Agent Dana Scully is assigned to work with Special Agent Fox Mulder and aid in his investigations. Together, they investigate the mysterious deaths of a series of Oregon teenagers.
- Production Code/Episode Number: #1X79/001
- Original US Airdate: September 10, 1993 (Fox TV)
- Original UK Airdate: September 19th, 1994 (BBC2)
THE FOLLOWING STORY IS INSPIRED BY ACTUAL DOCUMENTED ACCOUNTS.
At night, a young woman in a nightdress runs through a forest. She trips and falls down an incline. A bright light glows from behind a rise, and a figure appears. As the figure walks down a slope to stand over the woman, wind blows detritus from the forest floor into a whirlwind around them both. A blinding light floods the area.
COLLUM NATIONAL FOREST,
The following morning, police officers swarm the area around the body of the young woman, which is laying face-down in the forest. A detective approaches the body as the coroner tells him the time of death is around 8-12 hours ago, and that there are no signs of sexual assault. The coroner shows the detective two small raised lumps on the girl's lower back. The detective requests the body is turned over. He identifies the girl as Karen Swenson, saying she went to school with his son.
“Would that be the class of '89, Detective?" the coroner asks him, adding, "It's happening again, isn't it?”
FBI HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON D.C.
Agent Dana Scully reports for a meeting with Section Chief Scott Blevins and two unknown men, one of whom remains silent throughout and stands in the background smoking a cigarette. The Section Chief outlines a little of Scully's history with the FBI, noting that she has been with the Bureau for just over two years and went to medical school but chose not to practice. Scully tells the men that she was recruited out of medical school, and that her parents viewed her choice to join the FBI as an act of rebellion, but she saw the Bureau as somewhere she could distinguish herself.
Scully is asked if she is familiar with an Agent named Fox Mulder. She replies that she is, by reputation - he's an Oxford-educated psychologist who wrote a monograph on Serial Killers and the Occult that helped to catch Monty Propps in 1988. She adds that he is generally regarded as the best analyst in the Violent Crimes Section, revealing he had a nickname at the FBI Academy – “Spooky” Mulder. Blevins tells Scully that Mulder has developed “a consuming devotion to an unassigned project outside the Bureau mainstream”, and asks if Scully is familiar with the “so-called X-Files“.
Scully replies that she believes they have to do with unexplained phenomena. Blevins tells Scully the reason for their meeting: she is being assigned to assist Mulder on the X-Files, writing field reports and observations on the validity of Mulder's work. Scully pointedly asks if Blevins wants her to “debunk” the X-Files project. Blevins tells her, “we trust you'll make the proper scientific judgment”, and adds that he looks forward to seeing her reports.
In the basement of the FBI Headquarters, Scully walks down a corridor and knocks on a door. A voice from the other side of the door replies.
“Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI's Most Unwanted!” a voice replies.
Scully pushes open the door and steps into Mulder's office, the walls of which are plastered with photos, posters of UFOs, maps and other documents. Agent Mulder is sitting at a desk, looking at photographic negatives. Scully introduces herself.
“Well, isn't it nice to be suddenly so highly-regarded!” Mulder comments, asking if Scully got herself assigned to him by annoying a superior. She replies that she's looking forward to working with him
under the impression that you were sent to spy on me," Mulder replies pointedly.
Defensively, Scully begins to tell Mulder about her qualifications and credentials, but Mulder interrupts her saying she's a medical doctor who teaches at the Academy, and that she did her undergraduate degree in physics. He seems impressed with the subject matter of Scully's Senior Thesis, saying “Now that's a credential – rewriting Einstein!” Scully asks if Mulder bothered to read it; Mulder responds that he did – and liked it, but adds that in his line of work, the laws of physics rarely seem to apply.
Loading negatives into a projector, Mulder asks Scully for her medical opinion on a series of images, the first of which is the body of the young woman from the forest. He tells Scully the woman was aged 21, that there was no discernible cause of death, and that her autopsy showed nothing out of the ordinary. Mulder draws Scully's attention to the marks found on the young woman's lower back, asking if she can identify them.
