Episode Summary

The official explanation of an airline disaster leaves unanswered questions that force Agents Mulder and Scully to risk their lives searching for the real cause of the crash.

Part two of two

Episode Details


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Scully: Mulder.

Mulder: Hey, Scully. You come to spring me from the joint?

Mulder: This second plane? They say it's a military fighter?

Scully: It was an F15 Eagle, according to an Air Force spokesman.

Mulder: You believe that story, Scully?

Scully: I don't know want to believe.

Mulder: Do you believe I got this from an F15 Eagle? [Shows Scully the blistering on his forehead]

Scully: Those look like radiation burns. Where did you get that?

Mulder: At the second crash site. In about 50 feet of water at the bottom of Sacandaga Lake.

Scully: You found it?

Mulder: Mmm... I followed a trail of bubbles down to the wreckage, that didn't look like anything that might take off from an Air Force base.

Scully: What was it?

Mulder: What collided with Flight 549 was a UFO, shot down by the military, taking the passenger plane right alone with it.

Scully: All I know is that this plane seems to be killing people as it sits there on the ground... Mulder, Agent Pendrell is dead.

Mulder: How?

Scully: Shot. In an attempt on Sergeant Frisch in Washington. He saved his life, Mulder, and maybe mine. [Scully walks away]

Mulder: Look Scully, Scully...

Scully: Mulder, what are these people dying for? Is it for the truth or for lies?

Mulder: Its got to be for the truth. If we owe them anything, it's to make sure of that.

Mulder: Remember this place?

Scully: I remember being amazed at what some people will call home.

Mulder: You have to admit the man had an enduring sense of style.

Scully: Only Max Fenig and you would appreciate living like this. [Scully fiddles with Max Fenig's stereo, it plays Unmarked Helicopters] I think you were actually kindred spirits in some deep strange way.

Mulder: What do you mean?

Scully: Men with spartan lives, simple in their creature comforts, if only to allow for the complexity of their passions.

Mulder: Yum. Beans and wienies. [Picking up a can in the trailer]

Max Fenig: [on video] And, uh, I should probably mention that I do this at great risk to my own health and safety but hey, when every day is just another day you're going to get kidnapped by a bunch of little grey dudes from outer space what's a few CIA spooks to worry about?

Mulder: Agent Scully and I agree on some of the motives, but not exactly on the facts.

Mike Millar: Do you have facts that I don't?

Mulder: No. But I do have a story, if you're willing to hear it. Feel free to tell me that it's bull as Agent Scully has, but I think it's as believable as any story I've heard floated. At least it's the only one that can't be refuted by the facts.

Mike Millar: All right.

Mike Millar: You're saying, in effect, that Flight 549 was in the grip of a sort of UFO tractor beam?

Mulder: That's a Hollywood term... but, yes.

Mike Millar: And the Air Force shot down the UFO, thereby sending 549 out of control when the beam went off?

Mulder: Yes.

Mike Millar: Well where I come from, that's what we call a whopper. Even if it were true, I could never in a million years sell that to Washington, and neither could you.

Mulder: Not without the object that Max Fenig was carrying.

Scully: Look, I have the same reaction to this story as you, but there is one logical area that has yet to be explained, and that is the seats and the door did show traces of radioactivity. Now you found nothing in the wreckage? No source of any admitter?

Mike Millar: I did find something. I think you should look at it.

Mike Millar: It's a good story. Maybe you can sell it to the movies.

Mulder: Do you know where she is? [Sharon Graffia]

Scully: In a mental institution.

Mulder: I'd go with you but... I'm afraid they'd lock me up.

Scully: Me too.

[Mulder has recovered a bag left in storage by Max Fenig]

Mulder: [on mobile phone to Scully] More people are trying to get their hands on this thing than a Tickle-Me Elmo doll.

Mulder: [to Scott Garrett] Now I want you to stand up very slowly and move to the back of the plane, we're going to go to the bathroom... Move.

Scully: [on mobile phone] Mulder, where are you?

Mulder: I'm standing outside an airplane bathroom where I've got the man who shot Pendrell locked up.

Scully: What?

Mulder: Yeah and looks like I'm going to miss the in-flight movie. And it was something starring Steve Guttenberg.

Scully: Mulder, did you get on the flight that you said you were getting on?

Mulder: Uh yeah. Everything is going according to plan. But I think you should alert Skinner anyway, just in case. I don't want to take any chances getting this guy off the plane and I don't think you do either.

Scully: Right.

Mulder: Hey Scully?

Scully: Yeah.

Mulder: My watch just stopped. [Mulder drops the phone]

[Mulder compares watches with Scully and shows her that he is missing nine minutes]

Skinner: Would you like to tell me what's going on here, Agent Mulder?

Scully: I don't think you want to know the answer.

Skinner: Is this man on the plane?

Mulder: I think he got the connecting flight.

Sharon Graffia: These tapes, you don't mind if I keep them?

Mulder: No. I think you... you should consider yourself the sole curator of the Max Fenig rolling multimedia library and archive and you should probably get tax-exempt status as soon as you can. This stuff could be worth something some day.

Mulder: What are you thinking about? Pendrell?

Scully: I realised that I didn't even know his first name. Actually I was thinking about this gift that you gave me for my birthday. [An Apollo 11 key chain] You never got to tell why you gave it to me or what it means. But I think I know. I think that you appreciate that there are extraordinary men and women, and extraordinary moments when history leaps forward on the backs of these individuals. That what can be imagined, can be achieved. That you must dare to dream, but that there is no substitute for perseverance and hard work — and teamwork — because no one gets there alone. And that while we commemorate the greatness of these events and the individuals who achieve them, we cannot forget the sacrifice of those who make these achievements and leaps possible.

Mulder: I just thought it was a pretty cool key chain.