Episode Summary

Scully is hopeful about reuniting with Mulder when a complete stranger offers new information about what drove him into hiding. Yet her trust in this stranger may place Mulder in even more danger.

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Scully: [voiceover] One day, you'll ask me to speak of a truth — of the miracle of your birth. To explain what is unexplained. And if I falter or fail on this day, know there is an answer, my child, a sacred imperishable truth, but one you may never hope to find alone. Chance meeting your perfect other, your perfect opposite — your protector and endangerer. Chance embarking with this other on the greatest of journeys — a search for truths fugitive and imponderable. If one day this chance may befall you, my son, do not fail or falter to seize it. The truths are out there. And if one day you should behold a miracle, as I have in you, you will learn the truth is not found in science, or on some unseen plane, but by looking into your own heart. And in that moment you will be blessed — and stricken. For the truest truths, are what hold us together, or keep us painfully, desperately apart.

[Scully and William enter an Internet café]

Waitress: Hey. Tall coffee with milk?

Scully: Yes, thanks. And can I get a warm-up, please? [She hands the waitress a bottle, before sitting at one of the computers and logging onto her email account. The program informs her; You have five new messages

[The messages are]

Subject: Lose 25 lbs in TWO WEEKS — Guaranteed! From: tracy1893@dieters
Subject: Travel Bargains-Airfare Discounts! From: HotTravelBargains
Subject: Tired Of Your Old Job??? From: Sue185@RRS
Subject: Requested Research Link From: drstanton@fbi.gov
Subject: Dearest Dana From: trust_no1@mail.com

[She opens the email and reads the message]

From: Trust_No1@mail.com
To: Queequeg0925@hotmail.com
Date: 07 Jan 2002]

Scully: [voiceover] I've resisted contacting you for reasons I know you continue to appreciate. But, to be honest, some unexpected dimensions of my new life are eating away at any resolve I have left. I'm lonely, Dana, uncertain of my ability to live like this. I want to come home. To you, and to William.

[Another woman with a child has entered the café. Scully replies to the message]

Scully: [voiceover] I am physically shaking right now, seeing your words. Wishing it were you speaking them to me. I want so badly to see you too, but you are still not safe here.

[Scully looks up, the baby's mother is nowhere to be seen]

Scully: The child's mother, she was just here. Where did she go?

Waitress: I think that's her out there. [Patti is outside in a heated exchange with a man on the street, She comes back inside to her child]

Patti: I'm sorry. [to baby] I'm sorry.

Doggett: Can we talk to you a second?

Reyes: It's about Agent Mulder.

Scully: What about Mulder?

Doggett: We got a guy contacting us through intelligence channels. He keeps saying he wants to talk to Fox Mulder only he won't say why.

Scully: Well, who is he?

Reyes: We don't know. He always covers his tracks. But this morning we finally got him to tip his hand. He says he has highly classified military files.

Scully: Files on what?

Doggett: These bio-engineered soldiers we've all come in contact with. So-called Super Soldiers. The same ones threatening Mulder's life, forcing him to live underground.

Scully: Well, what does he want with Mulder?

Doggett: He wants to give him the names of these Super Soldiers, and Mulder's the only person he'll give them to.

Scully: Well, even if this was a good idea I don't know how to contact him. [She leaves]

[Scully rejoins her class]

Scully: I'm sorry about that. I believe that last class we were covering petechia and evidence of death by —

Doggett: Agent Scully. [They leave the classroom] What the hell are you doing?

Scully: I'm trying to teach a class.

Doggett: You understand what we're being offered here? If we know who these Super Soldiers are we can go after them. This is somebody giving us a way that can make it safe for Mulder to come home.

Scully: That's the operative word here — somebody. Somebody that we don't know.

Doggett: You don't want to check it out.

Scully: What I don't want is Agent Mulder's life to be endangered any more than it already is.

Doggett: How long are you going to do this?

Scully: Do what, Agent Doggett?

Doggett: Refuse to trust me... or anybody. How else you going to get him home?

[Scully gets out of her car and overhears a conversation]

Man on the Street: Get in the car.

Patti: I am not getting in the car.

Man on the Street: I said get in the car. You and the baby, right now.

Patti: Just leave us alone.

Man on the Street: I am not telling you again.

Patti: Get away. Get away from us. Leave us alone. Leave us alone.

Man on the Street: She's coming with me.

Patti: What are you doing?

Scully: Do you need help, ma'am?

Patti: No. Don't...

Scully: Hey.

