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Season 8, Episode 03:

Patience

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Written and directed by Chris Carter

"I know on the evolutionary ladder bats are real close by the apes and just as we came from the apes, so might a man, sprung from a bat. To live and hunt like a bat, but with the cold-blooded vengeance of a man."
Ernie Stefaniuk
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Scully and Doggett clash as they investigate their first X-File together, a bat-like creature on a mission of revenge.


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  • Agent Scully: Doggett takes over this position from Scully, much to her chagrin to find herself the Agent Mulder now.
  • Badass Normal: Doggett proves this against the Bat Monster, surviving being attacked by it and driving it off with his gun.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Scully is cold towards Doggett but later somewhat warms up to him as he shows he is a capable FBI agent and a very good partner.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The Bat Thing probably survived and is still out there, and Scully wonders if it will come after her and Doggett now as well.
  • Monster of the Week: A very pissed-off human bat.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The human bat was attacked by a hunter in 1956 and it starts killing everyone who has that hunter's scent no matter how tenuous the link between them. This involves the hunter's wife who died of natural causes and consequently having the hunter's smell which is then transferred to the undertaker, his wife, the cop who found the body and finally even Doggett and Scully though it fails to kill Doggett and Scully.
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Scully: And I just want to say, um... thank you for watching my back.
Doggett: Well, I never saw it as an option. I'm sure you don't either.
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