EXT. SOMEWHERE IN VIRGINIA – DAY
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
John Doggett and Knowle Rohrer slowly cross
the frozen Virginia landscape. Blizzard conditions limit their visibility,
making their short mission to land even more dangerous. Ice and snow
fly around them, stinging any exposed skin with numbing pain. The
cold wind howls around them, restricting their movement forwards –
a sign, perhaps, that this mission should have waited for a better
Despite the advice and warning from their wives,
the two dedicated Marines strapped their rucksacks to their backs
and left the Pequod early this morning.
Knowle stops walking and hollers to John to
“hold up a second”. John reluctantly turns to face him. His entire
body aches in pain that throbs, burning through his entire body. His
feet are frozen and stopping only worsens the feeling. But he waits
to hear what Knowle has to say.
Something’s not right. We should
be there by now.
Knowle’s comment weighs the rucksack on John’s
back from forty pounds to eighty. This means this mission just got
that much longer.
What do you mean? I thought you
said you could find the cave blind.
(looking up from compass)
I was speaking figuratively, John. I
know where it is but... we should be
there by now.
Doggett watches as Knowle looks down at his
compass with confusion. Knowle shakes his head.
If it weren’t a blizzard out, I’d
be able to see if we’re going in
the right direction.
Isn’t that what your compass is for?
Well yeah, but to double check, you know?
You double check your compass?
Knowle looks up at him. Doesn’t everyone?
A compass can break.
I know, but it’s you, so I just
see it as one of those dorky things
you do and ramble on about.
Well if you rely solely on a
compass you can end up lost.
Here you go... talk, talk talk...
I’m serious John. Never put full faith
in inanimate objects. They break. But
you can always rely on the stars.
Doggett removes his rucksack from his back,
sets it on the icy ground and sits on it. Knowle looks at him.
What are you doing?
Preparing for some kind of lecture.
Doggett waves him on to continue.
Didn’t your dad ever teach you how
to navigate with the stars?
No, he was too busy beating mom
and I. That’s what libraries are for.
Are you going to lecture me or not?
What kind of lecture are you expecting?
I suppose the words Einstein, the Greeks and
Romans, or North star, time, and probably
celestial navigation would be included. (beat)
Oh, and it would be ending with the phrase:
“that’s why you should never fully rely
on a magnetic compass”.
Knowle looks at him blankly.
That’s what you do man. You’re
an encyclopedia about everything.
Is there anything you don’t know?
Does it bother you that much?
Yes, because it always leads to some
kind of lecture or history lesson on
the origins of human navigation.
Knowle looks pensive.
You know, our origin as navigators on
this planet dates back before we were
even relying on the stars. We’d rely on
geographical landmarks. (beat) To be able
to navigate through celestial means you
would have to have a pre-Copernican view
of the sky, where the Earth is the unmoving
center and the sun, moon, stars and planets-
Knowle looks at him, then realizes he did it
How about back to our issue of
“why aren’t we there yet”?
Knowle looks down at his compass and shakes
his head. He turns around and the compass needle doesn’t move.
Compass isn’t working.
He turns to face Doggett again.
What does that mean? We’re lost?
Doggett rolls his eyes out of irritation that
this mission is longer than it should be to begin with, and now they
I thought you check your compass?
He fiddles with it a bit.
Then Alex came by as I was packing.
Some kind of lotion drama again. I
left to get Monica, came back and-
A magnet falls out of Knowle’s compass. He looks
down at the icy ground.
The little shit put a magnet
in my damn compass. (beat) We’ve
been heading in the wrong direction
the whole damn time!
He turns to Doggett with anger, not at John,
but at Alex. Yet much to Knowle’s surprise, Doggett is smiling at
Did you not hear me? We’ve been
heading in the wrong way the whole time.
I heard you.
(confused and a little frustrated)
THEN WHY ARE YOU SMILING?!
Because Mr. Encyclopedia got
had by Alex Krycek, and right
now that kind of humors me.
Knowle looks at him in disbelief.
Well, I’m so glad you are basking
in the glory of our misery John.
(beat) For cryin’ out loud. We’re
lost and you take the time to be
humored because Krycek got the better
(hand to ear, as if he didn’t hear him)
Say that again? I didn’t hear you?
I said, I’m in disbelief that you
would take the time to be humored
because I got had by Krycek.
I’m sorry, you were what?
Had by Krycek!
Doggett shakes his head and chuckles with humor.
Knowle wrinkles his nose at him. Now he’s got Doggett making fun of
For cryin’ out loud, John!
Knock it off!
Doggett shakes his head, letting the last of
his laughs out.
Right. So where do we go from here?
We head towards the south west.
We should find Ray’s cave there.
Not sure how off track we are, but
that’s where we need to go.
Doggett nods and stands up, lugging his rucksack
onto his back.
I guess if we’re looking for a bright
side to all of this it would be that
we can’t be more than twenty-four hours
away since we’ve only been out here for
seven hours – at least.
Yeah. I mean, we’ve both been through
worse conditions than this.
Doggett stops and Knowle continues on. He’s
been through worse conditions than this? Doggett shakes his head,
sometimes he feels like he doesn’t even know his friend. He follows
after him and catches up.
So I’ve got to ask... what could
possibly be worse than right now?
You know my days with special ops.
Tell me this is the beginning of
an interesting story that doesn’t
involve a heavy lecture.
