Episode Summary

After Scully's father passes away, her scepticism is tested by a prisoner on death row who claims that by using recently gained psychic powers, he can help catch a kidnapper. And without Mulder's guidance, she must decide for herself whether or not the man's visions are truth or a by-product of her grief.

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Scully: Good sailing, Ahab. [Saluting]

William Scully: Good night, Starbuck.

Scully: Last time you were that engrossed it turned out you were reading the adult video news.

Mulder: Anyway, if he holds true to form we have five days to find those kids.

Scully: That's a grim deadline.

Scully: His talents?

Mulder: He claims to have obtained this information through psychic transmissions.

Scully: Mulder, do I detect a hint of scepticism?

Mulder: Perhaps. Boggs has been there before. In the chamber. My profile helped sent him there. He was actually strapped to the chair before receiving an executive stay. He claims that this experience activated in him the ability to channel... spirits and demons. I believe in psychic ability without a doubt, but not in this case. Not Boggs.

Mulder: I tore this off my New York Knicks t-shirt. It has nothing to do with the crime.

Scully: Did Boggs confess?

Mulder: No, no, it was five hours of Boggs' channelling. After three hours I asked him to summon up the soul of Jimi Hendrix, and requested All Along The Watchtower. You know, the guy's been dead twenty years, but he still hasn't lost his edge.

Mulder: Why did you feel you had to lie on your police report?

Scully: I thought it would be a better explanation under the circumstances.

Mulder: What you're really saying is that you didn't want to go on record as admitting that you believed in Boggs. The bureau would expect something like that from Spooky Mulder. But not Dana Scully.

Scully: I thought that you'd be pleased that I'd opened myself to extreme possibilities.

Mulder: Why now? After all we've seen, why Boggs?

Scully: Luther, if you really were psychic —

Luther Boggs: I'd have known you lied. That there never was a deal. I know you tried.

Mulder: Dana, after all you've seen, after all the evidence, why can't you believe?

Scully: I'm afraid. I'm afraid to believe.

Mulder: You couldn't face that fear? Even if it meant never knowing what your father wanted to tell you?

Scully: But I do know.

Mulder: How?

Scully: He was my father.