Gotcha! Twenty-four hours earlier, Mulder gets a call from Kritschgau warning him that people might be after him. He realizes that his apartment has been under electronic surveillance, and that the assassin is watching him from a nearby apartment. The assassin pulls a gun, and Mulder shoots him in self-defense. Mulder finds that the assassin was a Department of Defense employee; he gets the idea to fake his own death and have Scully cooperate so he can look into the forces behind the lie.
Scully admits to the section chief and Skinner that Kritschgau was the person the agents met with, and Mulder meets with Kritschgau at the DoD. Kritschgau tells him that the assassin had such a high level clearance that Mulder can go places he can't, and possibly find the cure for Scully's cancer. Using evidence the assassin was trying to burn, Scully realizes that he placed several calls to Skinner. Kritschgau tells Mulder that the alien hoax was perpetrated as a cover for increased military development, and that he hopes Mulder can also find a cure for a son sickened in the Gulf War by bio-weapons. He is detained soon after Mulder accesses a classified section of the DoD.
The germ cells in the ice core samples are found to have the ability to undergo development. Mulder finds a room chock full of alien bodies as well as several women undergoing some sort of test. Scully confronts Skinner about his possible complicity in the conspiracy, but he is more angry that Scully lied about Mulder's death. Scully tests her DNA for evidence of the ice organism, while Mulder finds the storage facility seen at the beginning and end of the first season.
A DoD employee informs Cancer Man that someone has used the dead assassin's ID to access the vault. Scully confirms that she has DNA from the ice organism in her body, and believes that it is what has given her cancer. Mulder finds a card for Scully in the vault that leads him to a small vial. Cancer Man lets him leave with it. Scully gives the story to the FBI panel that we've heard before, and concludes by saying she has proof to back up her accusation that the people who gave her cancer were also behind the hoax. She passes out after getting a nosebleed. Mulder takes the vial to The Lone Gunmen, who inform him that the liquid it contains is nothing but deionized water. To be continued...
Episode Body Count
Scott Ostelhoff: the assassin from the previous episode and a DoD employee, shot and killed by Mulder in self-defense.
The aliens Mulder finds in the DoD are apparently fake, like the body in Canada. Kind of puts the other ones up to this point in question as well, but I'll let them stand.
Agent Fox Mulder: turns out to have faked his own death after killing Ostelhoff.
No net gain!
Cumulative Body Count (98/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Humans: 1,208Creatures: 80
Grand Total: 1,343