Title: "Not What It Seems"
Written by: Kristi
7, 2004; January 4, 17, 23, 2005
Air Date: February
Series: FRVS - Episode #142
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Author's Note: The personalities of the characters
within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know
from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them
and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor.
Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
meets up with her sister, Melissa, only to suspect that Melissa's new
boyfriend isn't what he seems to be. Events unfold that have Scully
worried for the safety of a young girl.
EXT. PARK Ė DAY
FALLS CHURCH, VA
FEBRUARY 5, SATURDAY
Despite being a cold February day in Falls
Church, Virginia, the park is filled with a group of young children
playing in the freshly fallen snow.
Dana Scully and her older sister, Melissa,
are preparing picnic tables in the covered area near the parkís playground.
Luckily for them, the covered area also has heaters. Scully places
colorful paper plates with ďHappy BirthdayĒ written on them around
the table as Melissa carefully sets a birthday cake, with a hockey
design on the frosting, at the head of the table.
I canít believe how fast you
made it through Quanitco, Dana.
Scully looks up and smiles at her sister.
Itís not that hard the
second time around.
Besides, I had a lot of
support from my friends.
I donít know how you
do it. (beat) There is
so much physical training.
Itís nothing. (beat) Iíve
been through a lot worse.
Scully continues to set matching paper
cups down on the table. Sheíd rather not talk about all the worse
things sheís been through on such a happy day.
So, whose idea was it to have
a February birthday party outside?
Danielís. Heís in the pee-wee
hockey league, and thereís a
frozen pond just over that hill.
Melissa indicates to a small hill behind
I hope Iím not expected to
watch over all those kids when
itís time for ice skating. Itís
been ages since Iíve been skating.
Iíll probably fall and hurt myself.
I donít think youíll have to
worry about that. (beat) Danielís
coach, Michael, is here.
Melissa looks off in the direction of
the playground and to a man who is watching all the kids play. Scully
watches her sister, and knows that look in her eyes. She smiles to
(reading into Melissaís expression)
So, Melissa, are you dating anyone?
Melissa looks in her direction with a
I never could hide anything from
you, could I? (beat) Yes, I am.
And Iím sure youíve already guessed
that itís the hockey coach standing
Melissa smiles. Scully stops placing cups
on the picnic table.
Since when do you go to an ice rink?
Since I met him.
Do tell all.
Scully smiles, itís rare when a member
of the Scully family knows about the otherís personal/love life. It
took forever for her family to find out about her and Skinner when
they were involved. And it took forever for them to find out they
Well, I was at this little café,
enjoying my morning coffee. This
was back in May, so the weather was
beautiful, and naturally I was outside.
Thereís nothing like the morning air
in your lungs to help cleanse your soul.
Scully slightly rolls her eyes at her
sister. Melissa always gets off track when telling a story, especially
when she goes into details about ďcleansing the soulĒ. If only Monica
could meet Melissa, thereís no doubt that they would hit it off great
with all their spiritual, cleansing of the aura talk. Of course, John
Doggett would have to be there.
Anyway, Iím enjoying my coffee
when all of a sudden this little
girl runs right into my table,
causing me to spill my drink all
over my new dress.
Iím not upset or anything, because
you know kids, they donít mean to
do some of the things they do. And
this little girl just starts to cry.
And sheís crying so much that she canít
even apologize to me, and I can tell she wants to.
So this little girlís dad comes
up to me and heís non-stop apologetic.
Scully freezes and gets a tense look on
Missy, heís not married is he?
So Mr. Hockey Coach isnít the father?
No, he is.
And heís not married?
Are you going to let me
tell the story? Iíll explain.
Ok. Go ahead.
Scully smiles, eager to know what Melissaís
gotten herself involved in.
All right. Where was I? Oh yes.
So this handsome man, who is her
father, is apologizing all over
the place like Iím going to flip
out and sue him because his adorable
little girl ran into my table and
I spilled coffee all over myself.
(beat) I keep trying to tell him that
itís okay and that Iím fine. Itís no
big deal. But he insists that he make
it up to me and that he can at least
buy me another coffee. I agree because
this poor guy feels so bad. And not to
mention heís very cute.
So he buys me another coffee and
we split and go our own separate ways.
Melissa stops, as if itís the end of the
story. Scully waits for a slight moment, hoping sheíll continue on.
Thatís it? How did you hook up?
Dana, you know I always tell
a full story.
Melissa slyly smiles.
Then go on.
So we went our own separate ways.
(beat) A couple months later, in
August, Iím visiting a friend in
Seattle and she and her boyfriend
have tickets to some hockey game.
However, her boyfriend is feeling
sick and the last time he went to
a game, he almost got hit with a puck.
(beat) So I agree to go with her, even
though Iím not a big hockey fan. You
know, just for a fun thing to do that
I usually never do, right?
So while weíre there, I start to get
a headache from how loud the crowd is.
You know me and loud noises, I can only
tolerate them where itís suppose to be
loud and as long as itís not for a long
period of time. Iím just glad we werenít
at a basketball game, you know how those
games go. One minute on the clock can last
a half hour. Itís insane how-
-Melissa, your story.
