5X11 Kill Switch
Writers: William Gibson & Tom Maddox
Director: Rob Bowman
Original Broadcast: AU: 06.05.1998 US: 15.02.1998
Episode Availability: DVD: AU CA UK US
Special Agent Dana Scully · Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder · David Duchovny
Frohike · Tom Braidwood
Second Paramedic · Ted Cole
Bunny · Rob Daprocida
First Paramedic · Steven Griffith
Langly · Dean Haglund
Byers · Bruce Harwood
Donald Gelman · Patrick Keating
Esther Nairn · Kristin Lehman
Nurse Nancy · Kate Luyben
US Marshall Gerald Boyce · Jerry Schram
US Marshall Charles Figgis · Dan Weber
Jackson · Peter Williams
Agents Mulder and Scully investigate the strange death of a computer genius, only to become targets of an unlikely killer capable of the worst kind of torture.
Mulder: "Charles Figgis, ten year veteran of the US Marshall Service, multiple gunshot wounds, high speed Teflon rounds. His partner, Gerald Boyce, was DOA at Mercy General. Tried to catch a 9mm slug in his teeth."
Scully: "Looks like they crashed the wrong party."
Scully: "What would they be doing here?" [Drug dealers at the diner]
Mulder: "Maybe it was for the pie."
Scully: "So why was Gelman in there?"
Mulder: "I think somebody obviously wanted him dead."
Scully: "You think this was a hit on him?"
Mulder: "Eight unconnected dealers, all at the same place, at the same time, all tipped off by phone, looking for somebody, last call goes to the Marshalls, they arrive, place explodes — Gelmen dies. It's genius."
Scully: "Mulder, did you take a look at him? That man was dying, his body is a bag of bones."
Mulder: "When you talk about Donald Gelman, you want to kill the brain, not the body."
[Mulder opens Donald Gelman's computer]
Scully: "Mulder! That's evidence!"
Mulder: "Gee, I hope so."
[Mulder removes the CD from the computer and drops in into the car's player. It plays 'Twilight Time' and strobes all of the vehicle's lights]
Byers: "Jobs and Woscniak at Apple, Gates and Allan writing Basic, the Home Brew computer club's first meetings — Gelman was there."
Frohike: "Now they're power brokers and billionaires. Back then they were just... inspired nerds."
Frohike: "This is a one-off. I've never seen anything like it. Gelman built this?"
Mulder: "That may be what got him killed."
[They all look at Mulder wide-eyed in shock]
Langly: "Heavy casualty."
Frohike: "A brother goes down."
[Driving through rows of shipping crates in a dock unloading area]
Mulder: "Frohike says this place is really proud of its accurate tracking."
Scully: "If not in their computer security..."
[Loud music is coming from inside Esther Nairn's container]
Mulder: "Sounds like somebody's home."
Scully: "No more screwing around. We need a name. Your real name."
Esther Nairn: "Invisigoth. You want my address? It's T-O-A-S-T." [A satellite beam destroyed the container she was living in]
Scully: "What was your role in all this? Were you the bass player?"
Scully: "You believe this load of crap?"
Mulder: "You saw what happened back there, Scully. You saw that container blow."
Scully: "She could have rigged an explosive charge. There are no weapons platforms. There is no such Department of Defence satellite."
Mulder: "What about Star Wars? Brilliant Pebbles?"
Scully: "They were never built. We don't even have that kind of technology. I mean, even if an Artificial Intelligence was targeting us with an armed satellite, why isn't it doing it right now?"
Esther Nairn: "Because it doesn't know where we are. If I so much as make a phone call right now, it would nuke us right where we're standing."
Esther Nairn: "It recognises my voice, monitors all communication. I haven't used a phone in a month."
Mulder: "Then how did it know to target the container?"
Esther Nairn: "All I can think is that some idiot got on Donald's computer and tried to contact me over the Net."
Esther Nairn: "Are these the brain donors that nearly got us incinerated?" [The Lone Gunmen]
Mulder: "Don't let their looks fool you."
Scully: "Your name is Esther Nairn?"
Frohike: "She is so hot!"
Esther Nairn: "Are you going to take off these cuffs or do I have to do this with my tongue?"
Mulder: "You don't want to take a vote."
Esther Nairn: "Give me the kill switch?"
Scully: "Aren't you worried it's going to track you... Esther? Hunt you down with another particle beam?"
Esther Nairn: "Not unless somebody else makes another bone-headed Internet connection..." [The Lone Gunmen look abashed]
Scully: "Why didn't it just zap him too?"
Esther Nairn: "Its creator? No, it needed to impress Donald. Particle beam would have been overkill."
Scully: "Unlike a dozen crack dealers?"
Esther Nairn: "No, you see, that's its sense of humour!"
Mulder: "Oh, all right, but if you load the kill switch, what's to stop it from playing another funny joke on us?"
Scully: "Why don't you just call him...?" [Everyone in the room turns to stare at Scully] "Oh... right. Death from above."
[The Lone Gunmen need to track down a T3 connection that the AI is using, but the government keeps the records a secret]
Esther Nairn: "Gee. You guys know anyone that works for the government?"
[Everyone in the room turns to stare at Mulder]
[Esther Nairn appears out of nowhere and levels Scully's own gun at her]
Esther Nairn: "Buenos diaz, muchacha."
Mulder: [on mobile phone] "Scully?"
Mulder: "Yeah, I found something down in Fairfax County. A derelict chicken farm with a T3 connection."
[Mulder is caught in the AI's virtual reality world of a 1940s hospital]
Mulder: "Call my doctor. You have to call my doctor. Call Doctor Scully."
[Mulder and Scully debate whether Esther Nairn is dead or in the AI's world, while the Lone Gunmen get a strange message on their computer]
Lone Gunmen's Computer: "BITE ME."