(Waterfront house. Sky is dark. Early evening? Hard to tell since a
hurricane is wreaking havoc on the shore. Inside the SHIPLEY's house,
SARA SHIPLEY is frantically hammering boards over the doors and windows.
Rain is pouring into the house. She has to yell to be heard over the storm
as she calls to her son.)
SARA: Evan! Evan! Where are you?! Evan! Evan! Evan! Evan, hurry!
(EVAN SHIPLEY, teenage boy, is trying to get water to come out of the
kitchen tap. He is wearing a blue football jersey with his last name on it.)
EVAN: Nothing's coming out!
RADIO ANNOUNCER: ...with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Currently, the storm system is stalled 25 miles off the Florida coast.
Again, the hour's lead story, Tropical Storm Leroy has been upgraded
to Hurricane Leroy. The entire Gulf Coast is bracing for its arrival.
(SARA runs over to help EVAN. Still, no water will come out of the tap.)
SARA: Damn it!
(SARA turns and sees water bubbling up out of the floor drain.
The water looks thick and slimy.)
EVAN: Mom, is Dad going to be all right? Mom? What about Dad?
Mom, what about Dad?!
SARA: We need water. Right now!
(She opens washing machine. It is full of water and clothes.)
SARA: (on verge of panic) Just do as I say, Evan! Come help me!
Help me pull the washer out, please, Evan, just help me.
(EVAN looks behind the washer and sees a very wet miserable looking cat.)
EVAN: Mom, Reggie's back here!
SARA: Evan, let the cat alone! All right, unplug the machine, honey.
Unplug the machine. Pull that hose out of the wall. I'm going to pull.
I need you to get behind the machine and push. I'm going to pull, you push.
(EVAN squeezes himself behind the machine and braces his feet on the wall.)
We're going to tip the washing machine over. We need to dump the water out.
All right, honey, push! Push! Push, Evan!
(The back feet of the machine come off the floor, but they are not strong
enough and it falls back to the floor.)
SARA: (desperate) Push, Evan! Are you pushing?
(More slimy water bubbles out of the drain.)
SARA: Evan! Evan, answer me! (worried, looking over the washer) Evan...
(EVAN is gripping the edge of the washer.
Suddenly, his hand is jerked out of view.)
SARA: Evan! Evan!
(SARA climbs on top of the washer and looks down behind the machine.
Several long, white squid-like tentacles are wrapped around EVAN's neck.)
SARA: (screaming and tugging at the tentacles) Let him go!
Let go of him! Let go of him! Let him go!
(More slime and another tentacle come out of the drain.)
SARA: Let him g...
(Her words turn into bloodcurdling screams as she is jerked off the machine
to the floor.)
Mulder … Whooo.
(MULDER's apartment. Camera pans around the apartment as the phone
rings and the answering machine comes on. No one is home. CarriK
notices the guitar player sculpture on his desk for the first time. Mulder
might also want to consider purchasing a new answering machine.)
MULDER's ANSWERING MACHINE: Hi, this is Fox Mulder.
You can leave me a message after the beep.
(CarriK: closed captioning also had this added: "If this is you, Scully,
call me on my cell phone. I think you know the number.")
ARTHUR DALES: (voice on machine) Agent Mulder, this is Arthur Dales
calling from Florida. [closed captioning also had: Took me three operators
to get this crappy connection.] I don't know if you're watching the news but
we're in for a hell of a blow in the next 12 to 24. I been through hurricanes,
Mulder, been through the alphabet. But I just got a distress call from my
neighbor down the road to set my teeth on edge. You don't have much
time to get to the airport but if you're the X-Files man you say you are you
better get your butt in gear.
TERRA NUEVA TRAILER PARK
(ARTHUR DALES house. Trailer home. He fills a glass with water from
a leaky faucet and goes to sit in front of his shortwave radio/scanner.
Heavy rain outside.)
RADIO ANNOUNCER: ... a spokesman for the Collier County Emergency
Response Team is advising residents to stay off the roads and either wait
out the storm in a secure location or proceed to a county emergency shelter.
Hurricane Leroy remains some 20 miles off the Gulf Coast sending high winds
and up to six inches of rain onto coastal communities. As of yet, it has
unleashed none of its potential heavy destruction on a very nervous populace
from Naples to Fort Myers. The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane
Leroy will make landfall in the next three to four hours, and we'll be coming
back to you in a few minutes...
(ARTHUR DALES, early seventies, picks up the glass, then sets it down
again, this time with ice and bourbon added. He scans to another channel.)
MAN 1: (on radio) We got no sign of anything amiss here at that residence
out on the spit. Place is all boarded up tight, over.
MAN 2: (on radio) Roger that. Maybe the occupants have evacuated, over.
MAN 1: (on radio) Well, that would be the Shipleys, but a neighbor called
and says they couldn't have gone too far without their only vehicle which is
still in the carport out here, over.
MAN 2: (on radio) Well. That sounds like a real mystery, don't it?
ARTHUR DALES: (gruffly) It sure does, you dumb fathead.
(ARTHUR DALES hears a knock at the door. He is wearing a bathrobe and
walks with a cane. He goes over to the door and opens it. The wind grabs it
and slams it all the way open. MULDER and SCULLY are standing at the
door wearing black raincoats.)
ARTHUR DALES: (yelling over the storm) Well, it couldn't be that all
the planes out were fully loaded, huh?
MULDER: Mr. Dales, there's a reason that people don't head out into
ARTHUR DALES: (dismissively) Yeah. The hurricane's 20 miles offshore.
(MULDER glances back at SCULLY.)
