Tempus Fugit (part 1 of 2)
Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
A very important episode in the X-files mythology. Also, poor Agent Pendrell's demise.
At the Headless Woman's Pub, waiters singing "Happy Birthday
" approach Mulder
's table. Scully is surprised that her partner remembered the occasion
. Before the
celebration continues, the agents are approached by Sharon Graffia, who identifies
herself as the sister of Max Fenig
(the alien abductee
seen in "Fallen Angel"). Fenig was
killed in an airplane crash
in Upstate New York two hours earlier. It was Fenig's wish
that the agents be sought out should any harm befall him.
The agents attend a Go-Team
meeting assembled by the National Transportation Safety
Board. Mike Millar, the man in charge of the operation, plays a tape recording
of the last
radio exchange between Flight 549 and air traffic control
in Albany. During the
recording, the pilot makes reference to an "intercept
." Mulder believes is an indication
was forced out of the sky. But his comments
before the group are met with
The agents comb the crash site for possible clues
. Mulder realizes there is a nine minute
between the official time of the crash and the time indicated on passengers
wrist watches. In the distance, an investigator named Garrett sprays an acid-like
substance on one of the bodies, dissolving the victim's fingertips and face. A few
moments later, other Go-Team members pull a survivor
, Larold Rebhun, from the
. Scully concludes he was exposed to extreme radiation
. Mulder tells Scully
that he believes Fenig was abducted
from the aircraft by being sucked out of the
emergency exit door
. However, Go-Team members find Fenig's body amongst the
The agents interview Louis Frish, who, along with Armando Gonzales, manned the Air
air control tower
on the night of the crash. Louis claims there was no
radio contact between the Air Force
and the civilian plane. Later, Louis finds Gonzales'
inside the control tower. Several government men
storm the tower. Louis
avoids capture by hiding on the roof
. Later, Sharon Graffia disappears from her motel
room. Mulder concludes she was abducted by a UFO
Louis Frish tells Mulder, Scully, and Millar that he-not an air traffic controller in
Albany-was the last person to communicate
with Flight 549. Louis explains that his
ordered him (along with Gonzales) to lie to investigators
. The men
saw an unidentified
radar blip enter Flight 549's airspace. Moments later, there was an
. Mulder speculates that a third, unidentified aircraft shot down the intercept
craft-but is at a loss to explain the absence
of a second crash site. As the agents drive
Louis away from the Go-Team's headquarters
, two automobiles give chase. In an
attempt to outmaneuver
his pursuers, Mulder drives onto a runway. An airliner
the strip, narrowly missing Mulder's car
. The two chase cars break off their pursuit.
Later, Mike Millar encounters a UFO hovering above the crash site. He finds Sharon
Scully and Louis await a Federal Marshal at the Headless Woman's Pub. Garrett enters
with a gun. Scully draws her weapon
and a shoot-out
ensues. Agent Pendrell, who
happened to be frequenting
the bar, is shot in the chest. Scully manages to shoot
Garrett in the leg.
After examining a map, Mulder concludes that the second craft
crashed into Great
. He scuba dives into the murky water, where he encounters twisted
wreckage-and the body of a gray alien
. Suddenly, a bright beam of light emanates from
the surface. Mulder shields his eyes from the impossibly intense light
To Be Continued...
Mulder -- "Happy Birthday dear Special Agent Dana
, Happy Birthday to You . . . I didn't know it was your birthday, Scully."
Scully -- "Mulder, you've never remembered my birthday in the four years I've known you."
Mulder -- "That's the way I like to celebrate. It's every four years, like dog years
Scully -- "Dog years? Thank you."
Mulder -- (smiling) "You're welcome
. Oh, I got something for you."
Scully -- "You've got to be kidding me."
Mulder -- "It's just something that reminded me of you."
Scully -- "What, an alien implant
Mulder -- "Two, actually. I made them into earrings
." (she opens the small box - it's a keychain)
Scully -- "Apollo 11
Mulder -- "(smiling) Read the back."
Scully -- "Commemorating Apollo 11 and the mission to the moon
, July 1969. I'm touched
Scully -- "You sure know how to make a girl feel special on her birthday."
Scully -- "Are you accusing these men of covering evidence
Mulder -- "These men? No. These men are trained to identify moving
. They're trained
to reconstruct those parts in the past to arrive at the present but they can't do that because someone has stolen the
past from them. Nine minutes
of it. Nine minutes that became a lifetime to those passengers and now for their
families. Someone has got to figure out what happened in those nine minutes. Somehow we've got to get that
Diver -- "Have you worked at this depth before?"
Mulder -- "Not exactly."
Diver -- "What exactly is your experience
Mulder -- "Once I, uh . . . I got a quarter off of the deep end
of the 'Y' pool . . ."
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