IGNORING MULDER'S WARNING, A PSYCHIATRIC REVIEW BOARD RELEASES EUGENE "SQUEEZE" TOOMS INTO SOCIETY, AND MULDER'S ATTEMPTS TO STOP HIM FROM KILLING AGAIN ARE THWARTED BY THE STRICTURES OF BUREAU PROCEDURE.
No one listens when Mulder tells a psychiatric hearing that Eugene Tooms is genetically programmed to kill again if he is released. Tooms is a mutant cannibal, a man who delights in stretching his body through impossible spaces to reach his victims, whose livers he devours. Mulder knows Tooms will kill once more before going into his 30-year hibernation cycle and swears to track Tooms day and night to keep this from happening. Scully is warned by Assistant Director Walter Skinner that she and Mulder have to investigate their cases using orthodox methods of investigation, a warning that puts her at odds with Mulder. Choosing to support Mulder, she lies to save him when Tooms frames Mulder on brutality charges. Despite their vigilance, however, Tooms finally kills his final victim. Knowing their next chance to catch Tooms may lie well into the next century, Mulder and Scully must discover his nest before he goes dormant.