INT. COCKPIT INTERNATIONAL PLANE - NIGHT
Over black, the opening notes of Borodin's "Notturno"
from string Quartet No. 2 in D.
Through the cockpit window, a cloudless night
sky. A low rumble of voices is audible over "Notturno", no conversations
can be heard.
CAMERA PULLS BACK, holding on the back of the
Pilot and Co-Pilot's heads. CAMERA PULLS BACK through the curtains,
the draping of curtains switches the angle.
IN the back of the plane, a Stewardess is preparing
her refreshment cart. "Notturno" continues with a low rumble of voices.
The Stewardess begins to serve the passangers.
She hands some coffee to a young couple, newly weds, obviously celebrating
their new life together.
CAMERA CONTINUES DOWN THE AISLE, working back
to the front of the plane. It's slow moving, prolonging the present
events soon to be interrupted.
To the left, an old couple. And old man is sleeping,
the best he can in an economy class seat. His wife is sitting next
to him, watching the in flight movie. She places her hand on her husband's
and hold it.
To the right, two businessmen are discussing
something. They have documents in front of them. They obviously work
for the government. They glance over across the aisle at a little
girl, check up on her.
The little girl is asleep, cuddled up against
the window she's next to. She holds a teddy bear that is missing an
eye... it looks worn from the love. A stewardess covers her with a
blanket. Paranoid, the two businessmen glance over, then continue
After a brief moment, the plane loses power.
INT. MULDER'S FBI OFFICE - NEXT DAY - MORNING
Mulder is seated at his desk flipping through
some notes. He glances over at his answering machine. A red light
is blinking, he hits the "PLAY" button.
Yeah, hey Mulder. I can't
make it in today (beat)
Mulder looks up, as Scully enters the office,
holding a box of doughnuts. She looks like she's had a good start
to her day.
What are you doing
here so early?
She places the box of doughnuts down on
Here's the doughnuts
you guys wanted.
Mulder ignores the doughnuts, he's got
something more important on his mind. Scully just looks at him, waiting
for what's to come next.
London Airlines, Flight 194
from London to New York went
down this morning at approximately
three a.m., under unusual circumstances.
Scully wasn't expecting something this serious.
Off her look:
I got a call about an
hour ago, telling me
some of the more vague
details of the crash.
How just moments before
it disappeared from radar
it seemed to be suspended,
not moving, almost hovering
over the Atlantic.
Scully takes this all in.
Then, almost by magnetic pull,
it plunged into the Atlantic
(beat) no exactly what I'd call
"luxury flying". (beat; off her
reaction) We've been invited
down to listen to the black box.
Mulder holds up two airplane tickets.
Our flight to New York
leaves at four p.m.
Scully give him a look.
Good morning to you too, Mulder.
Mulder looks up at her.
I'm sorry Scully, i-it's just
been awhile since we've had
a really good case.
What's Krycek's take on this?
(eating a doughnut)
Got me! He said he had
to do. (beat to swallow)
He can't come in.
Mulder takes a sip of coffee.
So I bought a dozen
doughnuts for me and you?
Mulder grins, and takes another doughnut.
I'm a growing boy.
Off her look.
INT. EAST 46TH ST. - NEW YORK
The setting sun is shining down on wooden blinds.
Smoke covers the room. First Elder is standing in the shadows, Well-Manicured
Man is sitting in a chair in front of the phone. The whole Syndicate
is watching a news report about Flight 194.
On the TV, a news reporter, wearing a yellow
rain coat, reporting from a boat, it's raining... Vancouver drizzle.
REPORTER (ON TV)
This is the scene where Flight
194 took a terrifying plunge into
the Atlantic. The Flight lost all
power at approximately 3:03 a.m.
and disappeared into the ocean
with no survivors. Officials say-
There is no clear data
at this time. (she holds
up a clear vial with metal
a chip) However, this was
found in one of the recovered
bodies. (beat) That of a child.
