Mulder: If this treason should prosper.
Mulder says this line in a voiceover narration in the opening scenes from the episode. It is a paraphrase based on the following verse: "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? / Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason." It is usually attributed to the Roman poet Ovid. Credit has also been given to English epigrammist Sir John Harrington. The point of the verse, of course, is that if treason succeeds, it becomes law. Mulder fears that if the people he opposes win, their lies will be accepted as fact.