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Directed by Kim Manners
Skinner: I handled him just like I've handled everything else you've asked me to do. I followed your instructions.
Cigarette Smoking Man: You failed to neutralise a potentially compromising situation.
Assistant Director Skinner finds himself in a difficult position as a result of his deal with the Cigarette Smoking Man.
- Badass Boast: CSM gives Skinner a simple but effective one."This isn't the first gun I've had pointed in my face, Mr. Skinner. I'm not afraid to die."
- Bee Afraid: Genetically modified bees attack several people in this episode.
- A Day in the Limelight: For Skinner.
- Deal with the Devil: Skinner covers up evidence for the Cancer Man in exchange for him saving Scully's life.
- Did Not Think This Through: If Cancer Man didn't kill the police officer, his photographs wouldn't have been sent to Mulder, and Mulder wouldn't have even known about the case.