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(1998)

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Special Agent Dana Scully: I need this building evacuated and cleared out in ten minutes! I want you to call the fire department and have them block off the city center in a one mile radius around the building.

Security Guard: Ten minutes?

Special Agent Dana Scully: DON'T THINK! JUST PICK UP THAT PHONE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: How many times have we been here before, Scully? Right here. So close to the truth and now with what we've seen and what we know to be right back at the beginning with nothing.

Special Agent Dana Scully: This is different, Mulder.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: No, it isn't! You were right to want to quit! You were right to want to leave me! You should get as far away from me as you can! I'm not gonna watch you die, Scully, because of some hallow personal cause of mine. Go be a doctor. Go be a doctor while you still can.

Special Agent Dana Scully: I can't. I won't. Mulder, I'll be a doctor, but my work is here with you now. That virus that I was exposed to, it has a cure. You held it in your hand. How many other lives can we save?

[clasps Mulder's hand]

Special Agent Dana Scully: Look... if I quit now, they win.

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Barmaid: So... what do you do?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What do I do?

Barmaid: Mm-hmm.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: I'm the key figure in an ongoing government charade, a plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extraterrestrials. It's a global conspiracy, actually, with key players in the highest levels of power and it reaches down into the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: [laughs]

Special Agent Fox Mulder: So, of course, no one believes me. I'm a... I'm an annoyance to my superiors, a joke to my peers. They call me "Spooky." Spooky Mulder, whose sister was abducted by aliens when he was just a kid and now he chases after little green men with a badge and a gun shouting to the heavens or to anyone who will listen that the fix is in, that the sky is falling. And when it hits, it's gonna be the shit storm of all time.

Barmaid: Well... I would say that about does it, Spooky.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Does what?

Barmaid: Well, looks like 86 is your lucky number.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: You know, one is the loneliest number.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: Are you drunk, Mulder?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: I, I was until about 20 minutes ago, yeah.

Special Agent Dana Scully: Was that before or after you decided to come here?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What exactly are you implying?

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Special Agent Dana Scully: Any thoughts as to why anybody would be growing corn in the middle of the desert?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Those could be giant Jiffy-Pop poppers.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: [Mulder revives Scully by performing CPR] I had you big time.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: [Mulder and Scully are attempting to follow a truck] I think they went left.

Special Agent Dana Scully: I don't know why, I think they went right.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: [Mulder impulsively guns it and takes off straight ahead] Five years together, Scully. How many times have I been wrong? Never!

Special Agent Fox Mulder: [He looks at her and amends:] Not driving, anyway.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced.

[Pops a sunflower seed into his mouth]

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What are we doing up here, Scully? It's hotter than hell.

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[last lines]

Conrad Strughold: Oh, you look hot and miserable. Why have you traveled all this way?

Cigarette Smoking Man: We have business to discuss.

Conrad Strughold: You have regular channels.

Cigarette Smoking Man: This involves Mulder.

Conrad Strughold: Ah, that name. Again and again.

Cigarette Smoking Man: He's seen more than he should.

Conrad Strughold: What has he seen? Of the whole, he has seen but pieces.

Cigarette Smoking Man: He's determined now, reinvested.

Conrad Strughold: He's but one man. One man alone cannot fight the future.

Cigarette Smoking Man: Yesterday, I received this.

[hands him a telegram]

Conrad Strughold: [reads it, then drops it with a worried look] Oh...

[we see that it reads: "X-Files reopened. Stop. Please advise. Stop"]

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: [after Scully tells him that she is planning on resigning from the FBI rather than being transferred] You wanna tell yourself that so you can quit with a clear conscience, you can, but you're wrong!

Special Agent Dana Scully: Why did they assign me to you in the first place, Mulder? To debunk your work. To rein you in, to shut you down.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: But you saved me. As difficult and as frustrating as it's been sometimes, your goddamned strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times over. You kept me honest. You made me a whole person. I owe you everything. Scully, and you owe me nothing. I don't know if I wanna do this alone. I don't even know if I can. And if I quit now, they win.

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Well-Manicured Man: You have precious little time. What I've given you, the alien colonists don't yet know exists. The vaccine you hold is the only defense against the virus. It's introduction into an alien environment may have the power to destroy the delicate plans we have so assiduously protected for the last 50 years.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What do you mean "may have"?

Well-Manicured Man: Find Agent Scully. Only then you will realize the scope and grandeur of the project. Go. Go now!

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Special Agent Dana Scully: Mulder what are you doing?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Something's wrong!

Special Agent Dana Scully: Mulder!

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Something's not right!

Special Agent Dana Scully: Mulder get in the car! THERE'S NO TIME!

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[after shooting the driver in the head]

Well-Manicured Man: Get out of the car.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: [expecting to be next] Why? The upholstery is already ruined.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: [looking at a vile of serum with a syringe and a note with map coordinates] What is it?

Well-Manicured Man: A weak vaccine against the virus Agent Scully has been infected with. It must be administrated within 96 hours. That leaves you little time to reach those coordinates.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: You're lying.

Well-Manicured Man: No. Though I have no means to prove otherwise. The virus is extraterrestrial. We know very little about it except that it was the original inhabitant of this planet

Special Agent Fox Mulder: A virus.

