"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Ten

10x10 "The End of an Era"


Title: "The End of an Era"
Series: FRVS - Episode #202
Written by: Kristi & Cassie
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Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series only!
Air Date: 21 November 2009
Rating: PG-13

Date Written: 13-14 November 2009
Revised Date:

Spoilers: None, we try to create our own stuff... but remember sometimes we have to refer to happenings in the actual show "The X-Files".

Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).

Author's Note: Sometimes the actions of these characters are cartoonish in nature. If you actually think that following their horrible example is a good thing to do, we are not responsible for your lack of common sense. The personalities of the characters within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor.

Summary: On the eve of battle, Mulder and Krycek discuss the end of an era.


FADE IN:

EXT. FLIGHT DECK – THE PEQUOD – DAY

DECEMBER 21, 2012

Mulder and Krycek are rolling giant balls of packed snow across the fight deck of the Pequod. They push together, a gigantic ball of snow and heave and ho it towards a dozen other balls.

MULDER
This is going to be so much
super fun for the Christmas party.

KRYCEK
And with the weather being so
frickin’ cold all the time,
it’s all bound to stay frozen!

MULDER
Gee, won’t Captain Scully just
be tickled with surprise to see
a extra humongous, gigantic, over
the top, giant of a snow man on the
flight deck for Christmas Eve!

KRYCEK
I know! It’s so super fun! (beat) Hey
maybe we could even make a fort out
of some of this snow. Or you could make
a snow statue of me you know, since I am
your one big friend and buddy in the whole
wide universe.

Mulder shrugs his shoulders. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t.

KRYCEK
(pleading)
Oh come on man! I’m begging you
here! You made a bronze statue of
Knowle for his birthday and I can’t
even get one of me made of snow or ice?

MULDER
I went over the top with that statue.

KRYCEK
It wouldn’t be over the top for me.
(beat) Doesn't this remind you of the
time we tried to mow Doggett's yard
in the winter? (laughs) Didn't you get
stuck under that huge, gigantic, five
foot ball of snow?

Mulder scowls at him. He remembers. Krycek, the punk, rolled it right over him.

MULDER
(disgruntled)
Yeah, I remember. You laughed
and pointed at me.

Krycek shakes his head and laughs remembering.

They finish rolling the gigantic ball of snow so it is with the others. They stand with their hands on their hips as they contemplate their next move.

MULDER
I never thought about how we’re
going to stack these things. We
certainly can’t lift them... and
even if we managed to get them on
top of the island and drop them on
top of one another, they’d break.

KRYCEK
(pensive)
Hm.

MULDER
Yeah...

They stare at the giant balls for a few moments.

KRYCEK
(after a long beat)
Say, I was just thinking-

Mulder looks up hopeful that his buddy has figured out a way to get the giant snowman made.

KRYCEK (CON’T)
The end of the world is supposed
to be tomorrow and it sure doesn’t
seem to be ending, does it?

MULDER
Gee, I guess you’re right. The
ancient Mayan prophecy did say
the end of the world would be
today actually... or was it
tomorrow. Who really knows, but
I have to say, I’m kind of sad
to see that the prophecy wasn’t true.

Krycek looks at him in disbelief.

KRYCEK
You’re sad you’re not going to die
with the end of time? The end of the world?

MULDER
(shrugs)
I want to believe, what can I say?

KRYCEK
You’re crazy.

MULDER
Yeah, well the end could still come tomorrow.

KRYCEK
No it won’t.

MULDER
What makes you so sure?

KRYCEK
I’m here. The world will still
exist so long as I am here.

MULDER
That’s egotistical.

KRYCEK
Well, answer this for me: If I
weren’t in your life, would you
still want to live? I mean, your
quest for proving the existence of
alien life has been proven. Your quest
for finding your sister and finding out
what happened to her has been answered...
What more could you possibly hope to do or to find?

Mulder looks pensive... he feels he’s answered this question before, but the last person asking it was Scully...

MULDER
Well... I would say find love,
but I already found Maria and I
love her so very much. (beat) I
certainly have uncovered so many
things in all my years of the x-files,
I have even seen the day where Doggett
believes that there are E.B.Es. (beat)
Gee Alex... I’ve done everything I’ve
ever dreamed of. Everything.

KRYCEK
Everything?

MULDER
Well, everything realistic... everything
except fly a UFO and see a giant Mother Ship
hovering in space. (beat) I guess, since this
is the end, I’d love to see our home, Planet
Earth, return to normal. See the spring flowers
grow. The butterflies emerging from their cocoons.

KRYCEK
(joining in)
The warm gentle breeze of summer as I tan
on the white sandy beaches of Hawaii in my white speedo.

MULDER
The cool air rush through my hair as I
plan a road trip Super Buddy adventure
on motorcycles. (beat) Cross country of course.

KRYCEK
Swimming naked in the warm ocean water.

MULDER
Making the trip up to the North Pole
to see where Santa Claus lives.

KRYCEK
Hit on his elves.

MULDER
Build a ginger bread house and eat it all.

KRYCEK
Admit that we love all of “Star Wars”,
including the prequels.

MULDER
Meet George Lucas and hug him.

KRYCEK
And maybe even a kiss.

MULDER
(out of dream state)
That might be going too far Alex.

KRYCEK
(out of dream state)
I thought so too.

Alex clears his throat.

MULDER
What about you Alex? If the end
were to happen tomorrow, have
you done everything you wanted to do?

KRYCEK
Well, Marita and I are married by the
heart – I’d actually like to have it
be real, not whatever “by the heart” means.

He thinks for another moment.

KRYCEK
And come to think of it, I’d actually
like to understand my relationship with
her. Know when our anniversary is and
whether or not we were together back in the
day’s where she was saying that “we never
have been and never will be”.

Mulder nods his head in agreement.

MULDER
Between you and me, buddy... I think
you two were together.

Mulder puts his arm around Krycek’s shoulder. Krycek looks over and smiles at him. Their faces are very close together, and they start to merge even closer... are they about to kiss? Will they or won’t they? Mulder opens his mouth, inviting Krycek and just before their lips meet, in what could only be a tender loving kiss, Krycek pulls away.

KRYCEK
(angry)
DAMMIT! You are the man
at Gay Chicken!

Mulder smiles.

MULDER
I know, and it makes everyone wonder.

He smiles deviously and wiggles his eye brows.

KRYCEK
(realizing)
Hey Mulder, did you notice I
didn’t make one single perverse
comment about giant balls in this scene?

MULDER
I did. You must be growing up.

They smile as we:

CROSS SWIPE TRANSITION TO: A MORE SERIOUS SCENE

INT. THE PEQUOD – COMMAND CENTER

John Doggett, Knowle Rohrer, Charles Scully, Captain Scully, and other commanding officers of the military surround a table with a giant map placed on it. Little flags in many different colors have been pinned to the map, indicating the location of their men and their enemy, the Hybrids.

They are in mid discussion of their battle plans.

KNOWLE
Here’s the way I see it.

He clears his throat.

KNOWLE (CON’T)
We’ve got sectors 42 and 37 that
are virtually unprotected. We need
someone there. The intelligence Ray
has provided us from his men at the
Ice Cave says that’s the most probable place
where we can see these things coming.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
And who do you suggest we send there?

DOGGETT
We have more volunteers in sectors
15 and 28 than we need, we can move
some of them to sector 37. I’m thinking
for sector 42, we’ll just need a look out.
It’s in an abandoned area, no sign of any
life forms have been spotted there, not since
the battle five years ago.

Captain Scully takes a closer look at sector 42 and nods his head.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
That’s Long Island beach where we
defeated the aliens. (beat) We’ll
need a small team, no more than
two I believe. (beat) A simple look out.

He nods his head.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
I’ll post a notice for volunteers
to be on lookout. Sector 42 will
strictly be a look out, no combat, no contact.

The men nod their heads in agreement.

CUT TO:

INT. HANGAR DECK - DAY

Scully and Monica are surrounded by boxes filled with Christmas decorations. A giant Christmas tree, free of all it’s decorations, stands tall in one of the corners of the hangar deck, next to a stage that is being prepared for a live band. Scully is trying to untangle herself from Christmas lights and Monica is rummaging through boxes of decorations.

SCULLY
This Christmas just seems extra
special to me this year. I don’t
know why. I just feel so... free and
happy right now. (beat) I like to think
that it’s woman’s intuition. Or maybe
it’s just that I feel all glow-y inside.

Monica looks up from a box and smiles at her.

MONICA
This time of the year tends to
bring that feeling to everyone.
It’s a time that we associate with
family and warmth and great food.

