Later, the wrongly accused finally wraps up his tale of woe, as Donnie Pfaster pretends to sleep with his face pressed against the bars of his cell. Because it's so believable that he would be comfortable enough to sleep, standing up, with metal poles pressing into his flesh, rather than on the cot two feet behind him. See, that's my big issue with this episode. Donnie Pfaster is freaking scary (as is evidenced by my scream of agony when I saw him on Gilmore Girls), both in this episode and in the one in season seven when he gets out of prison and comes after Scully again. But he's almost too freaky. I find it hard to believe that every single woman with whom Donnie Pfaster has ever come in contact hasn't run away from him like her hair was on fire and he was carrying a tin of lighter fluid. He looks like a freak. He talks like a freak. He acts like a total freak. He's freaky. He should have been fingered as a freak from the get-go. All this getting-hired- to-deliver- Italian-frozen-foods- to-suburban-moms and luring-pretty- whores-back- to-his-lair stuff would never fly in the real world, because he's just too alarmingly freaktastic. At long last, Mulder, Bocks, and Scully file out of Wrongfully Accused's cell and quietly converse, Mulder telling Bocks that they're back at square one. Scully turns around at the door to the cellblock, and catches Donnie staring at her, although he tries to cover for himself by looking down at his shoes. Scully gives him an alarmed glance, sighs, and follows the men out into the hallway.
Mulder and Bocks are discussing the case in front of Bocks's office when Scully finally catches up. She asks to speak to Mulder for a moment. Bocks shuts his mouth and looks at her quizzically. She glares at him for a moment, and he finally gets the hint and trots off. Mulder moves in real close to Scully and sympathetically looks down at her. She tells him, without looking at him, that she wants to take Barbie's body back to DC to "run it through the lab." Mulder sort of sighs. "Scully, if you're having trouble with this case, I want you to tell me," he says quietly. Scully lies that she's not having trouble. "I understand, it's not exactly easy to stomach," Mulder says. "I'm fine," Scully insists. She tells him that she thinks they might be able to get a latent print off the body back at the Bureau labs, and reminds him that, without that kind of a lead, they're at a bit of a standstill with this case. Mulder agrees, and then twists up his mouth a little bit and looks at her. "I just don't want you to think you have to hide anything from me," he says huskily. "I've seen agents with twenty years' field experience fall apart on something like this." Scully tearfully insists that she can handle it, and then just walks off. Mulder looks sadly at her retreating back. "Why won't you just let me love you?" he yells after her.