written by John Shiban and Vince Gilligan
MULDER: I'm having the best damn day of my life. Any moment I'm about to burst into song -- "Zip a dee doo dah." My, uh, waterbed sprung a leak and shorted out my alarm clock. My cell phone got wet and crapped out on me and the check I wrote my landlord to cover the, uh, damages is going to bounce if I don't deposit my pay. You ever have one of those days, Scully?
SCULLY: Since I've been working here? Yeah. When did you get a waterbed, Mulder?
MULDER: Bank's just down the street. I'll be back in ten. Cover for me, will you?
SCULLY: When do I not?
MULDER: Scully, did you ever have one of those days you wish you could rewind and start all over again from the beginning?
SCULLY: Yes. Frequently. But, I mean, who's … who's to say that if you did rewind it and start over again that it wouldn't end up exactly the same way?
MULDER: So you think it's all just fate? We have no free will?
SCULLY: No, I think that we're free to be the people that we are -- good, bad or indifferent. I think that it's our character that determines our fate.
MULDER: And all the rest is just preordained? I don't buy that. There's too many variables. Too many forks in the road.
SCULLY: Since when did you get a waterbed?
MULDER: I might just as easily not have a waterbed then I'd be on time for this meeting. You might just as easily have stayed in medicine and not gone into the FBI, and then we would never have met. Blah, blah, blah...
MULDER: Free will. With every choice, you change your fate.
MULDER: It's a long story but I had the distinct sensation that I had lived that moment before. I wonder what it means.
SCULLY: Mulder, I don't see why it has to mean anything.
MULDER: Well, you know, some Freudians believe the déjà vu phenomenon to be repressed memories escaping the unconscious. That it represents a desire to, uh, have a second chance to set things right.
SCULLY: Set what kind of things right?
MULDER: Whatever's wrong.
SCULLY: Mulder, it's more likely that we're talking about simple neurochemistry -- a glitch in the brain's ability to process recognition and memory. Doesn't mean that the memory's authentic.
MULDER: Yeah? Well, but what if it were?
SCULLY: What if you'd lived this moment before and now you're living it again?
MULDER: Yeah -- so that I could right some wrong or change fate.
SCULLY: Well, right now I'd say you're fated to go to this meeting.
MULDER: No. Actually, I'm fated to go to the bank.