"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Eight

 

Review By: Gothic Spook

"But she’s Monica. She looks funny in a dress." - John Doggett

*Rolls eyes* He just can't admit how nice she looks!

Anyone hungry? Cause today everyone will be trying wedding cake samples! John is definatly hungry ... as he complains none stop!

Knowle becomes nervous after asked to help Monica with .... read the epsidoe to find out!

Monica lets her true feelings show as she sits with Knowle. A talk with Brad sets him straight! A mysterious stranger could help Monica. Read on for a FANTASTIC episode!

 

8x08 "The Beginning and The End"

Title: "The Beginning and The End"
Written by: Kristi
Date: June 12, 2005; June 25-26, 2005; July 12, 2005
Air Date: October 24, 2005
Rating: PG
Series: FRVS - Episode #156
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series only!
Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).
Author's Note: The personalities of the characters within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor. Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
Summary: Scully, Doggett and Knowle help Monica make decisions about her wedding dress and a wedding cake.


FADE IN:

INT. KNOWLE ROHRERíS HUMMER Ė DAY

SEPTEMBER 3, 2005
SATURDAY
9:00 A.M.

The Hummer is not moving, and is surrounded by cars honking their horns. The windows are rolled down and it is a beautiful, sunny day. ďDonít PanicĒ by Coldplay is playing softly from the car stereo. Knowle Rohrer sits patiently in the drivers seat, with Monica Reyes next to him in the passenger seat. John Doggett and Dana Scully sit in the back seat. Dana is behind Monica, who is digging through Knowleís glove box in the front.

DOGGETT
(impatient)
Ever notice how thereís always
a traffic jam when youíre hungry?

Knowle smiles with amusement. John is becoming very impatient.

SCULLY
Donít think about how hungry
you are and youíll be fine.

MONICA
(just found something)
Ah-ha!

Monica holds up a deck of cards she found in Knowleís glove box. The playing cards have a United States Marine Corps logo on them. Knowle looks over at Monica.

KNOWLE
What are you doing with those?

MONICA
Weíll be in this jam for a while,
so I thought we could all
be entertained.

DOGGETT
Knowle, why do you have a
deck of cards in your Hummer?

KNOWLE
Because you never know.

DOGGETT
You never know what?

SCULLY
You never know when weíll need
to be entertained. (beat) Is
that why you have blankets too?

KNOWLE
I like to travel a lot, and one
can never be too careful on empty
roads at night. Or if Iím traveling
in the winder and run into a freak
snow storm and canít drive anymore,
I can still stay warm.

MONICA
Itís good to be that prepared.

Monica turns to face Knowle, and holds out the deck of cards.

MONICA
Pick a card and look at it.
Then I want you to put it
back in the deck and shuffle
the cards around. Then give
it back to me.

Knowle picks a card, looks at it, then shuffles it back into the deck. He hands the deck of cards back over to Monica.

DOGGETT
(to Knowle)
Whatís with the goatee?

Monica pulls out a card from the deck: the King of Hearts.

MONICA
(to Knowle)
Is this your card?

KNOWLE
(surprised)
Yeah, how did you do that?

MONICA
Iím special.

She smiles and turns to face Scully. Knowle looks back at Doggett through the rear-view-mirror.

KNOWLE
(re: Doggettís question)
Thought the goatee would be a
good look on me. What do you think?

DOGGETT
Didnít know the D.O.D. allowed those.

MONICA
(to Scully)
Pick a card and do what
Knowle just did.

Scully picks a card, looks at it and shuffles it into the deck. She hands it back to Monica.

A car honks its horn impatiently behind them. Knowle looks back at the driver and rolls his eyes.

KNOWLE
(re: driver)
Some people.

MONICA
Is this your card?

Monica holds up an Ace of Spades for Scully.

SCULLY
Yep.

Scully smiles.

KNOWLE
You know, I donít get people.

Monica makes Doggett pick a card and do the same as Knowle and Scully.

KNOWLE (CONíT)
I mean, weíre in a traffic jam, thereís
not much we can do. Yet this asshole
continues to blare his horn. I mean,
there could be a damn car accident
for cryiní out loud.

The horn blares again.

KNOWLE
(re: driver)
What an asshole.

MONICA
(to Doggett)
Is this your card?

She holds up a 4 of Diamonds. Doggett gives her a look.

DOGGETT
(lying)
No.

SCULLY
John...

Monica smiles.

MONICA
(amused)
John just canít believe
in strange phenomenon.

The car behind them honks the horn again for about five seconds.

KNOWLE
(annoyed)
For cryiní out loud, no
one can move asshole!

Monica turns to face forward in her seat.

MONICA
(ďscoldingĒ)
Language, Mr. Rohrer.

KNOWLE
Iím sorry. (beat) But really.

MONICA
Heíll feel worse when he finds
out his wife died in the accident
while she was on her way to meet
up with her secret lover.

Everyone looks at Monica.

SCULLY
Are you serious?

MONICA
Yes.

The horn blares again.

KNOWLE
Iím tempted to go tell him that.

Knowle glares back at the impatient driver.

MONICA
(warning him)
That would be a very bad idea, Knowle.

KNOWLE
Why?

MONICA
Because heíd be mad at you, suspect
you were her lover and pull out the
hand gun he carries in his glove
box and kill you.

The car falls silent.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
You should sell live insurance...

KNOWLE
(to Monica)
How do you know that?

MONICA
I have a Gift.

She looks over and smiles at him.

MONICA
By the way, the goatee
makes you look sexier.

She smiles then looks away as she shuffles the cards. Knowle smiles.

SCULLY
I think a man with a
goatee is sexy too.

Knowle looks back at her.

KNOWLE
(mean)
I didnít ask for your opinion.

He glares at Scully.

DOGGETT
(stern)
Knowle.

MONICA
(calm and sweet)
Knowle, darling, I need to
speak with you outside please.

Monica gives him a stern look, then gets out of the Hummer. Knowle glares at Scully, then gets out, slamming the door.

EXT. KNOWLEíS HUMMER Ė CONíT

Monica comes around the front of the Hummer and Stands in front of Knowle. Doggett and Scully, unknown to Monica and Knowle, watch from inside the Hummer.

MONICA
(not happy)
Knowle Justin Rohrer, I asked you
to be nice and not get any
attitude with her.

KNOWLE
(in defense)
I slipped, okay? I find it hard
to be nice and kind to someone
who hurt you like she did.

Monica looks down and sighs.

MONICA
Knowle... (she looks up at him) Iíve
already told you that what happened
to me is not her fault. Iím not the
only victim Ė survivor Ė of what happened-

KNOWLE
-But I saw-

MONICA
-I know you saw her order guards
to take me back to my cell, but
you said it yourself: it wasnít
safe the way I was going about
getting out of there. Even you
know they would have killed me.
(beat) You wouldíve done the same, Knowle.

Knowle looks away from her, remembering back to when she tried to escape from the Facility and literally ran right into him.

MONICA
(after a beat)
I wanted more than anything for you
to get me out of that place when I
saw you. I know you wanted the same,
but you were right. You knew you couldnít
get me out of there, not like that.

KNOWLE
I shouldíve-

Heís cut off by a lump in his throat. Tears sting his eyes as he remembers how she looked when he saw her on Christmas Eve when he aided them in escaping.

KNOWLE (CONíT)
I shouldíve done something.
I shouldíve tried harder.

He quickly wipes a tear away from his eye.

MONICA
(soft)
You did the right thing, Knowle.
(beat) They wouldíve killed me
and you. (beat) I donít want
you to start feeling guilty about
that. You did save me Knowle.
You gave me hope because I knew
that you knew I was there. (beat)
Semper fi, remember?

Knowle looks into her eyes and takes a deep breath, just as the impatient driver blares his horn again.

IMPATIENT DRIVER
(to Monica and Knowle)
Hey! Stop the love scene! Youíre
holding up traffic, assholes!

Knowle and Monica look back at him, then ahead of them. Traffic hasnít moved an inch.

KNOWLE
(to driver)
No oneís goiní anywhere!
Stop it with the damn horn!

IMPATIENT DRIVER
Fuck you!

The driver gives Knowle the finger. Knowle rolls his eyes.

MONICA
(quiet)
God, he is an asshole.

Knowle looks down and smiles at her.

KNOWLE
(mocking her earlier words)
Language, Ms. Reyes.

He winks at her, giving her words back at her.

MONICA
Itís Velázquez.

Knowle gives her a confused look.

MONICA
(re: his look)
My real name. Monica Isabella de Velázquez.

She smiles at him.

