Episode Summary

When Assistant Director Skinner is accused of murder, Agents Mulder and Scully join the investigation to clear their supervisor's name. As they unravel the threads of a conspiracy, they also learn more about Skinner's personal affairs.

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Jay Cassal: What are you doing, Walter?

Skinner: After seventeen years, they can wait another day. [Signing of divorce papers]

Jay Cassal: Listen, no one knows better than I what an emotional experience this is —

Skinner: Don't lawyer me, Jay. I'll doing tomorrow.

Jay Cassal: Why put yourself through another day of this?

Skinner: I said tomorrow.

Carina Sayles: Thanks.

Skinner: For what? Ordering another drink?

Skinner: I guess some people think you owe them something just because you're out alone.

Scully: Mulder, it's me. I just got your message. You said Skinner called in a homicide?

Mulder: Yeah, it appears to be a little more complicated than that. It seems like he had a front row seat.

Scully: They found no semen samples. There was some irritation, probably an allergic reaction to latex.

Mulder: Least they were having safe sex.

[Scully and Mulder look around the madam's apartment]

Scully: Looks like business is booming.

Mulder: I think you mean banging.

Lorraine Kelleher: I'm ten minutes late for a meeting with her.

Mulder: Oh that's alright. I don't think she's going to be making that meeting.

Lorraine Kelleher: Oh. Why not?

Mulder: She'd dead. She was murdered last night.

Lorraine Kelleher: I don't know what to say.

Scully: Well you can start by telling us if she was working last night and if she was, who paid for her company.

Lorraine Kelleher: I'm afraid I can't do that.

Mulder: I guess that would hurt future book sales, huh?

Lorraine Kelleher: You'd be surprised who some of my clients are.

Mulder: No. I don't think I would be.

Scully: Do you know him?

Sharon Skinner: I used to think so. I'm Sharon Skinner. I'm his wife.

Skinner: I got through that experience like most eighteen-year-olds. By numbing myself with whatever was around. I was no choir boy, I inhaled.

Agent Pendrell: Do you know how an air bag works?

Mulder: Your car hits something, a bag fills with air, you don't die.

Mulder: They used us to do it, didn't they? They used the X-Files.

Scully: How's you know?

Mulder: Cause I think Skinner's been outmanoeuvred, Scully. They found a weakness and they're exploiting it.

Scully: But why?

Mulder: To keep us it check. You remove Skinner and you weaken us.

Scully: What am I looking at? [Latent image recovered from the air bag in Skinner's car]

Mulder: This is the man who stole Skinner's car last night and tried to kill his wife.

Scully: I don't understand. Why would they orchestrate such an elaborate scheme just to set him up? Why not just kill him?

Mulder: Well, they already tried that once, and a second attempt would be too obvious, even for these thugs. Anyway, I think Skinner's probably worth more to them alive and disgraced rather than dead and buried.

Mulder: What happened here?

Officer: Jumper. Whenever it rains two days straight.

Mulder: I need you to set up a meeting. [With the man who killed Carina and Lorraine]

Judy Fairly: I can't. I mean, Lorraine's the only one who ever really talked to him.

Mulder: Well, unfortunately, Lorraine can't get to the phone right now.

[Judy calls to arrange the meeting with the killer]

Grey-Haired Man: [on mobile phone] I'm close. I'll see you in an hour. [He is watching from outside the diner]

Skinner: If you'll excuse me, I've got a bit of catching up to do. The OPC did a number on my office.