MULDER: Mr. Dales, can we come in?
ARTHUR DALES: Come in.
(MULDER and SCULLY enter. They are drenched.)
ARTHUR DALES: Who's this?
SCULLY: Special Agent Dana Scully.
ARTHUR DALES: Scully?
MULDER: She's my partner.
(MULDER and SCULLY reach to take off their wet raincoats.)
ARTHUR DALES: Uh-huh. Well, don't get too comfortable.
You're going to want to get right back out there.
SCULLY: Out where?
ARTHUR DALES: (to MULDER) Did you tell her what I told you?
MULDER: (crossing to stand beside DALES) Yes, but she's... she's
not the type that's easily persuaded.
ARTHUR DALES: (smiles) Is that so?
SCULLY: (drying her hands on a paper towel) What he means is I don't
hear a story about a sea monster and automatically assume it's the Lord's
ARTHUR DALES: (to MULDER) Why did you bring her here?
MULDER: Well, she knows your reputation, your early work on the
X-Files and she has a knack for getting to the bottom of things.
(SCULLY sees several empty liquor bottle in the garbage can.)
SCULLY: Apparently, so does Mr. Dales.
ARTHUR DALES: It's a good thing I have a reputation.
Otherwise, how could it be impugned?
SCULLY: Look, Mr. Dales, I'm sure that there is good reason for your alarm.
I listened to the message that you left for Agent Mulder about your friends.
ARTHUR DALES: The Shipleys-- a young couple with a son. Yeah,
he lives out on the end of the sandspit. Sara called me in a panic.
She said that something in the house had grabbed Jack, her husband.
SCULLY: In the bathroom, you said?
ARTHUR DALES: Yeah... of all places.
MULDER: It was your description that caused Agent Scully's... (smiles)
ARTHUR DALES: No. Not my description. No. That was Sara's.
She said ... that it had tentacles wrapped around her husband's neck
and choking him.
SCULLY: (skeptical) And you have no reason to doubt Ms. Shipley's report?
ARTHUR DALES: No. Both she and Jack are marine biologists.
Or at least they were. I fear the worst.
MULDER: She's missing, too?
ARTHUR DALES: Uh-huh. Yeah. I got on the horn to the local
constabulary but they're about as... helpful as a fart in a windstorm.
(MULDER is amused by the joke.
He looks at SCULLY who is NOT amused by the joke.)
ARTHUR DALES: I would have gone out there myself but for my bad hip.
MULDER: It's not a night that anybody should be out in.
ARTHUR DALES: Well, I don't see that there's a choice.
(MULDER crosses to the door pulling up his hood.)
ARTHUR DALES: If anyone wants to get to the bottom of all this...
(SCULLY looks at him for a moment then also crosses to the door.)
SCULLY: What is it that brought you out here in the first place,
ARTHUR DALES: I came down for the weather. Don't sneer at the
mysteries of the deep, young lady. The bottom of the ocean is as
deep and dark as the imagination.
(MULDER places his hand on SCULLY's shoulder and shares a look with
her, then leads her to the door. He opens the door and they go back out
into the storm. MULDER closes the door behind them.)
(Camera pans around deserted room showing crooked pictures of SARA
SHIPLEY and her son and husband. MULDER breaks open the boarded
up door. He and SCULLY enter carrying big flashlights.)
MULDER: Hello! Mrs. Shipley!
SCULLY: At least it looks like they had the time and the presence of
mind to prepare for the hurricane.
MULDER: The place is all boarded up. It's from the inside.
It makes you wonder how they got out.
SCULLY: Hello! Mrs. Shipley!
(MULDER walks into the laundry room area having switched to a much
smaller flashlight for some reason. He sees clothes on the floor and sees
slime on a pipe. Of course, he sticks his fingers in it and gets some stuck
to his hand. SCULLY enters as he tries to shake the slime off his hand.)
SCULLY: Mulder... No sign of life.
MULDER: There's... something on the drainpipe. I can't get it off.
(They look up quickly as the washing machine lid rises then falls again.
They slowly walk toward it. SCULLY holds big flashlight as MULDER
picks up a broom.)
MULDER: I don't know if I'm going to need my gun or a harpoon here.
(MULDER cautiously approaches the washing machine and uses the stick
to barely lift the lid. They both yelp as REGGIE THE CAT, very wet, leaps
out of the machine and runs outside into the rain.)
SCULLY: How the hell did the cat get in the washing machine?
MULDER: Maybe he was taking a dip...
After he finished boarding up the windows.
(They walk farther into the house and find a picture of the family and an
interior door completely boarded up.)
SCULLY: Where do you think this leads to?
MULDER: Must be the bathroom. Dales told me the wife told him that
the... the husband was grabbed from the bathroom.
(MULDER puts his flashlight in his mouth and begins pulling boards off the
SCULLY: (calling into the bathroom) Mr. Shipley!
MULDER: (flashlight in his mouth) Can you give me a hand with this?
(SCULLY puts her small flashlight in her mouth and begins helping
MULDER. They are startled by DEPUTY GREER, a heavyset small
town sheriff's deputy, who enters holding a gun on them. MULDER
and SCULLY turn, hands in the air, flashlights still in their mouths.
DEPUTY GREER: Well, howdy do! Yeah. Right like that. Keep your
hands up there where I can see them. Now who are you and what the
hell do you think you're doing?
(MULDER and SCULLY mumble around the flashlights in their mouths.)
DEPUTY GREER: Yeah. Nice and slow.
(MULDER and SCULLY both slowly remove the flashlights from their
mouths, keeping their hands in the air.)
