"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - European Voyage

6x00 "European Voyage: Family Importance"

Review By: Cerasi J.

“E.T.’s not real…”

All right! Finally, a new episode of FRVS! This long-awaited episode was worth the four-month hiatus! When we last met our heroes, Marita was throwing them on a plane bound for London. And just when the passagers think they’ll be able to get some sleep… their worst nightmare appears… Mulder. After a spoiler-dropping conversation with Steven Spielberg Mulder’s big mouth gets the trouble started. The first bubble to be burst is Monica’s, when she learns of whom Marita is really marrying.

The hours before the big day are growing slimer, and it’s in those hours when Marita’s true colors are revealed, as well as Westley’s true intentions! It starts when Westley asks Doggett to use his super grammar skills to write him a speech. But as pre-wedding tentions arise between would-be bride Marita and heart-broken Monica, Scully and Doggett are discovering some tentions of their own! Will Marita have the wedding of her dreams? Or will Mulder decide to show up dressed as Langley with the remains of a fried egg sandwich all over his face? Check out this great new episode to find out! =)


Title: "European Voyage: Family Importance"
Series: FRVS - Episode #100a
Written by: Kristi & Cassie
Feedback: foxandratvs@gmail.com
Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series only!
Air Date: 7 July 2003
Rating: PG-13

Date Written: 1-2, 12-15, 19 January; 20-21 March; 20, 23 June 2003
Revised Date:

Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.

Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).

Author's Note: In the beginning, we never thought about how big this series would get for us. And now, because of our readers, our love for writing, and the internet, we have the beginning of our 100th episode of "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series. This episode is dedicated to all of our loyal fans, who - for some reason or another - decided to spend their time on the internet reading our crap. We thank you from the very bottom of our hearts and souls.

Summary: The Covarrubias and Follmer families prepare for the union of their children Marita and Bradley.


RECAP: 5x22 "British Airways Flight 329" - Marita drags the gang to London, England so they can be at her wedding to "Westley". Unbeknownst to us and everyone else, but beknownst to Mulder, he knows who Westley is: Brad Follmer. He blurts this out and Monica attacks him to find out if what he said was true, and so begins their Euopean Voyage...

FADE IN:

INT. PLANE

Monica is still at Mulder's throat. He's still unconscious on the floor.

MONICA
(freaked)
Mulder! What did you say?!

DOGGETT
Mon', get off of him!

Scully and Doggett get out of their seats to get Monica off of Mulder.

SCULLY
Monica… please

MONICA
(shaking Mulder)
Tell me!

The mean stewardess is approaching them. She does not look happy at this situation.

Doggett pulls Monica off of Mulder.

DOGGETT
(demanding)
Get it together soldier!

MONICA
But… he said…

DOGGETT
I know…

The mean stewardess comes up to them.

STEWARDESS
(to Monica)
Ma'am… if you don't-

MONICA
(ignoring stewardess/pathetic)
Johnny… my life is over…

The stewardess seems irritated with her. Doggett puts her in a seat. She's calmed, yet stunned, lost and confused.

Doggett turns his attention back to Mulder. Scully is checking to make sure he is ok.

STEWARDESS
(to Doggett/stressed)
Sir, if you don't keep your sister
in check, someone might get
hurt. We can't have her sudden
out bursts, or her running up and
down the aisles. (beat) And as for him…

She points to Mulder - the impossible thoughts of containing him are frustrating and mind-boggling. The stewardess shakes her head in frustration and walks away.

Mulder comes to on the ground.

SCULLY
Mulder? Are you ok?

MULDER
E.T. isn't real…

He sits up, shakes his head and goes to his seat. Scully and Doggett share a look and shrug their shoulders.

They take their seats, and turn their attention back to Monica.

DOGGETT
Mon'? You ok?

No answer from Monica.

SCULLY
I'm a little confused. What happened?

Doggett turns to Scully.

DOGGETT
(quiet)
Basically, Mulder let it slip
who this mysterious Westley guy is.

SCULLY
What does this have
to do with Monica?

DOGGETT
He's Brad Follmer.

Scully's eyes widen.

SCULLY
How?

MONICA
(calm/stunned)
I can't believe I never
made the connection…

Doggett thinks, but doesn't get what she's talking about.

SCULLY
What connection Monica?

MONICA
His birth name is Westley.
(beat) Bradley Markus
Westley Follmer…

Doggett has a thought.

DOGGETT
Mon'… I don't mean to be
insensitive when I say this
but, you and Mr. Follmer aren't together.

Monica looks at him blankly.

MONICA
In case you haven't noticed,
Brad and I are dating again.

Doggett nods, understanding now why Monica is acting this way.

MONICA
(to no one really)
Why didn't he tell me…

Across the aisle we notice Marita has woken up. She sits up right and stretches her arms.

Monica's eyes catch her.

MONICA
(suddenly pissed)
And little Marita Lynn…

Monica glares at Marita. Doggett and Scully follow her glare. They see Marita looking oh-so innocent. It's almost as if she knows what just happened, for she looks over at them, gives a little wave and smiles nauseatingly innocent and sweat.

MONICA
I can't believe her…

Doggett and Scully look back at Monica.

SCULLY
(re: evil look on Monica's face)
What? (beat) I mean, besides
the obvious, what else did she
do? I've never seen that evil
look in your eyes before…

MONICA
She asked me to be her Maid
of Honor, knowing damn well
about Brad and I.

SCULLY
(reminiscing)
She'll do things like that…

DOGGETT
She's done this to you?

SCULLY
All my life she has done things
like this. Not exactly like this,
but stealing my boyfriends from
me, and then having the nerve
to say it was my fault.

Doggett looks at her questioningly.

SCULLY
(reading his look)
You know, saying that I stole
them from her when she wasn't
even with anyone.

Doggett looks over at Marita. She doesn't seem like that kind of person…

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - 7:45 PM - 3RD FLOOR HALLWAY

Doggett and Scully are in the hallway that is elegantly dressed with expensive décor. Doggett and Scully are in front of a closed door. Scully knocks.

SCULLY
(sympathetic)
Monica, please open the door.

MONICA (O.S.)
No.

DOGGETT
(stern)
Monica Isabella Reyes, don't make
me break down this door. (beat) And
don't think I can't smell that cigarette.

SCULLY
And the vodka.

INT. GUEST BEDROOM

Monica has a bottle of vodka and a cigarette in her hand. She's pacing the room. The door is once again pounded on.

DOGGETT (O.S.)
Open up!

Monica stops pacing, and approaches the door. She does not open it.

MONICA
No! I have no reason!

She takes a big swig of vodka.

INT. HALLWAY - CON'T

Doggett is getting frustrated with Monica.

DOGGETT
(mad/loud)
Monica!

SCULLY
(quite)
John…

She puts her hand on his shoulder.

SCULLY
She just had her heart crushed.
Maybe she needs to be alone for a bit.

DOGGETT
(trying to calm himself)
She's smoking, drinking, and clearly
not in a rational mind.

SCULLY
John, she's locked up in her
room. I'm sure she'll be fine.

