Mulder gets very passionate about the disappearance, or alien abduction, of teenager girl Ruby in Okobogee Lake, which reminds him of his sister's abduction. The mother, Darlene, had seen UFOs while she was young, and the girl's younger brother, Kevin, acts as an unwilling conduit of information from the aliens. Ruby, unlike Samantha, is returned.
The final emotional scene is the most interesting here: Mulder's hypnosis with Dr. Werber (seen in the Pilot, and later in 5X13: Patient X). The narration of Samantha's abduction is very different from what will become the standard version, seen in detail in 2X01: Little Green Men. This could be because Mulder, under hypnosis, has a version of the events that has changed over the years, or that what we see in Little Green Men is what really happened. The tape of the hypnosis session is dated June 16, 1989.
Mulder's attracted to this case because the mother of the abductee had already had an encounter with aliens in 1967. It seems to run in the family. This could be attributed to the genetic experiments the abductees go through, as 2 subjects with close genetic patterns make very good subjects for comparative experiments.
The series of 0's and 1's Kevin
got, on top of forming an ASCII model of Ruby, are binary
transcriptions of various data, such as pictures (Da Vinci's Universal
Man), 3D objects (a DNA double helix) and sound files (Bach's
Brandenburg concertos). The resemblance of these examples with the
content of the data sent with the Voyager missions is striking. We hear
the Voyager transmissions again in 2X01:
Green Men; and as in
this episode, the aliens send this data randomly, with no apparent
Mulder: "Yeah, they're open but it's like, nothing's happening."
Werber: "Try turning your head."
Mulder: "I can't."
Werber: "Why not?"
Mulder: "I don't know. I can't move, so I don't... I just lie there in bed."
Werber: "Can you see your sister?"
Mulder: "No, but I can hear her."
Werber: "What is she saying?"
Mulder: "She's calling out my name, over and over again. She's crying out for help but I can't help her. I can't move."
Werber: "Are you scared?"
Mulder: "I know I should be but I'm not."
Werber: "Do you know why?"
Mulder: "Because of the voice."
Werber: "The voice?"
Mulder: "The voice in my head."
Werber: "What's it telling you?"
Mulder: "Not to be afraid. It's telling me no harm will come to her, and that one day she'll return."
Werber: "Do you believe the voice?"
Mulder: "I want to believe."