Season Five

5x01: Unusual Suspects ~ Air Date - November 16, 1997

In a flashback to 1989, Agent Mulder is found acting paranoid in a blood-splattered warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland. Detective John Munch along with Langly, Frohike, and Byers (the future members of The Lone Gunman). In an attempt to explain the incident, Byers retells the events that led up to them being found in the warehouse. He met a woman, Holly, at a computer convention, who claimed that her ex-boyfriend had kidnapped her daughter. She then gave him an Internet address to locate her daughter. Byers hacked into a government computer, but the relevant file was encrypted. However, Frohike, in the next booth, agreed to help decrypt the file. Holly then identified Mulder as her ex-boyfriend, so Byers and Frohike approached Mulder only to discover he was a FBI agent. With the help of Langly, who was also exhibiting at the convention, they hacked into the FBI computer for information on Mulder, but instead discover that Holly's real name is Suzanne Modeski, and that she was wanted for bombing a FBI lab. Suzanne admitted her story was fabricated. In fact, she was trying to prevent the government from testing paranoia-inducing gas, which she helped develop, on an unsuspecting public. Mulder, while attempting to arrest Suzanne, had a shoot out with some government officials, which left him in the psychotic state caused by exposure to the paranoia-inducing gas and allowed Suzanne to escape. Detective Munch is skeptical until Mulder verifies the story as true.

5x02: Redux ~ Air Date - November 2, 1997

Twenty-four hours before Scully identified Mulder's boy in his apartment, Mulder receives a tip from Kritschgau that he is being watched. After discovering a pinhole in his ceiling, Mulder encounters Scott Ostelhoff spying on him from the apartment above. After a short scuffle, a shot rings out. Mulder tells Scully that he killed Ostelhoff while he was trying to destroy a record of phone calls he made to the Bureau. They conclude that their own agency is behind a cover up and that they are unwitting pawns in the conspiracy. Mulder persuades Scully to help him fake his own death in an attempt to uncover the truth. After Scully goes to Mulder's apartment to identify 'his' body, she traces the number that Ostelhoff was calling to same exchange on which is Assistant Director Skinner. Test results on the ice core sample, taken from the mountain, reveal new life form. When Scully compares this new organism with her own DNA, they match, and she concludes that her cancer is a result of being exposed to the organism. The Cigarette Smoking Man tells his fellow conspirators that he does not believe Agent Mulder is dead. Meanwhile, Mulder uses Ostelhoff's ID card to break into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency facility and finds a metallic vial that may contain a cure for Scully. Afterward, The Lone Gunman discover it is just de-ionized water. However, it appears all Mulder's effort was in vain, when Agent Scully collapses while presenting evidence to a FBI inquiry panel. Part Two of Three

5x03: Redux II ~ Air Date - November 9, 1997

Mulder rushes to the hospital to find Scully unconscious and on a ventilator. Assistant Director Skinner tells him that Scully is close to death. Mulder refuses to cooperate with Skinner or the FBI inquiry team. The Cigarette Smoking Man has troubles of his own; other members of the shadowy syndicate of which he is part are angry with him for allowing Mulder to escape from the DARPA facility. However, he argues that Mulder is far more valuable alive. Scully regains consciousness and informs Mulder of her suspicions about Skinner, but Mulder is skeptical. The Cigarette Smoking Man contacts Mulder and explains that the vial he gave to The Lone Gunman contains a microchip implant that will cure Scully's cancer. Scully agrees to give it a try despite objects from her mother and brother, Bill. The Cigarette Smoking Man arranges for Mulder to meet who he claims is Mulder's sister, Samantha. She explains that some time after her abduction, she was told that the Cigarette Smoking Man was her father. Mulder is unsure whether to believe she is his 'sister' or not. Later, The Cigarette Smoking Man asks Mulder to quit the FBI and work for him instead, but Mulder refuses. Brought before the inquiry panel, Mulder informs them that Section Chief Blevins is the mole within the FBI. Shortly thereafter, both Blevins and The Cigarette Smoking Man are gunned down, although the Cigarette Smoking Man's body is never found. Later, Mulder informs Skinner that Scully's cancer has gone into remission. Part Three of Three

