Episode Summary

After the shutdown of the X-Files division, Mulder finds his own belief in the truth waning. So when an old political ally gives him a new reason to believe, he goes alone to an abandoned SETI program site in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Concerned for his safety, Scully has to track down his whereabouts before someone or something else does.

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Mulder: We wanted to believe... we wanted to call out. On August 20th and September 5th 1977, two spacecraft were launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Centre, Florida. They were called Voyager. Each one carries a message. A gold-plated record depicting images, music and sounds of our planet, arranged so that it may be understood if ever intercepted by a technologically mature extraterrestrial civilisation. Thirteen years after its launch, Voyager I passed the orbital plane of Neptune and essentially left the solar system. Within that time there were no further messages sent, nor are any planned. We wanted to listen. On October 12th 1992 NASA initiated the high resolution microwave survey. A decade long search by radio telescope scanning ten million frequencies for any transmission by extraterrestrial intelligence. Less than one year later first term Senator Richard Brian successfully championed an amendment which terminated the project. I wanted to believe, but the tools had been taken away. The X-Files had been shut down. They closed our eyes... our voices have been silenced.... our ears now deaf to the realms of extreme possibilities.

Scully: It is advantageous to begin an autopsy with the removal of the cranium. The cranium is opened with a horizontal division an inch above the eyebrow ridges. [Scully stares off into space]

Student: Something wrong?

Scully: What this man imagined... his dreams... who he loved, saw, heard, remembered... what he feared. Somehow it's all locked in this small mass of tissue and fluid.

Student: Are you okay, Agent Scully? You kinda sounded, uh, a little spooky...

[Scully starts in reaction to Mulder's nickname]

[Meeting is held in the car park of the Watergate Hotel]

Mulder: Four dollars for the first hour of parking is criminal. What you got better be worth at least 45 minutes...

Scully: You know, Mulder, from... from back there you look like him.

Mulder: Him?

Scully: Deep Throat.

Mulder: He's dead, Scully. I attended his funeral at Arlington through 8-power binoculars from 1000 yards away. Now the picture frame was turned down, you wanted to talk?

Mulder: What have you found?

Scully: I wanted to talk but I haven't found anything.

Mulder: It's dangerous for us just to have a little chat. We must assume we're being watched.

Scully: What makes you think they care about us anymore, anyway?

Mulder: So why have you bothered to come here covertly?

Scully: Because I realise that it was the only way that you would see me.

Mulder: Have you ever been to San Diego?

Scully: Yeah.

Mulder: Did you check out the Palomar Observatory?

Scully: No.

Mulder: From 1948 and until recently it was the largest telescope in the world. The idea and design came from a brilliant and wealthy astronomer named George Ellery Hale. Actually the idea was presented to Hale one night while he was playing billiards. An elf climbed in his window and told him to get money from the Rockefeller Foundation for a telescope.

Scully: And you're worried that all your life you've been seeing elves?

Mulder: In my case, little green men.

Scully: Mulder, during your time with the X-Files you've seen so much.

Mulder: Well that's just the point, seeing is not enough, I should have something to hold onto. Some solid evidence. I learned that from you.

Scully: Your sister's abduction, you've held onto that.

Mulder: I'm beginning to wonder if that ever even happened.

Scully: Mulder, even if George Hale only saw elves in his mind, the telescope still got built. Don't give up. And next time we'll meet out in the open.

Samantha: Do we have to watch this Fox?

Mulder: Leave it. I'm watching "The Magician" at nine.

Samantha: Mom and Dad said I could watch some movie, Buttmunch.

Mulder: They're next door at the Gallren's and they said I'm in charge.

[Samantha gets up and switches channels]

Mulder: Hey. Get out of my life.

[Mulder gets up and switches channels back. Samantha screams in his face]

Mulder: I'm watching 'The Magician'.

[The power goes out]

Mulder: Now look. The fuse is blown.

[Objects about the room start to shake]

Samantha: Fox!

[Bright lights flash across the room and Samantha floats out of the window, while Mulder is unable to move to help her]

Mulder: Samantha! Samantha!

Senator Matheson: [has his back to Mulder] Do you know this, Fox?

Mulder: It's Bach, Brandenburg Concerto Number 3.

Senator Matheson: [holding up two fingers] Two.

Mulder: Good thing it wasn't a Double Jeopardy question.

Senator Matheson: Do you know the significance of this piece?

Mulder: Well, uh, recalling music appreciation with Professor Ganz, Bach had a genius for polyphonic —

Senator Matheson: This is the first selection of music on the Voyager Spacecraft.

[Mulder nods in recognition]

[Covering for possible listening devices]

Senator Matheson: Do you like Bach, Mulder?

Mulder: I live for Bach.

Senator Matheson: Then let's hear it again.

Mulder: What am I looking for?

Senator Matheson: Contact.

Mulder's Password is TRUSTNO1

Woman: [voice on answering machine] Mulder. You hounded me to have lunch with you today, then you don't show. You're a pig!

Scully: I was told by the Assistant Director that Mulder was gone.

Agent Morris: So?

Scully: So, whenever he's away, I feed his fish.

Agent Morris: Just dump it in the tank.

Scully: That would be bad for the fish.

Commander: Looks like the Wow signal. [Examining a printout of the document Mulder received from Matheson]

Scully: The Wow signal?

Commander: Ohio State has a radio telescope that conducts electronic searches for extraterrestrial intelligence. On August 1977 my buddy Jerry Aimuth found a transmission on the printout something like this. He was so excited he wrote Wow in the margins.

Commander: The Wow signal is the best evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence. But this... this is better. Where did you get it?.

Scully tracks Mulder down by his use of the name George E Hale on the flight plans.

Mulder: No, Jorge, don't touch that red button. Noho on the Roho. 'Kay?

Mulder: The expression reflects... Oh god Scully, it's as if he's been frightened to death. [Recording his observations of the corpse]

Mulder: [speaking into recorder] Again Scully nothing but evidence. And again no evidence at all. Printouts of receipt transmission indicate contact with another lifeform, yet I cannot see them. Even if I could see them would they really be there? How do I know this isn't some classified military satellite? These transmissions are from the Voyager for god's sake. Could extraterrestrials really have intercepted them? Or is this just some elaborate joke played on those who want to believe? I was sent here by one of those people. Deep Throat said Trust No One. That's hard, Scully. Suspecting everyone, everything. It wears you down. You even begin to doubt what you know is the truth. Before I could only trust myself. Now I can only trust you. And they've taken you away from me. My life up to this point has been about the need to find her again... to see them. But what would I do if they really come?

Mulder: They came, Scully. The ones who took her. They were here.

Scully: Here? Or here? [Putting her hand on his head]

Scully: Mulder we have to go. Evidence is worthless if you're dead.

Skinner: This has four-bagger all over it. Censure, transfer, suspension, probation.

Mulder: ...let alone wiretap my phone, an illegal procedure without a court order.

[Skinner looks at the Smoking Man with suspicion]

Smoking Man: [whispering in Mulder's ear] Your time is over. And you leave with nothing.

Skinner: Get out. I said get the hell out.

[Smoking Man realises that Skinner is addressing him and not Mulder, he leaves]

Skinner: Report back to your assignment.

Mulder: A minute ago I was a four-bagger... Do you want me to make the arrests?

Skinner: I think we need more to go on. Continue the surveillance.

Mulder: I may not have the X-Files Scully but I still have my work. I still have you. I still have myself.