Episode Summary

With Scully lingering near death and the future of the X-Files in danger, the Smoking Man comes forward with a surprising offer to save Scully's life.

Part three of three

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Mulder: [to doctor] WHERE IS SHE?!

Skinner: Agent Mulder! Where are you going?

Mulder: ICU.

Skinner: You're moving pretty good for a dead man.

Mulder: I'm only half dead.

Skinner: You've got a lot to answer for, Agent Mulder.

Section Chief Blevins: Agent Mulder, we're here informally to give you the chance to help yourself.

Mulder: Help myself how?

Senior Agent: By allowing any facts or details which might serve to let us go forward with this enquiry in a more informed manner.

Mulder: That helps you. How does that help me?

Skinner: Word of advice, from a friend. Keep playing it the way you are.

Mulder: Thanks, buddy.

Skinner: Hey, right now you need a buddy. You need all the help you can get.

Mulder: You should have mentioned that at the hospital when you were hauling my ass off.

Skinner: Hey, I saved your ass, Agent Mulder. I've been withholding forensic evidence about the body found on your apartment floor. Until you showed up last night, I was the one keeping your secret. I had no choice but to bring you in. Scully will verify all that.

Mulder: It's a good place to lay it considering her condition.

Skinner: You want me to lay it where it belongs, Agent Mulder? Pathology turned up two gunshot wounds to the dead man in you apartment. One fired point blank through the left temple with a handgun, the second a post-mortem wound to the face to remove the man's identity. Now I'd be happy to verify the ballistics on that first shot.

Mulder: How can you help me?

Skinner: Tell me why Scully lied for you.

Mulder: The disease she has was given to her by somebody connected to the FBI, by a mole working here.

Skinner: Who?

Mulder: I failed to find that out, sir.

Skinner: You don't want to forget who your friends are, Agent Mulder. Who you can trust.

Scully: Mulder? What are you doing here?

Mulder: I heard you were being moved out of the ICU, that you were feeling better.

Scully: Mulder, somebody's going to see you here.

Mulder: It's okay, I'm officially among the un-dead.

Scully: Did you find out who in the FBI is involved?

Mulder: No. But that doesn't matter now.

Scully: Yes it does.

Mulder: Hey Scully, how about those Yankees, huh?

Mulder: Please tell me you're here with severe chest pains. [At the hospital]

Smoking Man: You should be glad for why I'm here. I'm paying you some respect.

Mulder: Go to hell.

Smoking Man: For your cleverness and your resource. What you managed to do for Scully.

Mulder: What are you talking about?

Smoking Man: Well, breaching security at the Defence Department facility, finding the cure for her disease.

Mulder: What I found was useless.

Smoking Man: On the contrary, it's essential to her survival. If you like we could step outside and I might explain myself. I'm here tonight as a friend, Agent Mulder.

Langly: That's unreal.

Frohike: Too freaking amazing.

Mulder: Watch your language, Frohike, and grab me some tweezers.

Mulder: All because of this thing I'm looking for.

Bill Scully Jr: It's what? Little green aliens?

Mulder: Yeah... Little green aliens.

Bill Scully Jr: You're one sorry son of a bitch... Not a whole lot more to say.

Mulder: [answering mobile phone] Sorry son of a bitch speaking.

Waitress: Tabasco. Cures anything.

Mulder: I'll keep that in mind.

Mulder: Samantha?

Samantha: I was afraid I'd never see you again. He always told me something had happened to you that night.

Mulder: Who? Who told you that?

Samantha: My father. [She looks over to the Smoking Man still sitting in the car]

Dr Zuckerman: You doing okay?

Scully: Mmm, either it's my head or I'm a long way from Med school, but I can't remember what you're injecting me with.

Scully: Have you ever witnessed a miracle, Dr Zuckerman?

Dr Zuckerman: I don't know that I have. But I have seen people make recoveries, come back from so far gone I can't explain it.

Scully: Isn't that a miracle?

Dr Zuckerman: Maybe they are miracles... But I don't dare call them that.

Mulder: What do you want from me?

Smoking Man: Want from you?

Mulder: You give me these things, the only things I ever wanted, and I can't think of an reason for you to do so.

Smoking Man: Well, that's true. No act is completely selfless. But I've come today, not to ask but to offer. To offer you the truth you so desperately sought. About the project, about the men who've conspired to protect it.

Mulder: I know the truth.

Smoking Man: Do you?

Mulder: I spoke to one of your men.

Smoking Man: And you know he's not a liar?

Mulder: I've seen enough to know he's not a liar, yeah.

Smoking Man: You've seen but scant pieces of the whole.

Mulder: What more can you show me?

Smoking Man: This man you spoke to, Michael Kritschgau, he's deceived you with beautiful lies. He's told you that everything you've ever believed about the existence of extraterrestrial life is untrue.

Mulder: What are you saying?

Smoking Man: As I said, I'm offering you a chance to know the truth.

Mulder: In exchange for what?

Smoking Man: Quit the FBI. Come work for me. It could make your problems go away.

Mulder: No deal.

Mulder: Name Skinner and save myself.

Section Chief Blevins: That's what I called you here to recommend. As a friend.

Scully: Then why did you come here if you'd already made up your mind?

Mulder: Because I knew you'd... talk me out of it if I was making a mistake. [Father McCue enters Scully's room]

Scully: You'll be in my prayers.

Mulder: Have the Father to say a few Hail Mulders for me, okay?

[The Review Panel have demanded that Mulder state who killed Scott Ostelhoff, but Mulder wants to name the FBI mole first]

Senior Agent: Agent Mulder, the Section Chief has asked you a question. You are going to answer.

Mulder: I can't do that, sir.

Senior Agent: You can and you will.

Mulder: I can't do that sir, because the Section Chief is the man I'm about to name.

Skinner: They're cleaning up, taking everything away.

Mulder: Not everything. Scully's cancer's gone into remission.

Skinner: That's unbelievable news.

Mulder: It's the best news I could have ever heard.