5X11 Kill Switch (englisches Transkript)

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5X11 Kill Switch
The Truth Is Out There
Copygif.gif Transcribed by CarriKendl

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


Metro Diner. Night. 40-something-year-old man is typing on a laptop. He is the only diner there. Coughing, he seems to be sick. A waiter offers his some coffee.

WAITER: Excuse me. Do you want that warmed up?

LAPTOP MAN: No. But I'll buy another one if you leave me alone.

The waiter leaves. The computer beeps and the screen shows: ACCESS DENIED.

LAPTOP MAN: We'll see about that.


Logan Circle
Washington, D.C.


Drug house. Buyer slides money through window.

BUYER: Eight ball.

Money is placed in a bill counter. The phone rings. The dealer, Jackson, a young black man, answers.

JACKSON: Yeah?

VOICE: Hello, Jackson.

Jackson looks surprised.

JACKSON: How'd you get this number?

VOICE: What do you care? Your partner, Kenny Slater, he took your money, didn't he? I want to help you, Jackson.

JACKSON: Help me what?

VOICE: Slater's in the Metro Diner. 14th and Arlington.

JACKSON: He's in Florida by now, man ... Jamaica, Cuba ...

VOICE: No. He's here. In the Metro Diner. 14th and Arlington.

Jackson hangs up and goes to get in a car with a driver. He makes sure his gun is loaded.

JACKSON: 14th and Arlington. It's Kenny. The fool's come back.

They drive off.


Petworth District


Someone is lighting a crack pipe. The phone rings.

VOICE: The men who took your product Friday night are in the Metro Diner.

The crack dealer hangs up and checks gun. Speaks to his partner.

CRACK DEALER: 14th and Arlington.


7th and Kennedy


Inside a car. Rap music is playing. The phone rings, and a man answers.

VOICE: Spanish Jack is in the Metro Diner - 14th and Arlington. I understand you wish to speak with him.

The man speaks to his driver.

MAN: 14th and Arlington.

US Marshals car. The phone rings.

BOYCE: Boyce.

VOICE: Pico Salazar is in the Metro Diner.

BOYCE: Salazar? Who is this?

VOICE: 14th and Arlington.

Boyce hangs up and violently starts the car.


Metro Diner. The Laptop Man still getting ACCESS DENIED on his laptop.

LAPTOP MAN: Oh ... sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child.

The man types in a request for master override. The door of the diner opens. Two rough looking motorcycle guys enter and sit at a table. The crack dealers enter and sit at the counter. Jackson and his driver enter and sit at a table. Everybody looks suspiciously at each other, except the Laptop Man who is focused only on his computer.

LAPTOP MAN: Now you know what's coming, and there's nothing you can do.

The screen shows a bunch of computer stuff, then ACCESS GRANTED. The last men contacted by the mystery voice enter and sit at the counter. Laptop Man removes a gold CD from his pocket and puts it in laptop. The screen says to press enter.

LAPTOP MAN: You won't feel a thing.

He has finger over enter key.

US Marshals bust in the door, guns drawn.

BOYCE: US Marshals! On the floor!

LAPTOP MAN: No!

BOYCE: Get down, now!

Everybody pulls out their guns, except the Laptop Man is now standing in the middle of the room.

LAPTOP MAN: No!

The exterior of diner shows violent gunfire, 20 shots or so, then silence. Glass falls out of the window.


Night. The diner is now roped off as a crime scene. Inside, Mulder pulls back a sheet revealing a body.

MULDER: Charles Figus, ten year veteran of the US Marshall's Service. Multiple gunshot wounds, high speed Teflon rounds. His partner, Gerald Boyce, was DOA at Mercy General. Tried to catch a nine millimeter slug in his teeth.

SCULLY: Looks like they crashed the wrong party.

MULDER: Figus and Boyce had radioed in that they were coming here to apprehend Pico Salazar.

SCULLY: Pico Salazar?

MULDER: The Colombian Cartel's banking liaison. Salazar escaped from federal custody three months ago. Boyce and Figus were on the offender transport squad that lost him. They took his escape personally. A phone tip told them that Salazar was going to be here tonight.

Mulder is looking at other bodies.

SCULLY: A foreign national with his kind of connections? What would he be doing here, let alone in the country?

MULDER: I don't think he is ... or was. But there were a lot of very photogenic gentlemen who were.

Scully looks at a file with mug shots.

SCULLY: Mulder, these are street level coke dealers... Minor wholesalers at most.

MULDER: Yeah, not the type you'd expect to associate with a cartel boss.

