Episode Summary

Returning to the scene of their first investigation seven years ago, Mulder and Scully encounter a UFO that may spell the end of their partnership.

Part one of three

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Special Agent Short: Lariat car rentals. Totals. [He whistles] Would you like to see the figure?

Mulder: Is that a lot?

Special Agent Short: A lot? Gas, expenses... the motel rooms alone. By FBI standards these numbers are out of control.

Mulder: We could start sharing rooms.

Special Agent Short: You're under evaluation. There has to be a point when we say no.

Mulder: You can't really compare what we do to other departments in the Bureau.

Special Agent Short: Right. This business with aliens.

Mulder: Well, there's more to it than that.

Special Agent Short: But, at the end of the day you'd say aliens are your real focus.

Mulder: That's the reason I got started, yeah.

Special Agent Short: Investigating your sister's abduction and the government conspiracy around it. Both of which have been resolved, correct?

Mulder: Nothing has been resolved exactly.

Special Agent Short: In this case report here, it's concluded your sister is dead, as well as the men who took her. This is your handwriting here on the report, Agent Mulder?

Mulder: Yeah.

Special Agent Short: So, what exactly is left to investigate?

Marita Covarrubias: Your release has been arranged.

Krycek: Marita Covarrubias. The last time I saw you, I left you for dead.

Marita Covarrubias: Alex, if it was strictly up to me, I'd leave you here to rot, too.

Special Agent Short: I see the money bleed out, but it just doesn't seem to make the results of your work any better. So many of the cases you investigate are left unexplained. Makes it hard to justify the expense.

Scully: So much of the work that we do cannot be measured in standard terms.

Special Agent Short: How would you measure it?

Scully: We open doors with the X-Files, which lead to other doors.

Special Agent Short: Doors leading to... A conspiracy of men who cooperated with alien beings to create human alien hybrids. So we could all become slaves of an alien invasion.

Scully: I believe that there was once a conspiracy. I believe I was taken by men who subjected me to medical tests, which gave me cancer and left me barren.

Special Agent Short: But you don't believe in aliens?

Scully: I've seen things that I cannot deny.

Krycek: Who sent you?

Marita Covarrubias: The Smoking Man. He is dying.

Mulder: You said you were finished.

Special Agent Short: Turned in my report and was asked to go over a few things. As you know — the times we live in — the world is changing fast.

Mulder: I'm missing your point.

Special Agent Short: As I said, this is an evaluation, Agent Mulder to understand what you do. So, if you go forward, you can do so more responsibly.

Mulder: That sounds more like a threat.

Special Agent Short: Cost/benefit analysis. But, if you want the truth I really don't care one way or the other. You mostly record bizarre facts on bizarre cases. In other words, information gathering. Something, it seems to me you can easily do on the Internet.

Mulder: I can't do my job from an office, I promise you.

Special Agent Short: Nowadays, the most advanced space exploration is done sitting in an office, Agent Mulder. Why? It's just too damn expensive putting men in outer space.

Mulder: I'm not looking in outer space.

Special Agent Short: Bringing us to the point. If you spend so much time and money looking for aliens, responsibly, you should narrow your search.

Mulder: To where?

Special Agent Short: Wherever they are. It's not unreasonable. It's just a matter of reducing your vision.

Richie Szalay: Hey, you all right?

Detective Miles: What's the problem?

Gary Cory: Isn't that your car, Mr Miles?

Detective Miles: Yeah. A small accident. Everything's all right. What are you boys doing out here?

Richie Szalay: Well, uh, we heard there was a plane crash — military jet fighter collided mid-air with a UFO.

Detective Miles: The Navy found their plane, about three miles away. We've seen no evidence of any other crash.

Richie Szalay: But we heard a sheriff say he saw a fire burning off the highway at the 20 mile mark.

Detective Miles: There's nothing out here. No fire. No sign of fire. You boys go on home. There's nothing to see here.

Mulder: I think I'm in big trouble.

Scully: Oh, Mulder, how many times have they tried to shut us down?

Mulder: Yeah, but I never actually assaulted an auditor before.

Scully: Did you hurt him?

Mulder: I reduced his vision a little bit. [answering phone] Mulder.

