from 8X01 -- In the Arizona desert, Mulder tugs at Gibson Praise,
who cries for his release. Doggett follows the pair, warning Mulder
that he is prepared to shoot. Mulder eyes him mysteriously, not
saying a word, and Gibson breaks away from him. Mulder still doesn't
comply with Doggett's command to stop. He steps backward to fall
off the mountain's lip, just out of Doggett's grasp. The other
field agents run up to the ledge as Doggett explains Mulder's
actions. Although he lies motionless on the ground, Mulder coughs
out a breath and opens his eyes.
At the bottom
of the ravine, Scully pulls up with Skinner and demands to know
the location of her downed partner. Doggett has no answer. The
body is gone and there are footprints showing he ran off into
the dust. Scully is convinced that it wasn't Mulder. She tries
to explain that what seems like a man is really an Alien Bounty
Hunter looking to capture Gibson Praise because he is part alien
and proof of alien life. He will be brought back to the ship where
Mulder is being held. Doggett walks off, dubious and remarks,
"You know, Agent Scully, you're starting to remind me a lot of
are evacuated from the school, as the FBI SWAT team reports no
sign of Mulder. Doggett orders a search of the school, unaware
that Mulder has entered a classroom. Mulder readjusts his twisted
arm before morphing back into the Alien Bounty Hunter. Outside,
Scully catches sight of Gibson's friend, Thea, jumping on her
bike. Skinner distracts the other agents to allow Scully to follow
the girl into the desert twilight. She is lead to a secret underground
cavern where Gibson is hiding. "You shouldn't have come here,"
he warns Scully. "You'll lead them to me." He knows that the aliens
took Mulder and are now after him.
gets chewed out by Kersh for losing Mulder, Skinner laughs and
tells the agent that Kersh has made him a pawn. He has ultimately
been set up to fail. A frustrated Doggett asks his team to locate
Scully, and she is spotted in the school's bunkhouse. The real
Scully, however, walks toward Doggett and Skinner. They look at
her incredulously. In the bunkhouse, what appears to be Scully
is really the Alien Bounty Hunter, who chokes another agent. When
Scully and Doggett run in, the Bounty Hunter morphs into an agent
in the crowd. Thea notices blood on that agent's hand and recognizes
him as the attacker. Once again, Mulder is seen on the alien table.
Gibson is shuddered awake by this vision.
to take the car and is suspicious of Skinner when he stops her.
The two hold their guns on each other in a standoff, ending only
when Skinner admits to knowing her secret. She relents, afraid
that they are not going far enough to find Mulder. "I can't take
the chance that I'm never going to see him again," she says. Their
only hope is Gibson Praise, and they drive out to the desert cavern
to find him. He is suffering from a fever, but manages to persuade
Scully that he can hear Mulder nearby. "You're so close now,"
Gibson says. As Skinner takes the boy to the hospital, Scully
wanders the desert, calling for Mulder in the empty night. Suddenly,
something catches her eye in the black sky. A light slowly descends
and she is transfixed, believing it is a spaceship. Yet as it
gets closer and lands, the light reveals itself to be the searchlight
of a helicopter. Doggett gets out and questions Scully's truthfulness
in the investigation. He knows that Skinner and Gibson are at
the hospital because he had his men follow them. "How do you know
that they are your men?" Scully demands before getting in the
chopper herself. It flies off, within feet of the spaceship hidden
by a force field. On the alien table, Mulder cries out for Scully.
At the hospital,
Skinner watches the boy when Thea enters Gibson's room. Gibson
knows that she is the Bounty Hunter. Scully and Doggett arrive
to find Skinner and Gibson missing. They search the hospital.
Doggett has located the real Skinner. The A.D. is blinded and
trapped in the air duct. Scully sees who she thinks is Skinner.
When he claims to be protecting the boy, she pulls her gun on
him. Gibson shakes his head to warn her. All of a sudden, the
man grabs Scully by the throat and throws her across the room.
She manages to find her gun and shoot the Skinner look-alike in
the back of the neck. Green ooze flows out of him, and the body
dissolves into a puddle. Doggett hears the gunshot and comes to
Scully's rescue, stepping over the puddle. She is weeping and
Back at the
FBI, Doggett presents his report to Kersh. The Deputy Director
is furious, asking for real answers to Doggett's elusive-sounding
report and failure to find Mulder. Doggett accuses Kersh of intending
for the report to sound like an X-file. Later, Doggett visits
Scully in the hospital. He briefs her on Skinner's and the other
agent's recoveries, as well as Gibson being remanded to the state's
protection. She is astonished when he informs her that he has
been assigned to the X-files. He is equally bewildered. "Whatever
you and I may differ on," he says, "I'll find him, Agent Scully."
silently on the alien table. Many Alien Bounty Hunters surround
Original Air Date: 11/12/00
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Kim Manners
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
ROBERT PATRICK as Special Agent John Doggett
Mitch Pileggi as A.D. Walter Skinner
James Pickens, Jr. as Deputy Director Kersh
Brian Thompson as the Alien Bounty Hunter
Kirk B.R. Woller as Agent Gene Crane
Jeff Gulka as Gibson Praise
Jonathan Palmer as Principal
Marc Gomes as Agent Danny Mosely
Christine Firkins as Thea Sprecher
Sal Landi as Agent Landau
Jo-Ann Dean as Secretary