Doggett gives her a doubtful look.

DOGGETT
Ok. (beat) Monica?

MONICA (O.S.)
(upset)
I don't want to hear your
'I told you' so's.

DOGGETT
That's not what I was doing,
and I'm not going to do that.
(beat) We're going to dinner.
Please don't do anything stupid, ok?

No answer.

DOGGETT
Monica?

SCULLY
She'll be fine, John.
Let's let her be.

Scully starts walking away, she slowly turns and looks at Doggett who is still standing in front of the door.

SCULLY
(mother commanding a child)
John.

Doggett walks away from the door and continues with Scully down the hall.

SCULLY
She'll be fine.

DOGGETT
(knowing better)
She's drinking.

SCULLY
What's the worst that could happen?
She wakes up with a hangover. And
I'm sure it won't be the first time.

As they continue down the hall they pass a dark room. After they pass, out steps Alex Krycek…

He watches them go down the hall. Once they are out of view, he looks down the other end of the hall at Monica's room. He cautiously makes his way down the hall towards her room…

CUT TO:

INT. DINING HALL - 8 PM

Think of a dining hall you'd be likely to see in an elaborate film about royalty. Bit table, the chairs are spaced out away from each other so that Daddy C (aka: The Well Manicured Man), Marita, Brad (who isn't there yet), Skinner, Scully, Doggett, Mulder, Krycek and Monica are spread out evenly around the entire table.

Mulder is sitting in his chair across from Krycek's chair, but Krycek is not there yet… if at all. Next to Mulder to his left sits Scully. He happily turns to her.

MULDER
I can't believe rich British folk
toss food at each other to pass
food around the table…

Scully gives him a look.

SCULLY
Mulder, don't you dare.

MULDER
Did you say… dare?

He winks at her and grins, but not the good kind of grin.

Across from Scully is Doggett. He sits alone on his side of the table. He looks around at the placement cards to see who he is suppose to be sitting next to. To his right is Brad Follmer, and to his left is Alex Krycek. Next to Krycek is Monica.

Doggett looks over to Scully. Scully is keeping a side eye on Mulder to make sure he doesn't misbehave.

DOGGETT
Hey Dana?

Scully looks over at him.

SCULLY
Yeah?

DOGGETT
Where's Krycek?

SCULLY
I don't know.

Scully looks over to Mulder who, for once, is acting like a grown up.

SCULLY
Mulder?

Mulder looks over with a stupid grin on his face.

MULDER
Yes?

SCULLY
Do you know where Alex is?

Mulder shrugs his shoulders. He doesn't know. Scully looks over at Doggett and shakes her head "no". No one knows where Krycek is.

Just then, the doors to the room open and in walks Brad Follmer. He looks exhausted, having just gotten off the plane.

Marita jumps out of her seat, grabbing all the attention in the room. She skips over to Brad.

MARITA
Oh darling! I'm so glad
you have finally arrived!

She kisses him on the cheek. Brad obviously forces a smile as Daddy C (aka: The Well-Manicured Man) and Mr. and Mrs. Follmer approach them.

BRAD
(fake happy/sneer)
Can't say I can say the same.

Marita heard his words, but decides she's going to ignore them and put on her act. She puts her arms around him and nuzzles her head against his chest.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
Brad, it's good to see you again.

They shake hands.

JAMES FOLLMER
Son, we're glad you decided to
come. After all, you are getting
married soon, and to such a lovely
lady too.

Marita puts on her overly sweet smile.

BRAD
(unenthusiastic)
Yes, I'm thrilled.

James Follmer gives his son a pat on the back and leaves to go back to his seat.

Rebecca Follmer, Brad's mother, gives him a reluctant hug.

REBECCA FOLLMER
It's been a long time.

Brad forces a smile. He doesn't want to be here, and it shows.

BRAD
(bitter)
Maybe not long enough.

He starts to walk away from her, but she stops him.

REBECCA FOLLMER
(quiet/"understanding")
I'm truly sorry, Bradley. But you know you
have to go through with this. That other girl
wouldn't fit into the family. You know that.

Brad says nothing, knowing his mother doesn't mean a word of what she says, and takes a seat next to the Well-Manicured Man (at the head of the table) and Doggett. Doggett looks over at him. Brad says nothing, he doesn't even acknowledge him.

DOGGETT
Brad?

Brad looks over, but says nothing.

DOGGETT
Why didn't you-

BRAD
-Monica's not here, right?

DOGGETT
She's in her room.

Brad says nothing. The WMM stands up with his wine glass and taps it with a fork to get everyone's attention. He speaks to everyone.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
Hello, and welcome to my home. I
understand that most of you are tired
from your journey, so I won't make this long.

He sets his glass down.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
I'm sure you have all been informed as to
why you have all been invited here, but
incase you haven't…

He glances over at Mulder, who is balancing his spoon on his nose…

WELL-MANICURED MAN
(continuing)
We're all here to celebrate the upcoming
marriage of Marita Lynn Covarrubias and
Bradley Markus Westley Follmer.

Marita smiles happily.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
I only have a few questions for our
happy love birds.

Brad rolls his eyes. It's probably a good thing he hasn't eaten yet…

WELL-MANICURED MAN
First of all, who have you decided to
be your Maid of Honor, Marita? I'm
guessing you asked Dana.

MARITA
Actually, my Maid of Honor
hasn't joined us yet.

Brad glares at her knowing who hasn't shown up for dinner…

WELL-MANICURED MAN
(surprised)
Oh?

MARITA
Yes, she isn't here yet. (looks
directly at Brad) Monica Reyes
will be my Maid of Honor.

She gives a sweet devious smile directly too Brad.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
Oh, that's wonderful. (beat) Brad,
who have you asked to be your Best Man?

BRAD
No one.

The WWM and his parents don't know how to react to that. All eyes are on Brad, hoping that maybe he will choose his best man now, however he doesn't. Instead:

BRAD
Will you excuse me?

He gets up from the table and leaves the room. Doggett watches him leave.

DOGGETT
Ditto.

And with that, he gets up and leaves the room.

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - CON'T

Brad is walking fast away from the dining hall. Doggett exits, looks both ways, sees Brad and goes in his direction, trying to catch up.

DOGGETT
Brad.

Brad keeps walking.

BRAD
(frustrated)
What do you want, Mr. Doggett?

Doggett catches up with him and stops him.

DOGGETT
Don't 'Mr. Doggett' me, Brad.

Brad says nothing, and waits for him to continue.

DOGGETT
What are you going to do?

BRAD
Well, isn't it obvious? I'm
throwing my life away.

DOGGETT
I mean, right now.

BRAD
Right now? (beat) I don't
know maybe hang myself?

DOGGETT
Seriously…

BRAD
Seriously? (beat) I don't know. I
was thinking of going to talk to
Monica, but to be honest, I don't
think I can face her right now, given
that I didn't tell her about this, and
she's probably pissed at me. (beat)
No, knowing Monica, she is pissed at me.

There's a beat of silence.