Do we know who?
The First Elder looks panicked, worried
and at a loss about what to do.
What is going on here?
This can't be.
The Well-Manicured Man is seated in his chair,
he's calm and more aware than the others.
Perhaps the time is
closer than we think.
I don't like this.
What is being done to
The Cigarette-Smoking Man is holding onto
a cigarette in the corner of the room, he takes a drag.
I've taken all the necessary
precautions. (beat) The ship
is being relocated away from
No one let's down their paranoia.
INT. INVESTIGATION ROOM - EVENING
Mulder and Scully enter the room, they are all
serious. The Head Investigator of Flight 194 is standing next to a
table with the black box.
It's all yours (beat) but,
I'm sure it won't be much help.
He motions to Mulder and Scully to take
a seat and listen.
Mulder and Scully take their seats at the
table and turn on the reel-to-reel player.
Once again, Borodin's "Notturno" is heard. Mulder
and Scully sit silently, listening to the conversation between the
Pilot and Co-Pilot, they are listening to "Notturno".
Ah.. almost home. Can't
wait to get some good food.
Need some coffee?
(chuckles a little)
Background noises indicate coffee being
poured into a mug. "Notturno" is turned off.
Air traffic control, this
is Flight 194.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER (FILTERED)
Go ahead 194.
No problems, clear sky. Flight's
been great. (beat) We are currently
at 33,000 feet. Cabin pressure normal.
Looks like we'll be in early. Over.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER (FILTERED)
You'll have clearance. Over.
"Notturno" is turned on once again.
(ruffling through a bag)
When I get home, I'm gonna
give my little girl this book
about all the different types
of flowers in England. (beat)
She's fascinated with flowers
There's some more background noises of
the plane's engine.
Scully gets a tear in her eyes, as "Notturno"
continues from the tape. Then the tape stops. No more.
Scully looks up at Mulder, surprised by the
He said nothing was wrong
with the plane, but I wasn't
There is a tense, quiet moment between
Mulder and Scully. Both of them are numbed by how these people lost
The door to the room opens and the Head Investigator
and the investigating agents enter the room.
Well, what do you think?
(sly, to Mulder)
Knowing your reputation,
this outta be good.
Mulder is not impressed.
If you are suggesting that I'm
going to say it's the work of
little green men, you're mistaken.
Off the Investigator's embarrassed look:
Actually I'm not sure what
to make of this yet. There's
no clue about the cause of the
crash on the tape, no reason to
believe there was anything wrong
(beat) until I learn more, I'll
get back to you.
Mulder gives the Investigator a sly grin and
hands him his FBI card. He and Scully exit the room, and enter the
So tell me, what do you
think really happened?
Mulder gives her a look, Scully returns
his look, awaiting his theory. She crosses her arms in front of her
I've been reading in "UFO
Sightings" about mass alien
abductions in Japan and Singapore.
What if someone, or something on
that plane caused it to be pulled
by a force, which ended the lives
of 342 souls on board.
I thought you said you
didn't think this was
the work of "little
Off Mulder's look:
So how do you plan on
proving your theory?
Well, I was hoping
Skinner would get us
passes to see the crash
remains, and you could
examine the recovered bodies.
And what about Agent Krycek?
I'm sure he'll help out
once he's done doing his thing.
Mulder walks off leaving Scully standing
there, she soon follows Mulder out on their way back to the office.
EXT. SCULLY & MARITA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Scully gets out of a taxi, she's returning home
from the airport and from a confusing and unresolvable day at work.
She enters the apartment building and climbs the stairs to her floor.
As she is walking down her hallway, she takes her keys out of her
pocket and enters.
Marita is on the phone with someone, se is speaking
quietly. She waves at Scully and turns her back on her, she obviously
is having an important conversation.
Scully heads to the kitchen to get a glass of
water. A few moments later, Marita hangs up and Scully joins her in
the living room.
