Mulder and Scully investigate an accident that was predicted by an old man who accosted the victim a few minutes beforehand to warn him he would be run over by a bus, which is exactly what happens. The man, a university professor, was with one of his colleagues, Jason Nichols, when the accident happened. The old man was taken into custody by the campus police, but the arresting officer is found frozen to death and mysteriously, is still getting colder. The old man escapes and a visiting Japanese scientist is also found frozen to death. The obvious suspect is Nichols but Mulder begins to suspect that something far more complex is happening.
Did You Know?
The molecule shown on the screen is a form of dichloroethane in which the four hydrogen atoms are replaced with helium. Although helium is highly unlikely to form a molecule in this way, the theoretical compound was simply intended to be something that didn't exist and that would be cold and unstable. See more
Scully uses an electronic ear thermometer to take the temperature of the dead campus security cop, which turns out to be 15 degrees Fahrenheit. However, electronic body thermometers don't register subfreezing temperatures. See more
Think about it, Scully. If Lucas Menand never gets hit by that bus, his complaint gets heard before the grand committee, Jason Nichols loses his funding and he never gets to collaborate on his research with Dr. Yonechi. Therefore, this photograph never gets taken because this celebration never happens.
And if your sister is your aunt and your mother marries your uncle, you'd be your own grandpa.
References The Iceman Cometh
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more