BRAD
Could you do me a favor
and be my best man?

Doggett looks at him confused about how they got on this topic.

DOGGETT
What?

BRAD
I want someone there that
can give a good speech about
why I'm not coming.

Doggett nods.

DOGGETT
Sure.

BRAD
If you don't mind, I have a few
things I have to do. Could you check
on Monica and find out on a scale how
pissed she is at me?

DOGGETT
Yeah.

BRAD
Thanks.

Brad walks away down the hall. Doggett goes to the nearest elevator and presses the up button.

CUT TO:

INT. 3RD FLOOR HALLWAY

The elevator dings open and Doggett walks out and down the hall.

He stops in his tracks when he sees Monica's door open and Alex Krycek steps out. He's on his cell phone, his back to Doggett.

KRYCEK
(thinking he's hot stuff)
Yeah, I'm now da man! (beat)
Yeah, I just finished jamming Mon', so
that means I won. (beat) Well I
already got Scully when she was eight, and
I've had Marita before. (beat) What do you mean?
(beat) You mean I have to get them after
we made the bet?! (beat) No… that's not a
problem for me because I'm da man.
(beat) Yeah, ok. I'll inform you once I've
gotten the other two. Ciao.

He clicks off his cell phone. He still hasn't noticed Doggett, but Doggett heard his phone call and is not happy with Alex Krycek "jamming" his best friend while she's under the influence…

KRYCEK
(to himself/cocky)
You know… I'm still a bit horney…
and I think she needs more of
my Russian Love Gun…

He laughs a perverted laugh, but stops immediately when Doggett taps him on the shoulder. He turns around, still believing he's "hot stuff".

KRYCEK
Oh hey Doggman. What's up?

Without wasting another beat, Doggett punches Krycek in the face. Krycek falls to the ground.

KRYCEK
Owie! What the hell was that for?

DOGGETT
That was for taking advantage of
a woman while she's intoxicated,
you sick son-of-a-bitch.

He punches him again, this time knocking him out.

Doggett looks into Monica's dark room. No sign that she's awake. He goes in to check on her.

INT. MONICA'S GUEST BEDROOM

Monica is laying on the bed, covered only by sheets. Two empty vodka bottles are on the floor near the bed. She's out cold.

CUT TO:

EXT. BALCONY - 9PM

Marita has put on her silk white pajamas. Her hair has pink curlers all over it. She is admiring the flowers that decorate her bedroom balcony. She lets out a happy sigh and smiles up at the stars in the sky.

MARITA
Starlight. Star bright. First star I
see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I
might have this wish I wish tonight:
That I am the happiest most special
and beautiful girl in the universe and I
wish that I am happier than my friends
Monica and Dana Katherine.

Scully coughs behind Marita, startling her.

SCULLY
I thought when you wish upon
a star you could only make one wish.

Marita laughs.

MARITA
Oh you silly girl-

SCULLY
-Am I?

MARITA
Why, whatever do you mean?

SCULLY
What are you trying to do?
Hurt Monica more by asking
her to be your Maid of Honor,
and more specifically by agreeing
to this age-old betrothal crap?

MARITA
(proud and innocent)
Uh-huh.

SCULLY
Why?

MARITA
(calmly)
She put in "Austin Powers" when
it was Baby Girl Night.

Scully gives her the "you're shitting me" look.

Marita smiles at Scully, happy that she can't comment.

SCULLY
(in shock of her reason)
That's crap!

Marita's expression turns to a glare.

MARITA
(screaming)
NO IT ISN'T!

DOGGETT (O.S.)
Dana?

Marita and Scully turn around to see John Doggett in the doorway, having just witnessed Marita's little explosion.

SCULLY
Yeah?

DOGGETT
I need to talk to you outside.

Scully rushes to his side, just as they are exciting…

MARITA
Oh, Johnny!

Scully stops Doggett from responding to Marita's call.

EXT. HALLWAY - CON'T

Dana shuts the door to Marita's room.

SCULLY
Thanks for saving me. Do you
know why Marita asked Mon' to
be her Maid of Honor?

DOGGETT
I need your help.

SCULLY
With what?

DOGGETT
Writing a speech for why
Brad won't be at his wedding.

SCULLY
Gee, I thought not wanting
to marry Marita was enough?

DOGGETT
These people want it to happen.
They don't understand.

Scully nods understanding.

They head down the hallway to go write the speech. As they walk, they pass Krycek, who is still knocked out on the ground.

SCULLY
What happened to him?

DOGGETT
He took advantage of Monica.

SCULLY
He did what?

DOGGETT
Yeah, I saw him leaving her room
on the phone telling someone that
he, and I quote, "jammed" her.

Scully's mouth drops open, appauled. She looks down at him in shock.

DOGGETT
After I knocked him out, I
went in to check on Mon',
and guess what I found?

SCULLY
What?

DOGGETT
Two empty vodka bottles
and Mon' out cold.

SCULLY
Ooh, she is not going
to be happy when she wakes up.
And not just because she has a hangover.

CUT TO:

INT. DOGGETT'S ROOM

Doggett is sitting at a desk and Scully is pacing behind him. Doggett has a pen in his hand and a pad of paper in front of him.

SCULLY
Ok, I've got it.

Doggett gets ready to write.

SCULLY
Ladies and gentlemen of the gallery…

Doggett looks up at her in question.

DOGGETT
The gallery?

SCULLY
Or just "Ladies and gentlemen."

She shrugs, and he waits.

SCULLY
We regret- wait, who's going
to be reading this?

DOGGETT
I am.

Scully looks at him, puzzlement in her eyes.

SCULLY
You?

DOGGETT
Yeah.

SCULLY
Since when do you help Mr. Follmer?

DOGGETT
What do you mean?

SCULLY
I thought you hate him. Remember
how you trained Buddy to growl at him?

He doesn't answer. Scully looks at him and reads him.

SCULLY
(getting it)
Oh… you're helping him
because you guys really are friends…

There is a hesitated beat as the answer is easily read on his face. Scully smiles.

DOGGETT
(up tight)
Ok. So what if we're friends.
We have to write this.

SCULLY
Does Monica know? Because she
thinks you two hate each other. Don't
you remember that one time she made
you guys hang out together so you would
get along, but instead you both ended up
over at our apartment.

DOGGETT
Well then it's obvious, Mon'
doesn't know. (beat) Can we
write this now?

SCULLY
Why won't you tell her?

Doggett lets out a sigh.

DOGGETT
Because I've told her I've
always hated him and that
I always will hate him.

SCULLY
That's kind of stupid. Don't
you see how much it hurts
her that you hate him?

DOGGETT
(ignoring the current topic)
Anyway… "Ladies and gentlemen,
I regret to inform you…"

SCULLY
Ok. (beat) I regret to inform you,
but Brad Follmer will not be
coming today because he doesn't
want to marry a loon like Marita Lynn-"

Doggett writes.

SCULLY
Scratch the "loon like Marita Lynn" part,
and put "because he is not in love with
Marita Lynn and doesn't want to waste
his life in misery like his parents did."

