Station house. Mulder asks if Detective Manners is still planning on holding Harold. "You bet your blankety blank bleep I am," Manners responds. Mulder points out that Chrissy confirmed Harold's alibi. "Like hell she did," Manners yelps. "These kids' stories couldn't be more bleeping different!" Then he storms out. Scully covers her face with her hands. As in "Bad Blood," I suspect that Gillian Anderson uses that bit of blocking when she can't keep a straight face. And with good reason. The Detective Manners character -- who I understand is based on the foul-mouthed Kim Manners -- is hilarious.
So, after the commercials, we fade up on a room full of steel cages and unflattering lighting. Occasionally, there's a burst of sparks, like an electrical explosion. Poor hapless Harold is enclosed in one of the cages, crouched next to an unconscious Chrissy. In the distance, there's all this agonized screaming. It's a lot like my office, actually. A Gray is enclosed in the cage next to Harold. "What do you want with us? What do you want with us?" Harold asks the alien. Back at the police station, Mulder asks him how the alien responded. We cut to a shot of the alien placing a cigarette in his mouth. When I first saw this episode, I think I actually turned to my roommate and said, "oh my God, CSM is an alien!" But I was wrong. It's not CSM. Or is it? No, it's totally not. Anyway. Harold blinks. At last, Chrissy comes to. "What's happening?" she asks. Harold leans in and assures her that he's going to protect her. He'll never let anything happen to her, he says. On cue, of course, the ceiling opens up and she gets sucked into a light beam. Way to go, Harold.
Back at the police station, Mulder wonders what the Gray was doing during this whole Chrissy Gets Sucked Into the Light thing. "He was just talking," Harold says. "Telepathically?" Mulder asks. "No, in English," Harold explains. We cut back to the Steel Cages of Pain and Nicotine, where the alien is rocking back and forth. "This is not happening. This is not happening. This is not happening," he repeats to himself. Hey, much like the episode of the same name, in which Mulder was returned from the Worst Dental Chair in the Universe where he, too, was tortured by the aliens. Hmm. That's interesting. Coincidence, I'm sure. Anyway, Harold yells at the alien to shut his piehole. Then he gets sucked into the light beam. Harold does. Not the alien. Poor hapless Harold. Poor, poor, never-going-to-get- back-into-Chrissy's-pants- after-all-this Harold.