All Things (7x17)
written by Gillian Anderson
SCULLY: Time passes in moments... moments which, rushing past define the path of a life just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen, to consider whether the path we take in life is our own making or simply one into which we drift with eyes closed.
But what if we could stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?
SCULLY: And Szczesny did indeed drown but not as the result of the inhalation of ectoplasm as you so vehemently suggested.
MULDER: Well, what else could she possibly have drowned in?
SCULLY: Margarita mix, upchucked with about 40 ounces of Corcovado Gold tequila which, as it turns out she and her friends rapidly consumed in the woods while trying to reenact the Blair Witch Project.
MULDER: Well, I think that demands a little deeper investigation, don't you?
SCULLY: No, I don't.
MULDER: Have a seat, Scully. Check this out. Is that beautiful or what?
SCULLY: Crop circles, Mulder?
MULDER: Computer-generated crop circles. It's a fractal image predicted by a computer program and using data of every known occurrence of the phenomena over the past 40 years. What most people don't realize is that, since 1991, there's been a dramatic increase in size and complexity of circle design. That's when the Mandelbrot Set appeared in England. A series of geometrically perfect rings appearing almost impossibly overnight in a field near Cambridge. But that was merely prelude of what was to come. Three years later, in 1994 even more complex formations occurred simultaneously on opposite ends of the English countryside with the Mandelbrot Set, were it still there, at its center. Then, in 1997, even more complex formations occurred... and I'm not wearing any pants right now.
MULDER: You're not listening.
SCULLY: I am. I guess I just don't see the point.
SCULLY: Mulder, I still have to go over to the hospital and-and-and finish the final paperwork on the autopsy you had me do. And, to be honest, it's Saturday and I wouldn't mind, I don't know, taking a bath?
MULDER: Well, what the hell does that mean?
SCULLY: Look, we're always running. We're always chasing the next big thing. Why don't you ever just stay still?
MULDER: I wouldn't know what I'd be missing.
COLLEEN AZAR: There is a greater intelligence in all things. Accidents -- or near accidents -- often remind us that we need to keep our mind open to the lessons it gives.
COLLEEN AZAR: Everything happens for a reason.
SCULLY: What happened?
MULDER: Nothing. There was no event. No crop circles. Big waste of time.
SCULLY: Maybe sometimes nothing happens for a reason, Mulder.
MULDER: What is that supposed to mean?
MULDER: I just find it hard to believe.
SCULLY: What part?
MULDER: The part where I go away for two days and your whole life changes.
SCULLY: Mmm, I didn't say my whole life changed.
MULDER: You speaking to God in a Buddhist temple. God speaking back.
SCULLY: Mmm, and I didn't say that God spoke back. I said that I had some kind of a vision.
MULDER: Well, for you, that's like saying you're having David Crosby's baby.
SCULLY: I once considered spending my whole life with this man. What I would have missed.
MULDER: I don't think you can know. I mean, how many different lives would we be leading if we made different choices. We... We don't know.
SCULLY: What if there was only one choice and all the other ones were wrong? And there were signs along the way to pay attention to.
MULDER: Mmm. And all the... choices would then lead to this very moment. One wrong turn, and... we wouldn't be sitting here together. Well, that says a lot. That says a lot, a lot, a lot. That's probably more than we should be getting into at this late hour.