Back in the present time, Scully's still holding her belly, looking sad. Knock knock. Miss Hendershot stands there in the hallway, holding her own belly. "I'm Mary Hendershot. My baby's in danger. So is yours." Um. Okay. How did she find Scully? How does she even know Scully exists? Huh?
Downtown DC. 3:33 AM. A super-manly man's truck pulls up in front of an all-night diner. Doggett -- dressed like the manly man he is -- spills out of the truck and stomps into the diner to find Scully and Skinner sitting silently at a table. After ordering a cup of coffee ("black"), he joins them. Doggett stares at Scully. "You going somewhere?" he asks, gruffly. "Yes," she says. Skinner gazes longingly at Doggett, but manages to get his mind out of the gutter long enough to tell Doggett that Scully is taking a leave of absence. "Hey, great. Can I ask why?" Doggett snorts. Shortly, Scully says no. "So I'm the x-files. Just me?" Doggett asks, tersely. Skinman looks at his hands. "Agent Scully isn't quitting the FBI, she's just going away," he explains, non-explanatorily. Scully looks thoughtfully and sadly at Doggett. I don't know why she just doesn't tell him the truth. He's not a bad guy, and surely "I'm pregnant, and there are some complications. I need to take some time off until the baby comes" is a perfectly understandable and sufficient explanation. Doggett irritably thanks Skinner and Scully for getting him out of bed to give him the news. He gets up to go. "Drop me a line if you get a chance," he tells Scully, not unkindly, under the circumstances. And then he leaves. Skinman pleads with Scully to tell him the truth. "I can't," she says, simply.
Outside the diner, Scully approaches Doggett, who's in the midst of climbing behind the manly wheel of his manly vehicle. "I want you to understand," she begins. "What is it you want me to understand, Agent Scully? The secrets or the lies?" Doggett spits. Scully looks at the ground, and reiterates that she is not, repeat, not, doing anything behind his back. Other than trying to safely bear an alien baby to term. "You're supposed to watch my back, Agent Scully," Doggett says. Scully emotionally assures him that she would never let him down, or put him in danger. They stare at each other. Scully truly looks sorry about this situation. Behind her, Skinner looks sad. "I gotta go," Scully says, shortly, and heads for her car. Mary Hendershot sits in the passenger seat. Skinner looks at Doggett longingly. "Who is that in Agent Scully's car?" Doggett asks. "I don't know," Skinner says. Doggett shrugs and climbs into his own car. Skinner watches with love in his eyes and actually bites his lower lip as Doggett drives off.