Chris Carter and Howard Gordon
Dr. Torrence, while collecting insects
, finds the carcass
of a wild boar
with horrible boils
on it. One of the sores
bursts splattering him with a pus
like substance. The doctor
radios for help but he is now covered in the sores. Rangers find him as vultures
pick at his body.
, also named Torrence, receives a package
with a bloody pig
’s leg in it. 18 hours later he is quarantined
with boils covering his body.
Suspicious of the strange happenings, two convicts, Steve and Paul, escape. Mulder
are brought in to assist in their manhunt but they wonder about the quarantine
Scully talks to Dr. Orborne from the Center for Disease Control
who tells her that 14 men have been infected with a flu
-like illness and 10 of them had died. Scully discovers that the dead mens' bodies were being incinerated
. One of the sores on a dead body breaks open and gets on Dr. Osborne recoils in horror
Scully finds a dead insect
in one of the sores and finds that the package was sent by drug manufacturer
Meanwhile, Mulder follows the convicts who have been hiding in the house of Paul’s girlfriend
,. Both are already ill and Steve infects her. Mulder and agents find Steve dead and Paul gone.
Osborne admits that he works for Pinck, not the CDC and was financing exploration
of new rain forest species
and received samples of the parastoid F. Emasculata
- a bug carrying the disease-causing parasite
, which attacks the immune system
Mulder talks to Skinner
and tells him they have to warn the public. The Cigarette Smoking Man
says that they must control the disease by controlling information and preventing panic
Scully tests her own blood to make sure she’s not infected. She comes back to see Dr. Osborne among the dead bodies
. One of the medical workers tells her that no one will believe her story.
Mulder talks to Paul’s girlfriend who admits that he boarded a bus
leaving for Toronto
. Scully warns Mulder that this convict may be the only evidence
of the disease.
Mulder finds the bus but Paul notices him and takes a boy hostage
. Suddenly Paul is shot and killed by a sniper
and Mulder and the boy are whisked away by a quarantine group.
Mulder wants to go public but Skinner says to leave it alone and that it is just the beginning.
Scully -- "According to the briefing
, prisoners escaped by hiding in a laundry cart
Mulder -- "I don't think the guards
are watching enough prison movies
Mulder -- "I thought this was about escaped prisoners
Scully -- "It is."
Mulder -- "Then who are the men in the funny suits
Scully -- "Where are you going?"
Mulder -- "To see if I can get in the way."
-- "The truth would have caused panic. Panic would have cost lives. We control the disease
by controlling the information."
Mulder -- "You can't protect the public by lying."
CSM -- "It's done every day..."
Scully -- "There'll be a time for the truth
, Mulder, but this isn't it."
Skinner -- "Agent Mulder
. I'm saying this as a friend. Watch your back. This is just the beginning."
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