Looking closer at the images, Scully says the marks may be needle punctures, animal bites or the result of electrocution; When Mulder asks Scully to identify a substance found in the tissue surrounding the marks, she is able to tell it's organic, but cannot identify it. She suggests it may be a synthetic protein and Mulder admits he has no idea either, showing her two other bodies – one from Sturgis, South Dakota and the other from Shamrock, Texas – both of which were found with the same marks. Mulder asks Scully if she can explain why it seems to be Bureau policy to label these cases as "Unexplained Phenomena" and ignore them. When she doesn't reply, Mulder asks her if she believes in the existence of extraterrestrials. She tells him that logically she would have to say that she doesn't – the distances involved in travel from the far reaches of space and the energy requirements would prevent it.
Mulder dismisses her response as conventional wisdom, and tells Scully that the young woman from Oregon is the fourth person to go missing from her graduation class.
“When convention and science offer up no explanation," he asks, "might we not finally turn to the fantastic as a plausibility?”
Scully replies that if the woman died of natural causes, it's plausible there was something missed in the young woman's autopsy; if the woman was murdered, it's plausible there was a sloppy investigation – she refuses to believe that science doesn't have the answers.
“The answers are there,” she adds, “you just need to know where to look.”
“That's why they put the ‘I' in F-B-I!” Mulder quips. He then tells Scully they are meeting the following day – they're leaving for “the very plausible state” of Oregon at 8 a.m.
The following day, Agents Mulder and Scully are on board a plane to Oregon. Mulder lays across his seat with his eyes closed and his earphones in. Scully reads the case files, noticing the name Dr. Nemman in conjunction with the phrases “almost no clues” and “lengthy autopsy”. The pilot announces the plane's descent and almost immediately the flight encounters turbulence: the plane lurches and overhead lockers burst open dumping their contents on the passengers below. Scully tightens her grip on the arm of her seat; Mulder seems totally unfazed. As the turbulence diminishes, Mulder looks at Scully saying, “This must be the place!”
The agents arrive in Bellefleur, Oregon and discuss the case as they drive. Scully notes that Mulder didn't mention the fact that the case had already been investigated, and he replies that the FBI got involved after the first three deaths as local law enforcement couldn't find any evidence. He tells her two agents visited and spent a week sampling the local delicacies before being recalled without explanation. The case was reclassified and buried in the X-Files where, Scully notes, Mulder found something the other agents didn't – the autopsy reports carried out on the first three victims found no unusual unidentified marks or tissue samples, but they were signed by a different Medical Examiner that the latest autopsy.
Mulder compliments her on her deduction.
“Better than you expected, or better than you hoped?” Scully replies.
When Mulder doesn't answer, she asks him if the Medical Examiner is a suspect. Mulder replies they won't know until they do “a little gravedigging” in order to get a tissue sample to match the young woman's, asking Scully if she's squeamish about that kind of thing. She responds saying she has never had the pleasure.
At that moment, the car radio starts changing frequency by itself, and Mulder notices the dashboard clock is also malfunctioning. A strange noise from the radio rises in pitch until it reaches painful levels. Mulder stops the car and kills the engine, stopping the noise. He gets out and walks to the boot of the car. Scully watches as he shifts the suitcases inside to retrieve a spray can, with which he sprays a large ‘X' on the road behind the car. He replaces the spray can and shifts the suitcases back before closing the boot again. Scully asks what his actions were all about; Mulder's response is non-committal.
“Oh, you know… Probably nothing.”
The agents arrive at the Oregon coast, and make their way to a cemetery, where a small crew is excavating a grave. The coroner who was present at the forest crime scene stands nearby, observing. As the agents' car pulls up, the coroner makes his way towards them introducing himself as John Truitt. Mulder asks when they can get started with the exhumation, and Truitt replies that they're ready to go. As Truitt returns to the side of the grave with the agents following, a car pulls up behind the agents' car. A man and a young woman get out. Seeing the woman out of the car, the man guides her back to the passenger seat and closes the door before approaching the agents again, complaining about the exhumation in progress.
When Mulder asks who he is, the man introduces himself as Dr. Jay Nemman, the county Medical Examiner. He says to Mulder that he wasn't notified about the exhumation as he and his daughter have been away. Mulder says that answers one of the questions the agents had – why Dr. Nemman hadn't done the recent autopsy on Karen Swenson, and asks Dr. Nemman if he was aware of the tissue sample taken from the young girl's body. Nemman accuses Mulder of insinuating that he missed something in the other examinations, but Scully tells him no-one's insinuating anything. Nemman warns the agents that if they are making an accusation, they had better have something to back it up.
