After months of absence, Scully reappears out of nowhere, in a Washington hospital. She's in a coma between life & death. Mulder meets Melissa Scully. Mulder confronts with X, who gives him an opportunity to take revenge. Skinner allows Mulder to face CSM. Mulder almost resignsScully finally recovers.
What happened to Scully
Men of the Syndicate (probably
Overcoat Man and X themselves) leave Scully in the hospital as any
vulgar test subject, she's left to recover thanks to the passage of
time and her implant, which prevents her from developing cancer (3X09: Nisei).
There is no record of
her admittance in the hospital. Her status is monitored, through blood
samples the Overcoat Man steals.
Mulder uses an 'X' made of tape
blue light to call X. But X is unlike Deep Throat and doesn't think as
highly of Mulder. "You're my tool,
you understand? I come to you when I need you" X uses Mulder
only when he thinks it's necessary, when it's possibe for Mulder to
expose some of the Syndicate without taking X along with him and in
this case X is too involved. What
X ultimately gives Mulder is quite telling: an opportunity to
take revenge on the men who did this to Scully, to kill them ("The law will not punish these people").
X takes every precaution for not being compromised because of Mulder. "I can’t tell you why she was taken. It’s
too close to me." When Mulder captures the Overcoat Man, X must
kill him because he'll be able to make the connection between X and
Mulder. X takes the body (the body is missing, Skinner: "there
is no body"); to the public it's as if nothing ever happened.
And to those who knew who the Overcoat Man was it's as if Mulder killed
him and X had nothing to do with it: CSM: "I told Skinner you shot the man in the
hospital but I didn’t really believe it. And here you are with a gun to
my head. I have more respect for you, Mulder, you’re becoming a player!".
CSM keeps pushing Skinner to calm
Mulder down. Reluctantly, Skinner gives away CSM's address to Mulder.
CSM gives Mulder a few lies (Mulder: "Why
her and not me?" CSM: "I like
you. I like her too, that's why she was returned to you") but
does let some truth go through: "No
wife, no family, some power. I’m in the game because I believe what I’m
doing is right.". CSM lives in a Washington apartment, all
alone. CSM knowledge of the truth and Mulder's thirst for it is what,
predictably, saves CSM's life. The "I’ve
watched presidents die" line may or may not make the events in 4X07: Musings true. After Mulder's
visit, CSM must have moved.
Skinner had an out-of-body experience, that makes him somewhat open to the paranormal. Skinner's experiences in Vietnam will be toughed upon again (3X21: Avatar).
We meet Melissa, the whole contrary of her sister (New Age believer). Melissa & Margaret insist on calling Mulder "Fox". Finally, Melissa convinces Mulder to stay at Scully's bedside rather than give way to anger and revenge and, at X's advice, kill those who searched his apartment.
Nurse Owens is Scully's guardian angel; during the episode she interacted with nobody else except Dana. One could think Nurse Owens is a Walk-in (7X11: Closure), taking care of those who suffer.
In 2X07: 3, Mulder turns the calendar to November; Duane Barry's hostage situation was on August 7. Scully's been missing for at least 3 months, but it will be said that she was missing for 4 weeks later in the series (5X07: Emily).
X: "You're a damn schoolboy, Mulder. You have no idea, no idea!"
X: "I used to be you. I was where you are now. But you’re not me, Mulder. I don’t think you have the heart."
X: [shoots the Overcoat Man] "You want to see what it takes to find the truth, Agent Mulder? You want to know what I know?" [shoots him dead]
CSM: "I’m in the game because I believe
what I’m doing is right."
CSM: "You can kill me now, but you’ll never know the
truth. (Mulder hesitates) And that’s why I’ll win. Don’t worry. This’ll
be our secret. We wouldn’t want others to start rumors."
Mulder: "Enough with the harmonic convergence crap, okay? You’re not saying anything to me."
Melissa: "Why don’t you just drop your cynicism and your paranoia and your defeat. You know, just because it’s positive and good doesn’t make it silly or trite! Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more. Even if it doesn’t bring her back, at least she’ll know. And so will you."