From the annoyance of the commercial break...
INT. EAST 46TH ST. - NEW YORK - MORNING
The room isn't smokey today... WELL-MANICURED MAN WINS! FANS GO WILD! WOO!
The room isn't filled with the usual Syndicate members, only a small portion of them... Alex Krycek, Marita Covarrubias, Well-Manicured Man, Deep Throat, and the mysterious man known as Quiet Willy.
Quiet Willy sits in the corner of the room listening very intensely.
Krycek stands, he seems very powerful. Marita sits in a chair, listening and very thoughtful. The Well-Manicured Man sits... very much in command. Deep Throat also sits.
Should I talk to her?
This must be done carefully
and at the right time. If he
gets to her first, then there
is nothing we can do.
And what if she refuses
to accept the truth and
exposes us to him?
Even if she vaguely remembers
us, there won't be any problems.
She may have already been
contacted by him. We must
approach this as if he has.
Don't interact with him, Alex.
INT. HANGAR 22 - DAY
HIGH WIDE ANGLE - CRASH REMAINS
Scattered pieces of Flight 194 are spread out inside the hangar. NTSB members are scattered among the debris trying to find clues as to why the flight crashed. A certain section of the debris is surrounded by yellow crime scene tape.
CAMERA PANS DOWN
following Mulder and Scully being lead to the section blocked by the crime scene tape, by the Head Investigator.
Mulder looks a bit irritated.
All three of them squat down to get a closer look.
Mulder pokes around.
Yes, in fact we did. We
found traces of radiation.
Off their looks...
(points at Scully)
E-excuse me, but would Agent
Scully be able to take a look
at the passenger's body?
I don't know.
Mulder's expression indicates that he knows that they will find something from inspecting the passenger's body. Scully gives him a look that suggests that she doesn't want to believe what Mulder is suggesting... alien abduction.
I'm not suggesting. I'm
positive that's what caused
Scully doesn't know what to say, their conversation is interrupted by the Head Investigator.
Mulder and Scully walk off.
I have another way.
The Head Investigator watches them leave, a look of concern on his face.
INT. MARITA & SCULLY'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - 2PM
Marita and Krycek are the only ones there. Krycek is seated a the table. Marita is getting herself a glass of water. It's a little too quiet. Marita takes a seat across the table from him. She takes a sip of her water. Marita looks upset.
Marita shrugs again, she takes another sip of water. Another moment passes before anything is said.
(a bit angry)
Yeah (pulls hand away from him), our
lives become a living hell, and we
go under the orders of the devil
(beat) he wins.
Krycek understands where she is coming from. He leans back in the chair.
(stands up, trying to comfort her)
You've gotten too close to her. (beat)
You shouldn't have.
How could I have avoided
it? I was meant to live
with her, befriend her,
keep an eye on her-
-and you did. (beat) i-it
just happened you gained a
friend from it, out ally.
In the background, the apartment door opens and Skinner walks in. O.S. Skinner can hear Marita and Krycek arguing. He walks toward the kitchen.
-and how do we know th-that
this is exactly what the
Smoking Man wants us to do?!
We tell her and-
-but she is vital to our survival!
Skinner enters the room, Krycek and Marita don't notice.
Marita and Krycek stop arguing, all goes quiet. A tense atmosphere.
TIME CUT TO:
INT. SKINNER'S OFFICE - 2:45pm
The ashtray is being used. Someone O.S. taps his cigarette on the ashtray.
The door to the office opens and Skinner enters noticing someone is seated at his desk...
I think you know why.
What do you mean?
I think you know very
well what I mean.
The Smoking Man lights up another cigarette and puffs some smoke into the air. He glances down at Skinner's hand at his engagement ring.
I've got things under control.
How sure of that are you? (beat)
She's a powerful woman. (takes a drag)
You should know.
(smiles again, twinkle in eye, sly)
After an awkward that leaves Skinner wondering exactly what was meant by that...
The Smoking Man leaves the room. Skinner glances at the door and sits down at his desk and rests his head in his hands, he knows he's in deeper than he originally thought.
END ACT TWO.