orders the Area 51 agents outside, where they find Mulder carrying
a paper bag. Inside is not the flight recorder but a six-pack of beer.
Morris, meanwhile, slips out and drives off with Scully.
The Lone Gunmen are eating dinner when Scully and Morris arrive. It takes
them a while to be convinced that Morris is not Mulder. Morris claims
that most of what the Gunmen print in their publications is invented to
hide the truth -- much of it made up by Morris himself. He claims that
Saddam Hussein is his creation -- an actor who causes trouble whenever a
distraction is needed. The Gunmen decrypt the flight recorder and find
that in addition to the regular data items it tracks, it records things
like Tachyon Flux and Gravitational Displacement. Scully and Morris go
back to Nevada yet again and meet with Mulder. The Gunmen have concluded
that what happened was such a fluke that there is no way to recreate the
body switch safely. Morris has been tasked to return the flight recorded
to Area 51. Scully is suspended. she has to leave Mulder without hope.
The next day,
Mulder talks with Wegman. Why was he the informant? Wegman sabotaged the
aircraft to disable the Stealth Module so Mulder would see it. Looking back
on his career, Wegman regrets that he has been involved in misleading the
American people. "We just fly these birds. They
engineer them up in Utah." Wegman says he doesn't know the truth and asks
Mulder if aliens really exist, to which Mulder has no answer.
Three young people, on a lark, are hiking up a mountain to where they
might see UFOs. Some kind of visual wave approaches and passes them and a
boy and girl who had been kissing are fused together. The other boy runs
for help, flagging down a car on the highway that carrys one of the Area
51 security agents. When they reach the other two, however, they are no
longer fused and have no memory of the events. Scully and Morris drive
past the gas station that was destroyed a few days earlier and it is
undamaged. The owner is alive and well and has no memory of trouble.
They rush to the Fletcher home where Mulder is packing to leave. As
Scully tells Mulder that the time warp appears to be reversing itself,
Morris talks with Joanna. He describes their wedding and other memories
and she believes that he is her husband, although in Mulder's body.
Area 51 authorities show up and take Mulder, Morris and Scully into
custody. They take them back to the highway where Mulder and Morris
exchanged bodies. The bodies of Morris and Mulder flicker and they are
back in their own bodies, but time has reversed and they are at the moment
when they first exchanged bodies, with no memory of the events. Back in
Washington, Mulder and Scully's (only) trip to Nevada has not been noticed
by Kersh. Scully finds the fused coins on her desk and is bewildered as
to where they came from. Mulder returns home and enters his apartment,
but it is still decorated the way Morris left it. He has to open his door
again to see if it is really apartment 42.
of Endearment. A doctor talks with a woman about a sonogram
-- the woman is pregnant and the sonogram has revealed an abnormality
in the baby's skull and neck. Back home that evening, the couple, Wayne
and Laura Wineside, prepare for bed. Wayne gives his wife a glass of
warm milk and a herbal pill to help her sleep. Laura dreams that a
demon, surrounded by flames, approaches the bed and takes the baby
from inside her. She wakes and Wayne finds blood -- the baby really
from the Hollins, Virginia, sheriff's office tells agent Spender about the
case. Laura is his sister. After Stevens leaves, Spender shreds the case
report, but Mulder shows up in Hollins with the case report taped back together.
After interviewing Laura and Wayne, Mulder telephones Scully who is doing
background checks on candidates for federal jobs. He thinks it is a classic
case of demon baby harvest that was often reported during the middle ages
and asks Scully to review Laura's medical records. Wayne overhears the cell-phone
conversation on the baby monitor radio in the nursery. That night, Laura
sees Wayne outside burning something. He tells her it is leaves, but we see
him remove a bundle from the ground and burn it.
In the morning,
Scully reports to Mulder that Laura has mandrake in her system, sometimes
used to induce abortion, and thinks that may be the real reason behind the
disappearance of the baby. Wayne drives up to a different house and talks
with Betsy. It is clear that they are married and Betsy is pregnant. Wayne
says he is just returning from a business trip. Meanwhile, police are at
Laura's home, based on Scully's suspicions. Wayne arrives and gives them
permission to search the premises, and they find the bones of a baby in the
fire ashes outside. Wayne privately tells Laura that he found her in a trance
last night, holding the baby and chanting that it was evil. Laura is arrested
but Mulder tells Wayne "I know what you are." Mulder begins following Wayne,
who has to fake a business appointment -- he takes blood for medical tests
for an insurance company. He comments to the women he is testing that she
doesn't know how lucky she is to have three normal children.
Wayne visits Laura
in jail. She doesn't think his story makes sense. As they hug, Wayne opens
his mouth and life force flows out of her mouth into his. He claims she collapsed
in his arms and paramedics are quickly called. They manage to restart her
heart and take her to the hospital. Wayne goes to Betsy's. He has missed
her sonogram. The doctor found an abnormal growth on the baby's skull and
neck. Getting ready for bed, Wayne gives Betsy a glass of warm milk. As she
falls asleep she sees a demon, surrounded by flames, at the foot of her bed,
but she grabs for it and it is Wayne. Meanwhile, Scully arrives in Roanoke
and tells Mulder there is no medical reason for Laura to fall into a coma
as she did. Mulder has been in the county records and has found that Wayne
has twice been tried for murder and has several identities. He is a Czech
national who came to this country. Mulder finds another address for Wayne
and as he and Scully go there, they meet Betsy driving Wayne's car. She is
bloody and repeating "he took my baby." Arriving at Betsy's with police
backup, they find Wayne in the back yard, digging. He says "a normal life
and family is all I ever wanted." He begins to say "Betsy isn't like
Laura, Betsy is..." but Deputy Stevens shoots Wayne.