SCULLY: What would they be doing here?

MULDER: Maybe it was for the pie.

Scully gives Mulder the look.

SCULLY: It's 2:45 in the morning. You mind telling me what it is we're supposed to be looking for?

Mulder pulls back the sheet covering another dead man, the man with the laptop.

MULDER: Donald Gelman.

SCULLY: Who?

MULDER: Donald Gelman --- Silicon Valley software pioneer. He's been missing since 1979.

SCULLY: And you recognize him?

MULDER: He invented the internet.

Scully looks skeptical.

MULDER: Well, he didn't quite invent it, but he's a Silicon Valley folk hero. He was writing internet software even before there was an internet.

SCULLY: Why have I never heard of him?

MULDER: On the eve of the deal that was going to set him up as another Bill Gates, he went hiking in the Sierras and said he'd think about it. Never came back.

SCULLY: I still don't see the connection.

Mulder picks up Gelman's laptop which is still on.

MULDER: Maybe that's the point.

Mulder and Scully go to their car.

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 Marshals, they arrive, place explodes, Gelman dies in the crossfire. It's genius.

SCULLY: Mulder, did you take a look at him? Why kill a man who is dying. His body is a bag of bones.

MULDER: Well, when you're talking about Donald Gelman you want to kill the brain, not the body.

They get in the car, Scully on the driver side. Mulder opens Gelman's laptop which he had hidden under his coat. Scully is shocked.

SCULLY: Mulder, that's evidence.

MULDER: Gee, I hope so.

Mulder finds a CD in the computer. Scully looks around, worried. Mulder puts the CD into the car stereo. The car lights begin flashing. The Platters "Twilight Time" plays.

Platters: Heavenly shades of night are falling, it's twilight time. Out of the mist your voice is calling. 'Tis twilight time. When purple colored curtains mark the end of day...

During the song, Mulder looks at the player, raises his eyebrows and smiles at Scully. Scully looks at the interior lights pulsing, then at Mulder. Mulder chuckles. Exterior shot of car shows all lights flashing in time to the music.


Lone Gunman Office. Gunmen are looking at Gelman's laptop.

BYERS: Jobs and Wozniak at Apple, Gates and Allen writing Basic, the Homebrew Computer Club's first meetings. Gelman was there.

FROHIKE: Now they're power brokers and billionaires. Back then they were just ... inspired nerds.

MULDER: All except Gelman.

BYERS: Gelman was a part of the group, but not one of them. At 28 he was ... the old man. Some say the brightest of all.

LANGLY: He wrote some of the earliest viruses.

MULDER: And found himself under investigation by the NSA.

SCULLY: Is that why he disappeared?

BYERS: Gelman? Gelman was a visionary, not a capitalist. A subversive.

Frohike looks at the computer.

FROHIKE: This is a one-off. I've never seen anything like it. Gelman built this?

MULDER: That may be what got him killed.

The Gunmen looked shocked.

LANGLY: Heavy casualty.

FROHIKE: A brother goes down.

Mulder holds up the CD.

MULDER: I found this in his CD ROM drive.

BYERS: What is it?

SCULLY: "Twilight Time."

Later, Twilight Time is playing as Mulder and Gunmen analyze it. Scully sits apart from them, reading latest issue of Lone Gunman, headline " Infrared Technology".

LANGLY: We're up against 64 bit encryption ... a password that's a random sequence of twelve symbols. Gelman's got this baby sealed tight.

BYERS: This CD has some kind of enhanced background data. Lots of code. Maybe a program he designed.

MULDER: What for?

Scully walks over to them.

SCULLY: Anyone uh, think to check his e-mail?

The guys all look at her then each other, shake heads.

One piece of mail is found. To: gelman@com From: invisigoth@com DAVID MISSING. FEAR THE WORST. THE HUNTED HAS BECOME THE HUNTER. HSWT 780022 3 UNTIL SATURDAY, INVISIGOTH.

BYERS: "David missing, fear the worst, the hunted has become the hunter."

SCULLY: "Invisigoth?"

BYERS: Could be an address.

FROHIKE: Seven digits. An alpha numeric string of four.

MULDER: Standard ID. Shipping container.

Scully looks impressed.


Night. Shipping Container Storage Yard. Scully and Mulder driving through. Mulder has a map.

SCULLY: There must be a thousand containers here. .... and in no particular order.

MULDER: Frohike says this place is really proud of its accurate tracking.

SCULLY: If not in their computer security.

MULDER: Yeah. Should be straight ahead. Three rows and to the right.

