THE BLESSING WAY
MULDER HANGS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH AS DANA SCULLY IS OUSTED FROM THE FBI; THE CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN CLOSES IN ON THE MISSING DATA TAPE AS ASSASSINS TRACK SCULLY.
Dana Scully visits Albert Hosteen's family, and finds them badly beaten by the Cigarette-Smoking Man's thugs. She immediately goes in search of Mulder but finds only a charred ruin. Believing her partner is dead, she starts home to Washington, DC, but is stopped and searched by troops demanding the DAT tape Mulder received from his informant, The Thinker. Back at the FBI, she finds herself suspended and must surrender her badge and gun. She discovers a strange implant in her neck, and visits a hypnotist to try to access memories of her abduction. Meanwhile, Albert Hosteen has found Mulder dying in the desert, and conducts a "Blessing Way" ceremony to let the Navajo Holy People heal his soul. While he hangs between worlds, Mulder experiences visions of Deep Throat and his father, urging him to complete his quest. Scully attends the funeral of Mulder's father, and there meets the Well-Manicured Man, a member of the Cigarette-Smoking Man's cabal, who warns her that she has been targeted for murder. Mulder returns to his father's house, where confronts his mother with old photographs showing his father, Deep Throat, and other familiar faces taken in 1972, the year his sister disappeared. The Cigarette Smoking Man, increasingly desperate for the missing tape, pressures Skinner to find it. Scully's sister Melissa is gunned down by Krycek and his minion, who mistake her for Dana Scully. Events race to an explosive standoff as Scully, convinced that Skinner is intent on killing her, holds him at gunpointin Mulder's apartment...as they hear footsteps approach the door.