the hospital, Wayne is placed near Laura. He opens his mouth and life force flows
out of him and into Laura. She wakes up and Wayne dies. Meanwhile, at Betsy's
home, the bodies of four more babies have been found, buried in the yard. All
are normal, but the baby Wayne supposedly took is not there. Mulder's theory
is that Wayne was some sort of demon, really looking for a normal life, but all
of his babies were demons. Betsy, though, was apparently even more evil, and
Wayne gave her a real demon child. We see Betsy driving Wayne's red sportscar.
Her baby is on the seat beside her, and the hands showing from underneath the
covers appear to be those of a demon. Betsy's eyes are red.
December 24, 1998
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas. Late at night on Christmas Eve, somewhere in Maryland,
Mulder is parked outside a dark, gothic mansion. Scully drives up and
asks why Mulder wanted her to meet him there. It is a stake-out of the
former owners -- on Christmas 1917, two young lovers killed themselves in
a murder suicide pact, promising to always spend Christmas Eve together.
They were demoralized by the war and the flu epidemic that was killing
thousands of people. Scully wants to leave but she cannot find her
carkeys so she follows Mulder into the house. The door slams shut and
they can't get out.
They go upstairs because Mulder hears a sound. Mulder says there have
been three murder-suicides in the house in 80 years, always on Christmas
Eve. Scully rationalizes at length about how ghosts aren't real but a
hallway door opens by itself. They enter the room and it is a brightly-lit
library, although when they were outside there were no lights on in the
house. The floorboards creak and Mulder believes there is a hiding space
below the floor. They pry up the boards and find two bodies, long dead of
gunshot wounds. The bodies are wearing clothes just like Mulder and
Scully. The agents beat a hasty retreat, but when they exit the doorway,
they reenter the library from another door, as if space is warped. They
repeat this several times, always reentering the library as they cross
through the doorway. They split up, thinking they will meet each other,
but each enters a library that does not have the other in it.
Mulder finds that
all the doors to the library are now locked. He uses his gun to shoot a lock,
but the doorway behind the door is bricked up. All of a sudden, a man (who
we later learn is named Maurice) is in the library with Mulder saying "this is my house." Mulder
accuses him of being a ghost, but Maurice responds saying he is a mental
health specialist. He accuses Mulder of being prone to a breakdown and says
Mulder is a lonely man chasing illusions. Maurice leads Mulder into the
next room, but as Mulder crosses the doorway it is suddenly filled with
bricks again. Meanwhile, Scully discovers that Lyla is in the room with
her and both scream. Lyla says she saw Mulder and Scully and thought THEY
were ghosts. Lyla tells Scully that she must have a small life, being
willing to spend Christmas Eve with Mulder and suggests that Scully's only
joy in life is proving Mulder wrong. Maurice walks in and Scully holds
them both at gunpoint. When they raise their hands, Scully sees a hole in
Lyla's stomach -- a gunshot wound. She lifts Maurice's hat and finds a
hole through his head, after which Scully faints. Maurice and Lyla
talk with each other. when was the last time we had a good haunting?
This pop culture approach doesn't work. If we don't do better
they'll take us off the tourist lists. We'll show these two how
lonely Christmas Eve can be.
Lyla enters the
library and talks to Mulder who realizes that Lyla and Maurice are the young
couple who killed themselves in 1917. She pulls out the book "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" by
R. Grimes and shows a picture of herself and Maurice when they were young.
She indicates to Mulder that he and Scully are there for their own murder-suicide.
Mulder says no, but she says maybe it's a secret suicide pact and they don't
realize it. She hands Mulder his gun and disappears. Meanwhile, Scully wakes
up and Maurice talks with her. The library doors are still locked for her
protection from Mulder. Maurice says Mulder is disturbed and capable of
anything but Scully makes him open the door. Mulder enters and fires his
gun several times. The last shot strikes Scully in the stomach but as
Scully collapses we see that it is Lyla posing as Mulder.
The real Mulder enters through a doorway and finds Scully on the floor,
bleeding. She shoots him, but we see that it is Lyla on the floor, posing
as Scully. Mulder and Scully each crawl toward the front door of the
house and meet each other. They each deny that they shot the other, and
Mulder realizes it is all in their heads. They stand up and the pain and
blood disappears. Mulder and Scully run out the door to their cars and
race off. Maurice and Lyla sit in chairs before the fireplace. We almost
had those two such lonely souls. I wonder what they were really looking
for. We know the real meaning of Christmas. As the clock strikes
midnight, beginning Christmas Day, they disappear.
Mulder is at home,
watching a black and white version of A Christmas Carol on TV when Scully
knocks at his door. She couldn't sleep. None of that really happened, did
it? It was all in their minds? The pop psychoanalysis of the ghosts has affected
both of the agents. Mulder says "I know we agreed to not get each other gifts," but
pulls out a present for Scully. She has one for him, too, and they sit down
to open the presents, all of a sudden happy to be with each other as the
snow falls outside.
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