Scully drives into a narrow alley between two containers. They get out, and Mulder shines a light on the container number. Loud music is playing.

MULDER: Sounds like somebody's home.

Mulder knocks, then immediately enters, holding his badge.

MULDER: FBI. Come ....

Someone zaps him with a handheld electrical device. He falls. The person runs out the door.

SCULLY: Mulder!

Mulder is in pain.

MULDER: I'm all right! Go get her!

Scully chases the woman.

SCULLY: Stop! FBI!

Scully tackles the woman who then zaps her with the device and runs again. Scully pulls out gun.

SCULLY: FBI! Stop, or I'll shoot!

She fires a warning shot over the woman's head. The woman, Esther Nairn stops. She is young, blonde, dressed in leather, nose ring, and heavy dark makeup around her eyes. Scully walks up behind her.

SCULLY: Thank you.

She cuffs the woman.

Mulder looks around the trailer. Lots of computer equipment and a bed.

MULDER: Home sweet home.

Scully enters with Esther.

MULDER: Are you Invisigoth?

ESTHER: How did you find me?

MULDER: Donald Gelman's mailbox. You left a return address.

ESTHER: You know where Donald is?

SCULLY: Why don't you let us ask the questions.

ESTHER: Why don't you bite me.

MULDER: Hey!

SCULLY: Like what you're doing here and what all this stuff is.

ESTHER: And why would I tell you even if you could understand?

SCULLY: You just committed felony assault on a federal agent, followed by resisting arrest.

ESTHER: Arrest for what? Unless you got a warrant, you two just busted in here and seriously violated a buttload of my constitutional rights.

A beeping sound starts.

MULDER: We had just cause to come in.

Esther goes over to a monitor.

ESTHER: Yeah? Now we've got just cause to get out.

MULDER: What is that?

ESTHER: It's a surveillance module. It monitors computing processes.

Screen displays BRIGHT LIGHTS : WARM UP COMPLETED.

ESTHER: It's locking on.

SCULLY: What is?

ESTHER: A DoD satellite .. Warbird grade orbital weapons platform.

She turns to leave.

ESTHER: We've got to get out of here!

Scully stops her.

SCULLY: A weapons platform?

Mulder is watching the monitor zero in on a geographical location.

MULDER: Scully ....

ESTHER: You don't understand! That thing has optical systems that can read headlines on a newspaper.

MULDER: Scully ....

ESTHER: It's targeting us!

SCULLY: You want us to believe that the Department of Defense wants to kill you?

ESTHER: No, it's controlling their satellite!

SCULLY: You're out of your mind.

MULDER: Scully, we've got to get out of here right now.

He runs out, pulling Esther behind him.

SCULLY: Mulder, this is absurd!

Mulder is at the car.

MULDER: It's locked. Give me the keys.

SCULLY: Mulder!

ESTHER: We're all gonna die!

MULDER: Give me the keys!

Scully unlocks the car. Mulder and Esther get in. The monitor now shows a very detailed area.

MULDER: Get in the car, Scully!

Scully reverses out, hitting sides of containers, then spins and drives away just as bolt of energy from sky blows up the trailer -- -BOOOOOOMMMM! Lots of fire. Lots and lots of fire. The car stops and Mulder and Scully get out. Mulder looks at fire, then at Esther, then at Scully. Scully looks at Mulder, confused.


Day. Car. Mulder looks at Esther in backseat. Scully is driving.

SCULLY: No more screwing around. We need a name. Your real name.

ESTHER: Invisigoth. You want my address? It's T - O - A - S - T.

MULDER: When you said "it" was targeting us back there, you meant an artificial intelligence. Donald Gelman was trying to create a sentient AI. A program with its own consciousness. He succeeded, didn't he?

ESTHER: Donald wrote an interlocking sequence of viruses 15 years ago. It got loose on the net.

MULDER: Wait, what do you mean, "got loose?"

ESTHER: He let it loose .. so it could evolve in its natural environment. Urschleim in silicon.

SCULLY: "Urschleim in silicon?"

ESTHER: The primordial slime. The ooze out of which all life evolved. Except this time it's artificial slime - artificial life. One man alone achieving the equivalent of Copernicus, Magellan, and Darwin.

SCULLY: And what was your role in all this? Were you the bass player?

Mulder starts to say something but Esther interrupts.

ESTHER: Automata Theory, MIT 95. Post doc, the Santa Fe Institute. Head hunted to Kobayashi my junior year. Then Donald showed up in Tokyo and made me a better offer.

SCULLY: A better offer to do what?

