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Jose Chung's From Outer Space

LBO. Jose Chung asks Scully what she thinks of hypnosis. She shrugs that she knows it has therapeutic value -- and that it's also handy when one wants to revisit one's past lives, especially those which took place during major American historical events -- but that it's never been proven to enhance memory. "In fact," Scully says, "it worsens it, as people in that state are prone to confabulation." Jose Chung comments that while he was researching his book The Caligarian Candidate -- "One of the greatest thrillers ever written," Scully interjects -- he learned that the CIA did mind-control experiments in the 1950s without ever really knowing how hypnosis works or what it even is. "No one still knows," Scully tells him. "Still, as a storyteller," Jose Chung says, "I am fascinated by how a person's sense of consciousness can be so transformed by nothing more magical than listening to words. Mere words."

Cut to the hypnotherapy session. Chrissy is getting very sleepy. Very, very sleepy. Her vision stretches and wanes and all of a sudden the policemen, the hypnotist and Mulder and Scully are all Grays. "I'm in a room," she says, "on a spaceship. Surrounded by aliens." In her regression, Chrissy is strapped into an early prototype of the Worst Dental Chair in the Universe. "Are you alone?" the hypnotist asks. No, she tells him, Harold is with her, but he's really out of it: "Like he's not really there." Yeah, maybe he was stunned into catatonia due to the humiliation of the black latex Speedo the aliens have poured him into. Chrissy narrates that the aliens seem to be arguing. "I can sort of hear them, but I can't understand what they're saying," she says. Except the leader. She can understand him. Because he's inside her head. Dum dum dum dum! "He's telling me this is for the good of my planet," Chrissy says. "But I don't like what he's doing. It's like he's inside my mind. Like he's stealing my memories."

When Chrissy says this, Mulder shoots Scully a triumphant look. She is, of course, highly skeptical. Chrissy and her parents leave the room, and our heroes get into it. Mulder tells Scully that Chrissy has all the typical abduction characteristics. Scully agrees. In fact, she thinks it's almost too typical. So typical as to be fabricated, she says. Mulder reminds Scully heatedly that Harold corroborates Chrissy's tale. Enter the local detective, who glares at Mulder. "You really bleeped up this case," he says.

LBO: "Of course, he didn't actually say 'bleep,'" Scully tells Jose Chung. "He said --" Jose Chung raises a cautionary hand and explains that he's familiar with "Detective Manners's colorful phraseology."

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