KNOWLE
Wow, thatís got a beautiful ring
to it. (beat) Youíve changed your name?

MONICA
I found out who my biological parents
were so Iíve added that onto my name.
(beat) So itís still Reyes, but, you know.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
So by the end of November it will
be Monica Isabella
de Velázquez-Reyes-Follmer?

MONICA
Yes.

KNOWLE
Thatís long.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
(after a beat)
Promise me youíll be nice to
her. Sheís my Maid of Honor,
and you are one of my best
friends Ė no, you are my best
friend. Even more than John
because youíve always put up
with me without an argument. So,
since Dana is my best Ė and probably
only Ė girlfriend, I would like
- more than anything else in the
world right now Ė for you to get
along and be nice to her. (beat) Please?

Monica gives him a sweet smile.

KNOWLE
All right. I will. I not only promise,
but I give you my word that I will be
kind to her. I swear on my motherís grave-

MONICA
-Sheís not dead.

KNOWLE
Okay. I swear on her future grave
that if I break this promise, you can
curse me with... with being impotent.

Monica smiles deviously.

MONICA
Careful, you know I know how
to curse. (beat) We better get
back in the Hummer. Theyíre
starting to get traffic flowing
about five miles ahead.

KNOWLE
So youíre really psychic?

He opens the driver side door and helps Monica into his Hummer. She crawls over the seat and sits back in the passenger seat.

MONICA
Yes.

Knowle gets in and shuts the door.

KNOWLE
What am I thinking?

He looks at her intensely, as if heís trying to transmit his thoughts to her. Doggett and Scully watch with amusement. Monica smiles.

MONICA
(highly amused)
Really? Silk?

Knowle smiles and looks away from her.

MONICA
I didnít know The Roar wore
black silk boxers.

She looks slyly at him. Scully smiles with high amusement.

MONICA
(after a small beat)
With the USMC logo around
the waist band with the
words ďSemper FiĒ...

Monica looks at him strangely. Knowle just smiles.

MONICA
And here I thought youíd
be going commando.

Knowleís smile becomes bigger. He clears his throat.

KNOWLE
Dana, Iím sorry I snapped at you.

DOGGETT
(stern)
You better be.

Scully nudges him.

SCULLY
Apology accepted.

The traffic starts to move forward. The impatient driver honks his horn at them.

KNOWLE
As long as heís behind me,
Iím driving slow.

DOGGETT
Donít drive too slow. Iím starving.

KNOWLE
Didnít you eat before coming?

DOGGETT
No. Weíre testing wedding cakes
today. I thought it best to save room.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
Dana, tell him.

SCULLY
Johnny, I lied to you. (beat) We
wonít be eating only cake today.
Weíll also be trying on wedding
dresses so Mon can choose one.
(beat) Weíre doing that first.

DOGGETT
(disappointed)
Youíre kidding.

KNOWLE
Good thing I had breakfast.

Knowle smiles.

DOGGETT
But Iím starving.

MONICA
Weíll be eating lunch later,
after I try on dresses. Then
weíll go eat cake.

DOGGETT
(grumpy)
Perfect.

Doggettís stomach rumbles with hunger. Knowle leans over and opens the glove box and pulls out a granola bar. He tosses it back to Doggett.

KNOWLE
There ya go, John.

DOGGETT
You even stock up with food?

Doggett opens the granola bar and eats.

KNOWLE
You never know when youíll need it.

SCULLY
Youíre so prepared. (beat)
Do you have kids?

Knowle laughs.

KNOWLE
No, I do not have kids.

MONICA
Knowle here has a fear
of the L-M-C-Cs.

SCULLY
The L-M-C-Cs? Whatís that?

MONICA
Love, marriage, commitment,
and children. Although it
should actually go in order,
making them the L-C-M-Cs. (beat)
Love, commitment, marriage, children.

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
Maybe he just needs to
find the right woman.

DOGGETT
Heís with her. Her name is
Shannon McMahon. (beat) How
are you guys doiní anyway?

Doggett looks to Knowle.

KNOWLE
(nervous/quick)
Uh, weíre good.

DOGGETT
You sound nervous. What,
you knock her up?

KNOWLE
Hell no, John. (beat) Iím not
nervous either, what makes
you think that?

DOGGETT
Well, I brought her up and
you seemed to want to tune
out the conversation.

Knowle unknowingly scratches the back of his neck. Scully takes notice. Sheís seen John do the same thing when heís nervous or on the spot about something.

SCULLY
(suspicious)
Or is there another woman?

The car falls silent, except for Coldplay playing softly from the stereo.

KNOWLE
(nervous)
No. (quick) So where is this
place weíre going to?

Everyone looks at him suspiciously.

MONICA
Even though Iím psychic and can
read minds... and I know youíre
hiding something... I canít tap
into you head, Mr. Rohrer.

Knowle doesnít look at her and keeps his eyes on the road.

MONICA
(after a beat)
Daveís Bridal Gowns is just
two blocks from here.

They drive in silence for a few moments. Scullyís mind is racing with thoughts and theories. After a few more moments she decides to test a theory of herís.

SCULLY
Monica, I have a question for you.
Itís about something I read about
psychics, if you donít mind.

MONICA
I donít mind. Go on.

SCULLY
I read once that psychics canít always
see their own futures, or know something
that is about them. (beat) Is that true?

MONICA
I donít know. (beat) You mean when
Brad says he has a surprise for me
and I canít figure it out?

SCULLY
Yeah.

MONICA
Then... I guess so.

SCULLY
Interesting.

Scully gives a quick glance to Knowle.

SCULLY (CONíT)
I guess thatís a good thing, right?
That way you donít know when or how
you die. (beat; curious) Do you know
when people will die?

MONICA
Iíd rather not. I donít know when
anyone will die. But like earlier,
I knew that if Knowle went to talk
to that guy who was behind us that
he would get shot and killed.

KNOWLE
Like a vision?

MONICA
Yeah. (beat) There are many roads and
paths we could take in our lifetime, and
each choice we make leads to our destiny.
(beat) Ultimately, through all of lifeís
detours we always get right back on track
to how our life is supposed to be.

Knowle looks thoughtful.

KNOWLE
So wait... are you saying that because
I didnít go talk to that guy and he
didnít kill me today, that he will
in the future or something?

MONICA
No because I told you what I
knew, which altered the situation.
(beat) Had I not told you about
his wife, he still wouldíve continued
to honk his horn, in which case you
wouldíve gone out there and told him
that no one is going anywhere and
to knock it off.

Knowle nods his head.

SCULLY
Like you did when he told you
and Monica to stop it with the
ďlove sceneĒ, right?

MONICA
Yes.

Doggett looks lost in the back. Scully is very intrigued by all of this.

MONICA
My ability is just a detour,
but as you see, everything
got right back on track.

SCULLY
(amazed)
Wow.

Doggett slowly bites into his granola bar.

MONCIA
Everything happens for a reason.

SCULLY
So you really think our life is
planned out ahead of time?

MONICA
It is, but not the path that we choose.

SCULLY
So youíre saying itís not like
ďBack To The FutureĒ or the
ďTerminatorĒ movies.

MONICA
Well... there is no fate
but what we make for ourselves.
(beat) We just donít know the
path and ultimately we end up
where we are supposed to be. But
lifeís course and the choices that
we make determine who we are in the end.

DOGGETT
Iím lost.

KNOWLE
Moní, you keep unfolding like a flower.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
(excited)
Ooh, which one?

KNOWLE
Which flower?

MONICA
Yeah.

Knowle thinks.

KNOWLE
I donít know... I know
you like daisies...

SCULLY
Yeah, she always used to have one
on her desk when she worked at the FBI.

MONICA
How are things at the FBI?

SCULLY
Good. (beat) But I miss seeing
daisies everyday.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
Maybe your boyfriend could bring
you your favorite flower everyday...
Right John?

Scully and Monica look back at John, putting him in the hot seat.

DOGGETT
(unsure)
I guess so...

Doggett scratches the back of his neck.

KNOWLE
Is this it?

Knowle points out the front window. Scully sees where he is pointing.

SCULLY
Yes, thatís it.

KNOWLE
Good, thereís a spot open
right in front of it.

Knowle parallel parks in front of Daveís Bridal Gowns.

SCULLY
(excited)
Monica, would you be terribly
offended if I were to try
on some dresses too?

MONICA
I donít care. Just as long as
I get everyoneís input.

Monica smiles. Knowle parks the car and everyone gets out.

