written by Jim Guttridge and Ken Hawrliw
SCULLY: Should we arrest David Copperfield?
MULDER: Yes, we should... but not for this.
SCULLY: I don't know. It's, uh... it's not a simple bisection. There's a considerable amount of his abdomen missing. I mean, it almost looks like a burning but it's too localized. Maybe an industrial acid.
MULDER: There's, um... no acid found in his office.
SCULLY: Hmm. Spontaneous human combustion.
SCULLY: Well, isn't that where you're going with this?
MULDER: Dear Diary: Today my heart leapt when Agent Scully suggested spontaneous human combustion.
SCULLY: Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases. Mulder, shut up.
SCULLY: He walks through solid objects?
MULDER: Changing their composition fundamentally-- making steel brittle, turning lead bullets into powder.
SCULLY: And flesh into carbon.
MULDER: I don't know how else to explain what happened to that prison superintendent or to poor Mr. Merkle over there, who's got no face anymore.
SCULLY: But where's the science in all of this, Mulder? You're talking alchemy.
MULDER: I'm not saying that it can't be explained scientifically. Maybe it's the tornado. You suggested it yourself. Unusual climatic conditions... high electrical potential...
SCULLY: I'm sorry I even brought it up.
SCULLY: He stopped at the mirror.
MULDER: Or the mirror stopped him. What makes an object solid, Scully? I mean, what, what prevents one solid object from passing through another solid object, usually?
SCULLY: Electrostatic repulsion. Individual electrons repelling one another like magnets.