Before he can continue, the young woman from the car calls him back, asking if they can just go home. Reluctantly, Dr. Nemman returns to his car. The exhumation continues, with an excavator scooping the dirt out of the grave. Scully reads from the case file as the excavator works, noting that the grave belongs to Ray Soames, the third victim. After graduating high school, she reads, he spent time in a mental hospital for post-adolescent schizophrenia. Mulder tells her that Soames actually confessed to the first two murders, asking to be locked up, despite being unable to produce any evidence that he was responsible. Mulder asks Scully if she has read Soames' official cause of death – she replies he died of exposure, his body found in the woods after he escaped from the hospital. Mulder notes that he was missing for less than seven hours in July, asking Scully how a 21-year-old man can die of exposure on a warm summer's night in Oregon.
The exhumation crew are beginning to lift the coffin from Soames' grave, lifting it with straps suspended from the excavator's bucket. As the coffin is lifted clear of the ground, the excavator lurches and one of the straps breaks, sending the coffin barrelling down the hill. It eventually slams to a halt against a tombstone, its lid partly open. Mulder runs down the slope to the coffin but before he can touch it, the coroner grabs his arm, warning him that this “isn't official procedure.” Mulder pulls an expression that says, “No kidding”, and lifts the lid of the coffin. The agents and the coroner recoil as the scent from the corpse reaches them.
The body in the coffin does not look human. Mulder comments on the diminutive height of the corpse before telling the coroner to reseal the coffin, saying nobody is to see or touch it.
In an examination room in the coroner's office, the body from the coffin is laying on a large steel tray. Mulder is circling the table on which the tray sits, taking stills with a camera equipped with a large flashgun. Scully, dressed in medical scrubs, conducts an autopsy, recording her observations with an overhead microphone.
“The subject is 156cm in length, weighing 52 pounds in extremis. The corpse is in the advanced stages of decay and dessication. Distinguishing features include large ocular cavities, oblate cranium – indicate the subject is not human.”
Mulder interjects, asking Scully what it is, if not human. She replies that it's mammalian, maybe a chimpanzee or a member of the ape family – possibly an orang-utan. Mulder questions why it would be buried in the city cemetery in Ray Soames' grave, wondering what the townsfolk would think – or Ray Soames' family. He tells Scully he wants tissue samples and X-rays, as well as blood typing, toxicology and a full genetic workup. What they can't do here, he tells her, they'll order “to go”. Scully asks if he honestly believes that the corpse is that of an extra-terrestrial, telling him it's someone's sick joke. By way of reply, he asks her if there's any reason they can't do the X-rays at the coroner's office. He adds that he's not crazy; he has the same doubts Scully does.
In her motel room, Scully is sitting on her bed typing up her autopsy notes on her laptop. Pinned to the bedside lamp is an X-ray of the corpse's skull, on which a small cigar-shaped mass is circled in red marker. She observes that her autopsy findings cannot account for the presence of the small metallic object. Scully pauses the tape she is transcribing to look at the object, which is now contained in a small glass sample container.
There is a knock at the door. When Scully asks who it is, Mulder's voice responds, “Steven Spielberg!” Scully opens the door, smiling. Mulder, who is dressed in a sweatshirt and baseball cap, complains of not being able to sleep and asks if she wants to accompany on a run. She declines, and he asks if she's figured out what the metallic object is yet. She tells him no, stifling a yawn and adding that she's not losing sleep over it.
RAYMOND COUNTY STATE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
Mulder and Scully are talking to a doctor who confirms that Ray Soames was a patient of his, having overseen his treatment for more than a year. He tells them Ray had an inability to grasp reality and seemed to suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress. The doctor adds that he has treated similar cases, including Ray Soames' classmates. Mulder asks if the doctor treated any of the patients with hypnosis; he seems offended by the suggestion, telling them he did not.
When Scully asks if he's currently treating any Soames' classmates, the doctor tells the agents he is treating Billy Miles and Peggy O'Dell, both of whom have been long-term live-in patients for almost four years. Scully asks if they might be able to talk to them, and the doctor replies they may find it difficult, particularly in Billy's case. A young man in pyjamas is laying in a hospital bed, his gaze unfocused. The doctor explains Billy is experiencing a “waking coma” – his brainwaves are flat and he's persistent-vegetative. Both he and Peggy (who is sitting in a wheelchair next to Billy's bed, reading quietly to him) were involved in a car accident, the doctor adds. He asks Peggy if she'd like to talk to her visitors, but she tells the doctor Billy wants her to read to him. Mulder crouches down in front of Peggy's chair, gently asking her if Billy likes it when she reads to him. She tells him he does, and that Billy needs her close.