Doggett writes.

SCULLY
No wait, scratch out the "waste his
life in misery like his parents did", and
put "he doesn't want to waste his life
by marrying a woman he doesn't love
because he is in love with Monica Reyes.

Doggett writes.

SCULLY
The end.

Doggett writes. Scully leans over his shoulder.

SCULLY
Hon', you might now want to
say "The end" at the end of your speech.

DOGGETT
(feelin' dumb)
Oh…

She smiles at him as he scratches out "The end" on his note pad.

DOGGETT
Ok, so this is what I have: "Ladies
and gentlemen, I regret to inform
you, but Brad Follmer will not be
coming today because he is not in
love with Marita Lynn and doesn't want
to waste his life by marrying a woman
he doesn't love because he is in love
with Monica Reyes."

SCULLY
Sounds good to me. (beat) Ok, so tomorrow
is the day before the wedding. My mother and
sister are arriving at Heathrow in the morning,
then that afternoon we're going to go pick up Marita's mother.

DOGGETT
Her mother doesn't live at home?

SCULLY
That's right, you don't know…

He looks at her questioningly.

SCULLY
Her mother, Lynn, has been in
a mental institute since 1971.

DOGGETT
What is she there for?

SCULLY
Psychotic disorder. She loses contact
with reality, much like Marita does now
and then, ya know… has irrational ideas
and distorted perceptions.

DOGGETT
Like believing that this wedding
is actually going to happen.

SCULLY
Yeah… when her mother told off
the Queen, that's when Daddy C
decided it was time to take her in
to get help.

DOGGETT
Told off the Queen?

SCULLY
Yeah, she told the Queen that she
had to step down from the throne
and allow her to rule England because
she knew better than some inbred hick…

Doggett blinks in disbelief. Off that…

CUT TO:

EXT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - THE GARDENS

Mulder and Skinner are walking around this gigantic garden and they see a gigantic maze…

SKINNER
Mulder, this is ridiculous.

MULDER
No it isn't.

SKINNER
There is no way you saw the Easter Bunny.

MULDER
Yes I did. Besides, how can you say
that my eyes didn't see the Easter Bunny?
I don't see you looking through my eyes.

Mulder sticks his tongue out at Skinner.

SKINNER
(mumbles under breath)
This is the first time I wish I were
in a Brotherhood meeting, listening
to Kersh sing "Barbie Girl" and dancing
on top of the desk, wearing-

MULDER
-Are you saying something, Walt?

SKINNER
Don't call me that.

MULDER
What's the Brotherhood?

SKINNER
It's nothing.

Mulder shrugs his shoulders and looks under a bush.

SKINNER
This is stupid.

MULDER
I think he went into the maze.

SKINNER
You just want to go get lost.

MULDER
No… I swear, I saw the Easter
Bunny go into the maze.

SKINNER
Mulder-

MULDER
-I'm going!

Mulder starts to make his way into the maze… leaving Skinner all alone.

SKINNER
Mulder?

Mulder disappears out of his view.

SKINNER
Mulder!

MULDER
(from somewhere inside the maze)
Come on Walt… it's dark and scary
all alone out there… and I know how
much you dislike the dark…

Paranoid, Skinner looks around… then carefully makes his way into the maze to find Mulder.

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - MONICA'S GUEST ROOM

Since Alex Krycek has been a bad boy, and no one trust him, especially Doggett and Scully, they have decided to stay in Monica's room. That way, if she's still in her mood from when they last saw her, they can stop her from doing anything stupid.

Doggett and Scully are sitting on Monica's bed, with Monica in between them. They are having a staring contest. Doggett is staring Scully down with an intense stare. Scully blinks.

DOGGETT
(leans back)
I won.

SCULLY
(confused)
Huh?

DOGGETT
(it's obvious)
You blinked.

SCULLY
When?

DOGGETT
A few seconds ago.

SCULLY
You have to blink.

DOGGETT
Not in a staring contest.

SCULLY
That's not fair.

DOGGETT
That's the essence of
a staring contest.

MONICA
(moody)
Shut up.

They look down at Monica. She is holding her forehead.

SCULLY
You ok, Mon'?

MONICA
What the hell do you think?
I just drank two bottles of vodka,
and those were pretty darn big bottles.

Scully looks on the ground and picks up one of the bottles. Scully holds it up.

SCULLY
Imported from Russia.

MONICA
Oh god…

She shuts her eyes.

SCULLY
What?

MONICA
I feel ill.

DOGGETT
You gonna throw up?

MONICA
Maybe, but not because of the
vodka… because of… him.

DOGGETT
Him? I take it you
know what happened?

Monica shakes her head "yes".

MONICA
What asshole takes advantage
of a woman in the state I was in?

SCULLY
Alex Krycek…

MONICA
I remember… I was so hammered…
I let him. (beat) I feel ill… When I find
him tomorrow, I'm gonna kick his ass
for giving me that vodka.

SCULLY
John already took him out.

MONICA
I don't care. I have to. (beat)
Dana, you've slept with him,
why is it that he can only say
"I'm da man"? It's stupid.

Dana shrugs. Who knows why Krycek does half the things he does…

MONICA
He has no reason to call
himself "da man", do you
know how small he is?

Scully laughs.

DOGGETT
(uncomfortable)
Anyway… you better get some more
sleep, Mon'. You'll have a hangover
tomorrow, if not now…

MONICA
Is Brad here, and why
didn't he tell me about this?

DOGGETT
He's here, and I don't know why he
didn't tell you. Maybe he thought you
wouldn't need to know because he's
not going to marry Marita.

MONICA
(angry)
Marita… I can't believe her! Asking
me to be her maid of honor when
she knows about Brad and I! What
the hell is her problem?

SCULLY
She's done things like this in the past.
Don't you remember me telling you how
she's done things like this to me my whole life?

MONICA
So he's not going to marry her?

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
John and I wrote the speech to tell everyone.

MONICA
Why John?

Scully looks at Doggett. Maybe he should inform her that he and Brad are friends. Monica looks at Doggett for an explanation.

DOGGETT
(obviously lying)
Because… he knows I'm good at speeches.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
(happy and smiling)
Are you guys friends?

DOGGETT
(serious, and may come off mean)
No.

Monica's smile fades and she leans back in her bed, very disappointed. Scully hits Doggett on the back of his head.

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - FOYER - 9AM

The front door opens and Marita, Brad, Well-Manicured Man, Maggie Scully, Melissa Scully, and Scully enter. The limousine chauffeur is behind them, carrying suitcases.

Maggie Scully looks over the room.

MAGGIE
Not much has changed since
the last time I was here, Joe.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
I thought everything looked nice where it was.

Maggie and the Well-Manicured Man (aka: Daddy C, and now… Joe?!) share a smile. Scully takes a suitcase from the chauffeur.

SCULLY
(to Maggie and Melissa)
I'll show you guys to your room.

She heads up the staircase, struggling just a bit with her sister's suitcase.

SCULLY
Geez, Missy, what did you
bring that's so heavy?

