The episode opens on the Boulle Behavioral Laboratory in Richmond, Massachusetts. A man in a white lab coat enters a high security room with the sign “No Food Past This Point.” Inside, Hamlet’s famous soliloquy (Act 3, Scene 1) as read by Edward Woodward, is being played from an tape reel. The doctor grabs a folder and begins to walk around the room, which is populated by 13 monkeys, all pounding on computer keyboards, writing gibberish to the screen. However, at the end of the table, one monkey appears to be doing quite well, in fact, he’s typing the script of Hamlet verbatum. Shocked, the doctor drops his notepad and rushes from the room. When he returns, with three other scientists in tow, there is no evidence of Hamlet on the screen, just more gibberish. As the doctor and colleagues leave the room, the monkey closes out the gibberish document and begins to write anew: “A Short History of My Demeaning Captivity.”
When a partially eaten homeless man is discovered in the New Jersey Woods, Mulder links it to an old X-files of a similar incident back in 1947 when a motorist was attacked while changing a flat tire. Police found him dead with his arm gnawed off and later shot and killed a half man, half beast creature they tracked to a cave. Mulder believes it could be the mythical Jersey Devil and begins to investigate. With Scully maintaining that the homeless man was attacked by a wild animal and returning to Washington. Mulder looks in to the case himself, he interviews a local homeless man Jack, who tells him he has seen something scavenging for food in nearby bins. Mulder stakes out the area that evening and it rewarded when the creature appears, Mulder gives chase but looses it in the woods, based on what he saw Mulder concludes the creature is a female, forced in to the city for food. But his efforts are not appreciated by the local Atlanta city law enforcement officials who would prefer to cover things up so as not to affect the local tourist industry which the city depends on. Local Park Ranger Peter Boulle is more receptive to Mulder’s ideas, having worked in the woods all his life, he has seen some strange things and freely admits he never goes in to the woods without his firearm anymore. With help from Ranger Boulle and anthropologist Roger Diamond, Mulder and Scully track the creature but Atlantic city police officers kill it before they can intervene.
Mulder: “Don’t you have a life Scully?”
Scully: “Keep that up, Mulder, and I’ll hurt you like that beast woman”