Standing, Mulder asks the doctor if they can do a preliminary exam on Peggy. She throws her book on the floor in anger, pushes the hospital table away from her and begins to wheel her wheelchair away from the bed before getting a nosebleed. She falls forward out of her wheelchair and Mulder rushes forward to help the doctor and an orderly get Peggy up off the floor. As he helps her up, Mulder lifts the hem of Peggy's top, revealing two small raised lumps on her lower back. He looks at Scully, who stares back in shock before leaving the room. After ensuring Peggy is safely back in her wheelchair, Mulder follows his partner.
Outside the hospital, Mulder catches up to Scully as she walks down the main steps.
“Uh, what's his name – Billy – said he was sorry he didn't get to say goodbye!”
Unimpressed, Scully asks Mulder how he knew Peggy would have the marks, and he replies it was a lucky guess. Scully is unconvinced and asks him what's going on. She asks him what he knows about the marks – what isn't he telling her? Mulder wants to know if she's asking so she can put his answer in her “little report”. He tells her he doesn't think she's ready what to hear what he thinks. Scully replies that she's there to solve the case, just like he is – she wants the truth.
“The truth?” Mulder asks, “I think those kids have been abducted.”
“By whom?” Scully asks.
“By what?” he corrects her.
She asks if he really believes that; Mulder counters by asking if she has a better explanation. Scully says she accepts Peggy is suffering from parapsychosis, either by organic means or the result of the marks, but what she can't believe is that “they've been flying round in spaceships – it's crazy, Mulder! There is nothing to support that.”
“Nothing scientific, you mean,” Mulder answers. “There has got to be an explanation,” Scully tells him. "There are four victims, all of whom died in or near the woods. Karen Swenson was found 10 miles from her house. How did she get there? What were those kids doing out there in the forest?”
That night, the agents are walking along a forest path, torches in hand. They split up and Mulder pulls a compass from his pocket to look at it. The needle is spinning, unable to find North. The beam of light from Scully's torch illuminates a patch of what appears to be grey sand or ash. After holding her hand above it momentarily to check for warmth, Scully picks up a handful of the ash and puts it in the pocket of her jacket. She hears what sounds like a machine running, and calls out to Mulder. She draws her sidearm and makes her way towards the noise. A bright light shines from behind a hill, and Scully walks slowly towards it, calling for Mulder again.
Silhouetted against the light, a figure appears at the top of the hill and raises a shotgun.
“Special Agent Dana Scully, FBI," Scully shouts, pointing her sidearm at the figure. "Drop your weapon!”
“I'm with the County Sheriff's Department," the figure (who is the Detective who investigated the discovery of Karen Swenson's body) responds. "You're trespassing on private property here.”
Scully tells him they are conducting an investigation, as Mulder emerges from the forest to stand next to her. The detective tells the agents to get in their car and leave, or he'll have to arrest them, saying he doesn't care who they are.
“Hold on,” Mulder replies, “this is a crime scene.”
The detective repeats that the agents are on private property without legal permission, and reiterates that they get in their car and leave. With little other choice, Mulder lowers his sidearm and torch, and Scully follows suit. The figure watches them as they duck under the crime scene tape which cordons off the area and make their way back to their car.
As they leave it begins to rain, and thunder rumbles nearby.
“What's he doing out here all by himself?”, Mulder wonders as the agents get in their car.
“Maybe it has something to do with this,” Scully replies, showing him a handful of the grey ash she found in the forest. “What do you think it is?”
Mulder reaches back to turn on the car's interior light in order to better see the substance.
“I don't know,” he says, “was there a camp fire?”
She tells him it was all over the ground, adding she thinks something's going on out in the forest, possibly some kind of sacrifice. She speculates that the kids are part of a cult, and that the man in the forest knows something about it.
As she speaks, Mulder pulls out his compass to check it. Again, the needle spins aimlessly. Scully tells him she wants to come back to the forest. The car drives on through the downpour. Mulder checks his watch – it reads 9:03. He consults the compass again, but the needle is still spinning.