SCULLY
I know, but... maybe it’s just me,
but I feel so alive this year. I
don’t know, maybe I’m just hopeful that
this war will finally come to an end.

MONICA
Knowle’s been pretty positive about that,
but still keeps his head on. (beat) He’s
worried he’s going to get too cocky about
the battles they’ve been planning that he’s
going to screw up. I just remind him that
when he was in special ops, the cockier he
was about a mission, the better.

SCULLY
John hasn’t talked much about the plans.
But with Katie always around, we don’t
want her to get scared about her
daddy going to war.

Monica pulls a golden star out of a box and smiles. Finally, she found what she is looking for.

SCULLY
Mon’?

MONICA
Yes?

SCULLY
(more serious)
Have you gotten any feelings about
the battle they’ve been planning?

MONICA
You mean, psychically speaking?

Scully nods her head “yes”, she’s gotten herself worried for John again.

MONICA
I haven’t felt anything off about it.
I’ve been pretty calm, but maybe that’s
because I sleep next to Knowle every night
and he doesn’t feel scared or uneasy.

SCULLY
I guess that’s good, right?

Monica smiles reassuringly at her.

MONICA
It’s always good when I’m able to
sleep at night without trouble.

Marita and Maria come up to them, holding flyers in their hands. They look very serious.

MARITA
We need to talk.

SCULLY
Is everything all right?

She senses the concern in Marita and Maria.

MARIA
We must hide these flyers from
Fox and Alex.

Marita hands one to Scully and she takes it.

MONICA
What is it?

SCULLY
A flyer for volunteers to help
out with a look out in one of the
sections crucial to the battle plans.

Scully looks up at the twins.

SCULLY
You really think Mulder and
Krycek would volunteer?

MARITA
Of course they will.

MARIA
No combat, no enemy contact. You
know they will want to help, which
is all fine and dandy, but-

MARITA
-But they’d screw it up and get killed!

MARIA
We’ve been running around the whole
ship collecting these flyers so they
don’t see them.

MONICA
What about the people capable of
volunteering? Shouldn’t they know about it?

MARITA
Well, they’ll just have to be
recruited by the Captain himself.

MARIA
We figure that when they don’t get
any volunteers, they’ll have to be
forced to seek them out.

MARITA
And the likeliness of them choosing
Fox and Alex is slim to none.

They both smiles sweetly at their brilliant plan to stop Mulder and Krycek from volunteering.

SCULLY
But... what if Mulder and
Krycek could actually help?

Her unlikely comment causes Marita to burst out laughing. Scully looks to Monica, somewhat in disbelief of the outburst.

MARITA
Oh sweetie, that’s not possible
at all. Even with Krycek’s needing
to live for me and Mulder’s unusual luck.

MARIA
They are so unpredictable, even
if their intentions are true and
kind hearted.

Marita snatches the flyer from Scully’s hand and smiles at her.

MARIA
Well, we’ve got more flyers to collect.

MARITA
Yes we do. Ta-ta for now!

They turn at the same time and walk away. Scully and Monica share a look... that was kind of rude of them to speak of Mulder and Krycek that way. But if one had to look at it, it would only be natural for Mulder and Krycek to screw something up in some way or another...

TIME CUT TO:

INT. THE POST OFFICE

Mulder leans on the counter in the ship’s post office reading a piece of white paper. His eyes move back and forth excitedly. There is a knock on the wooden frame of the open window.

KRYCEK
Knock, knock.

Mulder looks up and smiles at his buddy.

MULDER
I’m so glad you got here quickly!

KRYCEK
What’s so exciting that couldn’t wait?

Mulder holds up the piece of a paper – the flyer Captain Scully posted about needing volunteers for Sector 42. Apparently Marita and Maria could get their hands on all the flyers except for one, which made it’s way into Mulder’s hands.

MULDER
Sector 42.

KRYCEK
What’s that?

MULDER
Our chance at being heroes.

Krycek’s eyebrows lift. He likes the sound of that, maybe they’ll make a gold statue of him.

KRYCEK
(interested)
Heroes?

MULDER
Yes my fine friend, heroes.

Krycek and Mulder lean on the counter of the open window and Mulder holds the flyer for both of them to see.

MULDER
(reading flyer)
The military needs two capable
men or women to volunteer as look out
in Sector 42. Sector 42 is a crucial
position where the team will pose as
a look out for the Hybrids to alert our
military of enemy movement. The team will
be responsible for informing only, no
combat or enemy contact required.

Mulder looks up giddy.

KRYCEK
This sounds fun!

MULDER
And the fact that’s it’s Sector 42 is
awesome. I mean, it’s like fate, our
apartment number is 42!

KRYCEK
Holy Heck Mulder! You’re right! It
must be fate! We must go tell the
Cap’n that we proudly and bravely
volunteer!

MULDER
Woopie!

Mulder hops over the counter and onto the other side of the post office where Alex is.

MULDER
Let’s go straight away!

They grab hands and run off together down the hall with giddy excitement.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. CAPTAIN SCULLY’S QUARTERS – THAT EVENING

He looks up sternly at the messenger who has sent him this terrible news. He can’t believe what he has just read.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
This can’t possibly be it
for the volunteer list.

Opposite him, standing in front of his desk, is John Doggett. Behind him is Charles, his son standing by his father’s office door. They are the bringers of this bad news.

DOGGETT
I’m sorry sir, but that’s it for the list.

Captain Scully stands up not thrilled at all with this news.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
How in Tarnation is this possible?!
I printed off thousands of flyers. Posted
them everywhere and the only two people
to volunteer for Sector 42 are these
ninnies, Fox and Alex? (beat) If this is
some sort of joke, son, you’re in for it.

He looks back at his son, Charles.

CHARLES
Are you blaming me? I made damn sure
these flyers didn’t make it anywhere
Mulder and Krycek would be.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Then how are they the ONLY one’s
to have volunteered?

Doggett clears his throat and hesitates before speaking.

DOGGETT
Well sir, Mulder and Krycek have been
trained by General Rohrer. Krycek is
certified to fly a-

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(angry)
Have you forgotten how that little
piece of tofu left your wife, my
daughter out in the middle of one
of the most violent and massive Breeder
attacks? Because I sure as Hell haven’t!

DOGGETT
(hesitant)
Well, sir... n-no I haven’t but,
Mulder will be with him.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Is that supposed to put me at ease?
He’s as unpredictable, if not more
unpredictable and unreliable as Krycek.
The way that boy sneaks off the ship and
ventures to land on one of his “adventures”!

DOGGETT
They are the only one’s sir and I
don’t think it is our right to deny
them the opportunity to serve our
military just because they have acted
up in the past. Yes, this is a risk, but
we take risks every day. We don’t have
the right to deny them the chance to help.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
If they screw up...

He’s intense and threatening. This battle, this mission, is so vital that one screw up from Mulder and Krycek could ruin all they have fought for, all they have planned and the world could come to an end.

CHARLES
They’ll be reporting to General Rohrer.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Good. If anyone can handle the
unpredictable, it’s that man.
(beat; calmer) When do we brief them?

DOGGETT
They’re on their way now to the
Command Center, sir.

CUT TO:

INT. COMMAND CENTER – MINUTES LATER

Mulder and Krycek have not yet arrived at the Command Center. Knowle stands at the front of the room, addressing everyone as they wait for Doggett, Charles and the Captain to arrive.

KNOWLE
I’ve also received news that another
man with intelligence has joined our
cause and is on his way to the Pequod now-

The door abruptly opens and Krycek walks in first.

KRYCEK
(loudly)
That’s right! Sector 42 is in da house!

He stops in the door way with his arms raised up, ready for all to praise him, but no one does and he continues to stand there until Mulder pushes him into the room.

MULDER
(quietly)
Move it you dumb-pummy.

Krycek lowers his arms and scowls at the room.

KNOWLE
Have a seat gentlemen.

Krycek and Mulder walk in, looking amused at Knowle’s commanding voice, which is a bit lower and more “manly” than his every day voice.

KRYCEK
(whispering)
Why do you suppose he talks like that?

MULDER
(whispering)
I don’t know.

Doggett, Captain Scully and Charles enter the room.

KNOWLE
(voice a little lower; commanding-like)
As I was saying. Joining us is a
man who has intelligence on the Hybrids,
a one Charles Spender-

Doggett looks up at him, not thrilled to hear that man’s name. It’s been years, but he hasn’t forgotten what the black lunged son-of-a-bitch did to Dana when she was held captive at the Facility.