Sorry. (beat) Anyway, I excuse myself
from our seats just to get away for
a while. Itís not that I donít like hockey,
itís just the loud noise was starting to get
to me. (beat) So I leave to go buy a bottle of
water from one of those over priced vendors
arenas like to have around to suck all the cash
out of people, as if the tickets themselves
didnít already do the job. (beat) I know you have
your doubts about how the world and universe work
in mysterious ways, but let me tell you, it was
fate that I went to Seattle, and that my friendís
boyfriend got sick and couldnít go to the
game because standing in the same small line at
the same vendor as me, was Michael, the same guy
who I met all the way across the country.
Sounds like fate to me.
It was. We hit it off great with
our second meeting. The first thing
I thought was how ironic it was to
fall for a man who lives all the
way across the country. However, it
turns out he was only in town
visiting a friend who happened to have
tickets to the same game too.
What about the little girl?
Clare? (beat) Well, Michael was going
through a divorce and it turns out
that his ex was a little on the flippy
side, so he gets full custody of her.
Sheís a great little girl. (beat) Sheís
the little blond building the snowman over there.
Melissa indicates towards the little girl.
Scully follows Melissaís eyes and sees the young girl rolling a small
ball of snow in the ground all on her own.
She looks cute.
Sheís adorable, and the sweetest
little angel youíll ever meet. (beat)
How about I go introduce you to her?
Ok, before we go do that, I have
to tell you something else.
Melissaís tone concerns Scully.
Michael and I are living together,
and Clare sees me as her mother. I
just wanted you to know that before
I introduced you to her so you wouldnít
be confused as to why she calls me ďmomĒ.
Scully looks at her sister in shock.
Geez! What is with the Scully family
and not telling anyone anything? (beat)
I mean, you havenít been with him long
at all. Donít you think itís a little
too soon to be moving in with the guy?
When you meet him, youíll understand.
Melissa smiles and walks away from Scully.
Scully turns and watches her sister for a moment before following
her. She lets out a sigh. This is very typical of the Scully family.
Scully follows Melissa to the little girl,
Clare, as she continues to roll snow into large balls for a snowman.
Mommy, look what Iím making.
Clare stands proudly in front of her large
Thatís very good, honey. Did
you want some help?
Nope. I can do it all by myself.
Clare smiles big, and immediately starts
to roll her snowball to make it bigger.
Scully comes up.
Clare, honey, Iíd like you to
meet my sister, Dana.
Clare looks up at Scully as she continues
to roll her snowball.
Hi. (beat) Are you making
Frosty The Snowman?
Yeah. But I canít take him
inside or else heíll melt.
Clare rolls the big snowball over to a
smaller one and starts on another one.
Melissa looks in his direction as he waves
to her to come over to him.
(to Scully & Clare)
Iíll be right back.
Melissa walks off and goes towards Michael.
Scully watches her for a moment as Michael kisses her. Scully smiles,
happy that Melissa is happy.
Are you like my aunt?
Scully looks over at Clare who has stopped
rolling her snowball.
Not technically, but you can
call me your Aunt Dana if you want.
Clareís smile brings a smile to Scullyís
face. In a way, Clare reminds Scully of when Jill was young. So much
innocence is inside of her.
I think my daddy is going
to make Melissa my mommy officially.
Yep. (beat) I like her. Sheís nice.
(beat) She reads me stories every
night before I go to bed.
Missy was always good at reading
and telling stories.
Did she tell you stories?
When I was younger she did.
(beat) And she still does
at times now.
Can you help me get the
snowballs on top of one another?
Iíd love to.
Scully smiles and goes over to the biggest
I think we should build him
right here, donít you think?
Scully picks up the second largest snowball
and sets it on top of the larger one.
I want to put his head on.
But youíll have to pick me
up because Iím small.
Clare goes over and picks up the smallest
snowball. Scully lifts her up so she can reach the top of the snowmanís
body. Clareís hands slip and the snowball hits her in the face.
She drops the snowball to the ground.
Scully gently puts her on the ground and turns her around to be face
to face with her. Clare is covering her mouth.
Sweetie, are you all right?
Clare doesnít say anything and shakes
her head ďnoĒ.
Can I see your face, Clare?
(muffled by her hand)
No. It hurts.
Iím a doctor, I can help you.
Clare removes her hand from her mouth to
reveal that she is bleeding.
Oh no. Here.
Scully pulls out a tissue and gently dabs
Clareís mouth with it.
Can you hold this right there, so
we can sit you down and have a better look?
Clare takes the tissue and nods her head.
Scully leads her back to the picnic tables and sits her down on a
bench. She looks around for Melissa and Michael, but they are busy
watching the other kids. She turns her attention back to Clare.
Ok, can I have a look?
Scully takes the tissue from Clare and
gently wipes away blood to reveal a pretty nasty cut inside of her
mouth on the gums.
Tears sting Clareís eyes as Scully continues
to examine the cut.
I know, sweetie, hold on.
This cut doesnít look like it couldíve
come from the snowball falling on her face. The cut is deeper, and
the snowball falling only opened a scar.