MELISSA
Oh, that would be the crystals
the the bride and groom.

Scully gives her a sister a look.

MELISSA
The crystals will bring them
happiness, love and fertility.

MAGGIE
What did you get Marita, Dana?

Scully bites her lower lip. Marita didn't give them any time to stop for wedding gifts before throwing them on a plane to England.

SCULLY
Aren't Bill and Charlie coming?

MAGGIE
Oh, Bill and Tara are expecting their
second child in the next couple weeks
and we were unable to contact Charles.

Wow…Scully didn't know Bill and Tara were expecting. Suddenly, a weepy Monica flies out of her bedroom and runs down the hall and into another room and slams the door.

Helpless, Doggett steps out of the room Monica came from.

SCULLY
John?

He shrugs his shoulders, he doesn't know how to explain Monica. Scully nods her head understanding.

Scully turns to her mother and sister.

SCULLY
Mom, Missy, this is my friend, John Doggett.
The running girl is Monica, you'll meet her
later, maybe…

She turns to John.

SCULLY
This is my mom and sister, Melissa.

Doggett steps forward offering his hand to Maggie first, then Melissa.

DOGGETT
Nice to meet you.

MAGGIE
It's nice to put a face to your name.

DOGGETT
I didn't realize Dana spoke much about me.

He looks over at Dana and smiles.

MAGGIE
You'd be surprised.

She smiles a knowing smile.

SCULLY
Anyway, John would you like to go
with Daddy C, Marita and I to pick
up Marita's mother?

DOGGETT
I don't know, would I want to?

SCULLY
Well, it would get you out of
this place and you could see
some of London…

Maggie signals to Melissa to follow her into their room, leaving Scully and Doggett alone.

INT. MAGGIE & MELISSA'S ROOM - CON'T

Maggie and Melissa share a knowing smile.

MELISSA
He seems like a nice guy.

MAGGIE
Yeah, I just hope Dana isn't thinking
about cheating on Walter with him. The
way she talks about this John guy makes
me think there's something else going on.

MELISSA
Dana's never been unfaithful, I'm
sure John is just a good friend.

MAGGIE
I sure hope so. I wouldn't want
my youngest daughter to have
a terrible image.

Scully pokes her head in their room.

SCULLY
Do you guys want to go into London
with us to pick up Lynn?

MAGGIE
Oh no thank you honey, I think
we're going to take a nap to help
a bit with the jetlag.

SCULLY
All right. I'll see you when we get back.

Scully leaves, heading downstairs with Doggett. On the way down, she pulls him close.

SCULLY
Now remember, Lynn has a psychotic
disorder. She may think she already knows
you or some other odd thing. Oh, and watch
your fingers. Once she believed she was a
hamster and nearly took my index finger off.

CUT TO:

EXT. LONDON - DOUBLE DECKER BUS

Mulder and Krycek decided to go discover and adventure through London, and are taking this large double decker bus.

MULDER
This is so beautiful. The red of this
bus is such a British red.

KRYCEK
There is no such color.

MULDER
Then why is this bus red? I bet
it was painted right here in England,
therefore making the red a British red.

KRYCEK
That is so stupid.

Krycek looks away from Mulder. Why did he agree to go to London for the day with Mulder?

The bus parks and a gorgeous blond woman walks by, catching Krycek's attention. AH HA! That's why he came! Wait a minute! That's Marita, with Scully and Doggett. Krycek whips around to face Mulder.

KRYCEK
That's Marita!

MULDER
Are you upset about
her getting married tomorrow?

KRYCEK
(lying)
No.

Uh-huh… ok, buddy…

CUT TO:

EXT. OXFORD ST. - CON'T

Marita, Scully and Doggett do not see Mulder and Krycek even though they are frantically waving as the bus drives away.

MARITA
I still don't understand why Monica
wouldn't come now to pick up
her bride's maid dress…

Scully and Doggett share a look… get a clue Marita!

MARITA
Are you sure you and Monica wear
the same size? You're awfully short.

DOGGETT
Nothin' wrong with being short.

SCULLY
Well I fit into the dress didn't I?

MARITA
Yes. I guess so. Except
for a little pudginess.

Scully stops in her tracks, wide-eye and mouth dropped open. She attempts to speak to John, but words refuse to come out. Doggett places his hand on her back to get her walking again, giving her a reassuring look that says Marita is full of it.

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - 5PM

Brad is sitting on the staircase, his head resting in his hands. He hasn't had the chance to speak with Monica and when he tried to do so, she yelled at him to leave her alone, and he did.

The front door opens and the Well-Manicured Man, Scully, Marita, Doggett and Lynn (Marita's mother) enter. Lynn is hanging all over Doggett, caressing his earlobe and face, looking at him amorously.

Brad's eyes open wide… Lynn is going to be there tomorrow?!

LYNN
(to Doggett)
Where have you been Frank? I
missed you so much. I thought
you went missing during the war…

DOGGETT
(frightened/confused)
The war?

LYNN
Yes, the war of 1684.

She kisses him on the cheek. He looks around for help. Scully goes up to Lynn and John.

SCULLY
John- I mean, Frank, I
need to speak with you.

DOGGETT
Thank you.

He pulls himself away from Lynn.

LYNN
(to Scully)
Don't keep him long, Joan of Arc.

Scully smiles at Lynn, not sure what to think of being called "Joan of Arc", but then again, Lynn is a loon.

SCULLY
John, I think you should talk
to Brad or something.

She points over at Brad who is still sitting on the stairs with his head in his hands. Doggett looks over at him.

SCULLY
It looks like he needs a friend.
And since you are friends, I
think you should go talk to him.

Scully smiles at him.

DOGGETT
Ok. (beat) But please keep Lynn away from me.

Scully nods her head. Doggett goes over to Brad and sits down next to him. Scully walks away to make sure Lynn stays away from John.

DOGGETT
Brad?

Brad doesn't look up at him.

BRAD
What?

DOGGETT
Besides the obvious, what's wrong?

Brad looks up.

BRAD
I went to talk to Monica…

DOGGETT
Yeah?

BRAD
She told me she didn't want
to see or talk to me anymore.

DOGGETT
She's just upset.

BRAD
No shit.

DOGGETT
Why didn't you talk with
her before all of this?

BRAD
Because I thought I could get out
of all this shit before now. (beat) Two
months ago, I talked with her, but I
didn't let her know what was going on.

Doggett listens.

BRAD
After I talked with her, I called and
told my parents I wasn't going to
marry Marita.

DOGGETT
(confused)
So why are you here now?

BRAD
They threatened to disown me.
Write me out of their lives. Take
everything away from me. (beat)
You'd be surprised how much they
can take away from me.

DOGGETT
They wouldn't do that. You're
their only son. The only one
to continue the Follmer name.

Doggett doesn't believe him. Brad gives him a serious look.

DOGGETT
You mean they would?

MARITA (O.S.)
(overly sweet and innocent)
Bradley darling!

Brad doesn't respond.

BRAD
(re: Marita)
The wench calls…

MARITA
Bradley?!

