The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 05, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Reyes: John! Where you been?
      Doggett: Chasing down leads.
      Reyes: We were supposed to meet in the office this morning, remember? To go over what we have on Regali.
      Doggett: I think this guy, Regali, may have been involved in Luke's death.
      Reyes: What? Since when?
      Doggett: Since I've been talking to Cadet Hayes. He says Regali knew Bob Harvey - that they were in on it together.
      Reyes: How could he possibly know that?
      Doggett: How does he know half the stuff he knows? I did some digging. I found out that Bob Harvey and Regali both did time at Walkill in 1988.
      Reyes: So did a thousand other men. That doesn't mean they knew each other.
      Doggett: I tracked Regali's credit card use, Monica. The day Luke disappeared he gassed his car up two miles from my house.
      Reyes: Regali is a New Yorker. A lot of New Yorker's visit Long Island. This is not evidence, not even close. I will never know how badly it hurt you to lose your son, or how much pain you still carry. I understand how much you want to find his killer, but I don't want to see you disappointed. Not again.
      Doggett: It's not going to happen. Not this time.

    • Doggett: When did you get the new furniture?
      Barbara Doggett: Last year. I just wanted to make a change.
      Doggett: It looks great. You look great.
      Barbara Doggett: You need to call first, John. Kind of throws me when you just show up here.
      Doggett: I'm sorry. It won't happen again. I need to talk to you, Barb.
      Barbara Doggett: It's about Luke.
      Doggett: I got a suspect.
      Barbara Doggett: Oh, god. John...
      Doggett: I know, I know. But this time, it's different.
      Barbara Doggett: Is it? He 'could' be, he 'might' be... I want to find out who did this just as badly as you do. But I don't want you coming over here again, bringing all this up, unless you know... unless you absolutely know. That's what I thought.
      Doggett: Look, this guy may have been cruising the neighborhood. You could have seen him.
      Barbara Doggett: Did you hear anything I said?

    • Barbara Doggett: Agent Scully? I'm Barbara. John's ex-wife.
      Scully: Hi. I'm Dana. Nice to meet you.
      Barbara Doggett: He said you'd be coming by.
      Scully: You weren't able to make an identification?
      Barbara Doggett: I didn't expect to. You know he doesn't think clearly about this. He can't.
      Scully: He blames himself.
      Barbara Doggett: He thinks he failed Luke. In his mind, he can never do enough, never suffer enough, for what happened. I think if you can help him find the man who did this, maybe... he could move on. He and Monica could really have something together. He just won't let her in. They're letting him go?
      Doggett: For now.
      Barbara Doggett: I'll be at my mom's 'til tomorrow.
      (She leaves)
      Doggett: Tell me you got something.
      Scully: As you asked, I compared the wounds inflicted on your son, with the wounds on these two women.
      Doggett: And?
      Scully: There are similarities between the trajectory of the wounds and the force with which they were delivered.
      Doggett: Meaning Regali's the guy.
      Scully: Meaning that it was a brilliant forensic deduction on Cadet Hayes's part. But that's all it is. The killer used different weapons, he demonstrated no consistent MO and no clear victimology.
      Reyes: None of it will hold up in court.
      Doggett: Well, something out there will.

    • Doggett: Something's not right.
      Reyes: What do you mean?
      Doggett: Here's a guy whose name comes up in connection with racketeering, prostitution, drugs, even murder, yet all he's got are nickel and dime convictions. Always gets off with just a slap on the wrist.
      Reyes: You know as well as I do, mob cases are hard to build.
      Doggett: What I'm saying is; I don't think anyone's even trying. I think this guy Regali's greasing somebody.
      Reyes: As in bribery?
      Doggett: What else could it be? What? What is it?

