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4X13 Never Again
The Truth Is Out There
Copygif.gif Transcribed by CarriKendl

Edited by Libby, Used with kind permission from Libby (www.chelonium.plus.com)


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


A courtroom.

JUDGE: If there are no further motions, the Superior Court of the State of Pennsylvania declares case number BD 237 closed.

The judge bangs down the gavel. Ed Jerse, the respondent, looks upset. His lawyer hands him some papers.

LAWYER: That's why I suggested you file the joint summary with a joint petition...

Jerse looks at the papers which show the case to concern the marriage of Cindy Savalas, the petitioner, and himself as the respondent. Jerse looks over to see the petitioner who is smiling and happy with the outcome. Jerse looks back at the papers which show that the marriage has been dissolved. He reluctantly signs a document.

Later, Jerse is in a bar, where "Tattooed Love Boys" by The Pretenders is playing. He lights a cigarette and indicates to the bartender that he wants another drink.

BARTENDER: No way.

Jerse hands him a credit card, then takes a picture of himself and two kids out of his wallet, looks at it, then stabs the cigarette into his face on the picture.

Later, a red neon tattoo parlor sign. Jerse starts to pass it by, then looks at the selection in the window. Lightning flashes as he sees a picture of a seductive girl, right eye winking.

Jerse's apartment. Jerse enters, still slightly drunk. He pulls off his shirt and removes a bandage from his right bicep, exposing the tattoo of the girl with the phrase "Never Again" printed under it. He passes out on the floor. Next shot of the tattoo shows both her eyes open.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Constitution Gardens
Washington, D.C.
2:35 A.M.


Mulder is interviewing a man who is speaking with a Russian accent. Scully loses interest quickly.

MULDER: And these unknown craft. Where were the majority sighted?

RUSSIAN MAN: On route home, me, others, walk onto minefield by base. Long black car drive up. No door handle. No window. No persons drive. We run. Mines...explosion, but...no sound. Nothing. Silent.

MULDER: You said others. Are any of them with you in America?

Scully walks over to Vietnam Memorial.

RUSSIAN MAN: Yes. Three or four of us have settled in Philadelphia.

Scully is looking at the Wall. Mulder and the Russian man are just voices.

MULDER: Can you verify each of you worked on the base?

RUSSIAN MAN: Difficult to know. KGB still held much power at this time. Keep our...uh...papers.

MULDER: "Credentials".

Scully sees flowers, toy car, and card at base of wall "Dear Brother, Twenty years later, I still miss you. We know what you did was right.".

RUSSIAN MAN: Y-yes. We are each mentioned in "Thread Three" report. You check.

Scully picks up a rose petal.

MULDER: If you're mentioned in "Thread Three" you must have been there on Gray October.

Scully contemplates the rose petal.


Jerse's Office Cubicle.

The burned picture is on his desk. The phone rings.

WOMAN: Hello?

JERSE: Hello, Mrs....Denunzio. Hi, this is Ed Jerse over at Fuller and Seigel. How are you this morning?

MRS DENUNZIO: Eh, the kids, you know.

There are sounds of children in the background.

JERSE: I understand. I just wanted to call and let you in on a stock that's going public next week.

MRS DENUNZIO: Oh, well it's so hard after the holidays. Don't hit her with that! I mean it! I'm sorry, what?

JERSE: A company in Tucson called Cryo-Cord has achieved an amazing advancement in the technology of cryogenics.

MRS DENUNZIO: Uh-huh.

JERSE: Y-you see, stem cells from the blood of an umbilical cord may be transplanted in the treatment of many life threatening diseases such as - - -

VOICE: Loser.

Jerse looks up in shock.

MRS DENUNZIO: Such as?

JERSE: What?

MRS DENUNZIO: Diseases such as what?

JERSE: Before that, what did you say?

MRS DENUNZIO: I didn't say nothing. You were talking.

The voice laughs. Jerse takes his off headset and walks around to another cubicle where two women are talking.

JERSE: Say it to my face. Right to my face. Now that I'm in front of you, call me a loser to my face.

COWORKER: Calm down.

VOICE: Trash her desk.

Jerse pushes everything on the desk to the floor. Female boss comes in.

