Episode Summary

Dana Scully is given the assignment to watch over the activities of a certain Agent Mulder and decide if his work is worthwhile to the FBI. He takes her to investigate the murder of several high school classmates in Oregon whom he believes have been experimented on by aliens.

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Section Chief Blevins: Are you familiar with the so-called X-Files?

Scully: I believe they have to do with unexplained phenomenon.

Section Chief Blevins: More of less. The reason you're here, Agent Scully, is we want you to assist Mulder on these X-Files. You'll write field reports on your activities along with your observations on the validity of the work.

Scully: Am I to understand that you want me to debunk the X-Files Project, Sir?

Section Chief Blevins: Agent Scully, we trust you'll make the proper scientific analysis.

[Scully knocks at the door to the X-Files office]

Mulder: Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI's most unwanted.

Scully: Agent Mulder. I'm Dana Scully. I've been assigned to work with you. [Letting herself in]

Mulder: Oh, isn't it nice to be suddenly so highly regarded. So who did you tick off to get stuck with this detail, Scully?

Scully: Actually, I'm looking forward to working with you. I've heard a lot about you.

Mulder: Oh, really... I was under the impression that you were sent to spy on me.

Mulder: Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?

Scully: Logically I would have to say no. Given the distances need to travel from the of reaches of space the energy requirements would exceed a spacecraft's capabilities —

Mulder: Conventional wisdom...

Scully: The answers are there, you just have to know where to look for them.

Mulder: That's why they put the I in FBI. I'll see you tomorrow morning, Scully. Bright and early. We leave for the very plausible state of Oregon at 8:00 am.

Mulder: Our boys came out here, spent a week, enjoyed the local salmon, which with a little lemon twist is to die for, if you'll pardon the expression.

Scully: Is the medical examiner a suspect?

Mulder: We won't know that until we do a little grave digging. I arranged to exhume one of the other victims bodies to see if we can get a tissue sample to match the girl's. You're not squeamish about that kind of a thing, are you?

Scully: I don't know. I've never had the pleasure.

[The radio in the car starts playing up. Mulder stops the car, gets out, grabs a spray can from the boot and paints a large fluorescent X on the road behind the car]

Scully: What the hell was that about?

Mulder: Oh, you know. Probably nothing.

Mulder: The guy obviously needed a longer vacation. [Dr Nemman has just caused a scene over the exhumation]

[The coffin being lifted out of the grave breaks from its harness and rolls down the hill, cracking open on impact. Mulder opens it and looks at a very small, simian-like corpse]

Mulder: It's probably a safe bet Ray Sommes never made the varsity basketball team.

[Mulder knocks on Scully's hotel door]

Scully: Who is it?

Mulder: Steven Spielberg. [Scully opens the door] I'm way too wired. I'm going for a run, you want to come?

Scully: Pass.

Mulder: Did you figure out what that little thing up Ray Sommes' nose is yet?

Scully: No, and I'm not losing any sleep over it. Good night.

Mulder: What's his name... Billy...? said he was sorry he didn't get to say goodbye.

Scully: How did you know that girl was going to have the marks?

Mulder: I don't know. Lucky guess.

Scully: Damn it, Mulder. Cut the crap. What's going on here? What do you know about those marks? What are they?

Mulder: Why? So you can put it down in your little report? I don't think you're ready for what I think.

Scully: I'm here to solve this case, Mulder. I want the truth.

Mulder: The truth? I think those kids have been abducted.

Scully: By who?

Mulder: By what?

Scully: You don't really believe that?

Mulder: Do you have a better explanation?

Scully: I'll buy that girl is suffering some kind of pronounced psychosis. Whether it's organic or the result of those marks I can't say. But to say they've been riding around in flying saucers it's crazy, Mulder. There is nothing to support that.

Mulder: Nothing scientific you mean.

[Mulder's compass is spinning wildly and he is continually checking his watch. A bright light flashes from nowhere, filling the car]

Scully: What happened?

Mulder: We lost power. Brakes, steering, everything. [Getting out of car Mulder rechecks his watch] We lost nine minutes!

Scully: We lost what?

Mulder: Nine minutes. I looked at my watch just before the flash. It was 9:03, it just turned 9:13 Look, look. [Pointing to the X he painted on the road earlier] Oh yes! Abductees, people that have made UFO sightings, they've reported unexplained time loss.

Scully: Come on. [Scully is heading back to the car]

Mulder: Gone, just like that.

Scully: Wait a minute, you're saying that time disappeared! Time can't just disappear. It's a universal invariant! [Their dead car starts itself]

Mulder: Not in this zip code.

[Mulder and Scully return to find their hotel ablaze]

Scully: There goes my computer.

Mulder: Damn it. The x-rays and pictures.

Mulder: Ah, you got to love this place. Every day it's like Halloween.

Section Chief Blevins: Agent Mulder. What are his thoughts?

Scully: Agent Mulder believes we are not alone.