"Car's registered to a Curtis Delario, local address. So far, he's been
Scully: "Well, it's highly unlikely that wherever he is he feels like
picking up the phone this morning."
Doggett: "Muncie PD ran some calculations. Based on the distance travelled,
the length of the skid marks, they estimate the car was going at least
40 when it impacted the object, which, according to their math would
require something 4300 times the density of steel to cause the damage
we're looking at."---
"I hope you're not suggesting that what this car hit was a man, Agent
Scully, because there's no way."
Scully: "Well, these impressions in the asphalt look pretty fresh to
Doggett: "I admit to the coincidence but you know as well as I that
if a man were here he'd be splattered from here to tomorrow and there's
just no evidence of that."
Scully: "You're right, which is suspicious in and of itself. I mean,
this car definitely hit something and the only evidence that we have
are these two prints."
Doggett: "You know I hate to ruin your beautiful theory with ugly facts
but stop to examine the incident. If a man were standing here, the driver
would have stopped."
Scully: "Well, it looks like he tried to."
Doggett: "Well, even so, if a man were in the middle of the road with
a car coming wouldn't he try to move?"
Scully: "Unless he wanted to stop the car."
Doggett: "Yes, but if nothing less than a block of steel could stop
this car then, ipso facto, it could not have been a man standing in
the street last night."
Scully: "Or certainly no ordinary man."---
"Curtis Delario, you know him?"
Nora Pearce: "He was a friend of my husband's. They worked together
at the salvage yard."---
"Well, we're not even sure he was driving the car last night."
Nora Pearce: "He was. He came over after my husband's funeral and then
he left and..."
(Scully is looking in a dumpster a few yards away)
Scully: "Agent Doggett!"
(Doggett joins her) "Meet Curtis Delario." (Curtis Delario's forehead
and temples have five deep puncture wounds)
"I guess he won't be much help clearing any of this up." ---
"I think I got some answers."
Scully: "So do I. It wasn't the crash that killed Curtis Delario. He
was badly injured, but he was clearly still alive when his body was
pulled... through the car's windshield."---
" I was able to reconstruct a section of the windshield and lift a print
from the glass."
Doggett: "Raymond Aloysius Pearce. Husband of Nora Pearce, woman I spoke
with at the accident site."
Doggett: "Her recently deceased husband."
Scully: "Well, if he was recently deceased then it must have been an
Doggett: "Well, what you would think except along with the print there
was evidence of fresh blood and it belongs to Ray Pearce, too." ---
"What was their relationship, Mrs Pearce - your husband and Curtis Delario
- outside of work?"
Nora Pearce: "I know what their relationship is now. They're both dead."---
"I'm having trouble proving something myself, Mrs Pearce. You signed
a form to have your husband's body cremated but it appears it never
Nora Pearce: "What do you mean? They gave me the ashes. They were at
"Let me get to the point, Mrs Pearce. Is it possible your husband is
Odell: "Ray Pearce worked for me nine years. He was a good man. He never
raised a hand to anyone." ---
Odell: "God almighty. Ray. It's true. Oh, you got everybody wondering,
man. And they're looking for you. They blame you for killing Curt. Now,
me and Curt, we're your friends. You can't blame this on us. You got
to believe me, it wasn't us. " ---
Odell: (pointing a gun at Ray)"This time, you stay dead." ---
"I saw guys take hits in the war that kept right on fighting, holding
their insides in their hands. I know it's not impossible. But to do
this to a man's head after taking two barrels of buckshot..."
Scully: "Or being hit by a car."
Doggett: "I don't see how a man could possibly do this."
Scully: "Well, maybe the question's not how but why? I mean, if Ray
Pearce did indeed kill this man what would be his reason?"---
"They're called smart metals. The idea is to one day build things that
are indestructible. Cars, equipment built of alloys with molecular memory.
If damaged, they'd rebuild into their original forms."---
"Did you find Dr Clifton?"
Doggett: "He's no longer with the company. But his successor says his
work here was entirely conceptual. Everything's done on computers."
Scully: "What kind of conceptual work?"
Doggett: "Thing called smart metals. It's pretty incredible - metal
alloys designed to rebuild themselves."
Scully: "I wonder. As it happens Ray Pearce's illness is pretty incredible,
too. I've reviewed Ray's medical records from the VA. What his wife
was calling Gulf War Syndrome is nothing of the kind. His entire cellular
makeup was affected by exposure to some non-identifiable contaminant
- a metal."
Doggett: "What are you saying? Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal
man? Because that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully."
Scully: "Does it, Agent Doggett?"
Doggett: "Tell you what. I'll press this guy here a little more on the
Scully: "Well, maybe there's a reason why he's not being perfectly forthcoming."
"It's all right. I just got the blood test back on Ray Pearce and it
was indeed the same Ray Pearce who was pronounced dead three days ago.
But that's not all. By all medical standards he should still be dead.
His blood has enough metal alloy in it to... uh... poison an elephant."