Patti: Don't take her with you.

Man on the Street: No. I'm not letting you have her.

Scully: Do you need me to call the police?

Patti: Don't go. Don't go! Please.

Scully: Ma'am? Are you all right? [Patti turns and Scully recognises her from the Internet café]

Scully: Come on in. The phone's over there.

Patti: I don't know if it's such a good idea. Making out a police report.

Scully: Well, you've... obviously got a problem. I saw you this morning at the café. Is he your husband?

Patti: Yeah.

Scully: It's okay. I understand. I mean... it's hard enough caring for a child.

Patti: You don't have anyone, do you?

Scully: No. But I wish I did.

Patti: Maybe he'll come back.

Scully: Do you have anywhere to go?

Patti: No.

Scully: I'm going to get you a blanket and something hot to drink, all right?

Patti: Thank you.

Scully: My name's Dana.

Patti: I'm Patti.

Reyes: What do you have?

Doggett: This source of ours decided to give my cell phone a call tonight. I ran a trace.

Reyes: Did you get a number?

Doggett: No, but I got a node. A sector of six city blocks. The area's pretty vacant, except for this building here.

Reyes: Say this source is for real, and this is Mulder's chance to come home. We spook the spook, and maybe that chance goes away. Or worse, it drives Mulder deeper. [A car pulls up, the Man on the Street gets out and enters the building] Where are you going?

Doggett: Take a little look into his car.

Reyes: I'll say it again — what we risk is compromising Mulder's return.

Doggett: I don't plan on getting caught.

[Scully is asleep when Patti gets up, turns off the baby monitor and picks William Scully up]

Scully: [answering mobile] Hello.

Doggett: You awake?

Scully: Yeah. I just laid down to shut my eyes. What time is it?

Doggett: 6:00am. Agent Reyes and I just tailed a car onto your street. We watched a guy go into your building. A guy we're guessing you've got no business with. You there, Agent Scully?

[Scully appears in the doorway wit her gun drawn]

Scully: Put him down. Now!

Patti: Oh, my god.

Scully: Put my baby down.

Reyes: Agent Scully? Agent Scully? Agent Scully, do you know this man? [It's the Man on the Street]

Doggett: I wouldn't think so. Not with him trying to pick his way into your place.

Doggett: Start with who you work for.

Man on the Street: I'm not at liberty to say.

Doggett: Is this your wife? Maybe she's at liberty. Maybe she don't want to accompany you to prison.

Scully: You staged this, didn't you? Arguing on the street. Everything.

Patti: No.

Scully: It's a con job. What are you after? My baby?

Patti: No, no. I want to protect William.

Man on the Street: That's enough. You want to get us killed?

Patti: You said... you said that they could help us. You told me that. That's what you said.

Doggett: What the hell is going on here?

Man on the Street: They're watching.

Doggett: They're watching?

Scully: You got something to say, say it.

Man on the Street: I work for the National Security Agency. The name on my driver's license is false. If you were to call the police I would be detained only long enough for another NSA agent to authorise my release. I don't exist as a citizen, nor does anyone I work with.

Doggett: So what are you doing here?

Man on the Street: As you can see, my wife is upset. I was coming to get her to stop this very event.

Reyes: What's she so upset about?

Patti: We have a daughter... Joy. There's something about her. Something different. Just like there's something different with her son William.

Doggett: Different how? How do you know anything about her or her son?

Man on the Street: [to Doggett] I know virtually everything about you. [to Reyes] And you. [to Scully] And you. Several months ago, you saw your son affect the movement of the mobile over his crib. He spun it, as if with his mind. It happened to us the same way.

Reyes: So you've been looking in this apartment with what, cameras?

Man on the Street: Various forms of technology.

Reyes: Then it's you who's been contacting us.

Man on the Street: Not directly. My scope is limited. I only look at what they tell me to. But I have a supervisor who I've told everything I'm telling you about my daughter, and her son, and he started to look into it. He learned things about a Super Soldier program. Things he won't tell us. Crimes, he says, against innocent people.

Scully: What does he want with Mulder?

Man on the Street: Mulder's the only one capable of making the connections, he says.

Patti: Maybe we can help you. And maybe you can help us find out the truth. About what our babies really are.

Scully: [answering phone] Hello.

Shadow Man: You've had quite an earful.

Scully: Who is this?

Shadow Man: As my associate indiscreetly told you, we don't have names.

Scully: You've been listening to us?

Shadow Man: It's all I could do after you closed the shades, Agent Scully.

