The Erlenmeyer Flask (1x23)
"Trust No One"
SCULLY: And all he [Deep Throat] told you to was to watch channel eight?
MULDER: Yeah, that's all he said.
SCULLY: Do we even know why the suspect was being chased?
MULDER: As far as I can tell, he wouldn't pull over for a moving violation.
SCULLY: Well, that ought to put him in the Ten Most Wanted list.
MULDER: There's got to be something here. Some detail. Something we're not seeing.
SCULLY: How do you know he's not just yanking your chain, this Deep Throat character?
MULDER: Why would he do that?
SCULLY: Well, he has lied to you by his own admission.
MULDER: I don't think he'd call if there wasn't something here... something I was supposed to see. Something he wants me to see.
MULDER: I don't know what the hell I'm supposed to find. You can't make out the license plate in this photo. Hey, Scully, look at this.
MULDER: Look at the car in this photo. Look at the windshield.
SCULLY: It's not the same car.
MULDER: "No?" What do you mean, "no?"
SCULLY: I mean, this has reached the point of absurdity, Mulder. We're out here on half a hunch off of a cryptic phone call chasing down a, a clue that's based on nothing but speculation.
MULDER: Well, that's all we've got.
SCULLY: That's all he's given us. Who is this Deep Throat character? I mean, we don't know anything about him. What his name is, what he does...
MULDER: He's in a delicate position. He has access to information and indiscretion could expose him.
SCULLY: You don't know that this isn't just a game with him. He's toying with you. Rationing out the facts.
MULDER: You think he does it because he gets off on it?
SCULLY: No. I think he does it because you do.
DEEP THROAT: Calling it a night, Mister Mulder?
MULDER: My mother usually likes me home before the street lights come on.
MULDER: You know, from day one, this has always been on your terms. I've gone along. Been the dutiful son. But maybe this time, we can just cut out the Obi-Wan Kenobi crap and you can save me the trouble.
DEEP THROAT: I fear you've become to dependent on me.
MULDER: Let me tell you something. I've got plenty to do without chasing down your vague leads or trying to decode your circular logic. Maybe it's you who's become too dependent on me... on my willingness to play your games.
DEEP THROAT: Mister Mulder?
DEEP THROAT: Don't give up on this one. Trust me. You've never been closer.
MULDER: The man we met yesterday kept this place like he was waiting for the people from Good Housekeeping to show up. I would have never pegged him as someone to do all this... or a Greg Louganis out the window.
MULDER: What else do we know about Doctor Berube?
SCULLY: Ummm... "Terrence Allen Berube. Harvard Med., 1974." He was working on the Human Genome Project. Are you familiar with that?
MULDER: Yeah. The mapping of all human genes. Maybe the most ambitious scientific endeavor in the history of mankind.
SCULLY: I'm sorry, Mulder. I'm seeing the pieces but I'm not seeing the connection.
MULDER: Well, maybe that's just it. Maybe we're not seeing it because it can't be seen, not in any obvious way.
CARPENTER: Wow... look at this.
SCULLY: What are they?
CARPENTER: Well, they're the size of bacteria but no bacteria I've ever seen.
SCULLY: How do you mean?
CARPENTER: Well, most bacteria are symmetrical and smooth. These are... I don't know. It's strange.
SCULLY: I'm at the Georgetown Microbiology Department. I've got something for you.
MULDER: Is it smaller than a silver Ciera?
SCULLY: Much. And it's not silver, it's green.
MULDER: What is it?
SCULLY: Some kind of bacteria, each containing virus and it looks as if Berube may have been cloning them. They also contain something that looks like chloroplasts... Plant cells. But they, they've never seen anything like it here.
MULDER: Any idea what he could have been doing with them?
SCULLY: Well, the only reason why you clone a virus inside a bacteria... is in order to inject it into something living. It's called gene therapy and it's still highly experimental.
CARPENTER: These are the DNA sequences from the bacteria sample you brought in. You seem to know something about molecular biology. Do you know what you're looking at?
SCULLY: Yeah, I think those are genes.
CARPENTER: Right. They're called base pairs. Each pair is made up of something called a nucleotide. Only four nucleotides exist in DNA. Four. And through some miracle of design that we have yet to fathom, every living thing is created out of these four basic building blocks. What you're looking at is a sequence of genes from the bacteria sample. Normally, we'd find no gaps in the sequence. But with these bacteria, we do.
SCULLY: Why is that?
CARPENTER: I don't know why. But I tell you, under any other circumstances, my first call would have been to the government.
SCULLY: What exactly did you find?
CARPENTER: A fifth and sixth DNA nucleotide. A new base pair. Agent Scully, what are you looking at... it exists nowhere in nature. IT would have to be, by definition... extraterrestrial.
SCULLY: Wait a second... Mulder? I, I just want to say that I was wrong.
MULDER: It's all right, don't worry about it.
