Max (part 2 of 2)
Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
As seen in the previous episode, Mulder
, clad in scuba gear
, inspects (what appears to
be) the wreckage of a UFO
deep beneath the murky waters
of Great Sacandaga Lake
Upstate New York
. A bright beam of light penetrates the darkness
, illuminating the
agent. The light's source is revealed to be a team of frogmen
, accompanied by an
craft equipped with large searchlights. Mulder attempts to make an escape
but he is placed under military arrest.
Garrett escapes from the Headless Woman Pub
her attention to Agent Pendrell
, who was caught in the crossfire. Paramedics
to the scene and Pendrell is transported to a nearby hospital
tells Scully that
Louis Frish is being placed under military arrest
(for suspicion of murder and providing
to a federal investigation
Mulder is released from jail
. The Air Force
asserts that Flight 549 collided with a military
jet when Frish and his tower co-controller made an error in judgment
. Based on
he saw beneath Lake Sacandaga, Mulder believes Flight 549 collided
with a UFO
(after it was shot down by a military jet). Scully tells Mulder that Agent
died of his injuries
. Mulder conveys his sympathies.
reveal that Sharon Graffia is not Max Fenig
's sister, but an unemployed
who spent time in mental institution
s (where she met Fenig). The
agents search Fenig's mobile home
. They discover a videotape
in which Fenig states
that the military salvaged alien technology
for use in their own technological
applications. He claims to have undeniable
, irrefutable proof to back up his assertion
Mulder describes for Mike Millar the sequence of events
that (he believes) led to the
downing of Flight 549. According to Mulder, Max boarded the plane carrying physical
proof of the existence
of extraterrestrial life
. Someone followed him aboard the craft,
intending to obtain the object at any cost. But before the assassin could carry out his
plot, Flight 549 was intercepted
by a UFO. As the UFO began to abduct Fenig, flight
controllers ordered a military jet
into 549's airspace on a mission
craft. When the Air Force shot down the UFO, the airliner
, caught in its "tractor beam,"
spun out of control and crashed.
of the trailer
park where Fenig lived gives Mulder Fenig's undelivered
mail. One envelope contains a luggage claim
ticket bearing a three-letter designation
for Syracuse. Meanwhile, Scully meets with Sharon Graffia at a mental health center
She admits she stole an object from her employer
after Max insisted it could prove the
existence of alien life. The object was divided into three parts
. Max and Sharon each
took a segment
, but they were later confiscated.
Mulder finds the third piece inside Fenig's luggage
at the Syracuse airport
. He boards a
flight for Washington
, but is followed by Garrett (Agent Pendrell's killer). Mulder gets the
jump on Garrett and confines him to a bathroom
aboard the plane. He telephones
and instructs her to meet him at Dulles airport
. Suddenly, Mulder's wrist watch stops
running. A UFO intercepts the aircraft
and, during the commotion
Garrett escapes from
the lavatory. He grabs a knapsack containing the third stolen
alien segment. As a bright
light from the UFO engulfs the plane
, Mulder instructs Garrett to drop the bag. But
Garrett refuses to do so. When the plane lands at Dulles
airport, Garrett is not on board.
Mulder tells Skinner
that Garrett "caught a connecting flight
Scully -- "Mulder
Mulder -- "Hey, Scully
. You here to spring me from the joint?"
Mulder -- "Remember this place?"
Scully -- "I remember being amazed at what some people will call home."
Mulder -- "You have to admit
the man had an enduring sense of style."
Scully -- "Only Max Fenig
and you would appreciate
living like this."
Max -- "And, uh, I should probably mention that I do this at great risk to my own health
but hey, when
every day is just another day you're gonna get kidnapped
by a bunch of little gray
dudes from outer space what's
a few CIA
spooks to worry about? "
Mulder -- "Do you know where she is?"
Scully -- "In a mental institution
Mulder -- "I'd go with you . . . but I'm afraid they'd lock
Scully -- "Me too. "
Scully -- "Mulder, where are you? "
Mulder -- "I'm standing outside an airplane bathroom
where I've got the man who shot Pendrell
Scully -- "What?"
Mulder -- "Yeah, looks like I'm gonna miss the inflight movie
. And it was something starring Steve Guttenberg."
Scully -- "I think 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 is no substitute for
perseverance and hard work and teamwork
. Because no one gets there alone. And while we commemorate
greatness of these events and the individuals
who achieve them, we cannot forget the sacrifice
of those who made
and leaps possible."
Mulder -- "I thought it was just a pretty cool keychain
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