“You OK, Mulder?” Scully asks.
“Yeah, I'm just, uh…” he replies, looking up out of the windscreen at the dark sky.
“What are you looking for?” she asks, but before Mulder can reply, a brilliant light floods the car.
When the light fades, the car is coasting down the road, its lights and engine off. Mulder tries turning the ignition key, but the car does not respond. Scully asks him what happened.
"We lost power,” he replies. “Brakes, steering – everything!”
He checks his watch, which reads 9:12.
“We lost nine minutes!” he tells Scully. He gets out of the car, whooping with excitement.
“We lost what?!” Scully asks, stepping out of the car.
“Nine minutes!” he replies, walking up the road away from the car. “I looked at my watch just before the flash and it said 9:03 – it's just turned 9:13! Look!”
He runs a short distance up the road, to where a large ‘X' is marked in the road – the same one Mulder spray-painted two days before.
“Abductees, people that have made UFO sightings – they've reported unexplained time loss. Gone – Just like that!” he tells Scully.
“What a minute… You're saying time just disappeared – time can just disappear, it's a universal invariant!”
Just then, the car bursts back to life – the engine is running and the headlights are back on.
“Not in this zipcode!” Mulder grins, heading back to the car.
Back in her motel room, dressed in a red dressing gown, Scully types another report:
“Agent Mulder's insistence in time loss, due to ‘unexplained forces', cannot be validated or substantiated by this witness…”
Before she can continue however, there is a power cut and Scully is plunged into darkness. She lights a candle and heads to the bathroom for a shower. As she undresses, she discovers something that stops her in her tracks.
Candle in hand, Mulder opens his motel room door to Scully, who asks him to look at something. He stands aside to let her in, shutting the door behind her. She turns her back to him and unties her gown, looking down at her lower back. Mulder pauses for a split second before crouching down to look. On Scully's lower back are three small raised bumps.
“Mulder, what are they?” she asks in fear. He pauses for a moment before replying.
“Mosquito bites - I got eaten up a lot myself out there.”
Relieved, Scully turns back to Mulder putting her arms around him.
“Are you OK?" Mulder asks, a little surprised. "You're shaking.” Scully tells him she needs to sit down.
“Take your time,” he tells her.
Outside, the rain continues to pour. Scully is laying in the bed in Mulder's motel room as he sits nearby on the floor, talking to her.
“I was twelve when it happened,” he tells her, “My sister was eight. She just disappeared out of her bed one night. Just gone – vanished. No note, no phone calls, no evidence of anything.”
Scully asks if they ever found Mulder's sister.
“It tore the family apart," he replies. No-one would talk about it. There were no facts to confront, nothing to offer any hope.” Scully asks what Mulder and his family did.
“Eventually, I went off to school in England,” he tells her. “I came back, got recruited by the Bureau. Seems I had a natural aptitude for applying behavioural models to criminal cases.”
Outside the motel room, a hooded figure crouches in the bushes nearby.
“My success allowed me a certain freedom to pursue my own interests," Mulder continues, "that's when I came across the X-Files. At first it looked like a garbage dump for UFO sightings, alien abduction reports… the kind of stuff that most people laugh at as being ridiculous.
"But I was fascinated,” he goes on, “I read all the cases I could get my hands on, hundreds of them. I read everything I could about paranormal phenomena, about the occult and…” His voice trails off.
“What?” Scully asks.
“There's classified government information that I've been trying to access, but someone has been blocking my attempts to get it,” Mulder tells her.
“Who?” she asks, “I don't understand.”
Mulder replies saying that it is someone at a higher level of power. The only reason he's been allowed to continue with his work, he says, is that he's made connections in Congress. Scully asks if they're worried Mulder will leak the information.
“You're part of that agenda,” he replies, “you know that.”
“I'm not part of any agenda,” Scully tells him, adding that he's got to trust her and that she's here, just like him, to solve the case.
“I'm telling you this, Scully, because you need to know,” Mulder says, “because of what you've seen. In my research, I've worked very closely with a man named Doctor Heitz Werber, and he's taken me through deep regression hypnosis. I've been able to go into my own repressed memories to the night my sister disappeared. I can recall a bright light outside, and a presence in the room. I was paralysed, unable to respond to my sister's calls for help. Listen to me, Scully!” he says, leaning closer. “This thing exists…” Scully asks how he knows, and Mulder replies that the government knows about it, and he's got to know what they're protecting. Nothing else matters to him, and this is the closest he's ever been.