BOSS: Why don't you go home, Ed. We'll discuss this later.


X-Files Office. Scully, alone, holds Mulder's nameplate. Mulder enters in casual clothes carrying a bag. He is in a hurry.

MULDER: I made a last ditch effort to get out of it, but the Bureau is holding fast to its Federal Employees Vacation Policy.

He opens the file cabinet.

MULDER: I haven't taken a day off in four years, so either I take a week vacation now, or they start not paying me for eight weeks' vacation time. I don't like it, but I got to do it. I got to pay the rent. I got to eat. Part of me can't help thinking this is just another way to get me out of here. But it is only a week, and you'll be here to keep an eye on things for me, so... here's a few things for you to keep an eye on while I'm gone.

He sorts through some files.

SCULLY: Why don't I have a desk?

MULDER: What do you mean?

Scully holds up his name plate. Mulder points behind him.

MULDER: I always assumed that that was your area.

Scully speaks wistfully.

SCULLY: Back there.

MULDER: Okay, so we'll have them send down another desk and there won't be any room to move around here but we can put them really close together face to face, maybe we can play some Battleship.

SCULLY: So what is it you want me to keep an eye on?

MULDER: That contact that we met last night at the Wall who had the distinction of being present for a first - - - that being you abandoning me during questioning. In the future, I'll make sure that all those people being interviewed provide you with a multi-media laser show to keep your interest maintained. In any case his name is Vsevlod Pudovkin. He's a Russian immigrant with a doctorate in astronautical engineering. He and several other contacts worked at a military space center in the Republic of Karelia. They smuggled out reverse-engineered reports of two alien craft which crashed and were retrieved from the Sea of Barents.

SCULLY: And these reports are for sale?

MULDER: At a high price, yeah.

SCULLY: Mmmhmm. Have you confirmed the identity of these individuals?

MULDER: That's your assignment while I'm gone.

Scully is not pleased.

MULDER: I want you to run an INS check and a Bureau NCIC check on these individuals.

He hands her a paper.

MULDER: All of whom now reside in the "Little Russia" section of Philadelphia. I've also made arrangements for travel so you can administer eye-to-eye surveillance on their activities.

He hands her a plane ticket.

SCULLY: I'm not going.

MULDER: What do you mean?

SCULLY: Your contact, while interesting in the context of science fiction, was, at least in my memory, recounting a poorly veiled synopsis of an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

MULDER: "Eenie, meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak"?

He chuckles.

SCULLY: Rocky and Bullwinkle are looking for an upsidasium mine. Boris Badenov alters the road signs which causes them to walk onto a secret military base, where they are picked up by a car with no windows and no door locks, and there are silent explosions from a compound called Hushaboom.

MULDER: So you're refusing an assignment based on the adventures of Moose and Squirrel?

SCULLY: "Refusing an assignment?" It makes it sound like you're my superior.

Mulder is not happy.

MULDER: Do what you want. Don't go to Philadelphia. But let me remind you that I worked my ass off to get these files reopened. You were just assigned. This work is my life.

SCULLY: And it's become mine.

Mulder appears hurt and confused.

MULDER: You don't want it to be?

SCULLY: This isn't about you. Or maybe it is, indirectly. I don't know. I feel like I've lost sight of myself, Mulder. It's hard to see, let alone find in the darkness of covert locations. I mean, I wish I could say that we were going in circles, but we're not. We're going in an endless line - - two steps forwards and three steps back. While my own life is...standing still.

MULDER: Well, maybe it's good that we get away from each other for a while.

He starts to leave.

SCULLY: Where will you be?

MULDER: Ironically enough, it's personal. It's a... place I always wanted to go. What I anticipate to be a spiritual journey. I hope to ... discover something about myself. Maybe you should do the same.

Mulder exits. Scully takes the rose petal out of her pocket, looks at it, then places it on Mulder's desk.


Jerse's Apartment. Close up of the tattoo, the eye is winking again. Jerse is on the phone.

JERSE: Yes, Mrs. Shima-Tsuno. Ma'am, what if I swore to you that it would never happen again? ... I just would like another chance. .... I-I need another chance, Mrs. Shima-Tsuno. ... Look, that stock I recommended, Virtual Gambling, is up. ... Mm-hmm. ... Mm-hmm. ... Right ... I understand. ... Thank you for your time. ... Good bye.