Who was that?
It was a business call (beat)
no one important.
They sit down on the couch, Scully kicks
off her shoes and relaxes. There is an awkward tension coming from
So, we got a new case today.
Yeah, how'd you know?
The people I work with
are investigating the
flight as well. (beat)
Do you have any leads?
As of yet (beat) no.
But Mulder does have
Can you discuss it?
I'm not sure if I should yet
(beat) not until we have a
chance to investigate the
remains. But his preliminary
thought is that it's alien.
(she laughs) I'm not sure how
Walter is going to handle yet
another alien case.
Marita laughs with her. They both know
how irritated Skinner gets when Mulder asks him for help on an alien
TIMT CUT TO:
INT. AIRPLANE - NIGHT
Scully is seated on an airplane, with a handsome
man and a little girl, a familiar girl, that shares the same hair
color as Scully. They are all happy.
The Little Girl hugs Scully. Scully pulls her
away and touches the little girl's hair back with her hand. The man
smiles a the two of them, he looks down to his hand, which holds Scully's,
both wear a wedding ring.
It's what we've always wanted.
He brings Scully's hand up toward his face and
gently kisses it.
Out of nowhere the airplane JOLTS! Scully looks
out the window with a worried expression on her face. She looks down
a the Atlantic Ocean. A blue beaming light surfaces from out of the
ocean, steadily and quickly rises and hovers by the side of the plane,
just as the plane loses power and becomes stationary.
(whispering to herself)
Scully takes hold of the little girl, holds
her in her arms, as the plane starts to shake violently, the Man takes
hold of Scully's hand, he knows this is the end for them. Off their
terrorized, gentle, knowing looks:
SMASH CUT TO:
Scully suddenly sits up in her bed, in a cold
Realizing this is just a dream, Scully brushes
her hair behind her ear, and sits there breathing hard, when she settles
down, she begins to cry... her face in the pillow trying to calm herself
so Marita doesn't hear her silent cries.
END ACT ONE
From the annoyance of the commercial break...
INT. EAST 46TH ST. - NEW YORK - MORNING
The room isn't smokey today... WELL-MANICURED
MAN WINS! FANS GO WILD! WOO!
The room isn't filled with the usual Syndicate
members, only a small portion of them... Alex Krycek, Marita Covarrubias,
Well-Manicured Man, Deep Throat, and the mysterious man known as Quiet
Quiet Willy sits in the corner of the room listening
Krycek stands, he seems very powerful. Marita
sits in a chair, listening and very thoughtful. The Well-Manicured
Man sits... very much in command. Deep Throat also sits.
The Resistance is in our grasp.
Now is the time to proceed.
Should I talk to her?
This must be done carefully
and at the right time. If he
gets to her first, then there
is nothing we can do.
And what if she refuses
to accept the truth and
exposes us to him?
Even if she vaguely remembers
us, there won't be any problems.
She may have already been
contacted by him. We must
approach this as if he has.
Marita looks to Krycek.
I can take care of him.
Don't interact with him, Alex.
Deep Throat looks to Quiet Willy. Quiet
Willy knows what he has to do. He leaves. Krycek watches him leave...
he and Marita exchange a look.
(to Marita & Krycek)
You will tell her tonight.
INT. HANGAR 22 - DAY
HIGH WIDE ANGLE - CRASH REMAINS
Scattered pieces of Flight 194 are spread out
inside the hangar. NTSB members are scattered among the debris trying
to find clues as to why the flight crashed. A certain section of the
debris is surrounded by yellow crime scene tape.
CAMERA PANS DOWN
following Mulder and Scully being lead to the
section blocked by the crime scene tape, by the Head Investigator.
Mulder looks a bit irritated.
HEAD INVESTIGATOR (O.S.)
... and really our main concern
is this section (beat) a burn
isolated to this area. (points at it)
All three of them squat down to get a closer
Mulder pokes around.