Deputy Miles: Agent Fox Mulder?

Mulder: Speaking.

Deputy Miles: My name is Billy Miles. I don't know if you remember me.

Mulder: Oregon, seven years ago. You had multiple abduction experiences. I'm here with Agent Scully.

Scully: Billy, are you all right?

Deputy Miles: Yeah. This may seem weird, me calling like this, but, um, I don't know where else to turn.

Mulder: It happening again, Billy?

Deputy Miles: Yeah, but not to me this time. [He hangs up]

Mulder: More alien abductions, Scully.

Scully: I don't know how we could possibly justify the expense.

Mulder: We'd probably turn up nothing.

Scully: Let's go waste some money.

Nurse Greta: Hi. He's anxious to see you.

Smoking Man: I was worried about you, Alex.

Krycek: Cut the crap, old man.

Smoking Man: I heard about your incarceration.

Krycek: You had me thrown in that hellhole.

Smoking Man: For trying to sell something that was mine, was it not? I hope we can all move forward... Put the past behind us. We have a... singular opportunity now.

Krycek: A singular opportunity?

Smoking Man: There's been a crash in Oregon. An alien ship has collided with a military aircraft. Recovery is all-important. It's Roswell and Corona all over again — 50 years later. It's our chance to rebuild the project.

Marita Covarrubias: How do you know someone hasn't already recovered it?

Smoking Man: It's never quite so easy.

Deputy Miles: Agent Mulder and Agent Scully.

Mulder: Look who's wearing a badge.

Deputy Miles: I've never thought of myself as a cop but it's been three years now. My dad got them to fudge the psych qualifications.

Scully: You're married, Billy.

Deputy Miles: Uh, divorced. I live back with my dad now.

Mulder: You've never, um... have you ever been able to get over the abductions?

Deputy Miles: Well, I have. But, um, people haven't. No one really believes it. My dad still denies it ever happened — that any one of us was taken.

Mulder: Does he deny that it's happening now?

Deputy Miles: There was a crash. A Navy pilot hit an unidentified aircraft outside of town. Now, the military found their jet but the other craft hasn't been recovered.

Scully: Why not?

Deputy Miles: It's our county and we're in charge of co-ordinating efforts, but my dad has really been no help, even though we have a deputy missing.

Mulder: You find the UFO and he won't be able to deny the truth.

Deputy Miles: I hope that's all it is. [Detective Miles drives up in his patrol car]

Detective Miles: What's going on, Bill?

Deputy Miles: Just talking to some people you might remember, Dad, from the FBI.

Scully: Agent Scully, Agent Mulder.

Detective Miles: What brings you folks out here? You're not thinking this incident's some kind of UFO?

Mulder: Crash of an unidentified craft.

Detective Miles: Well, I've been on with the FAA. You might want to follow up. Looks an awful lot like there was no crash at all.

Mulder: Deja vu all over again. [Mulder stares at the cross painted on the road]

Detective Miles: That was there already, in case you're wondering at all about it.

Scully: I watched Agent Mulder paint that there seven years ago.

Detective Miles: What for?

Mulder: To mark an anomalous electrical disturbance — the kind where time gets bent or goes missing, or where your car loses power and dies in the middle of the road.

Detective Miles: These skid marks are mine.

Mulder: So, was the deputy's car up there sitting there without his lights on?

Detective Miles: Well, if they'd been on, I would have seen him.

Mulder: Good point. [At the end of the skid marks is a hole in the pavement that looks like it was burned with acid]

Scully: Detective? Did the, uh... deputy carry a .38? [She has found some shell casings by the side of the road]

Deputy Miles: .38 super. Why?

Scully: Three shells were discharged. I image they could have rolled from up there.

Detective Miles: What was he shooting at?

Mulder: Probably nothing.

Detective Miles: Nothing?

Mulder: Nothing's all you seem to find out here, Detective.

Scully: Was the missing deputy a good cop?

Deputy Miles: Yeah, sure, I guess.

Scully: Married? Single?

Detective Miles: Bill! Come on over here with those!

Deputy Miles: [to Scully] Married. New baby. [He hands the evidence to his father] You know, they only want to solve this.