Clare, this is a pretty deep
cut. Iím going to get your father-
Clare takes the tissue and covers her
mouth again. Scully stops, wondering why this little girl would be
afraid of her father knowing about this cut.
Iím okay now. Can I go play?
Scully looks at her carefully. Clareís
quick denial that anything is wrong worries her. And the fact that
Clare seems afraid to have her father know about this cut, worries
Melissa and Michael come back to the covered
area with all the other kids. The kids run to have a seat at the picnic
tables so they can eat lunch and then dig into the cake.
Is everything all right?
-Yes. Everything is fine.
Clare takes the opportunity of all the
kids going crazy for food to get into the mix and ďforgetĒ about what
has just happened. She still covers her mouth with the tissue.
Melissa notices Scullyís concerned expression.
Scully doesnít hear her sister. Sheís
concerned for Clare as she watches her sit at the picnic table and
patiently wait for food. What if Clareís father, Michael, is abusing
her? That would make sense for Clare to want to deny anyone knowing
about her bad cut. It would make sense why Melissa was already moving
in with this guy. Thatís typical of controlling/abusive men. They
try to make the relationship seem like it will last forever. Theyíll
keep the women they are with in a relationship that has a commitment,
and moving in is a big commitment.
Off of Scullyís concerned expression for
Clare, and for Melissaís well-being...
INT. BRAD FOLLMERíS OFFICE Ė FBI HEADQUARTERS
Brad sits at his desk with the phone to
No. (beat) No, those were
suppose to go out last week,
what do you mean theyíre still
on top of your desk?
Brad rubs his head in frustration. Itís
a Saturday afternoon, and heís stuck at work because Ted, the head
of the Office of Professional Responsibility, has shown another month
No. He needed them last week.
There is a long beat of silence as Brad
listens to Tedís excuses. He rolls his eyes... a big roll of the eyes.
You know, itís a wonder you
made it through Quantico. (beat)
Never mind, Ted. Iíll figure out
what to do about this on Monday.
Brad angrily slams his phone down and
lets out and irritated scream of frustration. Right about now, he
could pull all of his hair right out of his head.
Brad has fallen behind this past week,
having to take care of X-File cases, Scully getting through Quantico,
Skinner needing his help with the Criminal Investigations Division,
and making sure Kim Cookís transfer came in all right. Heís had to
reluctantly call her in this weekend so he can be on top of things
by Monday to take care of the newest problem in OPR.
His phone rings and Brad glares at it.
For the last time, Ted, Iíll
take care of it on Monday.
Mr. Follmer, this is Dr. Montgomery
from the Strughold Cancer Research
Facility in New York State.
Brad freezes in place. He knows about
the Strughold Facility in New York, and he recognizes the name ďMontgomeryĒ.
Iím calling on behalf of
your finacé, Monica Reyes.
INT. THE FACILITY Ė MONTGOMERYíS OFFICE
John Montgomery walks over to his office
door and opens it. Outside, Brad Follmer waits eagerly.
Montgomery extends his hand.
Iím Dr. Montgomery. Itís nice to meet you.
Brad shakes his hand. He knows this man
from the Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Eve. Heís the one who took Monica
away from him for the second time.
Montgomery steps aside to allow Brad into
his office. Brad enters cautiously. Heís suspicious of this situation,
but his mind canít help but know Monica is near and this man called
him here because of her.
Brad takes a seat in front of Montgomeryís
desk as Montgomery sits down.
For almost a year heís been wanting an
answer to this question.
Sheís in recovery.
Brad reflects back to the Bridge. Monica
was in a wheelchair and her health looked questionable.
What happened to her?
I trust that you are a smart man,
which makes me believe that you
will understand the secrecy of what
Iím going to tell you.
Montgomery pauses for a moment to look
Brad over to assure himself that he can trust him.
Monica was entered into a testing
project against her will. At that time,
this facility was under the orders of
a man who did not care about the lives
of the test subjects. (beat) She was not
tested on until a few months ago. However,
for the safety of her life, and the life
of Dana Scully, her condition had to convince
other doctors that she was being tested.
What kind of test?
This news worries him.
A test to find a vaccine
against a deadly alien virus.
The room falls silent as Montgomery allows
this information to set in.
Ms. Scully never tested on Monica.
(beat) Are you aware of Monicaís
His mind is still back with ďdeadly alien
virusĒ. Montgomery is hitting him with the full truth, and itís a
Her ability to sense the feelings of
others, to see future events, to
see things others can not, such as
ghosts or spirits.
Brad tries to clear his head and think
about before she disappeared. She was acting a little strange...
Before she went missing, she was
having painful headaches. (beat)
She even said she saw a young boy
who died over ten years ago.
Thatís exactly what Iím talking
about. (beat) When she was brought
here, we attempted to erase her memory
so she could return home. However, her
brain rejected the serum and we only
had two options: kill her or enter
her into The Project.
Brad takes it in and nods his head.
You said that you tested on her.
What did that do to her?
He asks the questions, but is afraid to
hear the answer as his mind races to the worst scenario.
