Credits. What dark work goes on inside Chris Carter's head, cloaked from us by invisible forces? If he knows what the hell is going on, why can't we? Why is that picture of Gillian Anderson in the credits so ugly? She looks like she smells something rancid. Maybe it's this episode's writing.
Back to that mountain in Arizona, where we last saw our heroes! Gibson is still begging "Mulder" to let him go, and "Mulder" is just rushing the child along. Doggett comes out of nowhere -- literally, he must have scaled the mountain with his bare hands -- gun pulled, commanding "Mulder" to drop the chalupa. When Doggett tells "Moooolder" that he doesn't want to shoot him, "Mulder" drops Gibson's hand, and the boy scampers off. Because, see, if Doggett had actually wanted to shoot him, "Mulder" would have let him. He's all about making people happy, that Mulder is. Except, of course, this isn't Mulder, it's an Alien Bounty Hunter and all of us know it. Whatever. Doggett asks "Moooulder" if he's armed, and when "Mulder" doesn't respond, Doggett snaps at him, asking him not to "turn this into a movie," and bellowing that it's "too hot for this BS!" "Mulder" just stares blankly. Doggett, fed up, tells him to lay down, so he can search and cuff him. Instead, "Mulder" just backs away from Doggett, right off the edge of the cliff they're standing on. Doggett yells, as he watches "Mulder" fall way way down to the ground below. The falling Mulder here is the one from the credits, and the way his hand is positioned makes it look like he's hanging on to his car keys. Maybe that's just me. Or maybe he does have his keys. THE KEYS TO THE ALIEN SHIP.
Doggett stares aghast at "Mulder's" lifeless body, all crumpled and broken on the ground below. That's so the least of what you're going to see in this gig, my friend. "He went over!" Doggett yells to his henchmen, who have come running up the mountain, too little, too late. "He went over the edge!" How meta. "Mooooolder!" Doggett howls.
Down on the desert floor, "Mulder," who has an incredibly nasty-looking broken arm, opens his eyes.
Doggett and the Henchmen (my favorite band) somehow make it down the mountain, and are all gathered in a little bunch as Scully and Skinner pull up in their sporty Jeep. They hop out, and scamper over to Doggett. Skinner, in khakis and a lemon-yellow button-down Oxford, looks like a refugee from the latest GAP ad, "Everybody In Incredibly Well-Pressed and Fresh-Looking Duds, Despite the Dust and Sweltering Heat in Arizona." Scully asks Doggett where Mulder is, and Doggett tells her that he saw him back over the edge of "that cliff over there," and that he had been lying, lifeless and twisted, "right there," on that totally unoccupied patch of dust. Skinner wonders where Mulder is, now, and says that he can't possibly...you know the drill. Doggett gives a little speech about how he's seen some crazy shit, back when he was a cop, but that he can't believe what Mulder's done. He takes Skinner over to a set of tracks, from which he has inferred that Mulder ran away from the site of the accident. Yeah, because it's the running that's so crazy in this whole scenario.