5x04: Detour ~ Air Date - November 23, 1997

Agents Mulder and Scully join fellow FBI agents Kinsley and Stonecypher as they travel to Florida to take part in a FBI creative team seminar. Mulder thinks it is a complete waster of time. However, the car is stopped en route by a State Trooper's roadblock. Mulder seizes the chance to use his detective skills more productively and gets out of the car. He becomes even more interested after the local Search and Rescue Leader, Michele Fazekas explains that three men have disappeared without a trace in the local woods and that strange tracks have been discovered that can not be identified as man or animal. Mulder arranges for Scully and himself to book into a motel for the night, a move which is soon rewarded when Louis Asekoff, the son of one of the missing men, claims that a creature with red eyes chased him from his home. Scully puts it down to an overactive imagination and the horror film he was watching previously. However, Mulder finds tracks at Louis' house and links the current case to an old X-File from the 1950's when a town in West Virginia was terrorized by primitive looking men with red eyes who the locals dubbed 'moth men.' Mulder theorizes that these attacks on humans could be in response to local developments encroaching on the woods. Mulder and Scully join Michele Fazekas and Jeff Glaser in the search for the strange creature, in hope of catching it before it hurts anyone else. But, soon it is difficult to tell who is the hunter and who is the hunted.

5x05: A Christmas Carol ~ Air Date - December 7, 1997

Scully joins her mother and travels to her brother Bill's house in San Diego for the Christmas holidays. Soon after arriving, Scully receives a phone call from a woman who sounds remarkably like her dead sister, Melissa. The woman tells Scully, 'she needs your help.' A little perplexed by the call, Scully has the FBI trace the origins of the call. It turns out to be a local address that Mrs. Roberta Sim committed suicide and the police are questioning her husband, Marshall, and daughter, Emily. Scully feels a strange connection to the girl, while thinking of how she is now unable to bear children. Detective Kresge cannot understand why the FBI is interested in a suicide, and Scully explains the phone call. Kresge tells her that the phone has been off the hook for three hours, so it could not have been used to call Scully. Although puzzled, Scully leaves. Later that night, Scully dreams of the girl and again receives a phone call asking her to go to Emily once more. Scully decides to investigate the case and performs an autopsy on Roberta Sim, which reveals a small puncture wound on her foot, hinting that there is more to this apparent suicide. Scully is struck by how alike Emily is to her sister at that age and runs some tests that reveal that Emily may be Melissa's daughter, though a more accurate DNA test will take a few days. When Marshall Sim confesses to the murder and then hangs himself in jail, it leaves only Scully to protect the girl. Part One of Two

5x06: Post-Modern Prometheus ~ Air Date - November 30, 1997

Mulder and Scully find themselves on the trail of a modern day Frankenstein when a single mother, Shaineh Berkowitz, sends a letter to Mulder. After seeing him on the Jerry Springer show, she asked him to investigate the appearance of a strange monster eighteen years earlier when her son was conceived. The two agents travel to Bloomington, Indiana to meet with Shaineh and hear her story. The creature she describes who attacked her is the exact likeness of a comic book character her son, Izzy, created call The Great Mutato. But, Izzy claims that other members of the local community have seen the monster also. He and his friends take the two agents to a wooded area where they lay a trap for the monster using a peanut butter sandwich. They soon encounter the creature from a distance and the group chases it through the forest, but they loose track of the monster in the darkness. Mulder meets an old man who claims the real monster is his son, Dr. Francis Pollidori, a renowned scientist who experimented in genetic manipulation and the creature possibly a tragic victim of his genetic tampering. Mulder and Scully find themselves the center of attention in the local community following a newspaper article quoting Mulder as he confirmed the monster's existence. They realize that Izzy had been recording their conversations. The two agents endeavor to locate the creature and find themselves wondering who the real monsters are as wild hysteria and mob mentality take control of the town.

5x07: Emily ~ Air Date - December 14, 1997

After DNA test results reveal that Emily Sim is, in fact, Scully's daughter, she goes to the San Diego County Children's Center, so that she can protect Emily. Mulder, asked by Scully to be a witness on her behalf at Emily's custody hearing joins her there. He tells Scully that The Lone Gunman hacked into the California Social Services adoption records and found that Emily's mother is listed as Anna Fugazzi, meaning fake. Mulder warns Scully the men behind the conspiracy will do anything to protect Emily, even fight Scully's custody of her. At Emily's custody hearing, Mulder introduces a file about Scully's abduction three years earlier proving that Scully is Emily's biological mother. Scully once more receives a mysterious phone call, which is traced back to the San Diego County Children's Center. When the two agents arrive, they discover that Emily has a fibrous cyst on the back of her neck. When a doctor attempts to biopsy the cyst, it releases a green fluid and he is overcome and has to hospitalized. While Scully concentrates on Emily's condition and medical tests to find a cure, Mulder delves into the conspiracy behind it. He visits the Dimsdale Retirement home and finds a number of elderly women, including one Anna Fugazzi, who have been given regular hormone injections and have given birth in recent years. But, in the end not even Scully's belief in science can help her as Emily slips into a coma and dies. Part Two of Two

