Episode Summary

Following the electrocution of a computer company's CEO, Mulder's old partner asks for help with the case. With the advice of Deep Throat, Mulder and Scully must stop the murderer, all the while fighting off the defence department and the building itself.

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Scully: How come you two went your separate ways?

Mulder: I'm a pain in the ass to work with.

Scully: Seriously.

Mulder: I'm not a pain in the ass? We had different career goals. Jerry wanted the fifth floor.

Scully: And you?

Mulder: I was gunning for a basement office with no heat or windows.

Scully: Must be for the visually impaired.

Mulder: How do you like that? A politically correct elevator.

[The Eurisko COS scans data on Scully from her use of the elevator phone]

District of Columbia
Phone Search
Scully, Dana 202-555-631

Agent Lamana: Why did you ask him about the phones?

Mulder: Phone's off the hook. Maybe Drake was talking to somebody right before he did his Ben Franklin impersonation.

Agent Lamana: [to Scully] Taught him everything he knows.

Mulder: One name? Brad Wilczek?

Scully: He said it would be a short list. And it's headline news how much this guy despised Drake.

Mulder: That just seems too obvious. To kill Drake would be so brazenly egomaniacal.

Scully: And fully consistent with Jerry's excellent behavioural profile. [Agent Lamana stole Mulder's case profile and passed it off as his own to his superior]

Mulder: Fully.

[Mulder and Scully walk up to Brad Wilczek's mansion]

Mulder: This is what a 220 IQ and a $400,000,000 severance settlement buys you.

Scully: Brad Wilczek? We're with the FBI.

Brad Wilczek: What took you guys so long? [Invites Mulder and Scully inside] Oh, and do you mind taking off your shoes.

Mulder: In your opinion, how many people know the system well enough to override it?.

Brad Wilczek: Finally, the bonus question. Not many, is the answer.

Brad Wilczek: They make me wear shoes all the time. What else do you want from me?

Mulder: I want you to tell me why you're willing to spend the rest of your life in prison for a crime you didn't commit.

Brad Wilczek: What are you talking about? I'm guilty.

Mulder: I know you're innocent. You're protecting a machine. The Central Operating System at Eurisko.

Mulder: Scully, what are you doing here?

Scully: Someone or something's been scanning my computer files, tapping my phones. I traced the line, it came from somewhere in there.

[Mulder looks up at the Eurisko building where Scully is pointing]

Mulder: It's the machine.

Mulder: They can't just take a man like Brad Wilczek without an explanation.

Deep Throat: They can do anything they want.

Mulder: Where is he?

Deep Throat: In the middle of what we in the trade call hard bargaining.

Mulder: Wilczek won't deal. He'll never work for them.

Deep Throat: Loss of freedom does funny things to a man. And remember, Wilczek confessed to two murders and you effectively destroyed the only evidence that could have exonerated him.

Mulder: What else could I have done?

Deep Throat: Nothing. Unless you were willing to let the technology survive.