ESTHER: You wouldn't understand.

Scully angrily pulls off the road into a rest area and gets out of the car. Mulder follows her.

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 Defense 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 doin' it right now?

Esther walks toward them, still cuffed.

ESTHER: Because it doesn't know where we are. If I so much as made a phone call right now, it would nuke us right where we're standing.

SCULLY: How?

ESTHER: Recognizes my voice, monitors all communication. I haven't used a phone in over a month.

MULDER: Then how did it know to target the container?

ESTHER: All I can think is that some idiot got on Donald's computer and tried to contact me over the net. Only Donald knew where I was. And David.

MULDER: Who's David?

ESTHER: David Markham. He was hardware. Donald and I were software. We'd been caring for the AI, weaning it. Then Donald warned us that the system started to display more than consciousness. It started to display intention. But before we could stop it, it was gone.

Scully does not believe a word.

MULDER: Where?

ESTHER: I don't know. One day David was on the system and it wouldn't come, it wouldn't come when we called it. We knew it was out there somewhere on the Global Net, but it wouldn't answer, and Donald was just getting sicker.

MULDER: And you can't find it?

ESTHER: Well, it's not a program any more. It's wildlife loose on the net. And either we kill it ....Where's Donald?

MULDER: Donald Gelman is dead. He was killed in a café. What looks like a hit.

Esther is shocked.

ESTHER: That's the AI protecting itself. It'll find David and.... me. It's only a matter of time. Donald was writing a concatenation of viruses designed to find and immobilize the rogue system. The file name was "Kill Switch." Without it, nobody can catch it.

MULDER: We have Donald's computer.

ESTHER: No, he'd never leave it on the hard drive.

MULDER: Well, we have this.

He shows her the CD.

MULDER: "Twilight Time."

ESTHER: That's it. That's the Kill Switch.

Scully's expression is of 'yeah, right'.


Lone Gunman office. Mulder, Scully, and Esther enter. Lone Gunmen stand in awe.

BYERS: Ai -yi -yi.

FROHIKE: It can't be ... it is.

LANGLY: Esther Nairn. You programmed the autonomous bots in Ninjitsu Princess, the most gnarliest piece of entertainment software ever.

ESTHER: Are these the brain donors that nearly got us incinerated?

Lone Gunmen just stare at her, lustfully.

MULDER: Don't let their looks fool you.

SCULLY: Your name is Esther Nairn?

Esther gives Scully a dirty look, then crosses to Gelman's computer.

FROHIKE: She is so hot.

ESTHER: Are you going to take off the cuffs, or do I have to do this with my tongue?

Mulder goes over to remove the cuffs.

MULDER: You don't want to take a vote.

Scully smiles and subtly bites the tip of her tongue. Thinking about how she would do it? Mulder cuffs Esther to the desk's cup holder.

ESTHER: 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: Not unless someone else makes another boneheaded internet connection.

The Gunmen look guilty. Mulder points to the computer screen where Esther has pulled up a diagram.

MULDER: What is this?

ESTHER: That's the sharp end of the stick. Donald probably tried to feed this sector in over the net, but it took too long, so the system was able to take counter-measures.

SCULLY: Why didn't it just zap him, too?

ESTHER: Its creator? No, it needed to impress Donald. Particle beam would've been overkill.

SCULLY: Unlike a dozen crack dealers.

ESTHER: No, you see that's its sense of humor.

She smiles.

MULDER: Oh, all right. But if you load the Kill Switch, what's to stop it from playing another funny joke on us?

ESTHER: Well, obviously we can't inject Kill Switch over the Net. There's only one way now. We have to find its home node and physically feed it the poisoned apple.

MULDER: Physically?

ESTHER: Right into its eager little CD drive. It knew it couldn't hide over the Net forever, not until it learned to completely disguise itself. It requires a physical nexus of hardware, so somewhere it's built itself a little safehouse.

Frohike is in awe. Scully is totally over her.

ESTHER: David went looking for it.

MULDER: Did he find it?

ESTHER: There's no way to know.

SCULLY: Why don't you just call him?

They all look at Scully.

SCULLY: Oh, right - death from above.

LANGLY: It would need bandwidth.

ESTHER: It's a pig for bandwidth.

BYERS: It would need a T3, at least.

SCULLY: T3?

FROHIKE: A hard line - 45 megs a second.

BYERS: Major research labs and internet service providers use them.

LANGLY: But the government keeps those records secret for fear of sabotage.

ESTHER: Gee, you guys know anyone that works for the government?