Detective Miles: Get in the car, Bill.

[Deputy Billy Miles gets in the car as Detective Miles opens the boot, inside is Detective Miles — his eyes burned around the edges if by acid]

Teresa Hoese: Yes?

Scully: Sorry to bother you, Mrs Hoese. We're with the FBI.

Teresa Hoese: Is this about my husband?

Mulder: You're Teresa? Teresa Nemman?

Teresa Hoese: Yes.

Mulder: Seven years ago you came to Agent Scully and I for help. You were afraid of being abducted.

Teresa Hoese: Oh, my God. Please, come in.

Teresa Hoese: I'm sorry... I sort of lost it when I realised who you were.

Scully: We, uh... we came to see if there's anything that you could tell us that might help to find your husband.

Mulder: We had no idea you were his wife.

Teresa Hoese: I don't know if it's important. Maybe I just hope it's not, but... Ray and I have a connection, that's even deeper for us.

Mulder: He's an abductee, too?

Teresa Hoese: He kept it a secret from almost everyone. It doesn't make you real popular around here. His experiences were a lot more terrifying than mine. He was taken many times and tested. I have extensive medical records on him and photos of his scars. I'll get you the files.

Mulder: Who is it?

Scully: It's me.

Mulder: What's wrong, Scully? You look sick.

Scully: I don't know what's wrong.

Mulder: Come in.

Scully: I, um... I was starting to get ready for bed and I started to feel really dizzy — vertigo or something — and then I just... I started to get chills.

Mulder: You want me to call a doctor?

Scully: No, I just... I just want to get warm. [Mulder tucks Scully into bed, then lies behind her and embraces her in spooning cuddle] Thank you.

Mulder: It's not worth it, Scully.

Scully: What?

Mulder: I want you to go home.

Scully: Oh, Mulder, I'm going to be fine.

Mulder: No, I've been thinking about it. Looking at you tonight, holding that baby... knowing everything that's been taken away from you. A chance for motherhood and your health and that baby. I think that... I don't know, maybe they're right.

Scully: Who's right?

Mulder: The FBI. Maybe what they say is true, though for all the wrong reasons. It's the personal costs that are too high. There so much more you need to do with your life. There's so much more than this. There has to be an end, Scully. [He kisses her cheek]

Krycek: [on mobile] In spite of a great deal of effort, no one seems to be able to find this UFO of yours.

Smoking Man: Of course they can't.

Krycek: You know why? 'Cause it's not here.

Smoking Man: It's there, Alex. I'm certain of it. Hidden in plain sight.

Krycek: You listen to me. If you're going to play games, the two of them, Mulder and Scully, they're going to beat me to it.

Smoking Man: Are you saying that Mulder and Scully are there, looking for the UFO?

Krycek: They're looking for a missing deputy.

Smoking Man: Well, they're looking for the right thing but in the wrong place.

Krycek: You sent me looking for a ship.

Smoking Man: Find the deputy. Find the ship.

Mulder: What happened, Billy?

Deputy Miles: Teresa's gone. She's been taken, and they took her.

Scully: How do you know?

Deputy Miles: The door was open.

Mulder: Scully... the floor. What do you see? The same thing as out on the road. You've seen it before. [A patch of carpet has been burned by acid]

Scully: Yeah. I have. We both have.

Deputy Miles: What is it?

Scully: It's a biological toxin, emitted as a gas through the bloodstream.

Deputy Miles: From who?

Scully: From what is arguably an alien. [She almost faints]

Deputy Miles: You okay?

Scully: Yeah.

Deputy Miles: You sure?

Scully: Yeah, I'm fine, thanks.

Smoking Man: Thank you, Greta.

Marita Covarrubias: Why the trouble? To bring Krycek here and then toy with him?

Smoking Man: Do you trust Alex, Marita?

Marita Covarrubias: Then why bring him here at all?

Smoking Man: You misunderstand. I've great faith that Alex will find the ship. But if I told him how, he'd be... he'd be tempted to sell the information.

Marita Covarrubias: And you're certain it's there?

Smoking Man: Oh, yes. But it won't be there forever. It's rebuilding itself.

