Curt Delario comforts Nora Pearce as she mourns her husband. "How
does a 41 year-old man just wither away and die?" she asks. Since
no one can provide her an explanation for Ray's death, she is
convinced that he suffered from Gulf War Syndrome, and she wants
someone to pay. Leaving her house, Curt turns his car out of the
driveway but skids when he sees something in his path. He plows
right into a man, but instead of crushing him, the car splits
around the man. Curt looks through the shattered glass to see
his friend, Ray Pearce, standing in the middle of the hood, unharmed.
Ray shoves his fist through the windshield to grab Curt, who screams
out in terror.
The next morning, Doggett and Scully scan the crime scene. The
car is torn in half and Curt Delario is missing. They find him
in a trash can with five deep puncture marks in his head. The
autopsy reveals that he was not killed by the impact, but rather
by the wounds inflicted when he was pulled through the windshield.
Blood and fingerprints on the car are from the recently deceased
Ray Pierce. Ray wakes up at St. Clare's Halfway House, unharmed.
He pulls shards of metal out of his face.
to the Pearce house. Harry Odell, the owner of the Southside Salvage
yard where Ray and Curt both worked, is there. Doggett asks Nora
about Ray's cremation because no record of the event exists. He
wonders if Ray might still be alive and is somehow involved in
Curt's death. Nora rebukes this, insisting that Ray was so sick
before he died that he couldn't even walk or lift his head. At
the salvage yard, Harry is hurriedly feeding Ray Pearce's employee
records into a shredder when Ray himself enters the trailer office.
Harry grabs a gun from his desk and shoots. Ray is blown clear
out of the trailer. Outside, Harry sees Ray's severed hand, which
twitches. Small, interlocking metal pieces begin to repair the
limb. Ray comes up behind him, unfazed by his bloody gut and missing
arm. He grabs Harry's head and punctures the man's skull with
out the aftermath, Doggett notices blue paint on Harry's fingernails.
He pulls a half-torn paper out of the shredder -- an invoice from
Chambers Technologies. The person on the invoice, Dr. David Clifton,
no longer works there. His successor, Dr. Puvogel, tells Doggett
that Clifton was working on a smart metal that can regenerate
itself. He also says that their company would have no use of any
local salvage yards. Scully phones Doggett from the morgue, informing
him that Ray's cell makeup was affected by exposure to a non-identifiable
metal. Tests show that his blood has enough metal alloy to kill
an elephant. At the halfway house, volunteer social worker Larina
sees a news report on Harry Odell's murder, recognizes Ray and
phones Ray's wife.
Dr. Puvogel, and the agents lure him to Chambers Technologies.
Ray gets captured in a test chamber and his fists dent the four-inch
metal doors. He escapes by ripping open the thick metal of the
back wall. Blood left on the jagged wall begins to turn itself
into metal. Remanding Dr. Puvogel to safety, Doggett notices that
a row of stacked barrels are painted the same color blue found
on Harry Odell's fingers.
for her husband at the halfway house, and asks him why he didn't
contact her. "I'm not me," he responds, before showing her that
his body is a mix of flesh and metal. He tells her that the people
who did this to him must pay. At Southside Salvage, Doggett uncovers
blue barrels with the Chambers Technology logo underneath the
paint. When he turns one over, a think river of silver liquid
pours out with a human body made of metal. It is the missing Dr.
Clifton. Scully and Doggett question Puvogel, who tells them that
Clifton got poisoned from working on an alloy with genetic material
in it. Puvogel was aware that Clifton was dying, but did not know
how his body was sent to the salvage yard. Suddenly, Doggett sees
Nora Pearce sneaking around the Chambers hallway. She is searching
for the name of the person responsible for her husband's disfigurement,
but is caught before she gave the name to Ray. A SWAT team is
sent to the halfway house, but they are too late. Ray kills Larina
and escapes. Scully and Doggett beg Nora for her help in preventing
Ray from hurting anyone else, and she agrees to have her house
watched by the police. Ray slips in and persuades Nora to tell
him the name of the person from Chambers Technologies who made
him inhuman. When he leaves, Nora rushes out of the house, hysterical.
She tells the police that her husband had just been there and
that he is going to kill a man named Owen Harris.
Harris' car, pulls him from the driver's seat and says "You made
me." The man's wife and child scream in terror. Harris doesn't
understand because he's only an accountant and had waste transferred
to Southside Salvage because he was told to do so. As Harris'
son cries in the backseat, Ray's eyes blink with the last light
of kindness left in him. He lets the man go.
and Scully arrive at the scene. Harris is alive, being treated
by a medic. The agents are puzzled as to why Ray didn't kill him,
but Scully surmises that Ray's body had died, and what was left
was a machine. Whatever bit of humanity was still in him may have
Salvage, a car gets dumped into a compactor. Ray is inside the
crushed car, calmly accepting his inevitable conclusion.
Original Air Date: 01/15/01
Written by Jeffrey Bell
Directed by Rod Hardy
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
ROBERT PATRICK as Special Agent John Doggett
Wade Andrew Williams as Ray Pearce
Jennifer Parsons as Nora Pearce
Arye Gross as Dr. Tom Puvogel
Tamara Clatterbuck as Larina Jackson
Dan Desmond as Harry Odell
Scott MacDonald as Curt Delario
Randy Walker as SWAT Cop
Kenneth Meseroll as Owen Harris
Colleen Quinn as Owen's Wife
Reece Morgan as Owen Harris' Little Boy
Jack Forbes as Ray's Double