Back at the Bureau, Doggett enters his lush basement office to find the Lone Gunmen bickering with one another. They stop short when they see him. Byers introduces himself, Frohike and Langly. Doggett knows who they are, having read Mulder's files. The Gunmen indicate that they've reviewed the current case file, and classify it as "mondo bizarro." Doggett doesn't flinch when Langly tells him he's in way over his head, but merely asks if the Gunmen can help him. They tell him to cut the lights, and haul out the trusty slide projector. Doggett manages not to roll his eyes, for which I can only commend him. The first slide is of an eye above a pyramid. I'd describe it further, but you could just look at any of the dollar bills in your wallet, because it's the same image. Byers explains that "in the Renaissance, [the symbol] represented an all-seeing God," which is why, says Langly, "the founding fathers put it on the dollar bill." I try to wake up Exposition. "This is history," he tells me, shirtily, before rolling over and going back to sleep. The next slide is of the eye symbol Doggett first saw at the cult member's Victoriana Compound. This time, the symbol represents the third eye of Eastern religion. Frohike grumbles that everyone has a third eye, and that if we could only open it, we could be closer to God. "A third eye," muses Doggett. Frohike and Langly start further bickering -- this time about Ken Kesey, and Altamont (and I have a funny story about Ken Kesey, which I will not share, because I have been FIRED) -- as Doggett approaches the final slide, this one of the image painted above the door in the compound, and wonders if Tipet has finally opened his third eye. He hypothesizes that the placement of the wounds on his victims indicates that he's trying to destroy their third eye. "Yeah, could be," Byers says, as he, Frohike and Langly exchange looks of surprise. Doggett wonders, again, why a man who's allegedly closer to God is going around killing his followers. And how? The Gunmen, as a group, think it has something to do with "MK Alta," a CIA mind-control project started in the 1950s, during which test subjects were given LSD without their knowledge in an attempt to create psychic assassins. The CIA failed, but Tipet has succeeded. Whatever his victims dream, they believe. And so it happens. You know, like how if you dream you die, you really do die? Like that. Doggett takes this ball and runs with it, telling the Gunmen that that's why Tipet's followers are afraid to fall asleep. Because their nightmares will come true. "Do you believe that?" Byers asks. "No," Doggett says, "but Tipet might." And if he does, he'll need more drugs, to keep up his reign of sleeping terror. Doggett puts on his coat and rushes out the door. The Lone Gunmen stare after him, and then at one another. "Not bad for a beginner," Frohike says.
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