Episode Summary

Agents Mulder and Scully's assistance is requested for a case involving a man seemingly capable of bending people to his will. The suspect uses his mysterious abilities to manipulate Agent Mulder into a dangerous end game.

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Agent Burst: You're Pusher, I presume?

Robert Modell: You must be Frank Burst. You know I got to tell you. You got the greatest name.

Mulder: Ronin. It's a samurai without a master. What, you never saw Yojimbo?

Scully: Still, what does it mean?

Mulder: Means I bet I know ten to one what this guy's got stacked on the back of his toilet.

Scully: Mulder, I'm still not sure what we're looking for.

Mulder: Samurais without masters have to advertise.

Scully: Yes, but advertise for what? I mean how did this Pusher convince an otherwise honest Deputy Sheriff to free him? I mean I'm sure you have a theory.

Mulder: Suggestion is a powerful force. The science of hypnosis is predicated on it, as are most TV commercials. I mean they're designed to plant thoughts in your head.

Scully: Inducing someone to buy hair colour is a little different than inducing them to drive in front of a speeding truck.

Mulder: But the mechanism is the same. It's just a lot more powerful in this case. I mean this guy calls himself Pusher, can't we take that to mean that he pushes his will onto other people?

Scully: Well even if he could push his will, why would he cause an accident when he himself was in the car?

Mulder: Maybe he really didn't want to go to jail. Well, look at this. I solve problems. OSU.

Scully: OSU... Ohio State University?

Mulder: No, it's a northern Virginia area code. I've seen this ad in all these magazines dating back to April 1994.

Scully: The time span of the murders.

[Mulder checks a Japanese-English dictionary]

Mulder: OSU... OSU... Gee. O-shu. It's a Japanese word, it means to push.

Scully: I say we run down those telephone numbers.

[Mulder and Scully are staking out a payphone]

Mulder: Hey... I think you drooled on me.

Scully: Sorry.

[Calling from the payphone]

Robert Modell: You and your pretty partner seem awfully close. Do you work well together?

[Calling from the payphone]

Robert Modell: Let your fingers do the walking G-man?

Scully: So he's a killer and a golfer?

Mulder: Rings a bell, huh? Let's go G-woman.

[Mulder finds Modell semi-conscious after willing an agent to set fire to himself]

Robert Modell: Bet you five bucks I get off.

Robert Modell: I believe you owe me five dollars.

Mulder: Oh... Your shoe's untied. Made you look. [Mulder withdraws money] How do you do it? [Modell walks away]

Mulder: Well ninjas are said to have the ability to cloud the minds of their opponents.

Scully: Are we talking kung fu movies, Mulder?

Mulder: He certainly clouded the mind of that judge, Scully.

Scully: Even if Modell could, he didn't need to. We barely had a case against him.

Mulder: Oh we had enough to get past a simple preliminary hearing. Modell psyched the guy out. He put the whammy on him.

Scully: Please explain to me the scientific nature of the whammy.

Scully: He is just a little man, who wishes that he were someone big. And we're feeding that wish.

Mulder: How do you explain what Agent Collins did? This is a sane man, a family man, with no prior history of psychological problems, sets himself on fire. You witnessed that, how does that happen?

Scully: What do you want me to say, Mulder? That I believe Modell is guilty of murder? I do. I'm just looking for an explanation a little more mundane than the whammy.

Mulder: Well, he's laughing at us, Scully.

Mulder: I reviewed the building security tapes. Modell can clearly be seen entering and leaving unnoticed. He had the word 'pass' on his lapel. Guards that waved him by don't even remember seeing him at all.

Skinner: And you're saying this same mysterious phenomenon is the reason I have a size seven heel mark on my face?

Scully: I have to agree with Agent Mulder, sir. I can't even begin to explain how, but I think that Modell is responsible for you injuries.

[Modell's refrigerator is packed with high protein drinks]

Mulder: Hey Scully, check this out. Mango Kiwi Tropical Swirl. Now we know we're dealing with a madman.

[Modell calls in to his home phone]

Robert Modell: Hey hey hey. What do you say?

Agent Burst: What's up, Modell? How you doing? Long time no see. Told you I know where you live. Nice apartment, Modell. Who does your decorating? The Grinch who stole Christmas?

Robert Modell: Ha ha ha! Agent Frank Burst. The guy with the great name.

[Mulder is wearing a set of closed circuit audio visual gear]

Mulder: Think I get the Playboy channel?

Mulder: I think it's like you said. He was always such a... little man. This was finally something that made him feel big.