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Season 2, Episode 09:

Firewalker

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"Our meddling intellect misshapes the beauteous forms of things we murder to dissect."
Written by Howard Gordon
Directed by David Nutter

Mulder: He discovered the spore in the samples Firewalker brought up.
O'Neil: He would have told us.
Mulder: Not if what he discovered was too disturbing even for him to understand.
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Mulder and Scully investigate mysterious events at a scientific project using a robotic probe, "Firewalker", to explore the interior of a volcano.


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  • Chest Burster: The alien fungus-like organisms grow in human chests, though it ultimately bursts through a victim's throat.
  • Continuity Nod: Mulder is hesitant to bring Scully along due to the events surrounding her abduction, but she insists she's ready.
  • I Choose to Stay: Trepkos decides not to go back with Mulder and Scully, staying behind to take Jessie's corpse down his hiding place.
  • In the Back: This is how Ludwig goes down, courtesy of Trepkos and a flare gun. However, Trepkos did have good reasons for this, since Ludwig was going to have an alien fungus burst out from his throat.
  • Kill It with Fire: Trepkos shoots Ludwig with a flare gun twice, setting the man alight and killing both him and the parasite residing inside that man.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mourning her death, Trepkos recalls how he convinced Jessie to join the operation to "have an adventure."
  • Not Himself: The guest characters insist this about Trepkos.
  • Silicon-Based Life: The alien organism that Mulder and Scully went to check is not carbon-based, but silicon-based, meaning it's Not of This Earth.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Hinted at between Jessie and Trepkos, two scientists working at the station.

"And of the events that occurred at Mount Avalon between the 11th and 13th of November, 1994, mine stands as the only record."
 
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Trepkos decides that the best way to eliminate a throat parasite is to turn up the heat.

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