Brad makes no attempt to let himself be found by her.

BRAD
You know how Mon' keeps her word,
do you think she'll ever speak to me
again? I mean she's just as stubborn as you.

DOGGETT
It's Mon', she'll get over this. Especially
after she hears the speech I have
prepared for tomorrow.

BRAD
What are you going to say?

Doggett fumbles around in his pocket. He pulls out a folded piece of paper.

DOGGETT
Well, I'll start out with the classic
"Ladies and gentlemen"-

Marita comes up to them.

MARITA
(innocent/to Brad)
Oh there you are silly!

Brad looks up at her with a glare.

MARITA
(curious about the paper John has)
What's that?

Doggett folds the paper back up and puts it in his pocket.

DOGGETT
It's nothing.

MARITA
Hmm…ok. (beat) Bradly darling,
your father is looking for you. (beat)
It's about our joint bank account.

She smiles at him. Brad lets out a sigh.

CUT TO:

INT. MONICA'S ROOM - 7:15 PM

Monica is lying in bed. Tissues are scattered around her, she sniffles. Scully sits with her on the side of the bed. She's rubbing her back, comforting her.

MONICA
Maybe this is my destiny. Maybe
Grandmama was wrong. Maybe Brad
isn't my soul mate. Maybe my life was
meant to be for rotting. Maybe I should
be with Alex Krycek because what he did
to me was pretty scummy, and I'm a scum too.

SCULLY
Mon', honey, men are awful creatures.
(beat) But… if it weren't for the assholes
in our lives, we wouldn't know what we
want in the man we will spend the rest
of our life with…

Monica sits up, a little more hopeful. She wipes her nose.

MONICA
That's true… (sudden mood change) but
incase you've missed it, the man I was
suppose to spend the rest of my
life with is marrying Marita.

She falls back down on the bed. The tears coming back to her eyes.

SCULLY
What if I told you I have a feeling
everything will be ok in the end?

MONICA
You're just saying that
to make me feel better.

There is a quiet knock on the door, and it opens. Doggett sticks his head in.

DOGGETT
I'm just letting you know that
dinner is going to be served.

SCULLY
Thanks.

Doggett leaves. Scully turns her attention back to Monica.

SCULLY
Monica honey, do you want to
come down and eat too?

Monica shakes her head "no".

SCULLY
You haven't had anything besides
vodka and cigarettes since you got
here. (beat) Now, you know I'm a
medical doctor, and that's not healthy for you.

Monica doesn't say anything. She knows Scully is right.

SCULLY
Monica?

Monica looks up at her.

SCULLY
I thought you were stronger than this.

Monica sits up.

MONICA
I am strong. (beat) But every
person has a soft spot.

Scully smiles. The invincible Ms. Reyes has just admitted that she has a soft spot.

SCULLY
Monica, do you really think Brad
is going to marry Marita?

MONICA
He's betrothed.

Scully lets out a sigh.

SCULLY
Let's just go to dinner, ok?

Monica nods her head.

CUT TO:

INT. DINING HALL - 7:30 PM

All family members of the Follmer and Covarrubias family are there. Everyone is dressed in a casual formal way, save for Daddy C who is sporting an Armani suit. He sits next to the head of the table with Maggie Scully across from him, who is wearing a nice navy blue dress.

At the head of the table sit Marita and Brad. Marita is wearing a pretty pink dress with a flower in her hair. Brad on the other hand is wearing a t-shirt and jeans.

To Brad's left sits Maggie, Scully, Doggett, Mulder and Lynn. To Marita's right sits Daddy C, Melissa, Krycek, Skinner and Monica. On the other end of the table sit James and Rebecca Follmer. They are glaring at Brad for wearing jeans and a t-shirt to the dinner table.

Krycek starts to chuckle about something. Melissa looks at him.

MELISSA
(to Krycek)
What is it?

KRYCEK
(laughing)
I was just thinking about how
nice everyone is dressed, and
then I see Brad wearing jeans
and a t-shirt.

He starts laughing again, looking around the table as he laughs.

KRYCEK
(laughing)
All he needs is one of
those tuxedo t-shirts!

He starts to laugh harder. He looks down the table in the direction of James and Rebecca Follmer. Their glares stop his laughing immediately.

KRYCEK
(covering his ass)
I mean: Brad! How dare you
wear that to dinner!

Brad looks over at him, knowing what he's talking about.

BRAD
What do you mean?

Krycek shakes his head. He's trying not to laugh at the ironic situation.

From down the table…

LYNN
Could someone please
pass me the butter.

She looks down in the direction of Scully. Doggett is passing the butter her way.

The passing stops abruptly when Lynn starts to scream her head off. Her hands covering her neck. Everyone looks at her in shock… she's been doing so well today…

LYNN
(to Scully)
No! You can't take my
head, Madam Antoinette!

She stands up and out of her chair faster than a Jack-In-The-Box. She continues to scream.

MONICA
(who sits across from her)
Who's this freak?

Doctors who have been standing by Lynn, just in case, tackle her down and sedate her. It becomes very quiet once she's sedated.

The doctors carry Lynn out of the room. The Well-Manicured Man gets up from the table.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
Will you please excuse me.

He leaves the room.

MONICA
(after a beat)
So, who was that?

MARITA
(proud)
That was my mother.

Marita smiles at her proudly.

MONICA
Oh… I see where you get it.

Brad lets out a laugh, almost spitting out his drink.

MARITA
(innocent)
Why, whatever do you mean?

Everyone looks on.

MONICA
Nevermind…

She continues eating. Krycek looks disappointed… he was hoping for a cat fight!

MARITA
Oh Monica, you're just in a sour
mood because I am to marry
Brad tomorrow, and he loves me.

From down the table we hear Doggett let out a disgusted "ugh" noise…

Monica looks up and glares at her. Marita gives her an overly-sweet-fake smiles, leans over and kisses Brad on the cheek. Monica has had enough of her. She gets up and leave the room.

Everyone watches.

MARITA
(happy)
I knew I was right.

She smiles and continues eating her meal. Brad gets up from the table. Marita frowns as she leaves the room.

CUT TO:

EXT. BALCONY - CON'T

Monica steps outside to get some fresh air. Marita's little annoyances have gotten to her.

Monica pulls out a pack of cigarettes and pulls one out. Yeah, some fresh air… She pulls out her lighter and tries to light her cigarette, but it doesn't work.

BRAD (O.S.)
Monica?

Monica spits the cigarette out of her mouth and quickly puts her lighter away, trying to make it look like she wasn't about to smoke.

She turns around to face him.

BRAD
Monica, we need to talk.

Monica doesn't say anything.

BRAD
I know I should've told
you about this, but-

MONICA
-But that doesn't matter anymore
because you're going to marry her
tomorrow. I have to go.

She turns and starts to leave. He grabs her arm to stop her.

BRAD
Monica-

MONICA
-No, I can't deal with this.

BRAD
Monica, I'm not going to let you
run away from me again. Not
without you hearing me out.

Even though he's stopped her, she doesn't face him.