5x08: Kitsunegari ~ Air Date - January 4, 1998

When Robert Modell, a.k.a. Pusher, uses his gift to overcome an orderly and escapes from the Lorton Penitentiary, Mulder and Scully are called to Virginia to assist in his recapture because of their first hand experience with Modell. The FBI agents and US Marshals assembled are skeptical when Mulder explains that Modell is able to force his will onto others and can make people harm themselves. When Nathan Bowman, the prosecutor who helped in Modell's conviction is found dead, his body covered in cerulean blue paint, the walls adorned with a Japanese ideogram, Kitsunegari, meaning 'fox hunt,' Mulder and Scully realize that Modell is playing a deadly game of cat and mouse once more. When Modell appears to be targeting Linda Bowman, the prosecutor's wife, they arrange for her to be taken to a safe house. Mulder believes that Modell is shadowing their every move and he carries out a search of the surrounding area and spots Modell. Mulder confronts Modell, only for him to escape by forcing his will on Mulder. Mulder then begins to doubt the extent of Modell's involvement in the prosecutor's death. Scully is concerned that Mulder may be under Modell's influence, a concern shared by Assistant Director Skinner, especially when Mulder pulls his gun on Linda Bowman accusing her of complicity in her husband's death. Skinner orders Mulder to hand in his weapon and go home, leaving Skinner and Scully to stop Modell before he can take his revenge on Mulder.

5x09: Schizogeny ~ Air Date - January 11, 1998

Agents Mulder and Scully travel to Coats Grove, Michigan to investigate after a teenage boy, Bobby Rich is accused of killing his stepfather. Bobby had an altercation with his stepfather Phil over his incomplete lawn work. Bobby threatened him with a shovel and then ran off, Phil gave chase in to the orchard near their home. Shortly afterwards Bobby's mother Patti found Phil buried up to his shoulders in mud with Bobby kneeling next to him. Scully's autopsy of Phil reveals he had twelve pounds of mud in his stomach, Scully speculates that Bobby dug the hole to trap Phil and an accomplice held his head down in the mud. They interview Bobby who claims to have been abused by Phil for many years. But Patti claims that Bobby was trying to help Phil escape from the mud, she also tells them that Bobby is under going psychological counselling for anger. Mulder and Scully pay a visit to Bobby's therapist, Karin Matthews. She explains that Bobby is a victim of physical abuse. Mulder expresses his opinion that Bobby did not kill his stepfather. Bobby tells a fellow student and another of Karin's patients, Lisa Baicchi about how he stood up to his tormentor Phil. Later that evening Lisa's father angrily tells her not to see Bobby anymore, Lisa stands up to him. Moments later her father smashes through the bedroom window and falls to his death. But evidence seems to indicate he was pulled out of the window, leading Mulder to believe there is a greater evil at work in the local community.

5x10: Chinga ~ Air Date - February 8, 1998

Melissa Turner and her young daughter, Polly, visit their local grocery market in Amma Beach, Maine. Melissa has a vision of one of the employees, Dave, with a knife protruding from one eye. Shortly after, other customers begin clawing at their eyes and Dave grabs a knife and turns it on himself. Agent Scully, vacationing in the area, returns to her rented car in the grocery market's parking lot as an old man exits the market, blood trickling down his face and requests the assistance of a doctor. Scully enters the market and provides help to the injured customers. Later, she telephones Mulder about the bizarre incident. He mentions that it may be a result of witchcraft. Scully assists the local Police Chief Jack Bonsaint and his deputy in their investigation. They review the video footage from the grocery market's camera and Scully notes that Melissa Turner, the only unaffected customer, appeared to be running toward the exit. En route to the Turner residence, Bonsaint informs Scully that many of the local townsfolk believe Melissa is a witch and how her husband, a local fisherman, died in a strange boating accident. And also that her daughter was involved in an incident with the local daycare center worker, Jane Froelich, who believes that Melissa and Polly are descendants of witches. Jane claims she slapped Polly when she became uncontrollable and was then thrown to the floor herself. When Jane is later found dead of self-inflicted wounds, it is up to Scully to uncover the truth before more people die.