Jerse hangs up and hits the phone. He puts his head in his hands. The voice again, mocking.

VOICE: "Thank you for your time."

The voice giggles.

VOICE: If you were any kind of man, you would have told her to kiss your ass, but no. Another woman sticks it to you. Ain't that right ... Eddie.

Jerse crawls on the floor, listening, trying to find the source. He bangs on the floor.

JERSE: Hey! I can hear you down there. Hey! Stop it! Shut up! Shut up down there! Knock it off!

Downstairs, a woman is changing the paper in the bottom of a birdcage. She glances up, then sits on sofa and turns on TV. The Partridge Family singing "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted".

KEITH PARTRIDGE: I go downtown, and roam all around but every street I walk, I find another dead end. I'm on my own, but I'm so all alone I need somebody so I won't have to pretend....

VOICE: You hear that? It's you, Ed. It's all about you.

Jerse bangs the floor harder. Woman downstairs turns the volume up. There's a knock at Jerse's door. He opens it to two Jehovah's Witnesses, man and woman. The woman holds out a pamphlet.

JEHOVAH WOMAN: Good evening, my name is Hannah, and this is Spencer. Have you ever imagined what it would be like - - -

JERSE: Do-do you hear that? D-downstairs.

HANNAH: What I hear is the confusing and troubling sound of- - -

JERSE: She's trying to drive me crazy.

HANNAH: Oh, we just talked to Miss Schilling, and I don't believe she would do - -

JERSE: Somehow, she knows what I thinking. I don't want to feel it, but they know, like psychics or something, or an implant thing, trying to drive me crazy.

Hannah and Spencer share a look.

JERSE: They've even programmed the TV to criticize me. There, you hear it? There! There! There!

HANNAH: W-we'll come back some other time.

They hand him a pamphlet - a picture of praying hands and words "Are you a Failure?" and leave.

VOICE: Mm-mm-mm. You see? Even the Jehovah Witness babe won't waste her time on you. No woman would, and you just sit and take it.

Jerse clasps his hands over his ears.

VOICE: Take it like a man.

Downstairs, Miss Schilling hears a knock at her door. She ignores it. The music very loud. Ed breaks in the door and advances threateningly.

MS. SCHILLING: Hey, what are you doing? Get out of here. What do you think you're doing? Get out of my apartment! I'm going to call the cops! Get out of here! No!

The tattoo's eye is open.

Camera leaves the apartment and wanders down the hall. Under the music we hear her screaming for help. Camera goes into cellar. Jerse drags a blood-stained cardboard box down stairs and opens a fiery furnace door. We hear him straining, and fire sounds, then see him reach to the bottom of the now empty box and retrieve Schillings' remote control.

VOICE: Attaboy, lover. From now on, I'm your right-hand gal. You and me. As long as I'm with you, no one will ever hurt you. Never again.

Jerse looks down at the tattoo, which is now winking again.


Mountain Highway. Mulder is in the middle of road with his cell phone, bending over and pacing around trying to get a clear signal.

In the X-files office, the phone is ringing.

Mountain highway. Mulder hears the answering machine pick up.

MULDER: Oh, hey. Scully, it's me.

He has trouble hearing.

MULDER: I-I'm just calling to see how you're doing, and uh...

Xfiles office, desk with rose petal.

MULDER: Give me a call... Give me a call on my cell when you get a chance, just let me know where you're at.


Philadelphia
Pennsylvania


Scully is sitting in a car, drinking coffee. She looks in the file that Mulder gave her, at the picture of the guy she's supposed to check out, Pudovkin. She sees him walking down the street, and looks through binoculars. He goes into a store. Scully follows. She walks to a curtain at the back of the store where people are speaking Russian. She peeps through the curtain and sees him take a wad of money from a man and woman, payoff style. Scully turns away as Pudovkin leaves. She watches him cross the street and go into the same tattoo parlor Jerse used. Scully follows and sees Jerse arguing with Svo, the tattoo artist.