BRAD
I didn't tell you because I
thought I'd get out of
this before now.

Monica turns to face him now.

MONICA
(mad)
So you thought you would
just lie to me? Is that it?

BRAD
It's not like that, Monica.

MONICA
Then what?

BRAD
I tried to get out of this. (beat)
But you don't understand-

MONICA
-I know. (beat) I've told you: family
is important. I understand. I won't
get in the way of your family.

She starts to leave again.

BRAD
Monica wait.

MONICA
What? What more could you possibly say?

BRAD
I just want you to know
that I know what I'm doing.

Monica says nothing.

BRAD
Just be there tomorrow, ok?

Monica nods her head, a little confused.

MONICA
(still upset)
Ok. (beat) I have to go now.

Monica leaves. Brad stays out for a beat. As he turns around his father steps out onto the balcony.

JAMES FOLLMER
Son, I need to have a conversation with you.

BRAD
I don't have time for this.

Brad tries to leave, but his father steps in his way.

JAMES FOLLMER
(serious/almost threatening)
You will marry Marita.

Brad glares at him.

JAMES FOLLMER
You will not disgrace this family.
Especially with that Mexican.

Brad glares even more at that comment.

BRAD
(pissed)
Just because you're unhappy and
threw your life away, doesn't
mean I have to.

Brad steps past his father, heading towards the entryway.

JAMES FOLLMER
You know the consequences if you
don't go through with this.

Brad stops at the entryway. He turns to face his father.

BRAD
Yeah, I'm well aware of the
"consequences", and I'm more
than willing to face them.

He leaves his father with that statement.

CUT TO:

EXT. COVARRUBIAS GARDEN - NEXT DAY - 11AM

It's a beautiful sunny day. Not a cloud in the bright blue sky. The flowers are blooming.

In front of the gigantic maze are several rows of while chairs. Each chair eventually to be occupied by witnesses to Marita and Brad's wedding.

The guest are Maggie and Melissa Scully, the Queen, Lynn Covarrubias, some of the Syndicate members, and several other formally dressed people. Among the guest are also Mulder, Krycek, Skinner and Monica.

At this time, Monica is sitting alone. She has a blank expression on her face. Deep in her own thoughts, wondering why she's even there.

Rebecca Follmer goes over to her and sits down next to her. Monica doesn't notice her at first, still stuck in her distant stair.

REBECCA FOLLMER
(sympathetic?)
Monica?

Monica snaps out of her thoughts.

MONICA
Yes?

REBECCA FOLLMER
I just want to let you know that
I understand how hard this is for you.

Monica listens.

REBECCA FOLLMER
A long time ago, when I was your age,
I fell in love with a handsome gentleman.

A smile comes to Rebecca's face as she remembers her past.

REBECCA FOLLMER
We fell in love, but I couldn't marry
him. I had to marry James. I know
what it's like to love and then have
that love taken away from you. (beat)
Do you know how I dealt with it?

MONICA
How?

REBECCA FOLLMER
I forgot all about him. It was the only
thing I could do. I had to because
family is very important.

She looks at Monica, knowing she's hitting a personal button.

REBECCA FOLLMER
Bradley and you would never work out, Monica.

As she says this she tries to sound sympathetic and understanding.

REBECCA FOLLMER
A Mexican such as yourself could
never fit into the Follmer family.

Monica can't believe what this woman is saying.

REBECCA FOLLMER
Brad will never disgrace this family.
He only dated you to rebel against
us. He never really loved you Ms. Reyes.

She has the nerve to give Monica a smile.

MONICA
(in disbelief)
You don't even know him.

REBECCA FOLLMER
No Ms. Reyes, you never knew
him. Money, family, and a good name
are what's important to him.

Monica can't believe what she's hearing.

REBECCA FOLLMER
(threateningly sweet)
I'm just saying that you better not be
thinking of objecting today. (beat)
Because if you are, you'll regret it
for the rest of your life.

She gives Monica a sweet smile and leaves.

Meanwhile… in the maze near the entrance…

Scully is looking down at her feet. It seems that every time she walks, she ends up stepping on the dress. Doggett comes up to her.

DOGGETT
Hi.

He notices Scully looking down at her feet.

SCULLY
Hi.

DOGGETT
What are you looking at?

SCULLY
I'm too short.

She looks up at him.

SCULLY
I keep stepping on the dress. I'm
gonna trip or something.

DOGGETT
No you won't. I won't let you.

He smiles at her.

SCULLY
Do you have your speech?

Doggett pulls out a piece of paper from his pocket and holds it up.

DOGGETT
Right here.

Marita comes up to them.

MARITA
(happy)
Oh Dana! Don't I just look beautiful in this dress?!

SCULLY
Yes you do, Marita.

MARITA
I know. I'm just the most
beautiful bride ever. (beat)
It's too bad though…

SCULLY
What is?

MARITA
I'll never get to be your Maid
of Honor because I'm going
to be married. (beat) But then
again, you'll probably never
get married anyway.

Scully's smile fades once again by another Marita insult.

The Well-Manicured Man comes up to them.

WELL-MANICURED MAN
It's magic time.

Everyone takes their places. The music starts.

Doggett and Scully start to walk down the aisle. Scully holds the front of her dress up so she won't trip. As they continue down the aisle, Scully notice Monica. She nudges Doggett. They both give each other a look. Why is she here? Doggett shrugs.

As they continue, Doggett notices Brad. He almost stops walking. Scully gives him a look.

SCULLY
(whisper)
John, what is it?

DOGGETT
Brad's up there.

Scully looks.

SCULLY
(whisper)
What about your speech?

DOGGETT
(whisper)
I don't know.

They make it up to the front and take their positions.

The wedding song starts up and everyone stands as Marita, escorted by her Daddy, makes her way down the aisle. She makes sure to smile directly at Monica.

They reach the front and the ceremony begins, yadda… yadda… yadda…

PRIEST
Do you, Marita Lynn Covarrubias,
take the Bradley Markus Westley Follmer-

MARITA
(not letting him finish)
-YES!

The Priest gives her a strange look and continues.

PRIEST
Ok… And do you, Bradley Markus
Westley Follmer take the Marita Lynn
Covarrubias to be your-

BRAD
No.

The Priest stops, not sure what to do. Everyone in the audience, who thought he actually would go through with this, gasps in shock.

PRIEST
(unsure/quiet)
Did you say "no"?

BRAD
I'm not going to marry you, Marita.

Her eyes widen.

MARITA
(pissed)
But you have to!

BRAD
No. I don't love you, and I'm
not going to throw away my life.

Rebecca Follmer stands up. She's pissed.

REBECCA FOLLMER
Bradley! What the hell are you doing?!

BRAD
What does it look like?

Suddenly, Marita screams at the top of her lungs.

MARITA
NO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

She frantically runs away, her arms flailing about. Everyone watches in sock of what is unfolding before them. The Queen of England has fainted.

Scully can't help but smile at Marita's misfortune. After all of Marita's bragging about being married before she was an old maid, it sure is good to see her in such hysteria.