MULDER: You can put the gun down. We're FBI.
DEPUTY GREER: Don't all the nuts roll downhill to Florida.
SCULLY: Sir, we're Agents Scully and Mulder. I can show you my ba - ...
DEPUTY GREER: (into his radio) This is Deputy Greer. I'm out at the
Sandspit Road. I've got two suspects over at the Shipley residence.
B and E, possible foul play, over.
MULDER: We're out here like you. We're...
DISPATCHER: (voice on radio) Copy that, 54. Be advised we have no
backup units available.
DEPUTY GREER: (into radio) Roger that.
(to MULDER and SCULLY) I'm putting you under arrest.
MULDER: We're out here looking for the Shipleys, too.
DEPUTY GREER: You have the right to remain silent.
MULDER: Arthur Dales called us.
DEPUTY GREER: Anything you say can and will be used against you.
You have a right to a lawyer. If you don't have one...
MULDER: Does that name mean anything to you? Arthur Dales?
DEPUTY GREER: (smiling) I know Dales.
MULDER: All right.
DEPUTY GREER: (laughing) I got a call from him, too.
Drunk as a skunk. What's new?
SCULLY: Well, what else would we be doing out here on a night like this?
DEPUTY GREER: You could be looters. For all I know, you could be
part of the Manson family.
(MULDER and SCULLY look at each other. With a meow, REGGIE THE
WET CAT runs through the house and crawls back out a window. Surprised,
DEPUTY GREER looks away from MULDER and SCULLY. MULDER reaches
out and grabs DEPUTY GREER's gun and holds it on him. DEPUTY GREER
slowly raises his hands.)
DEPUTY GREER: Oh, no. You're gonna kill me.
MULDER: No, I'm not, but I'd like to.
SCULLY: (holding up her badge) Deputy...
DEPUTY GREER: The FBI? For real?
(SCULLY smiles tightly and nods.)
SCULLY: I'll be in the car.
(With a look at MULDER, she leaves the house.)
DEPUTY GREER: I gotta at least make out a report.
MULDER: No, no, no. Not before you help me finish what you interrupted.
DEPUTY GREER: Yes, sir. May I have my gun, please?
(MULDER pauses, then smiles and hands the gun back.)
DEPUTY GREER: Thank you.
MULDER: Come on.
(DEPUTY GREER and MULDER begin taking boards off the door.)
(Later, SCULLY is outside in the car on her cell phone.
She is speaking loudly to be heard over the storm.)
SCULLY: (on phone) Yeah. No... Thank you. (hangs up)
(MULDER enters the car and gets into the driver's seat.)
MULDER: No one in the bathroom. The deputy helped me pull off the
plywood. There's no sign of anything except more of that slime in the
bathtub and maybe three inches of water on the floor. It's weird.
It's like somebody left the taps running before they boarded up the door.
SCULLY: Great. Mulder, they're threatening to close the airport.
I think we better get out of here.
MULDER: Aren't you even curious what happened to these people?
SCULLY: Yes, I'm curious, Mulder, but I'm also suspicious. I mean,
I... I think that Mr. Dales' story is fueled by more than his imagination
and not much deeper than the bottom of a highball.
MULDER: Don't dismiss him so easily. He discovered the X-Files 40
years ago. He's seen things that I've only read about.
SCULLY: Because sea monsters can only be read about, Mulder,
because they don't exist.
MULDER: (in nature documentary narrator voice) If the sea is where
life began-- where our ancestors first walked ashore-- then who's to say
what new life may be developing in its uncharted depths.
SCULLY: You know what? Maybe you are a member of the Manson family.
(MULDER smiles at her.) Mulder, look-- there is nothing more for us to do
here. There's nothing that the local law enforcement can't do for us. I mean,
these people are missing. There's nowhere else to look. I've done my
duty for-for Mr. Dales, for my conscience... I mean, haven't you?
MULDER: (slight pout) Well, we should at least tell him that we're giving
up... shouldn't we?
(Helpless, SCULLY gives him a look.)
(Inside the house, DEPUTY GREER continues to look around alone.)
DEPUTY GREER: (to himself) Sea monsters... FBI agents...
I'm the one who could use a drink.
(He notices slimy water bubbling out of the floor drain. He kneels down
and uses his Leatherman multitool to pry off the drain cover. He reaches
his arm [all the way to the elbow!] into the drain. He grabs hold of something
and pulls it out. It is EVAN SHIPLEY's football jersey. He holds it up and
looks at it.)
(MULDER and SCULLY pull up to a road block on a debris strewn road.)
ROAD BLOCK DEPUTY: How do you do, folks? You're going to have to
turn around and find yourself someplace dry to spend the night.
MULDER: What's the problem, officer?
ROAD BLOCK DEPUTY: The road's washed out up ahead.
SCULLY: This is an emergency.
ROAD BLOCK DEPUTY: I understand, ma'am, but unless your car has
wings there's no getting through on this road.
SCULLY: Well, what about the airport? Is there an alternate route?
ROAD BLOCK DEPUTY: Airport? Not tonight. This hurricane's really
bearing down on us. We got trees, power lines down all over the place.
You folks really shouldn't be out here. I want you to drive to the first safe
place you can find. You understand?
SCULLY: Sir, it's important that we evacuate the area.
We're FBI agents and we need to get to where we're going.
ROAD BLOCK DEPUTY: Don't all the nuts roll downhill to Florida.
SCULLY: I'd be happy to show you my I.D...
MULDER: (talking over her and rolling up the window) Thank you very
much, sir. I appreciate the concern.
