At a prison in Illinois, Reverend Orison is
preaching to a group of prisoners, including mass murderer
Donnie Pfaster. Orison says things like "god's love is a
promise," and "God's love will set you free." As the
prisoners respond to Orison by stomping their feet to a
rhythm, Donnie doesn't participate. Later, in the prison
garment shop, Donnie brings his work up to a guard who
starts yelling at him and saying that he's sick. Suddenly, a
prisoner screams because a blade used to cut materials has
cut his fingers off. In the commotion, Donnie is able to
walk out of the prison. The time is 6:06 AM.
In her bedroom,
Scully wakes up at 6:06 AM from the sound of the wind at the
window. She shuts it and walks back, to suddenly notice the
clock saying "6:66". Startled she shakes the clock.
The electricity then
flickers and the clock returns to normal.
In the next
scene, she is with Mulder at the prison in Illinois to help determine how Donnie escaped. The marshal
meets them and the history of the case is explained. The
marshal says that they are known for things of the
supernatural, but Scully says that there is nothing
supernatural about the case. Donnie is just plain evil. Mulder tries to get Scully
to back away from the case, but she claims that the case
does not bother her, however she is clearly affected by her
memory of how Donnie kidnapped her years earlier.
In the prison
room where Orison preached to the prisoners Scully hears a
song that she recognizes from her childhood coming from an
the man whose fingers were cut off -- in reality they
weren't, even though he felt the blade. He thinks it was an
act of God, and Mulder raises his hands as the guy repeats
"Glory. Amen". With each raise of Mulder's hand, his feet
move up and down.
Mulder believes that Donnie escaped as the result
of mass hypnosis, but doubts that Donnie did it. Two other
prisoners at other prisoners have escaped in the same way,
never to be heard from again. There were dozens of witnesses
in each case, however none of them could remember what
happened, and it took them quite awhile to even notice that
the prisoners were missing. Mulder observes that the prison
chaplain had contact with all three missing men. Scully
hears the song again.
At a bus stop
coffee shop, a prostitute propositions Donnie. He looks at
her nails and offers to manicure her. She asks if he is a
freak. Orison interrupts -- the grace of God got Donnie out
of prison and it is the only thing that will keep him out.
arrive, Orison flicks his keys and chants a prayer, this time holding out a cross. At a scream,
the cops turn from Donnie to see a woman screaming and
throwing coffee at a man. Everything moves in slow motion,
and when they turn back, both Donnie and Orison have
Donnie runs Orison down with Orison's car, then drives off
with the prostitute in the car with him.
When Mulder and
Scully arrive at the coffee shop, the US Marshals are very
confused. They thought they saw Donnie, but then he wasn't
there. On a radio in the coffee shop, Scully hears the same
song again, "Don't Look any Farther." (Lyrics available at
the bottom of the page)
At the hospital, Scully talks with Orison. He
tells her that God had the escaped inmates, and that she
could hear God calling her, but wasunsure of what to do.
"Everything has a reason, Scout."
with a picture of the dead prostitute. Orison is shocked and
says that she wasn't supposed to die. Mulder concludes that
Orison managed to get the prisoners out in order to kill
them. Robert Gailen Orison was convicted of first degree
murder in 1959 and served 22 years in prison. Orison says
that god had spoken to him and told him to look after
Mulder and Scully
walk out of the room. Mulder believes that Orison was a
liar, and that god was simply a spectator ("He just reads
the box scores") but Scully doesn't believe that and
believes that god is actually working through Orison.
Mulder that she is confused by hearing that song repeatedly. She hasn't heard it for years. When
she was 13 and her father was stationed in San Diego, she
was listening to that song when her mother told her that her
Sunday school teacher had been murdered in his front yard.
That was when Scully first believed that there is true evil
in the world. The Sunday school teacher used to call her
"Scout", the same name that Orison had called her and tells
Mulder about waking up at exactly the same time that Donnie
had escaped the previous day.
