Field Trip (6x21)
written by Frank Spotnitz
SCULLY: Well, what do you think this is?
MULDER: It's Brown Mountain, Scully. That doesn't ring a bell? The Brown Mountain lights? It's a famous atmospheric phenomenon dating back nearly 700 years witnessed by thousands of people-- back to the Cherokee Indians. Strange multicolored lights are seen to dance above the peak of the mountain. There's been no geological explanation, no scientific credible explanation at all.
SCULLY: And what does that have to do with these two?
MULDER: As I said, there's been no scientific credible explanation but there are those of us who believe these strange multicolored lights are really...
SCULLY: UFOs. Extraterrestrial visitors from beyond who apparently have nothing better to do than buzz one mountain over and over again for 700 years.
MULDER: Sounds like crap when you say it.
SCULLY: Mulder, can't you just for once, just... for the novelty of it, come up with the simplest explanation, the most logical one, instead of automatically jumping to UFOs or Bigfoot or...?
MULDER: Scully, in six years, how... how often have I been wrong? No, seriously. I mean, every time I bring you a new case we go through this perfunctory dance. You tell me I'm not being scientifically rigorous and that I'm off my nut, and then in the end who turns out to be right like 98.9% of the time? I just think I've... earned the benefit of the doubt here.
SKINNER: Why are you questioning your own findings?
SCULLY: My role in the X-Files has always been to provide a... a rational scientific perspective to cases that would seem to defy explanation -- a counterpoint to Agent Mulder.
SKINNER: And you have done that. You have performed admirably.
SCULLY: Have I? How many X-Files has my scientific approach fully and satisfactorily explained?
SKINNER: Your reports have consistently made sense of his conclusions.
SCULLY: Sir, this one makes no sense at all!