The phone rings, making Scully jump. Mulder answers.
“What? Who is this? Who is this?”
He hangs up, telling Scully that the caller was a woman who said that Peggy O'Dell was dead.
“The girl in the wheelchair?” Scully asks him, incredulously.
RURAL HWY 133, BELLEFLEUR, OREGON
An articulated lorry stands on the road, an ambulance and multiple police cars nearby. The driver of the lorry stands by the cab, talking to an officer from the Sheriff's department. The agents' car pulls up at the kerb, Mulder and Scully get out and walk over to where the lorry driver and Sheriff are standing.
“What happened?” Mulder asks, interrupting the sheriff's questions.
“She ran right out in front of me,” the driver tells Mulder and the Sheriff. The Sheriff asks Mulder who he is, but Mulder ignores the question.
“She was running? he asks. "On foot?”
Meanwhile, Scully examines Peggy O'Dell's body, which has been intubated and fitted with a cervical collar as part of the attempt to save her life. Scully notices Peggy's broken watch, which reads 9:03. She rejoins Mulder, who is talking to John Truitt, the coroner who aided in the exhumation of Ray Soames.
“That's great,” Mulder says, sarcastically, to Truitt before he turns to Scully. “Someone's trashed the autopsy bay and the lab, and they stole the body. We're going back to the motel.”
“They stole the corpse?” Scully asks in disbelief.
The agents pull up at the motel to find the parking lot full of emergency personnel and motel residents. Mulder flashes his FBI ID to one of the Sheriffs as he approaches the motel building.
“There goes my computer!” Scully says, as she watches the fire consuming the motel.
“Dammit!” Mulder exclaims, “The X-rays and pictures!”
The agents can do nothing but stand and watch as the fire department scramble to contain the blaze. A young woman steps out from the crowd watching the fire. She walks over to the agents and introduces herself as Teresa Nemman, telling them they've got to protect her.
“Come with us,” Mulder tells her.
In a nearby diner, Teresa is talking to the agents.
“This is the way it happens,” she tells them, “I don't know how I get out there, I'll just find myself out in the woods.” Mulder asks her how long it's been happening.
Ever since the summer I graduated," she replies, "and it's happened to my friends too." She explains that's why she needs Mulder and Scully to protect her. She tells them she's scared she might die, like the others – like Peggy did. Mulder notes that Teresa's father is the Medical Examiner, and realises she was the woman on the phone that told him Peggy O'Dell had been killed.
“Teresa, your father knows about this, doesn't he?" Scully gently asks. "About what's been happening?”
Teresa confirms that he does, but says he told her not to tell anyone about any of it. She says he told her this because he wants to protect her, but confesses that she doesn't think he can. Mulder asks if she has the marks, and Teresa confirms that she does. She asks the agents if she's going to be next; Scully reassures her, saying “You're not going to die.” Teresa's nose starts to bleed, and Scully grabs a handful of napkins to help clean her up.
Dr. Nemman enters the diner followed by the detective from the forest.
“Let's go, Teresa, " he says to his daughter. "Come on.”
When Mulder tells Dr. Nemman he doesn't think Teresa wants to leave, the doctor replies that he doesn't care what Mulder thinks and that Teresa is sick. The detective tells Teresa her father wants to take her home to get her cleaned up. Dr. Nemman says he'll take her where he and Detective Miles will keep her safe. Mulder makes a connection when he hears the name of the man from the forest.
“You're Billy Miles' father?” he asks.
“That's right,” the detective replies, “and you stay away from that boy.”
Mulder and Scully watch from the door of the diner as Dr. Nemman drives Teresa away.
“They know, Mulder,” Scully tells him. “They know who's responsible for the murders.”
Mulder admits that they know something.
“Dr. Nemman's been hiding medical evidence from the beginning,” she continues, “He lied on the autopsy reports, and now we find out about the detective – who else would have reason to trash the labs and our rooms?”
“Why would they destroy evidence? What would they want with that corpse?” Scully admits she doesn't know.
“Makes you wonder what's in those other two graves,” Mulder adds.
Mulder and Scully walk between the gravestones in the cemetery where Ray Soames' exhumation was performed. As they approach the graces of the first two victims, Mulder notes both are empty.