(MULDER, pissed off, whips the car around and peels out quickly.)
MULDER: I was just one howdy do over the line.
(They go back the way they came.)
THE BREAKERS CONDOMINIUMS
(DEPUTY GREER pulls up in front of a three story low rent condominium
complex. He leaves his blue lights on.)
DISPATCHER: (voice on radio) Car 54, please report back to base.
DEPUTY GREER: (into radio) Yeah, this is car 54.
I'm over at Nance Road, over.
DISPATCHER: (voice on radio) We're asking all mobile units to stay off
the roads due to extreme weather conditions forecast for the next three to
four hours including a flash flood warning now in effect for Collier County.
DEPUTY GREER: (into radio) 10-4. I'm going to make a quick stop in
at the Breakers condo complex. Looks like some folks are stranded without
DISPATCHER: (voice on radio) 10-4, Deputy Greer. Please be advised
that we won't be able to give you backup or assistance.
[TD NOTE: I can't hear the above lines from the dispatcher on my tape,
(DEPUTY GREER gets out of his car and enters the complex. REGGIE
THE WET CAT jumps out from under the deputy's car and heads outside.
Inside the complex DEPUTY GREER begins walking down the hall knocking
at each door, then quickly moving on.)
DEPUTY GREER: (loudly) It's Deputy Greer, County Sheriff. If you're
home, please answer the door. If you can hear me, but you can't answer
the door, call 911, tell them you need help. Hello? It's Deputy Greer,
County Sheriff. If you're home, answer the door. If you can hear me,
but can't answer the door, call 911, tell them you need help.
(DEPUTY GREER knocks at the manager's door and it swings open.)
DEPUTY GREER: Hello? Hello? Somebody here?
(He walks through the apartment cautiously and approaches the bathroom.)
DEPUTY GREER: Sir? Ma'am? Oh, my God.
(Opening the bathroom door, he sees a figure sitting on the toilet.
The figure is completely covered by a thick, slimy transparent substance.
DEPUTY GREER leans in closer and sees a wormlike shape moving
around in the slime. Suddenly a tentacle shoots out and wraps around
his throat. DEPUTY GREER screams and struggles.)
(MULDER and SCULLY still driving. The rain is worse.
SCULLY is trying to get through to someone on her phone.)
SCULLY: (speaking loudly into her cell phone) Hello?
MULDER: The good thing about zero visibility, Scully?
Can't get any worse.
SCULLY: (on phone) Is this the Collier County Sheriff? Yes.
Oh, hi. We're driving on, uh...
MULDER: Nance Road... N-A-N-C-E Road.
SCULLY: (on phone) Nance Road. (listens for a moment and looks
pointedly at MULDER) No, it isn't very smart, is it? (MULDER squinches
his face and sarcastically imitates her nagging) No... Yes, that would be
much appreciated. (to MULDER) He's going to guide us to the nearest
MULDER: (ready to be out of the car) Not a moment too soon.
SCULLY: (on phone) Hello? Hello... (hangs up in disgust) No service.
MULDER: You know, Scully, someday we're gonna look back on this
and we're gonna laugh. We'll just think of it as, uh... you know man
pitted against the forces of nature. Think of it as a test of our mettle.
SCULLY: I don't need my mettle tested.
(There is a loud thump as something hits the roof of their car.)
SCULLY: What was that?
MULDER: I think that was a-a tree branch. Debris is starting to fly.
SCULLY: Mulder, we have to pull over. We have to wait out this storm
somewhere away from the trees.
MULDER: We're not going to dodge any trees in a parked car.
At least if we're driving, we're a moving target.
SCULLY: We don't know where we are and we don't know where we're going.
MULDER: (looking out the window) There's somebody, I think, who's about
to give us directions. Who says there's never a cop when you need one?
(MULDER pulls into the Breakers Condominium's parking lot beside DEPUTY
GREER's flashing vehicle. They get out the car and enter the garage area.)
(They enter the complex and find the manager's open door.)
SCULLY: Deputy? Hello? Anybody... Mulder, he's in here.
(DEPUTY GREER is lying on the floor gasping for air.
His neck is covered in red welts.)
SCULLY: Can you talk to me?
(DEPUTY GREER begins choking.)
SCULLY: You're having trouble breathing? This man needs a trach or
he's going to die real soon.
(SCULLY goes to get whatever it is she's going to need for the trach.
MULDER goes into the bathroom and looks in the slimy toilet.
He pulls out a man's watch.)
MULDER: (to himself) I've heard of passing the time... Ouch.
(SCULLY returns to her patient.
She has his Leatherman and a ball point pen cap in her mouth.)
SCULLY: Mulder, I need you to hold his head real steady. (MULDER is
not thrilled.) Deputy, just try and relax. Okay. Here we go.
(MULDER holds DEPUTY GREER's head while SCULLY uses the blade
on the Leatherman to cut his throat. MULDER looks away quickly.)
MULDER: Looks like he was attacked or stung. (looking at marks)
What are those?
SCULLY: I don't know but he's having a reaction which is affecting his
MULDER: Whatever it was, I think it came through the plumbing,
through the toilet.
SCULLY: All I know is we have to get a medivac unit out here as soon
MULDER: If it's in the plumbing I got to make sure nobody else is in
(MULDER goes back out into the hall.)
SCULLY: (into DEPUTY GREER's radio) This is Special Agent Dana
Scully with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I need a medivac unit out
(ARTHUR DALES house. Same time.
He is listening to SCULLY's conversation on his scanner.)
SCULLY: (voice, on radio) I have an officer in need of emergency
OPERATOR: (voice on radio) Please state your name again, ma'am.