KNOWLE
-He’s been living on land all
these years, observing their patterns-

Doggett stands up and interrupts Knowle.

DOGGETT
With all due respect General...

Knowle looks over at him having not expected him to interrupt him.

DOGGETT (CON’T)
... but I don’t think that man can
be trusted at all. He was working
against us, making deals with the
aliens before they left. He’s only
out for himself. (beat) He can’t be trusted.

KNOWLE
I respect your opinion, General Doggett,
however he has vital information that
no one else has been able to get. We need
him on this mission.

KRYCEK
(outburst)
They are pissing in the corners!

MULDER
(whispers)
Shut up, Alex.

KRYCEK
(whispers)
Well they are.

MULDER
(whispers; disapproving)
Just shut up.

Krycek scowls, but shuts his mouth to watch the tension and drama unfold.

DOGGETT
What ever information this man has,
he’s not on our side. He’s only on
the side of saving his own ass. He’ll
stop at nothing to secure his own survival.
Like taking my wife in trade for his security.

KNOWLE
I have it on good authority, General, that
time has changed the man. (beat) It was
Thomas Paine that wrote “These are the times
that try man’s soul”.

DOGGETT
Don’t start hurling quotations at me, Knowle.

He’s making this personal by using his first name. Knowle watches him for a moment, then addresses the rest of the room.

KNOWLE
Ladies and gentlemen, if you’ll
excuse us for one moment.

He walks back towards John, leaving the front of the room, and both men head out into the empty hallway. Krycek stands up to follow the drama, but Mulder pulls him down and holds him in his chair by sitting on him.

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY – CON’T

Doggett shuts the door to the Command Center and turns to Knowle with intensity.

DOGGETT
Do you know what that man did to
Dana at the Facility? He raped her.
He was going to trade her for his
own selfish survival. He cares for
no one but himself.

KNOWLE
He’s the man that saved Monica.

DOGGETT
Saved her or not, I’m not going
to let him in on our plans. I
don’t want him near Dana or Katie.

KNOWLE
He’s already on his way. He’s
helping whether you like it or not.

This angers Doggett and he slams Knowle up against the wall, his forearm pressing against his chest, near his throat.

DOGGETT
(angry, intense)
Do you have any idea how hard
it was for her to move on from
what he did to her? Do you know
what it will be like for her to see
that rapist?! What if he hurt Monica,
would you want him in on this?
I don’t think you would! Just because
this man saved Monica doesn’t mean
he’s not out to get Dana! He’s always
wanted her! He wanted to hand her over
to the aliens. Who’s to say he won’t go
after my daughter?!

KNOWLE
(struggling to talk)
He’s not, John.

Angry, John presses harder, putting more pressure near Knowle’s throat.

DOGGETT
(intense)
You have no idea what’s it’s like to
see the woman you love be hurt like that.
To see her struggle because of the assault.
You don’t know because you’ve never loved
that deep in your life where you can feel her pain.

Knowle pushes John off of him and glares at him.

KNOWLE
You think I didn’t feel the pain of
watching my wife die from a cancer that
had no cure? Don’t you dare say that I
haven’t loved that deep. I’d do anything
for her. I’d give my life to protect her.

DOGGETT
Because of that black-lunged son-of-a-bitch
my wife removed that chip from her neck to
save your ass! He was using that chip to track
her, to try to take her and use her for his
own personal survival! She removed that chip
for you, knowing full well that she would
develop cancer and die!

KNOWLE
She didn’t die, John! Monica saved her!

DOGGETT
You think I don’t know that?! Fact is
that Dana was dying because of that man!
He put that chip into her neck knowing how
he was going to use it to get to her! (beat)
She still struggles with what he did to
her TO THIS DAY! I’m telling you – no -
I’m ordering you to remove Charles Spender
from this mission. I order you to refuse
his boarding of this ship!

KNOWLE
Talk to the Captain, John.

DOGGETT
Her father is approving this?!
I refuse to believe that he’d
approve of this if he knew what
that monster did to Dana.

KNOWLE
As I said before, he has information-

Doggett storms away from him and opens the door to the Command Center.

DOGGETT
(angry)
Captain, a word!

Everyone, including Knowle, can’t believe that John Doggett just spoke with anger to a Navy Captain. Captain Scully leaves the room, curious to know what is going on.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
What is it, John?

DOGGETT
I request that you forbid Charles
Spender to board this ship. He raped
Dana when she was held at-

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(calm, understanding)
John, I know how vicious and evil
that man is. He was the master mind
behind the murder of my wife, Katherine.
He wanted me dead because of my involvement
with the Syndicate – according to him, I
was on the wrong side. (beat) I’m not thrilled
to have him on board, but after talking with
Mrs. Rohrer about him and how he saved her
life and that she senses he is a changed man,
I feel I have to trust him. He was hesitant to
even come here, but the information he has is
vital to what we are trying to do.

DOGGETT
(threatening, but accepting)
If he even sees her...

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(reassuring)
She won’t even know that he is here
and I will have him under strict watch
at all times.

DOGGETT
Do you trust who will be watching him?

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Yes, I do because I will be with him.

This eases Doggett just a bit, but he’s still not thrilled.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
With that said, I’d like to continue
our briefing for tomorrow’s assault.

John and Knowle nod their heads and follow the Captain back into the Command Center.

INT. COMMAND CENTER – CON’T

Mulder and Krycek are the first on their feet as Captain Scully enters. They run up to him and salute him. He eyes them for a moment, wondering what ace they have up their sleeve.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
At ease.

MULDER/KRYCEK
Sir, Cap’n, sir! We would like
to know if you could perform a
wedding for us.

He cocks his eyebrow as Doggett and Knowle stop in the doorway. Are Mulder and Krycek getting married? Everyone else in the Command Center turns their attention to the boys.

MULDER/KRYCEK
Not us! Geez!

MULDER
We haven’t asked yet, but since we
are so bravely going where no
man has gone before-

KRYCEK
-Sector 42, we have discussed proposing
to our lovely ladies.

MULDER
And we would like to get married in a hurry!

KRYCEK
Well, as soon as they say yes.

MULDER
Because we know they will.

KRYCEK
Oh yes, most definitely. Marita and
I are already married by the heart,
and well Captain sir, I’d like to
actually make it legal right here on the boat.

MULDER
Me too... well, to be married on the boat.

KRYCEK
We’ve already discussed it. We should share
the ceremony together. You know, kind of like-

MULDER
-A Doppelwedding. Though we will NOT
be having a Doppelhoneymoon.

KRYCEK
No way man. You are so not going to
be a part of mine and Marita’s wedding night.

MULDER
I know, you’d get confused on which
one was Marita and which one is Maria.

KRYCEK
I would not.

MULDER
You would to.

KRYCEK
I would not.

MULDER
But you have.

KRYCEK
No I haven’t.

MULDER
Yes you have.

KRYCEK
No I haven’t.

MULDER
But you have.

KRYCEK
No-

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(quick to jump in and stop this)
Gentlemen!

They look over at him and return to their “at ease” stance.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
It would be my honor to marry
the two of you to your lovely ladies.

MULDER/KRYCEK
Oh my gosh! That is so super great
and fantastic! You are so da man, Cap’n!
We can’t thank you enough! We’d kiss you-

CAPTAIN SCULLY
First things first. You need to be briefed
on your task for tomorrow-

MULDER
-Oh don’t worry about it. I’ve already
rifled through the paperwork left up
there. We already know that we’ll be
reporting into Knowle – Sorry, General
Rohrer on frequency 88.4.

KRYCEK
And we know that we have to give a report
every ten minutes or he’ll be worried.

MULDER
And of course if we see something between
a ten minute report to call it in.

KRYCEK
No combat, no contact. We got it.

MULDER
Yeah, don’t worry. You can trust us.

They smile... and yet, no one is really sure if they can be trusted. Captain Scully eyes them.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
You boys know how important your
assignment is. With your-

MULDER
-Don’t worry, Captain. We know. We
alert everyone of enemy movement so we
can move in first and smash ‘em.

KRYCEK
It’s easy to remember too. We sit there,
lay low and watch. Then report what we
see to Knowle – err, General Rohrer.

MULDER
Do we get call signs? Because I’d
like to be Doolittle.

KRYCEK
And I’d like to be Pee-Wee.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Doolittle and Pee-Wee it is.

Mulder and Krycek turn to each other and give a high five, then jump up and bump their chests together. Land on two feet, turn and bump their bums.

Captain Scully rolls his eyes. He can’t believe this important part of the mission has been defaulted to these idiots.