“What the Hell's going on here?” Scully asks. Mulder replies that he thinks he knows who killed Karen Swenson. Scully asks if he means the detective, but he shakes his head.
“The detective's son – Billy Miles.”
“The boy in the hospital?” Scully asks him. “The vegetable?”
Mulder nods silently.
“A boy who's been in a coma for the last four years got out here and dug up these graves?”
“Peggy O'Dell was bound to a wheelchair," Mulder says, "but she ran in front of that truck – look, I'm not making this up! It all fits a profile of alien abduction. Peggy O'Dell was killed around 9 o'clock – that's right around the time that we lost nine minutes on the highway. I think that something happened in that nine minutes – I think that time as we know it stopped, and something took control over it.”
He looks at Scully and says “You think I'm crazy.” Scully says nothing, but Mulder sees a look of realisation on her face. “What?”
“Peggy O'Dell's watch stopped a couple of minutes after nine,” she tells him. “I made a note of when I checked the body.”
Mulder replies that the reason the kids come to the forest is because it controls them and summons them there, and the marks are from some kind of test that's being run on them, which might cause a genetic mutation. That, he says, would explain the body they dug up. Following his reasoning, Scully says that Teresa Nemman was being summoned to the woods. Mulder agrees, but suggests it was Billy Miles who took her there, summoned by some alien impulse. The agents decide to go and visit Billy Miles again.
Billy lays in his hospital bed, just as he did the last time the agents visited him. A hospital orderly talks to Mulder while Scully performs a cursory physical exam on Billy.
“Now, we could stand here until the second coming, waiting for Billy to get out of this bed,” the orderly tells Mulder. “It ain't gonna happen. He blinks, and I know about it.”
Mulder asks if she changed his bedpan the previous night, and the orderly tells him no-one else will do it. He asks if she remembers what she was doing the night before at around 9pm. The orderly tells him she was probably watching TV, but that she can't remember what she watched.
Scully pulls the covers back from Billy's feet, looking closely at them. Scully calls Mulder over, and he joins her to look at the soles of Billy's feet, which are inexplicably encrusted with dirt. Scully takes a sample of the dirt while Mulder asks the orderly who looked after Peggy O'Dell the previous night. The orderly tells him someone else was responsible for her; Mulder thanks her for her time and the agents leave.
“That kid may have killed Peggy O'Dell,” Scully says as she walks down a corridor. “I don't believe this! It's crazy! He was in the woods!”
Mulder asks her if she's sure, and Scully replies that the sample she took from Billy Miles' feet is the same stuff she found in the forest. Mulder suggests running a lab test on it, but Scully reminds him they lost the first sample in the motel fire.
“What else could it be?”
Mulder asks if she understands what she's saying.
“You said it yourself!”Scully replies.
“Yeah, but you've got to write it down in your report,” he reminds her. Thinking for a moment, Scully concedes that Mulder is right. She suggests they take another sample from the forest and run a comparison before they do anything else.
Back in the forest, the agents' car pulls up behind a vehicle Scully recognises.
“The detective's car,” she tells Mulder.
Suddenly, the agents hear what sounds like a scream, coming from in the woods. They run towards the sound, but become separated. Scully is knocked to the ground by Detective Miles. “You wouldn't listen to me," he says to her. "I told you to stay out of this,” he growls before walking away.
Mulder runs through the trees towards the sound of another scream, only to be faced with Detective Miles brandishing a shotgun.
“Hold it right there! You've got no business out here,” the detective tells him.
“There were screams,” Mulder replies.
“Down on the ground,” the detective orders, “Now!”
Mulder kneels in the dirt.
“You know it's Billy,” he says to Detective Miles. “You've known it all along. How long are you going to let it happen?”
The sound of another scream drifts through the woods.
“He's going to kill her!” Mulder warns.
Detective Miles looks at Mulder, then turns and runs towards the screams with Mulder close behind.
A short distance away in a clearing, a clearly non-comatose Billy Miles crouches over Teresa Nemman, lifting her under the arms. Detective Miles reaches the edge of the clearing.
“Billy! No!” he shouts at his son.
Billy turns to look at his father, who tells him to let Teresa go. He raises his shotgun and aims at his son, but Mulder tackles him to the ground, the shotgun firing harmlessly into the air.
