Okay, Frank Spotnitz, who directed this episode, must be watching a lot of MTV. Because the segue here involves time-lapse photography of clouds, crashing thunder, and Dramatic Piano. It's like that Céline Dion video where she's running around a mansion in a ball gown and wailing about her dead motorcycle-riding boyfriend. The Truck of Death drives through the woods, and eventually parks in a small clearing. Two guys put on the Stolen From the Set of Buffy Masks and get out of the truck. They grab some rope and walk slowly, slowly, slowly, sloooooowly into the woods.
Chessman State Mental Hospital, Kitsonville, West Virginia. The hospital features a checkered floor. Like, you know, a game? Get it? Do you get it? Do you think that you get it? Can you write me and let me know if you've gotten it yet? A Dr. Sampson explains to Doggett and Moronica that one of their patients, a Dr. Richmond, has recently escaped. He killed a bunch of his patients by sewing strychnine tablets into their stomach lining during surgery. Look for that plot on ER during sweeps. They'll probably call it, like, "ER: 'The Tablets.'" Doggett mentions that two people committed the murders. Are they missing any other crazy lunatics? Dr. Sampson looks perturbed. Hey, Moronica is wearing jeans. That's not very professional. I mean, I know lots of people can wear jeans to work, but in the federal government? Not. Anyway, Dr. Sampson has no idea who the second killer could be; they're not missing anyone else. Moronica asks -- very slowly, as if speaking to a child -- whether Dr. Richmond knew anything about "Satanic lore" or "demonic possessions." Sampson shakes her head, saying that Dr. Richmond "didn't suffer from those kinds of delusions." Moronica smiles slowly. "I'm not really asking about delusions," she says. Behind her, Doggett wants to dig a hole in the Meaningful Checkered Floor and hide, so embarrassed is he. Sampson raises a quizzical brow. Moronica wonders whether Richmond ever spoke in tongues. Why is it that when Mulder would bring up things like this, it didn't seem irritating or annoying whatsoever, but I want to smack Moronica? I know, I know -- last week I liked her, but now she's back to bothering me. I think part of it is that David Duchovny's line readings were so monotone, but he also seems quite intelligent, so his crackpot theories came off at least vaguely plausible. Moronica, on the other hand, remains all hippy-dippy and new-age. It didn't work with Melissa, and it's not working now. Do you think Krycek can come back and shoot Moronica in the head? Was that too mean? I'm sorry.