Scully: You ever heard of the Constitution?

Shadow Man: Yes. It's what allows foreign terrorists to live here and enjoy the American dream, until time comes to destroy it. But my trespasses are the least of your concern, after what they've done to you and Mulder.

Scully: What have they done?

Shadow Man: Actually, it's what they're prepared to do next. I'd be happy to tell Agent Mulder.

Scully: Well, you're going to have to tell me 'cause I don't know how to reach Agent Mulder.

Shadow Man: But you reached him yesterday. You sent him an email. Would you like me to read it to you?

Scully: Look why should I trust you? I mean, you're just a voice on the end of the phone. I'm not going to give you anything unless I can meet you. Unless I... unless I can see your face. Are you still there?

Shadow Man: If you think you can flush me out you're making a big mistake. Bus bench, Internet café. Come alone. You have 20 minutes. [He hangs up]

Doggett: Agent Scully? What are you doing?

Scully: I'm going to meet your contact. I need you to watch William, Monica.

Doggett: I don't like this. I don't like the feel of it and I don't like you agreeing to it without backup.

Scully: You said I had to trust someone, right? Well, that's what I'm doing.

Scully: [answering mobile] Hello.

Shadow Man: Are you armed, Agent Scully?

Scully: Yes.

Shadow Man: Then you're prepared to use your weapon should anything go wrong?

Scully: I'm not sure I follow you.

Shadow Man: Then do exactly as I say. If you vary my instructions in the smallest way, we're over. If I see, or suspect that you're not working alone I will terminate our communication. If I believe a third party is trying to use this meeting to prevent our exchange you must be prepared to use your weapon in your own defence. Am I clear?

Scully: Yes.

Shadow Man: There's a green sedan across the street from you. The keys are in it. I want you to get in the car.

Scully: All right, what next?

Shadow Man: Start the engine, put the car in drive and await my next order. Pull out quickly! Go now! Agent Scully?

Scully: Is it absolutely necessary to get innocent people hurt?

Shadow Man: You're free to stop the car and walk away at any time. It's up to you. I'm doing this for your own protection and for Mulder's.

Scully: So where am I going?

Shadow Man: Turn right. Right now. Stop the car. Get out, Agent Scully. Turn the engine off, take the keys out. Walk to the top of the alley. There's another car there. Get in and drive directly to the interstate on-ramp heading west. You will continue driving west until I tell you otherwise.

Shadow Man: That's far enough. Get out of the car. Leave it running.

Scully: Where are you?

Shadow Man: Move around to the trunk. You'll see a change of clothes inside for you. Put them on.

Scully: Look... we're in the middle of nowhere.

Shadow Man: There is no middle of nowhere any more, Agent Scully. [Scully gets changed. The Shadow Man appears in front of Scully] Put the gun in the trunk. Your clothes, too. [He takes a remote control device out of his pocket and turns it on. The car starts moving away from them, then explodes] Your watch. Give it to me.

Scully: This is ridiculous. This has gone far enough.

Shadow Man: Do you want to see Mulder again?

Scully: These clothes that I'm wearing ... they're my size. How the hell do you know my size?

Shadow Man: Your size? I know your blood type, your resting heart rate, your childhood fear of clowns. I know the name of your college boyfriend, your true hair colour, your ATM pin number, favourite charities, pet peeves. I know you spend too much time alone. And I know... that on one lonely night you invited Mulder to your bed.

Scully: Oh my god.

Shadow Man: I was as surprised as you were.

Scully: Who authorises you? I mean, what gives you the right? Who are you?

Shadow Man: I'm the future, Agent Scully. And I risked my life being here.

Scully: Well, then why do it? I mean, why meet me?

Shadow Man: Because you can reach Mulder. Mulder needs to know what I know or he may have no future. Perhaps no one will. Another car is parked on the main road, half a mile out. If I see that you haven't contacted Mulder in the next 24 hours, I disappear and you never see me again. Do you understand, lady?

Scully: Excuse me. [She leaves the classroom] I'm teaching a class, Agent Doggett. Is it something pressing?

Doggett: Yeah. I'm worried now about what it is I've gotten you into.

Scully: You're right to be worried.

Doggett: This guy that led you all over town last night... he says he wants to talk to Mulder, right? Why does he need you? Why not go to Mulder directly? 'Cause this guy knows Mulder resurfaces only if the one person he trusts asks him to.

Scully: That guy didn't come to me, Agent Doggett, he came to you. That woman that I took in blew his cover. He had no other choice.