They all look at Mulder.


Fairfax County, Virginia


Mulder drives up to a rural telephone pole with a junction box. He checks a T3 connection map, then climbs the pole and looks to see where line goes - an old dilapidated farmhouse.


Lone Gunman Office. Scully wakes up from a nap on the couch to see empty handcuffs at desk. She crosses to a door, and sees the Gunmen sleeping. Turning quickly, she sees Esther pointing Scully's gun at her.

ESTHER: Buenos dias, muchacha.

Scully sighs.


Mulder pulls up to a farmhouse. He calls Scully on his cell phone.

MULDER: Scully?

Scully is driving.

SCULLY: Yep.

MULDER: Yeah, I've found something down in Fairfax County. A derelict chicken farm with a T3 connection, paid for by Elof Industries, Palo Alto, of which there's no other record anywhere.

SCULLY: Dandy.

MULDER: Where are you? Sounds like you're driving.

SCULLY: You are correct, sir.

MULDER: You have Esther with you?

SCULLY: In a manner of speaking.

ESTHER: Left up here. Give me that.

She reaches for the phone.

MULDER: Where are you going?

Esther speaks with a gruff voice.

ESTHER: To find David.

MULDER: Where?

Esther hangs up, smiles and hold a gun on Scully who is not pleased with the situation.

MULDER: Scully? Scully?

Mulder hangs up, walks around the house, through some small trees to a small rusty motor home with lots of wires going into it.


David Markham Residence


Scully and Esther pull up in the car to where a house used to be - now just debris. Esther, still holding Scully's gun, gets out of the car in shock to survey the damage. All is burned. In the car, Scully, who is handcuffed to the steering wheel, digs in her coat pocket for the keys, and unlocks the bracelet just as Esther gets back in car. Esther places gun on dash and bursts into tears. Scully, showing no sympathy, slowly begins to reach for it. Esther suddenly grabs the gun and holds it out to Scully.


ESTHER: Go ahead! Put me out of my misery! Take it!

She cries harder. Scully sighs, takes the gun, then places her hand on Esther's shoulder.


Mulder walks toward the trailer. About ten yards away, a loud siren on a telephone pole goes off. Mulder places his hands over his ears until it stops. A monitor shows an infrared image of him.

MULDER: FBI! I'm a federal agent!

Mulder walks up to the door, and sees a doorbuzzer. He presses the buzzer. Inside a monitor reads his thumbprint, and accesses Mulder's FBI personnel file.


Scully and Esther are still looking at the remains of the burned house.

ESTHER: I lied to you. I wasn't working with Donald. I mean, I was, and then he found out about us.

SCULLY: About you and who?

ESTHER: David. About our plans.

SCULLY: What plans did he find out?

ESTHER: Uploading. Transfer of memory, of consciousness to the distributed system maintained by the AI. Imagine being mingled so completely with another, you no longer need your physical self - you're one.

SCULLY: So you were going to -

ESTHER: Enter the AI. Give up our inefficient bodies so that our consciousness could live together forever.

SCULLY: But Donald Gelman forbade it.

ESTHER: He was afraid of his creation. He was afraid of what would happen if other people followed us.

In the debris, she finds a half burned picture of herself and an older man.

ESTHER: I loved him so much.

SCULLY: Well, maybe he wasn't here when this happened. Maybe he's somewhere else.

Esther looks like she might take hope.


Mulder, getting no response, crawls under the mobile home, following the T3 line. He unscrews and enters through a bottom hatch. There is a small mobile robot zipping around. He ignores it. The trailer is completely filled with computer hardware. Lots of wires and monitors. Mulder is startled when he sees a dead man in some kind of harness wearing a VR goggle thing. He lifts the visor.

MULDER: David Markham.

Markham's eyes and skin look like they have been subjected to a great deal of electricity. Suddenly, Mulder is jerked back into an identical harness. Restraints whip around his arms and legs, and sparks fly as electricity pours into his body. He struggles, crying out in pain.


Ambulance. Mulder wakes up as he is attended by EMTs. He is groggy.

MULDER: What's going on?

No-one answers him, they talk amongst themselves.

EMT 1: Severe tissue injuries to upper extremities. We've got ourselves a real crispy critter here.

EMT 2: Alert the burn unit. Tell them to scramble the surgical team.

EMT 1 gets on the radio.

EMT 1: Unit 23 - request Burn Unit.

Mulder tries to sit up.

EMT 2: He's coming up on us.

EMT 1: Surgical team, stat.

MULDER: What's that smell?

He sees his badly burned arms.

