Special Agent John Doggett
Special Agent Dana Scully
When Doggett pulls out his flashlight and asks "You ever carry one of these?", it is a reference to Mulder and Scully's frequent use of flashlights in the field, dark places being par for the course of X-files. Scully's lingering pause and response of "Never." is a bit of an in-joke with the audience but could also be related to her reluctance to trust Doggett with any extra information about her partnership with Mulder.
Doggett: The guys upstairs were making some noise about this case-- about what's in our field report.
Scully: Yeah. You'll get used to it. I, uh... I never had a desk in here, Agent Doggett but I'll see that you get one.
Doggett: All right.
Scully: And I just want to say, um... thank you for watching my back.
Doggett: Well, I never saw it as an option. I'm sure you don't either.
Doggett: Well, I'm no Fox Mulder, but I can tell when a man's hiding something. Myron Stefaniuk fishes a woman out of the river who's been gone for 40 years. He has a brother he hasn't seen in over 40 years. A brother who just happened to hunt down some kind of creature over 40 years ago.
Scully: You know, we've been out here for nine hours. The only thing this man seems to be in danger of is terminal loneliness. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is all just a... a grand coincidence and we're wasting our time out here.
Doggett: You were so sure before.
Scully: Yeah, I was sure of the facts as I had deduced them scientifically. Maybe I'm... I'm trying to force them into shape. Maybe I'm manufacturing a theory.
Doggett: Well, what happened to taking a leap?
Scully: Maybe I'm just trying too hard.
Doggett: To do what? To be Mulder? You know, I'm not Oxford educated. About all I know about the paranormal is men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But I don't think you're wrong, Agent Scully.
Scully: What happened to the lynch mob?
Doggett: You hear all that?
Scully: I heard enough.
Doggett: Things have taken a little turn.
Scully: I don't think so, Agent Doggett.
Doggett: Well, you can think what you want but I think this looks bad for the FBI.
Scully: It was unavoidable.
Scully: What did you say to him?
Doggett: Well, I told him to dig up the body. Isn't that what you wanted?
Scully: What else did you say to him?
Doggett: Well, I told him that you were … um … a... leading authority on paranormal phenomena and who are we to argue with an expert.
Scully: Look, I am not an expert. I am a scientist who happens to have seen a lot. I am just making a leap here.
Doggett: Well, I am sure you have your reasons.
Scully: Look, so, so, what, you told him to exhume the body when you don't even necessarily believe me yourself?
Doggett: I told you I spent the weekend looking through that cabinet full of X-Files and I saw how pretty much every X-File broke-- with a leap. Now, maybe I'm just an old- fashioned cop but I don't take leaps. In my experience leaps only get people killed.
Scully: Well, I'd say that you're taking a pretty big leap believing in that article... about a human bat.
Abbott: Honest to God. You just jump at whatever explanation is the wildest and most far-fetched, don't you?
Scully: Well, I suggest that you jump at it, too because her body may have been burned for a reason and you're going to want to exhume it in order to find out why.
Abbott: You want me to dig up a dead body when I have real people out there whose lives are in real danger?
Abbott: You know I got two old folks in the morgue mauled beyond recognition. I have no motive to go on, no intent. There's not one shred of evidence that cries out for a human explanation, yet you stand there telling me flat out that what we're looking for is a man. Thanks for everything, Agent Scully. We'll take it from here.
Scully: I'm sure your explanation will molify all those hotshots down at the county seat, Detective and relieve any general anxiety about what this thing might be … but only until it strikes again. And one more thing: I never said that what you're looking for is a man.
Scully: I'm not quite sure yet.
Abbott: She's not quite sure yet.
Doggett: Well, I have to say I've worked a lot of homicides but if the victims laid out here for any time at all in a setting like this, it'd be pretty remarkable if they didn't attract animals.
Scully: I think that post-mortem predation is definitely a consideration here, but I only see one print and if it were an animal there would be numerous prints all over here and in the yard. You agree, Agent Doggett?
Doggett: I'm going to go take a look around.
Abbott: There's only four toes.
Scully: That's not an unheard of birth defect. Uh, no more rare than polydactylism.
Abbott: What did she just say?
Doggett: I assume she means it could be human.
Doggett: I have to admit, Agent Scully, I'm at a loss.
Scully: Well, that's a good place to start.
Scully: I'm not here to be a curiosity, Agent Doggett. I'm here to work.
Doggett: I am, too, Agent Scully. I've been here all weekend and early this morning went over every X-File in the cabinet there. Just left to get some coffee.
Scully: Well... do you have any questions?
Doggett: Just a few. Maybe first you could tell me where your area is here and… uh…. where mine's going to be.
Scully: This is my partner's office, Agent Doggett. You and I will just be using it for a while.
Doggett: (taking out a flashlight) You ever carry one of these?
Scully: (regards it for a moment) Never.
Scully: If you've got a gun, get it.
As of this episode David Duchovny has been removed from the opening credits.
Doggett: (on finding the missing two fingers) V for Victory.
This is a reference to Winston Churchill's famous hand gesture of World War 2 of using the first and second fingers slightly parted to suggest a V after victory (with palm out and other fingers clenched). Of course the same gesture reversed has a very different and insulting connotation.
In the 1960's it was appropriated by hippies and other members of the anti-Vietnam war movement as a sign for "Peace".
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