The X-files

Paper Clip (Part 3 of 3)
Episode: 3X02
First aired:09/29/95
Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Rob Bowman

The conclusion to the three parter, Anasazi and The Blessing Way!

From the previous episode: Scully, believing that Mulder is dead confronts Skinner. Her sister, Melissa is shot dead by Krycek. At the end, Scully and Skinner are locked in a stalemate in Mulder's apartment when they hear footsteps outside the room.

Mulder enters his apartment to find Scully and Skinner pointing guns at eachother and draws his own gun at Skinner, who puts his down. Skinner says that he has the missing files but Mulder tells him that CSM killed his father. Skinner, trying to remain on Mulder's side says the tapes are the only way to bring these men to justice.

Mrs. Scully goes to the hospital believing that Scully has been shot to find her other daughter in a coma.

Mulder and Scully show an old photograph of Mulder's father and an other man to the Lone Gunman who identify the other man as Victor Klemper, a Nazi scientist who escaped after WWII in exchange for research knowledge under a secret deal known as Operation Paper Clip. Frohike enters and tells Scully that her sister is in the hospital.

The Well-Manicured Man tell CSM that he has made a horrible mistake by shooting the wrong person. He demands CSM find the missing tape.

Mulder and Scully visit Klemper who tells them to go to a mining company in West Virgina. He then calls WMM to tell them about their visit so they now know that Mulder is infact alive.

Mulder has Albert go to Melissa and Mrs. Scully since he knows the hospital will be watched.

At the mining site, ulder and Scully find countless cabinets of medical files including one for Scully and one for ulder's sister, Samantha. Mulder notices that Samantha's name was has been plastered over his own.

When the lights suddenly go out, Mulder and Scully run to find an exit. They notice wierd alien figures rush past them and the are separated. Mulder finds his way outside and witnesses a massive spacecraft hovering over the facility. Scully observes an alien silhouette but it is gone in a flash of light.

Armed men arrive and fire at Mulder causing him to run back into the mine. He finds Scully and they rush outside through a secret door.

They meet with Skinner who tells them he'll trade the tape for their saftey and reinstatement to the bureau.

Scully believes they have lost control over the situation since the truth is no good if they are dead.

Skinner sees Mrs. Scully at the hospital and sees a mysterious man in the stairwell. After chasing the man, he is ambushed by Krycek and is beaten by two other men who take the tape. Later, Krycek narrowly escapes being blown up along with his car.

Mulder and Scully go to see Klemper again but encounter the WMM who tells them he's dead. He explains that the scientists were brought to the U.S. to conduct experiments to create an alien/human hybrid. Genetic data was gathered by millians of people through smallpox vaccinations and that Mulder's father, having threatened to expose the project was kept quite with Saantha's abduction.

Mulder goes to see his mother and asks her if she had to choose between him and Samantha. She breaks down and says it was his father's choice.

CSM and Skinner meet. Skinner tells him that Albert has memorized what is on the tapes and has told at least 20 people.

Melissa dies and Scully mourns for her sister. ulder says they have both lost so uch but he believes that the truth is still out there.

Important Quotes:
Scully -- "I have to go there, Mulder."
Mulder -- "You can't go."
Scully -- "That bullet was meant for me."
Mulder -- "If they're trying to kill you, that's the first place they're going to look."
Scully -- "Those bastards..."

Scully -- "Mulder... No, wait, hang on a second. Whatever we find in here... I don't think you've had time to process everything that you've been through."
Mulder -- "I'm okay, Scully..."
Scully -- "You weren't even able to go to your father's funeral and if something in here were to cast doubt on the kind of man he was... I, I just know how it would affect me."

Skinner -- "This is where you pucker up and kiss my ass...Now, you listen to me, you son of a bitch! This man's name is Albert Hosteen. You should remember that. Because if Agents Mulder and Scully come down with so much as a case of the flu, Albert is prepared to recite, chapter and verse, file for file, everything on your precious tape."

Scully -- "It happened three hours ago. She went into surgery and, uh... the damage to her brain was worse than they had hoped. Her blood pressure started to rise and, uh... she slipped away. She died for me and I tried to tell her I was sorry but I don't think she'll ever really know.

Mulder -- "We've both lost so much... but I believe that what we're looking for is in the X-Files. I'm more certain than ever that the truth is in there."
Scully -- "Ive heard the truth, Mulder. Now what I want are the answers."

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