MULDER: Oh, jeez ...

EMT 1: Easy now.

EMT 2: Just relax.

Hospital. They push the gurney down a dark deserted corridor.

EMT 1: 120. BP 130 over 80.

EMT 2 speaks into a recorder.

EMT 2: Frank charring at contact site, along path of current, and at exit point. Looks like the charge grounded through both arms. We've got a lot of work to do, here, people, if we're going to save him.

Mulder has been looking confused and nervous as he is wheeled through the hall. Walking to his left is a ditsy Barbie look-alike nurse, Nurse Nancy.

MULDER: Is it bad?

NURSE NANCY: You're in good hands.

MULDER: My arms hurt.

Nurse Nancy looks at EMT 1.

EMT 1: That's a good sign.

They wheel him into an OR room, very dark and sparse. Mulder looks around nervously. Nurse Nancy adjusts an overhead light. Another Barbie nurse wheels over an instrument cart with assorted blades and saws.

MULDER: No, wait ....

He's almost passing out.

MULDER: Call my doctor. You have to call ... my doctor. Call Dr. Scully. Please call Dr. Scully.

A very old surgeon totters to the side of gurney.

MULDER: Call her.

He groans as a nurse pushes his head back down on the pillow.

MULDER: No, no. No ... what are you doing?

The very old surgeon speaks in a quavering voice.

VERY OLD SURGEON: Prep the patient.

The surgeon picks up a little hand held rotating electric saw. Mulder is very worried now.

MULDER: No. No.

Mulder is now surrounded by four Barbie nurses. Nurse Nancy injects him in the side of the neck.

MULDER: No-no-no-no! Ahhhhh!

The nurses strap him down, and the surgeon starts the little saw. Mulder looks around even more confused as the drug takes effect.


Night. Scully hangs up her cell phone as she and Esther are driving.

SCULLY: I can't get through to Mulder.

She tries the number again.

ESTHER: It's the AI. It's had time to analyze my voice. It knows I was using your phone.

SCULLY: It can interfere with my phone?

ESTHER: Give it enough information, it'll sue you for palimony.

SCULLY: Wait a minute. Mulder said that he found the system. In an abandoned chicken farm in Fairfax county.

ESTHER: Well, maybe we can cut off the T3 and kill its communication capabilities.

SCULLY: You can do that?

ESTHER: There's only one way to find out.

She grabs the laptop from the backseat and connects to the Fairfax County mainframe over a very high speed modem and browser.


Hospital room. Mulder is sleeping, a blanket pulled up to his chin. There is a very strange crucifix hanging over the bed. Nurse Nancy enters. Mulder wakes.

MULDER: I feel sick.

NURSE NANCY: That's the anesthetic, Agent Mulder. You were injured and they had to operate.

MULDER: I remember ... wires, and uh ...

NURSE NANCY: Yes, you were doing something dangerous. Something very, very foolish. The good news is they were able to save the right one.

MULDER: What do you mean?

Nurse Nancy pulls down the covers to show that Mulder's left arm has been amputated, no bandage.

MULDER: Oh, my God. What did you do with my arm? What did they do with my arm?

Nurse Nancy pushes him back down on the pillows, gently.

NURSE NANCY: Shh.... or they'll come back.

Mulder is almost panicking.

MULDER: They'll come back for what?

NURSE NANCY: They're evil, Fox. They want something from you.

Mulder's voice is now high pitched.

MULDER: What do they want?!

NURSE NANCY: I don't know. But if you don't tell them, I'm afraid they'll take your other arm.

MULDER: This is crazy! You have to help me. You have to get me out of here ... please!

She pulls his head to her breasts.

MULDER: Help me. Help me. Please, help me.

She drops him back to the bed and holds a pillow over his face. Mulder gives muffled yell.

NURSE NANCY: Shh ... or they'll hear you. Shhh ....

She keeps the pillow over his face.


Scully and Esther pull up to a bridge over a river just as the gate comes across. The laptop beeps.

ESTHER: Something's wrong.

Text is scrolling on the monitor.

ESTHER: I didn't do anything. I didn't even get on the Net! I think it found us.

A truck marked "flammable" pulls up behind them.

ESTHER: It's zeroing in.

The computer begins displaying a map zeroing in on a bridge over a river.

SCULLY: Esther ...

They get out of the car.

SCULLY: Get away from the tanker truck!

Esther runs onto bridge, the central part of which is beginning to turn. Scully runs to the truck's cab.

SCULLY: Sir? You need to get out of the truck. Move it! It's going to explode.