INT. DAVEíS BRIDAL GOWNS Ė CONíT

Monica and Scully walk into the store first. Knowle holds the door open for them. Knowle and Doggett enter and look around. The main color they see is pink.

DOGGETT
(whisper)
I canít believe weíre here...

Knowle gives him a strange look.

KNOWLE
Still thinking with your stomach?

DOGGETT
Thereís nothing here for guys.

Knowle smiles and pats him on the back.

KNOWLE
See Johnny, thatís where youíre wrong.

Doggett looks at him suspiciously.

KNOWLE
We get to watch a
beautiful woman model-

DOGGETT
-Itís just Monica.

KNOWLE
Yeah... But John, will you just
admit that sheís beautiful.

Doggett rolls his eyes.

Monica and Scully come up to them.

SCULLY
They have tuxedos here. Maybe
you guys could try them on.

DOGGETT
Nah, thatís all right. (beat) They
donít happen to have anything
to eat here do they?

Scully gives him a look.

Behind them, a short man makes his way over to them with excitement. This man is Dave, heís in his mid-thirties.

DAVE
(excited)
Dana?

Scully and Monica turn to face Dave. Dana and Dave hug Ė sheís been here before.

SCULLY
Itís so good to see you again.

DAVE
Likewise, gorgeous.

Doggett tenses up. Is he hitting on her?

Dave looks behind her and John and Knowle and takes notice of them.

DAVE
(to Scully)
Are we here for you today?

SCULLY
Actually, my friend Monica.
Sheís getting married in November.

Dave smiles at Monica and goes up to her.

DAVE
So youíre going to be a
November bride?

MONICA
Yes. Iíll be getting married
in Mexico. My family has a
beautiful garden.

DAVE
Ooo... out doors?

He looks her over, circling her.

DAVE
I think I know the
perfect dress for you.

He smiles at Monica, then looks at John and Knowle.

DAVE
You handsome gentlemen may
have a seat on the couch
over there.

Dave smiles at Knowle and John, checking them both out. Dave drags Monica off, Scully follows.

John and Knowle sit down on the couch.

DOGGETT
Was it just me, or was
he hitting on Dana?

Knowle smiles with amusement.

KNOWLE
John... heís gay. (beat) You
mean you didnít notice him
checking both of us out?

DOGGETT
Oh.

Doggett looks at the magazines that are on the table. He cringes.

KNOWLE
Youíve got a strange woman, John.

DOGGETT
(re: magazine selection)
Not even a sports magazine...

Knowle looks at him.

KNOWLE
Whatís up with you today?

DOGGETT
(grumpy)
Nothing.

KNOWLE
Right. (beat) First youíre grumpy
about not eating. Youíre disappointed
to be here. And youíre giving off a... a vibe.

Doggett shoots him a look.

DOGGETT
A vibe?

KNOWLE
Yeah. Will you lighten up? Weíre
here to help Monica and all you
can think about is your stomach
and the lack of sports magazines.

DOGGETT
(grumpy)
Iím not grumpy. Iím hungry.
Remember, I didnít eat because
I was told we were taste testing
wedding cakes today.

Knowle rolls his eyes.

KNOWLE
Just lighten up, will ya?

Knowle picks up ďHome & GardenĒ magazine and starts to flip through it.

DOGGETT
Have an interest in home
and garden suddenly?

KNOWLE
(not complaining)
Nothiní else to do, thatís all.

Dave comes up to them.

DAVE
Sheís trying on the first dress,
and sheís going to look absolutely
stunning. (beat) Would you like
anything to eat or drink while you wait?

DOGGETT
(eager)
Yes, I would.

DAVE
All right. Iíll bring you
some tea and crackers.

Dave smiles at them.

DOGGETT
Finally. Iíll get something to eat.

KNOWLE
(not looking up from magazine)
And hopefully youíll stop your bitching.

Doggett gives him a look.

DOGGETT
(after a short beat)
Iím not bitching.

KNOWLE
In the car you bitched about
the traffic jam. Then you
bitched about being hungry. (beat)
You bitch... a lot.

DOGGETT
No I donít.

Scully comes up to them. She has a tuxedo in her hands. She stands right in front of John and smiles.

SCULLY
(sweet)
I want you to try this on.

She holds out the tuxedo for him.

DOGGETT
Why?

SCULLY
So you can have something nice
and new to wear at Monica and
Bradís wedding, Mr. Grumpy.

DOGGETT
But I thought we were here
for Monica today. (beat) Besides,
Iím not going to buy my tux
from Daveís Bridal Gowns.

Scully gives him a disapproving look.

SCULLY
John, Dave has the best
fabric in the city. (beat)
Believe me, I know.

She gives him a stern look. Doggett lets out a sigh and stands up, taking the tuxedo.

DOGGETT
Fine, but when they bring
out the food, Iím eating.

Scully smiles at him as he walks off to try on the tuxedo. She takes a seat on the couch and looks at Knowle, who is pretending not to notice her.

SCULLY
How long have you known Monica?

Knowle glances up at her for a split second, then flips the page of the magazine and looks back down.

KNOWLE
Since I was six.

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
So youíre probably like
John and see her as a sister.

Knowle doesnít look up from the magazine.

KNOWLE
Sure.

SCULLY
You donít pick on her as
much as John does though.

Knowle glances up at her, but doesnít say anything.

SCULLY
Are you friends with Brad?

KNOWLE
Yes. Met him in high school.

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
What do you think of him?

KNOWLE
Nice guy. Cares a lot for
Monica. Takes good care of her.

Scully watches him for a moment.

SCULLY
Youíre protective of her too. More
so than if you were protecting
someone who is like a sister to you.

Knowle looks up at her.

KNOWLE
What do you mean?

SCULLY
When you and I first met at
that facility in New York, you
threatened my life and would do
it if you knew you couldíve gotten her out.

Knowle looks away.

SCULLY
Then you told her ďsemper fiĒ when
you helped us get out of there
on Christmas Eve.

Scully watches his blank reaction as he pretends to read the ďHome & GardenĒ magazine. She knows what ďsemper fiĒ means between she and John and wonders if it could have the seam meaning for Knowle. That was her initial thought when she heard him say it to her before they parted, for what they thought could have been a lifetime.

Before she can get a response from him, Monica comes out in a wedding dress.

MONICA
Well?

Knowle looks up and drops the magazine to the floor. Monica turns around slowly so they can get a better look at her.

KNOWLE
(quiet)
Whoa...

SCULLY
Wow. Monica, you look amazing.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
Thank you. (beat) Whereís John?

DOGGETT
Behind you.

Monica turns around to see John in a tuxedo.

MONICA
Oh, you look handsome.
Dana has good taste.

SCULLY
John, you look very sexy.
(beat) What do you think of Monica?

Doggett looks at her and shrugs his shoulders.

DOGGETT
She looks nice.

KNOWLE
(disbelief)
ďLooks niceĒ?

Knowle stands up and goes up to Monica. He places his hands on her bare shoulders.

KNOWLE
John, I want you to take a good
look at her. (beat) She does not
look like someone who ďlooks niceĒ.
Sheís absolutely gorgeous.

Monica blushes a bit. Doggett gives Knowle a strange look.

DOGGETT
But sheís Monica. She looks
funny in a dress.

Monicaís jaw drops open. Knowle looks at John for a moment in disbelief.

KNOWLE
John... forget for a moment that
youíre strange and for some reason
or another canít find Monica attractive.

DOGGETT
(not really caring)
Ok, she looks very beautiful.

Knowle rolls his eyes, knowing Johnís only saying that to get himself out of a hole.

SCULLY
Well I think sheís stunning.

KNOWLE
(to Doggett)
See, she knows.

Dave comes over.

DAVE
(to Monica)
Oh my. Wow. You are the
definition of perfection.

Dave smiles at Monica.

DAVE
Do you like it?

Monica looks down at the gown.

MONICA
Itís very pretty...

KNOWLE
(to Dave)
Do you have a mirror so
she can see herself?

DAVE
Of course. This way.

Dave leads Monica and Knowle over to a mirror. Behind them, Doggett heads towards the dressing rooms to get changed. Scully makes her way over to a few dresses and she looks at them.

Dave brings Monica and Knowle to the mirror. Knowle places Monica in front of it. He stands behind her.

KNOWLE
(whispers in her ear)
Youíre gorgeous.

Monica smiles as she takes a good look at herself.

MONICA
Wow.

Dave smiles.

MONICA
But thereís one problem.

DAVE
(worried)
Oh?

MONICA
Itís a little... itchy.

Monica makes an uncomfortable expression.

DAVE
Itchy?

