Episode Summary

A bad day keeps getting worse for Mulder and Scully, ending in tragedy that the agents seem powerless to prevent.

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Guest Cast


Skinner: You in charge here?

Lieutenant Kraskow: Lieutenant Kraskow. Is the Bureau taking over?

Skinner: You're welcome to any help that I can give you, but that's not why I'm here. What can you tell me?

Lieutenant Kraskow: Silent alarm tripped 30 minutes ago. We think there's one robber, armed. Probably a handgun. Definitely no pro or he would have been long gone. A single gunshot about 20 minutes ago. Blinds are down but we think we've got a body on the floor. But you're not here to take over?

Skinner: Two of my agents might be in there.

[Pam runs up to them, but is held back by an officer]

Pam: Skinner! Skinner!

Officer: Hold it right here.

Skinner: Do I know you?

Pam: Stop this. Don't let this happen!

[Mulder is bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the chest, Scully is trying to stop the flow of blood. Bernard Oates, has explosives strapped to his chest and his thumb on the switch]

Scully: You're in charge here, you know. It doesn't have to end like this.

[SWAT team enters the bank]

Bernard Oates: Yeah, it does.

Scully: [screaming] NO!

[Bernard Oates hits the switch and the bank explodes]

Mulder: I know. I missed the meeting.

Scully: No you didn't miss the meeting. You're extraordinarily late for the meeting. It's still going on.

Mulder: What are you doing down here?

Scully: We took a short break and I came looking for you. What are you doing down here, Mulder?

Mulder: Having the best damn day of my life. Any moment I'm about to burst into song — Zip a dee doo dah. My, uh, waterbed sprung a leak and shorted out my alarm clock. My cell phone got wet and crapped out on me and the cheque I wrote my landlord to cover the, uh, damages is going to bounce if I don't deposit my pay. You ever have one of those days, Scully?

Scully: Since I've been working here? Yeah. When did you get a waterbed, Mulder? [Mulder looks completely blank and changes the subject]

Mulder: Bank's just down the street. I'll be back in ten. Cover for me, will you? [He leaves]

Scully: When do I not?

Pam: Right on schedule. Poor guy. [Mulder looks at Pam as if he knows her] You never did that before.

Skinner: The unpredictable future. Which brings us to Agent Mulder. Will he or will he not grace us with his report?

Pam: Skinner!

Officer: Hey, hold it!

Pam: Skinner! Don't let them charge in there. Skinner!

Skinner: Do I know you?

Pam: Skinner!

[Mulder is bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the chest, Scully is trying to stop the flow of blood. Bernard Oates, has explosives strapped to his chest and his thumb on the switch]

Scully: Look, I got to call you something, right? How about Steve? It's a nice... honest name. Steve.

Bernard Oates: Bernard.

Scully: Bernard. I have to get my partner out of here.

Bernard Oates: I am blowing this whole freaking place right off the map if they come in here.

Scully: Look, they don't know that. Don't you realise that? They can't see you. They don't know what your plan is.

Bernard Oates: They better know. They damn well better figure it out.

Scully: Look... just walk in front of the door and show them.

Bernard Oates: You want to get me killed!

Scully: I just want everybody to live. That's all. I just... just show them. You have control over everything that happens here. You do. And it doesn't have to end this way.

[SWAT team enters the bank]

Bernard Oates: Yeah, it does.

Scully: [screaming] NO!

[Bernard Oates hits the switch and the bank explodes]

Mulder: Oh... Damn it. [Opening pay envelope when Scully walks in] I know. I missed the meeting.

Scully: Well, not yet, but, uh, only because it's the longest in FBI history.

Mulder: What are you doing down here, then?

Scully: Well, I came looking for you. We took a five minute break three minutes ago. Mulder, your cell phone's not working. Did you oversleep?

Mulder: Scully, did you ever have one of those days you wish you could rewind and start all over again from the beginning?

Scully: Yes. Frequently. But, I mean, who's... who's to say that if you did rewind it and start over again that it wouldn't end up exactly the same way?

Mulder: So you think it's all just fate? We have no free will?

Scully: No, I think that we're free to be the people that we are — good, bad or indifferent. I think that it's our character that determines our fate.

Mulder: And all the rest is just preordained? I don't buy that. There's too many variables. Too many forks in the road. I mean I meant to be on time to work this morning, but my waterbed springs a leak flooding my apartment and the apartment below me, so that makes me late for the meeting. And then I realise I got to write a cheque to cover the damages to my landlord but, as I'm walking to work, I realise that that's going to bounce unless I deposit my pay. So now I got to go to the bank, which makes me even later.

Scully: Since when did you get a waterbed?

Mulder: I might just as easily not have a waterbed then I'd be on time for this meeting. You might just as easily have stayed in medicine and not gone into the FBI, and then we would never have met. Blah, blah, blah...