Scully, bleeding from the wound on her head, hears the blast of the shotgun and starts towards the noise. Standing up, Mulder looks over to where Billy stands with his back to them. Two small raised bumps are clearly visible on Billy's lower back. He stands, cradling Teresa in his arms as the leaves from the forest floor begin to swirl around him and a light from above grows brighter and brighter until it fills the forest. The light fades, and Billy stands in the forest clearing, with Teresa at his feet. Teresa begins to sit up as Billy recognises the detective. Detective Miles embraces his son, and Mulder notices the bumps on Billy's lower back have disappeared, then remembers Scully, finding her a short distance away. She asks him what happened, telling him she saw a light.
“It was incredible,” Mulder manages to reply.
MARCH 22, 1992
FBI HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON D.C.
In an interview room in the FBI Headquarters, Billy Miles is told to raise his right hand. He does so slowly, as if he is in a daze.
“Tell me about the light,” his interviewer says. “When did you first see the light?”
“In the forest,” Billy replies, slowly. “We were all in the forest having a party, all my friends. We were celebrating – graduation – and then the light came. It took me away to the testing place. They would tell me to gather the others so that they could do tests. They put something in my head – here.” Billy gestures to his sinus cavity.
“I would wait for their orders,” he continues. When asked who gave the orders, Billy replies “the light."
"They said it would be okay," he continues, "no-one would know, but the test didn't work. They wanted everything destroyed. They said they were leaving. I'm afraid… I'm afraid they're coming back.”
In an adjoining room, Scully watches Billy's interview accompanied by Section Chief Blevins and the other two men from their meeting. The Smoking Man whispers something to Blevins, and the three men leave the room. Mulder meets Scully's gaze before she also leaves. In another meeting, Blevins talks to Scully.
“What we've just witnessed – what we've just read in your field reports," he says. "The scientific basis and credibility seem wholly unsupportable, you're aware of that?”
Scully nods, replying that her reports are personal and subjective, adding that she hasn't drawn any conclusions on what she has seen.
“Or not seen, as appears to be the case…”, interjects the second man. “This… time loss… you did, or did not experience it?”
“I can't substantiate it, no,” she concedes.
“What exactly can you substantiate, Agent Scully?” Blevins asks. “I see no evidence that justifies the legitimacy of these investigations.”
“There were, of course, crimes committed,” Scully replies.
“But how do you prosecute a case like this?” Blevins counters. “With testimony given under hypnosis by a boy who claims that he was following orders from some alien force, through an implant in his nose? You have no physical evidence.”
Scully gets to her feet, and removes a small glass sample bottle from her pocket, placing it on the Section Chief's desk.
“This is the object described by Billy Miles as a communication device,” she tells him. “I removed it from the exhumed body. I kept it in my pocket – it's the only piece of evidence not destroyed in the fire.”
She tells the men that she had a lab test run on the metallic object, but the material could not be identified. Blevins asks Scully what Mulder's thoughts are.
“Agent Mulder believes that we are not alone,” Scully replies
As she leaves the meeting, she walks past the Smoking Man, watching him walk into the Section Chief's office without knocking. She continues down the corridor. That evening, Scully is in bed; her bedside clock reads 11:21. Her phone rings – it's Mulder. He tells her he spoke to the District Attorney's office in Oregon: there's no case file on Billy Miles – all the paperwork they filed is gone. He says they need to talk; Scully agrees, but tells him they'll talk tomorrow, then hangs up.
In a large storage room, the Smoking Man walks down a corridor between racks of high shelves filled with cardboard containers. He stops in front of one of the containers, and removes a transparent plastic box. Inside are five metallic objects, each in its own glass sample container. The smoking man slides up the front of the box before reaching into the pocket of his suit jacket and removing the metallic object Scully handed to Blevins, still in its evidence jar. He adds it to the box, leaving a solitary empty space. He replaces the box in the cardboard container, and continues down the corridor between the shelving racks. At the end of the corridor is a door, which the Smoking Man closes as he leaves. On the door is a sign displaying the Pentagon's Emergency Evacuation Procedure.
- “Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI's most unwanted!” – Mulder
- “Rewriting Einstein? Now that's a credential!” – Mulder
- “The answers are there, you just need to know where to look.” – Scully
“That's why they put the ‘I' in F-B-I!” – Mulder
- “Mulder, time can't just disappear – it's a universal invariant!” – Scully
- “Agent Mulder believes that we are not alone.” – Scully