MONICA
Yeah. The fabric... it itches.
It feels... mass produced.

Dave blinks. Heís never gotten complaints before, and he certainly has never received a ďmass producedĒ complaint either.

DAVE
(confused)
The fabric isnít soft enough?

MONICA
Itís hard to explain.
It just itches.

KNOWLE
An allergy?

MONICA
No... itís mass produced.

DAVE
Maybe we can try another
one with better materials.

Monica shrugs her shoulders and she and Dave walk off. Knowle walks back over to the couch, where Doggett is. Doggett is snacking on crackers. Knowle sits next to him.

DOGGETT
Where did Dana go?

KNOWLE
I donít know.

Doggett holds out the plate of crackers to Knowle.

DOGGETT
Cracker?

Knowle shakes his head, ďnoĒ.

Meanwhile...

Monica slips into another dress in one of the dressing rooms. She runs her hands across the fabric. She smiles to herself and looks up into the mirror. Her smiles starts to fade as she stares at herself. Tears sting her eyes as a wave of intense grief washes over her. Tears start to fall uncontrollably from her eyes as she feels pain from within, as if her heart has been shattered into a million pieces. A scream of grief escapes her, and she becomes weak and falls to the floor. Tears fall down the side of her face.

A moment later, the door is opened and Knowle comes in, having heard her scream. He immediately kneels down next to her.

KNOWLE
(concerned)
Monica?

Doggett stands outside the dressing room with a worried look on his face.

Monica doesnít respond to Knowle. Tears continue to fall and she brings her knees closer to her, shutting everyone out. She doesnít understand why she is feeling so much pain and grief.

Knowle places his hand on her face, turning her head so she can look at him.

KNOWLE
(soft/worried)
Sweetheart?

She continues to cry uncontrollably.

DOGGETT
(urgent)
DANA!

Moments later, Scully comes up to John, not noticing Monica. She is wearing a wedding dress and panic is on her face.

SCULLY
(determined)
John, we have to get married. Now.
Today. We can go down to the court
house and do it now. Mon and Knowle
can be our witnesses.

Doggett looks at her in shock. Heís been caught off guard by her.

SCULLY (CONíT)
I wasted eight years of my life
with Walter, and that included
two engagements. I donít want to
waste anymore of my life. Iím old
you know. So lets go to the court-

DOGGETT
-Dana!

Scully stops talking.

SCULLY
(confused)
What?

DOGGETT
Monicaís collapsed, Dr. Scully.

Scully looks into the dressing room and sees Monica. Sheís in immediate doctor mode and goes to Monicaís side.

SCULLY
(stern)
Monica?

Monica doesnít respond and continues to cry. Scully looks at Knowle, who hasnít taken his eyes off of Monica.

SCULLY
(worried)
What happened?

Knowle shakes his head.

KNOWLE
(worried)
Heard her scream, came in,
found her like this.

Scully looks back down at Monica.

KNOWLE
(stern)
Monica, its Knowle. Look at me.

Monicaís eyes open, read with tears. She sits up and immediately wraps her arms around Knowleís neck. He wraps his arms around her with concern, holding her tightly to him to comfort her the best he can. She continues to cry, but finds herself calming down.

KNOWLE
(soft)
Sweetheart, what is it?

Monica wipes her tears away.

MONICA
(crying)
I donít know.
P> She takes a couple of deep breaths to calm herself.

MONICA
This wave of inner grief just
swept through me. As if a part
of my heart had been taken away
from me. (beat) I donít understand it.

She wipes more tears away.

MONICA
(upset)
Iím sorry.

She starts to cry again. Knowle kisses the top of her head, hoping to comfort her.

KNOWLE
(comforting)
Shh... itís okay. Youíre okay.

MONICA
(crying)
Donít tell Brad. (beat) I havenít been
taking my medication and this is probably
a result of that. Heíll be so mad at me.

Scully looks at her with concern. Sheís not taking her medication?

SCULLY
(doctor-like)
Monica, I want to check you
over to make sure you arenít
hurt or anything. Okay?

Monica nods her head, but doesnít pull away from Knowle.

SCULLY
Can you walk?

Monica shakes her head ďnoĒ, feeling sheís still too weak to stand or walk.

Scully checks Monicaís head.

SCULLY
Do you feel light headed?

MONICA
No.

SCULLY
I donít feel any bumps on
your head. (beat) You seem
to be all right.

Monica nods her head.

KNOWLE
Perhaps we should call it a
day with wedding dresses.

Monica nods her head.

DOGGETT
Maybe sheís hungry too.

Scully, Monica and Knowle look up at John. It was only a matter of time...

Monica looks at Scully and smiles.

MONICA
You look beautiful, by the way.

Scully looks at her and smiles after a beat. Scully feels rather foolish for wearing the dress and then demanding that she and John get married right at that moment. Scully smiles and quietly laughs.

CUT TO:

INT. TONYíS PIZZERIA Ė NOON

Doggett and Scully enter the restaurant. Doggett holds the door for Knowle and Monica. Monica is still weak from what she experienced at Daveís Bridal Gowns, and Knowle helps her walk in. Scully watches Monica with a watchful doctorís eye. Sheís worried for Monica since she heard Monica say she hasnít been taking her medicine that John Montgomery gave to her.

They take a seat at a table by a window.

KNOWLE
(picking up menu)
Tonyís has the best pizza
in the state you know.

DOGGETT
Really?

Monica squeezes her eyes shut and brings her palm to her temple, feeling intense pain in her head. Scully takes notice.

KNOWLE
Yeah. They were awarded an award
for best pizza this year. They make
their sauce fresh everyday. And
with spices imported from Italy.

Monica gets up without a word, and in a daze she makes her way across the restaurant and into the bathroom. Everyone watches her with worry. Scully gets up without a word and follows Monica.

Knowle looks at John with worry.

KNOWLE
Is she all right?

Doggett shrugs his shoulders.

DOGGETT
I donít know.

CUT TO:

INT. LADIES RESTROOM Ė CONíT

Scully enters the restroom. Monica is nowhere in sight. However, soft crying can be heard from one of the stalls.

SCULLY
(worried)
Monica?

The crying stops.

MONICA
(acting all right)
Just a moment.

Scully sense that Monica is covering a lie and walks towards the last stall. She knocks on the stall door quietly.

SCULLY
Monica, Iím good at knowing
when someone isnít all right.
(beat) Need to talk?

A moment later, Monica comes out of the stall.

MONICA
Iím fine.

She walks by Scully and over to the sink. Scully turns and watches her splash water on her face.

SCULLY
Do you know how many times Iíve
used the ďIím fineĒ card, and
I was the exact opposite?

Monica looks up at Scully through the mirror and lets out a heavy sigh.

SCULLY
Whatís wrong?

Monica turns to face Scully.

MONICA
I just have a headache. Thatís all.

SCULLY
I donít think thatís all.

Scully looks at her with concern.

MONICA
(after a beat)
Okay. Iím worried Brad is going
to find out about my collapse earlier.

SCULLY
Why shouldnít he know?

MNOICA
Because I havenít taken the
medication he thinks Iím taking.

SCULLY
Why arenít you taking it?

Monica lets out a sigh. Sheís sick of having this conversation.

MONICA
Because.

Monica looks down. Scully observes her for a moment.

SCULLY
Itís about control, isnít it?

Monica looks up at her.

SCULLY (CONíT)
Taking the medication reminds you
of the facility you were locked up
in. All the pain and suffering you
endured. (beat) The isolation.

Tears come to Monicaís eyes and she looks away. Scullyís hit the problem on the bullís eye.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
You havenít talked to Brad about
any of what happened, have you?

Monica quietly shakes her head ďnoĒ.

MONICA
Not all of it. (beat) Iíve told him
technical details. I donít let him
know how Iím feeling now.

Scully listens.

MONICA
Heís just been so busy with work
recently. I feel that he doesnít
have time for me anymore. (beat)
Things were easier when I was still
at the Bureau, you know?

SCULLY
Because you didnít have time to
think about all that happened to you?

Monica nods her head ďyesĒ.

SCULLY
Itís important that you talk to
him, Monica. Donít bottle everything
up. (beat) Feeling depressed is part
of the healing process, but if you
never move pass that point, youíre doomed.

Monica takes in a deep breath, swallowing her tears.

MONICA
Itís hard when heís so preoccupied
with work, and me finding a job.

Scully observes and takes notice that Monica isnít happy Ė and probably not ready Ė about getting a new job.

MONICA
Thereís just a lot going on right
now. (beat) Iíd rather enjoy today
and forget about everything thatís
bothering me. Okay?