SCULLY: No, um... if you'd had listened to me, we wouldn't be here right now. I should know by now to trust your instincts.
MULDER: Why? Nobody else does.
SCULLY: You know, I've always held science as sacred. I've, I've always put my trust in the accepted facts. And what I saw last night... for the first time in my life, I don't know what to believe.
MULDER: Well, whatever it is you do believe, Scully... when you walk into that room? Nothing sacred will hold.
DEEP THROAT: There are limits to my knowledge, Mister Mulder. Inside the intelligence community, there are so-called "black organizations." Groups within groups conducting covert activities, unknown at the highest levels of power.
MULDER: There were three men last night, I was chased.
DEEP THROAT: Hmmm. If you were chased, you would have been killed. Those men are trained for that sort of business and they are trained well.
SCULLY: Were those the same men who killed Doctor Berube?
DEEP THROAT: Presumably.
DEEP THROAT: "Why?" Good lord, you've worked so hard and you still don't see it.
MULDER: Doctor Berube was conducting human experiments with extraterrestrial viruses.
DEEP THROAT: Yes, but that's been going on for years. We've had the tissue since 1947 but not the technology.
DEEP THROAT: Roswell was a smoke screen, we've had a half-a-dozen better salvage operations. Doctor Berube was killed because his work was too successful. You're standing in the room where the first DNA transplant took, the first human-alien hybrid was created.
DEEP THROAT: Six volunteer patients, all terminally ill. One, Doctor William Secare, an old friend of Doctor Berube's, was dying of melanoma cancer. And as a result of the E.T. gene therapy, all six patients treated in this room began to recover from their illnesses. Doctor Secare was able to live a more or less normal life. As normal as possible for a man who has developed inhuman strength and the ability to breathe underwater.
DEEP THROAT: Doctor Secare was never supposed to have survived. Doctor Berube's research was part of a top secret government project being run out of Los Alamos. All they were interested in was the technology, the science. To have a hybrid living out in the real world? Too great a liability. What if he should need emergency medical procedure? The man has a blood chemistry that is alien and very likely toxic. That story should hit the press.
SCULLY: There's just one thing I don't understand. Why you gave us so little to go on in the beginning and why are you giving us so much now?
DEEP THROAT: I didn't anticipate the speed and precision of their clean-up operation. They're systematically destroying all the evidence... Doctor Berube, the bodies here. Without the evidence, you two have no case. Who would believe the story I just told you? You must put together everything that you have found and you must find Doctor Secare before they do. I'll have no further contact with you on this matter.
CREW-CUT MAN: Your cellular phone's been ringing off the hook.
MULDER: I'm a popular guy. Why don't you answer it for me?
CREW-CUT MAN: Oh, I don't like talking on the phone. I have this thing about unsecured lines. When you feel like talking, let me know, though.
DEEP THROAT: They won't kill him [Mulder].
SCULLY: How do you know that?
DEEP THROAT: He's become too high-profile and you've got evidence that could expose them.
SCULLY: I don't have any evidence. They took the evidence and they may have killed in order to get it.
DEEP THROAT: Listen to me. Evidence still exists.
DEEP THROAT: It might be difficult to obtain but with your medical background, I might be able to get you inside.
SCULLY: Inside where?
DEEP THROAT: The high containment facility at Fort Marlene, Maryland.
SCULLY: What do they have there?
DEEP THROAT: The wellspring, Miss Scully. The original tissue. If they've got Agent Mulder, they might be willing to make a deal. It could save his life.
DEEP THROAT: Do you have it?
DEEP THROAT: Good. They're willing to make the exchange.
SCULLY: You spoke to them?
DEEP THROAT: Yes. I'll take the parcel.
SCULLY: No, sir. I'll make the exchange.
DEEP THROAT: I made the deal, Scully, they're expecting me.
SCULLY: I don't trust you.
DEEP THROAT: You've got no one else to trust.
SCULLY: I don't know who you are. I know nothing about you.
DEEP THROAT: Oh, for God's sake, don't screw this up! Let me tell you something you should know. In 1987, a group of children from a southern state were given what their parents thought was a routine inoculation. What they were injected with was a clone DNA from the contents of that package you're holding as a test. That's the kind of people you're dealing with!
SCULLY: So why give it back to them?
DEEP THROAT: To save Mulder's life.
SCULLY: At the risk of so many other lives?
DEEP THROAT: Oh, it's the tip of the iceberg. You and Mulder are the only ones who can bring it to light.
DEEP THROAT: Trust no one.
MULDER: They're shutting us down, Scully.
MULDER: They called me in tonight and they said they're going to reassign us to other sections.
SCULLY: Who said that?
MULDER: Skinner. He said word came down from the top of the executive branch.
MULDER: It's over, Scully.
SCULLY: Well, you have to lodge a protest. They can't...
MULDER: Yes, they can.
SCULLY: What are you going to do?
MULDER: I'm... not going to give up. I can't give up. Not as long as the truth is out there.