JERSE: No, that's not my problem. You did good work. It's very nice. It's just like in the window, but ...

SVO: So what? Why do you want to cover it? Listen friend, everyone gets tattoo they deserve.

Scully looks around all the pictures in the shop, especially at the ouroborus, Millennium logo.

JERSE: What if you don't cover the whole thing? Just the eyes and the mouth?

SVO: Even if I say yes, it's too soon. The skin must heal.

JERSE: I'll pay you anything.

SVO: Miss, miss. You. You like this on his arm?

Scully comes over to look. The tattoo's eye is closed.

SCULLY: Wow.

At the tattoo, or the arm's owner, we're not sure.

VOICE: Eddie?.....

SCULLY: The, uh, the color ... the red on the lips. It's extraordinary.

The tattoo's eye is now open.

SVO: Something I find in Soviet prison. I tell him, everyone gets tattoo they deserve. Beautiful, Cheap.

VOICE: Thought I was your girl.

SVO: Tattoo reflect on body what lies in person's soul.

VOICE: You'd break my heart over a cheap redhead?

SVO: Use the sewing needle, paperclip.....

VOICE: You talk to her, and I'm going to be bad.

Jerse covers the tattoo with his sleeve.

SVO: ...charcoal shavings, urine. I find grasses growing in prison yard. Rye and such. Only use now, on that tattoo.

Pudovkin, the man Scully is following, opens the door at the back of the shop.

PUDOVKIN: Svo.

He waves for Svo to join him in the back of the shop.

SVO: Pardon me. You look.

SCULLY: Mm-hmm. Thank you.

Svo leaves. Jerse puts on his coat.

JERSE: Mind some advice from a stranger? Make sure you've thought it over before you get it done.

SCULLY: What, you didn't get the tattoo you deserve?

JERSE: Mine was too impulsive.

SCULLY: Never say never. Yeah, sometimes I wish I were that impulsive.

JERSE: Careful what you wish for. There's more fashionable places in the city. How did you end up here?

SCULLY: I'm in town visiting my aunt in the neighborhood. How about you.

JERSE: There's a real crummy bar across the street. It's good for when you're feeling down. I was kind of down last week and uh...

SCULLY: So it wasn't so much "impulsive" as it was "hammered?"

Jerse smiles.

JERSE: Have you ... um... seen much of Philadelphia?

SCULLY: No.

JERSE: There's a couple of really nice restaurants by the river, if you're interested.

SCULLY: I'd like that. But um.... I'm ... um leaving tonight.

JERSE: Uh, if you're ever in town again, that's my home number. I work there mainly.

He hands her a card, then leaves, clutching his arm.


Adam's Inn
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5:23 P.M.


Scully is sitting cross-legged on the bed, typing on her laptop. The phone rings.

SCULLY: Hello?

MULDER: Scully.

SCULLY: Mulder. What's wrong?


Memphis, Tennessee


Mulder is wearing 70s Elvis sunglasses.

MULDER: Nothing's wrong. I'm just at that special place, and I wanted to share it with you. Did you know that Elvis bought all the furniture in just 30 minutes?

He's walking around a room in Graceland.

SCULLY: How did you know where I was?

MULDER: I-I checked where we always stay in Philadelphia. I knew you wouldn't abandon me. How's the case going?

SCULLY: I've handed it over to the Philadelphia bureau.

MULDER: The Philadelphia bureau? They don't know or care about the X-files. What are you doing?

SCULLY: Mulder, there is no X-file. Your contact is connected to the Vorovskoi Mir, extortion, credit fraud, cons, he is nothing but a swindler.

MULDER: How do you know?

SCULLY: What do you mean, how do I know? You assigned me the background check. I did as told, as always.

MULDER: Okay, just hold off until I get there, okay?

SCULLY: What, you don't think I'm capable?

MULDER: Of course I believe that you're capable, it's just that in this case I need you to...

SCULLY: It's not just in this case, Mulder.

MULDER: Wh-what's the agent's name in Philadelphia?

SCULLY: It is over. Done. Pudovkin is out of our hands. Look, Mulder, I have to go.

Mulder scoffs.

MULDER: What, have you got a date, or something?

Scully doesn't answer.

MULDER: Y-you're kidding.

