Episode Summary

Mulder and Scully's ability to pursue the X-Files — and their partnership — is threatened by the hunt for a deadly creature in the Arizona desert, whose capture may or may not prove Mulder's theories about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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First Carpool Man: Uh, next time maybe take a leak before we leave work. Okay, Dipwads?

Second Carpool Man: Can you read sign language, guy? [Giving the first man the finger]

First Carpool Man: Is that your IQ or the number of Dipwads your mother had?

Mulder: Using a process that restores moisture to the documents and by reassembling the fragments I should be able to recover a large percentage of the case material that was destroyed in my office fire several months ago... And while this process will be tedious and ongoing, what I've already recovered will allow Agent Scully and I to begin work on the X-Files immediately.

Assistant Director Maslin: Agent Mulder... Agent Mulder, I'm reading here a very pie-in-the-sky report about global domination plans by vicious, long-clawed spacelings? Is there going to be data to back this vague, omnibus account?

Mulder: Yes.

Assistant Director Arnold: I see your renowned arrogance has been left quite intact. You're asking us to accept this report of a spaceship buried under polar ice and your death-defying escape from it?

Mulder: The ice had become superheated by the ship as it rose beneath us, causing the ice to collapse.

Assistant Director Arnold: This entire story is essentially unintelligible and, therefore, encourages unintelligible analysis.

Mulder: Well, I was hoping that you'd look more closely at the reports of mine and Agent Scully's medical conditions.

Assistant Director Bart: These spacelings, Agent Mulder. They weren't something I saw in Men in Black?

Mulder: I didn't see Men in Black.

Assistant Director Bart: Well, it's a damn good movie.

Assistant Director Arnold: Your presumption, Agent Mulder, is far greater than the case you make for that eventuality.

Mulder: I'm not sure I understand.

Assistant Director Arnold: You're here to justify your reassignment on the X-Files with little more than a rattletrap account of high adventure in the Antarctic.

Assistant Director Bart: Not to mention some very questionable travel expenses.

Assistant Director Maslin: Let us remind you that the FBI is not a school for science or for the grinding of personal axes and, hopefully, you will be able to present us with some material evidence to support a continued investigation.

Mulder: [to Scully] Next time I'll wear a clown suit and do balloon tricks.

Scully: Mulder, let me remind you once again, that what I saw was very little.

Mulder: Look, Scully, that excuse is not going to work this time. You were there and you were infected with that virus.

Smoking Man: I trumped up a story about a crazy Indian on the loose. Never underestimate the public's willingness to blame the Red Man for... anything they can't explain.

Skinner: [to Mulder] When will you accept that no amount of pressure or reason will bring to heel a conspiracy whose members walk these halls with absolute impunity?

Skinner: You can break their backs, Agent Mulder, with the proof about this virus. Proof that what you say it does is true.

Mulder: I don't have that proof just yet.

Skinner: I'm going to give it to you, as a file folder. It's on the desk in your old office.

Spender: Is that something for me. Agent Mulder?

Mulder: Yeah, if you're doing my filing.

Mulder: Diana, back on your feet. I guess that's the only way you could stab me in the back.

Smoking Man: I need the patient bandaged and dressed. We'll be taking a trip.

Surgeon: You want him what?

Smoking Man: I'm sure I don't need to repeat myself. Please get the boy ready.

Surgeon: But doing that now could kill him.

Smoking Man: Let me put it to you simply — it's him or it's us.

[Gibson Praise is awake and aware throughout the neurosurgical procedure]

Scully: Mulder, I just want to remind you that by not informing local PD we are in technical violation of state laws prohibiting contamination of a crime scene. [to herself] Why do I bother?

Scully: What is that? [Looking at the claw Mulder has dug out of a furrow in the wall]

Mulder: Uh... somebody broke a nail.

Scully: Is it animal?

Mulder: Ain't Ru-Paul.

Mulder: There wasn't an attack. I think it was celebrating its birthday. The first victim must have gotten infected with the virus somehow. Right here on the sofa is where the creature was born.

Mulder: What does it take? For this thing to come up and bite you on the ass? I saw these creatures. I saw them burst to life. You would've seen them too, but you were infected with that virus. You were passed out over my shoulder.

Scully: Mulder, I know what you did. I know what happened to me, but without ignoring the science, I can't... Listen, Mulder... You told me that my science kept you honest. That it made you question your assumptions. That by it, I'd made you a whole person. If I change now... It wouldn't be right... or honest.

