Dale's witness. Dale is really sorry about Spender's "suffering," and states that his father "must be brought to justice." Spender believes that his father is dead. This opinion is accompanied by a shot of the Fall Down the Stairs That Wouldn't Kill Anyone, Much Less CSM. ["Seriously. He's CSM, not Elaine Stritch, for god's sake." -- Wing Chun] Dale nods and looks at a file folder. He says that Spender is allegedly there as a character witness for Mulder, but in his reports, he describes Mulder as "arrogant, difficult, a control freak; widely disliked by his peers." Dale looks at Spender with a raised brow. Spender gulps, and explains that those reports were all written before he knew "the truth." Dale nods, and keeps reading from the report. Apparently, Spender thought Mulder was also "unstable and prone to violent outbursts." Spender looks apologetically at Mulder as Dale dismisses him.
And finally, we get out of that damned courtroom and pay a visit to Weed Hope, New Mexico. Oh, please. Weed Hope? That has to be a shout-out. A kid rides his motorbike across the desert and into a small settlement of trailers. He kicks the bike to the ground and bounds into one of the RVs. "You found out about Mulder? You found out he's in trouble?" Gibson Praise asks, coming out of the back room. The kid nods. Gibson, by the way, has had something of a growth spurt in the last year or so. He looks more like Frohike Version 2.0 than ever. Except less grizzled. "I'll get ready now," Gibson announces.
Prison. Scully enters Mulder's cell alone. "I know why you're here and what you want. I can't give it to you," Mulder says. Must. Not. Make. Sex joke. Scully cuts right to the chase, pleading with Mulder to make a deal and plead to a lesser charge. Maybe they'll let him walk, she says. "I'd rather die, Scully," Mulder says. Sweet, sweet, Mulder, you're so fucking selfish sometimes. "How can you say that? How can you say that, Mulder, to me?" Scully asks, a little angrily. And now that I think about it, despite the fact that I'm sure Scully is incredibly happy to have Mulder back, since he's her best friend and she loves him, I imagine that a large part of her is really pissed at him. He's been on the lam for ages, leaving her to deal with their baby all alone (which, in the long run, she couldn't do), and then when he finally comes back, he's in jail for killing a guy and he doesn't seem to care if he gets the death penalty or not! Like, Mulder? Do you love Scully, or what? Then maybe it's time to think about someone other than yourself for five minutes. You know, like the grief-stricken mother of your child who also happens to be your partner and your best friend? She might need you around for a little while. Oy.