Episode: Via Negativa Episode Number: 8x07 Tagline: The Truth is Out There
Title Translation: By Way of Negation
Scully: (on phone) An Agent is dead. Um, Skinner had him surveilling
a religious cult in Pittsburgh. And all the followers are dead, as well.
Doggett: This is damn weird.
Skinner: These people were all killed the same way as our guy. All 20 cult members dead from a single deep wound to the forehead.---
Skinner: Their leader, Anthony Tipet, is missing. Tipet was a convicted murderer who claimed to have found God. We didn't think we were dealing with an apocalyptic cult. We've seen this kind of thing before. Jonestown, Heaven's Gate.---
Doggett: I don't care how devoted they were. These people wouldn't just lie here and let their leader bash their brains in. I got to figure at least one of them would have had a problem with that.---
Anthony Tipet: (on videotape) The body is but clay... a shell made by God to hold the twin aspects of the Holy Spirit: Light and dark. If we have the courage to see into darkness we see into God... free of the clay which confines us.---
Skinner: Anthony Tipet served 12 years for the bludgeoning death
of his wife. After his release, he became a minister preaching a hybrid
of evangelical and eastern religions. He claimed a higher plane of being
could be reached by the Via Negativa-- the path of darkness-- the plane
closer to God. Once reached, it would let the spirit travel unhindered.
Tipet believed hallucinogens would lead him to this plane-- specifically
compounds of the bark of an African tree... the Iboga.
Doggett: Whoever did this left not even a trace how: No prints, no forensic evidence whatsoever. Agent Leeds' sedan, the cult house, Agent Stedman's condo… were all locked from the inside.---
Skinner: Unless Tipet took the drug and succeeded. Unless his consciousness
was there but his body was somewhere else.
Doggett: If I'm working this case, I'd appreciate a heads up before
you tell the Deputy Director any more science fiction stories.
Skinner: Another dead-end.
Doggett: I'm a good investigator but you know as well as I do I'm not the Agent that should be investigating this case.---
Skinner: Agent Scully can't be here.
Doggett (to Skinner): Then tell me why he's doing it. If he's looking for God, why is he killing people? Just 'cause I'm assigned to the X-Files you want me to think like Scully or Mulder would. You got the wrong guy. I need facts, not wild ideas.---
Skinner: You always up at this hour, Dr. Bormanis?
Andre Bormanis: Hallucinogens were Tipet's way into the depths of the soul, the heights of consciousness, planes of being that our feeble brain chemistry cannot begin to imagine.---
Andre Bormanis: Nobody took the trips but Tipet. See, only his mind was strong enough.---
Doggett: (on phone) Yeah, well, it's easy to be discreet when you
don't know what's going on. Are you okay?
Scully: (on phone) Doggett, you're a good agent. Trust your instincts.---
Frohike: How many times have we saved Mulder's butt?
Doggett: You publish the "Lone Gunman" newspaper?
Frohike: We all have a third eye. If we could open it, we'd see a new reality, one closer to God.---
Byers: The CIA invested millions trying to create psychic assassins,
failing where Tipet has evidently succeeded.
Doggett: What if Tipet could invade his victims'... consciousness
in their sleep? I mean, that's why you'd be afraid to fall asleep, right?
If you thought your nightmares might come true?
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