Doggett: "Except that he's still a man, Agent Scully and he's going
to act and think like one even if he is more powerful than a speeding
"Cleaned up his act. He met Nora and married her in 91, checked himself
into a rehab and got straight. This was a guy to root for, Agent Scully.
This was a guy that overcame adversity and made a life for himself."
Scully: "Until three days ago."
Doggett: "I've busted a lot of killers, Agent Scully and dollars for
doughnuts, they fit a profile. But the Ray Pearce in this file is no
murderer let alone a guy that would hunt down his friends and crush
Scully: "Agent Doggett, the man that we're speaking about withstood
impact from a speeding car and two shotgun blasts at short range. Even
if we can find him, who's to say we can stop him?" ---
"The door is four inches thick. I don't think it's going to hold!"
Doggett: "You'd better hope it does 'cause if it doesn't, he's coming
after you and I don't know if we can stop him." ---
"What is that? Is that blood?"
Scully: "Turning itself into metal."---
"I didn't do anything to the man! I didn't do anything."
Doggett: "You want to argue about it or let us get you someplace safe?!"
Dr Puvogel: "Where's that? Where's safe?!"
Doggett: "It's not in here."---
Pearce: "You shouldn't have come, Nora."
Nora Pearce: "I shouldn't have come? That's what you say to me? I'm
your wife. I came here because you didn't come to me. I had to have
some stranger tell me. Why didn't you come, Ray?"
Raymond Pearce: "Because I'm not me."
Nora Pearce: "I don't care what's happened. Whatever it is, it's a miracle.
(She reaches for his hand, but cries out, cradling her bloody palm,
cut from where she touched the metal part of hand)
Raymond Pearce: "There's your miracle."
Nora Pearce: "Ray, let me help you. Please, let me help."
Raymond Pearce: "They've got to pay for this. They've all got to pay."
"You mind telling me what's going on here. It's not enough that my life's
been threatened. I'm being treated like a criminal."
Scully: "Not without cause."---
"Is this Dr Clifton - Dr David Clifton - your predecessor?"
Dr Puvogel: "Yes."
Doggett: "You care to explain how he ended up in a Chamber Technology
hazardous waste barrel?"---
"Oh, you're finished. One way or another your work here is done."
Dr Puvogel: "We didn't know this was going to happen! We were just trying
to push the envelope, do the right thing for the company. Then he got
sick. He was... he was working with an alloy with a genetic algorithm
built into it. It converted electrical energy into mechanical. Gave
Scully: "And it poisoned him."
Dr Puvogel: "We immediately shut down the project. But it was too late.
He didn't have any family. His work was his life. He wanted to leave
us to continue working on the science."
Doggett: "And leave you to ship this barrel and his body to Southside
Salvage where it infected somebody else."---
(to Nora Pearce) "You might be interested to know that your husband
just broke through a second storey wall and eluded a dozen cops at St
Clare house. That please you, Mrs Pearce? Does it please you to know
that he killed a young woman there, a volunteer named Larina Jackson?"
Scully: "That makes three people. Three people that he's killed and
Nora Pearce: "Because they made him what he is."---
Pearce: "The Ray I know... died. And the man responsible should pay
Scully: "So who is it? It's the CEO here? The owner? Give us a name,
Mrs Pearce, before someone else has to die."
Nora Pearce: "I... I never gave him a name."
Doggett: "Get her out of here. Put her on 24-hour watch." ---
Pearce: "I need the name."
Nora Pearce: "No one else needs to die, Ray." (He grabs her wrist and
she gasps in pain) "You won't do it, not to me."
Raymond Pearce: "I need the man's name." ---
"He's in the house! Tell the FBI agents it's Harris. Ray made me give
him the name. Owen Harris! Ray's going to kill him." ---
Pearce: "Owen Harris... don't look away. Look at me."
Owen Harris: "Why are you doing this?"
Raymond Pearce: "Because you made me."
Owen Harris: "I don't know what you're talking about."
Raymond Pearce: "Southside Salvage."
Owen Harris: "I'm just an accountant." ---
"He came here to kill this man but something stopped him, didn't it?"
Scully: "This man, Owen Harris? He begged for his life. It might just
have saved him. His attacker got up and ran away."
Doggett: "Makes no sense. Ray Pearce was a determined killer looking
for someone to blame. Why stop here?" ---
"Wherever Ray Pearce went, the answer to that question went with him
but I can tell you why he came after Owen Harris. It was his name Nora
found in the file. He was the accountant who authorised the shipment
of hazardous materials to Southside Salvage. ---
"Well, I think that, uh, Nora Pearce may have been right. Her husband
died, or at least his body did. Whatever killed those people was an
abomination of a man. It was a machine."
Doggett: "A machine? Come on, a machine doesn't know blame, Agent Scully."
Scully: "Nor mercy. Unless what drove Ray to kill is also what saved
those people. Some flicker of humanity." ---