Monica smiles and heads out of the restroom.

CUT TO:

INT. RESTAURANT DINING AREA Ė CONíT

Monica takes a seat next to Knowle and quietly picks up a menu. Scully sits down next to John. Knowle and Doggett look at both of them with concern.

DOGGETT
You okay, Moní?

Monica doesnít look up from the menu.

MONICA
Iím good. (beat) You know what
sounds good right now? (beat)
Pineapple-chicken pizza.

KNOWLE
Mon, you read my mind.

Monica smiles at Knowle.

SCULLY
Iíve never tried that before. Is it good?

DOGGETT
No. (beat) Cheese is the best.

MONICA
Itís the best Dana, youíll love it.

KNOWLE
How about we order a
large of that then.

DOGGETT
What about cheese?

Knowle laughs.

KNOWLE
Live a little, John.

DOGGETT
Fine, get your own weird pizza,
and Iíll get a personal cheese
pizza all for me.

He smiles proudly. Scully smiles at him.

SCULLY
One day John... oh yes, one
day Iíll get you to try
something different. (beat) I promise.

Knowle leans over to Monica and puts his arm on the back of her chair.

KNOWLE
(whisper/concerned)
Is everything all right?

Monica looks at him and nods her head.

MONICA
I just had a bad headache.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
Brought on by what happened earlier?

Monica looks away from him, but nods her head ďyesĒ.

The waiter approaches their table.

WAITER
Are you ready to order drinks?

DOGGETT
Iíll have one of those mini
personal cheese pizzas.

The waiter nods his head and writes down Johnís order.

MONICA
And the three of us are going to
split a large pizza with pineapple and chicken.

The waiter writes down the order.

WAITER
Would you like breadsticks?

SCULLY
No, this will be fine.

WAITER
All right. And what about to drink?

SCULLY
Raspberry lemonade.

DOGGETT
Iíll have that too.

MONICA
Me too.

KNOWLE
And Iíll have an ice tea, please.

The waiter nods his head.

WAITER
All right. Iíll be right out with
your drinks, and your pizzas will
be out in about thirty minutes.

Doggett shows disappointment. Heís starving.

MONICA
(to waiter)
If the personal cheese pizza
finishes before the large, you
can go ahead and bring it out.

WAITER
Okay.

He smiles and walks away. Doggett grins happily.

MONICA
Donít say I never did
nothiní for ya.

DOGGETT
Thank you.

KNOWLE
Hey Moní, doesnít this place
remind you of that one hole
in the wall restaurant in Providence?

Monica looks around.

MONICA
Yeah. It kind of does, doesnít it?

SCULLY
Providence?

DOGGETT
They went to Brown University together.

SCULLY
Oh, I see.

The waiter comes and brings their drinks and walks away. Knowle takes a sip of his ice tea.

KNOWLE
This is the best damn drink
Iíve ever had.

SCULLY
Then you should try the
raspberry lemonade. Itís even better.

DOGGETT
Sheís right. Youíre missing out.

MONICA
Here, try some of mine.

Monica hands her drink to Knowle, who takes a sip. He nods his head with approval.

KNOWLE
Youíre absolutely right. (beat)
Iím missing out.

He hands the drink back to Monica.

MONICA
So Dana, did you see any Brideís
Maids dresses at Daveís you liked?

Scully bites her lower lip with guilt.

SCULLY
Actually... I didnít really
look... I was... um...

MONICA
More interested in the wedding dresses?

Monica smiles at Scully.

SCULLY
(guilty)
Yeah.

MONICA
Thatís all right. We still have time.

DOGGETT
Youíre getting married in about two
months. Are you sure youíll have time?

KNOWLE
Of course she will. Sheís a Reyes.

MONICA
Velázquez-Reyes.

DOGGETT
Soon to be Follmer.

Monica smiles.

DOGGETT
Speaking of Brad. Whatís
he up to today?

MONICA
Well, heís probably sleeping
in since itís a Saturday. Then
heíll more than likely work
on some OPR paperwork.

DOGGETT
Heís been busy fixing corruption, huh?

Monica smiles weakly, trying to not look bothered by how much work Brad has been doing lately.

MONICA
Yeah. Well, you know how Alvin and
the Director are. They donít want him
to have many people in that office, so
he has to do it all himself until he
can convince them to give him more agents
to investigate the ďpettyĒ incidents. (beat)
Besides he couldnít join us today because
I was trying on wedding dresses.

SCULLY
Itís tradition.

KNOWLE
Yeah, we donít want you two
to have bad luck.

During this conversation, John seems to have slipped his thoughts elsewhere.

DOGGETT
Hey Knowle, what does Shannon
think of your goatee?

KNOWLE
My goatee?

Doggett nods his head.

KNOWLE
I donít know. Why?

DOGGETT
Well I know some women
donít like facial hair.

SCULLY
John? Are you thinking of
growing a goatee too?

Doggett smiles.

DOGGETT
You think I should?

SCULLY
The FBI wouldnít allow it.

Doggett shrugs his shoulders.

SCULLY
So Monica, do you think youíll
buy a dress from Daveís? Heís
got the best designs in the city.

MONICA
He had some nice dresses, but
they were too mass produced.

Scully looks at her with confusion.

SCULLY
What does that mean?

MONICA
They werenít comfortable. Not
made with heart. (beat) And they itched.

SCULLY
Really?

KNOWLE
Monicaís strange about
things made for the masses.

DOGGETT
Strange is an understatement.

SCULLY
I donít think I get it.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
My mother makes all of my clothing.

Scully cocks her eyebrow.

SCULLY
(intrigued)
Really?

MONICA
Yes.

SCULLY
Wow, I never wouldíve guessed.
(beat) She made what youíre wearing now?

Monica nods her head.

SCULLY
And I was going to ask you
where you bought it. (beat)
Sheís really good. Why donít
you have her make your dress?

DOGGETT
Thereís no time.

KNOWLE
Youíre so negative, John. (beat)
I mean, she could probably make
it and it would be better than
anything store bought because it
would be made with care and from the heart.

DOGGETT
Iím not negative. Iím just pointing
out a fact. (beat) Sheís getting married
in November, and today is the third of
September. (beat) Thereís no time.

KNOWLE
You just donít believe in
a Reyes, do you?

DOGGETT
Sheís only human.

MONICA
Thereís no point in arguing
this since itís my issue, right?

KNOWLE
I know, but Iím just
pointing out that it is possible.

DOGGETT
But it isnít.

Behind them, a woman coughs, turning the attention behind Monica and Knowle to see Shannon McMahon.

SHANNON
(not pleased)
Hello Knowle.

Knowle looks behind him and up at Shannon.

KNOWLE
(nervous)
Oh hey, Shaní.

SHANNON
So this is where you are. Why
didnít you tell me you were
going out for lunch with friends?

There is tension between Knowle and Shannon.

KNOWLE
Since when am I supposed to
tell you every move I make?

SHANNON
(sighs)
Well it wouldíve been nice to
know where you were this morning.

Knowle takes a sip of his tea.

KNOWLE
I was helping Monica find
a wedding dress-

SHANNON
(doubtful)
-Oh yeah, thatís believable.

MONICA
Actually, he was Shannon-

SHANNON
(snaps; angry)
-Stay out of this, Monica.

Knowle shoots a look at Shannon and stands up.

KNOWLE
(defensive)
Donít talk to her like that.

Scully stands up, sensing a tense and possibly heated argument that could turn ugly.

SCULLY
(keeping the peace)
Okay you two...

Scully steps in between them. John stands up, ready for anything. Scully did just step in between two mad Marines, and one of which doesnít like her.

Another man approaches them from another table. Knowle and Shannon continue their glares. The other man touches Shannon on her shoulder.

MAN
Shannon.

Shannon breaks eye contact and looks back at the man.

MAN
Letís just get back to our table.

Knowle looks at the man.

KNOWLE
Who are you?

MAN
Roger Thompson. Iím a General
with the United States Marine Corps.

The man extends his hand to Knowle and they shake.

KNOWLE
Knowle Rohrer, Corporal E-4, USMC.
(beat) How do you know Shannon?

SHANNON
Weíre friends.

Shannon gives Knowle a glare and then walks off with Roger Thompson.

Knowle turns and takes a seat again. Scully does as well, along with Doggett. Knowle takes a big drink of his ice tea. He senses everyone looking at him. He finishes his drink and puts the glass down on the table.

MONICA
(concerned)
Knowle... are you all right?

KNOWLE
Yeah, why?

