The ultimate vow of closure. Not to be taken lightly, by either the speaker or the listener.

I first heard it in The Dark Knight Returns, as Batman found bodies in the water at the Tunnel of Love. Sure enough, he was right.

The X-files

Never Again
Episode: 4X13
First aired: 2/02/97
Written by: James Wong
Directed by: Rob Bowman

One of the scarier episodes.

Ed Jerse, a handsome Philadelphia resident, is devastated as a judge decrees the harsh terms of his divorce settlement. After downing too many drinks at a neighborhood bar, Ed enters a tattoo parlor and selects a Betty Page-like design (on which is printed the words, "Never Again.") The next day, while at work, Ed hears a female voice refer to him as a "loser." Angered, Ed picks a fight with some women close to his cubicle, but they don't understand his anger. His boss sends him home for the day.

Meanwhile, Mulder tells Scully he must take time off for vacation or face losing several week's pay. Tension erupts between the pair when Mulder tells his partner what cases need her attention during his absence. Scully refuses to waste her time on a dubious case involving a Russian living in Philadelphia whom Mulder believes possesses valuable information on UFOs. Scully tells Mulder she feels as though she has lost sight of herself--as if her own life does nothing but stand still.

Now in his shabby apartment, Ed hears the female voice taunting him again, mocking him. Not realizing where the voice is coming from, he thinks it's his downstairs neighbor. The voice eventually drives Ed to the point of madness. In a rage, Ed bursts into the woman's apartment and attacks her. Later, he drags the body into the basement and stuffs it inside an incinerator.

Despite her reservations, Scully decides to keeps tabs on Mulder's Russian. She quickly realizes the man is an extortionist and his activities have nothing to do with the X-Files. Scully follows the Russian into a nearby tattoo parlor, where she strikes up a conversation with Ed (who is in the process of begging the tattoo artist to cover his handiwork). They strike up a conversation and an undeniable chemistry develops between the pair. Ed hands Scully his business card, and suggests they have dinner. She politely declines, but takes his card anyway.

After a tense phone conversation with Mulder about the Russian, Scully sets up a date with Ed. Scully tells Ed how her whole life, she's followed some type of father figure around, until she has to rebel. Ed observes that it looks like she's ready to rebel again. After consuming a few drinks, Scully and Ed return to the tattoo parlor, where Scully has the image of a snake eating its own tail tattooed on her back. The pair return to Ed's apartment. Noting the bad weather, Ed suggests Scully spend the night. Scully notices blood dripping from Ed's tattoo and, doctor-like, helps him pull off his shirt. A moment of intimacy develops, but before Ed can act upon his feelings, the Betty tattoo cries out: "Kiss her... and she's dead."

The next morning, Ed awakens on the couch. He leaves Scully a note that he is going to get breakfast. While Ed is away, detectives roust Scully from her sleep. They reveal that a resident downstairs was reported missing, and that a blood type different from her's was found inside the apartment. The detectives tell Scully that the blood contains chemical abnormalities. Seeing the chemical breakdown, Scully realizes it is composed of the same odd ingredients the Russian tattoo artist used to make the ink he used in their tattoos.

When Ed returns with breakfast, Scully tells him about the detectives' visit. She also reveals that the chemical found in the blood is an ergot alkaloid that can produce dangerous hallucinations. Ed confides in Scully about hearing Betty's voice in his head, taunting him, controlling him--but now that Scully is here, the voice has gone away. Now afraid for herself, Scully prepares to take them both to the hospital. But when Ed learns Scully is an FBI agent, he snaps. He attacks her and Scully is knocked unconscious. As Betty's voice urges him on, Ed drags Scully's body into the basement, intending to stuff it inside the incinerator. Scully regains consciousness and tells Ed to "take control." Suddenly, Ed gathers the strength to thrust his arm inside the incinerator, burning off the tattoo. He is transported to a burn center for treatment.

When Mulder returns from vacation, the air between him and Scully remains tense. Scully reminds her partner that not everything revolves around him-and that she intends to live her own life.


Important Quotes:
Mulder -- "Okay, so we . . . we'll have them send down another desk and there won't be any room to move around here but we can put them really close together face to face. Maybe we can play some Battleship-!"

Scully -- "Where will you be?"
Mulder -- "Ironically enough, it's personal. It's a . . . place I always wanted to go. What I anticipate to be a spiritual journey. I hope to discover something about myself. Maybe you should do the same."

Mulder -- "All this because I . . . because I didn't get you a desk?"
Scully -- "Not everything is about you, Mulder. This is my life."
Mulder -- "Yes, but it's my . . ."


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A powerful song/rap by the artist Remedy, (the stage name of Jewish hip-hop artist Ross Fuller). Remedy is an associate of the Wu-Tang Clan. This song appears on The Swarm Vol. 1, an album by Wu-Tang Killa Bees. It is also on Remedy's solo album The Geniune Article.

The song is a cry of anger and outrage at the horror of the Holocaust. It is also a plea - never forget those lost to tragedy. Not only the 6,000,000 Jews who perished at the hand of the Nazis, but any victims of any tragedy. We must bear witness for all those who no longer can, and tell the world Never Again!

"An epic hip-hop song about the Holocaust, which incorporates Hatikvah as well as traditional Jewish music, prayers and even sound bites from the movie Schindler’s List." - The Jerusalem Report

The chorus, in my mind, emphasizes the message that this song is supposed to convey. So here it is:

Never again shall we march like sheep to the slaughter

This refers to the common attitude that the Jews went to their deaths quietly. This is not true in all cases. See Warsaw Uprising.

Never again shall we sit and take orders

Again, a reference to the passivity of the victims.

Stripped of our culture
Robbed of our name (never again)
Raped of our freedom and thrown into the flames (never again)

The Jews were dehumanized by the Nazis, and everything was taken from them. Often they were told that they had no names, merely an identification number on their uniform, or tattooed on their arm.

Forced from our families, taken from our homes
Moved from our God then burned of our bones

Their religion was turned into a mockery, and their end was in the crematoria.

Never again, never again
Shall we march like sheep to the slaughter (never again)
Leave our sons and daughters

Families were ripped apart. Men and women separated, children taken from their parents.

Stripped of our culture
Robbed of our name (never again)
Raped of our freedom and thrown into the flames (never again)
Forced from our families, taken from our homes
Moved from our God and everything we own (never again)

We cannot remain silent in the face of any tragedy. The human race has a tremendous capacity to forget its past. The remaining generations cannot allow this to happen. Never Again tries to teach that lesson by enumerating the horrors.

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