Jeb Dukes gets fired from his job in New Orleans, while his boss,
Gary Garber, apologizes profusely. Jeb calmly strolls out of the
office and out on to the street where, coincidentally, he witnesses
a police chase that ends in a fatal auto accident. Jeb stays back,
but is approached by a man awash in flames from the burning wreckage.
The man seemingly walks into Jeb's body and then disappears. Suddenly,
Jeb's eyes turn flaming red. That night, Jeb enters his office
building and goes right up to his boss. He lifts a gun and fires
Franklin Potter is examining the crime scene when Agent Monica
Reyes arrives. He shows her some artwork from Jeb Dukes' desk,
but Reyes tells him that it is merely the insert from a popular
rock CD. She dismisses the case as being satanic-based. Yet when
she sees the victim's body, it appears to be charred from a fire.
A second glance proves that it was only in her imagination. She
is still unsettled by what she saw. Meanwhile, Mulder visits Scully
and brings her a present. Before opening it, she doubles over
in pain and Mulder rushes her to the hospital. Reyes calls Mulder
on his cell phone, saying it is important she see him.
sits alone in a motel room, staring in fear at his gun. He raises
it to his own head, but it gets hot and burns his hand. His face
suddenly crackles. He rips at his skin, revealing flames underneath.
Reyes in an FBI file room. Showing him the file, Reyes asks if
he is familiar with Doggett's son's case, which was the most emotional
case she has ever worked on. When they found the boy, she had
a vision of the body as ashes. Doggett also admitted to seeing
the ashen body, but convinced himself that it meant nothing. Reyes
once again saw the vision on a new case and senses that there
is a reason for it happening a second time. At the hospital, Doggett
checks in on a sleeping Scully. He envisions himself in a crime
scene in a field, but a nurse enters the hospital room and shakes
him out of it. Later, Mulder is in the FBI hallway when Doggett
attacks him. "Stay out of my life!" he yells. Mulder tries to
cool him down, saying that he was asked to investigate. Reyes
approaches the men and explains about the recent case where she
had a recurring vision similar to what they both saw in Luke Doggett's
case. A suspect in Luke's case was killed in a car accident in
New Orleans right outside of where the Jeb Dukes shooting took
place. Doggett again warns her to leave it alone.
to the home of Jeb's sister, Katha Dukes, to plead for her help.
Jeb calls Katha from South Carolina, claiming that someone else
killed those people. A woman knocks on his phone booth door because
she needs help with her flat tire. The next morning, Jeb wanders
in a daze to a car pulled over with tire trouble. He is unaware
of any events that may have taken place. He sees flames in the
reflection of the car window, gets in and throws out the woman's
purse. When he pulls off, the tire iron falls to the side of the
and sees Doggett in her hospital room. He asks her what changed
her mind about not believing any of the paranormal on the X-files.
She admits to being afraid to believe. Suddenly Doggett sees a
vision of Reyes in a field at the familiar crime scene. She is
surrounded by sheriffs and looking at a body on the ground. Meanwhile,
Reyes comes to Mulder in the X-files office. He has found no connection
to other cases with the same kind of visions. Reyes tells him
he is wrong because she believes there are patterns.
at a crime scene in Spartanburg, SC where Mulder is waiting for
him. Reyes' case has another murder victim. Doggett's reoccurring
hallucination turns into reality when he sees her standing over
a body, surrounded by sheriffs. He looks at the woman lying on
the ground and tells Reyes that he does not see the ashen remains.
Reyes is insistent that there are connections and that it may
be a thread of evil. Mulder asks her to leave Doggett alone if
the man really doesn't see anything.
stops by the hospital to see Scully. She had a partial abruption
in the uterus wall but she will be fine. He places his hand on
her belly and they smile. Scully tells him that she likes Agent
Reyes. Mulder is surprised. "You're nothing at all alike." "Neither
are you and I," Scully responds. He says that he can't help Doggett
if he doesn't want to be helped. She is convinced that Doggett
is worth the effort.
is at his sister's house. Although he claims he hasn't committed
any murders, Katha sees blood on his face and doesn't believe
him. Jeb asks her for help, but Katha's fears deepen over the
safety of her daughter. Doggett, meanwhile, submits to investigating
the Jeb Dukes case when Monica enters the office. She wants him
to be honest with himself about what he saw at the Spartanburg
crime scene, but he says that feelings don't solve crimes. "What
are you scared of?" she asks. Reyes assures Doggett that he did
everything he could to save his son. She receives a call from
Katha who says that Jeb is at her house. Doggett wants to know
what link Jeb may have to his son, and the agents race off to
the Dukes home. When they arrive, Katha tells her brother that
Reyes only wants to talk to him, but Jeb is scared and takes Katha's
daughter as hostage. Doggett holds him at the stairs, but puts
down his gun when Jeb threatens to kill the little girl. Reyes
shoots Jeb from the other side and Doggett calls for help.
Jeb is transported
to Washington Memorial Hospital and the agents follow. Reyes surmises
that perhaps saving the little girl was the connection to Doggett's
son. She tells Doggett that there is nothing more for him to do,
and he goes down to Scully's room. Watching her sleep, he again
sees the vision in the field where Reyes is surrounded by the
sheriffs. The men back away to reveal that Luke Doggett is the
unseen body lying at their feet. The body turns to ash. Mulder
interrupts him and asks if he thought there really was a connection
to his son's death. Mulder wonders whether evil is like a random
disease: while most people have immunity, others may catch it
at a weak moment. In the ICU, Katha witnesses her brother's body
seizing. The doctors try to revive him but his heart stops, and
Jeb Dukes is declared dead. Katha stands crying over him, accusing
Reyes of killing him. An invisible spirit floats from Jeb to Katha,
causing her body to convulse and her eyes turn to flame red. She
strikes Reyes and grabs the agent's gun. Doggett arrives in time
to capture Katha. "It's over," he tells Reyes. "It's never over,"
once again to Scully's house and reminds her to open his gift.
It is an heirloom doll from his family. She thanks him for the
other gift he gave her -- the courage to believe. "I hope it's
a gift I can pass on," she says, tearfully.
Back at the
hospital, Katha Dukes is alive and strapped to her bed. Doggett
stares intensely at the woman, wanting to believe that this will
prevent the evil from spreading again.
Original Air Date: 04/22/01
Written by Greg Walker
Directed by Barry K. Thomas
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
ROBERT PATRICK as Special Agent John Doggett
Annabeth Gish as Special Agent Monica Reyes
Jay Underwood as Jeb Dukes
Wendy Gazelle as Katha Dukes
Denise Crosby as Dr. Speake
Ron Canada as Detective Potter
Bruce Wright as Gary Garber
Dayna Beilenson as Roberta Toews
Cheryl Francis Harrington as E.R. Nurse
Amanda and Caitlin Fein as Mia Dukes
Jennifer Hammon as ICU Nurse
Devlin Elliott as Pizza Delivery Man
Jake Fritz as Luke Doggett
Veronica Brown as Payphone Woman
Louise Melilli as Distraught Woman