Skinner's office. Doggett sits in his usual chair, looking shell-shocked and scabby. Skinner's in the middle of asking him why the Census Bureau ties into Absalom's cause when Mulder stomps in, shirtsleeves rolled up. "You Agent Doggett?" he asks. Doggett smiles and gets up to shake Mulder's hand, and Mulder just stomps over and shoves Doggett into his chair! I'm not in the habit of quoting either of the Olsen twins, but how rude! Mulder makes some inarticulate angry noises about that fact that Doggett is not the hero in this situation, and then Skinner roughly pulls Mulder off Doggett and wow, that was a slash-y way to end that sentence. "Just what's the problem here?" Doggett asks, smiling angrily. Mulder: "The problem? You occupy an office that used to be devoted to finding the truth and now you're devoted to burying it, that's the problem!" Doggett thinks that Mulder "got [his] wires crossed" back when he was buried alive. Mulder thinks that Doggett got Absalom killed. Doggett thinks that Mulder's failed to note that he himself almost got killed. Mulder points out that, nevertheless, Doggett is alive and Absalom is not. He stomps out. Skinner begins to stutter some excuses for Mulder, but Doggett just nods curtly and leaves. Skinner is crestfallen. I hate it when they fight.
Cut to Scully's apartment. Frohike opens the door for Mulder, and they have the most emotional reunion on this episode thus far, although I guess the Mulder/Scully Hair-Sniffing Embrace last week was slightly more satisfying. I'd like a little hair-sniffing this week, too, but they're in some kind of Who Knocked You Up?/What's Wrong with You? Awkward stage. Mulder and Frohike embrace, and Mulder rests his head on Frohike's and calls him "Melvin," and Frohike pats Mulder, and then Mulder says he'd be a whole lot happier to see Frohike if "[Frohike]'d just take [his] hands off [Mulder's] ass." Melvin apologizes. Byers makes some formal but highly enthused comments regarding the pleasure he feels at Mulder's return from the dead. Langly expresses similar sentiments and grins and comments that he has some questions about Mulder's involvement in a "certain blessed event," nodding toward Scully. So do we, Langly. So do we. Mulder gives Scully a "what?" look. Scully gives Langly a "shut up, Langly" face and glances apprehensively at Mulder, who narrows his eyes and tilts his head, like, they need to talk, people. But that's way too interesting a subject for all of us to get into now, so Scully explicates that they managed to decode Census Guy's hard drive -- it was file directories downloaded from the Federal Statistics Center the day he died, containing census info. How strange, for a census worker to have census information on his computer. But the kicker is that fifteen minutes after Census Guy died, the Federal Statistics Center put up firewalls around every one of the directories, and that they can't break into them without the password. In order to get to the information that Census Guy was so all fired up about, they'd have to break into the FSE. And they'd need to know the password. "You're just going to have to let this one go," Langly says. Huh? What? Since when are the Gunmen unable to hack through a firewall? And since when do they just give up after an hour on the job? "I see someone's been doing a little campaigning for her cause," Mulder says wryly. Scully makes a slightly hurt face, like, buck up little camper. "But this is America," he continues. "Just because you get more votes doesn't mean you win." I'm very impressed that Mulder's been able to keep up on current events that occurred while he was entombed. That's very impressive, indeed. Mulder looks right at Scully. Scully makes her disappointed mommy face and purses her lips. We haven't had an eyebrow all episode, people. The old Scully would totally give Mulder a derisive eyebrow right about now. I miss the eyebrow. Bring back the eyebrow!