In a montage
of surveillance images, Mulder and Scully are seen throughout
the years. They are not only captured on investigations, but during
private moments in their homes. More recent surveillance footage
shows Scully on the platform of a train station, crying over a
slain mans body.
an internet café with William and logs onto a private mail
box. Waiting for her is a message from Mulder, who expresses his
desire to return home to her and to William. As Scully begins
her reply, a woman who has entered the café with a baby
leaves to argue with a man outside. Scully goes to the unattended
baby, and the woman comes back to reclaim her child. Later, at
Quantico, Doggett and Reyes tell Scully that a source has been
trying to contact Mulder with information about the Super Soldiers.
Unfortunately, the man will talk to no one but Mulder. Scully
says that she doesnt know how to contact him, and Doggett
questions why she still refuses to trust him or anybody else.
night, Scully returns home and sees the woman from the internet
café on her street. The woman is again fighting with the
same Man on the Street, but this time he takes her baby and drives
off. Scully approaches the woman, who introduces herself as Patti.
Feeling sorry for her, Scully offers to Patti to stay the night.
Meanwhile, Doggett and Reyes watch a nondescript building that
has been traced to the source that had sought out Mulder. A car
pulls up, and the driver heads into the building. It is the Man
on the Street who had been fighting with Patti. Inside the building
is a room full of surveillance monitors. A Shadow Man at an adjacent
monitor asks the Man on the Street about his wife and child. As
he exchanges pleasantries, the Shadow Man calmly watches on his
monitor as Doggett and Reyes break into the Man on the Streets
At 5:41 a.m.,
the Man on the Street finally leaves the building, and Doggett
and Reyes follow him. At Scullys apartment, Patti rises,
turns off the baby monitor and picks up William. Scullys
cell phone vibrates, waking her up. It is Doggett, telling her
that he and Reyes have followed a strange man to her building.
Suddenly alarmed, Scully pulls her gun on Patti, and orders the
woman to put down William. Doggett accosts the Man on the Street
before he is about to break into Scullys apartment. The
Man will not reveal anything, only muttering, Theyre
watching. Scully suspects that both the Man and Patti had
conned her to get to her son. Scully closes her blinds, and the
Man finally divulges that he works for the National Security Agency.
He can not be traced. Patti confesses that her daughter, like
William, is somehow different. The Man knows that William affected
movement of the mobile over his crib. He admits that he has not
only been watching Scully, but Doggett and Reyes as well. The
Man had told his supervisor about the oddities surrounding both
his daughter and William. The supervisor believes that they are
related to the Super Soldiers, and the Man had hoped that Mulder
could somehow make the connection to find out what their children
really are. Suddenly, the Shadow Man from the nondescript building
phones Scully. He says that he has been listening to the conversation.
As he watches their every movement, he does not tell her that
he has cameras inside her apartment. The Shadow Man knows that
Scully had sent Mulder an email the previous day. She refuses
to give him any information on Mulder unless she can see him personally.
He instructs her to come alone to the internet café. Although
Doggett protests, Scully leaves William with them to meet her
As she waits
outside the café, Scully is called by the Shadow Man. He
directs her to a green car while he watches her from a camera
on the street. She is told to start the car and drive into an
alley. Then she gets out, and enters another waiting car. As the
Shadow Man watches from a camera inside the second car, she drives
onto the highway. At nightfall, the Shadow Man has her stop in
the middle of a desolate field. He orders her to leave the car
running and open the trunk. She is told to change into the clothes
inside the trunk. Suddenly, the Shadow Man appears. He has her
put her gun and her old clothes inside the car, which he explodes
by remote control. He inspects her watch for microphones. Believing
her to be free of bugs, the Shadow Man admits that he knows everything
about her -- her blood type, childhood fears, pet peeves, etc.
-- and has risked his life to talk to her in order to get to Mulder.
He warns her that she must contact Mulder. Then he hands her a
set of keys to another waiting car.
the next day, Doggett expresses his worries that both Scully and
Mulder are in danger. He fears that these men are using her to
lure Mulder out in order to kill him. Scully reveals that Mulder
is already travelling on a prearranged train, arriving at midnight.
She cant call him off.
At 10:48 p.m.,
Scully waits on the train platform, as Reyes backs her up from
a distance. The Shadow Man is also watching her through a security
camera. The Man on the Street walks onto the train platform and
sprays black paint on a security camera above. Doggett, meanwhile,
brings Scullys clothes from the car to an FBI lab. He asks
the technician to quickly look for any traces of a mans
DNA on the clothes.
the midnight train approaches, the Man on the Street sees Scully.
Reyes catches sight of the Man on the Street pulling out a gun.
Reyes calls out for Scullys attention, but the Man is not
pointing at Scully. Scully notices the Shadow Man come toward
her with a gun from the other side. Although the Man on the Street
is aiming at the Shadow Man, the Shadow Man fires first and hits
the Man on the Street. Reyes pulls Scully to the ground, and the
Shadow Man points his gun at them. Suddenly, Doggett arrives on
the platform and shoots the Shadow Man repeatedly, sending his
body onto the tracks of the incoming train. Seeing the gunfire,
the station manager orders the train to keep moving. Scully begs
for it to be stopped, calling out for Mulder as the train quickly
passes. The Man on the Street dies at Scullys feet. She
is grief-stricken and unsure she will ever see Mulder again.
scan the tracks, but the Shadow Mans body has vanished.
Patti arrives at the station, asking Scully for forgiveness. They
had only sought answers, and her husband was trying to protect
Scully from the man he worked for. Scully comforts Patti over
the death of her husband. Doggett tells Scully and Reyes that
the fabric on the clothes from the car show that the Shadow Man
has a DNA that is complexed with iron and can not be tested. This
seems to prove that the Shadow Man is a Super Soldier who is unstoppable.
Scully fears for Mulders life, believing that the Shadow
Man jumped on the train after him. The station manager is alerted
that a man jumped off the train into a rock quarry. The agents
drive to where the jump took place, and Doggett and Reyes walk
down into the quarry. They see a man running away, and Doggett,
believing it is Mulder, calls out to him. Although Doggett identifies
himself, the man runs off. Scully drives deeper into the quarry,
and calls out for Mulder. Suddenly, the Shadow Man comes out from
the fog and chases her. She runs into the quarry, becoming trapped.
With nowhere else to turn, she pulls her gun on the Shadow Man,
asking him why he intends to kill them. The Shadow Man says that
either Mulder or William must die. Suddenly, the Shadow Man struggles
as a force wracks his body. His face becomes contorted, and he
is magnetically pulled to the quarry wall, flying past Scully
and knocking her down. As his body impacts the red quarry wall,
it disintegrates into a cloud of dust. Scully gets up and runs
The next day,
Scully emails Mulder with hopes that he is still alive and will
someday see her again.
Original Air Date: 01/06/02
Written by Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Tony Wharmby
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
ROBERT PATRICK as Special Agent John Doggett
ANNABETH GISH as Special Agent Monica Reyes
Terrance Quinn as Shadow Man
Allison Smith as Patti
Steven Flynn as Man on the Street
Kathryn Joosten as Agent Edie Boal
Fitz Houston as Station Manager
Brianne Prather as Young Woman
James Riker as Baby William
Travis Riker as Baby William