SCULLY: (voice on radio) My name is Dana... Scully.
ARTHUR DALES: (chuckling): Scully! Oh, God.
SCULLY: (voice on radio) I'm a medical doctor requesting a medivac
unit for a sheriff's deputy who is injured.
OPERATOR: (voice on radio) You have a deputy down?
SCULLY: (voice on radio) I have a deputy who's been attacked by
something as yet unidentified.
ARTHUR DALES: (laugh) Unidentified? My ass!
OPERATOR: (voice on radio) What's his condition, ma'am?
SCULLY: (voice on radio) His vitals are weak and he's in shock.
Now, I need him taken to a hospital right away.
(On an upper level of the condominium complex, MULDER sees a young
man come out of an apartment carrying a television set.)
MULDER: Excuse me, sir. Is everything okay in your apartment?
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: Uh, yeah, yeah. It's all good.
MULDER: Do you need some help... with your television?
(A few doors down the hall, WALTER SUAREZ comes out into the hall.)
WALTER: I thought I heard voices. Thank God! We didn't think anybody
was coming. Are you the doctors?
MULDER: No. Do you need medical help?
WALTER: Yeah. We called 911, but no one came and everyone else is
already evacuated. We don't have a car and then the phone died.
MULDER: Who's we? Who are you talking about?
WALTER: My wife and I. She's pregnant-- a week past her due date.
God, I hope one of you has a car.
(MULDER looks at DOUGIE THE LOOTER then back to WALTER.)
MULDER: You don't know this man, mister...?
WALTER: Uh, Suarez. Walter Suarez. (shines light at DOUGIE THE
LOOTER's face) Uh, no. He's not with you?
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: (looking at MULDER) I'll put it back.
MULDER: Yeah. Everything in your pockets, too.
(DOUGIE THE LOOTER carries the television back into the apartment.)
WALTER: (leading MULDER to his apartment) She's right over here.
Right this way. Angela this is, uh, Mister...
(MULDER enter the apartment and sees a VERY pregnant ANGELA
VILLAREAL sitting on the couch. Lots of candles are on the table.)
MULDER: Stay there, Mrs. Suarez. We're going to make sure your
baby makes it safely into the world.
ANGELA: (sarcastic and bad tempered) Well, thank you, but I'm not
in labor. And my name is not "Suarez." It's Villareal. He tells people
I'm his wife. Like he's so macho.
MULDER: Walter, Angela... I'm going to have to ask you to leave
your apartment and come downstairs with me.
ANGELA: Why? You got a car? (shrewish) Oh, Walter, here, doesn't
have a car. Not to mention a job.
MULDER: Right now, I just want to get you someplace where I know
you'll be safe.
ANGELA: From what?
MULDER: I don't know but whatever it is it may have seriously injured
a sheriff's deputy.
WALTER: Who? Where?
MULDER: In the manager's apartment. It could be in the complex's
plumbing right now.
WALTER: In the plumbing?
ANGELA: That's great. I have to go to the bathroom about every ten
(She pushes past the men in disgust and leaves the apartment.)
MULDER: (to WALTER) Kid's going to be a fighter. (WALTER laughs
nervously) Anybody else in the complex that you know of?
WALTER: No, no one... Oh, there's George.
WALTER: Yeah, George Vincent. He lives on the first floor. I went and
asked him for help but he just yelled "go away." He never listens to no one.
MULDER: He's going to want to listen to me.
ANGELA: (calling sharply from down the hall) Walter!
WALTER: (already heading to her) Better go.
MULDER: It's for you.
(Later, MULDER knocks at another door.)
MULDER: Mr. Vincent! George Vincent!
GEORGE VINCENT: (opening a small window in the door then slamming
it shut) Quit banging on the damn door!
MULDER: I'm a federal agent, Mr. Vincent. I'm asking you to open the door.
GEORGE: (opening and closing the small window again) You ask away.
Then go away.
(Inside the apartment, GEORGE looks through the peephole at MULDER.
MULDER leans down and talks to the peephole.)
MULDER: Mr. Vincent, your life may be in danger if you refuse to leave
GEORGE: You may be in danger if you refuse to quit harassing me.
Now, I'm armed in here and I'm within my rights.
MULDER: Well, that's great. But you may not be armed for what it is
I'm talking about.
GEORGE: (opens window) What the hell are you talking about? Hmm?
It don't matter. I'm armed against it. The Junta, Cuba and Castro. I'm not
going to cede my home to no revolutionaries without a fight. You got
anything else you want to throw at me-- you bring it on. (slams window shut)
MULDER: All the nuts roll down to Florida.
(Inside manager's apartment. WALTER and ANGELA have joined SCULLY.
SCULLY covers DEPUTY GREER with a blanket.)
SCULLY: He's had some kind of foreign organism released into his body.
His condition's worsening.
ANGELA: I can see that. What the hell was chewing on his neck?
SCULLY: I don't know. It may have been some kind of a water-borne
ANGELA: (to WALTER who is holding flashlight for SCULLY) Uh huh.
You see that? You see what happens when you live in a dump?
WALTER: Where's Harry?
SCULLY: I'm sorry. I don't know who Harry is.
ANGELA: The slumlord who owns this place.
SCULLY: He may have evacuated.
ANGELA: Harry? Right. And I'm giving birth to the Christ child.
WALTER: Harry's legs hardly work. He's got to use those crutches.
(points to crutches against the wall)
ANGELA: He don't have no car. Nobody likes him 'cause he never lifts
a finger on this rat trap.