Well-Manicured Man: What is a virus but a colonizing force that cannot be defeated, living in a cave underground until it mutates and attacks.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: This is what you've been conspiring to conceal? A disease?

Well-Manicured Man: No, for God's sake. You've got it all backwards! AIDS, the Ebola virus, on an evolutionary scale they are newborns. This virus walked the planet long before the dinosaurs.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What do you mean "walked"?

Well-Manicured Man: Your aliens, Agent Mulder, your little green men, arrived here millions of years ago. Those that didn't leave have been lying dormant underground since the last ice age in the form of an evolved pathogen waiting to be reconstituted by the alien race when it comes to colonize the planet using us as hosts. Against this we have no defense. Nothing but a weak vaccine.

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Well-Manicured Man: Trust no one, Mr. Mulder.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: I saw your face, Mulder. There was a definite moment of panic.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: You've never seen me panic. When I panic, I make this face.

[remains impassive]

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[Scully rings Mulder while he stares at the bomb]

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Scully, you know that face I just showed you? I'm making it again.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: [after tricking Mulder into the door being locked] I had you.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: No, you didn't.

Special Agent Dana Scully: Oh, yeah. I had you big time.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: After what you saw last night, after all you've seen, you can just walk away?

Special Agent Dana Scully: I have. I did. It's done.

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[on the phone]

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: It's Bronschweig. Sir, the impossible scenario we never planned for? Well, we better come up with a plan.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: Is this Dr. Kurtzweil's residence?

D.C. Cop #1: You have some kind of business with him?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Yeah, I'm looking for him.

D.C. Cop #1: You're looking for him for what?

[Mulder shows his ID]

D.C. Cop #1: The Feds are looking for him, too. Real nice business he's got, huh?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: What's that?

D.C. Cop #1: Selling naked pictures of little kids on his computer. You looking for him for some other reason?

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Yeah. I had an appointment for a pelvic examination.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: Hey! You told me you had answers.

Alvin Kurtzweil, MD: Yeah. Well, I don't have 'em all.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: You got about 14 minutes to evacuate this building.

Special Agent Dana Scully: [thinking Mulder is joking about finding a bomb] Come on Mulder.

Special Agent Fox Mulder: Thirteen fifty-six. Thirteen fifty-four. Thirteen fifty-two. Thirteen fifty. You see a pattern emerging here, Scully?

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Special Agent Dana Scully: I have to be in Washington, D.C. in 11 hours for a hearing, the outcome of which might affect one of the biggest decisions of my life and here I am in the middle of nowhere, Texas, chasing phantom tanker trucks.

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Barmaid: I'd say this about exceeds your minimum daily requirement.

[Mulder knocks over his glass]

Barmaid: Whoa. You got to train for that kind of heavy lifting.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: [hands over bee evidence] I don't believe the FBI currently has an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence in hand.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: Maybe we should call in a bomb threat to Houston. I think it's free beer night at the Astrodome.

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Fire Captain Miles Cooles: [to Bronschwieg] What about my men! What about my men!

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: You know, one is the loneliest number.

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Well-Manicured Man: Survival is the ultimate ideology.

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Special Agent Dana Scully: Mulder, I can't tell you what killed this man. I'm not sure anybody else could claim to either.

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Assistant Director Walter Skinner: Agent Mulder, you and I both know that if it looks bad, it's bad for the FBI. Blame has to be assigned somewhere.

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Cigarette Smoking Man: Secure the station. I want everybody else down below. If you're not armed, arm yourselves! We may have a breach.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: I just got chased through Texas by two black helicopters!

Alvin Kurtzweil, MD: And why do you think it is you're standing here talking to me? These people don't make mistakes.

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Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: [after seeing the formed alien] So much for little green men.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: What do you want? Coke, Pepsi, saline IV?

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Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: [the Cigarette Smoking Man and Dr. Bronschweig climb down a ladder into the cave while wearing bio-haz-mats suits] We brought the atmosphere back down to freezing in order to control the development, which is like nothing we've ever seen.

Cigarette Smoking Man: Brought on by what?

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: Heat, I think. The coincident invasion of a host, the fireman, in an environment that raised his body temperate above 98.6.

Cigarette Smoking Man: [they walk into an isolation chamber where one of the infected firemen is lying on a gurney, breathing heavily, his skin gelatinous, and hooked up to various I.V. drips] This man's still alive.

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: Technically... and biologically. But he'll never recover.

Cigarette Smoking Man: How can this be?

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: [he points to the alien embryo forming in the fireman's chest seen through the skin which is pulsating] The developing organism is using his life energy, digesting bone and tissue. We've just slowed the process.

[pause]

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: Do you want us to destroy this one too before it gestates?

Cigarette Smoking Man: Uh, no. No. We need to try our vaccine on it.

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: And if it's unsuccessfull?

Cigarette Smoking Man: Burn it... like the others.

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Special Agent Fox Mulder: [the alien spacecraft emerges from the ice and flies overheard] Scully, you gotta see this. Scully

Special Agent Dana Scully: [whispering] I saw it. I saw it, too.

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