S.R. 819 (6x10)
written by John Shiban
SKINNER: (voiceover) Every minute of every day we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be. This was the course I chose. Trying to find the delicate balance of interests that can never exist. Choosing by not choosing. Defending a center which cannot hold. So death chose for me.
SKINNER: What is it, Agent Mulder?
MULDER: I just, uh... I thought I'd poke my head in and say hey.
SENATOR MATHESON: I don't have to tell you how late it is, do I, Agent Mulder? But I suspect that wasn't even a consideration of yours.
MULDER: Actually, time is my only consideration, Senator.
SCULLY: I think I've found it. I think I found what the carbon's doing. It's, uh...it's not just reproducing itself. It has behavior. It's creating something, a-a matrix stimulated by blood flow in response to movement. It's multiplying and solidifying in an orderly fashion. It's building valves or-or dams in the vascular system.
DR. PLANT: It's building a heart attack.
MULDER: Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful.
SKINNER: I think I owe you an apology, Scully. You and Mulder.
SKINNER: I've been lying here thinking. Your quest... it should have been mine.
SCULLY: What do you mean?
SKINNER: If I die now, I die in vain. I have nothing to show for myself. My life...
SCULLY: Sir, you know that's not true.
SKINNER: It is. I can see now that... I always played it safe. I wouldn't take sides. Wouldn't let you and Mulder... pull me in.
SCULLY: You've been our ally more times than I can say.
SKINNER: Not the kind of ally that I could have been.