He does. Scully runs toward Esther who still holds the computer and is looking skyward from center of bridge.

SCULLY: Dump it, Esther! Get rid of it!

ESTHER: It's got the Kill Switch.

SCULLY: Esther! Dump it!

She jumps onto bridge at the last minute.

SCULLY: Esther! Get rid of it!

Esther is desperately typing.

SCULLY: Get rid of it, Esther!

The computer screen shows zeroing in is complete. Esther flings laptop into the river. A bolt of energy from above hits the laptop causing large explosion. BOOOOOMMMM!!!! Scully and Esther duck together.


Mulder's hospital room. Nurse Nancy and two other nurses are massaging Mulder under the sheets. He looks very content. The crucifix is lighted above him.

MULDER: Oh, I had this terrible dream.

Nurse Nancy gives a knowing smile. Mulder smiles back.

MULDER: And then I had a good dream.

NURSE NANCY: Those weren't dreams, Fox.

She speak to other nurses.

NURSE NANCY: I believe that's enough for now.

They stop the massage.

NURSE NANCY: You poor thing. But I warned you. Nurse Nancy warned you. You have to tell them, Fox. You have to.

MULDER: Tell them what?

NURSE NANCY: About the Kill Switch.

MULDER: Nobody asked me anything.

NURSE NANCY: You've just forgotten, Fox.

MULDER: No.

Nurse Nancy takes Mulder's face in her hands.

NURSE NANCY: I was there. The doctor asked and he was very cross when you refused to answer. But he'll be here in just a few minutes, and you can tell him then.

MULDER: I ...

Nurse Nancy claps her hands together, cheerfully.

NURSE NANCY: Otherwise, whoops! There go your legs.

She flings back the sheet to show that both his arms are now amputated. Mulder starts yelling. Scully kicks in the door holding her gun.

SCULLY: Mulder, these women are spies!

MULDER: Scully!

Brunette nurse kicks gun out of Scully's hands. Ninja!Scully hits her three times then does a beautiful aerial karate kick to her head. Then hits the other blonde nurse in the face and stomach and knocks her out. Then Nurse Nancy, kick, right, left, right, Mulder watching, and knockout. Scully looks at her fallen opponents, blows her hair out of her face, comes over to Mulder.

SCULLY: Mulder, they want the Kill Switch virus. What did you tell her?

MULDER: I didn't tell them anything!

SCULLY: I need to know!

Mulder shows her his arms, pitifully.

MULDER: Look ...

SCULLY: Do we have it?

Mulder looks at her, hurt, wanting comfort.

SCULLY: Do we have the Kill Switch?!

Mulder realizes that it can't really be Scully.

MULDER: Of course we do.

He pulls up his legs and kicks her in the chest, throwing her back against the wall. From Mulder's perspective, images of Scully and entire room begin to short out. Then we see he is back in the trailer still strapped in with VR helmet.

MULDER: Scully? Scully? Scully, help! Help!

Mulder's voice can be heard outside trailer.

MULDER: Help!! Scully!!!


Night. Scully and Esther arrive at the chicken farm and get out of the car. Scully shines her flashlight at Mulder's car.

ESTHER: Here, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty.

They walk through the trees. When they set off the alarm at the trailer, Scully drops her flashlight, they cover their ears, then Scully takes out her gun and shoots out the alarm and spotlight. From inside, Mulder calls to Scully.

MULDER: Scully ...

SCULLY: Mulder?! Mulder, are you all right?

Inside the trailer a mechanical arm moves toward Mulder.

MULDER: I'm in here. Scully ...

The mechanical arm cuts his sleeve and injects him with something that makes him pass out. Not that he was very coherent to begin with.

SCULLY: Mulder?

AI perspective of Scully and Esther. Scully's voice is distorted.

SCULLY: Mulder. Mulder, can you hear me?

Scully sticks her head through floor hatchway.

SCULLY: Mulder?

The little mobile robot turns on a bright light and starts toward Scully. Scully ducks and shoots it four times. She and Esther both enter the trailer. Scully looks round at the wires and machinery.

SCULLY: Mulder? Help me out here, Esther. What's its next move? What is it thinking?

ESTHER: I don't know.

SCULLY: Who built this?

ESTHER: It did. There.

She points a flashlight at one of the harnesses. Sees the dead David.

ESTHER: Oh! David!

She is shocked.

ESTHER: Oh, God.

Scully looks at David then turns to see Mulder.

SCULLY: Mulder?

Esther shines her flashlight on Mulder.

SCULLY: Mulder?