Scully: Fate.

Mulder: Free will. With every choice, you change your fate.

Scully: Then let's change yours. I will deposit your cheque. You gather your files, go to Skinner's office, give your report before he takes it out on both of us.

Pam: Mulder! Don't go in the bank today.

Mulder: Excuse me?

Pam: Bernard's in there. Please, don't go in the bank.

Mulder: I'm sorry. Do I know you?

Pam: You pass me every day on the street. Every single day. This day, on your way to the bank. And then you go inside, and everybody gets killed — you, your partner, Bernard, everybody.

Mulder: I pass you... and then we die.

Pam: Yes. Over and over. Only... only last time you looked at me, you looked at me like you knew me. Like you remembered. Please remember me. [There's a gunshot from inside the bank] Don't go.

[A woman customer has already been shot, when Mulder enters the bank]

Mulder: Drop your weapon!

Scully: Drop it.

Bernard Oates: I ain't dropping nothing. You put yours down. I'll shoot her!

Mulder: What do you think I'll do then? [Bernard Oates opens his jacket showing the explosives] Bernard ... that's your name, right?

Scully: Bernard, she's not dead. You're not a murderer yet.

Mulder: You can end this the right way.

Head Teller: Sir, please. Listen to them. Don't hurt anybody else. A whole lot of police are coming.

Bernard Oates: You tripped the alarm. [He looks resigned and drops his gun]

Mulder: [screaming] NO!

[Bernard Oates hits the switch and the bank explodes]

Pam: Agent Scully...

Scully: Yes?

Pam: Please, don't go inside the bank today.

Scully: The bank?

Pam: Cradock Marine — Eighth Street branch, a block from here.

Scully: Uh... I'm not following. Did you get separated from your tour?

Pam: I'm here to see you. I'm begging you... please don't go this time. Don't let Mulder go, either.

Scully: Um... I'm sorry... [The Tour Guide joins them]

Tour Guide: Excuse me, miss? You're not supposed to be in this area.

Pam: If you walk in that bank, you'll die. Both of you.

Mulder: Oh, hey.

Scully: Hey.

Mulder: I miss the meeting?

Scully: Huh? No. No... we, uh, took a five minute break about, uh, three minutes ago. Uh, Mulder, your cell phone's not working.

Mulder: Wow, that is so strange.

Scully: What?

Mulder: I just got the weirdest sensation of déjà vu. I've been having it all morning.

Scully: Well, that's fairly common.

Mulder: Yeah, but never to this degree. I mean, I woke up, I opened my eyes, I was soaking wet... It's a long story, but I had the distinct sensation that I had lived that moment before.

Scully: Well, you may have. Did you do a lot of drinking in college?

Mulder: I wonder what it means.

Scully: Mulder, I don't see why it has to mean anything.

Mulder: Well, you know, some Freudians believe the déjà vu phenomenon to be repressed memories escaping the unconscious. That it represents a desire to, uh, have a second chance to set things right.

Scully: Set what kind of things right?

Mulder: Whatever's wrong.

Scully: Mulder, it's more likely that we're talking about simple neurochemistry — a glitch in the brain's ability to process recognition and memory. Doesn't mean that the memory's authentic.

Mulder: Yeah? Well, but what if it were?

Scully: What if you'd lived this moment before and now you're living it again?

Mulder: Yeah — so that I could right some wrong or change fate.

Scully: Well, right now I'd say you're fated to go to this meeting.

Mulder: No. Actually, I'm fated to go to the bank.

Scully: Mulder... what bank?

Mulder: It's Cradock. Right down the street.

Scully: Eighth Street.

Mulder: What?

Scully: Some... some woman just stopped me in the hallway not ten minutes ago. She knew both of our names and she warned against either of us entering into the Cradock branch on Eighth Street. She said that we'd die.

Mulder: What did she look like?

Scully: Five-eight, thin, green eyes, dyed hair, and... Maybe you know her. Maybe... it's just somebody pulling a prank.

Mulder: I'll use the ATM machine. I don't want to tempt fate.

Pam: Do you remember me?

Mulder: You match a description. You're the, uh... you're the woman that gave a warning to my partner, aren't you? Uh... Have we met?

Pam: More times than I can count. Right here on this sidewalk. Usually, you walk right by. You'll pass a few minutes earlier, a few minutes later — little details, they change. But it always ends the same.

Mulder: What always ends the same?

Pam: I keep having this conversation.

Mulder: We go inside the bank... and we all die. That's what you told my partner. Is... is something going to happen inside the bank? Is there going to be a robbery?

Pam: Every time I tell you there's going to be a robbery you run in there to try to stop it and that's when things go bad. Don't you see? We're all in hell. I'm the only one who knows it. Something went very wrong on this day the first time around. Something got screwed up. Things didn't end the way they were supposed to. Now it's like a needle stuck in a groove.