I was on this one mission, flyin’
out of Greenland. The nav in my cockpit
malfunctioned, the fuel gage was wrong
and suddenly I find myself losing control
and crashing somewhere over the arctic ocean.
Fortunately I crashed on a large ice sheet, but
for days I was out there alone. Radio dead, and
all I had with me was the hope that my team had
the slightest hunch on where I could be.
How long were you out there?
Felt like a week, but I’m not exactly sure.
(beat) Ran out of food. Was tired beyond
belief and had the threat of polar bears
anywhere I went. All I had for shelter was
my cockpit, which was smashed – I was surprised
I even lived through the crash. (beat) But they
taught me how to survive and I did. It was some
of the hardest days of my life.
How’d they find you?
He smiles and looks at Doggett.
Go figure right? He’s crazy enough to
go searching for me out in the middle
of the arctic. He never did tell me
how he found me. I was hospitalized
for a week afterwards. My superiors even
questioned whether I could handle a mission
after what happened. (beat) That starts to mess with
your head too, you know?
I guess it would. How long where you
with special ops at the time?
They walk a few more steps as Knowle recalls.
That would’ve been sometime in 2000.
Two years, give or take. (beat) Ray
was my mentor at the time. He kind of
took me under his wing. I guess it shouldn’t
be a shock to me that he found me... he
usually knew I’d be all right the more cocky
I was about a mission, but this particular one,
I was nervous. It was a mission alone with no
backup if something went wrong.
So Ray figured something happened
when you didn’t return on time and
went searching for you? (beat) Were
you a strong pilot back then?
Been through all the training, so yeah.
Guess Ray’s good at hunches. So if
anything were to happen to us, he’d
probably find us, huh?
Possibly? If he’s not busy picking
his teeth with a knife. (laughs) We
really ought to bring him some dental floss.
He has some... I just think he likes
to get strange looks and odd dental
lectures from you.
Doggett smiles, then looks to Knowle.
I’ve gotta ask, because this has been
bugging me for ages.
Knowle looks at him with interest.
You majored in just about everything
yet you decided to do special operations.
(beat) I don’t know, I guess knowing you
while we were growing up, it just doesn’t
add up... I mean, yeah, you’re smart and
know as many languages as your brain can
handle, but you could have done anything you wanted.
What made you decided to go with special operations?
They approached me while I was at Ft. Hood
back in ’94. I thought it sounded like a
good idea. I’d be out of the loop for a while,
which at the time seemed like a great idea.
Shan’ and I weren’t doing so well and life
was pretty crappy. I had an alcohol and drug
problem and figured this would be a great way
to detox and get my life in order.
Have you ever just done something for
the country or has there always been some
kind of alternative motive?
I love my country. It’s partly the reason
why I went to boot camp with ya, John. But
I had other worries and problems in my life
to think about. (beat) Sometimes you gotta
do what you gotta do to improve yourself.
So this restaurant thing? Is that what
you’ve always wanted?
Yes it is. (beat) You?
What’s your dream?
Sure as hell isn’t living life
on an ice planet and a boat. (beat)
Had things been different, I would have
left the FBI and been a professor of law
at a university. Dana and I would have
been married and started our family where
we don’t live in fear of any attack. Where
Katie could grow up and go to school just
like we did with lunchboxes, recess and all
the good stuff that we had.
You still have that, John... just without
any summer vacations.
I would have loved to take her to Disneyland.
Or out to my cabin in Luray, had barbeques and
birthday parties. (beat) And I would have loved
to have my parents meet her. Have her run loose
on the farm and get the chickens are riled up.
Doggett smiles, in a sad way... wishing for
the things he cannot have. The life he wants for his little girl,
for Dana and for himself.
How’s the restaurant coming?
Mulder and Krycek have been by everyday
to help fix it up after they went nuts.
It’s coming along nicely. I still can’t
believe the crap they pull. Has Katie
seen them since?
They came to apologize and she made them
play tea party with her... the catch being
that they had to wait on her and Johnny the puppy.
Knowle laughs a bit.
She really knows how to own them. You
gotta watch her, John. She’s a wild child.
She’s just full of life.
Knowle suddenly stops, placing his arm in front
of John to stop him from walking.
(looking around suspiciously)
Doggett turns around to look behind them, thinking
that maybe Knowle is sensing that someone else is near by. He sees
nothing but snow and ice blowing. Hell, they could be being watched
or followed and they wouldn’t even know it. Visibility is shit out
I don’t see anything, Knowle.
Something’s not right...
Cautiously, Knowle takes a step forward and
falls through a crack in the ice and snow. The rest of the ground
weakens and starts to cave in after him and Doggett quickly steps
back to prevent himself from falling down along with Knowle.
A moment later, the snow and ice has settled
and Doggett looks down into the massive crack in the ground and sees
Knowle laying on his back down below.
You all right?
INT. CRACK IN THE ICE – CON’T
Knowle has fallen on his back and is looking
up at the giant crack above him from which he just fell from. His
face has been scratched from hitting the ice wall on the way down.
He sees Doggett peering down at him, sees his mouth moving, as if
he’s talking to him, but Knowle can’t hear him. It’s not that Doggett
is too far away, his hearing is a bit impaired from the fall. He starts
to feel a bit dizzy, but remains focused.
(calling down; muffled)
(hearing his own voice muffled)
I’m all right! Things are kind of
fuzzy and my hearin’s off, but I’m all right!
I’m gonna get you out of there!
Just hang tight! I’ll be right back!
Doggett disappears from Knowle’s view.