Marita Covarrubias: If he finds the ship, then what?

Smoking Man: To possess it, is to possess the answer to all things. Every possible imaginable question.

Marita Covarrubias: To God?

Smoking Man: There's no God, Marita. What we call God is only alien — an intelligence much greater than us.

Marita Covarrubias: They're coming here, aren't they?

Smoking Man: They're only coming back.

Scully: Mulder...

Mulder: Hey. Hey, what are you doing?

Richie Szalay: I was just standing there. Is that against the law?

Mulder: You know this guy?

Deputy Miles: Yeah. What are you doing, Richie?

Richie Szalay: They took him, Billy. They took Gary. He was just gone.

Mulder: Relax. Slow down.

Richie Szalay: They're out there. I don't care what your dad says, Billy.

Deputy Miles: My dad?

Richie Szalay: He was out there, too. He knows.

Richie Szalay: I was shining my flashlight in the dark, looking for the UFO and uh, the beam hit this spot in space — like it bent the light.

Mulder: And then what happened?

Richie Szalay: Well, I yelled, Gary! And I looked... but he wasn't there, you know? He wasn't anywhere, man, and then the flashlight got really hot and I dropped it. It's right around here somewhere.

[Scully walks over to where Gary Cory was last seen. As she steps into the centre of the clearing, she rises up and shakes impossible fast]

Richie Szalay: Oh, hey, here it is. [He picks up his scorched flashlight]

Mulder: Scully? Scully? [He sees her collapsed on the ground of the clearing] Scully. [He gathers her gently into his arms] You want some water?

Richie Szalay: What happened to her?

Mulder: Can you just get her some water? [Richie Szalay goes to find some water]

Scully: I just... I just... I just hit the ground.

Mulder: Here, lie still.

Scully: Why is this happening to me?

Mulder: It's okay. It's okay.

Scully: What the hell's going on, Mulder?

Mulder: I don't know. But these aren't just random abductions, Scully. We've got to warn Billy Miles of that.

Scully: Warn him of what?

Mulder: These abductees aren't just systematically being taken. They're not coming back.

Deputy Miles: Dad? [He holds his gun on his father]

Detective Miles: Billy... what are you doing?

Deputy Miles: You stay where you are.

Detective Miles: Billy, it's me.

Deputy Miles: I said, stay where you are!

Detective Miles: Damn it, Billy, listen to me.

Deputy Miles: No. I don't know who you are, but you are not going to take me.

Detective Miles: I'm your father. Are you going to shoot your father?

Deputy Miles: If you're my father... then why won't you believe me?

Detective Miles: I believe you, Billy. I just want it all to go away. Give me the gun, son. [Deputy Billy Miles lowers the gun, his father takes it, then changes into the Alien Bounty Hunter]

Skinner: Agent Mulder.

Mulder: What's our punishment this time? Thumbscrews or 40 lashes? Come on in, Walter. Sit a spell. This could be the last time you take a trip down to these offices.

Skinner: You went to Oregon.

Mulder: Guilty as charged. And if they're coming down on you for that, then I'm sorry. I truly am.

Skinner: Fortunately, they think that I make a contribution to the Bureau.

Mulder: Oh well yeah, stick to a budget they say your making a contribution, but push the limits of your profession, and they say you're out of control.

Skinner: You could bring home a flying saucer and have an alien shake hands with the President... what it comes down to Agent Mulder is... they don't like you.

Mulder: Well, we didn't bring home a flying saucer... or an alien.

Skinner: Yeah... so I've been told. [He looks back and steps aside to allow his companions — Krycek and Marita Covarrubias — into the office. Mulder launches himself at Krycek, but Skinner physically restrains him]

Skinner: Agent Mulder! I think you should listen to him.

Krycek: You've got every reason to want to see me dead. But you've got to listen to me now. You have the singular opportunity.

Mulder: Here or you want to step outside.

Marita Covarrubias: Agent Mulder. Cancerman is dying. His last wish is to rebuild his Project, to have us revive the Conspiracy. It all begins in Oregon.

Krycek: The ship that collided with that Navy plane. It's in those woods.