Donnie is sitting
in Orisonís car on the side of the road when a radio
announcement comes on. It is warning people about what kind
car Donnie is driving. He gets out of the car and rips the
cover off it. He walks around and looks through Orison's
stuff that is in the trunk and finds his house
Mulder shows Scully that an MRI scan of Orison's
head shows what appears to be a self-inflicted brain wound
that gives Orison more oxygen into his brain, increasing the
amount of blood flow to the brain by nearly three times. He
says that Orison probably did it when he first was in
prison, and first learned how to use its powers. Mulder
believes that this given Orison mental powers, such as the
ability to impose mass hypnosis. Later, Orison causes the US Marshall guarding him to
not notice as Orison leaves the hospital. He takes his gun
on the way out. Orison leaves a note by the bed that Scully
later finds, saying "Don't look any farther."
Donnie is at
Orison's apartment. A redheaded call girl arrives. Donnie goes through his usual routine of
having her get in the tub so he can shampoo her. (He asks
her "Is your hair chemically treated?") She gets angry and
tells her that she is is not dirty, and if he is going to be
like that she is going to leave. Donnie discovers that her
red hair is a wig, and becomes mad at her. The girl knocks
him down and runs, escaping.
and Scully arrive at Orison's hospital room, to find that he
is not there and the guard is in a trance-like state. He
doesn't remember anything. Scully finds Orison's "Dont look
any further" note, and Mulder advices her not to look any
When Donnie wakes up, Orison is there, with the
Marshall's gun. When Donnie asks what he is doing, Orison
answers, "Taking you home -- the wicked will be punished."
Outside, Donnie kneels as Orison digs a grave. Orison tells
him to beg forgiveness for what he had done to those girls.
Donnie cries, but says he is crying for Orison because "you
cannot kill me." Donnie's face appears to transform into
that of a demon, the same demon that Scully had seen in
Orison's body is
found, buried where Orison intended to bury Donnie. Donnie
had actually called to tell then where to find Orison's
body. Mulder and Scully go home because the X-File, Orison's
special powers, is concluded and the US Marshals can handle
the search for Donnie. Mulder tells Scully "Dont look any
precedes them and enters Scully's apartment to wait for her. He puts Scully's bible in a
drawer. Scully arrives home and after changing into her
flannel pajamas. Scully notices her clock - 6:66, and when
she picks it up, the light goes out. She knows something was
wrong so she runs out, only to be stopped by Donnie. He
starts choking Scully, but she pokes him in the eye and
punches him. She reaches for her gun, but he knocks it away
from her and slams her into a mirror. They stuggle for a
long time, and when it seems that Scully had won, Donnie
manages to tie her up. "You're the one who got away," he
said. "The only thing I think about." She screams when he
says, "I'm going to run you a bath."
At Mulder's apartment, a US Marshall has left him
a message that the call girl who escaped Donnie reported
him. But Mulder does not check his messages immediately upon
returning home. He brushes his teeth and gets ready for bed.
He sets his alarm and on the radio the same song is playing.
Mulder calls Scully, but nobody picks up the phone.
also turns on the sterio to get the same song. While Donnie
is filling the bathtub he leaves Scully in a closet with her wrists tied behind her. She gets out of
the closet and begins making her way across the floor to
where her gun was knocked onto the floor. She has a couple
of close calls in which Donnie almost sees her and she
manages to work her legs through her bound wrists so her
hands are in front of her.
moving in slow motion, Mulder bursts into the apartment door
and holds Donnie at gunpoint. Scully walks into view,
carrying her gun, raises the gun and shoots Donnie. The
scene fades out and fades back in to show several law
officers in Scully's apartment. Mulder tells Scully that his
report will make clear that Donnie gave her no choice and
that if she hadn't killed him he would have killed again, as
he was evil. He says she cannot judge herself. She tells
Mulder that she is sure that Donnie was evil but she wonders
who or what was at work in her that made her pull the
trigger. Mulder asks if she thinks God was directing her,
but she says that she was more concerned about what if it
By Michael Marek
and Jamie Ruby