Knowle shuts his eyes, hearing his breathing
echo in his head. He’s been through some rough times, but nothing
this bad. Well maybe this bad, his mind isn’t thinking clearly. His
mind races, and he finds himself panicked and starts to think of the
worst-case scenario. What if the Breeders attack and John gets
killed? He shakes the thought out of his mind. Stay focused,
stay with the situation, don’t allow your mind to drift to the worst-case
scenario. John’ll get you out of this. He’s done that before in the
war. He’s good on his word. He’ll be back. Just remain calm. Nothing’s
broken. No one else is out here and Ray can’t be that far away. He starts to feel pain flow through his body. He accesses it in his
mind. Nothing broken. You’re only hurting from the fall. Nothing
serious. You’re going to be fine. Just focus. One thing at a time. His vision clears and he can hear the sound of the howling wind above,
the sound of the cracking ice and snow around him. At least his vision
and hearing are clearing up, he’ll be able to think more clearly then. You’ll get out of this mess. Ray’s probably wondering about you
His mind drifts again... What if this is
the end? What will Monica do? Hell, she’s dying, he’ll see her again
soon. He shuts his eyes, clearing his mind of the negative thoughts.
He has to stop thinking that way. Don’t distract yourself. A distracted
Marine is a dead Marine. Don’t fuck up again.
He looks up at the hole he fell through. There’s
no way he can get out of there. How the hell will John even get him
out? He shuts his eyes, hoping that Monica can tap into his situation,
know he’s in trouble and can radio Ray to let him know. There’s no
way John can get him out alone. There’s no way. Not in the middle
of nowhere with just ice and snow. Don’t underestimate him. He
dragged your sorry ass out of that collapsed building with a shattered
knee. He can get you out of this.
Doggett re-appears and looks down at Knowle.
He tosses a rope down and starts to scale his way into the hole.
What are you doing?
Comin’ down to help you.
And how do you suppose we get
back up? Or find help? You need
to be up there, dammit.
There’s nothing Knowle can do to stop John,
he’s already on his feet at the same level as Knowle. He comes over
to check him over.
You really think I’m going to drop a
rope down here and just expect you to
climb up on your own?
You’re not thinking clearly. You could
have injuries you don’t know about that
only I can see. (beat; looks him in the eyes)
You’re not moving until I say so. We clear?
Since when did you become a medical doctor?
I’ve been this way since the Marines.
Doggett starts to unzip Knowle’s jacket.
Do you feel any pain in your back, ribs?
Doggett looks at him doubtful. A fall like that
and all he has to show for it is a scratch on his face. Yeah right.
He gives him a serious look. Now’s not the time to hide injuries and
try to be macho.
(after a beat)
May have hurt something, but I’m
too damn cold to know what. Kind of
got the wind knocked out of me when
I fell and the dizziness and muffled
hearing and vision worries me.
Doggett nods his head.
I’ll check you over. Just try to
relax, but I don’t want you to
drift off, so I want you to talk to me.
Even if it’s a lecture?
Doggett smiles and nods his head.
Even if it’s a lecture.
You’re in luck, I’m out of lectures.
I doubt that.
He gently touches Knowle’s rib cage and Knowle
May have a fractured rib. I’ll
consider it broken just to be
That rib’s prone to injury. Broke
it during a training course back
in ’95. Hurt like a bitch and ever
since then, it’s been easy to break.
Bet you’re wishin’ we had some
Ranger Candy right about now.
Just a bit.
Oh what he’d do for 800mg of Ibuprofen to dull
So when are you an Mon’ gonna have
some kids? Katie’s been asking for
a new friend and cousin.
Knowle looks at him, not wanting to tell him
that Monica has cancer and may not live long enough to have children.
It’s always fun tryin’.
He forces a smile through the pain as Doggett
does what he can to help his injuries.
Roy-Roy The Boy Toy? How could
I forget? First guy to ever crush
on me. (beat) What about him?
What do you think he’d say
if he saw you now?
He’d probably want to undress me
just to see me naked.
That’s obvious. I meant how you’re
a married man.
He’d probably see it coming.
Knowle smiles and Doggett looks at him.
Mon’ and I spent a lot of time
together in high school. Did you
know that she would spend many nights
in my room?
Yeah, I guess she didn’t want to be
with Brad since you and him were roommates.
(beat) It was nice when she’d stay with me.
I wouldn’t wake up the next morning with Roy
cuddling with me naked.
He always preferred to be naked.
Unfortunately. You know, I heard
he opened a gay bar in New York City.
Shannon told me about it. Said that
when she was there, she was shocked
there wasn’t a naked hour.
Doggett laughs, then looks at him again.
With your rib how it is, I’m not
sure it’s very safe to move you
or have you climb out of this hole.
We’ll figure something out. ‘Till then,
I want you to get some food in ya
and get some rest. I want your head to
be thinking straight.
I thought you wanted me to talk.
You’re head is fine as far as I can tell.
I feel fine except for this nagging
pain on my rib. I’ll live. Believe me
I’m not going to let some little fall
take me down.
Doggett helps Knowle get more comfortable. He
pulls a sleeping bag from the rucksack and places it over Knowle.
You tuckin’ me into bed?
I get used to doing that with Katie.
What about you?
I can keep my blood moving. (beat)
Just rest up and I’ll try to see if
I can get Ray on the radio.
