Episode Summary

Pursuing a threat to Scully, Mulder is drawn into a dangerous confrontation with creatures whose existence could expose the conspiracy surrounding extraterrestrial life.

Part two of two

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[Scully wakes up in a hospital bed]

Scully: What time is it?

Mulder: What time is it? It's time to thank your lucky stars.

Scully: Why are you laughing?

Mulder: I'm not laughing at you. I'm just very happy to be standing here talking to you. That's all.

Krycek: Remind me to complain to the captain about the service.

Well-Manicured Man: You may have that opportunity. This ship is bound back to Vladivostok tomorrow. I gather there'll be quite an enthusiastic homecoming.

Krycek: Do you have the boy?

Well-Manicured Man: No. Miss Covarrubias took him. Your alliance with her was as misguided as ours. But it appears she was unaware of the consequences of her deception. You were clever — infect the boy to ensure the infection of anyone who tried to learn what he knows, who would cheat you.

Krycek: Then where's the boy?

Well-Manicured Man: Dead. Victim of another mysterious holocaust. Unable now, to tell us what he knew or saw.

Krycek: Then you got no choice but to deal with me.

Well-Manicured Man: I'm afraid there's no deal to be made.

Krycek: I'm the only one who knows what those incidents are. What they mean. I know what the boy saw.

Well-Manicured Man: You've as much as told me what I need to know.

Krycek: You know nothing.

Well-Manicured Man: If the boy was your trump card, why infect him unless you could also cure him — with a vaccine developed by the Russians, one that works. It could mean that resistance to the alien colonists was now possible.

Krycek: You're dreaming.

Well-Manicured Man: Do you have the vaccine?

Krycek: You need what I know.

Well-Manicured Man: DO YOU HAVE THE VACCINE?

Krycek: Give you the means to save Covarrubias after what she did?

Well-Manicured Man: The means to save yourself.

Mulder: It all comes down to a question. One that hasn't been answered or, I don't think even honestly addressed — is who made that chip in your neck? That chip was found in a military research facility. Out government made that chip, implanted it in your neck as part of a secret military operation to develop a biochemical weapon, to monitor your immunity. Or to destroy you, like a lab rat, if the truth were to be exposed. Your cancer, your cure, everything that's happening to you now. It all points to that chip. The truth I've been searching for? That truth is in you.

Scully: Mulder, when I met you five years ago, you told me that your sister had been abducted... by aliens.. that that event had marked you so deeply that nothing else mattered. I didn't believe you, but I followed you on nothing more than your faith that the truth was out there. Based not on fact, not on science, but on your memories that your sister was taken from you. Your memories were all that you had.

Mulder: I don't trust those memories now.

Scully: Yeah, well whether you trust them or not, they've led you here... and me. But I have no memories to either trust or distrust. And if you ask me now to follow you again, to stand behind you in what you now believe — without knowing what happened to me out there, without those memories — I can't... I won't.

Mulder: If I could give you those memories... if I could prove that I was right... that what I believed for so long was wrong...

Scully: Is that what you really want?

[The Consortium have a photograph of a faceless man, one of the alien resistance fighters]

First Elder: Facial scarrings appear to be self mutilation. Done as protection.

Third Elder: Protection against what?

First Elder: Infection by the black oil.

[Scully is undergoing regression hypnosis with Dr Heitz Werber]

Scully: I don't think this is working... [Suddenly she drops into her memories and sees the alien vessel above her] Oh my god! Oh my GOD!

Scully: You've been here the whole time? [During her hypnosis Scully reached out and held Mulder's hand]

Mulder: Agent Scully witnessed a powerful event.

Skinner: Over the past five years I've doubted you, only to be persuaded by the power of your belief in extraterrestrial phenomena. And I'm doubting you now not because of that belief but... because extraterrestrial phenomena is frankly the more plausible explanation

Mulder: Then I suggest you put that into your report.

Spender: I heard about this office. It really is in the basement.

Krycek: You must be losing it, Mulder. I can beat you with one hand.

Mulder: Isn't that how you like to beat yourself? [Krycek cocks gun] If those were my last words, I can do better.

Scully: What are you doing sitting here in the dark?

Mulder: Thinking.

Scully: Thinking about what?

Mulder: Oh, the usual — Destiny, Fate, how to throw a curve ball... the inextricable relationships in our lives that are neither accidental nor somehow in our control either.

Scully: Well I've taken a long walk. And I've reconsidered that I may have been wrong about what I believed happened to me.

Mulder: I've been doing some reconsidering of my own.

Scully: What's this? [The note Krycek left for Mulder: Weikamp Air Force Base]

Mulder: Maybe an answer... to a question you and I seem to have been destined to ask.

Skinner: This hasn't reflected on you in any way, Agent Spender.

Spender: Thank you sir.

Skinner: You'll do fine. It seems you have a patron outside this office who thinks highly of you.

Spender: Who's that?

Skinner: I don't know. Someone working with a high level of influence.

[Spender receives a letter from his father — the Smoking Man — and returns it unopened]

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