Have you taken any of
it to a lab to be analyzed?
Yes, in fact we did. We
found traces of radiation.
Off their looks...
Of course we recovered the body
that occupied 27F. We thought
perhaps the passenger had carried
something on, to cause this (beat)
but it was a young girl, carrying
only a few coins. When she was
examined by our medical examiner,
he found radiation burns, she was
the only one of the bodies recovered
with these burns-
(points at Scully)
E-excuse me, but would Agent
Scully be able to take a look
at the passenger's body?
The Head Investigator doesn't see why not.
I'll inform them that you'll be coming.
He walks off, Mulder watches as he approaches
a group of important looking men. Scully is looking at Mulder.
What's on your mind?
I don't know.
Mulder's expression indicates that he knows
that they will find something from inspecting the passenger's body.
Scully gives him a look that suggests that she doesn't want to believe
what Mulder is suggesting... alien abduction.
Mulder, not every plane
crash is caused by an
alleged alien abductee.
I'm not suggesting. I'm
positive that's what caused
Off her look.
Why else would a radiation burn
be found on this section of the
plane, and on only one of the
recovered bodies. The plane dropped
perfectly horizontal into the ocean,
after losing power. (beat) Scully, we've
seen a case similar to this one before,
one involving the alleged abductee, Max
Scully doesn't know what to say, their conversation
is interrupted by the Head Investigator.
I'm sorry Agents, but access
to the body has been denied.
Scully looks to Mulder.
Thank you for your time.
Mulder hands him his FBI card.
Contact me if you come
across any new information.
Mulder and Scully walk off.
Well now what?
I have another way.
The Head Investigator watches them leave, a
look of concern on his face.
INT. MARITA & SCULLY'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN -
Marita and Krycek are the only ones there. Krycek
is seated a the table. Marita is getting herself a glass of water.
It's a little too quiet. Marita takes a seat across the table from
him. She takes a sip of her water. Marita looks upset.
(senses her feelings)
How do you think we should tell her?
Marita shrugs and looks away from him.
There is a beat before anyone speaks.
I think the easiest way
would be just to drop
it on her.
Marita shrugs again, she takes another sip of
water. Another moment passes before anything is said.
Marita (places his hand on hers), I
know you don't want to do this (beat)
but you know what could happen if we don't.
(a bit angry)
Yeah (pulls hand away from him), our
lives become a living hell, and we
go under the orders of the devil
(beat) he wins.
Krycek understands where she is coming from.
He leans back in the chair.
(upset, standing up)
Why do this to her? (beat)
Why take away the life she knows.
(stands up, trying to comfort her)
You've gotten too close to her. (beat)
You shouldn't have.
How could I have avoided
it? I was meant to live
with her, befriend her,
keep an eye on her-
-and you did. (beat) i-it
just happened you gained a
friend from it, our ally.
In the background, the apartment door opens
and Skinner walks in. O.S. Skinner can hear Marita and Krycek arguing.
He walks toward the kitchen.
-and how do we know th-that
this is exactly what the
Smoking Man wants us to do?!
We tell her and-
-but she is vital to our survival!
Skinner enters the room, Krycek and Marita don't
I hope I'm not interrupting anything-
Marita and Krycek stop arguing, all goes quiet.
A tense atmosphere.
I was just stopping by to
see if Dana was home yet and-
Skinner nods his head and looks to Marita,
she turns away from them, she's very upset about what's going on,
she's about to cry and doesn't want Krycek and Skinner to know how
close she has gotten to Scully... but she's not the only one.
What's going on here?
No one answers him.
The time has come, hasn't it?
Their looks answer his question. Skinners
exits the apartment.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. SKINNER'S OFFICE - 2:45pm
The ashtray is being used. Someone O.S. taps
his cigarette on the ashtray.
The door to the office opens and Skinner enters
noticing someone is seated at his desk...
I've been waiting for you.
I think you know why.
