Cut to a shot of some film-strip footage from the '70s. A young boy sits in front of a number of multi-colored wooden blocks. According to the filmstrip's voice-over, the boy is "Anthony Vogelman, age eight." The man behind the voice tells the kid to relax: "Relax and focus." The kid sort of nods and stares at the blocks. The footage gets all fuzzy and shorts out. We pull back to reveal Scully, Moronica, and Doggett watching this in a conference room at the field office, accompanied by Dr. Anspaugh, fresh from The Funeral of a Hero over on ER. "My right hand to God," Dr. Anspaugh tells them. "All four blocks rose off the table and spiraled all the way to the ceiling before they fell." Moronica is sorry that he didn't catch that on tape. Dr. Anspaugh rolls his eyes and insists that no one is sorrier than he is. "Whatever phenomenon caused this," he says, "I also believe that it radiated an electromagnetic field strong enough to fog the image." Cue the staring. "Don't be polite. Call me crazy. Everyone else does," he says. "I believe you," Doggett says, pointing out that the kid in the video is their suspect, Oliver Martin. Oh, and he believes now. Yep! With one episode to go, there's no point in having anyone stay skeptical. Scully confirms this, telling them that she went through Mulder's reference books. "Van Nuys, California, 1970. One of the best-documented cases of what was originally thought to be poltergeist activity." Dr. Anspaugh nods, saying that he spent six "astonishing months" with Oliver Martin, né Anthony Vogelman. He tells them that Oliver was as bewildered by his powers as anyone else was, but he was indeed responsible for all the crazy shit that happened around him. "He was psychokinetic," Scully mutters. "Sort of like this other child I used to know. What was his name again? Never mind, it doesn't matter." Dr. Anspaugh nods. "He was the Mozart of psychokenesis," he says. Moronica asks why Oliver and Dr. Anspaugh fell out of touch. Dr. Anspaugh sighs, and explains that Oliver's abilities eventually "faded." The last few months Dr. Anspaugh spent with him, nothing happened. "He lost his power," Scully says. Doggett wonders whether any of this would fly with a judge. Dr. Anspaugh shrugs that the Oliver Martin he knew was just "a lonely little boy," not a crazy-ass nutjob.
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