Out by the car, Shifty is so so sorry that Doggett wasted his Saturday. Doggett, lost in his own world, wonders if the Hangemuhls own a gun. Shifty doesn't think that they do. Doggett informs Shifty that he noticed three bullet holes in the Hangemuhls' living-room wall, but he doesn't want to go back and ask them about it.
Back in Virginia, Doggett picks the lock to Mulder's apartment, and lets himself in. I'm extremely confused about when this episode is supposed to have taken place. It's got to be prior to some of the more recent Monster of the Week episodes, because otherwise the pregnancy scenario makes no sense. On the other hand...why the hell are they fucking with the chronology like that? What's that you say? Sweeps? Word. But this episode must take place fairly shortly after Mulder's disappearance, because, despite the fact that his place is extremely dusty, it hasn't been rented out to another tenant. And I doubt anyone would be paying the rent on Mulder's apartment for eight months. Unless Scully is doing it. Or Skinner. But wouldn't they dust for him? You know, sadly. Polishing the coffee table with their tears? I mean, if they were still holding out hope that he'd come back. Someone's been feeding the fish, at any rate. Doggett himself dumps a whole pile of fish food into the tank. That was a nice moment. And then Doggett ruins my nascent goodwill toward him by trashing Mulder's apartment, going through his desk and dresser drawers, pulling shoeboxes out from under the bed and just pouring their contents (photographs, I think) all over the floor, going through his trash (this has got to be right after Mulder's abduction, because the trash doesn't seem to be that disgusting). It's really rather rude. If you're going to snoop, at least put things back in order. It's also interesting that Doggett is wearing gloves. Why does he care if he leaves his fingerprints? He's in charge of finding Mulder, after all, isn't he? Doesn't looking for clues in Mulder's apartment fall onto his list of things to do, in that case? Why am I trying to apply logic to any of this? Anyway, Doggett finds a small gun taped to the underside of the kitchen sink. He looks at it, perplexed. Then he bursts into flames. Okay, not really. I just like thinking about that.