On the other hand, Mulder is silently freaking out. He doesn't know what is going on. He thought everything was going smoothly since they arrived in England. He thought Marita and Brad made a great couple. He begins to fan his face with both his hands.

Krycek sneers at Mulder, then stands up and leaves the area. He must find Marita.

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - MARITA'S ROOM

Marita is frantically tossing her belongings into a suitcase. There is a knock at the door.

MARITA
GO AWAY!

The door opens and Krycek walks in.

KRYCEK
(soft)
Marita?

Marita turns to face him, suddenly more calm and back to her innocent look.

MARITA
Oh Alex!

She flings herself onto Alex, wrapping her arms around him. He hugs her back.

MARITA
(upset)
I've never been so humiliated
before in my life!

She starts to cry.

MARITA
I just want to go away from here…

KRYCEK
We can.

MARITA
They've all been so horrible to me.
(beat) They plotted against me this
whole time. That's why Brad said
"no". He knew the television stations
would be there filming our wedding.

KRYCEK
It'll be ok, Marita.

He kisses her on the top of her head.

MARITA
I'm so sorry, Alex.

KRYCEK
For what?

She pulls away from him, just enough to be able to look him in the eyes.

MARITA
For being so horrible to you. (beat)
I don't hate you. I love you. When I
was with Walter, I only did that so you
would see I was with a mature man,
and that then you would grow up so
you could take care of me, and love me.

KRYCEK
I love you too, Marita. (beat)
And I have grown up. It's just
that being around Mulder tends
to bring out the immature side of people.

Marita gives him a smile.

MARITA
I realize that now, Alex.

She goes up on her tip-toes and gives him a small kiss on the cheek. They look each other in the eyes, then he pulls her into him and gives her a long passionate kiss.

After a few beats…

MARITA
Please take me away from here.

KRYCEK
Where do you want to go?

MARITA
I want to see the Eiffel Tower.

Krycek nods his head.

KRYCEK
Ok. I'll go pack.

He lets her out of his arms so she can calmly finish her packing. He leaves.

CUT TO:

INT. COVARRUBIAS MANSION - LIVING ROOM

James and Rebecca Follmer are beyond pissed at their son.

REBECCA FOLLMER
(to Brad)
-how dare you disgrace this family!
What the hell were you thinking?!

Brad stands there calm as his mother makes a scene.

REBECCA FOLLMER
Well aren't you going to
explain yourself, Bradley?!

BRAD
(calm)
I was going to, but you were busy
making a scene in front of everyone.

He indicates everyone in the next room who can clearly hear their "conversation".

BRAD
You didn't actually believe
I would marry her, did you?

JAMES FOLLMER
(pissed)
Why didn't you?

BRAD
Besides the obvious that I don't want
to have the life that you two have,
I don't love her.

REBECCA FOLLMER
What does love have to do with
it?! (beat/realization?) Oh god! This
isn't about that Mexican again, is it?

Brad glares at his mother.

BRAD
Her name is Monica.

Brad heads towards the other room where everyone is.

He goes up to where Monica is sitting, takes her hand and brings her into the living room where his parents are.

Brad and Monica approach James and Rebecca.

MONICA
Brad, what are you doing? Why
did you do this? I thought family
was important to you.

JAMES FOLLMER
She's right, son. Your family
is more important.

BRAD
I know, which is why I said
"no" today. (beat) Why is it
so hard for you to understand
that I love Monica?

REBECCA FOLLMER
(not believing she has to explain this)
Because she's a Mexican!

This hurts Brad, and Monica.

Brad lets out a sigh. He looks at his parents in all seriousness.

BRAD
I wish you could just accept
the fact that I love her. She
makes me happy.

JAMES FOLLMER
(disgusted at his son)
You disgraced this family.

Brad ignores him.

BRAD
I love her. (beat) And I wish you could
accept her because someday she's
going to be a part of this family. (beat)
With or without your consent.

Brad's parents glare at him. Monica looks up at him, shocked at what he's saying.

JAMES FOLLMER
(threatening)
You know the consequences of your actions.

BRAD
And like I told you before: I'm
more than willing to face them.

Brad's father gives him a long cold stare.

JAMES FOLLMER
Then this conversation is over.

With that, his parents walk away without another word.

Brad and Monica stand there. Brad looks hurt, and in a state of shock. He stares off, watching his parents leave. Monica watches them leave, then turns her attention to Brad.

MONICA
(soft)
Brad?

He says nothing. He's too shocked to say anything.

MONICA
Are you all right?

She knows he's not. He just shakes his head "no", and looks at her with hurt in his eyes. H pulls her close to him.

Meanwhile in the other room…

No one knows exactly what is going on and Mulder is just dying to find out. He's biting his finger nails, wanting more than anything to just jump out of this room and into the living room to question Brad. He's practically spazzing, trying to contain himself.

Like a smart boy, Mulder turns to ask.

MULDER
(panic)
Guys… do you think it's ok
for me to go find out if everything
is all right? I'm just dying to know
what they were talking about.

SKINNER
Mulder, don't go in there. Ok?

Mulder nods his head, and turns his attention back to Monica and Brad.

Doggett comes over and sits down next to Scully and Skinner.

SKINNER
I hate to have eavesdropped on
their conversation, but did he
basically propose marriage to her?

Doggett and Scully ponder…

SCULLY
Not exactly, but he basically
said he was going to one day.
John? Has he told you anything?

DOGGETT
Nope.

Suddenly, from the stairs come Krycek and Marita.

MARITA
Let's go Alex!

They head out the door, making everyone wonder where they are going. The front door slams, indicating that they are gone.

DOGGETT
What was that about?

Scully shrugs.

SKINNER
Didn't Krycek has our tickets
to get back home?

They all sit there for a beat thinking.

SCULLY
(realizing Skinner is right)
Shit!

She jumps out of her seat and runs to the front door, swings it open just in time to see the limo speed off.

Scully shuts the door and lets out a sigh.

SCULLY
Guys…

She goes back into the room.

SCULLY
Our tickets just look off in a limo.

A hesitant beat is felt among everyone in the room, they are all thinking the same thing: Must go pack quick!

They all jump off their seats and bolt from where they are standing and run up the stairs to pack. Scully pokes her head into the living room, interrupting Brad and Monica.

SCULLY
Guys! We gotta pack! Alex
took off with our tickets!

She bolts up the stairs, two stairs at a time. Brad and Monica share a look.

BRAD
Alex took what…?

MONICA
I think she said our tickets…

TIME CUT TO:

Mulder's running down the stairs with bags in his hands. He's a fumbled mess of insanity. Behind him everyone follows.

MULDER
I know Marita, so she'd probably
want to see the Eiffel Tower!

Mulder opens the door and lets everyone out before him. After the last person, Mulder pauses and looks at you, the reader.

MULDER
I've always wanted to
ride on the EuroStar.

Mulder gives us a goofy grin as he skips out of the house, closing the door behind him.

FADE OUT:

TO BE CONTINUED...


 

FRVS Home | Close | Part Two -->