(MULDER enters with DOUGIE THE LOOTER.)
MULDER: Scully, can I talk to you for a second?
(MULDER and SCULLY go out into the hall.)
ANGELA: Now, who are you?
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: Nobody.
ANGELA: Nobody? Oh, well, it is so nice to be surrounded by so
many great men.
(MULDER and SCULLY are alone in the hall.)
MULDER: We got to get out of here as soon as possible.
SCULLY: We can't.
MULDER: We can put the deputy in his car and take him to the hospital.
SCULLY: Mulder, I just got off the radio. They won't even chance sending
a rescue vehicle at this time. The roads are impassable, and I don't even
know if the deputy is movable in this condition.
MULDER: You mean we're stuck here?
SCULLY: It looks that way. At least until the weather breaks.
(GEORGE is listening to them from his apartment door. He checks to
make sure his gun is loaded. He is very agitated, talking to himself, pacing
around the room which is decorated in Late 20th Century Disgruntled
American Soldier. Lots of guns and flags.)
GEORGE: Federal agents-- jack-booted fascists bent on trampling the
rights of the common man. Don't need their damn help defending my home.
Violence in the pursuit of freedom is no vice. Because all that's needed for
tyranny to prevail is for good men to do nothing.
(Closed captioning continues: This is a time for action-- to protect my
country against those that would spit at the constitution and take a leak
on the bill of rights. My cause is just, my will is strong and my heart is
that of a warrior. Anyone who wants a piece of me, let 'em bring it on.)
(Overhead we see that the glass light fixture is filling with water.
Then a tentacle appears in the fixture.)
(Inside the manager's apartment. SCULLY is examining the conscious
DEPUTY GREER. She is wearing an apron with something? on it, a red
bandanna around her mouth, a pair of thick reading glasses, and yellow
rubber kitchen gloves. There is a thermometer in DEPUTY GREER's mouth.
The wounds on his neck look like octopus sucker wounds with a big hole
in the middle.)
SCULLY: I don't think these wounds are bites or stings.
There's something in here, Mulder, right under the skin. Tongs.
(ANGELA passes some kitchen tongs to her.)
Mulder, what's his temperature?
(MULDER takes the thermometer out of DEPUTY GREER's mouth and
looks at it.)
MULDER: Well, either he's got no temperature or he's about to
SCULLY: (also looking at the thermometer) You're not far off. It's 106.
Okay, somebody fill the tub with cold water and find as much ice as they
can in the freezer.
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: B-but that thing is in the... plumbing.
SCULLY: Yeah, well, it may be but unless we get his temperature down
he's not going to survive this. Now get moving.
(DOUGIE THE LOOTER reluctantly goes into the bathroom.)
(Using the tongs, SCULLY pulls a worm-like organism out of DEPUTY
SCULLY: I need a container. Mulder, lift him up.
We have to get him into the tub.
(MULDER goes to lift up DEPUTY GREER. [CarriK: Wow! Scully must
have a lot of faith in Mulder's strength. That Deputy is not a small man.]
In the bathroom, ice is poured into the tub, then the faucet is turned on.
The water sputters, then flows out. DOUGIE THE LOOTER holds the
flashlight as MULDER and WALTER lower DEPUTY GREER into the tub.
As they are getting him settled, DOUGIE THE LOOTER sees the watch
that MULDER found earlier in the toilet. He makes sure that no one is
watching, then smoothly pockets it. They all look up sharply at sounds
of yelling and gunfire coming from down the hall. MULDER runs down
the hall to GEORGE's apartment. SCULLY and the others stand in the
doorway and watch. Inside GEORGE's apartment, GEORGE is yelling
and shooting at the ceiling. We catch glimpses of tentacles.)
MULDER: Mr. Vincent?
(MULDER, gun drawn, stands outside the door and waits for a lull in the
gunshots. He opens the door.)
MULDER: Drop your weapon! Put it down!
GEORGE: It's gonna take a whole lot more than this to kill whatever
it is I just saw.
(They enter the apartment.)
GEORGE: I don't know what the hell it was but it came down out of there.
(GEORGE points up at the ceiling where an exposed pipe has a large hole
MULDER: You didn't see it?
GEORGE: I caught it out of the corner of my eye but it swooped down
at me. I...
SCULLY: All that happened here is a sewage pipe burst.
GEORGE: No, no, this thing came at me.
MULDER: That looks like the four-inch tie-in to the second floor.
Whatever it is didn't just rip through the ceiling. Looks like it ripped
right through the pipe.
WALTER: Where did it go?
MULDER: I don't know. It must still be in the building.
It's probably in the outflow system.
WALTER: Well, maybe it'll just flow back out.
GEORGE: Or maybe it'll come up through the can and grab you by
MULDER: Someone's already got him by the nugs.
SCULLY: Look, you guys, whatever this thing is there's no evidence
yet that it's going to kill anybody.
WALTER: Well, what about the man in the bathtub?
SCULLY: The man in the bathtub may very well be saved if he can just
last out this storm. In fact, we may all be safe if we just remain calm.
ANGELA: "Remain calm?" I got to pee so bad my back teeth are swimming.
(Back in the bathroom of the other apartment, DOUGIE THE LOOTER checks
to make sure no on else is around, then soaps DEPUTY GREER's finger and
works his wedding ring off. He falls back with the force of the pull.)
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: Victory.
(He quickly pulls the shower curtain closed and steps away from the tub.
As he does, he accidentally knocks a box of Epsom salts into the tub.
He goes out of the bathroom just as MULDER and SCULLY enter the
SCULLY: How is he?
