Doggett is back at Scully's front door. She opens the door in another clean and well-tailored outfit, holding the baby. He apologizes for bothering her, but says that he needs her help. She opens the door wider, to let him in, but says that she doesn't know how to find Mulder. Because Doggett just missed him! And he's out running errands! He could be anywhere; the dry cleaners, the deli, the video store! Doggett follows her inside, and stands awkwardly in the living room while Scully puts the baby down for his nap. "It just doesn't make any sense," Doggett calls to her. "Mulder leaving you here all alone. Just walking out on you. Not telling you where, or why." He looks down at his shoes. "It makes sense in its own way," Scully calls wearily from the other room. But, see, it really doesn't. Everyone Mulder's ever cared about has been killed or hurt during past nine years, and he picks now to go on the run? It would have made more sense if they'd just killed him off. Seriously. At least that would have had some emotional heft. "Then tell me why you can't trust me?" Doggett asks. That's a pretty good question. Last time I checked, Doggett totally risked his life so that Scully and the baby would be safe. At the very least, I think she owes him a better explanation than, um, nothing. "Everything I did to try to protect you when you thought your baby was in danger," Doggett says. "What changed? Why am I suddenly now the enemy?"
Scully says nothing. She comes out of the bedroom and just looks at him. "Let it go, John. Drop it. Please." Doggett, frustrated, points out that "these people" tried to kill him, and Skinner, and they would have tried to kill Mulder, too. "Exactly," Scully says, "and they are unstoppable, and they are inside the FBI" So, wait. Is she saying that, after everything they've already seen, Mulder is running away from these killers? And leaving his best friend and the mother of his child, not to mention said child, and all the people who put their own lives on the line to save said mother and child? That's charming. And completely not in character. All I know is that there better be a damn good explanation for this entire thing, because character assassination makes me very, very mad. Doggett muses that Scully and Mulder must know something they're not telling him. I hope to God someone knows something, because Gillian Anderson is playing this scene like she has no idea what's going on, something I've never seen her do on this show. I don't mean that she's playing it like Scully is in the dark; I mean she's playing it like she doesn't even know the back story, here. It's quite disconcerting. Doggett wonders how long Scully can hide what she knows, and brings up the whole super-solider thing again. Scully's face closes down. "I don't want to hear this," she says. "There is nothing to any of this." God, Scully In Denial is so infuriating. If anyone should be willing to look at the facts of any given situation, it ought to be her. And in addition to being cranky and mean to Doggett, Scully In Denial is completely non-kick-ass. Where's the eyebrow? Doggett points out that his "old buddy," Noel Roooooaoaooooaar, was one of the men who tried to kill him the garage. Scully's barely even listening to him. "My baby, my son, is fine," she insists. "I hope to God that's true," Doggett tells her very seriously. "I just don't want to pretend." Scully purses her lips and then she asks him to leave! "I'm going to ask you to leave and not come back here" is what she says. Doggett looks very, very sad. What is wrong with Scully? Is she an alien replicant? I want the old Scully back.