Knowle nods and shuts his eyes. He feels that
his body is more fatigued after the fall. Something like that can
take you down, and it’s not like he’s been in top physical training
for this stuff like he was back when he was in full swing with special
EXT. ICE CAVE – LATER THAT DAY
Ray Douglas stands tall. His dark figure is
a drastic contrast to the white snow he stands on. He holds binoculars
up to his eyes as he scans the surrounding area for Doggett and Knowle.
No sign of them. He lowers the binoculars, deep in his own thoughts.
Either they are lost or they are struggling with this blizzard.
White Elephant to Skyscraper.
Do you copy?
He waits, hearing only static coming through
the radio. He changes frequency and tries again. And again, nothing
but static. He turns to face Roger Thompson, who was on the second
wave of men coming to the ice cave on this particular surveillance
Something’s wrong. There’s no way
Knowle’d go this far without radio
contact. Something’s happened.
You don’t think it’s Breeders, do you?
Ray enters the ice cave and makes his way back
to the operations area.
Breeder country is about twenty or so
clicks from here. There’s no way they’d
be off track that much.
You’re so sure?
Ray thinks for a moment... remembering the last
contact he had with Knowle before they left the Pequod.
He was nervous... he’s never nervous.
(beat) He screws up when he’s nervous.
I’ll contact Shannon on the Pequod.
See if she’s heard from them. (beat)
It could be that they’re just out of range.
I don’t like this... they’ve been
gone too long to have gotten lost.
(beat) I’m going to head out there,
see if I can find them.
You sure that’s the best idea? (beat)
The temperature is dropping rapidly and
visibility is getting lower and lower.
I know, and my friend’s out in it. (beat)
Don’t worry about me, worry about finding
them. Low visibility is ideal for Breeders.
Roger watches as Ray gears up to head out there.
I came out to warn you that I
got a message from another colony
not too far from here. (beat) They
reported that a group of Breeders
were on the move, heading this way.
Ray listens as he packs weapons into his bag.
Now it’s not likely that they are
heading here, they don’t know this
place exists, but be careful.
I will. And just because we think they
don’t know about this place, doesn’t mean
that’s fact. Who’s to say they haven’t been
laying low, watching us, learning our ways
and planning an attack? Just like we do to them.
Isn’t Furiae an attack on the brain?
The Breeders living out here, have
been here a while, wouldn’t it be
impossible for them to think strategically?
That’s where it gets fuzzy with me too.
(beat) You see, they’ve managed to survive
through the heat, the cold, and the freezing
ass ice just as long as we have. Yet because
they are rabid, kill, rape and cannibalize we
just assume their brains don’t function. (beat)
They live together. They attack together. (beat)
Wouldn’t that mean they think and use their noggins?
You should talk to Dr. Doggett about that.
Probably should. She’s the one working
on Skinner. (beat) I hear he’s nearing
stage three now.
Roger shakes his head.
No sense in keeping him alive like
that if you ask me. Isn’t that the
stage where violence is prominent?
Not sure exactly how the stages work...
(beat; changing subject) Anyway... I’m more
concerned for Knowle and John. They are out
there with nothing. (beat; more to himself)
Something’s happened to them...
I’ll be by the radio if you
Ray nods his head at him, and turns towards
the Snow Trac. Roger watches him leave, still unsure if letting him
go alone is the best thing, but someone’s got to stay here in case
John and Knowle come.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. ICE CRACK – THAT NIGHT
Doggett strikes a match and gets a small fire
going so he can melt snow for drinking water. Knowle watches him,
wrapped in many blankets and coats to keep him warm as he is still
unable to move from his injuries. Doggett sacrificed his jacket for
Knowle’s warmth, and is only in a snowsuit with gloves and a small
knit hat. Doggett looks up and smiles at him.
It’s a good thing for matches, huh?
Knowle doesn’t respond, his mind is elsewhere.
Once we get this fire hot enough
we should be able to heat this place
a little bit more. (beat) We’ll be out
of here in no time. I’m sure they’ll
be organizing a rescue party at first light.
Did you ever get Ray on the radio?
Not yet, not sure if he’s in range.
Could be too much blocking the signal
down in this cave.
Sorry I got us so off track.
No need to apologize, man, could
have happened to anyone. Besides,
we were both heading the wrong way
and were okay with that for many miles.
Doggett smiles at him, trying his best to be
optimistic about the situation. Knowle on the other hand isn’t as
chipper as John is trying to be.
You think we’ll get out of here?
Think they’ll find us?
Of course they will. Dana’ll
give ‘em hell if they don’t.
I imagine Katie will too.
Doggett smiles. His daughter is feisty.
I just hope we’re back by Friday.
What’s happening then?
Trade ship, the Blue Dawn, is expected
to arrive and they’ve got some supplies
I need for my restaurant.
Doggett nods his head.
Spices and other stuff. They come out
of Europe so they’ve got some pretty
damn good chocolate.
We’ll be back by then. Just
keep hanging in there.
Also talked with a guy on board
that’s got some books I want.
Already read through the library, huh?
Sure did. I love reading. I fear the day
I’ve read all the books and there will
be nothing left for me to read.
So start writing your own books.
What would I have to write about?
Doggett gives him a look. Is he serious?
Maybe all those lectures you give.
Doggett smirks at him in a humorous way.
Yeah, that’d be entertaining. As if
hearing my ramblings wasn’t boring enough
imagine reading them.
So you admit you bore people?
Who really cares about celestial navigation?
Someone might. (beat) You did.
(beat) Dana would... her dad...
