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A naval captain
on a vintage World War II Merchant marine vessel passes through
a sequence of tight security checkpoints. He approaches a door
that hides a science lab where cells are being manipulated. Dr.
Nordlinger opens the door to receive the Captain’s communiqué,
but he is somewhat unsettled by the note’s request. The Captain
returns to his bridge and orders Petty Office Bamford to bring
the ship to shore.
At the Greater
Maryland Water Reclamation Plant, Follmer does not see Doggett,
getting pulled further into the water tank by a naked Shannon
McMahon. When Follmer is out of view, McMahon places her mouth
over Doggett’s to blow air into his lungs. The next morning, Reyes
and Skinner are summoned to Follmer’s office. They are being reined
in on the X-file case they are pursuing. Follmer warns Reyes to
distance herself from Doggett to save her career, but she accuses
Follmer of having his own agenda against her partner. Doggett,
meanwhile, wakes up in his bed, alive. McMahon is in his apartment.
She tells him that she and Knowle Rohrer were both transformed
into “Super Soldiers” who can’t be killed. Although they were
the original experiments, the program has since expanded to produce
many more of their kind. She, however, hates what she has become,
and she asks Doggett for help in exposing the men who are altering
the water supply.
Scully why she is getting herself mixed up in Doggett’s investigation
when she was the one who specifically requested that Skinner let
it lie. She admits that something unexplainable happened with
her baby. She is afraid to tell Mulder, because he will want to
come back, and that will place him in danger. Doggett and Reyes
call Scully to Doggett’s apartment. McMahon explains to her that
a chemical called chloramine has been added to public water supplies.
Although the substance is usually harmless, the molecular structure
of this chloramine has been altered to promote the mutation of
offspring. This mutation will breed a generation of Super Soldiers.
Scully is at first hesitant to accept the woman’s claims, but
then she sees the familiar reptilian ridge at the top of McMahon’s
spine. However, a medical examination shows that McMahon is, by
all accounts, a normal human being.
at the Baltimore port with no word from his superiors, the Captain
unsuccessfully tries to contact Carl Wormus at the Environmental
Protection Agency. He then finds that Officer Bamford has been
replaced -- by the presumed deceased Knowle Rohrer. Bamford’s
body is found floating nearby. Meanwhile, Follmer suspends Doggett
from the FBI, and Doggett lashes out at both Follmer and Deputy
Director Kersh over a turf war for the X-files. The Lone Gunmen
show Reyes that they have tapped into the EPA’s phone system and
found calls to Carl Wormus. The calls were made after the man
drowned. As they flip open their laptop, another call comes in,
and Frohike answers as Wormus. It is the Captain, instructing
Wormus to notify the FBI about the lab on board his ship. As the
Captain asks for Wormus’ help in exposing the inhumanity, Rohrer
uses his extrasensory hearing to listen to the conversation from
that McMahon works for the Justice Department, Reyes pleads with
Follmer to obtain the woman’s files. She then reports to Doggett
and Scully that McMahon is not to be trusted. The two men she
killed were actually trying to expose the water contamination
program. McMahon is using Doggett to get to the third whistleblower
-- the Captain. The three agents go down to the Baltimore docks
to meet the Captain, but they find Knowle Rohrer instead. Scully
and Reyes run off while Doggett tries to defend himself against
the Super Soldier. Rohrer is about to kill Doggett, when McMahon
appears and slices off Rohrer’s head. Suddenly, Rohrer’s bloodied
hand rips through her torso, and she and Rohrer’s headless body
both fall off the pier into the water. Doggett goes onto the ship
with Scully and Reyes in search of the Captain. They see the Captain’s
decapitated head on the ground, but the ship is otherwise empty.
Doggett stumbles upon an already detonated bomb, and he hurriedly
gathers up Reyes and Scully in the ship’s lab. Scully is reluctant
to leave when she sees that whoever was on the boat was manipulating
ova for transplantation. Doggett forcibly pulls her out before
the ship explodes.
Two days later,
Kersh reads Doggett’s report on the case. Although he accounts
for Super Soldiers, a naval ship and a conspiracy in the government,
he does not mention Kersh in the investigation. Doggett admits
that he could not find any wrongdoing on the Deputy Director’s
part, but he knows that his hands are indeed dirty. Kersh tells
Doggett that he warned Mulder to leave to protect his life. Knowing
that Mulder wouldn’t leave only on Kersh’s recommendation, Doggett
realizes that Scully was the one who pushed Mulder to go.
dark water, Shannon McMahon’s body lies at the bottom the ocean.
Although she appears to be lifeless, her eyes pop open.
woken by William’s cries, and she soothes him back to sleep. When
she turns out the light to go back to bed, the mobile over his
crib slowly turns on its own.
Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Tony Wharmby