Fallen Angel (1x09)
written by Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon
DEEP THROAT: Mulder, the continental United States is surrounded by an electronic fence that reaches 15,000 miles into space. We use it to track and monitor the 7,087 man-made objects that orbit the earth. Last night at 23-17 that fence was breached.
COLONEL CALVIN HENDERSON: You violated a US government quarantine and that's a federal crime.
MULDER: That's a quarantine? Is that what you call this?
COLONEL CALVIN HENDERSON: We're trying to contain an ecological disaster.
MULDER: That's a lot of firepower just to protect mother nature.
COLONEL CALVIN HENDERSON: I have my orders. And a license to execute them as I see fit. I suggest you forget what you saw, what you think you saw, for your own well being.
MULDER: You've got a downed craft in those woods, sir. And troops carrying live rounds! We both know what's out there!
MULDER: But you don't know me. Last night is the first time you've laid eyes on me.
MAX FENIG: Not true. We at NICAP have been following your career really closely. Ever since you became involved with the X-files.
MULDER: Following my career? How?
MAX FENIG: Through the Freedom of Information Act.Your travel expenses are a matter of public record. So, this must be the enigmatic Agent Scully.
MRS. WRIGHT: I don't know anything! Don't you understand? They won't even release the body so I can give him a proper burial. OK?
SCULLY: The government can't do that. I'm sure if you appealed to...
MRS. WRIGHT: No!
SCULLY: You're entitled to the truth.
MRS. WRIGHT: I can't afford the truth.
MULDER: Tell us what happened out there?
COLONEL CALVIN HENDERSON: Whatever happened, Mulder, it has nothing to do with you.
MULDER: Wrong, colonel. We both want the same thing. Only you want it dead. Can't you see that chasing it down like an animal you leave it no choice but to defend itself? How many more people have to die before you rethink your approach?
CHIEF KORETZ: Sir, I have flash traffic at 24-18. Repeated calls for ID go unanswered. And it's not in the orbital or suborbital inventory.
MALE OFFICER #2: 24-18. Isn't that where...
CHIEF KORETZ: Same exact spot sir. Although I am reading a much larger craft his time.
MALE OFFICER #2: Meteor, Ms. Koretz.
CHIEF KORETZ: A much larger Meteor, sir. Hold on a second. We have a confirm. Whitmarsh Air Force Base is tracking...
MALE OFFICER #2: Where is it?
CHIEF KORETZ: Well, sir. The meteor, seems to be hovering over a small town in Eastern Wisconsin.
MULDER: Then what can I say? How can I disprove lies that are stamped with an official seal? You can deny all the things I've seen. All the things I've discovered. But not for much longer. Because too many others know what's happening out there. And no one, no government agency has jurisdiction over the truth.
SECTION CHIEF McGRATH: Why did you countermand my decision? Mulder's conduct was in clear violation not only of bureau procedures but of federal law.
DEEP THROAT: Yes.
SECTION CHIEF McGRATH: I don't understand. The committee's case was air tight. You've ruined the last best chance we had to get rid of him.
DEEP THROAT: I appreciate your frustration, but you and I both know Mulder's work is a singular passion-- poses a most unique dilemma. But his occasional insubordination is in the end, far less dangerous.
SECTION CHIEF McGRATH: With respect sir, less dangerous than what?
DEEP THROAT: Than having him exposed to the wrong people. What he knows... what he thinks he knows... Always keep your friends close, Mr. McGrath... but keep your enemies closer.