Episode Summary

When a young girl is kidnapped from her home, a fast food worker miles away collapse on the job, apparently experiencing exactly what the child is feeling. When Mulder learns that the woman was kidnapped and held hostage for years as a child, he begins to believe that she may be the key to help find the missing girl.

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Myra Jacobs: Who could do such a thing? Who could take somebody that wasn't theirs?

Mulder: I know you must be feeling —

Myra Jacobs: I'm sorry. But how could you really know how I feel?

Scully: That's spooky.

Mulder: That's my name isn't it?

Lucy Householder: So what's your point? All of us kidnap victims got to stick together?

Mulder: No. We just want to find a little girl in any way we can. And if you know anything...

Lucy Householder: Look, what I've been through in my life I wouldn't want to wish on anybody. Doesn't mean I can make it any better for me or anyone else.

Mulder: Lucy is a victim, Scully, just like Amy Jacobs. If she's got any connection to this case, that's the extent of it.

Scully: Well we'll know soon enough.

Mulder: What are you talking about?

Scully: I'm running a PCR on her blood to see if there's a DNA match.

Mulder: Do me a favour and keep that under your hat?

Scully: Why?

Mulder: Because I don't want Lucy Householder treated like a suspect in this case unless it's absolutely certain that she is one, okay?

Mulder: How's she doing?

Paramedic: Fine. Blood pressure's back to normal, temperature's back up. She must have gone down the rabbit hole for a while. [to Lucy] You should get something to eat soon. Get your blood sugar back up.

Mulder: Well, what do you say, Lucy? Can I take you to dinner?

Mulder: Have you ever experienced temporary blindness before?

Lucy Householder: I've probably experienced just about everything once or twice. It's all been pretty temporary.

Mulder: Scully, take a look at this. [Video of Lucy Householder]

Scully: Is that Lucy?

Mulder: Yeah. It was taken in 1978, the week she was found. She'd been held in the dark so long her eyes were hypersensitive to the light. Whoever held her captive wasn't very big on conversation either, she's thirteen years old here and can barely string two words together. It's amazing she's gotten anywhere in life.

Scully: Well by most yardsticks she hasn't, Mulder.

Lucy Householder: So what do you want from me?

Mulder: I want you to tell me what you are going through. It might feel good to tell somebody.

Lucy Householder: I feel like it's happening all over again.

Mulder: You can actually feel what she's going through, can't you?

Lucy Householder: I don't want to go through this again.

Mulder: What's going on?

Agent Eubanks: We're here to arrest Lucy Householder.

Mulder: Why?

Agent Eubanks: I think you know why, Agent Mulder.

Mulder: What's the hell is happening?

Scully: Mulder. The blood on Lucy's uniform was an exact DNA match. Lucy was covered in Amy Jacob's blood.

Mulder: She didn't do it, Scully.

Scully: Mulder, it's incontrovertible evidence.

Agent Eubanks: Agent Mulder. Where is she?

Mulder: She was just here.

Agent Eubanks: Well she's gone now.

Scully: I hate to say this Mulder, but I think you just ran out of credibility.

Scully: You don't see what you're doing, do you, Mulder? You are so close to this that you just don't see it.

Mulder: What don't I see?

Scully: The extreme rationalisation that's going on, your personal identification with the victim, or in this case the suspect. That you've become some kind of empath yourself, Mulder. You are so sympathetic to Lucy as a victim, like your sister, that you can't see her as a person who is capable of committing this crime.

Mulder: You don't think I've thought of that? I have. And not everything I do and say and think and feel goes back to my sister. You, of all people, should realise that sometimes motivations for behaviour can be more complex and mysterious than tracing them back to one single childhood experience.

Lucy Householder: He hasn't touched her. Not yet. He wants to, but he can't. That's why he takes the pictures.

Mulder: What else, Lucy? Tell me what else.

Lucy Householder: If he can't have her to himself, that's when he's dangerous. That's when he'll start hurting her.

Mulder: Lucy, you came here to help her.

Lucy Householder: No.

Mulder: Why else would you come back here if not for Amy? You're sharing her pain.

Lucy Householder: I can't.

Mulder: You're the survivor. You're the strong one. Now Amy needs some of your strength.

Lucy Householder: She's not going to make it.

Mulder: She has to make it. And you have to help her.

Mulder: Did they finish up on Lucy?

Scully: Yes, they brought in a State pathologist last night. So I stopped by to get the autopsy reports on my way.

Mulder: She drowned, didn't she?

Scully: They found five litres of water in her lungs.

Mulder: She saved Amy's life.

Scully: Mulder... whatever there was between them, you were part of that connection. Did you think about that? Lucy may have died for Amy, but without you they never would have found her.

Mulder: I think she died for more than Amy.

Scully: What do you mean?

Mulder: I think, finally, it was the only way she could escape. The only way she could ever forget what happened seventeen years ago. Finally, the only way she could out run Carl Wade.