Mulder and Krycek turn to him, all serious now.

MULDER
Don’t worry, Captain. We won’t
let you down.

Mulder salutes him.

KRYCEK
Yeah, we are Paul Revere!

Krycek salutes him too, and with an added big grin that shows off his pearly white teeth.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. MULDER & KRYCEK’S QUARTERS – TWENTY MINUTES LATER

Mulder and Krycek stand in front of a mirror wearing tuxedos. They both straighten their bowties and fix their hair, all of this done at the exact same time, in the exact same way.

KRYCEK
Oh my god Mulder! Did you ever
imagine this day would come?!

MULDER
I know! To propose to women we
love at the same time and then
to get married at the same time!
It’s just super fantastic!

KRYCEK
I know! (beat) Breath mint?

Krycek offers Mulder a breath mint and he takes it.

KRYCEK
How do I look?

MULDER
Handsome as ever. (beat) Me?

KRYCEK
Super slick hotness, bro!

They high five each other and grab two ring boxes from their coffee table as they head out of their apartment to meet Marita and Maria.

SMALL CUT TO:

INT. KNOWLE’S CAFÉ – MINUTES LATER

Mulder is down on one knee in front of Maria. He smiles up at her and she down at him.

MARIA
Oh Pookie, did you drop something?

MULDER
(serious)
No, I haven’t dropped anything
except for my worries when I
look into your soft angelic eyes.

Maria places a hand over her heart, truly touched by his romantic words.

MULDER
(soft and romantic)
Maria, when I first met you my
world was falling apart, but you
brought me back from so much heart
ache. Your smile, your soul, your heart
have touched me in a way that I’ve
never felt before. I hope I have done
the same for you.

MARIA
Oh, Fox, you have! You have!

Mulder takes hold of her hand.

MULDER
(heartfelt)
Tomorrow I’m going out to Sector 42
to help our military end this destructive
conflict between us and the Hybrids. I
may not return, but I want you to know
that I will fight my hardest if the need
to fight arises, so I can make it back to
you. (beat) Maria Linn, will you do me the
honor of becoming my wife?

Tears well in Maria’s eyes and she nods her head “yes”.

MARIA
Oh Fox! Yes! Yes, I’ll marry you!

He places a beautiful diamond ring with a band made of gold on her finger and she wraps her arms around him and kisses him.


At the same time, at the table right next to Mulder and Maria... Krycek is down on one knee in front of Marita.

KRYCEK
Marita, you are my one and only
true love. You make my heart beat,
you give air to my lungs. Without
you I can only be half of a person.
You complete me so much so that I
can’t imagine going into Sector 42
tomorrow with the thought that you are
not truly mine.

Marita smiles down at him.

KRYCEK
You move the winds, the stars. The
universe revolves around you and your
beautiful heart and soul. Oh Marita Lynn,
will you marry me?

Marita places a hand over her heart, as if she’s truly touched by him. And then her smile fades and:

MARITA
NO!

Krycek’s heart breaks into a gozillion pieces!

MARITA
And how dare you ask me that now!

She removes her hand from his and leaves the restaurant in a very sour mood. Tears well in Krycek’s eyes. Without his Marita why should he even go to Sector 42 tomorrow? His whole reason for being has been shredded by a single word, “no”.

He looks over at Mulder, who gives him a thumbs up, indicating that Maria said yes. But Mulder and Maria’s happiness is put on hold when they see the tears and heartbreak Krycek has from Marita’s rejection.

MULDER
(broken)
Oh no...

MARIA
Oh Sasha!

They quickly rush over and wrap their arms around Krycek as he cries.

KRYCEK
I don’t get it. She is my one
true love. Why? Why? I thought
we made up! I mean, I was ok growing
old with her and now I should just
go out to Sector 42 and DIE!!!

MULDER
Oh Alex, I’m heartbroken by this! You
love her so much and for so long. It’s
been twenty-eight years of your love!

KRYCEK
BEFORE THEN!

He bawls.

KRYCEK
I loved her since the day she
was born. That was January 23, 1970!

He bawls and Maria wraps her arms around him to comfort him.

MARIA
Oh Alexander, I think you should
talk to her. If you’ve been with
her on again and off again since,
what, 1984, and loved her since 1970
then you MUST talk to her. Maybe this
is all just a misunderstanding. (beat)
My sister can be a real cruel female dog
every once in a while, but I know that
deep within her heart she has warmth
and love for you. She’s just been through
a hard time and maybe this war has gotten
to her. (beat) And honestly, maybe the way
that your friendship with Fox comes before
her has confused her mind so much so that
she doesn’t think you mean it. Perhaps she
is afraid that spending her life with you
will mean she’ll have to be living with
Fox and I... because you both know that
this means you two won’t be living together.

She eyes Mulder who nods his head. Krycek looks up at him, as if realizing that even if Marita does hate him and never wants to see him again that this is the end of an era. There will be no more Mulder and Krycek. There will be no more Apartment 42. No more adventures of Fox and Alex.

Mulder, realizing the same thing as Krycek at the exact same time, starts to quiver in his lower lip. The end of an era.

MULDER
Oh my god, buddy. It’s the
end of an era!

KRYCEK
I know!

Krycek stands up and he and Mulder hug, crying in each other’s arms.

KRYCEK
But it’s ok! I mean, you’re
going to be married, and to
one hot damn fine piece of hotness!

MULDER
I know! And it’s not like because
I’ll be married that we still can’t
get together from time to time to
watch “Star Wars”.

Mulder looks over at Maria just to double check and make sure this is still all right to do. She nods her head, of course it’s all right if they get together to watch “Star Wars”.

MARIA
And you can even watch it at Sasha’s.

KRYCEK
You could! I’ll welcome you anytime!

MULDER
And you’re always welcome with us!
(beat) But please don’t sleep on
the floor like you did when Diana and I-

KRYCEK
-Hey, I did that because I hate Diana.
I was trying to break you guys up. But
you with Maria, well that’s just fine and dandy.

Mulder and Krycek hug. Maria smiles with endearment.

MULDER/KRYCEK
(singing in each other’s arms)
I’ll be just
Fine and Dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barley getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

They pull away, not continuing their song of Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas”, you know, from “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” – their favorite musical starring Dolly and Burt Reynolds. They smile and pat each other on the back.

MULDER
Buddy, it’s been one awesome era.

KRYCEK
It sure has.

CUT TO:

INT. HANGAR DECK – THAT NIGHT

The Christmas decorations have been set aside and our gang hurries to get flowers in place and seats for a wedding. A wedding that they think will be a Doppelwedding for Mulder and Maria and Krycek and Marita. Scully stands with her hands holding her stomach, a content look on her face. Monica is placing chairs nearby and looks over at her, wondering why she’s just standing there.

MONICA
Dana? We need to set up chairs.
The boys are getting married in a hurry.

Scully turns and smiles contently at her.

SCULLY
I know... I’m pregnant!

Monica stops working and smiles at her.

MONICA
Oh my god, you are?

Scully nods her head excitedly and Monica comes over to her.

MONICA
That’s wonderful. Congratulations.

SCULLY
I just found out it’s a boy.
Which means you and Knowle need
to get to it and have a girl so
they can be married and we can
be related!

Monica laughs at the things Scully thinks of. Scully tells her she’s pregnant and has already started planning her child’s future with a child that Monica’s not even carrying.

MONICA
Well, I guess-

SCULLY
Tonight, you guys should do it.

Scully smiles, not wanting to waste any more time for her future son’s future wife to be conceived.

MONICA
Well, there certainly is no
harm in trying.

Monica smiles and Scully’s smile disappears as she looks beyond Monica. Curious, Monica turns around to see what Scully sees: Alex Krycek, tuxedo and all walking towards the area where the wedding is to be.

SCULLY
(as if already knowing)
Oh no...

She makes her way over to him, knowing, with her motherly instincts, what has just happened.

SCULLY
Sweetheart?

She touches Krycek on the arm sympathetically.

KRYCEK
(holding back tears)
She said no, but Mulder and Maria
are going to get hitched so we have
to get this place spic and span for
their wedding because they deserve the
most beautiful wedding ever. (beat) I’ll
cry again later, okay, but now this is about
Mulder and Maria.

Scully has a huge frown on her face, not from anger, but from trying to fight back her tears.

SCULLY
You deserve better than that bitch!

She starts to cry and Krycek hugs her.

KRYCEK
There, there.

He looks around, confused as to why he’s comforting her about his broken heart.

KRYCEK
We’ll cry later. We have to make
this wedding beautiful. We need
purple and we need it now!