Smoking Man takes another drag then puts
out his cigarette in the ashtray. He stands up. Skinner is cautious.
So how are things with Dana?
What do you mean?
I think you know very
well what I mean.
The Smoking Man lights up another cigarette
and puffs some smoke into the air. He glances down at Skinner's hand
at his engagement ring.
You two have gotten closer than
we planned. (beat) It's more than
just an assignment for you now.
I've got things under control.
How sure of that are you? (beat)
She's a powerful woman. (takes a drag)
You should know.
(smiles again, twinkle in eye, sly)
After an awkward silence that leaves Skinner
wondering exactly what was meant by that...
I have some business to attend
to. (puts out cigarette) (re:
Skinner's engagement ring) I
trust you'll do the right thing.
The Smoking Man leaves the room. Skinner glances
at the door and sits down at his desk and rests his head in his hands,
he knows he's in deeper than he originally thought.
END ACT TWO.
INT. SKINNER'S OFFICE - 3:45PM
Skinner is still seated at his desk. A buzz
on his intercom grabs his attention.
SKINNER'S ASSISTANT (FILTER)
Sir, Agents Mulder and Scully
are here to see you.
(presses intercom button)
Send them in.
Mulder and Scully enter his office.
Why weren't we allowed
access to the bodies?
Agent Mulder and I were
denied access to examine
the recovered bodies from
I was told you'd be allowed.
Apparently no, Sir. We
were allowed to examine
the debris, that was all.
We believe that higher
powers of the government
are involved, they know
what happened, and are
trying to block our
There is a beat of "oh crappit".
There's nothing I can do
about that now. It'd be
best to leave it up to
the proper authorities.
Mulder and Scully start heading toward the door
to leave... Mulder isn't happy with Skinner's decision. As Mulder
opens the door...
(sincere, very professional)
Agent Scully, I need to
speak with you alone.
Mulder gives them a look, and respects
their privacy. He closes the door behind him so Scully and Skinner
can be alone.
What is it Walter?
She places her hand on his shoulder, however
he gently removes it.
INT. SCULLY & MARITA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 8PM
Marita is sitting on the living room couch,
reading a book, wearing her glasses. There is a roll of thunder outside,
a storm is coming.
The door to the apartment opens and Scully enters.
She is very upset and looks drained. She quietly closes the door and
enters the living room. Marita looks up from her book, notices the
look on Scully's face.
(setting her book down)
(hiding her feelings)
Marita doesn't buy it.
Dana, I know you better
than this. (beat) Tell
me what's wrong.
Scully sits down next to Marita, she wipes
a tear from her eyes.
Did something happen?
Scully nods her head 'yes'.
The engagement is off.
Walter said we can't
be together anymore.
Marita is stunned, but not surprised. She
doesn't know what to say. She puts her arm around Scully's shoulder.
They sit there in silence.
INT. MARITA & SCULLY'S APARTMENT - 11PM
The power is out from the continuing storm.
Marita and Scully are sitting on the couch, the room is lit by candlelight.
...it felt right with Walter
(beat) What he said to me, it's
not him. I know him, he wouldn't
have done this unless something
was wrong. And even then, I'd hope
he'd be able to talk with me about it.
Marita listens and thinks for a moment
Dana, sometimes you have to
let go of things you love.
The only way to know if it
was really meant to be, is if
it comes back to you... give
Scully stands up, along with Marita. They
hug each other.
Now I think you need some
sleep. I'll call Mulder
tomorrow and tell him you'll
be in late.
Scully walks into her bedroom, leaving Marita
standing there with a sympathetic smile on her face. The worry about
what she needs to do shows through.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. SCULLY & MARITA'S APARTMENT - MARITA'S
ROOM - 1:30AM
Considering how late it is, Marita's bed hasn't
been touched. A single lamp is on. Marita is on the phone with Krycek.
She is nervous and is pacing her room.
