A census worker runs onto the White House grounds in an attempt to warn the President that aliens are taking over the United States. He ends up getting shot, and passes on a disk labeled "Fight the Future" to one of the guards. Mulder has gotten better, the virus gone and his abduction-related injuries healing. In prison, an inmate smuggles an article about the census man's death to Absalom inside a book entitled "The Coming Apocalypse." Mulder applies for reinstatement to the X-Files, but Kersh says he intends to keep them open with Doggett at the helm.
Absalom escapes from a work site and goes to see Doggett, with a gun. After checking the back of Doggett's neck "to make sure you're still you," Absalom tells him that the invasion has already begun and Doggett is going to help expose it. Mulder tells Scully and Skinner that he believes the census worker was killed for something he knew; he also notes how the man knew Absalom and was a multiple abductee. Mulder also finds that the census worker's laptop is full of numerical data and takes its hard drive. Secretly holding Doggett at gunpoint, Absalom tries to access census data at the Federal Statistics Center that he believes will prove the conspiracy but is shot before he can do so.
Mulder and Doggett's first meeting isn't very amicable, as Mulder accuses Doggett of involvement in Absalom's death and attempting to bury the truth. The Lone Gunmen find that the census worker downloaded a number of file directories from the FSC on the day he was shot, but that short of breaking into the facility there's no way to access them. Rohrer leaks the password ("Fight the Future") that was on the census worker's diskette to Doggett, and he in turn leaks it to Scully. After Doggett finds out that Scully's worried about how Mulder will use it, Doggett takes off for the FSC.
There, the Gunmen are helping Mulder sneak into the facility. He manages to get to a work station and access the data. Doggett also makes it inside and warns Mulder that his life is in danger if he doesn't knock it off. Mulder says people have been targeted because of their "genetic profiles for abduction and replacement by alien facsimiles." As heavily armed men arrive, Scully tells the Gunmen that the group appears to have been set up. Doggett convinces Mulder to trust him, and they escape through the dropped ceiling without the data. Doggett confronts Rohrer, who says the truth is all in the X-Files. As Doggett heads off, we see that Rohrer has a couple of strange protrusions under the skin of his neck.
Episode Body Count
Howard Salt: a census employee, shot on the lawn of the White House with his own weapon.
Fish: Mulder notes how one of his fish is missing, and Scully says it wasn't as lucky as he was.
Absalom: shot and killed by security guards at the Federal Statistics Center in Virginia.
Cumulative Body Count (177/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)
Humans: 2,022Creatures: 127
Grand Total: 2,213