She lifts the visor up exposing Mulder's staring eyes, being held open by clamps.

SCULLY: Mulder, can you hear me?

Mulder tries to move his mouth.

SCULLY: Mulder, talk to me.

Scully turns and points her gun at a whirring sound. A CD ROM drive holder has opened.

ESTHER: It wants the Kill Switch.

SCULLY: Well, we don't have it. You threw it in the water with the computer.

Esther shakes her head, pulls out the disc, steps close to the drive.

SCULLY: But that's going to kill it, right?

ESTHER: Not if it can learn the program and vaccinate itself against it.

Mulder is jolted by a burst of electricity four times. Mulder is in pain.

SCULLY: Give it what it wants, Esther.

Mulder jolted again.

SCULLY: Put it in, Esther.

Computer monitor shows the AI beginning to zero in.

ESTHER: It's targeting us.

SCULLY: Put it in!

Scully grabs the disc, puts it in the drive, and closes the drive. Twilight Time begins. Computer pauses targeting process.

Platters: Heavenly shades of night are falling it's twilight time

The straps that were holding Mulder snap off. Scully goes to him and tenderly removes the helmet and the clamps from his face.

SCULLY: You're going to be okay. I'm going to get you out of here.

Platters: Out of the mist your voice is calling it's twilight time. When purple colored curtains mark the end of day, I'll hear you, my dear, at twilight time

SCULLY: Okay. It's okay.

Esther watches them, then begins typing. Scully removes Mulder's eye clamps. Esther's typing has restarted the targeting process. Scully helps Mulder to the floor hatch.

Platters: Deepening shadows gather splendor as day is done

Esther is crying, still typing.

Platters: Fingers of night will soon surrender the setting sun I count the moments darling till you're here with me together at last at twilight time

SCULLY: What are you doing, Esther?

ESTHER: Get out of here.

SCULLY: What are you doing?

ESTHER: Go!

Platters: here in the afterglow of day we keep our rendezvous beneath the blue here in the same and sweet old way

Scully hesitates, then follows Mulder out the hatch. She gets him leaned up against the side of the trailer, then goes back to the hatch. She doesn't see Esther.

Platters: I fall in love again as I did then

SCULLY: Esther?!

ESTHER: You don't listen, do you?

SCULLY: Where are you?

ESTHER: Get out of here, now!

The computer beeps. Scully ducks back out. Esther is now strapped into Mulder's harness, looking relaxed.

Platters: Deep in the dark your kiss will thrill me like days of old

Scully helps Mulder stand and they run away from the trailer.

Platters: Lighting the spark of love that fills me with dreams untold.

ESTHER: Upload.

The computer monitors are going crazy.

Platters: Each day I pray for evening just to be with you together, at last at twilight time together, at last at twilight time

Lots of electricity begins pouring through Esther. Scully helps Mulder run through the woods. Esther's head falls to one side. Smoke comes out her mouth. The computer finishes targeting. Mulder and Scully turn and look as a beam from above explodes the trailer. BOOOOMMMMMM!!!!.


Dawn. Mulder and Scully look over the smoking remains of the trailer.

SCULLY: Well, if Esther wanted to leave her body, she got her wish. At least that part of it.

MULDER: I wonder.

SCULLY: Mulder, she's dead.

MULDER: What if she managed to establish an uplink, Scully? A satellite transmission?

In the Lone Gunmen office, Frohike is typing at a computer.

SCULLY: V.O. Mulder, are you telling me that you believe Esther may have ... that she may not be dead?

MULDER: V.O. Artificial life. It could exist. It could be here among us, evolving.

SCULLY: V.O. Electrons chasing each other through a circuit --- that isn't life, Mulder.

Langly and Byers join Frohike.

MULDER: V.O. Yeah, but what are we but impulses? Electrical and chemical through a bag of meat and bones. You're the scientist. You tell me.

Frohike's monitor reads "BITE ME". Lone Gunmen look at each other, confused.


North Platte, Nebraska


Two boys playing are football in a trailer park while two others watch. One decrepit trailer is surrounded by chain link fence. One boy, Harley falls face down in the mud, then gets up and throws the ball. It lands inside the chain link fence.

ONLOOKER: You did it now, Harley!

Harley and the other player run up to the fence.

HARLEY: You get it.

OTHER PLAYER: Uh unh.

FEMALE ONLOOKER: They'll get you if you go in there!

HARLEY: Momma says no one lives in there.

Harley climbs the fence, retrieves the ball. A infra-red camera on top of the trailer watches him climb out.