5x11: Kill Switch ~ Air Date - February 15, 1998

When computer genius and co-inventor of the Internet, Donald Gelman is killed in the crossfire of a shoot out between a gang of drug dealers and two deputy marshals in a downtown diner. Mulder recovers his laptop computer and unmarked CD-ROM and takes it to The Lone Gunman. They are unable to crack the disk's security code. Scully suggests they check Gelman's e-mail. They find a message containing an ID number for a shipping container from someone named Invisogoth. Mulder and Scully trace the shipping container, but as they attempt to inspect it, Mulder is nailed with a stun gun. Scully manages to apprehend a suspect, Ester Nairn, a young woman who knew Gelman. They shipping container is full of her computer equipment. As they question Esther, her attention is drawn to one of the screens. She tells Mulder and Scully that a Department of Defense satellite is locking onto their location. Despite their skepticism, the agents leave the shipping container, which is destroyed moments later. Esther claims that Gelman had succeeded in creating a sentinel Artificial Intelligence, a self-aware, computer program, he released on the Internet so it could evolve. Now, the AI is targeting the people who created it and killing them off one by one. Gelman was working on a virus program, nicknamed 'Kill Switch' to search out and destroy the AI. Mulder and Scully must find the 'Kill Switch' before the AI can kill anyone else.

5x12: Bad Blood ~ Air Date - February 22, 1998

Agents Mulder and Scully return to Washington to discuss the events that lead to the bizarre death of a teenage boy, Ronnie Strickland in Chaney, Texas during their investigation. In a short while they will have to report to Assistant Director Skinner and explain why the Strickland family is suing the FBI for 446 million dollars. But, the two agents' recollections of the events differ. Scully recounts how they went to Texas to investigate a series of cattle exsanguinations after a vacationer, Mr. Funt, met a similar fate. Scully performed an autopsy on the body, which revealed that Mr. Funt was drugged and his blood then drained by syringe. After a second victim was found under similar circumstances and a second autopsy, Scully concluded that someone was attempting to emulate vampires as seen in the movies. Mulder's version is very different. He paints himself in the good light, while saying that Scully is suspicious of his every word. Mulder recounts how they went to Texas to investigate Mr. Funt's death and discovered evidence of the involvement of vampires. This culminated when Ronnie Strickland, a suspected vampire, attacked Mulder. Mulder then killed Ronnie with a wooden stake through the chest after chasing him through the woods. With the two agents unable to agree on the events, the situation is further muddled when word is received from the coroner in Texas that Ronnie Strickland is not dead after all.

5x13: Patient "X" ~ Air Date - March 1, 1998

In Kazakhstan, a young boy, Dmitri, is witness to a mass murder in the woods. They boy is picked up by Krycek and a group of Russian who confront Marita Covarrubias, who is leading a UN investigation of the incident. Back in the US, Mulder attends a lecture about Patient "X" who claims to be an alien abductee. He disagrees with the other delegates arguing that the 'little green men' stories are a cover up to hide the truth about the government developing biological warfare. After the lecture, Dr. Werber, whose patient, Cassandra Spender, is Patient "X", approaches him. He takes Mulder to meet with Cassandra and she explains to a doubtful Mulder that aliens are on earth to deliver a message. Marita Covarrubias briefed the Syndicate on the Kazakhstan incident, telling them that it was aimed at them. Krycek calls the Well-Manicured Man and offers to trade Dmitri in return for all the Syndicate's information on a vaccine for the Black Oil. Agent Spender, Cassandra's son, warns Mulder and Scully off the case, but Scully meets Cassandra, who has an implant like Scully's in the base of her neck, and believes her story. Cassandra tells Scully that some nights she wakes up with a feeling she should be somewhere. After a mass murder, similar to the one in Kazakhstan occurs in the US, Scully feels strongly that it has something to do with her own abduction. Later, Scully has an attack like Cassandra described and finds herself on a bridge with a crowd of people as a bright light appears overhead. Part One of Two

