Scully is hospitalized after going into hypovolemic shock, and neither Mulder nor Skinner seem happy to see one another. Mulder undeads himself to the section chief and other FBI higher-ups, who say the investigation has effectively become a murder investigation and Scully's the only other person who can help him out. And Skinner, as it turns out, since he's been hiding evidence that Mulder shot off Ostelhoff's face to fake his own death and wants to know why Scully was helping him. Mulder says her disease is linked to a mole in the FBI.
The Syndicate is a little worried about Mulder, but Cancer Man seems to think they can win his loyalty. Scully still suspects Skinner, and tells Mulder that she'll take the blame for Ostelhoff's death if it comes down to that. Cancer Man sees Mulder in the hospital, and says the vial's contents are far from useless. It turns out a microchip is hiding in there, and Mulder recalls how Scully contracted cancer soon after she had a chip in her neck removed.
Meeting with the FBI panel, Kritschgau says part of his funding has come from a congressional lobbying group called "Roush." Scully says she wants to try the microchip insertion. Cancer Man arranges a meeting, and brings along a woman who seems to be Samantha; she says Cancer Man is her father, and can't remember much about her abduction. Samantha's also not very willing to distrust Cancer Man and rejoin the Mulder clan, but says she'll think about it as she leaves.
Cancer Man tells Mulder that Kritschgau lied about the existence of aliens, and offers to let Mulder in on the truth if he quits the FBI and works for him. Mulder refuses, and threatens to kill Cancer Man if Scully dies. An assassin, green-lighted by a member of the Syndicate, takes aim at both Mulder and Cancer Man but doesn't take a shot. Scully tells her mother that there has been no improvement with the microchip insertion. A Syndicate member sees Skinner walk into a congressional hearing on cloning on TV, and angrily calls someone to say Skinner is gathering information for someone; he demands that the "FBI problem" be fixed.
Despite Skinner's assurances, the section chief gets ahold of evidence pointing to Mulder in Ostelhoff's death. He also says they've learned that Skinner has been working within the FBI with a secret agenda, and that Mulder's testimony will exonerate him and lead to charges against Skinner. At a panel hearing, Mulder names the section chief as the FBI mole. The section chief is murdered soon after by another FBI man involved in the conspiracy, while Cancer Man is shot by the assassin. Skinner tells Mulder that Cancer Man has been killed, and that a photo of a young Mulder and Samantha was found at the scene. He adds that the section chief was on the payroll of a biotechnology company called Rousch. Mulder says that Scully's cancer has gone into remission.
Erin Fitzgerald, playing a waitress here, has done a fair amount of voice work as well as crew work on several sci-fi series, including The Outer Limits and Stargate SG-1.
Episode Body Count
Kritschgau's son: suffering from a Gulf War-related disease, Kritschgau tells an FBI panel that he has died.
Section Chief Scott Blevins: shot and killed by the senior agent, who quickly disguises the murder as a suicide
Cancer Man: Skinner says he has been shot and killed by an assassin in his apartment.
Cumulative Body Count (99/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Humans: 1,211Creatures: 80
Grand Total: 1,346