Iíve conducted years of research
on psychic ability, and have found
that there is a cure for the virus
inside of them.
Brad listens, hoping Montgomery does not
have bad news about Monica.
What do you mean: ďinside of themĒ?
Inside the brain. (beat) Her brain.
Brad stares at him intensely, not liking
what heís hearing.
(after a beat)
I had to take a small portion of
her brain to further my study. (beat)
Sheís fine. (beat) However, there
are a few side effects.
Anger boils inside of Brad. This man had
no right to do this to Monica.
Her visions and senses have increased.
Her mind has become wide open.
Without medication, she will be
constantly tormented by visions
of the future, unexplained phenomenon
like spirits and anything else that
can enter into her ability. (beat)
Sheís on medication right now and
Brad nods his head. Heís not happy with
this man for hurting Monica, but things could be worse.
What does this medication do?
It must be given to her every
four hours. It regulates her
brain to stop the flow of... her ability.
Forgetfulness, temporary long-term
and short-term memory loss. Headaches.
Insomnia. Mood swings. Paranoia. Fatigue...
Brad nods his head and sighs. There is
no way this medication can be 100% good for her.
(after a beat)
Iím sure you were also aware of her
condition when she first came here.
Yes. She was pregnant. (beat)
Dana told me what happened.
She will still be able to have
children. (beat) Needless to say,
she has become extremely depressed
because of what happened. She has
even attempted suicide.
Brad takes a deep breath, holding back
his emotions. It hurts him to hear about all the shit she has endured,
and continues to endure. She doesnít deserve any of this.
So if youíre telling me this,
does that mean Monica is being
released from this place?
Brad looks Montgomery in the eyes, hoping
to hear good news.
Under the conditions that she and
you do not expose this facility or
The Project. (beat) Our work here is
extremely important to the human race.
As far as the public knows, we are
conducting cancer research.
Brad nods his head.
I have told you everything because
I believe it will help you understand
what Monica has been through so youíll
be able to help her when she is released.
When will she be able to leave?
Iíd like to keep her here so I can
monitor her recovery. We have a great
rehabilitation program to help her
recover physically. We have therapist
for mental recovery as well. Although
most of her mental recover will happen
outside of the facility and at home.
So how long?
About a month.
Brad nods his head.
When can I see her?
Montgomery opens a desk drawer and hands
Brad a small box. Brad takes it.
Something you might want
to give back to Monica.
INT. MONICAíS HOSPITAL ROOM Ė RECOVERY
Monica Reyes sits up in her hospital bed
with a blank expression on her face. Sheís wrapped herself up in a
warm pink blanket. Her tired eyes blankly stare out the window and
up to the beautiful blue sky.
A young nurse is in her room, bringing
Monica a meal.
Monica, the doctor really
needs you to eat this.
Monica doesnít even acknowledge the nurse
and continues to stare out the window. Her appetite is non-existent.
Montgomery has ordered the nurse to hook Monica up to an IV so she
can get nutrients if she refuses to eat.
Avery lets out a small sigh. She doesnít
want to do this to Monica, but she has to. The poor girl has been
poked by needles enough anyway, but she has to do it. She gets Monica
hooked up to the IV.
Itís a beautiful day today, isnít it?
She smiles, hoping to get Monica to talk.
Itís nice to see the sun again.
Avery smiles. Monica looks over in her
Could you bring me some ice?
Avery gives her a warm smile, and Monica
weakly smiles back. Avery leaves and Monica turns her gaze back to
She shuts her heavy eyes knowing she needs
rest. She fears sleeping now because of reoccurring nightmares of
everything sheís been through in the past eleven months. Nightmares
of the day Scully and Montgomery forced an abortion on her constantly
haunt her. When she wakes up from sleep she forgets that she is in
the recovery ward and feels as if sheís still in her isolated cell.
She has nightmares of when Montgomery tested on her. Nightmares of
the pain she went through during that time. Nightmares of being alone
and cold, hunger and thirst in her dark cell.
Sleep prevents her from forgetting what
has happened to her.
There is a soft knock on her door. Monica
slowly looks over and sees Brad standing in the doorway. Monicaís
jaw slightly drops open. Heís the last person she ever expected to
Brad smiles when he sees her and enters
her room. He makes his way over to Monicaís bed.
Monicaís eyes light up with life as she
realizes that her eyes are not playing tricks on her. For the first
time in a long time, she smiles a sincere smile.
Brad sits on the side of her bed and smiles
at her. Monica immediately sits up and wraps her weak arms around
him. She didnít even know she had the strength to sit up until he
She is weak. Brad can tell that much as
he holds her fragile body close to him. Tears fill his eyes as he
feels how torn apart and how weak her spirit has become. He can sense
that her spirit has been driven out of her. He feels how weak her
body has become, and how this she is. She is obviously not eating
well at all. She feels weightless in his arms.
Brad gently kisses the top of her head
and Monica tightens her hold on him the best she can. She starts to
cry, finally able to let her emotions break out. Sheís held them in
for too long, and now, with Brad here, she feels she has someone she
can trust. Someone who can protect her and know her pain. She sobs
in his arms for a few minutes until her body is physically exhausted.