5x14: The Red and the Black ~ Air Date - March 8, 1998

Mulder arrives at the bridge, which is a scene of carnage, and is directed to a provisional tent where Scully is being treated by medics. Scully has no recollection of what happened on the bridge at all. Agent Spender tells Mulder that his mother, Cassandra, is missing. Meanwhile, Dmitri has infected Marita Covarrubias with the Black Oil. The Well-Manicured Man believes Krycek has a vaccine against the Black Oil created by the Russians and he offers Krycek freedom in return for the vaccine. When a UFO crash lands a Fort Wiekamp Air Force Base, photos reveal a rebel alien, who the Syndicate members recognize as a threat to their colonization plans. After tests reveal that the people on the bridge all had implants similar to Scully's, Mulder puts forward the theory that the government developed and implanted the chips as part of their bio-weapons project. Scully then agrees to be hypnotized by Dr. Werber and recounts the events on the bridge. A UFO appeared overhead, then aliens started to kill people on the bridge, but were then themselves attacked by a second UFO. Assistant Director Skinner listens to Scully's session tape and Mulder again suggest it is a cover for a secret military operation. But, Skinner finds Scully's UFO explanation more plausible. Krycek contacts Mulder with information about the rebel alien and resistance to the alien colonization plan for the earth that draws him into a deadly confrontation with the alien bounty hunter once more. Part Two of Two

5x15: Travelers ~ Air Date - March 29, 1998

In a flashback to 1990, a sheriff, while assisting a landlord in the eviction of a tenant, Edward Skur, discovers a dead body with its internal organs removed. A figure springs from the shadows and the sheriff opens fire, mortally wounding an elderly man. As he lays dying he utters the words, 'Mulder...Mulder.' Special Agent Fox Mulder of the violent crimes division visits a former FBI agent, Arthur Dales, about an unsolved case from the 1950's involving Edward Skur as a suspect in a series of killings where the victims had their internal organs removed. Dales is reluctant to talk, until Mulder tells him that his name is Mulder. Dales shows immediate recognition of the name. Dales explains how back in 1952, he and his partner arrested Skur as a suspected communist and that night he received a phone call from his partner saying that Skur had hanged himself in jail. Later, Dales went to the Skur residence to break the new to Skur's wife. However, when he got there, Dales saw Skur walking down the street and chased him, but after a short scuffle, Skur escaped. Dales was then approached by Mulder's father, Bill, who explained that Skur was not a communist and he worked for the state department. His arrest and faked death was a cover up by the government, who tricked Skur into having an operation a called xenotransplantation, the grafting of a species into a human body. As the case is reclassified as an X-Files, Mulder's father tells Dales the government is trying to cover it up, but the truth must come out.

5x16: Mind's Eye ~ Air Date - April 19, 1998

When Marty Glenn, a young blind woman has a vision of a killer with a switchblade advancing on another man, she is horrified. Later, when police officers arrive at the murder scene, they find Marty hiding in the shower with a bloody sponge in her hand and immediately arrest her. When the police find out the Marty has been blind since birth, they begin to doubt her guilt. Agents Mulder and Scully are called in by Wilmington homicide detective Lloyd Pennock, who has forty-eight hours to prove that Marty possesses some kind of 'sixth sense.' Mulder and Scully question her and soon realize that she knows details from the crime scene that only the killer would know. While Mulder continues his interrogation, Scully re-canvasses the crime and discovers a bloody glove hidden in the bathroom. During the course of his questioning, Mulder realizes that Marty was a witness to the murder, but not in the conventional sense. The bloody glove Scully found had Marty's fingerprints on and fits her exactly. Scully and the local police conclude that she is the murderer. However, Mulder is skeptical. Scully offers a possible explanation, that Marty may not be blind, until an eye examine proves that she is completely blind. When it turns out that Marty's mother was killed while pregnant in the same manner as the current spate of murders. Mulder theorizes that it could be the same killer. Mulder believes that Marty is seeing visions in her mind's eye from the killer, but can he prove it?

5x17: All Souls ~ Air Date - April 26, 1998

The family priest, Father McCue approaches Agent Scully and requests her help after a young retarded girl, Dara Kernof, whom the priest baptized is found dead with her eyes burnt out of her head. Scully interviews her father who claims that he witnessed Dara, who was confined to a wheelchair for all her life, walk out into the street in the presence of a tall, dark figure whom he describes as the Devil. After a second girl, Paula Koklos dies in similar circumstances, Scully discovers that Dara was adopted at the age of six and that Paula was her twin sister. Mulder on joining his partner's investigation discovers that Dara and Paula were two of quadruplets. Further investigation reveals that another priest, Father Gregory, was in the process of trying to adopt Paula, but when he is interviewed, Father Gregory claims he was trying to protect Paula from harm, as part of the ongoing battle between good and evil for all souls. Scully performs an autopsy on Paula during which she has a vision of Emily lying on the table in Paula's place. Mulder discovers the identity of the third sister, a homeless girl, but when he tracks her down, he finds Father Gregory there ahead of him. He informs Mulder that the third sister is already dead. Mulder believes that Father Gregory is the murderer, but he insists that he is just trying to protect the girl's souls from the Devil. Mulder discovers the identity of the remaining girl, Roberta Dyer and Scully asks Mulder to locator the remaining sister before its too late.