SCULLY: I have everything under control. I will talk to you later.

She hangs up.

Mulder hangs up his cell, then does an Elvis dance move.

Scully looks at the card Jerse gave her.


Jerse's Apartment.

VOICE: Isn't it better this way, baby? Me and you alone. Women are so petty.... jealous.... controlling. That bitch today would have been just like all the others.

The phone rings. Jerse answers it.

JERSE: Hello?

SCULLY: Uh, hi. Um, Ed Jerse, please.

JERSE: This is him.

SCULLY: It's Dana. We met today. Um, my, uh, my flight was cancelled because of the storm and I was just wondering if I could take you up on dinner.

JERSE: I think it's worth fighting a little snow. One thing - - my car is in the shop. We'll have to meet.

SCULLY: I could pick you up.

JERSE: Give me an hour?

SCULLY: Good. Well uh, I'll see you then.

Jerse hangs up.

VOICE: Go ahead. Treat yourself. This girl is a real doll. But beauty is only skin deep, baby. I go all the way to the bone.

Jerse burns the tattoo with his cigarette.


Jerse's Building. Scully enters, sees the Jehovah's Witnesses knocking at Ms. Schilling's door, but they get no response.

SPENCER: She said she'd be here.

He knocks again.

SPENCER: Ms. Schilling?

Scully goes upstairs and knocks on Jerse's door. He opens it with his shirt half on.

SCULLY: Hi.

JERSE: Hi.

SCULLY: I'm, uh, early. The storm's not so bad.

JERSE: It's supposed to get bad later tonight. Come on in. I'll be ready in a second.

He closes the door.

JERSE: At least we can forego "what-a-nice-place-you-have" formalities.

SCULLY: Ed, I-I uh, I don't go out very much. I think the last time I went on a date was to see "Glengarry Glen Ross" and the characters in the movie had a much better time.

She sees his sleeve.

SCULLY: Ed, you're bleeding.

JERSE: It's just the damn tattoo.

He goes into the bathroom.

SCULLY: I'm a doctor. Do you want me to take a look at it?

JERSE: No, it's okay. It's been nothing but trouble.

He puts a fresh bandage on it.

Scully looks at the picture of the kids and Jerse with a burned out face. Jerse comes back in, buttoning up a fresh shirt.

JERSE: I hope you like this place. I made reservations.

He sees her looking at the picture.

SCULLY: Ed.... the, uh... the crummy bar you told me about. Take me there.


Hard Eight Lounge. Jerse and Scully sit in a booth with drinks.

SCULLY: So, what makes this place a good place to go when you're feeling down?

JERSE: Oh, it's kind of ... Everyone here looks like their problems are worse than mine. Makes me feel good about myself.

SCULLY: Yeah, but you can't tell what's going on in somebody's head just by looking at them. I mean, they're probably thinking that we're the ones that are screwed up.

She puts her drink stirrer in her mouth.

JERSE: Are we?

SCULLY: Who knows? I mean sometimes, I, uh... I've always gone around in this, uh ... this circle. It usually starts when an authoritative or controlling figure comes into my life. And part of me likes it, needs it, wants the approval. But then at a certain point, along the way, I just, you know ....

She makes a stop motion with her hand. Jerse looks at her questioningly.

SCULLY: Okay, umm.... My father was a Navy Captain. I worshipped - - I worship - - the sea that he sailed on. And when I was 13 or so I went through this .... thing ...

Makes another hand gesture.

SCULLY: ...where I would sneak out of my parents house and smoke my mother's cigarettes. And I did it because I knew that if he found out, he would kill me. And then... along the way, there are other ... fathers.

JERSE: Sounds a little like your time has come around again. I want things more like a straight line, and I don't ever want to go backward. That's why I got the tattoo I deserve. Marked the moment, the feeling ... memorial of something that I never want to have happen again.

SCULLY: I want to see it.

JERSE: You know, Dana, just 'cause I marked the moment wanting to go forward doesn't mean that it worked.

Scully reaches out to him.

SCULLY: I want to see it.

Jerse stops her hand.

JERSE: Come on. It's all scabbed up.

SCULLY: It's okay.