Brad gently strokes her head as she calms
down. Tears fall down his face as he feels the surface of her pain.
Monica pulls away from him and wipes her tears away. She smiles at
him. At this moment, sheís never felt this much happiness in all her
life. Another tear falls from her eye. She doesnít bother to wipe
it away and neither does Brad. This assures her that it is all right
to cry and to let out the emotions and pain she has bottled up inside
Brad takes hold of Monicaís cold hand
and gently kisses it. He smiles at her as she looks him over.
Monicaís eyes absorb his image. Heís never
looked more handsome than how he looks in this moment. He wears a
blue work shirt with long sleeves and the top button casually undone.
His tie has been removed, giving him a very casual look.
Monica smiles at him as she places a hand
on his chest, moving it up to his broad shoulder and down his strong
arm. He seems stronger now than how she remembers. She looks into
his soft hazel eyes, allowing memories from before to enter her mind.
His hair looks soft in the natural light, and she remembers how much
she misses running her fingers through it. She misses his gentle lips
against her skin, but sheís not sure sheís ready for that kind of
I love this shirt.
She smiles at him, trying not to cry again.
He smiles back at her. It has been too long since sheís seen his irresistible
smiles. Her heart warms inside.
Brad looks down at his shirt.
You bought it for me.
She doesnít remember, but will take his
word for it.
I forget things sometime. (beat)
Dr. Montgomery said I would.
She looks down, wishing she didnít have
to be medicated.
He told me. (beat) Itís all right.
Iíll help you remember.
He smiles at her to reassure her that
heís going to help her through this.
Brad digs into his pocket and retrieves
the little box Montgomery gave to him. He opens it and pulls out the
engagement ring he gave to Monica in Paris.
Dr. Montgomery gave this to
me to give back to you.
Tears come to Monicaís eyes as she extends
her weak hand for Brad to place the ring back on it. Monica looks
down as he places the ring back on her hand. It hangs loose on her
finger from all the weight she has lost. She smiles as a tear falls
down her face.
I thought Iíd never see it again.
She gently leans into his chest and stars
down at the ring. Brad wraps his arms around her. Monica gets a strange
look on her face as she suddenly realizes something.
Wait... why are you in a
work shirt when itís a Saturday?
(beat) It is Saturday, right?
Brad laughs a little.
Yes, itís Saturday. (beat)
There was some things at work
that needed to be done.
Monica smiles and leans into him, happy
to be back in his arms and finally able to temporarily forget about
the hell sheís been living for the past eleven months.
INT. BRAD FOLLMERíS OUTER OFFICE Ė 1 P.M.
Kim Cook enters the outer office. She
is carrying a small box with some personal items and she sets it down
on a new desk. Her transfer from being Skinnerís secretary to Bradís
has finally gone through, but not without a little trouble with the
paperwork because Skinner lost it.
Kim goes over to the office door and knocks.
The door opens, and to her surprise, Fox Mulder is in Bradís office.
I know what youíre thinking,
but Bradís not tied up in a closet.
Good. Is he here? I just wanted
to let him know Iím here and need
to know what he needs help with.
Mulder holds up a piece of paper.
He needs the stack of files on your
desk to be filed away in the filing
cabinets behind your desk. Then, we
need to get some paperwork delivered
to the Director ASAP because they were
supposed to be signed by her last week
and sent to the Department of Justice.
All right. (beat) One question.
Why are you here?
He had to go out of town for
an emergency and he has temporarily
put me in charge until he returns
in a couple of days.
Kim looks at him with shock.
Yes. (beat) Iím a little nervous
so Iím glad you are here. (beat)
Iíve never done any sitting in for
an Assistant Director work before in
my life. I need to make sure Scullyís
paperwork is sitting on the Deputy Directorís
and The Directorís desks by Monday and
have everything in order, or else it
will be a longer process for Scully to
get back into the FBI. (beat) Iíve
never done this kind of stuff before,
but for some reason he thinks I am the
best qualified to sit in for him. (beat)
I donít know where he got it.
Kim smiles. Who wouldíve thought Brad would
put Fox Mulder in charge while heís gone.
Donít worry, Agent Mulder. I worked
for Skinner when he was an A.D. of this
division, so I literally did all of
this kind of work for him.
Mulder smiles and relaxes. Heís very thankful
Kim is here.
Okay, so letís do what needs to be
done so we donít have him fall even
more behind. (beat) Did you know he
was helping A.D. Skinner with CID work?
Yeah. He told me that thatís the
reason heís fallen behind. And then
there was the ďTed IssueĒ today in OPR
which has made everything fall behind in the Bureau.
I still donít know why he
didnít get that promotion to OPR.
Mulder shakes his head. Itís such a pity
because he knows Brad could do great things by cleaning house in OPR.
Maybe even Alex Krycek could clean up.
Anyway, we have a lot to do.
So letís get to work.
Kim gives him a warm smiles and head over
to her new desk to start filing.
