Episode Summary

The death of a federal construction worker and the destruction of various property can only be tied to an escaped elephant. Yet the witnesses claim to have seen no animals which might have caused the turmoil. So, Mulder and Scully check out the local zoo whose claim to fame is that they've never had a successful animal birth.

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Janitor: They don't pay you to dance, Roberto.

Roberto: Okay, okay.

Janitor: God is watching. [Indicating security cameras]

Scully: Mulder, if you're still suggesting that the elephant did this, it just defies logic. Somebody would have seen it.

Mulder: Well if somebody would have seen it, Scully, we wouldn't be here. Another vehicle would have left evidence of a collision, distress of the metal or paint, I can see signs of neither of those things. I'd be willing to admit the possibility of a tornado, but it's not really tornado season. I'd even be willing to entertain the notion of a black hole passing over the area or some cosmic anomaly but it's not really black hole season either... If I was a betting man I'd say it was, uh...

Scully: An invisible elephant?

Mulder: I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear once.

Scully: What are you looking for, Mulder?

Mulder: Oh, a local paper. I want to see if David Copperfield is in town.

Willa Ambrose: Elephants aren't particularly good jumpers, if that's what you're thinking.

Mulder: How's your relationship with Ed Meecham?

Willa Ambrose: I'm his boss and I'm a woman, and Ed doesn't like that much.

Scully: And you consider that inhumane treatment?

Kyle Lang: It's like you or I living in a pickle barrel.

Kyle Lang: All animals should run free.

Scully: Even if that means trampling a man to death?

Kyle Lang: Maybe he should have gotten out of the way.

Mulder: I'm sure he would have if he had seen it coming.

Mulder: It's all happening at the zoo, Scully.

Mulder: Alright, you keep an eye on the WAO.

Scully: And where are you going?

Mulder: Talk to the animals. [The Lone Gunmen]

[Mulder has set up a video conference with the Lone Gunmen]

Frohike: Beam me up Scotty!

Mulder: Did anybody ever tell you the camera loves you, Frohike?

Frohike: Yeah, the arresting officers at the Free James Brown rally.

Byers: What's this costing the taxpayers, Mulder?

Mulder: Uh, about 150 bucks an hour.

Frohike: Ouch! Almost as much as Bill Clinton's haircuts!

Mulder: Where's Langly?

Byers: He has a philosophical issue with having his image bounced off a satellite.

Frohike: What are you doing in Idaho?

[Mulder's mobile phone beeps]

Frohike: If that's the lovely Agent Scully, let her know I've been working out... I'm buff!

[Scully has just left Kyle Lang at the WAO headquarters]

Scully: Well that guy really pisses me off.

Mulder: You okay, Scully?

Scully: Yeah...

Mulder: You calmed down?

[Mulder and Scully are about to meet Willa Ambrose's gorilla, Sophie]

Scully: Is this who you wanted to speak to?

Mulder: It's basic investigative procedure, Agent Scully. Interview all the possible witnesses.

[Mulder has requested Willa Ambrose to help Scully to perform an autopsy on the escaped elephant]

Scully: I hope you know what you're getting us into, Mulder.

Mulder: I'm pretty sure of what we're going to find.

Scully: Cause this isn't exactly in my job description.

Mulder: Ah, next thing you know they'll be doing it on MTV Sports.

Scully: There's evidence of hyperplasia and the corpus luteum is ruptured.

Willa Ambrose: That's not possible.

Mulder: Neither is an invisible elephant.

[Ed Meecham shoots the escaped tiger that was about to attack Will Ambrose]

Ed Meecham: It's all right, Willa. They don't all talk and draw pictures.

Willa Ambrose: Aliens impregnating zoo animals?

Mulder: Yes, and harvesting embryos.

Willa Ambrose: Why?

Mulder: Maybe their own Noah's ark? To preserve the DNA of those animals that we're depleting to extinction. Whatever it is, that's probably the reason why you've never had a successful birth at this facility.

Willa Ambrose: I think that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

Mulder: I understand that you might think it was ridiculous and maybe you should ask Sophie.

Willa Ambrose: You think this is what she's so afraid of?

Mulder: I believe she's pregnant. And afraid of them coming for her baby.

Scully: Want to see something interesting?

Mulder: What you got there?

Scully: I was looking for a pen to finish my report in Willa's office and that was in a drawer. [An article on both Willa Ambrose and Kyle Lang rescuing Sophie]

Mulder: It's a small world after all.

Scully: And you've been pushing this alien abduction angle.

Mulder: I still am. But in this case, Willa's reactions are all wrong.

Scully: You mean to losing Sophie?

Mulder: I think she knows where Sophie is and Kyle lang died because he knows what she's capable of.

Scully: You think she killed him?

Mulder: I think she'd do anything to protect that animal.

Scully: Even wait atop a stack of crates for a former lover to walk underneath?