SCULLY
(looking up)
Purple?

KRYCEK
And pink. It's their wedding colors.

Scully nods her head.

KRYCEK
(addressing every helping hand)
You hear that everyone?! Let’s
get purple and pink! Go! They’re
going to be here soon and this place
had better be super good! MONICA!

Monica rushes up to him.

KRYCEK
Does Knowle have a cake on standby?

MONICA
He always has some kind of cake.
I can find him, I’m sure he’s at
the restaurant.

KRYCEK
He is. And he already knows it’s going to
be a wedding for one since he was there to
see her stomp on my heart. Go find him and
make him have purple and pink somewhere in the cake. GO!

Monica nods and runs off.

Scully watches Krycek. It’s as if he’s in his element. A natural born wedding coordinator. He commands the room entirely on his own and everyone listens. A lump forms in her throat as she sees how grown up he’s being in setting up his best friend’s wedding. Putting aside his own heartbreak and anguish for his friend. Tears drop from her eyes... her little Sasha Baby is growing up into a man.

KRYCEK
Dana! You’re on bouquet duty, and
I don’t mean practicing to catch it!
Now MOVE and make that bouquet the
most beautiful bouquet you’ve ever seen!

Scully nods and gets to work.

Krycek orders more people, setting up lighting, setting up all the chairs perfectly. He soars like a leaf in the wind.

And as suddenly as the chaos to make this wedding happen began, the seats begin to fill, the lights dim and the music starts to play.

Krycek finds his way to Mulder, who has a pinkish-purple flower tucked into his suit. They smile at each other.

KRYCEK
You know Mulder... tonight, in this
moment, you are da man.

Mulder smiles.

MULDER
Thanks, Alex.

KRYCEK
We’ll hug again later, but right
now your bride is about to walk
down that aisle and we need to get
you out there.

They both walk up to the alter, where Captain Scully is standing. He smiles at them. Mulder looks at everyone in the crowd, all his friends, his extended family. He feels he’s floating on cloud nine. Who knew this day would turn out to be so beautiful? And what a wonderful job everyone did in setting up this wedding! He turns to Krycek and mouths off “wow-wee!” Krycek nods his head and mouths off “I know, dude”.

Maria makes her way down the aisle in a beautiful white wedding dress, given to her from a dear friend of hers that the rest of the group doesn’t know. Her name is Flo, and Flo is standing at the front of the alter as the Maid of Honor.

Maria takes hold of Mulder’s hand and they approach Captain Scully together.

Behind them, Marita quietly makes her way to a front row seat. Though she’s a bit bitter about Krycek proposing to her at the same time as her sister, and how sometimes she can just be a big meanie, this is her sister’s wedding. Krycek looks at her and their eyes meet. She smiles a sorrowful smile, regretting the way she treated him. She mouths off “I love you. I’m sorry.” Krycek’s eyes go wide with hope and happiness and he mouths off “I love you too, Snuffles. We’ll have to talk after Mulder and Maria get married, because if we interrupt now for our own drama, they’ll be a wee bit angry at us. And I couldn’t stand to have my bestest buddy mad at me on his wedding day. I’d just be so devastated and really, I don’t want to cry anymore.”

Marita squints her eyes, not sure what he just mouthed off to her, but she did understand “I love you too, Snuffles”.

They both turn their attention back to the ceremony, which is reaching the best part.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Do you Fox Mulder take Maria Covarrubias to be
your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honor
and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer,
for poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in
joy, to cherish and continually bestow upon her your
heart’s deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep
yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?

MULDER
Most definitely, I will.

Mulder smiles at her and she at him.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Do you Maria Covarrubias take Fox Mulder to be your
husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and
keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for
poorer, for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy,
to cherish and continually bestow upon him your heart’s
deepest devotion, forsaking all others, keep yourself
only unto him as long as you both shall live?

MARIA
I will.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
The rings please.

Krycek steps forward and hands the rings to him. He steps back to his place, hoping not to cry from pure happiness at seeing his buddy get married.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Fox, in placing this ring on Maria’s finger,
repeat after me: Maria, you are now consecrated
to me as my wife from this day forward...

MULDER
Maria, you are now consecrated
to me as my wife from this day forward

CAPTAIN SCULLY
...and I give you this ring as the pledge
of my love and as the symbol of our unity...

MULDER
...and I give you this ring as the pledge
of my love and as the symbol of our unity...

CAPTAIN SCULLY
and with this ring, I thee wed.

MULDER
and with this ring, I thee wed.

In the crowd, Scully is dabbing her eyes with a tissue. She looks to John and squeezes his hand. He looks to her and smiles.

SCULLY
(quietly; crying)
My baby boy is getting married.
(beat; realizes; excited) I'm
having a baby boy!

DOGGETT
(quiet; good intentions)
We're having a baby boy.

SCULLY
(suddenly sour; still quiet)
Until you can push this baby
out of your penis, I'm having a baby.

They both return their gaze to the front.

MARIA
...and with this ring, I thee wed.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
May you always share with each other the
gifts of love – be one in heart and in
mind – may you always create a home together
that puts in your hearts – love – generosity
and kindness. (beat) In as much as Fox and Maria
have consented together in marriage before this
company of friends and family and have pledged
their faith – and declared their unity by giving
and receiving a ring – are now joined. (beat) You
have pronounced yourselves husband and wife but
remember to always be each other’s best friend.
And so, by the power vested in me by the State of
Virginia, I now pronounce you man and wife. May your
days be good and long upon the earth.

MULDER
(loud; sincerly worried for the lives of everyone)
Well gee, no kidding! I hope that for everyone.

Captain Scully shakes his head. Did he just have an outburst? We came this far, it was going so smoothly, and then he had an outburst.

MULDER (CON’T)
I mean really! The Mayan calendar,
going into battle. I hope we all
have long days upon the Earth!

MARIA
(whispers)
Fox... we’re getting married.

MULDER
Right! Sorry. Finish! Please!

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(trying not to laugh)
You may now kiss the bride.

Mulder smiles sheepishly and goes to kiss Maria. Everyone claps.

Mulder and Maria part and turn to face their friends. Mulder's hands, still holding her's, go up in the air with joy, as:

MULDER
WE’RE MARRIED! WOOHOO!

TIME CUT TO:

INT. HANGAR DECK – LATE NIGHT

THE RECEPTION

The song “Jump” by Kriss Kross is playing loudly through out the entire hangar deck as the reception for Mulder and Maria’s wedding has been going for a few hours. At the center of the dance floor, and the only two people out there, are Mulder and Krycek. They are dancing to this song, “Jump”, which is performed by kid rappers from the early 1990s. As with everything Mulder and Krycek, they are doing the exact same steps at the exact same time, yet this is less spooky as all the other things they do at the same time because they have choreographed a dance number to this music.

The song ends and everyone claps and they take their bows and leave the dance floor to go back to their table, and despite tradition of the wedding party being the center of attention, Mulder and Maria wanted to sit with their friends.

Mulder plops down in a seat, exhausted from the dance routine, and is next to Skinner, who pats him on the back.

SKINNER
That was some dance routine boys.

MULDER
Thanks, Krycek choreographed it.

Skinner raises his eyebrows and looks over at Krycek, who is nodding his head proudly.

KNOWLE
Well, Fox, Maria, I think Mon
and I are going to head out
for the night.

MARIA
Oh that’s fine, Mr. Rohrer. It
was most pleasant to have the
two of you here to celebrate our
joyous union. In fact, I think it
would be wise for all of us to catch
our Zs, as tomorrow marks a very, very
important day in history.

MULDER
Well said, Maria.

She smiles sweetly. Knowle and Monica go over to Mulder and give him a hug, as with Maria and say their goodnights.

Mulder and Maria look to Skinner, who yawns.

SKINNER
To be honest... I should have head
out when John and Dana did to get
Katie to sleep an hour ago.

MULDER
That’s all right Skinman.

SKINNER
Please don’t call me that.

MULDER
It was either that or Shiny Top again.

Mulder smiles.

SKINNER
Just because you’re on look out
in Sector 42 tomorrow doesn’t mean
you shouldn’t enjoy your wedding night.

Skinner wiggles his eyebrows at Mulder, who smiles, knowing full well he’s going to have a wonderful night with his new wife.

MULDER
Good night Cue Ball.

Skinner leaves the table, leaving only Mulder, Maria, and Krycek.

KRYCEK
I’m so happy for the two of you,
I hope you know that. I know I wasn’t
able to get that message across very
clearly in my speech, but...

