Writers: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: William Graham
Original Broadcast: AU: 02.06.1994 US: 18.02.1994
Episode Availability: DVD: AU CA UK US
Special Agent Dana Scully · Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder · David Duchovny
Frohike · Tom Braidwood
Langly · Dean Haglund
Deep Throat · Jerry Hardin
Byers · Bruce Harwood
Ranheim/Frank Druce · Peter Lacroix
Chief Rivers · Allan Lysell
After a downed UFO crashes near Iraqi airspace, an unmarked truck carrying its occupant is assailed in Tennessee, causing multiple UFO sightings. Drawn by the event, Mulder and Scully find themselves tracking the trailer, with the help and hindrance of Deep Throat.
Scully: "Those lights the driver saw may have been swamp gas."
Mulder: "Swamp gas?"
Scully: "It's a natural phenomenon in which phosphane and methane rising from decaying organic matter ignite, creating globes of blue flame."
Mulder: "Happens to me when I eat Dodger Dogs."
Mulder: "Some of their ideas are down-right spooky."
Langly: "Check it out Mulder? I just had breakfast with the guy who shot John F Kennedy."
Mulder: "Is that so?"
Langly: "An old dude now, but... yeah. Says he was dressed as a cop on the grassy knoll."
Byers: "Hey Mulder, listen to this. Vladamir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Russian Social Democrats, he's being put into power by the most heinous and evil force in the 20th century."
Byers: "The CIA"
Langly: "Is this your sceptical partner?"
Frohike: "She's hot."
Byers: "You don't believe that the CIA, threatened by a loss of power and funding, because of the collapse of the cold war, wouldn't dream of having the old enemy back?"
Scully: "I think you give the government too much credit. I mean, the government can't control the deficit or manage crime. What makes you think they can plan and execute such an elaborate conspiracy?"
Frohike: "She is hot."
Mulder: "Settle down Frohike."
Byers: "That's why we like you, Mulder. You're ideas are weirder than ours."
Scully: "Those were the most paranoid people I have ever met. I don't know how you could think that what they say is even remotely plausible."
Mulder: "I think it's remotely plausible that someone might think you're hot."
Mulder: "It's just a tourist." [at Deep Throat's reaction to a camera flash]
Deep Throat: "In our line, nothing is just what it seems."
Scully: "We work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and we're being bugged. What does that tell you?"
Mulder: "That tells me that not everything is as it appears to be."
Scully: "Exactly. And for all we know this "Deep Background" is the one responsible for the bug."
Mulder: "He's never lied to me. I won't break that confidence. I trust him."
Scully: "Mulder you're the only one I trust."
Mulder: "Then you're going to have to trust me."
Scully: "I have never met anyone so passionate and dedicated to a belief as you. It's so intense that sometimes it's blinding. But there are others who are watching you, who know what I know, and where as I can respect and admire your passion, they will use it against you. Mulder the truth is out there... but so are lies."
Mulder: "Now we're alone on this. There's no one we can trust."
Deep Throat: "If a shark stops swimming it will die. Don't stop swimming."
Mulder: "I tied up an air phone for three hours. I don't speak Japanese, but I think some businessman told me to stick a piece of sushi where the sun don't shine."
Scully: "This place has got to have the highest level of security."
Mulder: "It's just the kind of challenge they're [The Lone Gunmen] looking for."
Names on security pass:
Deep Throat: "You're awfully quiet Mr Mulder."
Mulder: "I'm wondering which lie to believe."