DOGGETT
Because Shannon just walked off with-

KNOWLE
-You know what else is great
about this place? (beat) Besides
their ice tea and pizza?

No one responds. They donít know what to say.

KNOWLE (CONíT)
Their ice.

DOGGETT
Ice? Ice is ice.

KNOWLE
Thatís where youíre wrong, Johnny. (beat)
The quality of ice varies from place
to place. It depends on how the employees
take care of it. (beat) Here at Tonyís,
they keep their ice freezers clean. Other
restaurants will keep their ice over
night, not even cleaning the freezers.

DOGGETT
Youíve got a strange thing
for ice, Knowle.

KNOWLE
Have you ever been to a restaurant,
ordered a glass of water with ice,
and then went home feeling ill?

DOGGETT
Yeah. Itís called food poisoning.

KNOWLE
Where was it?

Doggett shrugs his shoulders.

DOGGETT
Donít remember.

KNOWLE
Sure you do. Was it
somewhere youíve been a lot?

DOGGETT
Maybe.

KNOWLE
You ordered the same thing
you always did, right?

DOGGETT
Probably.

KNOWLE
And in the past, you didnít
get sick, right?

Doggett thinks, then nods his head.

DOGGETT
Right.

SCULLY
It was chloramine.

KNOWLE
Exactly.

Knowle points to Scully, then looks at Doggett.

KNOWLE
Chloramine.

DOGGETT
I thought that was good
to have in water.

KNOWLE
It causes you to have an upset stomach,
making you think youíve got a minor
case of food poisoning. When really,
it was the ice you had with your water.

SCULLY
You know a lot about random
things, donít you?

KNOWLE
Yeah, I guess so.

MONICA
He once majored to be
a chef in college.

Scully looks at Knowle oddly. She never wouldíve guessed he could be one to cook.

The waiter comes over and brings both pizzas to the table. Doggett smiles, forgetting any problems or issues that have happened today.

CUT TO:

INT. WEDDING CAKE BAKERY Ė 1:30 P.M.

Doggett, Scully and Knowle are standing near the counter looking at all the cakes. Scully is examining them closely to have a good idea of what they should test.

Meanwhile, Monica is on her cell phone across the store. She is talking with Brad.

MONICA
(into phone)
Itís been fun. Youíve missed out on
a lot. Dana tried on a wedding dress
and proposed to John. (beat; laughs)
No, they arenít married. (beat) Anyway,
I was wondering if you wanted to come
downtown to test cakes with us. (long
beat; her expression changes to
disappointment) Oh, okay. I figured
you were busy, but thought Iíd ask anyway.

In the background, Knowle is watching, taking notice of Monicaís disappointment. He looks worried.

MNOICA
(after a beat)
Yeah, I can do that. (laughs a bit)
I canít guarantee I can keep Johnís
paws off of them. Heís been rather
hungry today.

Monica laughs again.

MONICA (CONíT)
All right. Iíll see you later then.
(beat) I love you too.

She hangs up her phone and lets out a little sigh as she puts her phone away. She comes over to John, Dana and Knowle.

DOGGETT
Is he coming?

MONICA
(hiding disappointment)
No, he canít. Heís busy.

She smiles weakly.

MONICA (CONíT)
But he did ask me to take home some
samples so he can try them too. (beat)
Which means, Mr. Hungry Doggett, you
canít eat any that we take away from here.

Doggett smiles.

DOGGETT
I promise. Scouts honor.

The baker comes over to them.

BAKER
Are you ready to start taste testing?

The baker smiles eagerly.

DOGGETT
(enthusiastic)
Yes we are.

BAKER
All right. Here is the first I
have prepared for you.

He hands a plate with four small squares of cake on it over the counter to them. Monica takes the first piece and nods in approval. She hands the plate to Knowle, who hands it to John, who hands it to Scully.

BAKER
This is my specialty cake.
White with vanilla frosting.
It is used at all the weddings.

MONICA
Itís very good.

DOGGETT
Yeah, I could have another.

Doggett grins and Scully nudges him lightly in the stomach. The baker hands over another plate.

BAKER
This one is a marble cake with
vanilla and chocolate mixed together.

Monica takes a piece and hands the plate down the line.

KNOWLE
I think this should be your cake, Moní.

MONICA
It is very good.

The baker smiles.

BAKER
Iíve got plenty more.

DOGGETT
Got any ice cream or
something to try with this too?

The baker nods his head.

BAKER
Of course. (beat) Iíll go get some.

MONICA
Iím also going to need to take
some samples of each home for
my fiancé. He wasnít able
to make it today.

BAKER
Not a problem.

The baker smiles and goes into the back kitchen to get more.

SCULLY
Mon, are you going to shove the
cake in Bradís face at the reception,
or are you going to be clean about it?

MONICA
Depends.

She smiles.

SCULLY
Iíd be the one to throw cake
in the face... just as long
as my husband didnít do the
same to me.

Monica laughs.

SCULLY
Have you practiced your kiss?

MONICA
We kiss all the time.

SCULLY
Not everyday kissing. Your wedding
kiss. Thereís a difference.

MONICA
No, I guess not. (beat) Itís not
like weíre going to gross out
everyone or anything like that.

SCULLY
Yeah, but it is your wedding
kiss Monica. You have to get it perfect.

MONICA
Well, I know how I want it to
be. (beat) Not too long. Not too
short. Tongues arenít going to
be stuck down our throats in
wild passion, but just a
little, you know?

DOGGETT
Show us.

Monica gives him a weird look.

MONICA
Excuse me?

DOGGETT
Show us what you mean.

MONICA
(appauled)
With you?

DOGGETT
(disgusted)
Ew! No!

KNOWLE
Itís not like sheís repulsive, John.

DOGGETT
(to Monica)
Show us on Knowle. Heíll kiss anyone.

Knowle freezes.

KNOWLE
(nervous)
I-I donít think that
would be right, John.

Knowle nervously scratches the back of his neck. Scully tilts her head and cocks her eyebrow. From what sheís heard of Knowle in the past, heís not the one to be nervous about kissing a woman...

DOGGETT
What? Are you scared?

KNOWLE
Iím not scared. Itís just
that sheís with Brad.

DOGGETT
That didnít stop you in the past.

KNOWLE
That was high school, John.

MONICA
Itís not a big deal you guys.
If Knowle doesnít want to kiss
me, he doesnít have to.

Knowle looks at Monica.

KNOWLE
(nervous)
Wait... are you saying you
want to kiss me?

MONICA
Well Dana is right. So I think
maybe I should get some opinions
of what I have in my mind.

Knowle freezes in shock.

KNOWLE
(after a beat/nervous)
Uh... okay... If-if you want
to, I-I donít mind.

He rubs that back of his neck. Scully canít help but smiles at the Big Guy being all nervous about having Monica kiss him.

Monica gives him a curious look.

MONICA
Knowle, you all right?

Knowle stops rubbing the back of his neck, realizing the nervous habit he was doing.

KNOWLE
(a little too quick)
Yeah, why?

MONICA
You just seem really nervous.

Knowle smiles and nervously laughs it off.

KNOWLE
Youíre talkiní crazy.

MONICA
Iím not going to bite, Knowle.

Monica comes up to him.

MONICA
I just need an opinion.

KNOWLE
No problem.

He smiles down at her as she puts her arms around his neck, gently bringing his lips down to meet hers, gently opening her mouth and inserting her tongue to meet his. Knowle shuts his eyes, and slowly and gently runs his hand across her face, pulling her into a more passionate kiss than what was anticipated. After a moment, they part Ė both a little winded.

Scully is wide-eyed.

MONICA
(quiet)
Wow...

SCULLY
(shocked)
Yeah, wow is right.

Scully looks at Knowle, who takes a step back from Monica, in a little bit of disbelief as he realizes how he just kissed her. He rubs the back of his neck nervously.

DOGGETT
(oblivious)
Mon, you should do it exactly
like that at your wedding.

MONICA
(a bit in a daze)
Yeah... (beat) Well Knowle (clears
throat) Thank you for helping me.

Knowle clears his throat.

KNOWLE
(hiding his feelings)
Yeah. No problem.

The baker comes out, followed by other employees carrying ice cream and cake.

BAKER
Okay, we have plenty more
to test today.

Doggett eyes light up.

DOGGETT
(excited)
Sweet.

Scully smiles at John, and her eyes glance at Knowle and Monica Ė something was definitely sensed from Knowle during that kiss, and now Knowle is giving off an awkward vibe, which therefore creates an awkward tension between him and Monica.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARK Ė FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA Ė 3:00 P.M.

