Writer: Mat Beck
Director: Rob Bowman
Original Broadcast: AU: 21.08.1996 US: 10.05.1996
Episode Availability: DVD: AU CA UK US
Special Agent Dana Scully · Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder · David Duchovny
Joseph Patnick · Linden Banks
Frohike · Tom Braidwood
Dr Stroman · Colin Cunningham
County Coroner · Andre Danyliu
Smoking Man · William B Davis
Second Officer · John Do Serra
Langly · Dean Haglund
Byers · Bruce Harwood
Plain-Clothed Man · Tim Henry
Margaret Scully · Sheila Larken
Duty Nurse · Heather McCarthy
First Officer · John McConnach
Motel Manager · Joe Maffei
Cruel-Faced Man · Zinaid Memisevic
Assistant Director Walter Skinner · Mitch Pileggi
Helene Riddock · Sandy Tucker
Dr Lorenz · Crystal Verge
Mr X · Steven Williams
Agents Mulder and Scully uncover a dark conspiracy behind a bizarre series of seemingly unrelated murders in a small town. As the extent of the conspiracy is revealed, Scully's trust in Mulder is put to the test.
Mulder: "Our blind date's not off to a great start. I've been waiting here nearly two hours."
Plain-Clothed Man: "I was asked to make sure you weren't followed."
Mulder: "It's just you, me and the drug dealers."
Plain-Clothed Man: "Well, this area's always been known for its criminal element."
Mulder: "Especially when Congress is in session."
Mulder: "Is this a school day?"
First Boy: "We didn't cut!"
Second Boy: "We got a pass."
Mulder: "You got a pass to come in here and eat these people's food and watch their TV?"
First Boy: "No..."
Second Boy: "Are we in trouble now?"
Scully: "How did you get in here?"
First Boy: "Through the window. They leave it open for the cat."
Mulder: "Well maybe you should head back to school." [They move for window] "No, no, no, use the front door!"
Scully: "Mulder. Look at this. There must be hundreds of videos here."
Mulder: "Anything good?"
Scully: "All I see are recordings of cable news shows. They're all dated and in chronological order. You know that's what Patnick was watching at the hospital when he went all wiggy. I wonder if there's any connection."
Mulder: "Between what he saw and what he recorded and what did?"
Scully: "You're the one who's interested."
Mulder: "I just watched 36 hours of Bernard Shaw and Bobbi Batista. I'm about ready to kill somebody too."
Scully: "Well, recent studies have linked violence on television to violent behaviour."
Mulder: "Yeah, but those studies are based on the assumption that Americans are just empty vessels ready to be filled with any idea or image that's fed to them, like a bunch of Pavlovs' dogs, and go out and act on it."
Scully: "But they believe that the causal connections are there, Mulder."
Mulder: "The studies have also shown causal connections between cow flatulence and the depletion of the ozone layer. What you're talking about is psuedoscience used to make political book."
Mulder: "All I know is television does not make a previously sane man go out and kill five people thinking they're all the same guy. Not even 'Must See TV' could do that to you."
Scully: "Okay, then how do you explain it?"
Mulder: "I can't. Not yet."
Scully: "Where are you going?"
Mulder: "I'm going to go get some sleep. Looks like you could use some too."
Scully: "No, I'm going to watch the rest of these tapes. Just out of curiosity."
Mulder: "You have fun."
Scully: "What happened?"
Mulder: "She claims she looked out the window and saw her husband in the hammock..." [Motions to barking dog] "With the blonde."
Scully: "THAT blonde?"
Mulder: "Yeah, apparently he was taking a nap with his dog. But Mrs Riddock swears she looked out the window and saw her husband in the hammock with a blonde woman."
[Mulder picks up an extremely ugly ceramic figurine purchased from a home shopping channel]
Mulder: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever. What do you think, Scully?"
Scully: "I think television plays a large part in both of these murderers lives."
Mulder: "As it does in almost every American home. But television does no equal violence. I don't care what anybody says. Unless you consider bad taste an act of violence..."
Mulder: "What does it do?"
Frohike: "Glad you asked!"
Mulder: "Bet all you guys were officers in the audio-visual club in high school, huh?"
Mulder: "It still looks the same."
Frohike: "Hold on to your hat, dude." [Adjusts oscilloscope and indicates differing waves] "We have touchdown."
Byers: "You know the way television works?"
Mulder: "Yeah, you click it on, you get a picture..."
Frohike: "But we don't want to talk about it over the phone. Big Brother may be listening."
Mulder: "Bring it home, Boys."
Mulder: "It's the naked lady in the ice cube."
Frohike: "Ah, one of my personal favourites."
Frohike: "What happened?"
Mulder: "Maryland State Police. They think they found Scully."
Frohike: "Is she okay?"
Mulder: "No... um... they think maybe I should come down and ID the body."
Mulder: "Mrs Scully, is she here?"
Margaret Scully: "Uh... no."
Mulder: "You haven't been answering your phone."
Margaret Scully: "Well, when I hear from her I'll call you."
Mulder: "I need to see her." [Pushes through the doorway]
Margaret Scully: "Fox, please, go away. Go away."
Margaret Scully: "Dana, you're not yourself. He's telling you the truth."
Scully: "It's not the truth, Mom. He's lied to he from the beginning. He never trusted me."
Mulder: "Scully, you are the only one I trust."
Scully: "You're in on it. You're one of Them. You're one of the people who abducted me. You put that thing in my neck! You killed my sister!"
Margaret Scully: "That's not true, Dana."
Scully: "It IS."
Scully: "...Everybody was out to get me."
Mulder: "Now you know how I feel most of the time."
Mulder: "You want me to go first this time?" [Last time the motel manager opened a door for Mulder he was shot at]
Motel Manager: "Damn straight!"
Mulder: [to Mr X] "You're a coward. You work in the shadows. You feed me scraps of information, hoping that I can piece it together. You've made me risk my life, you've risked my partners' life, and you never risk your own."
Smoking Man: "Have you completed your work?"
Mr X: "All the personnel and hardware has been removed. But Mulder still has one of the devices."
Smoking Man: "That proves nothing. What about Mulders' source?"
Mr X: "He's been eliminated."
Smoking Man: "And his source? Who's he working with?"
Mr X: "That person remains unknown."