Mulder: I'm talking about extraterrestrial life alive on this planet in our lifetime. Forces that dwarf and precede all human history. I'm sorry, Scully, but this time your science is wrong.

First Workman: Wake up, Homer.

Homer: I was awake. I was just thinking.

First Workman: Yeah, that would be a first. You're ten minutes late on your systems check.

Spender: Authorised officers and personnel only. This is a closed area.

Mulder: What happened here, Spender?

Spender: You'll have to leave, Agent Mulder.

Scully: We received a call that a man was killed here.

Spender: A call from whom? Assistant Director Skinner?

Mulder: Let us through.

Spender: You are unauthorised to be here. You've ignored your superiors and come here without cause or permission. I'm going to get you censured for this and demand a review of AD Skinner's actions.

Gibson Praise: Frankenstein? Really?

Scully: No. No, you've been worked on by some good doctors. They did a fine job with your stitches.

Gibson Praise: You think they were butchers.

Mulder: They were butchers.

Mulder: Why are you here?

Gibson Praise: They were using me, 'cause I can communicate with it.

Scully: Communicate with what?

Gibson Praise: You already know. You just don't want to believe it.

Scully: Listen to me. What I'm saying is in your best interest, okay? We have to take every precaution. We have to make every effort to ensure that nothing happens to this boy, because whatever he is, whatever gives him the ability to do what he does, he's your scientific evidence. It's just like we said. He could be the key to everything in the X-Files.

Mulder: We don't have the X-Files.

Scully: No, but what if he could corroborate everything that you're saying? This boy could be our last, best chance.

Scully: You're a very special boy, Gibson. You know that yourself.

Gibson Praise: I'm a very special lab rat.

[Mulder steps in a gooey puddle, kneels and he dips his fingers in it]

Fowley: Looks organic.

Mulder: Maybe somebody's got the flu.

[Mulder's mobile phone rings, startling both him and Fowley]

Mulder: [answering phone] Yeah.

Scully: Mulder, I found something. I found something you're not going to believe.

Mulder: Ditto.

Scully: I did blood tests on Gibson and, Mulder, there's evidence of the virus in his system.

Mulder: The same virus you were exposed to?

Scully: I'm almost positive.

Mulder: What does that mean, Scully?

Scully: I don't know ... I don't know, but I think we're on to something. We're on to something huge — a link.

Mulder: I'll call that bet and raise you.

Assistant Director Maslin: As I said and as I am forced to reiterate, Agent Mulder, the FBI is not here for vendettas or for the grinding of personal axes. Now this holds, not just for you, but for everyone at the Bureau. You force us to put a point on this. To make some hard changes. You and Agent Scully will cease all material association with the X-Files. Refusal to do so will end in immediate dismissal. A probationary period will be set. You will now report to Assistant Director Kersh.

Spender: You're not supposed to come here. It's what was agreed to. It's the deal you made.

Smoking Man: I had to congratulate you. Commend how you handled things. How you handled Mulder.

Spender: I did what I was asked.

Smoking Man: You did well, son. He's on very thin ice now, you know?

Spender: Mulder will be back. As long as he lives, he won't give up.

Smoking Man: Well, there's solutions, of course. Simple but extreme solutions. I've used these methods. They have their place. But not here.

Spender: You've killed men?

Smoking Man: You can kill a man. But you can't kill what he stands for... Not unless you first break his spirit. That's a beautiful thing to see.

Mulder: It'd help if you'd shut the door. It would make it harder for them to see that I'm totally disregarding everything I was told.

Scully: Everything we were told, Mulder.

Scully: I don't doubt what you saw, Mulder. I don't doubt you. I'm willing to believe, but not in a lie and not in the opposite of what I can prove. It comes down to a matter of trust. I guess it always has.

Mulder: You asking me to make a choice?

Scully: I'm asking you to trust my judgement. To trust me.

Mulder: Wait a minute. I don't understand. You're saying that Gibson Praise is infected with the virus?

Scully: No. It's a part of his DNA. In fact, it's a part of all of our DNA. It's called a genetic remnant. It's inactive junk DNA. Except in Gibson it's turned on.

Mulder: So if that were true, that would mean that Gibson is in some part extraterrestrial.

Scully: It would mean that all of us are.