Leonard Betts (4x14)
written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
MULDER: Did I mention that Mr. Betts had no head?
SCULLY: Yes. So? I mean, you're not suggesting that a headless body kicked his way out of a latched morgue freezer, are you? Are you?
SCULLY: All hospitals operate some form of medical waste processing. This unit disposes of surgical remains - amputations, excised tumors. They're ground up and heated with microwaves and the result is a uh, sterile soot that's used as road fill.
SCULLY: Well, we already know how he died. In an automobile accident. What more is there to know?
MULDER: Maybe nothing, but it's all we've got to go on right now. You should see if you can find a place where you can examine Betts' head.
SCULLY: While you do what?
MULDER: Check out his house. I know how he died. I want to see how he lives.
MULDER: What did your examination uncover?
SCULLY: Well, I … I haven't exactly performed an examination yet.
MULDER: Why not?
SCULLY: Well. Because I, uh … I experienced an unusual degree of postmortem galvanic response.
MULDER: The head moved.
SCULLY: It blinked at me. I mean, I - I know exactly what it is. It's residual electrical activity stored chemically in- in the dead cells.
MULDER: Blinked or winked?
MULDER: I'm standing here in Leonard Betts' apartment. Whoever we saw in those video grabs, his clothes are strewn all over the floor. He made himself at home. Maybe he was home.
SCULLY: Leonard Betts?
SCULLY: Without his head.
SCULLY: Mulder, I don't even know how to respond to that.
MULDER: What if this man's life force - his Chi, whatever you want to call it, somehow retained a blueprint of the actual man himself? Guiding rapid growth not as cancer, but as regeneration?
SCULLY: You think that Leonard Betts regrew his head?
MULDER: The fluid that I found in Betts' bathtub was povidone iodine. It's often used by lab researchers on reptiles and amphibians to aid regeneration. We both know salamanders have grown entirely new limbs - regenerated.
SCULLY: Salamanders are one thing, but no mammal possesses that kind of regenerative power. I mean, there isn't a creature walking this earth that can regrow its head.
MULDER: Worms. You cut a worm in half, you get two.
SCULLY: Mulder, they're worms.
MULDER: Wouldn't it make sense that evolution or natural selection would incorporate cancer - the greatest health threat to our species as part of our genetic makeup?
SCULLY: Why do I think that Charles Darwin is rolling in his grave right now.
SCULLY: I want to go home.