Episode Summary

Agent Mulder launches a criminal investigation into a bizarre death in which the chief suspect appears to be his very own superior — Assistant Director Skinner.

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Skinner: I won't be a party to murder.

Smoking Man: I wouldn't get too comfortable on your moral high ground, Mr Skinner. This only happened because you left your job unfinished.

Skinner: I handled him, just like I've handled everything else you've asked me to do. I've followed your instructions.

Smoking Man: You failed to neutralise a potentially compromising situation.

Skinner: You didn't have to kill him. He didn't have to die.

Smoking Man: You're in no position to question the terms of our arrangement.

Skinner: Then we have no arrangement.

Smoking Man: You'll find it's not that easy to walk away from, Mr Skinner. A man digs a hole, he risks falling into it.

Skinner: [on phone] You can't do this.

Smoking Man: You sound agitated, Mr Skinner.

Skinner: Was it my gun?

Smoking Man: Your gun?

Skinner: Used to kill the detective.

Smoking Man: Well, if it was, I'd think you'd want to report it to the police immediately.

Skinner: Oh don't think I won't.

Smoking Man: Then why are you calling? Perhaps because you realise that you'd be admitting to the obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence. The consequences could be very serious, even in the unlikely event that you were able to persuade the authorities that you didn't kill the detective.

Skinner: What did you have me cover up?

Smoking Man: I think the less you know the better — under the circumstances.

Skinner: I need to know what that man died for.

Smoking Man: He died for you, Mr Skinner. He died so that you could have what you wanted — the cure for Agent Scully. Isn't that what you want?

Smoking Man: Agent Scully stands to live a long and healthy life. I would hope the same for you, Mr Skinner.

First Elder: Details are everything. Much more important than your vague assurances.

Smoking Man: Well you'll have to rust my assurance that any other breaches have been handled.

First Elder: Handled by whom?

Smoking Man: I've a man in place. A man with no other choice but to succeed.

First Elder: And what assurance can you give us that he can be trusted?

Second Elder: We can't risk even the slightest exposure.

Smoking Man: He has nothing to expose — except his own duplicity.

Skinner: If I lied to you... I have lied to you and I won't make excuses for those lies, but there's a reason for why I did what I did. One that I think you're in a unique position to understand. I advised you against a certain course of action some time ago concerning Agent Scully, I didn't follow my own advice.

Smoking Man: Yours isn't the first gun I've had pointed in my face, Mr Skinner. I'm not afraid to die, but if you kill me now you'll also kill Agent Scully.

Skinner: You have no intention of saving her, you never did.

Smoking Man: Are you certain? I saved her life once before when I had her returned to Agent Mulder. I may save her life again. But you'll never know if you pull the trigger, will you? Now unless you intend to kill me, I'd like to answer my phone. [Skinner fires three shots and leaves. As he walks out the door there are three holes in the wall beside the Smoking Man's head. The Smoking Man looks shaken as he answers the phone] Yes... He was just here. He threatened to kill me... I'm sure Mulder will be contacting you. Want to know if Skinner's seen all there is to see.

Marita Covarrubias: I'll tell him what you want me to tell him.

Smoking Man: Tell him what he wants to hear.