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drinks alone at a bar in Baltimore, MD. He notices a dark-haired
woman in a low-cut dress walk in, and he approaches her. They
get into a discussion about the ice in his drink. As a water expert,
he knows that the government-added Chloramine in the water is
actually not as healthy as has been reported. Intrigued, the woman
entices him into leaving, and they drive off in his convertible.
He slows down at an opening drawbridge, but the woman clamps down
on his right leg, forcing his foot on the accelerator. The car
flies off the open bridge and plunges into the Potomac River.
Deep underwater, Wormus wiggles out of his seatbelt and begins
to swim to the surface. The woman is lifeless next to him. Suddenly,
the woman opens her eyes, grabs his ankle and pulls him deeper
under the water.
Two days later,
Scully calms the crying William. She looks uneasily at Mulder's
packed bags in her apartment, and shuts the bathroom door so that
he does not hear the baby. Doggett, meanwhile, prepares for work
as the television news reports the death of Environmental Protection
Agency Deputy Administrator Carl Wormus. The man was found dead
and alone in his car under the water. At the FBI, Doggett shares
an elevator with Kersh. The Deputy Director smugly asks if he
has found any incriminating evidence against him.
phone awakens Reyes in her Washington hotel. FBI Assistant Director
Brad Follmer greets her warmly and asks her to stop by his office.
When she arrives, he plants a firm kiss on her mouth. Reyes pulls
away. Although they have not seen each other in years, they had
previously been involved in a romantic relationship while working
at the Bureau's New York office. He gives her videotape from the
security camera in the Hoover Building garage. Although the date
stamp is the same night Scully gave birth, the garage is empty.
Doggett and Skinner are not seen defending their lives against
Knowle Rohrer, nor is Rohrer's exploding car in the garage. Reyes
tells Doggett that no scrap of evidence even remains at the crime
scene, which means that they no longer have a case. Doggett goes
to seek the advice of Mulder, but his apartment has been cleaned
out. Scully tells him that Mulder is gone. Back at the FBI, Skinner
and Reyes find no traces of Mulder, and Doggett suspects that
perhaps someone got to him. With no credible evidence, Skinner
asks Doggett to drop the case against Kersh and the FBI. Doggett
accuses the A.D. of backing down under pressure, but Skinner only
fears for the safety of Mulder, Scully and their baby. Doggett
and Reyes must continue their investigation alone, without Skinner's
At the Greater
Maryland Water Reclamation Facility, worker Roland McFarland places
a call to a naval ship after reading about Wormus' death. The
dark-haired woman from the bar inexplicably swims up in one of
the tanks. Before McFarland can speak into the phone, he notices
the woman walk through the plant naked and he follows her tracks.
She surprises him from behind, pulls him into a tank and drowns
with A.D. Follmer at the bar in Maryland. She informs him that
Doggett's investigation has been dropped. Showing feelings for
her, Follmer is interested in keeping Reyes assigned to the X-files
in Washington. Doggett, meanwhile, tries to appeal to Scully.
He is unsure why she won't trust him, but she does not reveal
anything about Mulder. Doggett returns to his apartment and tries
to contact some of his old Marine buddies that were in his squadron
with Rohrer. No one has information on Rohrer's activities after
the military. One of them, Shannon McMahon, is the mysterious
dark-haired woman. Reyes sees McMahon in the FBI hallway. She
senses something, but ignores her intuition. In the X-files office,
Reyes hears someone creeping outside the door. The person disappears
into the elevator, but leaves behind a folder with Wormus' obituary
William down for a nap, and the mobile over his bassinet eerily
moves on its own. Scared, she phones Doggett and asks him not
to drop his investigation. He and Reyes summon her to Quantico
to perform an autopsy on Wormus' body. Scully finds fingerprints
on Wormus' ankle, as if someone had been holding him down. Doggett
has the Lone Gunmen hack into Wormus' files, but all they recover
are reports on water. Follmer briefs Kersh on Doggett's investigation,
and he asks the Deputy Director for swift punishment. Kersh, however,
puts the burden on Follmer to reprimand Doggett.
Scully watches William, Shannon McMahon comes looking for Scully.
Mrs. Scully refrains from opening the door, and McMahon vanishes
without leaving her name. As Scully and Reyes leave the morgue
at Quantico late that night, they see McMahon. Reyes is suspicious,
but McMahon disappears. The two agents are surprised by the arrival
of Follmer, who swarms the Quantico morgue with a team of agents.
He tells Reyes that he is trying to uphold her reputation in the
face of Doggett's career-ending investigation. However, when they
enter the autopsy bay, Wormus' body is gone. Reyes pretends that
there never was a body, and she accuses Follmer of sending her
the obituary to throw them on a wild goose chase. Reyes goes to
Doggett's apartment, and the Lone Gunmen show her Wormus' encrypted
emails from Roland McFarland.
night, Doggett and Skinner go to the Maryland water plant and
rifle through McFarland's desk. They find a number of files labeled
"Chloramine." Follmer and his crew approach, so Doggett
grabs the files, and he and Skinner run out. Follmer chases them,
catching Skinner. Doggett hides underwater in one of the tanks,
holding his breath. Suddenly, McMahon swims up from below and
grabs Doggett's ankle. She pulls him farther down into the tank.
TO BE CONTINUED
Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Kim Manners