MARIA
Alex, your tears of joy during your
speech let us know just how happy you are.

She smiles and leans over and gives him a little kiss on the cheek. The song “Always” by Bon Jovi starts to play.

Marita approaches the table and Krycek looks up at her.

MARITA
Alex... would you like to dance with me?

KRYCEK
I would.

She offers her hand to him and he takes it as she leads him out to the dance floor.

Mulder and Maria watch them as they slowly dance to the song. The song that Krycek and Marita consider to be their song.

On the dance floor...

Krycek holds Marita close to him.

MARITA
Sasha, I’m sorry I screamed “no”
to your proposal today. I just...
I want our moment, our day to be a
special one shared only with us. (beat)
I share everything with my sister, our
birthday, clothing, and we even look similar.
I wanted to have a moment all for us. I’m sorry.

KRYCEK
I’m sorry I didn’t think of that. It’s
just that tomorrow I head out to Sector 42
and there’s no telling what will happen.
Even though our mission is to sit back and
pretty much observe and alert, it doesn’t mean
that everything will go according to plan, you know?

MARITA
I know and I wish I would have been more
sensitive to your feelings. I never wanted
you to think that I didn’t love you. Because
Sasha, I’ve loved you since the moment I met
you. Even if I never told you, I was afraid that
things wouldn’t work between us because of our
involvement with the Syndicate. I’ve seen so many
marriages fail because of that group – my daddy included.
I didn’t want that to happen to us. (beat) And sometimes
I honestly feel that you love Mulder more than me.
I can’t tell you how many times people have asked
me if you are gay or not because they’ve seen
you do this or that with Mulder and –

KRYCEK
My heart beats just for you, Marita. And I
may be bad at expressing that from time to
time because I love you that much and I really
haven’t been all that mature lately.

MARITA
I miss you Alex... the real, soft-hearted, well
spoken you from years and years ago... the you
from before you moved in with Mulder. Back when
our world and the people we trusted were just you and I.

He pulls away from her and looks her in the eyes, holding her face in his hands.

KRYCEK
Marita, you fill my empty heart with
life every time I see your beautiful
smile. Your smile and the smell of your
perfume remind me of better times before
our world crumbled around us. You have and
always will be my constant, my touchstone.
You make me feel whole and alive, even when
the world around me is unpredictable, you
make me see things clearly in unclear times.

MARITA
I will marry you, Alexander – and not just
“by the heart”. I want to be Mrs. Alexander
Sergeiovic Krycek The Second Junior
until the day I die.

Krycek smiles and pulls her into a passionate kiss.

At the table... Mulder and Maria sigh with happiness, having watched them make up. Mulder takes hold of Maria’s hand.

MULDER
How about we get outta here.

MARIA
All right.

They get up from the table and leave, not saying goodbye or goodnight to Krycek and Marita, but rather letting them dance out the rest of their dance.

CUT TO:

INT. MULDER & KRYCEK’S QUARTERS – SOMEWHAT CONTINUOUS

Mulder opens the door to his quarters and picks Maria up, carrying her over the threshold. It’s a good thing Krycek and Marita made up on the dance floor or else poor Krycek wouldn’t have a place to sleep for the night!

Mulder sets Maria down onto her feet and kisses her passionately as he shuts, and locks, the door behind him. He unzips her beautiful gown, which drops to the floor. Wrapping her arms around him, they move to the bed and fall onto it. Maria strips Mulder’s shirt off and tosses it across the room. She leans back to watch him remove his pants, she eyes him seductively.

MARIA
(sweet and innocent)
Be gentle with me. I saved
myself for you, Fox.

Mulder tosses his pants to the floor and removes his boxer shorts. Maria’s eyes widen at the size of his manhood.

MARIA
My God! That thing is HUGE!

From somewhere deep inside her sweet and innocence comes a very sexy, yet devilish laugh as Mulder crawls on top of her.

CUT TO:

INT. KNOWLE & MONICA’S QUARTERS – BEDROOM

Candles are lit to romantically illuminate the room. Knowle kisses Monica passionately, grasping her breast in his hand. She holds onto his strong arms and moans in pleasure.

KNOWLE
So the doc said you could conceive?

MONICA
Said there was only one way to know.

She kisses him again, wrapping her arms around his neck and pulling him to her. And as they get into what they are doing, Monica’s mind suddenly becomes distracted just as Knowle brings her and himself to climax. He kisses the top of her head and then notices the strange look on her face.

KNOWLE
What is it?

MONICA
I hear them...

KNOWLE
Who?

MONICA
They’re here... they’ve come back.

She looks up at Knowle, who gives her a puzzled look, not sure who she is talking about.

MONICA
I can hear their noises – the aliens.
They’re in close proximity.

This alerts Knowle.

KNOWLE
How close are they? Are we in danger now?

MONICA
No... not now... I feel that they
are waiting... for something.

KNOWLE
I should alert the Captain.

He reaches for his phone, but stops... thinking about the Captain and the man he is most likely watching over – Charles Spender, the Cigarette-Smoking Man. He looks down at Monica, thinking of the chip in her neck. Remembering back to the same chip Scully had in her neck and how she could feel the aliens when they were near because they were tracking her.

KNOWLE
(concerned)
Sweetheart...

She looks up at him.

KNOWLE
When you say you feel them,
what do you mean? Where do you feel it?

MONICA
All over, I guess. I don’t really know.

Knowle gently places a hand on the base of her neck, where the chip has been placed.

KNOWLE
Do you feel it here?

MONICA
No.

Knowle’s entire body relaxes.

MONICA
I just feel it, like when I felt
this overwhelming sensation to
heal Dana. Or how I was able to
fight the aliens hand-to-hand. I
can just feel it.

She looks up at him, reading into his thoughts.

MONICA
I can read your thoughts.

She hasn’t been able to do that since the aliens first arrived before Colonization.

MONICA
It’s not the chip, Knowle, don’t worry.

KNOWLE
How bad are the voices? Can you hear others?

MONICA
No... just you right now because
I was curious if I could do it again.

KNOWLE
So you can turn it on and off so to speak?

MONICA
Yes... I can control it.

She shuts her eyes then opens it again.

MONICA
Think something – anything.

Knowle looks at her and thinks of something. He smiles at her.

MONICA
I don’t know what you just thought
but that smiles has me curious.

KNOWLE
(singing)
Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away...

Monica laughs.

MONICA
You’re a goof, you know that?

He smiles.

KNOWLE
I should let the Captain know. I mean
do you still hear them even though you
shut it off to me.

MONICA
I don’t, I think it came so suddenly
because I wasn’t expecting it.

KNOWLE
Do you understand them?

MONICA
No, but I can feel what they want
to do. (beat) Though I do know that
Marita can understand the aliens...

Knowle and Monica both ponder how that is possible, but figure it’s just part of being the daughter of one of the most powerful Syndicate members...

KNOWLE
I’ll alert the Captain.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. NAVIGATION BRIDGE – EARLY MORNING

DECEMBER 22, 2012

Captain Scully peers out at the ocean. Early morning fog has rolled in, surrounding the Pequod. Snow falls silently and the Earth is still, as if preparing for the inevitable tremble that will happen upon it today. The Captain looks thoughtful as he scans the horizon. Even though they’ve planned this battle, the unforeseen has already happened. The news of this came late last night when Knowle called him to tell him what Monica had heard. Are the aliens out there right now watching them, lying in wait, hidden by this fog? He looks down for the first time this morning at the flight deck and spots a dozen or so gigantic snowballs all over the deck.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Good lord. Charles!

His son enters the bridge eating an apple and takes a bite.

CHARLES
(mouth full of food)
Yeah?

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Why are their giant snowballs
on the flight deck?

Charles goes over to a window and peers out at the flight deck down below.

CHARLES
Oh god. That has to be the work
or Mulder and Krycek.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
Any other day I’d have them clear it off
but they are getting ready to head out to
Sector 42 – I want them as focused as possible
and not worrying about any repercussions. I
want you to get a team of men to clear that deck.

CHARLES
I’m on it.

Charles runs off and Captain Scully scowls down below at the mess of giant snowballs. What in the world were those boys thinking?

CUT TO:

INT. READY ROOM – CON’T

Mulder and Krycek are geared up with their military fatigues, bag and snow gear. Knowle hands them helmets.

MULDER
We’re not joking when we say
we need aluminum foil to line
our hats.

KRYCEK
It blocks out the aliens mind
reading ability.

KNOWLE
You know that’s just a myth.

Knowle stops and thinks for a moment... a myth told by several people. He holds up one finger, telling them to wait and not move, he’ll be right back.