I don't know, Alex. I don't
think I can do this.
We have to, it's the right
thing to do. You know they
never intended to keep her
But it will break who
she is now.
She's already broken (beat)
We have to tell her now.
TIME CUT TO:
30 MINUTES LATER.
INT. SCULLY'S ROOM -2AM
A gentle light from the living room creeps in
as Marita opens the door.
Scully is asleep , peaceful, unknowing to what
is about to enter her life again.
Marita walks over to her bedside and sits down
next to her friend. She waits a moment, to remember Scully how she
is, before waking her.
Gently, Marita shakes Scully awake.
Scully wakes up, she thinks something is
wrong because of the tone in Marita's voice. Scully immediately sits
What is it, Marita?
There's something we need
to talk about. (beat) Alex
Marita motions for Scully to follow her
into the living room. Scully puts on her robe and slippers.
Scully enters the living room. Krycek is standing,
his back to Marita and Scully, he turns around. He's holding a folder.
Krycek notices the worry in Marita's eyes, he speaks to Scully first.
He'd rather have Scully hate him, than see their friendship shatter.
They all sit down, Scully in a chair and Marita and Krycek on the
couch across from her.
(very serious, looks
at Scully in the eyes)
What I'm about to tell you
is going to change your life
(beat)the past, the present
(looks to Marita)
What's going on?
Marita can't look at Scully, she feels the distance
(diverting her attention)
You're not who you
think you are.
Scully gives Krycek a serious look, a concerned
The memories you have, the
family you think you know (beat)
where you think you're going...
is not what it seems. The life
you remember has been a lie.
Krycek looks to Marita for help, knowing
how important this is.
This is your life. What
you have now, you chose.
(trying to understand)
What do you mean 'chose'?
(showing a picture of a man)
This was your husband, John.
(shows picture of little girl)
This is your daughter, Jill.
Scully looks hurt, confused, doesn't understand
why they are telling her this when it's not possible for her to have
Eight years ago, John was
killed in an airplane crash
travelling to Europe. You're
daughter survived, and was
hospitalized in Germany. The
men we work for, denied you
permission to see her-
Scully looks up from the photos, tears
in her eyes. She looks Krycek straight in the eyes.
-why are you doing this to me?
There is a long, silent, tense pause. Marita
and Krycek really don't know how to tell her the answer to her question.
How can you say this to me?
I've never seen these people
before in my life. (beat) For
all I know you could have created
You asked to have your
memories erased. You wanted
out of the project. Instead
of giving you what you asked
for, they tried to use you for
their own good. To have you
shut down Agent Mulder's work,
to stop him from uncovering what
they worked so hard to hide.
What do you gain by
telling me this?
Because, like you, we
believe in Agent Mulder's
work. (beat) Without you
we cannot proceed in our
resistance against colonization.
So what you're saying is
that I've been living a lie.
Betrayed supposedly by men I
work with. Lost a family that I have
no recollection of and that I'm what
you need to proceed in some resistance.
(beat) You want me to believe what you're
telling me, when I have every reason to
suspect a hidden agenda? (beat) I won't
listen to this. I don't believe it!
Krycek and Marita share a nervous look, this
isn't going as planned.
You aren't suppose to.
With that, Scully stands up, goes into
her room, throws some random cloths into a bag, comes back into the
living room, takes the folder they've shown her, grabs her jacket
and keys and heads toward the door.
Krycek slams Scully against the wall, his arm
pressed against her neck. Scully's bag drops to the floor.
(whispering, forceful, threatening)
Scully, you have got to listen
to us. the fate of the world rests
in your hands.
(pissed, to Krycek & Marita)
Get away from me.
Scully glares at Krycek and then at Marita,
she feels betrayed. Forcefully she pushes Krycek off her, grabs her
bag and leaves the apartment, slamming the door behind her. The damage
is done, there's nothing else Krycek and Marita can do right now.
TO BE CONTINUED...