Mulder: There's no ship in those woods.

Krycek: Yeah, it's there. Cloaked in an energy field. Great, mops up the evidence.

Mulder: Who?

Krycek: The Alien Bounty Hunter. Billy Miles. Teresa Hoese, her husband. He's eliminating proof of all the tests. We're asking ourselves, we're asking ourselves, Where are they? They're right there. They're right under our noses. I'm giving you the chance to change that, to hold the proof.

Mulder: Why me and why now.

Krycek: I want to damn the soul of that Cigarette Smoking Son-of-a-Bitch. [Scully appears in the doorway]

Scully: Mulder?

Frohike: What's amazing is that even the military satellites don't see this.

Langley: But JPL's Topex Poseidon shows it only as waveform data.

Byers: And here it appears simply as a microburst of transmission error on the European Space Agency's ERS-2.

Skinner: In other words?

Frohike: In other words, you'd never know it's a UFO.

Byers: If you didn't know what you were looking at, or looking for.

Langley: No wonder we couldn't see them.

Krycek: Listen, it is not going to be there forever.

Marita Covarrubias: As we all stand here talking, it's rebuilding itself. [Scully walks out of the office and paces the hall, Mulder follows her]

Scully: Mulder, if any of this is true...

Mulder: If it is, or if it isn't, I want you to forget about it, Scully.

Scully: Forget about it?

Mulder: You're not going back out there. I'm not going to let you go back out there.

Scully: What are you talking about?

Mulder: It has to end some time. That time is now.

Scully: Mulder...

Mulder: Scully, you have to understand that they're taking abductees. You're an abductee. I'm not going to risk... losing you. [They embrace]

Scully: I won't let you go alone.

Skinner: This is starting to feel like the snipe hunt I was afraid of.

Mulder: There's no such thing as a snipe, sir.

Skinner: Hey, you know, my ass is on the line here, too, Agent Mulder.

Mulder: I know that.

Scully: This just can't be.

Frohike: What are you looking at?

Scully: Medical records — Billy Miles and other known abductees in Bellefleur, Oregon. They all experienced anomalous brain activity.

Byers: Electro-encephalitic trauma.

Scully: Which is exactly what Mulder experienced earlier this year.

Langley: I don't understand.

Scully: There was something out there in that field. It knocked me back. Because it didn't want me. Mulder thinks that it's me that's in danger of being taken.

Frohike: When it's Mulder who's in danger. [Scully looks weak and disoriented] Scully? [Scully faints]

Lone Gunmen: Scully! Whoa! You okay? Oh, gee.

Skinner: How's it supposed to work?

Mulder: Not exactly sure, sir. But, uh... budgetarily, I'd say we're looking pretty good.

[Skinner is occupied with setting up a laser, Mulder goes into the centre of the clearing. The lasers all end in red dots against something invisible. Mulder cautiously sticks his hand into the invisibility, it begins shaking impossibly fast]

Skinner: Agent Mulder?! [There is no sign of Mulder in the clearing] Mulder! Mulder! Mulder... [A bright white light is coming out of the sky, then fades enough for him to see that it is coming from the belly of a triangle shaped ship that turns and soars off into the night sky] Mulder.

Smoking Man: We've failed, then. Perhaps you never meant to succeed. Anyway... the hour is at hand, I presume.

Nurse Greta: What are you doing?

Krycek: Sending the Devil back to Hell. [He wheels the Smoking Man to the top of a flight of stairs]

Smoking Man: As you do to Mulder and to me... you do to all of mankind, Alex. [Krycek pushes the chair down the stairs, then walks down and steps over the Smoking Man's still body on his way out]

Skinner: Agent Scully.

Scully: Hi.

Skinner: Hi. How you feeling?

Scully: I'm feeling fine. They're just running some tests on me.

Skinner: Well... um...

Scully: I already heard.

Skinner: I lost him. I don't know what else I can say. I lost him. I'll be asked... what I saw. And what I saw, I can't deny. I won't.

Scully: We will find him. I have to. Sir, um... there's something else I need to tell you. Something that I need for you to keep to yourself. I'm having a hard time explaining it. Or believing it. But, um... I'm pregnant.