Charles, and because everyone else
would be interested... Katie would.
(beat) Then Mulder and Krycek because
Katie would start out smarting them...
Doggett brings some water over to Knowle and
helps him drink.
Doggett nods, then moves to sit across from
Have you ever thought about how
you’re going to die?
Doggett looks at him, not sure why he’s talking
about dying. This worries him.
You doin’ all right, Knowle?
I try not to think about it. But
I always figured that when I die
I’d be content and feel at peace.
(beat) Truth be told, I’m afraid to die.
It’s a natural part of life.
I know, which is why it is such
an irrational fear and I don’t
understand why I have it. (beat)
But what I fear more is dying last.
Don’t know if this will be a comfort,
but men typically are the first to go.
(off in his own thoughts)
Typically, but not always. (beat) How
did you deal with it... knowing that
Dana was dying of cancer and there
was nothing you could do to help her?
Doggett watches him for a moment, not sure why
he’s talking about this.
I loved her, protected her. (beat) I
probably could have been a little more
trusting than I was with others... but
I just wanted her to be comfortable and
I wanted her to know that I love her.
Knowle hasn’t looked Doggett in the eye since
bringing up the topic. Doggett watches as he wipes a tear away from
My biggest fear is losing her. My
biggest regret was not telling her
earlier how much I love her, that
I was serious when I asked her to
give up the FBI and be with me. I
hate that so much time was wasted
because I was afraid.
You all right?
(in his own thoughts)
It’s not my own death I fear, it’s her’s.
Monica’s fine Knowle. She’s safe
on the Pequod.
Knowle looks over at him. He doesn’t want to
tell him she is going to die of the cancer Scully had. It would shatter
him. Doggett and Scully have been so happy and thankful for what Monica
did for them. It would break their hearts to know that she is dying
because she took the cancer away from Scully and now holds it within
(changing his tone)
Maybe the cold is getting to me. We’ve
been out here too damn long. Ray should
have found us by now. They should have
found us by now.
Doggett listens to him, determined to get them
out of this situation.
I want you to get some sleep. I’ll
figure out how to get us out of here.
Without argument Knowle shuts his eyes. The
cold and the fall he took have taken the strength right out of him.
There isn’t much he can do to help.
And as the sights and sounds of the world fade
out as he drifts off to sleep, we...
INT. ICE CRACK – MORNING
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
THE NEXT MORNING
Knowle’s eyes open abruptly at the loudness
of a hammer pounding away at something. He looks around and sees Doggett.
He is making a makeshift stretcher and securely attaching rope to
What are you doing?
It’s Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday and
I’m getting us out of here so you can
meet that trade ship in good time.
He smiles at him.
You gonna make me get on that
stretcher and drag me up?
Doggett tosses the hammer to the ground and
catches his breath.
While you were sleepin’ last night
I started making a way out of here.
It’s made of solid ice, but we can
make it and I’ll drag ya.
I hate bein’ useless.
You’re not useless, you’re just injured.
(beat) And when we get back, you can have
Monica heal you up just fine, huh?
No need for that. I’d rather not have her
waste her energy on a broken bone that’ll
heal eventually. (beat) I’ll just get patched
up by the doc or something.
Or “something”? You mean yourself?
Knowle shrugs as Doggett drags the stretcher
over to him.
We’re getting out of here. The sun is
shining and we’ll be back before you
can say “Blue Dawn”.
Doggett smiles at him and shakes his head as
he helps Knowle onto the stretcher. Knowle grits his teeth as the
pain radiates throughout his entire body. Once on, Doggett helps to
strap him in.
Just think of the bright side to
all of this. You’ll get some R&R
after today because the Captain
will order you to get healthy again.
What I wouldn’t do to retire from
all of this. Just run the restaurant
and be content without having to worry.
No kidding, but things didn’t turn out
that way. (beat) Now try not to move
and hold on... this is an uphill climb
on and icy incline.
Knowle hangs on tightly as Doggett starts to
drag him across the bumpy surface and on their way out of the cave.
INT. THE PEQUOD – CLASSROOM – DAY
All the kids are lining up at the door for their
field trip to the Navigation Bridge. Katie Doggett stands in the front
of one line, holding on to the hand of the girl next to her. She’s
beaming with delight that she gets to see her granddaddy during school
Alexandra McCord is at the front of the line,
making sure everyone has a buddy as they head off on their field trip.
Monica is at the back of the line, making sure no one trails behind.
Robert Comer appears in the doorway just as
the line of kids is about to head out. Alexandra smiles at him.
Hey Robert, are you going to tag
along on our field trip to the Navigation Bridge?
I can’t today. I’m actually here to
talk to Ms. Monica.
She’s my auntie you know!
Katie smiles up at him and he smiles down at
Alex, head on up, I’ll be right behind you.
All right. Everyone holding the hand
of their buddy?
All the kids hold up their hands to show that
they are buddied up. They move out, making their way to the Navigation
Bridge to learn all about what happens on an aircraft carrier.
Robert enters the classroom and approaches Monica.
She smiles at him.
I have some bad news...
It’s about Knowle... I just over heard
that Ray Douglas hasn’t seen or heard
from him and John Doggett.
How could that be? They should have
been there yesterday afternoon.
What are they doing about this?
Well I’m not sure, but I do know that
Dana Doggett has been on top of this
since early this morning when she found
out. (beat) Now don’t take my word on
it, but I do believe they are planning a
rescue mission sometime later today. (beat)
I thought I’d come tell you incase maybe you
sensed something or felt something with your ability.
