Skinner stares down at Mulder's lifeless face.
In the hallway, Doggett stops Scully. He has this sad puppy-dog look on his face, which almost makes me think that...no. Never mind. It's impossible. He's just concerned about her as her partner and her friend. Don't say it. Don't even think it. That thought never even ran through my mind. Ahem. Okay, Scully tells Doggett breathlessly that she's discovered that Mulder has been infected with a virus that will transform him into an alien unless she can stop it. She's amazed when Doggett doesn't argue with her about this entire alien thing, and even more amazed when he tells her that Absalom spun the exact same theory for him earlier in the afternoon. "It's all part of some big alien take over of the world," he dryly concludes. Scully puts two and two together and tells Doggett that Absalom's theory explains why she saw two heartbeats on Billy Miles's heart monitor: one belonged to Billy, the other to the alien. Because I'm sure that earthling medical equipment can monitor alien vital statistics. If aliens even have heartbeats. Unless, of course, they're measurable because it's all part of the hybridization process and -- you know what? I'm stopping there. Scully tells Doggett that she's taking Mulder into surgery to stabilize him so that she can administer the vaccine that she told Skinner to procure for her, and thus prevent Mulder from morphing into an alien. Doggett stares after her as she totters off to struggle into her Mommy and Me Scrubs.
Doggett heads over to Mulder's room for no apparent reason other than to investigate Skinner's whereabouts. The door's locked. Doggett yells at Skinner to open the door. As Doggett stands in the hallway, Mulder's heart monitor goes ballistic. Doggett puts on his Manly Man Shoes and kicks the door in!
Inside the room, Skinner is attempting to remove Mulder from life support. "What are you doing?" Doggett yells. Skinner yells back that Doggett wouldn't understand. Doggett grabs Skinner by the collar and tosses him roughly against the wall and kisses him passionately. Okay, he just throws him against the wall, but it's homoerotic, I swear! "You're killing him!" Doggett says, his face about an inch away from Skinner's. "I had no choice," Skinner gruffs defensively. They stare into each other's eyes. Skinner finally looks at his feet and explains that he was forced to choose between Scully's baby and the vaccine for Mulder, and he couldn't trust Krycek and he couldn't hurt Scully and this was the only way he could resolve the entire situation. Doggett lets Skinner go. "Where is he?" Doggett asks quietly.