Mulder: You're saying this day repeats over and over again.

Pam: Until we get it right. 'Til my boyfriend doesn't blow up that bank. I have tried everything to stop him. I've hid his keys, I've drugged his coffee... I even called the police on him myself. He always gets here. He's meant to. It's you. It's you and your partner every time. If it wasn't for you, nobody would die.

Mulder: If what you're saying is true, how come I don't remember it? How come you're the only one?

Pam: That's got to be 50 times you've asked me that.

Mulder: 51. What's the answer?

Pam: I don't know. I just do. Be glad you don't. Please... you can stop this. You're the variable. It has to be you. I have tried everyone else. All I'm asking is just walk away.

Mulder: Um, excuse me, uh... Agent Arnold. [to Skinner] Um, where's Scully?

Skinner: She just left, Mulder — I assume to look for you.

Mulder: Uh, excuse me. [He leaves again]

Mulder: Drop your weapon!

[Mulder shoots Bernard Oates in the shoulder, he falls to the ground and opens his jacket to reveal the explosives]

Mulder: [to himself] He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb. He's got a bomb.

[Bernard Oates hits the switch and the bank explodes]

Mulder: I know, I know. I missed the meeting.

Scully: You didn't miss the meeting. You're extraordinarily late for the meeting.

Mulder: The bank's just down the street. Cover for me, will you?

Mulder: Do I know you?

Pam: Do you?

Mulder: Yeah, you just look really familiar to me.

Pam: Do I?

Mulder: Yeah. No? All right, I'm sorry to bother you.

Scully: [on phone] Mulder, where are you?

Mulder: I'm at the bank.

Scully: Yeah, I know where you are, but what's taking so long?

Mulder: Scully, I need you to do something for me right now.

Scully: Ma'am, will you come with me?

Pam: Why?

Scully: Just come with me, please.

Pam: What's this about?

Scully: My partner said you'd know.

[Bernard Oates is in the process of writing his robbery note when Mulder places his gun on top of the note]

Mulder: Take it. I'm a federal agent. I don't want us all to die in here.

Bernard Oates: What are you talking about?

Mulder: You've got a girlfriend outside in the car and you've got a bomb. Something very bad is going to happen here today and I want you to know that I'm not going to let it happen. But if you walk out that door right now? I'm not going to stop you. You're in charge here, Bernard.

Bernard Oates: You're damn right.

Mulder: You can change your fate.

[Bernard Oates picks up the gun and aims it at the customers]

Bernard Oates: Everybody down! Now! You know what this is!

Woman Customer: No! Oh, God!

Bernard Oates: Get down!

Mulder: If you don't believe me, ask her. [Scully and Pam enter the bank]

Scully: Drop it!

Bernard Oates: Get away from her, Pam.

Pam: [to Mulder] This isn't going to work. You can't be in here.

Scully: Drop it now!

Bernard Oates: You drop it.

Mulder: Listen to me, Bernard...

Bernard Oates: You get her out of here.

Mulder: You get her out of here. You're dooming her by doing this. You're making her live this day over and over again — her, you, me, all of us.

Bernard Oates: What the hell are you talking about?

Mulder: Every day you die in here and every day it starts all over again. You can't want this for her. It's hell!

Bernard Oates: Hell? I'm doing this for her.

Pam: Listen to him, Bernard.

Bernard Oates: [to Scully] Put your damn gun down!

Mulder: Put your gun down, Scully. Trust me, it's the only way to get out of here. You got to put your gun down and let them out. He's got a bomb.

Pam: Come on, Bernard. Let's go. [Bernard Oates starts to surrender when sirens are heard approaching]

Bernard Oates: You son of a bitch!

Pam: NO!

[Pam throws herself in front of Mulder, taking the bullet in her chest and falls to the ground. Bernard Oates, shocked, lets the guns fall to the floor and Mulder handcuffs him with no resistance]

Scully: [on mobile phone] This is Agent Dana Scully with the FBI...

Pam: This never happened before.

Mulder: [answering phone] Yeah?

Scully: Mulder, it's me.

Mulder: I'm late again, aren't I, Scully?

Scully: No, not yet but Skinner wants to see us in his office as soon as possible. He's asking for our report on the robbery yesterday.

Mulder: I'll be there in an hour.

Scully: I'd like to hear it, too.

Mulder: Well, you were there, Scully.

Scully: That's not what I mean. You still won't explain what happened yesterday — how you knew that Bernard Oates was strapped with explosives.

Mulder: Call it a feeling.

Scully: And it was also a feeling that he had an accomplice waiting in the car?

Mulder: I don't think she was an accomplice. I think she was just trying to get away.

Scully: Are you okay?

Mulder: I'll be there in an hour.

[Mulder hangs up and looks at his paper's headlines]

Woman Dies in Robbery Attempt