Doggett and Scully are strolling down a walking trail, holding hands, enjoying the fresh air.

DOGGETT
Oh man, Iím completely full.
Iím skipping dinner tonight.

Scully smiles.

SCULLY
Me too. That cake was good, but
I had too much. (beat) Itís a good
thing we all agreed on going to
the park to walk.

DOGGETT
Iím just glad I didnít eat
before going out today. Or
else Iíd be running with Mon and Knowle.

He laughs.

SCULLY
(playfully defensive)
Hey, what does that mean for me
if Iím sluggishly walking with you?

DOGGETT
It doesnít matter. Walking is
better for your joints.

SCULLY
Exactly. (beat) Besides, I bet
weíll find them sitting somewhere
waiting for us.

DOGGETT
Probably.

They walk in silence for a few beats.

SCULLY
So your friend Knowle... heís interesting.

DOGGETT
(sighs)
Iím sorry about him and how
rude he was to you a couple
times today. Itís just-

SCULLY
-Itís not that that I find
interesting. I can see where
heís coming from. (beat) What
I find interesting about him,
is how heís been acting
around Monica today.

Doggett looks confused.

DOGGETT
What do you mean? Heís always
been this way with her.

SCULLY
Even with that kiss?

DOGGETT
Heís a player.

SCULLY
I know players, and that didnít
seem like a ďplayerís kissĒ to me.

Doggett shakes his head.

DOGGETT
What are you saying?

SCULLY
I think he loves Monica.

Doggett canít help but burst out laughing at that one.

DOGGETT
Oh Dana, youíre lookiní too deep.
(laughs) The Roar doesnít love.
Remember his fear of the L-M-C-Cs?

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
Yeah I do, but that doesnít
mean he canít change.

DOGGETT
(humored)
Dana, when we find him, I want
you to ask him about a pact that
was made in high school between
him and I, and then ask about
the laminated card he carries.

Scully gives him a strange look.

SCULLY
(curious)
Laminated card?

Doggett nods his head. He canít help but be tickled and humored by what Scully is telling him.

SCULLY
Maybe you just donít see it because
youíve been around him for so many
years. (beat) I mean, come on, John,
Knowle defended Monica when his girlfriend
snapped at her. Did you see how he
stood up quick to defend her. It was
like you when I stepped in between them.

Doggett shakes his head.

DOGGETT
(humored)
Youíre reaching.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARK Ė A LITTLE WAYS AWAY FROM DOGGETT & SCULLY

Monica and Knowle jog casually down the walking path. Monica is starting to fall behind. She canít keep up with Knowle.

MONICA
(slowing down)
Okay Knowle. You win. You out run me.

She stops running, and Knowle turns around and walks back to her.

MONICA
(exhausted)
Iím so slow.

Knowle smiles at her.

KNOWLE
You just donít run as
much as I do.

MONICA
I also donít have to since Iím
not a federal agent anymore. (beat)
Can we sit on the bench over there?
I need to catch my breath. (beat)
Youíre tough to keep up with.

Knowle laughs a little and smiles at her.

KNOWLE
Sure. Letís go rest and wait
for John and Dana.

Knowle puts his arm around Monicaís shoulder and they walk over to the bench that is in a little clearing looking out at the walking path.

A man, dressed all in black with a black trench coat, is walking towards them. Dark shades cover his eyes and his hair is cut extremely short. He takes off his sunglasses and his eyes meet with Monicaís. The man smoothly pulls a small, white card out of one of his coat pockets.

MAN
(eerie, mysterious, vague)
Youíre bound to get hurt going
down the path youíve chosen
for yourself, Monica.

As he walks by Monica and Knowle, he places the card in Monicaís hand. She and Knowle turn to watch the mysterious man walk away.

MAN
Itís time to discover who
you are, Monica.

The man doesnít even turn to look at them.

KNOWLE
Hey!

The man keeps walking.

KNOWLE
HEY!

Knowle makes a motion, as if heís going to go after the man. Monica stops him.

MONICA
Itís okay, Knowle.

Knowle looks down at her. Her eyes still focus on the strange man walking away from them.

KNOWLE
You know him?

MONICA
No.

She looks down at her hand and holds up the white, business sized card. It is blank. She turns it over and sees an address printed in black in the middle of the card.

KNOWLE
What is it?

MONICA
(vague)
Something I should go to.

She turns around and walks towards the bench. Knowle stands for a moment at a complete loss. He follows and sits down next to her.

KNOWLE
So what is this ďsomething
you should go toĒ?

MONICA
A psychic support group.

She puts the card in her wallet.

KNOWLE
How do you know that card
is for a psychic support-

Knowle stops himself when he realizes how she knows. Monica smiles at him.

MONICA
I just know. (beat) Like he knew
my name, saw my ability.

Knowle shakes his head.

KNOWLE
I donít know, Monica. He gave
me the creeps. I donít trust
him, and I donít want you
getting hurt.

Monica takes a deep breath and slowly exhales.

MONICA
I donít have anyone else who
understands what Iím going through.

She leans back on the bench.

MONICA (CONíT)
Bradís so busy, it just seems like
he doesnít care or want anything to
do with this. Sometimes I think the
only reason he wants me to take the
damn medication is so he doesnít have
to deal with me.

Tears come to her eyes.

KNOWLE
(caring)
You say you ďthinkĒ. You donít
know for sure? Even with your ability?

MONICA
Dana brought up the same issue
this morning. (beat) A psychic
can not see or know things that
are going or currently are happening
to them. (beat) So I donít know what
Brad thinks about all of this. (beat)
Itís the one thing I wish I knew.

Monica stares off into the park at children playing.

MONICA
(after a beat)
I havenít talked to him about things
that happened to me at that research
facility. Iím afraid to face it, and that
fear makes me think Brad wonít understand.
(beat) His work is more important to
him than I am.

Monica shuts her eyes, and a couple tears fall down her face. Knowle listens to her.

MONICA
(after a beat)
You know, a while back I was thinking
of leaving Brad for this guy I used to
be involved with in New Orleans. (beat)
Robert, the guy, he doesnít know about
the facility. He doesnít know about my
psychic ability, about the daughter I
lost. He doesnít know anything Iíve been
through. (beat) I was going to leave Brad
for him because-

She starts to cry. Knowle puts his arms around her, and pulls her into a hug that is more appreciated than he even knows.

KNOWLE
(soft; finishing her sentence)
Because you believed that being with
this Robert guy would make things easier, right?

Monica nods her head and wipes tears away.

KNOWLE (CONíT)
You could forget everything with him.
Move on in your life and never look
back. (beat) Push all your fears, feelings
and emotions to the back of your soul
and never see them again. (beat) Just
like when you went to New Orleans before.
And just like when you were involved with
this guy before. (beat) Am I right?

Monica nods her head and wipes more tears away. Her crying has stopped.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
I donít think I have to tell you
this, but that would only make
things worse for you.

MONICA
I know. (beat) I would never
face anything that happened to
me. I would never emotionally move on.

She takes a deep breath. Knowle lifts her face so she can look into his eyes. He gently wipes away the remainder of her tears from her face.

MONICA
(after a beat)
I feel guilty for having those thoughts.

KNOWLE
Itís natural, Monica. Donít feel
guilty. (beat) You didnít run off
to him. You made the correct decision,
and that, sweetheart, has saved you.

Monica smiles weakly.

MONICA
I still donít know how to talk
to him. How do I tell him why I
donít want to take my medicine?
(beat) My God, weíve been through
that argument a thousand times over.
(beat) Again and again and again.
Itís all the same. (beat) I canít
get him to understand.

Tears come again to her eyes.

MONICA (CONíT)
I mean, I lost a daughter and I
canít bring it up with him. He
doesnít even try to bring it up
with me. (beat) Does he not care?
Or is it because he wasnít there?
Maybe itís because he barely knew
I was pregnant.

Monica sits quietly, trying to understand. But the same thought keeps entering her mind: Bradís job.

She shakes her head.

MONICA
(after a beat)
He cares more about his job, Knowle.

Knowle watches her. Tears forming in his eyes. It hurts him to see her so sad, depressed, hurt, and feeling like she isnít cared for Ė especially when he knows how much Brad loves and cares for her.

MONICA
(after a long beat)
This is why Iím going to
this meeting, Knowle. (beat)
I have no one who understands me.

Monica stares straight ahead with a numb expression. Knowle looks down, whishing there was something he could do to help her, but there is nothing. No comforting words. Monica needs someone to understand her. But more importantly, she needs Bradís understanding most of all.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF BRAD & MONICAíS APARTMENT Ė 7:45 P.M.

