Fletcher-Mulder opens the episode by saying he thinks Mulder went crazy after the disappearance of Samantha, and that he plans to turn his life around. Scully is given a two-week suspension, and Fletcher-Mulder offers to cook her dinner. Mulder-Fletcher is detained with "Grandma Top Gun," at least until the Area 51 agents realize that he took a fake flight data recorder. Fletcher-Mulder finds that Mulder has a bedroom at his place, but it's entirely filled with boxes and porn.
Fletcher's wife orders Mulder-Fletcher out; he tries to level with her, but of course she's disbelieving. Fletcher-Mulder has cleaned up the place and tries to seduce Scully, but she has figured things out and demands his help in getting things back to normal. Fletcher-Mulder has no wish to return to his old life, but Scully catches a lucky break when the informant calls and Scully orders him to answer it.
Scully and Fletcher-Mulder once again return to Nevada so Fletcher-Mulder can meet with the informant at the Little A'Le'Inn. Mulder-Fletcher is also there, trying to set things right with Fletcher's wife. Fletcher-Mulder finds that the informant is the Area 51 general, who accidentally caused the UFO crash while trying to disable its stealth mode so Mulder could see it. He also turns over the flight recorder to Fletcher-Mulder; after a bit of a comedy of errors, Fletcher-Mulder and Scully manage to get away with it.
Scully takes the recorder to The Lone Gunmen, whose theories Fletcher-Mulder finds simply adorable. He also lets them know how Mulder and Morris switched bodies through a warp in the space-time continuum. Mulder and Morris have apparently let the Area 51 general in on the situation as well; he tells Mulder-Fletcher that Area 51 only flies craft that are built in Utah, and Mulder is actually more knowledgeable of extraterrestrials than he is.
The Lone Gunmen find some weird data related to gravity drives and tachyon flux in the recorder, and a kissing couple near Area 51 end up fusing together after another time-space distortion. Scully tells Mulder-Fletcher that she's been censured and removed from the FBI, and that it would be nearly impossible to recreate the event closely enough to fix things. However, an Area 51 agent finds the couple is fine after his panicking friend waves him down.
Scully is surprised to see that the gas station, which she had seen in ruins, is also completely restored. Everyone converges on Morris's home, where Fletcher-Mulder is able to convince Morris's wife about the body switch. Scully says they need to get back to the highway where everything started, but are instead caught by the military, who recover the data recorder. Luckily, an Area 51 agent has set up a roadblock to get things corrected. Mulder and Fletcher return to their respective bodies. No one has any recollection of what happened, though a few relics of the adventure remain, namely two fused coins and Mulder's newly cleaned apartment.
Episode Body Count
More alternate dimensions!
Clerk: found alive by Scully as the space-time continuum corrects itself.
This might actually qualify of Least Deadliest of Show. It's the first time I'm going to have to shave a death off the cumulative count instead of an episode count.
Cumulative Body Count (122/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)
Humans: 1,439Creatures: 99
Grand Total: 1,599