A summary of the end of season one: trust, dim lights, very close talking, 90s fashion, CAR SCENE, my emotional downfall.
Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:
- Mulder says “Downright spooooky.”
- Mulder sasses the Lone Gunmen; Scully is into it.
- Mulder is someone.
- “Mulder, YOU’RE the only one I trust.”
- This is how everyone tells everyone that they’ll see them in an hour.
- “We’re alone on this. There’s no one we can trust.” I’m picking up on a theme.
- “No wait wait, this is the part where they bring in Elvis.”
- Superior timing on those dramatic looks.
- They’ve got that WHOLE hospital hallway, and they stand two inches from each other and whisper about their favorite movies.
- “Well, they told me that even though my deodorant’s made for a woman, it’s strong enough for a man.”
- Danger is closing in, but please take a minute to hold each other in a dark cabin in the middle of the woods.
- “Rugged, manly men, in the full bloom of their manhood.”
- “Come on, Scully; it’ll be a nice trip to the forest.”
- Scully suggests that they’ve walked into a war that’s already started, and Mulder looks at Scully like he’ll walk into any war with her, and it doesn’t matter who started it because they’ll finish it, TOGETHER.
- I think I remember this Lands’ End catalog.
- Just. HIS SEMI TURTLENECK.
- ALL OF THE FASHION IN THIS EPISODE.
- Scully panics about the bugs and Mulder grabs her hands and calms her down, and then they sit on that bed like their survival depends on how close her chin is to his shoulder.
- “Now I really don’t care about MY record, but you’d be in trouble just sitting in this car.” Mulder is so protective of Scully’s right to decide how people see her. He gave up on being respected by the Bureau a long time ago, but Scully respects him, and in doing so, she’s risked her reputation with the FBI. He’s constantly aware of what she’s giving up to support him, and he would never take advantage of that.
- She calls him Fox!
- “Mulder, I wouldn’t put myself on the line for anybody but you.”
- “If there’s an iced tea in that bag, it could be love.” Oh LET’S JUST FOLLOW UP THAT INTENSE MOMENT OF INTIMACY BY ADDING LOVE TO THE CONVERSATION.
- “Must be fate, Mulder–“
- “Root beer.”
- “You can get the next mutant.” Mulder removes his jacket and tie, takes my heart, and runs away with it.
- Notice how much denial they’re in.
- Was origami really that obscure in 1994?
- “Did you catch the bouquet?” “MayyyyyBE!”
- He’s putting his hand on the small of her back again.
- Mulder pointing at math is really doing it for me.
- Password whisperer.
“The Erlenmeyer Flask”
- “You wanna find out for me?” He asks her to run a lab test like he’s asking her to come over to his place late at night.
- “I should know by now to trust your instincts.” “Why? Nobody else does.” I love the way he puts her at ease here. Scully knows that Mulder is used to being laughed out of every room, and she doesn’t want to be a part of that. You can see in her little smile how much she regrets contributing to it, and how grateful she is that he’s forgiven her so easily. I think it genuinely IS easy for Mulder, because he knows how much she cares. He doesn’t look upset with Scully so much as in awe of her, of the fact that he’s found someone who respects him and wants his respect in return.
- Scully risks EVERYTHING to rescue him, and even when Deep Throat has been shot, she runs to Mulder first, to be sure that he’s okay.
- Mulder calls Scully to tell her that they’re shutting down the X files, and she’s all about lodging a complaint, because she wants to keep working with him.
- On the bright side, if they don’t work together anymore, they don’t have to deal with the FBI’s pesky fraternization rules.
And there’s season one! Thanks for joining. May there be countless hospital bedsides and 90s windbreakers in our future.