DOUGIE THE LOOTER: (nervously) H-he's good.
ANGELA: (pushing her way to the bathroom) Supertanker coming through.
WALTER: Here, Angela, you can't go in there.
ANGELA: My bladder is pressing against your unborn child, Walter.
He's going to have a head like a tortilla.
WALTER: This thing is in the plumbing!
ANGELA: The volume alone could push it right back out to sea.
MULDER: Scully, that's how this thing is here. The hurricane is sitting
offshore dredging up God knows what and this thing must have been driven
into the city's reclamation system through some offshore outfall pipe.
From there it gained access to the sewer pipes in this building.
SCULLY: (handing ANGELA a bucket) We'll be waiting for you out here.
ANGELA: Thank you.
(ANGELA goes into the bathroom with the bucket.
MULDER and SCULLY begin quietly arguing.)
SCULLY: Mulder, nothing I've seen convinces me there's a monster …
[Close captioning continues: ...lurking in the sewage system. I certainly
don't think we can assume George Vincent gave us a factual account of
what took place in his apartment. ]
(ANGELA is in the bathroom. The shower curtain is between her and
DEPUTY GREER. She pulls up her skirt and sits on the bucket.
[CarriK has never been pregnant, but is impressed with the flexibility
of this maneuver. TD *has* been pregnant and is even more impressed!])
ANGELA: I know you probably can't hear me but no listening anyway, okay?
(In the tub beside ANGELA, tentacles begin covering DEPUTY GREER.
In the main room, conversation continues.)
MULDER: Scully, something welled up out of the uncharted depths of
the ocean-- something that had been lying there undiscovered for ages,
SCULLY: Mulder, there is no evidence of any creature here. Those
organisms might just simply be waterborne parasites, but something
from Jules Verne they are not.
(They are startled as a screaming ANGELA comes running out of the
ANGELA: I saw it! I saw it! It's in the tub with the deputy.
It has giant arms like an octopus.
(MULDER goes quickly into the bathroom and kneels down next to the tub.
Everyone else follows.)
GEORGE: What the hell is it?
(All that is left in the tub is DEPUTY GREER's uniform.
And some slime and the empty box of Epsom salts.)
MULDER: He's gone.
SCULLY: It's gone?
(MULDER holds up the empty wet uniform.)
MULDER: No. He's gone. The deputy.
SCULLY: Where'd he go?
MULDER: I think the deputy went out with the bathwater.
GEORGE: And he was... he was in there with it?
MULDER: No, I don't think he was.
WALTER: Well, she said she saw it.
MULDER: I'm sure she did. Look, Scully, I think I know why nobody's
ever seen this thing before. It, it just doesn't live in water. It is water,
taking shape only when it attacks, like it did when the hurricane backed
seawater into the plumbing. Virtually unseeable until then.
SCULLY: Mulder, if that were true then this wouldn't be visible, would it?
(She holds up a glass jar with the worm thing from the deputy's neck floating
in water.) I mean, what this is showing us is that water actually attempts to
MULDER: Maybe you just impeded its reproductive process.
Maybe it needs time to complete its cycle like it had with the Shipleys.
SCULLY: Mulder, the Shipleys weren't even in their house.
MULDER: No, they were when they were attacked just like the deputy
was here-- using their bodies to lay its own spawn-- using the body's
water content to reproduce itself-- to make itself anew.
WALTER: You mean, he turned into one of those things?
ANGELA: There are more of them?
MULDER: We got to get out of here.
SCULLY: We're in the middle of a hurricane.
MULDER: We got to get to another building.
SCULLY: Mulder, we can't. There's no way we can transport everybody.
MULDER: We can use the deputy's Prowler. How many people? We got
two, four... (realizes DOUGIE THE LOOTER is missing and runs out of the
room) … son of a bitch.
WALTER: The looter?
(MULDER runs down the hall and into the garage area. DEPUTY GREER's
car is gone. So is DOUGIE THE LOOTER. MULDER returns to the hall
where SCULLY is waiting for him.)
SCULLY: Mulder, if we're going to leave we should leave now.
[Closed captioning: MULDER: He took the Prowler, Scully.]
(MULDER looks up at the light fixture in the hall and sees it filling with
water, then sees one of the worm/tentacle things through the glass of the
fixture. It falls out of the ceiling and onto MULDER.)
(Hall, short time later. SCULLY comes out of the apartment and sees
MULDER at the far end of the hall. He stumbles toward her.)
SCULLY: Mulder?! Hey, Mulder, are you okay?
(MULDER is in pain, gasping for breath. He tries to speak, then comes
up to her and shows her the red marks on his throat. Before SCULLY
can react, GEORGE grabs her and pushes her back into the apartment
and slams the door in MULDER's face.)
SCULLY: Hey... wait a second. What are you doing?!
GEORGE: (aiming his gun at her) I am saving our lives.
SCULLY: That's my partner out there!
GEORGE: If he's your partner he should have listened to you.
SCULLY: You can't just leave him there!
GEORGE: I'm not letting him in.
SCULLY: He's gonna die!
WALTER: What are you going to do for him?
SCULLY: Well, I can at least keep him breathing!
WALTER: You couldn't save the deputy.
SCULLY: Look, at least let me try. I'm a medical doctor.
ANGELA: That's good... because my water just broke.
(Out in the hall alone, MULDER leans against the wall just trying to
breathe. He looks up and sees another tentacle writhing around in
another light fixture. Frightened, he stumbles to the open door at the
end of the hall.)
(Inside the apartment, WALTER is sitting behind ANGELA supporting her.
