Later. Skinner, Dale, and Mulder sit in the empty courtroom and wait for the verdict. Dale looks particularly uncomfortable. Finally, Kersh and his goons troop back in and Kersh delivers the bad news: they've found Mulder guilty of murder. Mulder has no visible reaction. Kersh asks if there's anything he'd like to say on his own behalf prior to sentencing. Mulder looks over at Skinner, who sort of shrugs at him. Mulder gulps and looks at the table, and finally stands up to say his piece. "I'd like to congratulate you in succeeding where so many before you have failed," he begins. "A bullet between the eyes would have been preferable to this charade. But I've learned to pretend over the past nine years -- to pretend that my victories matter, only to realize that no one was keeping score; to realize that liars do not fear the truth if there are enough liars. That the devil is just one man with a plan, but evil -- true evil -- is a collaboration of men." Dale shoots Kersh a vaguely convinced glance. Kersh looks bored. "Blah, blah, blah," the Mulder action figure mutters. "Which is what we have here today," Mulder says. "If I am a guilty man, my crime is in daring to believe that the truth will out and that no one lie will live forever. I believe it still. Much as you try to bury it, the truth is out there. Greater than your lies, the truth wants to be known. You will know it. It'll come to you. As it's come to me. Faster than the speed of light." I don't even know what that means. Mulder looks up at the jury and sees Krycek and X standing behind Kersh and Random White Dude #3, respectively. I suspect these are two of the men leaning toward Mulder's side, by the way. "You may believe yourselves rid of your headache now," Mulder continues, "and maybe you are. But you've only done it by cutting off your own hands." I totally don't even get that. Why is getting rid of Mulder going to do anything but make everyone's life easier? I mean, everyone on the jury? I guess he's arguing that he can help them stop the upcoming alien invasion and save us all from becoming a slave race to the Martians (or whatever), but maybe he should have mentioned that part specifically. Mulder makes a satisfied face and walks off. Kersh looks real thoughtful.
Scully's House of Total Agony. She sits on the sofa, on the verge of tears. Business as usual, in other words. Doggett, Moronica, and Gibson wait in the background; Moronica and Gibson are at the kitchen table, Doggett leaning against the counter with a cup of joe. I like to think that Gibson is kicking Moronica's ass at chess there at the table. The phone rings. And rings. And rings. Scully is paralyzed. Finally, Doggett picks up the phone. "Yeah, I'll tell her," he says shortly. Gibson and Moronica watch nervously in the background, although surely Gibson already knows the bad news from looking at Doggett's face. ["Or, you know...reading his mind." -- Wing Chun] "That was Skinner," Doggett says. And nothing more. "Agent Doggett?" Scully asks tearfully. Doggett turns and looks at her sympathetically. "Death by lethal injection," he tells her sadly. At first, Scully has no reaction. Then her lip trembles. Then she goes absolutely white and I honestly think she might just pass out. Instead, she just breaks, covering her face with both hands. How did it all turn so sour for poor Agent Scully? Nine years ago, she was all Perky McBadSuit, all "I look forward to working with you, Agent Mulder," all "You can't possibly be suggesting that, Agent Mulder," and then she was like, "Wow, I just got abducted," and then she was all, "Dang, they killed my sister," and next thing you know, it's all "Shoot, I've got cancer," and "Yikes, my partner is dead. No he's not! Yes, he is! No, he's not," and before you know it, it's "Huh, I've been pregnant for six years" and "Geez, Mulder's nowhere to be found" and now, here we are at, "Shit, I had to give my baby to strangers and they're killing my boyfriend."