Monica blinks and looks at him, as if she’s
not sure what he is talking about.
(a little confused)
Sensed something with my ability?
Comer looks at her, did she not hear him?
Yeah... your husband?
Knowle? What about him?
Comer observes her for a moment, a little worried
that she doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Moni, are you all right?
He moves in and puts his arm around her shoulder.
What are you doing?
She quickly moves away from him, unsure if he
is making a move on her or not. Comer moves away from her, and now
he’s the confused one.
Why are you here?
Your husband, Knowle... he’s missing?
(beat) Monica, are you all right?
I’m fine. Why?
You seemed to have forgotten what
it was that I was telling you.
Monica doesn’t respond right away, as she starts
to feel a throbbing pain in her head.
I have to go, I have a field trip-
She quickly moves by him and out the door. She
feels her nose start to bleed and she quickly finds a restroom.
INT. RESTROOM – CON’T
Monica rushes in and grabs a tissue to stop
the blood from trickling from her nose. She washes up and looks at
herself in the mirror, unsure of what she is feeling. It’s only been
two months since the nosebleeds started and the cancer growth was
found and she hasn’t even come to terms with the inevitable – her
certain death. There are so many things she wants to do but can never.
Starting a family for one thing. She shuts her eyes, knowing that
she has entered the next stage of the cancer’s progression: temporary
short-term memory loss. She can’t even recall the conversation she
had with Robert Comer.
Her mind drifts back to when Scully had this
cancer... short-term memory loss was the beginning of the worst of
it, and now she is there. A tear rolls down her cheek.
Are you all right, Monica?
Monica opens her eyes, startled, and looks in
the mirror. Shannon stands behind her. How long has she been there?
Hey Shan’. Didn’t know you were in here.
Shannon comes up to her as she wipes a tear
from her eye.
You don’t look so good.
“It” always tends to be something.
(beat) What’s up?
I don’t know... I think I’m
just having one of those hard days.
Because of Knowle?
Monica looks up at her, vaguely remembering
Comer telling her something happened with Knowle and John.
What about Knowle?
Heard from Ray at the Ice Cave...
He hasn’t seen or heard from Knowle
and John yet. (beat) Not sure what
that means, but I thought you would
want to know.
They should have been there by now.
I know. (beat) I don’t want you to
worry too much, weather was shit. I’m
sure they are just being extra careful.
Monica nods her head and Shannon starts to head
towards the door.
But maybe if you have a chance you could
use that Jedi-like sensing power of your’s
to see if everything’s all right.
You’ve spent too much time with
Mulder and Krycek, haven’t you?
You know how the Captain sentenced
them to one week of isolation away
from each other...
Well, apparently, even when they can’t
see or hear each other they can quote
the entire “Star Wars” saga from start
to finish at the same time. (beat) It’s
kind of creepy in it’s own way, yet
fascinating all at the same time.
You mean even though they are in separate
rooms they are saying it together?
Now I know why they call Mulder “Spooky”,
but I’m not sure why they call Krycek “Da Man”.
(beat) Anyway... we’re planning a rescue mission,
so if you want to head down to the Ready Room with
any sensing or feeling you may have, they’d love to hear it.
Shannon starts to walk away.
I’ll see ya later, Mon.
Shannon leaves the restroom. And Monica shakes
her head, Mulder and Krycek are so strange. She stops her thoughts
suddenly realizing something... Krycek snuck out of his isolation
the other morning before Knowle left...
That’s not right...
She hurries out of the restroom and goes to
the nearest intercom system. She calls to the Navigation Bridge.
CAPTAIN SCULLY (FILTERED)
Navigation Bridge, this is Captain Scully.
Captain, it’s Monica Rohrer.
CAPTAIN SCULLY (FILTERED)
Ms. McCord is on her way up with
the class field trip, when she gets
there can you let her know that I
won’t be there and not to worry. Something
came up that I need to tend to.
CAPTAIN SCULLY (FILTERED)
Is this about your husband?
(not very happy)
Very well could be.
She thinks of Krycek and how he shouldn’t have
been out of isolation.
CAPTAIN SCULLY (FILTERED)
All right, I’ll let her know. (beat)
And don’t worry about Knowle, we’ll find him.
She hangs up and starts to make her way down
to the brig. She’ll have to interrogate that little up-to-no-good
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. SOMEWHERE IN VIRGINIA – DAY
The sun shines blindingly bright across the
white snow, as John Doggett trudges in the deep snow. He drags Knowle
on his makeshift stretcher. Despite the freezing cold temperature,
Doggett has broken out into a little sweat. He stops to catch his
breath, wondering just how much his friend weighs.
Try not to sweat John, you’ll freeze.
How much do you weigh?
Doggett looks down at him and takes his shades
off, wiping sweat from his forehead.
Eat some snow, it’ll cool you down.
Doggett doesn’t respond, his eyes focus in the
distance behind them. He squints his eyes, seeing something moving.
Knowle follows his gaze and sees what he sees.
Is that... what is that?
Looks like some people.
Doggett drops the rope from his hands and walks
back to “get a better look”. He pulls out miniature binoculars and
holds them up to his eyes.
Knowle sits up, despite the pain his rib is
It’s Breeders. We have to get
out of here.
(trying to remain calm)
Are they coming this way?
Yeah, a whole group of them. Not that
it would take a large group to take us out.