Mulder goes back to Bradís desk and looks
at the notes Brad left him. He grabs a pen and a file folder and writes
on it, doing exactly as Brad has instructed. Mulder smiles to himself
as he gets to do A.D. work. Itís not that hard, so far.
INT. CHILDRENíS NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Ė FALLS CHURCH, VA
Melissa and Dana are sitting quietly in
the waiting room. Michael is pacing near the doorway, waiting to hear
from the doctors about the cut in Clareís mouth.
Scully watches him carefully. The cut
in Clareís mouth had scarred over before the snowball fell and broke
it open. How did she get the scar, and why didnít her father know
about it sooner? Sure, right now Michael is putting on the ďworried
fatherĒ look by pacing by the doorway with a concerned look on his
face, but Scully isnít sure it is sincere.
(quiet; to Melissa)
Do you trust him?
Scully nods her head.
Of course, I do. (beat) Why?
I just think itís a little strange
that he didnít notice the cut in
Clareís mouth sooner. I mean, I had
to point it out to him. I just think
itís a little suspicious.
Melissa looks at her for a moment.
What are you saying, Dana?
What if... heís the one hurting her?
No, heís not like that at all.
Heís a great father.
I just see traits in him that
mirror that of a controlling or
abusive father. (beat) Iím not
just worried for Clare, Iím
worried for you too, Melissa.
Heís not like that Dana. Heís
a great guy and would never
harm Clare ever. He loves her.
Iím just worried, okay? (beat)
I mean, you havenít known him
very long at all. People can date
for years and never know the otherís
true self until they are in too deep
by marriage, you know? (beat) I mean,
youíre already living with him and you
only started dating him in August. (beat)
Thatís about six months, Melissa. (beat)
I just think itís too suspicious of him.
I see where you are coming from, Dana.
But you donít know him like I do. (beat)
Itís not like we started living together
the day after we hooked up or anything.
(beat) Itís only been two months.
Clareís doctor enters the waiting room
and approaches Michael. Scully and Melissa stop their conversation
and watch as the doctor talks to him quietly. He truly does look worried,
but the doctor brings some news that is welcoming and he relaxes.
The doctor continues and his expression changes to more worry and
he nods his head. The doctor leaves and Michael comes over to Melissa
and Scully. He sits down next to Melissa.
The doctor says theyíve stitched
her up and sheís going to be fine.
However, he said that as a precaution
they took some photos of her since the
cut looked intentional and found some
bruising that was on her back. (beat)
A fist mark was found.
Tears well up in his eyes. Heís at a complete
loss as to how this couldíve happened to Clare.
You mean someone hit her?
A few times apparently.
He sits there with a numb expression.
How could he had not seen this or known about it until now?
Scully watches him, not sure if she believes
him. Controlling/abusive men usually try to get people to like them
so when something like whatís just been found out about Clare happens,
everyone will say ďoh no, he never couldíve done that.Ē
Do you know who wouldíve done this?
I have no idea.
He shakes his head.
A nurse comes into the waiting room, holding
Michael looks up and sees the nurse with
his daughter. He stands up.
Sheís all ready to go.
The nurse smiles and hands Clare over
to him. He kneels down to be face to face with her.
Are you all right?
Yeah. But I canít eat
hard candy so I should
probably have apple sauce
tonight because it hurts.
Anything you want, sweetie.
He smiles and Clare wraps her arms around
him and he picks her up.
I think we should call it a day.
Melissa nods in agreement.
Can we get ice cream?
Not right now.
Melissa grabs her coat and stands up.
I should probably be getting home.
I still have some unpacking to do
at my new apartment.
All right. Iíll see you later then.
It was nice meeting you, Dana.
Michael extends a free hand and shakes
Nice to meet you too.
She smiles at him, then moves so she can
It was nice meeting you too, Clare.
Yes it was, Auntie Dana.
Scully smiles and turns to Melissa.
See you around.
Let me know if you need
any help unpacking.
All right. Bye.
Scully leaves the hospital and goes outside
to her car.
She gets inside her car and sits for a
moment. Sheís still not sure about this Michael guy. She starts her
car and pulls out of the parking lot.
INT. JOHN DOGGETTíS HOUSE Ė LIVING ROOM
The house is quiet. So quiet that you
can hear only the ticking of the clock.
John Doggett sits in his chair reading
a book. Buddy sits in front of him, watching him, waiting for something
interesting to happen. Doggett turns a page in the book heís reading
and Buddyís tail wags once.
Buddyís ears perk up when he hears the
sound of a car pulling up in the driveway. The car stops and Buddy
stands up on all fours. The car door can be heard shutting and footsteps
approach Johnís front door. Buddy starts to bark wildly as he runs
to the door.
John looks up from his book and over to
Buddy who is scratching at the door. He slowly stands up and walks
over, just as there is a soft knock on the front door.
Doggett moves Buddy away from the door
and opens it to find Scully.
Hey. I thought you were
helping your sister out
at that birthday party.
He steps aside to allow her in.
Doggett can read her expression. Sheís
concerned about something.
What is it?
