At a prison farm in Mississippi, inmate Pinker Rawls is put in to solitary confinement following an assault on a fellow prisoner. Rawls is held in the shack in the middle of the work yard. But while the other inmates prepare for an approaching storm, a passing tornado rips up the shack and deposits it 3 miles away, Rawls is presumed dead. Shortly afterwards the Captain of the prison is found cut in two in his locked office. Mulder and Scully are brought in to work the case, Scully performs an autopsy on the Captain and speculates about spontaneous human combustion as the causing factor. But when Mulder finds the wall in the Captain's office is so brittle he can knock holes in it, he is convinced the Captain was murdered.
That evening a security guard finds Rawls in the Val-U-Mart store stealing clothes and arrests him, handcuffing him while he radios in. But Rawls manages to escape the handcuffs and steals the guard's car. When Mulder examines the handcuffs, he discovers that they too are very brittle, so brittle he can break them in two with his hands.
Further investigation reveals that Rawls carried out a robbery eight years earlier and the ninety thousand dollars was never recovered, it appears he is trying to find his old girlfriend June, to get what he is due.
Mulder theories that Rawls is able to pass through objects by some how changing their composition, a possible side affect of his encounter with the tornado. But how can they stop a man with such a power.
Mulder: "Dear Diary: Today my heart leapt when Agent Scully
suggested spontaneous human combustion. "
Scully: "Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented
Scully: (In response to Mulder's look) "Mulder shut up!"
|| Ken Hawryliw
|| Jim Guttridge
|| Rob Bowman
|| Special Agent Fox Mulder
|| Special Agent Dana Scully
|| Pinker Rawls
|| June Gurwitch/Burdett
|| Jackie Gurwitch
| Frank Novak
|| Superintendent Raybert Fellowes
|| Robert Werther
|| Security Guard
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