Back to the Reardon crime scene in Marin. Mulder and Scully pull up in front of the house and get out of the car. Tapered pants do Gillian Anderson no favors. Like, did Chris Carter come into the wardrobe trailer one day, look her up and down and walk around her and cock his head to one side and then say, "No, I think she needs to look even shorter next to David. Also, she's still too pretty. Try something in taupe." Scully hustles over next to Mulder, held back by her ill-fitting suit and short little legs, and exposits that Teena Simmons was kidnapped last night, right out of the social services building, around 11 PM. "Looks like someone was afraid she might remember too much," she says. "Someone or something," Mulder says. "Good thing you're so cute, because you are a huge pain in my ass," Scully says. In her head. She actually just informs him that Connecticut state troopers had roadblocks set up within the hour, but they turned up nothing. "Maybe they weren't looking in the right direction," Mulder says, pointing to the sky as they climb the porch steps to the Reardon house. Mulder does the "shave and a haircut" knock (omitting the closing "two bits" part), and a little girl answers the door. She looks exactly like Teena Simmons. Mulder and Scully look flabbergasted. "Teena?" Scully asks. "No," the little girl replies. Her name is Cindy Reardon, she says, and she's lived in that house ever since she was born, eight years ago. Mulder and Scully and Cindy all stare at each other.
Inside the Reardon home, Cindy watches TV, surreptitiously changing the channel from the Cartoon Network to C-SPAN. Mulder and Scully exchange looks, and then Mulder hammily compliments Mrs. Reardon, who's all weepy and broken up. "Is Cindy an only child?" he wonders. Mrs. Reardon sniffs and nods. Scully asks whether Cindy was, perhaps, adopted. "No," Mrs. Reardon says, "I gave birth to her at San Rafael General." Scully comments that she's sure Mrs. Reardon has documentation to prove that. "Of course I do," Mrs. Reardon snips. "Was she the only child delivered at that birth?" Mulder asks. Mrs. Reardon snaps. She wants to know what the hell they're driving at! Because she already told the police everything she knows! Scully pulls a picture of Mr. Simmons and Teena out of....her ass? Seriously, where was she keeping that? She doesn't have a purse, or a briefcase. Anyway. Mrs. Reardon examines the picture and starts to get misty all over again. "Is that the suspect? Did he do something to Cindy?" she asks. Scully explains that the girl in picture is Teena Simmons, not Cindy, and that the man is Teena's murdered father. As Scully explains this to Mrs. Reardon, Mulder trains his eagle eye on Cindy. "Cindy is my daughter," Mrs. Reardon repeats. "I can show you videos of her birth." Scully makes a face like, that won't be necessary, thank you very much. The Reardons tried for six years to get pregnant, Weepy Mommy tells Mulder and Scully. "In-vitro fertilization?" Mulder asks. Mrs. Reardon nods. At the Luther Stapes Center in San Francisco. Across the room, Cindy looks thoughtful.