Episode Summary

Mulder and Scully find themselves sent to a penitentiary in order to participate in the retrieval of two escaped convicts. Confused as about the reason for FBI involvement, they look a little deeper and discover an highly contagious and deadly disease has infected many of the inmates, and possibly the two escapees as well.

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Scully: According to the briefing, prisoners escaped by hiding in a laundry cart.

Mulder: I don't think the guards are watching enough prison movies.

Mulder: I thought this was about escaped prisoners...

Scully: It is.

Mulder: Then who are the men in the funny suits?

Scully: I don't know. It looks like some kind of decon situation.

US Marshal Tapia: FBI run out of crooked politician to sting?

Mulder: Excuse me?

US Marshal Tapia: Mulder and Scully?

Scully: That right. We have orders to work with the Federal Marshals on this man hunt.

US Marshal Tapia: Either of you ever run an escaped convict operation?

Mulder: No.

US Marshal Tapia: Well then you'd be a real big help if you just tried to... stay out of the way.

Mulder: We'd be happy to, soon as we can talk to someone who's in charge.

US Marshal Tapia: I'm in charge here.

Mulder: Apparently not, or you'd know why our involvement was requested.

Mulder: This isn't the type of thing the FBI normally gets called in on. I get a feeling we're not getting told the entire story here.

Scully: I've got the same feeling, Mulder.

Mulder: Think you can get in there and find out what's going on?

Scully: I can try to. Where are you going?

Mulder: See if I can get in the way.

Mulder: Deadly? How deadly?

Scully: Well, from what I've seen so far, 36 hours after infection deadly.

Dr Auerbach: That information is unavailable.

Scully: Well then I want to see charts and I want access to the infirmary.

Dr Auerbach: You see what I let you see.

Mulder: The kid's got a lot of hair, probably absorbed the blow.

Mulder: Either of these guys got a girlfriend?

US Marshal Tapia: I wish I could tell you, but those records are locked up in prison. Until we can access them this is Smokey and the Bandit.

Mulder: Well if they had girlfriends they probably tried to call them. Did you think of that?

Mulder: I'm a Federal Agent assisting in the man hunt of two escaped prisoners. My badge number is JTT047101111. I need to know the last call made from this booth.

Smoking Man: In 1988 there was an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever in Sacramento California. The truth would have caused panic. Panic would have cost lives. We control the disease by controlling the information.

Mulder: You can't protect the public by lying to them.

Smoking Man: It's done every day.

Mulder: I won't be a party to it. [to Skinner] What about you?

Smoking Man: You're already a party to it. How many people are being infected while you stand here not doing your job? Ten? Twenty? What's the truth, Agent Mulder?

Scully: There'll be a time for the truth, Mulder, but this isn't it.

Scully: Why did you confide in me?

Dr Osbourne: It's not a secret I feel like taking to the grave. People have a right to know the danger we put them in. If your test comes back negative you have to tell them.

Scully: How can I prove it?

Dr Osbourne: I don't know. But if you don't it will just happen again. Don't believe for a second that this is an isolated incident.

Scully: He told me what happened here.

Dr Auerbach: What happened here was unavoidable.

Scully: Well we'll leave that up to others to decide.

Dr Auerbach: Doctor Osbourne's dead. No one in this room will corroborate your story. Just be glad this thing is under control.

Skinner: You really have no idea who you're dealing with, do you?

Mulder: I thought I was dealing with you.

Mulder: What about you? Where do you stand?

Skinner: I stand right on the line that you keep crossing.

Skinner: Agent Mulder. I'm saying this as a friend. Watch your back. This is just the beginning.