Knowle pulls a gun out of his rucksack and tosses
it to John, then pulls a second one and checks to make sure that it
is loaded. He fights the pain and stands to his feet, looks around
and sees that there is nowhere to hide.
(remaining calm and focused)
We have time to dig a
hiding place in the snow.
If we work fast enough, we can
do it. They have to be about a
mile and a half away.
Knowle nods his head and the two men get to
work digging a hide out into the snow.
SMALL TIME CUT:
EXT. SOMEWHERE IN VIRGINIA – SNOW HIDEOUT –
Doggett and Knowle lay flat on the ground, guns
ready to fire as they look through a small opening in the snow trench
they dug out to hide from the Breeders. They remain still and silent
as they hear the snow crunch beneath the running boots of the Breeders.
They hear a man scream, and then a streak of fresh, red blood splats
on the ground in front of them.
Doggett and Knowle share a look. Do they make
themselves known, or is this person already done for?
Doggett looks out the best he can while remaining
hidden from view and sees a man – one of the Breeders – savagely rip
another man’s arm off, tossing it to the ground. He quickly looks
away, not wanting to see any more, but still remaining alert enough
to be ready to fight if they are discovered.
He looks at Knowle and shakes his head. There
is nothing they can do for the man without getting themselves killed.
Knowle’s expression says it all, he’s unhappy with this situation,
but he’s in no condition to risk his life to save another. He’d be
taken down instantly.
They remain hidden for a few more minutes as
they hear the savage feast right outside their protective hide out.
They smell the raw flesh and the iron in the blood. The snow outside
is stained with red and there’s nothing they can do to help or stop
this from happening. They can only hope that these savage beings aren’t
hungry for more after they are done.
Doggett’s mind rushes to Dana. She’s working
on Skinner who has been infected with this maddening virus. This is
what Skinner will become and there is no foreseen hope for him to
Doggett holds up seven fingers. Seven Breeders
and two of them. The odds are not in their favor.
INT. PEQUOD – THE READY ROOM – DAY
Dana and her brother, Charles, are looking at
rescue plans at the front of the Ready Room. Fighter pilots are seated,
waiting their instructions on the rescue mission.
No, Charles, I think the plans are
off. Monica got it out of Krycek that
he messed up their compass and Ray hasn’t
seen any sign of them at all. They’re
nowhere near this area. They can’t be. It’s
too far south of where they could be. I’ve
just got this feeling that they went more north
than they should have.
What are you basing that off of? A hunch?
A feeling. I just feel that that’s what
happened. C’mon, Chuck, I’m married to
the man, I know when he’s sad, I know
when he’s mad, and I can feel when something
is wrong. How do you supposed we found out
so soon after they left that they were missing.
(beat) Because of me, and Ray confirmed my hunch.
Charles looks at her. She has a point, but still,
they are going off of very little and it’s not like it’s easy to go
on rescue missions.
Yeah, well the Captain says this is
what he thinks happened so we have to
send some people that way. Not just
target in on one area.
Scully rolls her eyes and sits down at the front
desk, allowing Charles to have the floor.
All right, listen up! This is
what we’re going to do. Unit A
you head south just like what’s on
He hands out the plans to Unit A.
Unit B, you head more inland and
search for them in the west. (beat)
And I’ll be Unit C heading north
of the Ice Cave. Any questions?
He waits a small beat and no one has any questions.
All right. Let’s MOVE!
The ready room clears out as all the men leave
to get this rescue mission underway. Scully looks up at Charles.
You’re going alone?
I work best that way, you know that.
And if you’ve got a feeling they’re
north of the Ice Cave and way off track
somewhere around there, then I’ll find ‘em.
I think you need back up. (beat)
I’ll come with you.
No you won’t. Katie needs you,
plus you’ve got work on Skinner
that needs to be done.
He’s my husband, Charles.
And you’re my sister, mother to my
niece. We’re not arguing this, this
is military and you are not.
I get saluted.
You’re not military. You have a problem
with this, take it up with dad.
He makes his way out of the Ready Room and Scully
watches. She hates feeling useless, it’s not in her nature to just
sit by and watch others do all they can to help. It’s why she studied
medicine and why she joined the FBI.
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. SOMEWHERE IN VIRGINIA – NORTH OF RAY’S
ICE CAVE – NIGHT
Charles Scully is in the Snow Trac, trying his
best to find Doggett and Knowle in the dead of night. With only the
moonlight to guide him, there isn’t much he can see. At least the
blizzard has stopped so visibility isn’t low like it was yesterday.
He stops and sits quietly in the Snow Trac,
listening to the sounds of the world. Something is off, something
has happened. He pulls out night vision goggles and scans the area.
He stops on a black spot in the white snow. Blackness that can only
be the blood of a human being. He swallows a lump in his throat and
exits the vehicle.
Cautiously he makes his way to the blood, checking
all around him as he walks. From the looks of this, it had to have
been a Breeder attack and he hopes that John and Knowle didn’t get
in the middle of it.
As he approaches he can see the remains of a
man. There isn’t much left. A finger with a gold wedding band on the
ring finger. This could either be John or Knowle. His heart sinks,
yet he remains hopeful. The last thing he wants to do is return to
the Pequod with bad news for his sister or Monica.
He kneels down next to it and picks it up, looks
at the engraving on the ring. It doesn’t belong to either John or
Knowle. He lets out a relieved sigh, just as he feels the cool steel
of a gun barrel press against the base of his neck.
Who are you?