Mulder and Krycek look at each other and shrug. Buddy, John and Dana’s dog comes up to them. He’s geared up for battle as well, wearing a Kevlar vest and a helmet on his head.

MULDER
Hey there Buddy, you look all
ready to go and fight, huh?

The dog barks and wags his tail.

MULDER
Say Alex, don’t they say that dogs
are really good at sensing aliens?

KRYCEK
You’ve told me as much.

MULDER
Then Buddy is super duper important.

KRYCEK
Most definitely.

They both lean down and pet the dog, who’s tail starts to wag faster.

Knowle comes up to them with Monica and some aluminum foil.

KNOWLE
Ok boys, we’re going to put this
to the test. Line your helmets with
aluminum foil.

He hands Mulder the aluminum foil and the boys quickly start to line – as if they’ve done this a lot – their helmets with aluminum foil. They place the helmets back on their heads and look at Knowle, expectantly.

KNOWLE
Ok. Good. Now, think of something
and Monica will tell you each what
you are thinking – if she can.

Mulder and Krycek think really, really hard.

KNOWLE
Ready?

The boys nod their heads, not wanting to speak so they can hold concentration on their thoughts.

Knowle looks to Monica, who is trying to read their minds. She looks at Knowle and shakes her head. He nods.

KNOWLE
All right, now remove the helmets.

Mulder and Krycek remove their helmets at the same time. And suddenly, Monica’s head is filled with:

MULDER (V.O.)
(inside Monica’s head; singing)
Earth Angel,
Earth Angel,
The one I adore,
Love you forever
And evermore.
I'm just a fool,
A fool in love with you.

Monica smiles at Mulder.

MONICA
He’s singing “Earth Angel” in his head.
Chuck Berry, nice choice, Mulder.

Mulder smiles and she looks over at Krycek, who:

KRYCEK (V.O.)
(inside Monica’s head; singing)
Upside, inside out she's livin la vida loca
She'll push and pull you down, livin la vida loca
Her lips are devil red and her skin's the color mocha
She will wear you out livin la vida loca Come On!
Livin la vida loca, Come on!
She's livin la vida loca.

Monica laughs.

MONICA
He’s singing, what I’m guessing is his
favorite Ricky Martin song, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”.

Krycek smiles big. Knowle looks at them, and can already guess the answer – she read their minds without the aluminum foil.

KNOWLE
So you couldn’t read their minds with
the aluminum foil lined helmets, right?

MONICA
Correct. But once they were removed, I could.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
Well boys... looks like we’ll all
be lining our helmets with aluminum foil.

They smiles proudly. They’ve already helped!

KNOWLE
Get your gear ready, you’ll be
heading out soon.

They nod their heads and Knowle walks off to address the rest of the room.

KNOWLE
(deeper, more booming, commanding voice)
All right listen up! We’re going to
be lining our helmets with aluminum foil
to block the mind reading ability of our enemy.

Some laughs come from the crowd. Doggett looks around, having just witness Knowle test this theory, so he’s going to believe him.

KNOWLE
(deeper, more booming, commanding voice)
I know some of you find that ridiculous
but if you want to help in this assault
you will do as instructed. (beat) We’re
passing out the foil now and I want all
of you to cover the interior of your helmet.

Knowle leaves the front of the room and approaches Doggett, who is already lining his helmet.

DOGGETT
William told me about Monica
hearing the aliens – what does
that mean for us?

KNOWLE
A bigger fight than we anticipated.

DOGGETT
Are we ready for that?

KNOWLE
We fought them before with less
numbers and won because of the
artifact. Now, with our climate
already cold, it worries me that
they have returned. We can’t rule
out that they’ve mutated.

Knowle steps closer to Doggett, speaking to him in a more quiet voice.

KNOWLE
They’ve already learned how we
beat them before, who’s to say
any of that will work again. The
bullets that have been altered,
puncturing the base of the neck.
They could have left to build an
army suitable to fight us in any condition.
(beat) We have the Hybrids that we
know are strong in these conditions,
and now we have the aliens returning,
and god only knows what they have.

Doggett nods his head. Knowle’s words aren’t encouraging, aren’t meant to get him ready to be “gung-ho” to fight battle. His words are meant to keep him level headed and aware of what they are fighting.

KNOWLE
I’ve got to head out and make sure
Mulder and Krycek make it to their
transport safely. (beat) I’ll see ya later.

Knowle pats Doggett on the shoulder as he makes his way to Mulder and Krycek. Doggett watches him walk away, his words echoing in his mind. Will they win this? Can they? What will happen if and when the aliens attack? Their reappearance is sudden, probably meant to throw them off their plan. He looks down as he picks up his weapons to pack in his rucksack. He checks them over to make sure they are clean and ready to go.

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. LONG ISLAND BEACH – AKA: SECTOR 42 – DAY

Mulder and Krycek sit bundled up together with an iPod playing. They share the earphones as they sing to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.

MULDER/KRYCEK
(singing)
Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(she's got me like nobody)
Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(she's got me like nobody)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

MULDER
Remember how fun it was to see
Lady Gaga in concert on the Azure!

KRYCEK
Totally was groovin’, yo!
(continues singing alone this time)
I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin
I'm not lying I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunning

Krycek stops and is pensive.

KRYCEK
What do you think that means?

MULDER
I don’t know. I’m not a youngster.

KRYCEK
(removing earphones)
You wanna re-enact “The Empire Strikes Back”?

MULDER
Sure. I mean, it’s not like we get
a chance like this to play the scene
where Luke sees Obi-Wan on Hoth.

KRYCEK
Very true.

He turns off the iPod.

MULDER
(serious)
First things first though.

Krycek nods his head. And we’re thinking: Yeah, it’s probably a good time to check in with Knowle on frequency 88.4, right?

Mulder pulls his rucksack in front of him and opens it. Out pops Buddy, still wearing his Kevlar and his helmet (which we all know is now lined with aluminum foil).

MULDER
There you go Buddy, now you can do
your business without doing it all
over my candy bars.

KRYCEK
Candy bars? What kind?

MULDER
Snickers.

KRYCEK
Really satisfies you.

Mulder pulls out two Snickers bars and gives one to Krycek. They peel off the wrapper and both eat at the same time.

MULDER
(after a beat)
So who’s going to be Luke?

KRYCEK
Can I? I’m so good at drama!

MULDER
Sure, since I was Luke last time.

KRYCEK
And Buddy can be Chewie.

MULDER
But Chewie wasn’t in this scene.

KRYCEK
Hm. True. We could always
do another scene later.

MULDER
True.

They finish their Snickers bars and wad up the wrappers and toss them into their rucksacks. Yes, on this mission they bring an iPod, Buddy, and Snickers candy bars – and we can only imagine what other things they brought to keep themselves entertained.

MULDER
All right. I’ll head out over there
and be Obi-Wan. You make your way
over that snowy hill and be Luke.

KRYCEK
Will do.

They take their places and Krycek dramatically falls to the snow, just like Luke Skywalker in “The Empire Strikes Back”. Krycek slowly looks up, acting like he’s fighting off unconsciousness. He sees Mulder (who is Obi-Wan Kenobi right now) and acts like he wonders if he’s hallucinating. Mulder walks towards him, the snow blowing around him.

MULDER
(haunting, like Obi-Wan)
Luke... Luke...

KRYCEK
(weakly, like Luke Skywalker)
Ben?

MULDER
You will go to the Dagobah system.

KRYCEK
Dagobah system?

MULDER
There you will learn from Yoda, the
Jedi Master who instructed me.

Mulder ducks out of view of Krycek, as if he just disappeared, just like Obi-Wan in the movie. And Buddy starts to run towards Krycek, as if he is Han Solo arriving on the Tauntaun.

KRYCEK
(groaning faintly)
Ben... Ben...

Krycek drops into “unconsciousness” as Buddy rushes up to him, and pounces on him.

Krycek opens his eyes and smiles. Mulder runs up.

MULDER
Oh my god! That was so fun!

KRYCEK
And Buddy even pretended to be Han Solo!

Buddy licks Krycek’s face.

Mulder’s eyes have become distracted and Krycek takes notice.

KRYCEK
(scared)
What? What is it? Is it the Hybrids?

MULDER
No... it’s something else... something
a little mischief-like...

Krycek pops up to his feet excitedly.

KRYECK
Ooh! What?

MULDER
That!

Mulder points and Krycek looks, seeing buried in the snow a crashed alien UFO.

KRYCEK
What do you think is in there? Aliens?

MULDER
I don’t know... maybe answers to
questions we don’t know how to ask.