Knowle stands in front of Brad and Monicaís door. He looks at a loss, not sure what heís doing here. But he knows he has to do something, and before he knows it, he knocks on the door.

A moment later, Brad opens the door.

BRAD
(surprised)
Knowle. Hey.

KNOWLE
(serious)
Is Monica here?

BRAD
No, you just missed her. She
said she was going to the pool
to work off some of the cake she
ate. (beat) Which is odd because
she doesnít swim. I just figured
itís a weird Monica thing.

Brad smiles. Knowle does not.

KNOWLE
(serious)
I need to talk to you. (beat)
May I come in?

Brad stands to the side and allows Knowle in.

BRAD
(shutting door)
Want some cake? Moní brought
a ton home for me.

KNOWLE
No thank you. I had a
lot today myself.

BRAD
(remembering)
Thatís right.

Brad leads Knowle into the living room.

BRAD
Have a seat.

He signals to a chair and Knowle sits down.

BRAD
Want something to drink?

KNOWLE
(serious)
No. I just really need to
talk to you, Brad. (beat)
Itís about Monica.

Brad senses Knowleís concern and sits down.

BRAD
(serious)
What about her?

Knowle lets out a sigh. He hasnít even thought of where to begin.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
Monica collapsed today.

Knowle waits a beat for Bradís reaction. Brad just looks at him with concern.

KNOWLE
(after a small beat)
She didnít want anyone to tell
you because she collapsed because
she hasnít been taking her medicine
and felt something so powerful that
it made her weak. (beat) I see this
comes as news to you.

Brad leans back slowly in his chair.

BRAD
(worried)
Why didnít she tell me?

KNOWLE
She thinks youíre going to
be mad at her because she
hasnít been taking her meds.

Knowle waits a beat for everything to register with Brad.

KNOWLE
After I dropped Monica off earlier
this evening, I talked with John and Dana.

Brad listens.

KNOWLE
I brought up my concerns about
Monica, and Dana informed me that
Monica had told her that she doesnít
want to take the medication because
it reminds her of being at the facility
she was held at in New York. (beat) While
there, Monica was kept in isolation, and
had no control over the events in her life.
(beat) She was left alone to deal with
everything that happened to her. (beat)
Dana, who was Monicaís doctor, told me that
Monica suffered from depression and even
tried to kill herself once.

Brad nods his head. He knew about that.

KNOWLE
You know about that?

BRAD
Yes, I am aware of that.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
I believe she is still suffering
from depression, Brad. (beat) She
told me how she canít talk to you
about the loss of your daughter
because she doesnít think you
understand, or even care.

Brad looks up with shock. Of course he cares.

KNOWLE
(re: Bradís look)
I know you care, Brad. Iím sure youíve
even told her too. (beat) This is what
she told me. (beat) She also frequently
brought up how much work youíve been doing lately.

Knowle eyes the paperwork on the coffee table, indicating that Brad has not been lying to her about the amount of work heís been doing.

After a beat, Knowle looks Brad in the eyes with intense seriousness.

KNOWLE
Donít repeat what happened to you
two in New York, Brad. (beat) Donít
make your job a priority over her.
Youíll loose her, Brad, and neither
one of you needs that.

Brad looks down. This was the last thing he ever expected to hear come out of Knowle Rohrer. But heís glade heís heard it. He doesnít want to loose Monica, and he hadnít realized his job was taking a priority of him and Monica.

Brad leans forward, his face falling into his hands. He rubs his eyes and looks up at Knowle.

BRAD
Iíve been such an asshole, Knowle.

KNOWLE
No you havenít.

Brad looks at him with doubt.

BRAD
How can you say that after
everything you just told me?

KNOWLE
Because you realize the mistakes.
(beat) She just needs you to understand
her. Listen to her. Tell her that everything
will be okay. Let her know that she can
talk to you, Brad. (beat) She just needs
you to be here for her. Thatís all. (beat)
Talk thing out. Be honest with each other.
(beat) But just understand her.

Brad nods his head. Itís easier said than done, but he wants to work this out with her. He doesnít want to drive her away from him, and he doesnít want to push her away and make her feel that she canít talk to him.

BRAD
Weíre in trouble, arenít we?

KNOWLE
Youíre heading there. Unless
you both start talking to each
other. (beat) Which brings me
to the other reason I came here.

Brad listens.

KNOWLE
Monica didnít go to the pool tonight.
Sheís at a support group for psychics.

Brad cocks his eyebrow.

BRAD
She is?

KNOWLE
Yeah. When we were in the park
today, this creepy man bumped
into her, saying something about her
being hurt if she continues down the
path sheís chosen and that it was
time for her to discover who she is.
He knew her name and everything.

BRAD
Does she know him?

KNOWLE
No. (beat) But thatís where she is tonight.

Brad nods his head.

BRAD
Thank you for telling me. (beat)
And for talking to me about this.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
I donít want to see you guys fall
apart because of this. (beat) I can
tell you mean a lot to one another.

Brad nods his head. Heís still very worried for Monica. Especially now knowing sheís been invited to a psychic support group by a guy, described by Knowle Rohrer, as ďcreepyĒ.

INT. HOUSE Ė 8:11 P.M.

The mysterious man from the park, Samuel DeWitt, still dressed all in black, only now with his trench coat removed sits in a chair. Heís already in conversation.

SAMUEL DeWITT
... and it was in her that I could
see the beginning and the end.

He looks over to Monica, who sits across the room. Three other people look over at Monica. The eldest of the three is a black man named Elmer Greentree Ė the leader of this group who has the most experience. There is also a young blond man, named Mark, who sits next to a young blond woman name Ellen Polaski, better known as Satori (whom Mulder received advice from in 7x22 ďThe Truth BeginsĒ).

ELMER
(to Monica)
Would you mind introducing
yourself to everyone, Monica?

Monica clears her throat.

MONICA
Um, Iím Monica de Velázquez-Reyes.
I... (thinks) Iíve had a Gift ever
since I was a child.

SATORI
Whatís your Gift?

She smiles warmly at Monica.

SATORI (CONíT)
Everyone here has different Gifts.
(beat) Empathy, psychic...

MONICA
Its difficult to narrow down
exactly. (beat) I can see lost
souls, hear thoughts, know things
about the future that other do not,
feel what someone else is feeling...

Satori nods her head.

SATORI
Wow. So you have a little bit
of everything.

Monica nods her head.

ELMER
Tell us about the history of your Gift.

MONICA
(nods head)
Well, I had it when I was younger.
(beat) I was once locked in a casket
by my brothers. When I was in there I
had this intense feeling wash over me.
I was being buried alive. I was crying.
(beat) Recently I found out that my
mother was buried alive. I felt her presence
when I was in that casket. She helped to
calm me. Thatís the most powerful memory
I have when I was a kid. (beat) As I got
older it went away... sort of. I can
talk to my grandmother by means of telepathy.
Thatís been a constant. But my psychic
ability and the ability to feel what
others are feeling went away until recently.

Everyone listens to her story.

MONICA (CONíT)
I was taken to this research facility
in which the tests they did on me brought
everything back... full force. (beat) The
doctors gave me medication, but it doesnít
work. It only reminds me of being at that
place. (beat) No one understand me. They
donít know what to do with me or something.

SATORI
I get this feeling that you lost
something very close to you.

Monica nods her head, fighting back tears.

MONICA
A daughter. (beat) I had an abortion
forced onto me. No one talks to me
about that either. (beat) I mean, I
just wish Ė not for everyone Ė but for
the one person closest to me to
understand. (beat) But I think heís pushing
me away. Making his work, his job
more important than me.

SAMUEL DeWITT
Open up to him, Monica. Help him
understand so he can help you. (beat)
If you donít youíll end up getting
hurt. I warned you of this earlier.
(beat) Youíll only grow distant and
you will fall apart. Not just you
and your fiancé, but your
friends and family as well.

Monica looks at him with worry.

ELMER
Itís good you came here.

Elmer gives Monica a reassuring look. He recognizes Monicaís Gifts and knows she needs help with her abilities. Monica doesnít only need emotional support from Brad, but she needs help in dealing with her ability and Elmer sees this. He sees that her abilities will become worse as time goes on and the date gets closer to alien colonization.

Monica nods her head. Already she feels better because of coming here. Her fears of dealing with this alone have diminished. But she still hopes that the one person she cares most about will come to understand her.

Off this we...

FADE OUT:

THE END.

 


 

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