Doggett: Did you ever stop to think that this woman and her husband are in on this, too?

Scully: I don't believe that. That woman is truly scared for her child for the same reasons that I am.

Doggett: How do you know they're not being used by this Shadow Man to lure Mulder out? To kill him?

Scully: 'Cause that couple doesn't even necessarily trust the Shadow Man. I mean, for their own reasons.

Doggett: You think about it. This guy seems to know everything. He even reads your email. How can you, or anybody hope to ensure for Mulder a safe passage home?

Scully: Mulder and I already considered that even before he left. His return has been pre-arranged. The place, the mode of transport, everything's been set.

Doggett: Well, you can call the whole thing off?

Scully: I can't. I've already sent for him. Mulder's on a train. He'll be here at midnight.

Doggett: Maybe you can reach him.

Scully: You can't do that to me.

Doggett: I'm sorry.

Scully: I want to see him so bad.

Doggett: I know. And I want to make sure that you get to, Dana. That's the whole reason I'm here.

Scully: Well, it's too late. And I have to go.

Doggett: Agent Boal? Edie Boal? I'm John Doggett. We spoke a few minutes ago. You said if I came right down you might be able to help me out.

Agent Boal: What'd I get myself into?

Doggett: I've got some clothing here. I'm looking for anything you can find that might give me an ID.

Agent Boal: Male or female?

Doggett: It's a male who handled them and gave them to a female agent.

Agent Boal: When do you need them?

Doggett: I got a little over an hour.

Agent Boal: Your staring over my shoulder doesn't make me go faster.

Patti: Agent Scully? It wasn't supposed to happen. This wasn't supposed to happen at all. All we wanted was answers. We never meant to harm you. My husband was not a part of this.

Scully: I know. I know that he was only trying to protect me.

Patti: The man who he works for... he's the one who's responsible for this.

Scully: I know. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

Reyes: What is it?

Doggett: What I was afraid of.

Scully: Agent Doggett, what?

Doggett: We can't find him.

Scully: Who?

Doggett: The man I shot. He fell in front of a frikkin' moving train but he ain't down there on the tracks.

Scully: Well, where is he?

Doggett: Nowhere. It shouldn't make a bit of sense, but it does. I went to run the DNA on the clothes he gave you, only the man's DNA can't be tested. They say it's some kind of weird DNA complexed with iron or some damn thing.

Reyes: That doesn't make sense.

Doggett: I think it does. 'Cause he's not a man. He's a Super Soldier.

Scully: Mulder. I've got to warn Mulder. [to Station Manager] Get on the radio! Get on the radio and alert them that there's a situation on that train.

Station Manager: A situation?

Scully: The man who fell on the tracks, he's gotten on that train.

Train Driver: [on radio] This is the Southbound 112. We got a jumper. A man jumped off the train at the mile 19 connector, ran into the Manville rock quarry there.

Doggett: Agent Scully, you drive. Head down into the quarry and we'll meet you at the bottom.

Scully: Okay.

[Scully drives off, while Doggett and Reyes explore the quarry on foot. Doggett sees a man running across the quarry floor]

Doggett: Agent Reyes. Mulder! Mulder! Mulder, it's John Doggett!

Scully: Mulder? Mulder? [She leaves the car on the quarry floor. A man walks out of the mist] Mulder? [The man is not Mulder, it is the Shadow Man. Scully runs away, cornering herself in the quarry before pulling her gun on the Shadow Man] Stop there! Stop right there! Why do you want to kill us?

Shadow Man: Mulder must die. Mulder or your son.

Scully: What are you talking about? What does this have to do with my son? What's wrong with my son? Answer me!

[The Shadow Man starts shaking and drops to his knees. Patches of black start appearing on his forehead. He struggles to his feet, his exposed skin now completely blackened by a chemical reaction. His body is pulled towards the quarry wall at great speed, hitting the wall with enormous velocity, his body exploding into dust on impact]

[Scully and William are back at the Internet café, she is replying to Mulder]

Scully: [voiceover] I hold no hope you can respond to this. Or that it reaches you. I only hope that you are alive. I cannot help believing that you jumped off that train because you knew what I now know — that these Super Soldiers, if that's what they are, can in fact be destroyed. That the key to their destruction lies in the iron compound at that quarry. I am scared for you, Mulder. And for William. The forces against us are unrelenting. But so is my determination. To see you again. To regain the comfort and safety that we shared for so brief a time. Until then, I remain forever yours — Dana.