Inspector Phoebe Green of Scotland Yard contacts Mulder and Scully for assistance in the protection of a British diplomat, Sir Marsden in the US with his family following a foiled assassination attempt.
Phoebe, a girlfriend of Mulder's while he was at Oxford explains that there has been a series of British aristocrats burned to death by an unknown assailant.
Mulder tells Scully that he is afraid of fire and Phoebe knows it, that this is the sort of 'mind game' she likes to play. In order to spare Scully the ordeal Mulder decides to help Phoebe on his own. A move that causes resentment in an already jealous Scully.
Following a fire in a local bar in which a witness claims that a man with a British accent caught fire, although no body is found in the ashes, Mulder formulates a theory that the man has the ability to control fire, that he has been using this ability to kill. When a fire breaks out in a hotel where the Marsdens are attending a party that traps their children upstairs, Mulder is overcome as he tries to rescue them, although the children are still saved, by the Marsden's caretaker Bob much to the their delight.
However Scully working on the case herself manages to match a name Cecil L'Ively from a list of people the previous victim's employed. Records show L'Ively has recently been issued a US visa. When Scully gets a description of the man, she realises that he is the Marsden's caretaker Bob. But can Mulder overcome his fear of fire in time to foil L'Ively's plan.
Scully: "Wow, I forgot what it was like to spend a day in court."
Mulder: "That's one of the luxuries to hunting down aliens and genetic mutants....you rarely get to press charges!"
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|| Larry Shaw
|| Special Agent Fox Mulder
|| Special Agent Dana Scully
|| Cecil L'ively
|| Phoebe Green
|| Sir Malcolm Marsden
|| Bar Patron||
|| Lady Malcolm||
|| Driver #1||
|| Gray-Haired Man||
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