Episode Summary

Eugene Tooms, a mutant killer brought in by Mulder and Scully, is released based on psychiatric re-evaluation and lack of evidence. Mulder sets out to prevent Tooms from killing for the fifth and final liver he needs, while Scully attempts to locate more definitive evidence. Both tasks made more difficult by their superiors insistence that they work by the book.

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Skinner: In short Agent Scully, it is your responsibility to see that these cases are by the book.

Scully: I understand, however conventional investigation of these cases may decrease the rate of success.

Mulder: Think they would've taken me more seriously if I wore the grey suit?

Scully: Mulder you testimony... you sounded so —

Mulder: I don't care how it sounded, as long as it was the truth. [Scully sighs] And where were you? You testimony was important.

Scully: I was called into a meeting... by Assistant Director Skinner.

Mulder: What did he want?

Scully: Just wanted to reel me in.

Arlen Green: I hope you'll be comfortable, Eugene. The room in the back is small, but I'm sure you'll be able to... squeeze in.

Eugene Tooms: I'm sure.

Mulder: [to Tooms] Excuse me. Could you help me find my dog? He's a Norwegian Elkhound. His name is Heinrich. I use him to hunt moose.

Scully: Can you determine the cause of death? My instinct says that burial in cement is murder.

Dr Plith: I did try a little something, a little premature if you're going to go by the book.

Scully: Well we'll keep it off the record.

Scully: Mulder it's getting a little ripe in here, don't you think?

[Mulder sniffs the air and pulls an air freshener out of the glove box]

Mulder: Pine scented.

Scully: Ooh.

Mulder: Better? Tooms hasn't come out of the house all day. I sat through a Phillies game, an Orioles game, and four hours of Ba-ba-booie. When it got dark, I walked around the block.

Mulder: They're out to put an end to the X-Files Scully. I don't know why but any excuse will do. I don't really care about my record but you'd be in trouble just sitting in this car. And I'd hate to see you carry an official reprimand in your career file because of me.

Scully: Fox...

Mulder: [laughs] I... I even made my parents call me Mulder...

Scully: Mulder, I wouldn't put myself on the line for anybody but you.

Mulder: If there's an iced tea in that bag, it could be love.

Scully: Must be fate Mulder. Rootbeer. [Mulder fakes a wounded sound and throws his head back.] You're delirious. Go home and get some sleep.

[Scully gets out of the car]

Mulder: Oh, at 11:30, station 790, Pete Rose Late Night Sports Talk Radio Show. [Mulder nods enthusiastically]

Scully: I wouldn't miss it for the world. [Sarcastically to herself as she walks back to her car]

Scully: Sir, I was engaged in the unauthorised surveillance as well, and Agent Mulder was orienting me on the situation at the time Tooms was admitted into the hospital. Agent Mulder could not have done it because he was with me.

Skinner: Agent Scully, you wouldn't be lying to me would you?

Scully: Sir, I would expect you to place the same trust in me as I do in you.

Scully: There's only room for one. [In the escalator pit]

Mulder: You can get the next mutant.

Bureau File Number X129202 Eugene Victor Tooms — Closed

Skinner: Have you read this report? Do you believe them?

Smoking Man: Of course I do.

Scully: Okay, let's go.

Mulder: It's amazing how things change isn't it?. [Staring at chrysalis]

Scully: The caterpillar?

Mulder: No, a change for us. It's coming.

Scully: How do you know?

Mulder: A hunch.