KRYCEK
(scared)
D-d-do you think we-e-e s-should go in there?

MULDER
It’s one of the biggest mysteries of
my life second to finding Samantha, which
means that right now it’s the number one
biggest mystery of my life – what does it
look like inside an alien UFO?

Mulder starts to walk towards the UFO and Krycek grabs his arm to stop him.

KRYCEK
Our gear, man. And also, we can’t
go running off to a UFO, we have
to keep look out and maintain
radio contact with Knowle or else
he’ll be pissed.

MULDER
Then we’ll radio in first.

Mulder marches over to his rucksack and retrieves the radio Knowle gave to them. He switches it on and finds frequency 88.4.

Krycek sits down next to him.

MULDER
(amused with a thought)
Hey, do you think he’ll speak
into the radio with his deeper
(deepens his voice to mock Knowle)
“I’m more manly and in charge voice”?

Krycek laughs.

KRYCEK
(mocking Knowle’s commanding voice)
I’m Knowle, I a tough guy and
can kill you with my thumb. Grr.

MULDER
(laughing; then mocking)
I speak so deep to be more authoritative. Grr.

Krycek laughs.

KRYCEK
Imagine what he must sound like
in bed with Monica. (beat; mocking
in the deep voice) Ooh yeah baby,
I’m almost there baby, yeah. Oooh.

Mulder laughs.

SMASH CUT TO:

INT. COMMAND CENTER – THE PEQUOD – CON’T

Knowle sits in front of the radio listening to Mulder and Krycek, who have no idea he can hear them. Doggett stands behind him trying not to laugh as the boys make fun of Knowle. It’s true, he does speak with a deeper, more commanding voice when he addresses a room full of military personnel. Doggett’s not alone in his humor, Scully stands behind him covering her mouth, trying not to laugh. Other men are doing the same.

Knowle on the other hand is not very amused at all. Even Monica is trying not to laugh. He looks around the room. How is this professional at all?

KNOWLE
Ok, knock it off. We’re supposed to
be executing a serious mission here.

DOGGETT
Sorry, it’s just... it’s true.

Knowle looks at him with a stink eye.

MONICA
For the record, Knowle doesn’t sound
that way in bed, ok?

Scully bursts out laughing at another mockery that Mulder and Krycek portray over the radio.

KRYCEK (V.O.)
(through radio)
And then there’s Doggett and his
whole deeper commanding voice.
(beat; deeper mocking voice)
All right listen up folks
I’m a Texan and big and butch and
my ears stick out, but I like to
call ‘em Love Handles for Dana.

The room erupts with laughter and this time, Doggett is not amused.

DOGGETT
I don’t sound like that at all!

Knowle stands up, going to silence this room once and for all.

KNOWLE
(deeper, booming, commanding voice)
All right, enough! This is a serious-

He stops when the whole room bursts into laughter. Everyone laughing except for him and Doggett, who share an irritated look.

Captain Scully decides to lend a helping hand. He stands in the front of the room and puts his hands up to silence everyone and it works.

KNOWLE
(into radio)
Skyscraper to Doolittle, do you copy.

He can’t help it, he has his commanding voice and it comes out, even when he’s going to talk over the radio.

CUT TO:

EXT. SECROT 42 – CON’T

Mulder and Krycek stop mocking Knowle and John... gosh, they sure hope no one heard their mockery.

MULDER
(to Krycek)
You don’t think they heard, right?

KRYCEK
Nah, he’d sound more pissed.

MULDER
He did use his deeper commanding voice.

They giggle and we just know that Knowle is rolling his eyes on the other end.

MULDER
(into radio)
This is Doolittle.

KRYCEK
(into radio)
And Pee-Wee, what’s up?

KNOWLE
(filtered through radio)
Seen anything yet?

MULDER
Nope. Nadda, nothing. But we did
find a crashed alien UFO we want
to go check out.

KNOWLE
(filtered through radio)
Negative. You are to maintain
surveillance and zero contact with the enemy.

MULDER
But it’s been my dream to see inside a UFO.

KNOWLE
(filtered through radio)
I repeat, that is a NEGATIVE. You
are to stay put and maintain-

Mulder and Krycek are on their feet, holding the radio as they head towards the UFO.

MULDER
What are you going to do? Stop me?

KNOWLE
(filtered through radio; serious)
Mulder, I swear, if you don’t do
as you are told-

KRYCEK
You’ll what? Kill us with your thumb?

They laugh.

MULDER
We’re at the entrance to the UFO now.
I can see inside it. It’s dark and
very mysterious. We’re going in.

KNOWLE
(filtered through radio)
DO NOT go in there. We need
you on look out. You must go
back to your position in Sector 42-

MULDER/KRYCEK
(meaning to say “shut up”)
Sut up!

They switch off the radio.

SMASH CUT TO:

INT. COMMAND CENTER – CON’T

Knowle hits the radio as he tries to get contact with them.

KNOWLE
(frantic)
Dammit!

He turns the dial to another frequency.

KNOWLE
(pissed)
Mulder?! Come in right this instant!

Nothing but static. He hits the radio again, as if it will help.

KNOWLE
(pissed)
DAMMIT!

Scully sits in a chair in the back of the room, her hand to her forehead – “oh shit”.

What can they do? They broke radio contact and there is no way to communicate with them.

DOGGETT
Let’s get live SAT feed on
them right now.

KNOWLE
What the hell good will that do?

DOGGETT
We’ll at least be able to see them!

Eric, the Pequod’s tech guy turns to them from across the room.

ERIC
Sir, I’ve got them on SAT.

All eyes fall to the big screen in the room, where a live satellite feed is showing Mulder and Krycek playing around in the snow outside of the UFO. They seem to be dancing together, going around in a circle with their arms linked like “dosey doe”.

CAPTAIN SCULLY
(disbelief, anger)
Holy shit.

And suddenly, the satellite feed goes to static, as if something large has just destroyed it in it’s path.

CUT BACK TO:

EXT. UFO – CON’T

Mulder and Krycek finish their “dosey doe” and give each other a high five.

MULDER
Let’s go inside!

KRYCEK
Woohoo! I am Will Smith!

Mulder and Krycek make their way inside the UFO.

As they enter the UFO, the Hybrids - going unnoticed - are on the move, on their way to attack land colonies.

INT. UFO – CON’T

The UFO is dark, cold, and a little slippery from the ice and snow that has gotten inside. Mulder and Krycek, with Buddy close behind them, make their way deeper and deeper until they find the cockpit of the craft. They stop in the doorway.

KRYCEK
What does this remind you of?

MULDER
Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum in “Independence Day”.

KRYCEK
Exactly. (beat) Say, don’t you think that
Knowle looks a little bit like that hot
Area 51 guy from that movie?

MULDER
Yeah, just a little bit. And Doggett
looks a little like the T-1000 in T2.

KRYCEK
That guy gets naked and you can see his pee-nee.

MULDER
You’re perverted.

Mulder hits Krycek.

KRYCEK
I am not.

MULDER
You are too.

KRYCEK
Am not.

MULDER
Are too.

KRYCEK
Am not.

MULDER
Are too.

They continue their fight as they take their seats in the pilot and co-pilot seats of the alien UFO cockpit.

KRYCEK
Am not.

MULDER
(ending fight)
Say, what do you think this
button does?

KRYCEK
Beats me, what about this one?

The boys start to push buttons in any random sequence they please and suddenly, the craft is hovering and they hear the entrance seal shut, air tight. Buddy whimpers.

MULDER
Oh my god! Are we flying this thing?

KRYCEK
I think so!

MULDER
(mesmerized)
Whoa... cool!

KRYCEK
(mesmerized)
I know!

MULDER
What do you think this button does?

Krycek shrugs his shoulders and Mulder hits another button.

And ZOOM! The boys fly into the air, soaring high above the Earth. They peer out the window and watch as the ground becomes farther and farther away from them. They peer out the front window and see that they have left the atmosphere. Space and stars are all around them and they look around mesmerized.

Buddy, scared, hops onto Krycek’s lap.

KRYCEK
Look little doggy, you are the
first dog in outer space, and
the first to fly in a UFO. How cool!

MULDER
(serious, a little scared)
Alex... What is that?

Krycek looks up from the dog and out the front window where Mulder is looking. To their surprise, a large alien mother ship hovers menacingly over Earth.

Dramatically, Mulder and Krycek look to each other and after a beat, they let out terrified screams as they realize the danger they have just put themselves in.

Off this, we...

FADE OUT:

TO BE CONTINUED...


 

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