Itís Melissa. (beat) Actually the
guy sheís seeing. His little girl
had a bad cut in her mouth, and I
think her father is abusing her, but
Melissa doesnít see it and denies
that he could hurt her too.
He wasnít expecting this.
What exactly happened?
I was helping this little girl
build a snowman and she dropped
the smallest snowball on her face
and she started to bleed from the
mouth. (beat) She had a bad cut in
her mouth that Iíve only seen with
blunt force trauma, but it was old
enough to have scarred over and not
show any bruising. (beat) Then when
we were at the hospital, the doctors
checked her over and found some old
bruises on her back with a camera.
A fist print was found, and I suspect
the father of doing this to her.
How old is the girl?
Missy said sheís five and a half.
Without hard evidence that the
father did this, thereís not
much we can do about it.
I know. I just think we should
do something. (beat) I want to
confront him about it, and I
would like you there with me when
I do it. I donít know what this
guy is capable of.
It really isnít FBI jurisdiction.
Iím not doing this as FBI, Iím
doing this as someone who cares.
Scully sits down on his couch.
My sister is dating this man,
and if heís hurting his daughter
thereís no telling what he could
do to Melissa. (beat) Sheís been
dating him for six months and already
lives with him. I just see traits in
him that Iíve seen with abusive men.
Scully looks down. She knows all too well
the horrors of being with a man who is abusive, and she doesnít want
Melissa to go through anything sheís had to deal with.
Doggett nods his head, seeing where sheís
All right. When do you want
to go talk to this guy?
Later tonight after Clare
is in bed or something. I
He sits down on the couch next to her.
Are you all right?
I donít know. (beat) All of this
is hard for me, you know? (beat)
I donít want Missy hurt like Iíve been hurt.
Scully shuts her eyes, holding back tears
as she remembers all that sheís been through. She leans onto Johnís
chest and relaxes her muscles. He slowly and gently holds her in his
arms and kisses the top of her head.
Doggett doesnít know all that has happened
to her, and he knows sheís afraid to talk about it. He wants to be
there for her, and heíll be there for her tonight to get to the bottom
of this whole thing about her sister.
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. MICHAEL LEVINSONíS HOUSE Ė 9:05 P.M.
Doggettís truck pulls up in front of the
house. Doggett puts the car into park and he and Scully get out.
The outside of the house is lit by a porch
light, and there is a light in a downstairs window is on. Doggett
and Scully go up to the front door and knock quietly. A few moments
later, Michael opens the door.
Hi. May we come in?
Sheís got an ďall businessĒ attitude about
her. Michael steps aside to let Scully and Doggett in. He smiles politely
at John, but heís not sure who he is.
Is Melissa here?
Yeah, sheís upstairs with Clare.
He gives a small glance at John, wondering
about him. John has a very stern look on his face.
Michael extends his hand to John.
Hi, Iím Michael.
John strongly shakes his hand.
And you are?
Are you and Dana together?
I need to talk to you
Michael looks over at her.
All right, come on inside.
He leads John and Dana into the living
room and turns off the television.
Have a seat.
He indicates the couch and John and Dana
Would you like anything to drink?
No thank you, Iím fine.
Iím all right.
Michael smiles and sits down in a chair.
Is everything all right?
I donít know, thatís why Iím here.
Michael seems a bit nervous. Perhaps he
is guilty of abusing his daughter.
This is about Melissa and I, isnít it?
Not exactly. Itís more about
you and your daughter.
She looks at him sternly for a moment
before she continues.
I have a theory about what
couldíve happened to Clare.
Michael listens, knowing that sheís a
trained Federal Agent.
I think you did this to her.
Sheís very to the point with him. Michael
looks at her in shock. This was the last thing he expected to hear
Me? You think I would hurt Clare?
How could you not notice
that she had that scar unless
you were intentionally ignoring
it so it couldnít be brought to
anyone elseís attention.
I would never... How can
you say that I could do
something that horrible to
my little girl?
This truly hurts him to hear Scully say
this about him. Doggett watches him carefully for any signs that Scullyís
theory is right.
Clare is everything to me. And
the notion that anyone could even
think of hurting her- I... All
I want to do is find out who
did this to her and have them punished.
Melissa comes down the stairs and enters
the living room. She looks at Michael and sees Dana, and can sense
that there is tension in the room.
I had a talk with Clare.
Michael looks up at her with worry. Melissa
takes a seat.
She told me how she got the
cut in her mouth.
All the attention is on Melissa.
She said someone named Bubba Joe
hit her when she was at the ice rink.
Melissa looks at Michael, who has a pensive
look on his face. As if he remembers something that didnít seem like
anything at the time until now.
Mr. Levinson, do you know that name?
Michael slowly nods his head.
Yeah, Joe Klein, his nickname is
ďBubba Joe.Ē (beat) A month ago
I had to bench his son for throwing
a punch at another player during a
game. I got a lot of hell for that.
(beat) I ended up cutting his kid from
the team because of his attitude and
violence towards the other kids. (beat)
Joe... he uh... said that one day heíd
get me back for that.
Michael looks down.
Why didnít she tell me?