GEORGE holds a gun on SCULLY who is kneeling between ANGELA's legs.)
WALTER: You're going to be okay.
ANGELA: Yeah, that's easy for you to say.
GEORGE: Isn't much of a choice, really, is it?
(Long pause while he and SCULLY stare at each other.)
SCULLY: (heading to kitchen) We're gonna need water. If I'm gonna
deliver this baby you can put that gun down. (she puts on another pair
GEORGE: How do we know you're really a doctor?
SCULLY: You don't. The truth is I've never delivered a baby before.
So stand back or make yourself useful but stay out of my way.
(Out in the hall, MULDER runs down the hall to the outside door and falls
and lies gasping just inches from the pouring rain outside. He can barely
(In the apartment, ANGELA is in full labor, yelling and breathing hard.)
WALTER: Long, even breath!
SCULLY: You got it. Breathe... Breathe. Okay, Angela, I'm going to
need you to push, okay? I need you to help me help you. Okay.
So let's push.
(ANGELA yells in pain.
GEORGE glances up to the light fixture which is filling with water.)
SCULLY: You got it. You got it. You're on the right track.
(to GEORGE) I'm going to need some towels, please.
(GEORGE does not move.)
SCULLY: (demanding) I need some towels, damn it!
(GEORGE goes to get towels. Angela is breathing hard.
SCULLY looks up at the fixture.)
(Out in the hall, MULDER lies gasping beside the open outside door.
He hears a meow, then turns and sees REGGIE the VERY WET CAT
sitting in the rain a few feet from him. He and MULDER stare at each other.
One shot he looks a bit … fake, but then he's real and washes his face. )
(In apartment, ANGELA is in final stages of labor.
SCULLY keeps looking up to the light fixture still filling with water.)
SCULLY: I can feel it up there!
WALTER: She can feel it up there!
SCULLY: Okay, come on. Puuush! Good! You got it. Okay.
Here it comes.
WALTER: Here it comes.
SCULLY: Here it comes. It's coming. Okay.
(SCULLY rinses her gloved hands in a bucket of water, then pauses and
stares at her hands, then looks up at the light fixture.)
GEORGE: Hey, lady, what are you doing?
SCULLY: It's the water.
WALTER: What? What?
SCULLY: It's the water!
ANGELA: I'm having it! I'm having it! I'm having it!
ANGELA: I'm having it!
(SCULLY keeps looking up at the light fixture then back to ANGELA.)
ANGELA: I'm having it!
(ANGELA begins yelling again. SCULLY sees a tentacle appear in the
light fixture. The tentacle in the light fixture suddenly bursts out and grabs
GEORGE by the neck and lifts him off the floor. He drops his gun and
SCULLY: It's coming! Push! Push!
(SCULLY takes the baby in her arms as it is born.)
SCULLY: (to WALTER) Okay, now pick up the gun.
GEORGE: Help! Aah!
SCULLY: (holding the baby) Pick up the gun!
(WALTER picks up the gun. GEORGE is yelling.)
SCULLY: Shoot out the sprinklers! Just point and shoot!
Shoot out the sprinklers!
(WALTER aims at the sprinkler head, but GEORGE, still under attack by
the tentacles and yelling, keeps swinging into view and blocking the shot.
Finally, WALTER shoots the sprinkler head.)
(Dawn. ARTHUR DALES' house. The storm is over. Outside the trailer,
SCULLY is talking on her cell phone.)
SCULLY: (on phone) My name is Dana Scully .... yeah .... thank you.
(Inside, ARTHUR DALES is looking at the wounds on MULDER's neck.)
ARTHUR DALES: Yes, yes. Eww, God.
(MULDER chuckles, almost as if he is proud of his cool wounds.)
ARTHUR DALES: That's terrible.
(SCULLY enters the trailer.)
SCULLY: Well, it's official. Ten pounds, ten ounces of piss and vinegar.
El nino grande-- Leroy Walter Villareal Suarez, Jr.
MULDER: (laughing) Oh, no.
SCULLY: Oh, yes.
ARTHUR DALES: Oh, it's amazing. It's truly amazing.
SCULLY: What's that?
ARTHUR DALES: That you could come here in the face of a hurricane
chasing a sea monster, yet, and end up bringing a new... life into the world.
And then slaying the monster and save this one's life as he was quite
literally circling down the drain.
MULDER: She didn't save my life, really...
ARTHUR DALES: Oh, yes, she did. Oh yes, yes, with a gun to her
head, no less.
SCULLY: (rationalizing) Well, you wouldn't have known to go out in the
rain if I hadn't pointed it out that to you that it was the fresh water that
killed the organism...
MULDER: No. No no no no … I-I saw the Shipley's cat.
ARTHUR DALES: Uh, well, I-I can't swallow that...
MULDER: No, no, no. I saw the cat, which had been saved which had
been in the washing machine. And the Shipleys had boarded up their
house which means that the only way that they could have vanished was
if the creature came up through the plumbing in a backwash of seawater …
seawater. And then the deputy who vanished from a bathtub full of
ARTHUR DALES: If Agent Scully had not been there with you I shudder
to think what would have happened to you. I'd say you owe her your life.
It takes a big man to admit this, but... if I had had someone as savvy as
her by my side all those years ago in the X-Files I might not have retired.
(MULDER and SCULLY both look down a little embarrassed.) I s
Là en ce moment, je m'occupe de la migration des épisodes de Friends pendant que mes oreilles sont en train d'écouter si bébé dort toujours. Et puis mes yeux regardent de temps en temps, vers la fenetre pour voir si le grand arrive avec son papa. ^^