Pine Bluff Variant (5x18)
written by John Shiban
MULDER: What else can I say? I-I got as much to lose here as you do. They catch you, you'll flip me. Look, I believe in your ideals and your goals but the only reason I tolerate your methods is because the government's are worse.
SCULLY: There seems to be a problem. A man just told me you gave him keys to my room, room 130.
MANAGER: Who are you?
SCULLY: Who am I? Who is he?
MANAGER: Mr. uh, Kaplan. Are you the wife?
SCULLY: Not even close.
HALEY: A war is going on, Agent Mulder. Either you're on the right side or the wrong.
SKINNER: What happened to your hand?
MULDER: Terrorist lie detector.
CIA AGENT: Well, did you pass?
MULDER: Well, I must have. I'm still here.
SCULLY: Thank you. Now, CIA Intelligence suggested that this biotoxin was stolen from the Russians, but my research indicates that it was almost certainly developed domestically.
SKINNER: The United States has no bioweapons, Agent Scully. President Nixon dismantled our program in 1969.
SCULLY: Yes, sir, that's what we've been told, but the CDC database contains evidence of a streptococcus bacterium being developed by the Army's Pine Bluff Facility in the 1960's. It appears to be a very primitive strain of what we're seeing here.
SKINNER: What are you saying?
SCULLY: What I'm saying is that the bioweapons program may have continued in secret and that someone may be sending Agent Mulder on a suicide mission.
BREMER: You're a believer?
MULDER: I have my beliefs.
BREMER: You willing to die for them?
MULDER: I'd prefer it didn't come to that.
MULDER: That money's as dirty as you are, isn't it. Isn't it?
CIA AGENT: Say that were true. Then what do you hope to accomplish, Agent Mulder, as a whistle-blower? To mobilize a civil rights action? To bring down the federal government? To do the very work that group you were a part of is so bent on doing? What do you want? Laws against those men, or laws protecting them?
MULDER: I want people to know the truth.
CIA AGENT: Well sometimes our job is to protect those people from knowing it.