Original Story: David Duchovny & Howard Gordon
Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: James Charleston
Original Broadcast: AU: 07.08.1996 US: 26.04.1996
Episode Availability: DVD: AU CA UK US
Special Agent Dana Scully · Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder · David Duchovny
Agent Pendrell · Brendan Beiser
Smoking Man · William B Davis
Judy Fairly · Stacy Grant
Sharon Skinner · Jennifer Hetrick
Detective Waltos · Tom Mason
Grey-Haired Man · Morris Panych
Assistant Director Walter Skinner · Mitch Pileggi
Old Woman · Bethoe Shirkoff
Senior FBI Agent · Michael David Simms
Jay Cassal · Tasha Simms
Special Agent Bonnecaze · Malcolm Stewart
Carina Sayles · Amanda Tapping
Young Detective · Cal Traversy
Lorraine Kelleher · Janie Woods-Morris
When Assistant Director Skinner is accused of murder, Agents Mulder and Scully join the investigation to clear their supervisor's name. As they unravel the threads of a conspiracy, they also learn more about Skinner's personal affairs.
Jay Cassal: "What are you doing, Walter?"
Skinner: "After seventeen years, they can wait another day." [Signing of divorce papers]
Jay Cassal: "Listen, no one knows better than I what an emotional experience this is —"
Skinner: "Don't lawyer me, Jay. I'll doing tomorrow."
Jay Cassal: "Why put yourself through another day of this?"
Skinner: "I said tomorrow."
Carina Sayles: "Thanks."
Skinner: "For what? Ordering another drink?"
Skinner: "I guess some people think you owe them something just because you're out alone."
Scully: "Mulder, it's me. I just got your message. You said Skinner called in a homicide?"
Mulder: "Yeah, it appears to be a little more complicated than that. It seems like he had a front row seat."
Scully: "They found no semen samples. There was some irritation, probably an allergic reaction to latex."
Mulder: "Least they were having safe sex."
[Scully and Mulder look around the madam's apartment]
Scully: "Looks like business is booming."
Mulder: "I think you mean banging."
Lorraine Kelleher: "I'm ten minutes late for a meeting with her."
Mulder: "Oh that's alright. I don't think she's going to be making that meeting."
Lorraine Kelleher: "Oh. Why not?"
Mulder: "She'd dead. She was murdered last night."
Lorraine Kelleher: "I don't know what to say."
Scully: "Well you can start by telling us if she was working last night and if she was, who paid for her company."
Lorraine Kelleher: "I'm afraid I can't do that."
Mulder: "I guess that would hurt future book sales, huh?"
Lorraine Kelleher: "You'd be surprised who some of my clients are."
Mulder: "No. I don't think I would be."
Scully: "Do you know him?"
Sharon Skinner: "I used to think so. I'm Sharon Skinner. I'm his wife."
Skinner: "I got through that experience like most eighteen-year-olds. By numbing myself with whatever was around. I was no choir boy, I inhaled."
Agent Pendrell: "Do you know how an air bag works?"
Mulder: "Your car hits something, a bag fills with air, you don't die."
Mulder: "They used us to do it, didn't they? They used the X-Files."
Scully: "How's you know?"
Mulder: "Cause I think Skinner's been outmanoeuvred, Scully. They found a weakness and they're exploiting it."
Scully: "But why?"
Mulder: "To keep us it check. You remove Skinner and you weaken us."
Scully: "What am I looking at?" [Latent image recovered from the air bag in Skinner's car]
Mulder: "This is the man who stole Skinner's car last night and tried to kill his wife."
Scully: "I don't understand. Why would they orchestrate such an elaborate scheme just to set him up? Why not just kill him?"
Mulder: "Well, they already tried that once, and a second attempt would be too obvious, even for these thugs. Anyway, I think Skinner's probably worth more to them alive and disgraced rather than dead and buried."
Mulder: "What happened here?"
Officer: "Jumper. Whenever it rains two days straight."
Mulder: "I need you to set up a meeting." [With the man who killed Carina and Lorraine]
Judy Fairly: "I can't. I mean, Lorraine's the only one who ever really talked to him."
Mulder: "Well, unfortunately, Lorraine can't get to the phone right now."
[Judy calls to arrange the meeting with the killer]
Grey-Haired Man: [on mobile phone] "I'm close. I'll see you in an hour." [He is watching from outside the diner]
Skinner: "If you'll excuse me, I've got a bit of catching up to do. The OPC did a number on my office."