written by Vince Gilligan
MULDER: Yeah. Also, these sightings only occur on nights when there's a full moon which tells me something.
SERGEANT DUTHIE: What?
MULDER: What you saw was large, right? Maybe seven, eight feet tall when it stood up on its two legs? And it was covered in fur and had glowing red eyes and claws... Claws sharp enough to gouge the wood off that front door.
SERGEANT DUTHIE: You're not serious.
MULDER: And dare I forget teeth. It bit you, didn't it? Look at that. Deputy, how long were you going to hide that from the E.M.T.S?
SERGEANT DUTHIE: Big teeth, eight feet tall? What the hell are you describing?
MULDER: A werewolf.
SERGEANT DUTHIE: Excuse me?
MULDER: It's what did that. It also attacked one Hyman Escalara 29 days ago during the last full moon. Hyman died of his wounds in Compton General Hospital but not before giving a detailed description of what attacked him. My partner and I are here to catch it. Unfortunately though, Deputy, you've been bitten. The skin is broken. Werewolf lore pretty much universally holds that someone who's been bitten by such a creature is going to become such a creature himself, so...
WETZEL: Wait a minute. I mean, that's not what really happened, though.
MULDER: I'm sorry, but you're going to have to be isolated and kept under guard.
SERGEANT DUTHIE: With all due respect what the *bleep* are you talking about?
SCULLY: Agent Mulder, can we have a word a second.
MULDER: Excuse me. What is it?
SCULLY: "What is it"? Mulder, have you noticed that we're on television?
MULDER: I don't think it's live television, Scully. She just said *bleep*.
SCULLY: But it's a camera and it's recording. It's recording everything that you are saying. Do you understand that? I just want to make sure that you're clear on that.
MULDER: I'm clear on that, Scully.
SCULLY: My point being, Mulder, that we're on a case.
MULDER: This presents an opportunity. I feel we're very close here. The possibility of capturing concrete proof of the paranormal? Of a werewolf in front of a national audience, even an international audience? What's not to love?
SCULLY: Wh... Look, Mulder, you want to talk about werewolves to me you can knock yourself out. I may not agree with you but at least I'm not going to hold it against you but this... Mulder, this could ruin your career.
MULDER: What career? Scully, I appreciate it. You don't want me looking foolish. I do. I appreciate that.
SCULLY: I don't want me looking foolish, Mulder.
MULDER: So, what did Skinner say?
SCULLY: He said that the FBI has nothing to hide... and neither do we.
MULDER: Well, if it makes you feel any better, Scully, I'm not entirely convinced that we're looking for a werewolf anymore.
SCULLY: Oh. All right, good.
MULDER: No, something else. I'm not sure what. Some other kind of creature, though. That I'm sure of.
MULDER: So, apparently, we're on the lookout for someone whose hair matches her fingernails-- bubblegum pink. That'd be a good color for you, Scully.
MULDER: We came on this case looking for a werewolf, right?
SCULLY: Well, you did, that's correct.
MULDER: Hyman Escalara claimed he was attacked by a werewolf and the wounds that he sustained would seem to bear that out, right? And then, Wetzel over here sees a wasp man with stingers for teeth and he gets a bite mark that you say is irrefutably insect-like, right?
SCULLY: Mulder, that's not exactly...
MULDER: And then another eyewitness claims she sees Freddy Krueger. Scully, what if we're dealing with one creature, one entity that, when it attacks, appears to you as your worst nightmare? Fear. Maybe that's what this thing feeds on.
SCULLY: Okay, well, for the sake of this argument...
SCULLY: ... How would one catch something like that?
MULDER: Probably by... by figuring out how it chooses its prey. I mean, there... It seems to spread like a contagion, doesn't it? One person's fear becomes the next.
MULDER: The camera doesn't always tell the whole story.