    • Regali: Nice car. I remember when they had you banging around in a ten-year-old Impala. Now look at you. Mr Assistant Director.
      Follmer: You got lucky. He has another suspect.
      Regali: You came down here to tell me that?
      Follmer: There's something I need to know. Were you in any way involved in the death of John Doggett's son?
      Regali: Since when do you ask me questions?
      Follmer: Were you involved!
      Regali: Course not. What kind of guy do you think I am?
      Follmer: That's it, I'm done, Regali.
      Regali: Done?
      Follmer: With you, with this, with this whole thing.
      Regali: And if I say no, what are you going to do? You know, if I'm you, right now I'm thinking 'I could pop this guy right here and who's going to know it's not self defence'. Well, let me remind you, anything happens to me a videotape lands at the Washington Post showing a young Brad Follmer taking cash from yours truly to make an indictment go away. You're done when I say you're done.

    • Scully: It's all in there. How you defrauded the FBI with a false identity in order to gain admittance to the Academy. We know who you really are. We know about your history with schizophrenia. We know that you orchestrated this entire thing in order to get close to Agent Doggett.
      Cadet Hayes: I've been recognized, by Agent Doggett's ex-wife, who failed to identify Nicholas Regali in that same room yesterday.
      Scully: Because Nicholas Regali did not kill Agent Doggett's son. You did.
      Cadet Hayes: That's one explanation.
      Doggett: It's the explanation.
      Cadet Hayes: No.
      Doggett: Then what is? WHAT IS?
      Cadet Hayes: I told you before, Agent Doggett. I studied the photos of your son's death. They called to me. I don't know why, but it was a message, and I listened.
      Scully: And then you killed Agent Doggett's son.
      Cadet Hayes: I studied his case obsessively. I'm a schizophrenic. That's what schizophrenics do. Obsess. I watched Agent Doggett. I watched his ex-wife, too. She can't tell you how she recognizes me, just that she does.
      Doggett: You're a liar. You lied to the FBI. You're lying now.
      Cadet Hayes: Would you have listened to me otherwise? A mental patient with insight into your son's death? I wanted to get close to you, Agent Doggett. To help you.
      Doggett: You gave me that tip. To find the woman's body in the wall.
      Cadet Hayes: Regali associated with the man who abducted your son. I called you so that you could catch him. I've received another message. I'd like to go back home now, to the institution.

    • Reyes: John? John!
      (Doggett keeps walking)
      Follmer: Well?
      Scully: Well, he told us his story. Whether it's true...
      Reyes: In other words, we're nowhere. Again.

    • Regali: Well, well. It's the FBI agent.
      (Doggett sits on the stool next to Regali.)
      Doggett: I'm not here as an FBI agent. I'm here as a father.
      Regali: Whoaa. What could that mean?
      Doggett: I want to know what happened to my son.
      Regali: I don't know who killed your son. But I like you, FBI. I really do. I'll tell you how it could have happened, hypothetically.
      (Doggett is listening.)
      Regali: Say there was this guy ... a businessman. And say this businessman - in the course of doing business - has to associate with any number of thugs, sickos, perverts. Like Bob Harvey, for example. And say this Bob Harvey likes little boys. Yeah. Disgusting. Say one day, Bob Harvey sees a little boy riding a bike, and he can't stand it. He grabs the boy. So, Harvey takes the boy back to his place only he doesn't tell the businessman what he's doing. So, the businessman walks in on him. You see what I'm saying, FBI? The boy sees the businessman's face. The businessman who never did nothing to this little boy. That's a problem. Well, every problem has got a solution, right?
      (He is finished with his story and walks out leaving Doggett.)

    • Barbra Doggett: (To Scully about Doggett) He and Monica could have something... He just won't let anyone in...

  • Notes

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Cary Elwes as A.D. Brad Follmer. Presumably, after he killed Regali at the climax, the video tape depicting his accepting a bribe landed at the Washington Post, resulting in Follmer's dismissal from the FBI, and possibly even being sent to prison on charges of taking bribes and murder. Still, it showed that Follmer wasn't a complete creep, as previous episodes led several viewers to think.

    • The actor who portrays Cadet Hayes was actually a writing intern on the show.

    • The woman playing Agent Doggett's wife in this episode is Robert Patrick's real wife, Barbara Patrick.

    • Hayes's amazing profiling skills seem remarkable similar to Frank Black's, from Millennium, another show by Chris Carter and often considered The X-Files' sister show.

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