Episode Summary

When Scully is taken captive by the bounty hunter, Mulder must give up a recently returned loved one in exchange. However, when his trap goes awry, Mulder tracks the hunter far to the icy north in an effort to find the one he has lost twice.

Part two of two

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Captain: Prepare to surface!

Lieutenant Wilmer: Surface into what? We're under 32 feet of glacial ice!

Mulder: Okay, I'm going to take my left hand and reach into my pocket and get my ID, okay? Just don't shoot me. I got shot once and I didn't much care for it...

Mulder: Why does he want to kill you?

Samantha Mulder: Because I know how to kill him.

Mulder: How?

Samantha Mulder: By piercing the base of the skull.

Mulder: That would kill anybody.

Samantha Mulder: Yes, but this is the only way to kill him and it must be precise. I'm fairly sure it will work.

Mulder: Fairly sure?

Mulder: And this man, why has he been sent to kill them?

Samantha Mulder: The experiments weren't sanctioned. It was considered a dilution of their species, a pollution of their race. So a bounty hunter was dispatched to destroy them and terminate the colony.

Mulder: That's a good story. But I've heard a lot of good stories lately.

[Mulder is lounging on the couch in the dark with a gun in his hand]

Mulder: Make yourself at home...

Skinner: What's going on here, Agent Mulder? Why are all the lights out?

Mulder: Orders from my ophthalmologist.

Skinner: What the hell is going on here, Mulder?

Mulder: This is my sister. Samantha Mulder.

Skinner: What?

Mulder: I haven't had time to explain. Agent Scully is missing.

Skinner: What do you mean 'missing'?

Skinner: Where is she? What's this about a negotiation?

Mulder: We don't have any time. If I ever needed your help, your trust, I need it now.

Mulder: We just need to get him out of the car. Make him think we're going to make a trade. We just need one shot.

Samantha Mulder: To the base of the neck.

Mulder: These guys can hollow out a dime at 200 yards.

Mr X: You wanted to see me?

Mulder: How was the opera?

Mr X: Wonderful. I've never slept better. I don't like these hasty public meetings, Agent Mulder.

Mulder: I'm sorry. I need your help.

Mr X: It's over. The fat lady is singing.

Mr X: You'll only win the war if you pick the right battles, Agent Mulder. This is a battle you can't win.

Scully: Sir, is there any way that you can reach him through unofficial channels?

Skinner: I can't help you Scully.

[Skinner is blocking the doorway when Mr X's elevator doors open]

Mr X: Excuse me...

Skinner: Did you tell her what she needed to know? [Skinner slams Mr X against the elevator wall] How hard to you want to make this?

Mr X: No harder than it has to be.

[X headbutts Skinner, they exchange blows, Skinner tosses X to the floor of the car. X pulls a gun]

Mr X: I've killed men for far less.

Skinner: You pull that trigger you'll be killing two men. Now I want to know where Mulder is.

[Skinner gives Scully the information on Mulder's whereabouts]

Scully: How did you get this?

Skinner: Unofficial channels.

Bounty Hunter: If I wanted to I could have killed you many times before.

Mulder: Where is she?

Bounty Hunter: Is the answer to your question worth dying for? Is that what you want?

Mulder: Where is she? Just tell me where she is.

Bounty Hunter: She's alive. Can you die now?

Scully: Transfusions and an aggressive treatment with anti-viral agents have resulted in a steady but gradual improvement in Agent Mulder's condition. Blood tests have confirmed his exposure to the still unidentified retrovirus whose origin remains a mystery. The search team that found Agent Mulder has located neither the missing submarine nor the man he was looking for. Several aspects of this case remain unexplained, suggesting the possibility of paranormal phenomenon... but I am convinced that to accept such conclusions is to abandon all hope of understanding the scientific events behind them. Many of the things I have seen have challenged my faith and my belief in an ordered universe, but this uncertainty has only strengthened my need to know, to understand, to apply reason to those things which seem to defy it. It was science that isolated the retrovirus Agent Mulder was exposed to, and science that allowed us to understand its behaviour, and ultimately, it was science that saved Agent Mulder's life.

Scully: Hey. How you feeling?

Mulder: Like I got a bad case of freezer burn. How did I get here?

Scully: A Naval recognisance squad found you and chopper you the Eisenhower Field. Thanks for ditching me.

Mulder: I'm sorry. I couldn't let you risk your life on this.

Scully: Did you find what you were looking for?

Mulder: No... no. But I found something I'd thought I'd lost. Faith to keep looking.