Jerse grabs her hands roughly. Scully gasps.

JERSE: If you're so curious. Get your own.


Svo's Tattoo Shop. Water is sprayed on Scully's bare lower back. An area is shaved. Scully and Jerse watch each other. Very sexual. Alcohol is swabbed, then the pattern of the snake eating its own tail is applied. SVO prepares the needle.

JERSE: She wants the same red. Like mine.

Scully jumps when the needle first touches her, but then gets a look almost of pleasure. Jerse watches. As her skin bleeds, her expression is pleasure/pain release.


Jerse's Apartment. Same mood as the tattoo parlor. Jerse looks at the weather outside.

JERSE: It's really bad out. Look, the weather and a few drinks under your belt ... I'd feel better if you stayed here. Hey, I'm not up to anything. I just want you to be safe. I'll take the couch. That tattoo hurt at all?

SCULLY: Yeah, um.... it feels weird. I, uh, I can't see it and..... but I feel different. It's like, um, I don't know how I feel about that.

Jerse lifts her shirt and the bandage and looks at the tattoo.

JERSE: It looks all right.

Scully sees blood on Jerse's arm.

SCULLY: Ed, you're bleeding again. Will you let me take a look at it? I am a doctor.

She pulls off his jacket and shirt.

JERSE: He said this could happen.

SCULLY: Ed, it looks burned.

VOICE: Get her hands off of me!

Jerse violently grabs Scully's hands and holds her still, lips getting closer.

VOICE: Those are bad thoughts you're having, baby. Kiss her and she's dead.

Camera goes out into the hall, and door magically closes.


FBI Headquarters
Washington, D.C.


Next day. X-files office. Mulder, still in casual clothes, dials phone.

HOTEL: Adam's Inn.

MULDER: Dana Scully, please.

A phone rings.

HOTEL: I'm sorry, sir, there is no answer in that room.

MULDER: Thank you.

He hangs up, and notices the rose petal on his desk.


Jerse's Apartment. Close up of Jerse's bandage with bloodstain same shape as a rose petal. Jerse wakes up on the couch. He writes a note.

Later, knocking at the door wakes Scully who is in the bed wearing Jerse's shirt. She opens the door for two men holding badges.

MAN #1: Good morning. I'm Detective Gouveia and this is Detective Smith. May we speak with Edward Jerse?

SCULLY: Uh, I'm sorry. He's not in. I don't know where he is.

GOUVEIA: Were you here the night before last?

SCULLY: No. Could I help you with something? I'm with the Bureau.

They look at her suspiciously. Scully realizes how she looks, what she is wearing, and goes to get her ID.

SMITH: The resident downstairs, Kaye Schilling, was reported missing. Some blood was found in her apartment - - not hers. It had some, uh ... abnormalities.

SCULLY: Such as? Look, I have a background in forensic medicine. I assure you that anything you divulge to me will be held in the strictest confidence.

The detective looks at his notepad.

GOUVEIA: Well, a preliminary toxicology report found this substance in the bloodstains. Blood type was "A", and hers was "O."

SCULLY: May I?

He hands her the notepad which reads Case # 7391-81A, Blood type 2C15-H15 N2-Con (C2H5) 2/C8 HTN. She copies down the substance information.

SMITH: Look. Here's our card. We'd appreciate Mr. Jerse giving us a call when he returns. And if he doesn't, we will.

SCULLY: Okay.

They leave. Scully closes the door. Sees Jerse's note - "Dana, went to get coffee and breakfast. Didn't want to wake you. XO Ed" She logs on to his laptop and accesses the FBI database. The substance is ergot, which is from a parasite on rye and related grasses. She feels her tattoo. Psychotomimetic drug, auditory, psychotic. Scully dials the phone.

WOMAN: Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SCULLY: Yeah, Fox Mulder, please.

WOMAN: One moment.

X-files office. Mulder is listening to something on a headset. The phone rings, and he quickly rushes over to it, but Scully hangs up just as he answers. Mulder reluctantly hangs up.

Jerse enters the apartment with some bags, smiling.

JERSE: Good morning. What's wrong?

SCULLY: Ed. Sit down.

Scully moves her coat and drops it onto the sofa. It lands with her FBI badge showing.