Clare was scared. (beat) She said
Bubba Joe threatened her and you
if she told anyone about this.
What did he do to her?
She didnít want to talk about it.
This is a red flag alert for Scully.
Would you mind if I went
up and talk to her? To see
if maybe she can talk to me
about what happened to her.
Scully nods her head and stands up, heading
up the stairs and to Clareís room.
INT. CLAREíS BEDROOM Ė CONíT
Clare is in her bed, holding a stuffed
bunny in her arms. Scully cracks the door open, allowing light from
the hallway to fall on Clareís face. Clare doesnít roll over to avoid
confrontation, rather, she just looks Scully in the eyes. Scully smiles
when she sees her.
Did I wake you?
May I come in?
Scully sits at the edge of Clareís bed
and turns on a lamp. Clare sits up in her bed to be able to look at
Scully in the eyes.
Did Missy send you up?
No, I came up on my own.
But because of what Missy
said downstairs, right?
Yes. (beat) Do you still
not want to talk about it?
I donít know.
She looks down at her stuffed bunny and
fumbles around with it. Scully watches her.
I donít like Bubba Joe.
Do you want to talk about him?
He hit me.
He hit you?
Clare nods her head.
Is that all he did?
Clare doesnít look up at Scully and continues
to fumble around with her stuffed bunny.
He said that if I told anyone
he was going to hurt Daddy.
Thatís why you didnít tell anyone?
Did he hit you once?
A couple times. A week ago he did.
(beat) Thatís how my mouth got cut.
He hit me that hard.
Clare starts to cry.
Clare, weíre going to help you
get through this, all right?
Clare looks up at Scully.
No oneís going to get hurt anymore, okay?
Do you promise? Promise to make
the bad man go away?
I promise to do my best to
make sure you and your daddy
will be all right.
Are you a police woman and going
to put him in a cage with all the
other bad guys?
Iíll see what I can do about it.
Clare quickly hugs Scully.
Is my daddy mad at me?
No, heís not mad at you.
Scully holds Clare in her arms. Sheíll
make sure to do everything she can to get this guy.
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. MOUNT VERNON ICE ARENA Ė ALEXANDRIA,
VA - DAY
FEBRUARY 6, SUNDAY
Doggett and Scully stand in front of the
ice arena, watching as police officers exit the building with Joe
ďBubba JoeĒ Klein in custody. Standing with them is Michael, who makes
direct eye contact with Joe Klein who gives him a nasty glare with
revenge screaming inside of him. They all turn to continue watching
the police officers as they get Klein into their car and drive away.
Michael lets out a heavy sigh of relief
knowing that a man like that is off the streets. He turns to face
Doggett and Scully.
I donít know what I
wouldíve done without
your help. (beat) Thank you.
Itís our job. (beat) And I
wouldnít worry about him for
a while. Heís got multiple child
abuse complaints against him.
Michael nods his head, relieved to hear
that heíll be going away.
I guess this goes to show that
you never really know a person.
Or what they are capable of, you
know? (beat) Iím glad Clare was
able to talk to someone, even if
it wasnít me. I donít even want to
think about what couldíve happened
to her if she never told you or Missy.
Scully nods her head, feeling a little
bad for accusing him of hurting Clare. But as he just said, you never
really know a person.
Weíre glad we could help.
I wish we couldíve met under
better circumstances. Maybe
we could all go out sometime
and get to know each other better.
Sure. (beat) Maybe in a little
while. I start back at the FBI
officially tomorrow morning, so
who knows what will be going on then.
Yeah. Good luck with that too.
I really admire what you guys do.
You should be getting back home.
Clare was worried about you coming
here when they brought him in. You
should let her know youíre all right.
Yeah. (beat) Iíll see you around.
He nods and heads back to his car in the
Scully lets out a sigh. Doggett looks
over at her.
What are you thinking?
How Iím not sure Iím ready
to go back to the FBI.
This catches Doggett off guard.
I took this case very personally.
I immediately thought Michael was
the bad guy in all of this and didnít
even think of the possibility that
someone outside of family could hurt Clare.
I think you handled this very well, Dana.
Scully looks up at him. Where does he
get that from?
In most cases itís the parents
who hurt their children. Rare is
it that itís someone not even related
who barely has contact with the child.
(beat) You got to the bottom of it, and
now a guilty man is being charged with
multiple charges of child abuse. Not
only to Clare, but to his own son.
Thanks for the words of wisdom, John.
Scully smiles at him.
And you know, if at any time
you donít feel comfortable in
the field, Brad can always assign
you to office work until you feel
you're ready for the field.
They start to walk back to Johnís truck.
By the way, do you know who
my new partner will be?
Iím not sure. Iím sure Brad
wouldnít put you with Mulder
or Krycek, but he has been
known to do odd things lately.
He has? Like what?
Well, you know I had to get locals
in on this situation to bring Klein
in... well, I call Bradís office and
Kim tells me heís not in, but Agent
Mulder is sitting in for him while
heís out of town.
Scully looks at him surprised.
(re: her look)
And all of this happened without a problem?
Off their looks of wondering if Brad has
been drugged, we...