Mulder is contacted by Deep Throat. Mulder & Scully investigate a USAF pilot who was returned to his family dumbed down. They run into a secret USAF base where new aircrafts are created using alien technology and information control is dealt with by erasing selected memories.
Deep Throat does not go ahead and reveal information to Mulder. He prefers to tease him by telling him to "leave this case alone", "I advise you to drop the case", "don't jeopardise the future of your own efforts". But Mulder ends up passing DT's test and prving with his stubborness that he's ready to go very far to get the truth. Mulder earns his discussion with DT at the end, and with it an informer.
Deep Throat is named after the mysterious man who gave information to journalists concerning the Watergate scandal. After decades of mystery, the identity of DT was revealed to be that of ex-FBI's no.2 Mark Felt only in May 2005.
Air Force Base
The distinction between Syndicate and secret
military operations hasn't been made yet, but
this is clearly a project lead by the USAF. The Men In Black simply
work for "National Security" and Paul Mossinger for Airbase Security.
Retro-engineering UFO technology can be very profitable for the US
military and the aerospace industry (3X20: Jose
Chung's "From Outer Space", 4X17: Tempus Fugit,
6X04: Dreamland). According to Mulder, Ellens Base would be one of
6 sites where the Roswell crash wreckage was shipped. All the craft and
lights we see are man-made ships piloted by excellent USAF test pilots.
The technique of selective memory erasing won't be seen again. It may be of alien origin. It's a storytelling tool which, if used too much, can oversimplify things.
Scully: "Wanna see something weird, Mulder? Ellens Air Base isn't even on my US GS Quadrant map."
Mulder: "I know."
Mulder: "Unidentified Flying Objects, I think
that fits the description pretty well. Tell me I'm crazy."
Mulder: "They're here, aren't