It’s John Doggett, and he’s on edge. Charles
senses this. He cautiously turns around with his hands in the air.
It’s me. It’s Charles.
Doggett lowers his gun.
You all right, John? What
Breeder attack on a man. Knowle
and I stayed low and they never found us.
He’s over here.
Doggett leads Charles behind a small dune of
snow to where Knowle is laying down.
Ah you know... the usual. Took
a wrong step and fell down a crack.
Broke my rib. (beat) Nothing to worry about.
Knowle is obviously in great pain. Charles nods
his head, catching on to his sarcasm.
All right then, let’s get him
into the Snow Trac and back to
the cave. (beat) I’m sure Ray’ll
be thrilled to patch you up, buddy.
Oh yeah, I’m sure. (beat) He’ll
probably make it more painful than
it should be.
Doggett smiles as he and Charles lift Knowle
in the make shift stretcher and carry him over to the Snow Trac.
INT. MESS HALL – THE PEQUOD – NIGHT
Almost everyone has gathered around one table
to welcome Doggett and Knowle back to the Pequod after their trip
went south. Katie sits on her dad’s lap and Knowle sits across the
table from them. Scully and Monica come back to the table with trays
Scully sets the tray in front of John and his
eyes light up.
Scully leans down and kisses John on the top
of his head.
So you really ran into walls, uncle Knowle?
Knowle smiles and nods his head as he places
his napkin on his lap. They decided to tell Katie that Knowle is hurt
because he ran into walls. They didn’t want her to worry too much
about the danger her dad was facing while off the boat.
I sure did.
That’s awfully silly of you.
She laughs at the thought of her uncle Knowle
ramming himself into walls.
Monica looks at him with slight confusion.
You did that running into a wall?
Knowle looks at her, sensing how sincere she
is about her comment and her confusion. They went over this with her
in the room. They all agreed to tell Katie that he did that rather
than what really happened. Knowle nods his head and he tears a piece
of bread to eat.
(a little confused)
Monica smiles and shakes her head.
Were you running? Because it seems
like you got banged up pretty badly.
She gently touches his face where a bandage
is covering his bad scratch.
And how did you hurt your rib?
Her questions and sincere confusion have been
noticed by Doggett and Scully now. Is she serious? They thought the
whole plan was not to bring attention to Knowle’s bad wounds in front
Remember Monica? I was running down
the stairs and lost my footing?
Monica looks at him. Now she’s really confused.
When did this happen?
Knowle leans into her.
Sweetheart, are you all right?
Because we went over why we’re
telling Katie I’m a klutz. We
don’t want her to know that John
and I got into some trouble while
we were out on our mission to the ice cave.
Monica looks at him for a moment. Trying her
best to recall that conversation.
(whispers; leaning in closer)
I don’t remember having that
conversation at all.
She looks at him with worry. She remembers she
has cancer and what will happen to her. This is memory loss, another
stage. Knowle senses her worry, and his worry grows for her.
He forces a smile and kisses her on the forehead.
It’s all right, sweetheart.
He says this knowing that everything will not
be all right, but he wants to comfort her the best he can. How much
longer will she have? How much longer can they hide this from the
others? What will happen when the illness becomes too much?
INT. LABORATORY – HOLDING ROOM – THE NEXT DAY
Security guards enter the room where Skinner
is being held. Light restraints hold him to his bed. He eyes them
with a blank expression. The guards, having gotten used to transporting
him to other areas of the medical ward, talk casually with one another.
SECURITY GUARD #1
Yeah, that Spooky guy is some trip.
SECURITY GUARD #2
So is it really true? They quote
“Star Wars” at the same time?
SECURITY GUARD #1
Was down there myself when it started
happening. Strange thing is, they were
on opposite sides of the brig. So it’s
not like they could tap on the wall so
the other would know to start.
Security Guard #2 shakes his head in disbelief.
SECURITY GUARD #2
I guess that’s why they call him “Spooky”.
They start to move Skinner out of his room.
SECURITY GUARD #1
I also heard rumors that he’s
been re-building his office-
The guard is cut off abruptly when Skinner grabs
hold of his neck, squeezing it until the guard can no longer breathe.
The second guard’s jaw drops. This was unexpected!
Skinner drops the first guard and looks at the
second one, breaking free of his restraints. He attacks the guard
savagely, bashing his head into the wall, killing him!
INT. LABORATORY – CON’T
Scully and Montgomery share a look, having heard
the commotion in the hallway. Her eyes widen as she realizes that
She starts to run to the door, but Montgomery
blocks her, he’d rather see to this himself. He shakes his head and
grabs a tranquilizer gun and leaves the room. Scully watches from
behind as Montgomery takes down Skinner. He looks up at her.
He’s killed the guards. (beat)
We have to get him off this ship.
Scully leaves the laboratory and enters the
We can’t give up on him. All we
need is a little more time.
We don’t have time, Dana.
He’s our friend, John-
And he’s killed two people.
He’s staying here. The only way
to help him is to keep him here
with us. (beat) We’re close on this
one John. If we give up now...
She shakes her head. She can feel how close
they are to getting a vaccine. She can taste it.
We’ll see what the Captain says.
Scully stands strong in her belief. She cocks
her eyebrow, the ace up her sleeve. Her father will listen to her.
I’ll talk to him myself.
Scully turns to discuss this matter with her
father, leaving Montgomery in the hallway as more guards arrive to
help with the situation.
Off Scully’s determination, we...