written by Howard Gordon
SCULLY: Both eardrums are ruptured. Cataracts over both eyes. Probably heat-induced.
MULDER: Probably? It looks like his heart was cooked right in his chest.
SHERIFF TELLER: Do you know anything about lightening, Agent Scully?
SCULLY: Yes, I know a little.
SHERIFF TELLER: Did you know lightning kills several people at home in the shower or on the phone? That people have seen it dancing on the ground like balls? Scientists will tell you, push come to shove that they really don't know what makes lightning work at all.
SCULLY: No, I didn't know that.
SHERIFF TELLER: Well, I know that because I have breakfast with those scientists every morning down at the local diner.
SCULLY: I don't understand.
SHERIFF TELLER: That's as clear as glass. Do you know what we manufacture in Connerville? What one of our little local commodities is? We make lightning. (MULDER looks up) Down at the Astadourian Lightning Observatory out on Route 4. 100 ionized rods pointing up into the sky designed to stimulate lightning.
DARREN: I think you want to be someplace else right now. 'Cause I'm in the mood for a little barbecue.
ZERO: No. Man. Not the cows, again. Come on, don't. Don't do this. Not now.
SHERIFF TELLER: They [observatory] can detect every flash of lightning on this planet. Did you know that? Each one emits radio waves at the same exact frequency.
MULDER: The Schuman Resonance. Eight cycles per second. You can pick it up on any transistor radio.
DARREN: Forget school, man. I'm talking about proving my love.
ZERO: How you going to do that?
DARREN: By letting her know how I feel … how all I ever think about is being with her.
ZERO: Wake up, dude. There's another slight problem. She's married to your boss.
DARREN: Maybe I could fry him.
ZERO: Dude, he's your boss.
DARREN: Not if he's dead he won't be.
SCULLY: His blood test showed acute hypokalemia.
MULDER: Yeah. What is that?
SCULLY: A severe chemical imbalance characterized by high sodium and low potassium levels.
MULDER: Electrolytes, right?
MULDER: And what do electrolytes do?
SCULLY: Well, among other things they generate the electrical impulses in our bodies. Like every time our heart beats or a neuron fires….
MULDER: Okay, it's a leap, Scully, but what if Oswald's electrolyte imbalance is somehow enabling him to generate electricity at levels much higher than normal?
SCULLY: Our body doesn't work like that …
MULDER: Unless his body is abnormally conductive. Because if that heel print is Oswald's, that means he conducted millions of volts of electricity into the ground and then just walked away.
SCULLY: You're saying he's some kind of lightning rod?
MULDER: No, I'm saying that he is lightning
Mulder: Did you see what he did to my phone?
Scully: So what? Are we supposed to charge him with assaulting a cellular phone?
SHERIFF TELLER: "Suspicion of homicide by emission of direct electric current?" You don't really believe this. Let me get this straight, now. You're telling me this kid's throwing lightning bolts.
SCULLY: In effect.