Episode Summary

Scully's truthfulness about Mulder comes under intense scrutiny, while suspicion arises that someone at the FBI — possibly Assistant Director Skinner — was responsible for Scully's contraction of a fatal disease.

Part two of three

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Mulder: [voiceover] I have held a torch in the darkness to glance upon a truth unknown. An act of faith begun with an ineloquent certainty that my journey promised the chance not just of understanding, but of recovery. That the disappearance of my sister 23 years ago would come to be explained and that the pursuit of these greater truths about the existence of extraterrestrial life might even reunite us. A belief which I now know to be false an unformed in the extreme. My folly revealed by facts which illuminate both my arrogance and self-deception. If only the tragedy had been mine alone, it might have been more easy tonight to bring this journey to its end.

[Scully enters her apartment and starts getting undressed]

Mulder: Keep going FBI woman.

Scully: Mulder? What are you doing? Why are you sitting in my bedroom in the dark?

Mulder: It was too crowded in my apartment, I couldn't sleep.

Scully: I'm not kidding, Mulder.

Mulder: Good, cause neither am I. There's a dead man on the floor in my apartment and it's only a matter of time before he starts to stink the place up.

Scully: What are you talking about, Mulder? What's going on?

Mulder: Apparently somebody thinks my life's interesting enough to put on videotape.

Scully: Mulder, how long has this been going on?

Mulder: Maybe since the beginning. Since you joined me on the X-Files.

Scully: That would mean that for four years we've been nothing more than pawns in a game. Mulder, these men... You give them your faith and you're supposed to trust them with your life.

Mulder: There are those who can be trusted. What I need to know is who among them is not. I will not allow this treason to prosper, not if they've done this to you.

Scully: Mulder we can't go to the Bureau making these accusations.

Mulder: No. But as they lie to us, we can lie to them. A lie to find the truth.

Michael Kritschgau: Hey! How'd you get in here? [Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency]

Mulder: Through the front door.

Michael Kritschgau: You can't bypass security.

Mulder: You can when you have the card. [Scott Ostelhoff's security card]

Michael Kritschgau: How'd you get his card?

Mulder: I found it on a dead man.

Michael Kritschgau: Do you know what that is? What you have in your hand? It gives you level 4 clearance.

Mulder: Level 4 clearance. That means I get to dine at the officer's club?

Michael Kritschgau: You've heard the recent denials about Roswell by the military and the CIA. And what's been the effect? Even wilder and more widespread belief. The American appetite for bogus revelation Agent Mulder.

Mulder: But I've seen aliens. I've witnessed these things.

Michael Kritschgau: You've seen what they wanted you to see. The line between science and science fiction doesn't exist any more. What this is about is control... of the very elements of life — DNA. Yours, mine, everyone's.

Mulder: Then why a hoax? Why create hard evidence, an alien body that could be disproved?

Michael Kritschgau: The body you found was so good, so believable, that only a directed scientific examination would have proven the fraud.

Mulder: Scully would have known.

Michael Kritschgau: The timing of the hoax was planned so that Agent Scully wouldn't be alive to do an examination.

Smoking Man: I've always kept Mulder in check. I put this whole thing together, I created Mulder.

Elder: Agent Mulder is dead. Our FBI source confirmed it this morning. Mulder killed himself. Mulder was an asset. Without his partner you may have underestimated his fragility.

Smoking Man: I've never underestimated Mulder. I still don't.

Scully: [voiceover] I had no way to reach Agent Mulder, to tell him what I had discovered. An unidentified microscopic lifeform whose very existence held the possibility of revelation. Was this organism, extracted from the ice which entombed the alien corpse, the germ cell that might give proof of extraterrestrial life? Or was it just the opposite? The scientifically engineered creation of a chimera, an unclassifiable biological product designed to set up a hoax. Manufactured to create the false beliefs that have long driven Agent Mulder. I now begin to realise that the answer to this question might exist within the lifeform itself. Biological proof of its connection to the cancer invading my body, to a virus living inside this organism, to which I had been exposed during my abducion three years ago.

Scully: [to Skinner] All lies lead to the truth, isn't that right?

Skinner: Where is Agent Mulder? Your silence won't save you. Not with these people. And if you lie I don't think anything can.

Scully: Except proof.