SCULLY: Some detectives were here. The woman in the apartment downstairs was reported missing. They found some blood in her apartment and I believe circumstantially, it may be yours.

JERSE: I was helping her move in and I cut myself.

SCULLY: You need to tell that to the detectives. But what I'm also afraid of - - and this concerns both of us - - is that an ergot alkaloid was found in the blood which is why I think it may have been yours. Now ergot is a parasite that lives off of rye and related grasses. Svo said that he used rye somehow in his ink. Now if this is true, we may be subject to hallucinogenic ergotism. Aural, visual hallucinations. Dangerous and unlikely behavior. We need to go to the hospital to be tested.

JERSE: I don't need that, Dana. It's such a relief to be able to tell someone. I hear it, Dana. In my head, only deeper. It's more than just some chemical reaction. She talks to me. She hates women ...my wife, my boss ... you. She's so jealous, Dana. She makes me do things. I don't want to, but she controls me. But I believe that you made her go away.

SCULLY: We need to get help. I'm going to go into the other room and I'm going to come back and we are going to go together.

She picks up her coat, her badge falls, but Jerse doesn't see it. She picks it up and goes into the other room.

VOICE: Mmm-hmmm. Who'd she call? Who'd she call, Eddie? Come on. Aren't you just dying to know?

The eye is open.

Jerse hits redial button.

WOMAN: Federal Bureau of Investigation.

VOICE: Dana Scully, please.

JERSE: Dana Scully, please.

WOMAN: One moment please.

Jerse hangs up. Scully enters.

SCULLY: Okay, let's go.

She doesn't see him at the desk. Jerse attacks her from behind.

JERSE: Never again!! Never again!

He slams her against the couch. She breaks free. He blocks the door. She runs to the bathroom and locks it. She finds a pair of surgical scissors just as he busts the door in. He slams her head against the wall knocking her unconscious.

VOICE: Another woman in my bed? Burn the sheets! Burn her. Burn her!

Jerse rips the sheets off the bed and wraps Scully, scissors still in hand, in them. Voice laughs as he carries her down to the basement and drags her to the furnace and opens it. Scully struggles out as he gazes at the flames.

VOICE: Come on, baby. Do it for me.

Jerse grabs for Scully and she stabs his arm.

SCULLY: This isn't you, Ed.

VOICE: Go on, Eddie.

SCULLY: Get control of yourself.

VOICE: Ah, but it's good to lose control.

SCULLY: Take control!

VOICE: Do it for me, Eddie! Do it!

Jerse sticks the tattooed arm into the flames. Scully yells and pulls him out. He falls, his arm badly burnt. Scully stands in shock. Close up of her tattoo.


X-Files Office. The door opens revealing a still tired and bruised Scully. Mulder walks up behind her and into the office. He is sarcastic.

MULDER: Welcome back. You look a lot better than you did in the hospital. And congratulations for making a personal appearance in the X-files for the second time.

He gets a file from the cabinet.

MULDER: It's a world record.

He keeps looking for a response. There is none.

MULDER: Ed Jerse is in custody at the St. John's burn facility in Philadelphia. Traces of ergot were found in his bloodstream as in yours, but not to the degree that should cause hallucinogenic ergotism.

Scully sits down.

MULDER: He'll undergo psychiatric evaluation after recovering from burn trauma. Comrade Svo has been shut down, he was under investigation for having connections to my friend Pudovkin. Case closed on Boris Badenov, which is really a shame because I was thinking of having an "N.Y." tattooed on my ass to commemorate the Yankees World Series victory. Better late than never, hunh.

Scully picks thee rose petal off his desk. Mulder watches her, then rises uncomfortably and goes back to file cabinet.

MULDER: The uh, field office in Dallas is uh, receiving reports of the image of a missing child appearing on a blank billboard outside of Arlington...

He sits again, opening the new file.

MULDER: ....so.... All this, because I've ... because I didn't get you a desk?

Scully looks at him.

SCULLY: Not everything is about you, Mulder. This is my life.

MULDER: Yes but it's m - -

Scully looks at him questioningly. He starts to speak again, then sighs and fiddles with things on his desk. Uncomfortable silence in the room.