Director: Kim Manners
As the investigation in to the cause of the crash of flight 549 continues, Scully is caught in an attempted assassination of Corporal Frish which claims the life of Agent Pendrell. Mulder is taken into military custody while inspecting the second crash site at the bottom of Lake Sacandaga where he discovered the wreckage of a crashed UFO. Meanwhile in Washington, Assistant Director Skinner tells Scully that Louis Frish, a US airforce air traffic controller who was helping them with the their investigation, is to be charged with providing false evidence and suspicion of murder. The Airforce claim that Frish made an error in judgement which resulted in a military jet colliding with flight 549.
Mulder released by the military returns to Washington with the theory that the airforce dispatched a jet that shot down the UFO which intercepted flight 549 and inadvertently caused the plane to spin out of control and crash. Records reveal that Sharon Graffia is not Max Fenig's sister but a fellow patient from his mental institution. Mulder and Scully search Max's mobile home for clues and discover a video tape of Max's claiming that he had actual physical evidence that the military is using technology from recovered UFOs.
Mulder believes that Max had the physical evidence with him on the plane, that was the source of the radiation and the reason that he was abducted from the plane. Mulder traces a piece of the evidence Max was talking about to his luggage in Syracuse airport. Mulder boards a flight back to Washington with the evidence but the plane is intercepted in flight.
Although this episode (and "Tempus Fugit") deals with a military cover-up of a downed UFO and elimination of evidence that Max was carrying, it curiously did not involve the Cigarette Smoking Man. This type of work would be right up his alley.
Scully: All I know is that this plane seems to be killing people as it sits there on the ground.. Mulder. Agent Pendrell is dead.
Scully: Shot. In an attempt on Sergeant Frish in Washington he saved his life Mulder and maybe mine.
Mulder: Scully... Scully...
Scully: Mulder what are these people dying for? Is it for the truth or is it for the lies?
Mulder: It's gotta be for the truth, if we owe them anything it's to make sure of that.
Scully: (To Pendrell) We've got paramedics on the way you're going to the hospital, you're going to be ok. Look, we still haven't celebrated my birthday, Pendrell. I'm not going to let you off the hook like this.
Scully: This gift that you gave me for my birthday. You never got to tell me why you gave it to me or what it means... but I think I know. I think that you appreciate that there are extraordinary men and women and... extraordinary moments when history leaps forward on the backs of these individuals... that what can be imagined can be achieved... that you must dare to dream... but that there's no substitute for perseverance and hard work... and teamwork... because no one gets there alone... and that, while we commemorate the... the greatness of these events and the individuals who achieve them, we cannot forget the sacrifice of those who make these achievements and leaps possible.
Mulder: I just thought it was a pretty cool keychain.
Mulder: Do you know where she is? (Max's girlfriend).
Scully: In a mental institution.
Mulder: I'd go with you... but I'm afraid they'd lock me up.
Scully: Me too.