Doggett and Moronica take Gibson and march upstairs, where they run into Skinner at Kersh's office door. Skinner looks at them helplessly. "All I can think is, it's punishment for taking Mulder's side," he says. "Unless they found out we helped him escape." Moronica and Doggett exchange worried looks. "Then they know about the Deputy Director's involvement, too," Doggett says. Skinner just looks very upset. Frankly, I don't understand why any of them came back to work. Obviously, their hand in Mulder's escape is going to come out. If they were smart, the four of them would have gone home, packed everything they could carry, gathered up Gibson, and made their own run for the border. Plus, how hilarious would it be to see Kersh and Skinner on the run together? All the sniping and bickering and inappropriate stressing of words? Good times.
Kersh's door flies open. It's TCM. "I need to see the Deputy Director," Skinner says, thrown by this development. "And he needs to see you," TCM says. The Ominous Music of Dude, Skinner, You Are Screwed swells in the background. Skinner shoots Doggett and Moronica a look that's as close to frightened as I've ever seen him. Run, Skinman! Run! Just race down the hallway! Doggett will cover you! But instead, Skinner slowly walks into the office. TCM and Gibson stare at each other for a long time before TCM slams the door. TCM knows that Gibson can read minds; I don't know why he doesn't slam the door shut to keep his thoughts to himself. Unless he wants Gibson to know what he's thinking. But he's an alien, right? So. That would be a trap, right? Would it be? Am I thinking too much, here? I think I'm thinking about that instead of thinking about how Skinner is probably getting killed behind that closed door. Although they wouldn't kill him at the office, would he? Because how would they explain the body without blowing their cover? Maybe TCM doesn't know that Kersh was involved, too, and now Kersh is just firing Skinner, and then Skinner and Doggett can run away to Vermont together and raise Gibson to be both open-minded about alternative lifestyles and really good with firearms. "He knows," Gibson announces. Doggett and Moronica look at him sharply. "We're all in danger here," Doggett announces, heading for the door to rescue Skinner. "No, he knows about Mulder and Scully, where they're going," Gibson clarifies. And if TCM was thinking about killing Skinner, Gibson would know! And he would say so, right? Right? "You mean, the border?" Moronica asks. Gibson looks solemn. "No, that's not where they went, and they know that," he says. "They're going to find them and kill them." Doggett looks enormously helpless. "Where are they, Gibson?" he asks. "Mulder and Scully. Where'd they go?"