5x18: The Pine Bluff Variant ~ Air Date - May 3, 1998

Agents Mulder and Scully join Assistant Director Skinner and other FBI agents on a joint FBI/CIA undercover operation in Washington park, as they attempt to capture Jacob Haley, a militia group member wanted on terrorism charges. While Scully and Skinner co-ordinate events from the surveillance van, Mulder joins the other agents in apprehending Haley. Shortly thereafter Haley rendezvous with a man in the park and hands him an envelope before fleeing, closely pursued by Mulder. The man given the envelope by Haley collapses, the flesh on his hands and face eaten away. Scully leaps from the van and chases Mulder to warn him, only to discover that Haley has managed to elude Mulder and escape some how. Scully questions Mulder on how Haley managed to get away, but Mulder avoids the issue. In a counter-terrorism meeting held later, Scully reveals that the man whose flesh was eaten away was exposed to some sort of Bioweapon. And Skinner shows them a photograph of August Bremer, a rival of Haley's, there is apparently a struggle for control of the militia group going on between them. Scully, suspicious of Mulder's behaviour, begins tailing him and soon discovers a link between Mulder and Haley. Scully later learns from Skinner that Mulder has infiltrated the militia group in an attempt to discover their plans. However Scully uncovers evidence that it is part of the government's secret Bioweapons program, that someone has sent Mulder up on a suicide mission.

5x19: Folie a Deux ~ Air Date - May 10, 1998

Mulder and Scully are called into Assistant Director Skinner's office and handed the case of a company, VinylRight, who received an audiotape from a man threatening violence. Mulder is puzzled as to why they have been given the case, until Skinner informs him that the man on the tape claims that a monster is preying on the company employees. Mulder, unhappy at being given the assignment, tells Scully he will look into the case by himself. When Mulder arrives at the VinylRight offices, he is met by the manager, Greg Pincus, who plays him the audiotape. Mulder is struck one phrase on the tape, 'hiding in the light.' He contacts Scully for help, asking her to search the X-Files for the phrase. Scully finds it in another X-Files case, of a Florida deacon who believing one of his parishioners was an evil presence, opened fire on them with an AK-47 one morning. On returning to the VinylRight offices, Mulder finds himself taken hostage by an armed employee, Gary Lambert, who believes his boss, Pincus, is a monster who is turning the other employees into zombies. Gary demands a TV camera, so that he can expose his boss to everyone. As Mulder looks at Pincus and he sees him as a monster as well. The SWAT team shoots Gary and the hostages are released. When Mulder accuses Pincus of being a monster, Skinner doubts Mulder's sanity and has him committed. Meanwhile, Scully believes it is a case of Folie a Deux, a shared madness brought on by tension of the hostage situation.

5x20: The End ~ Air Date - May 17, 1998

A twelve old boy, Gibson Praise sits opposite a Russian man, engaged in a chess game. As the boy announces 'checkmate' and slides back in the chair as a shot rings out, killing the Russian. Meanwhile, two masked figures close in on the cabin where the Cigarette Smoking Man is in hiding. One of them reveals himself Krycek, who claims he is sent to bring the Cigarette Smoking Man back. Assistant Director Skinner calls in Mulder and Scully to assist Agent Spender heading up the case. Mulder puts forward the theory that Gibson was the target of the assassin not the Russian and that he slid out of harms way because he is clairvoyant when another agent, Diana Fowley, agrees with him. The Cigarette Smoking Man meets with the Well-Manicured Man and identifies Gibson as a threat to them. A threat Mulder realized, believing tat the boy could hold the key to the conspiracy against the X-Files. Scully visits The Lone Gunman and discovers that Mulder and Agent Fowley used to be together. Mulder, meanwhile, offers the suspected assassin immunity from prosecution in return for cooperation. He reveals tat Gibson is genetic proof of a link between humans and extraterrestrials. As the Cigarette Smoking Man executes his plan, killing the assassin and kidnapping Gibson to be delivered to the Syndicate. Mulder's case seems lost and the very existence of the X-Files comes under scrutiny. A cause further damaged by a fire in the X-Files in the basement office that threatens to put an end to the X-Files for good. Part One of Two