Times Mulder and Scully Should Have Made Out This Week, Volume 4

Welcome to season two of The X-Files: now with more angst, more nightmares, and more people who treat Scully and Mulder like the couple that they already are.

Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:

“Little Green Men”

  • As soon as the X-Files were terminated, Scully and Mulder developed an entire system of codes to send secret messages to each other, because they don’t know how to function in the Bureau independently of one another, and it’s delightful.
  • Scully utilized that system JUST BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO TALK.
  • “So what do you want?” “To know that you’re all right.”
  • Mulder doubts himself because he feels that he should have some solid evidence by now. He learned that from Scully. PERSONAL GROWTH, you guys. And it’s not just that the loss of the X-Files has made him question his life’s work. It’s that Dana Scully made him feel he didn’t HAVE to question it, because if a woman as rational and fair and scientific as Scully could respect what he believed, then he could respect it too.
  • Scully doesn’t want Mulder to give up, because he expanded her world just as she grounded his. And then she rubs his head.

x files little green men head touch

  • MULDER IS RECORDING HIS OBSERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO HER, because he depends on her process and her insights.
  • “Before, I could only trust myself. Now I can only trust you. And they’ve taken you away from me.”
  • She tracks down Mulder and his glorious cut-off t-shirt in Puerto Rico and evades surveillance like it’s nothing, because she’s Dana Scully, and then he grabs onto her for dear life and she caresses his face. The answer to “Here or here?” is EVERYWHERE, by the way.
'Here, or HERE?"

And the question is “Where should you touch each other?”

  • REALLY with that t-shirt.
  • Mulder keeps one hand on Scully throughout the car chase, to protect her.
  • “I still have you.”

x files little green men hands

“The Host”

  • Mulder is “experiencing violent impulses,” but Scully is armed, so she’ll take her chances.
  • He only wants to stay at the FBI if he can work with her.
  • Scully laughs at Mulder’s crazy theory, just like old times. Only this time it hurts!

x files host felt like old times

  • A tiny window is a great excuse to stand RIGHT ON TOP of each other.

x files doorway

  • “I hope you know that I’d consider it more than a professional loss if you decided to leave.”
Scully tucks her hair a lot in this episode, and I'm going to take it as a sign of sexual frustration.

Scully tucks her hair a lot in this episode, and I’m going to take it as a sign of sexual frustration.

“Blood”

  • “Sorry, I can’t hear you over my lack of Scully.”–Fox Mulder’s baby pout

x files blood mulder

  • Mulder writes Scully about all of his cases, and Scully talks back to his reports because it’s the closest thing she has to working with him. This is not okay.
  • “So Mulder, where’s your little partner?” “She wouldn’t come. She’s afraid of her love for you.”
  • “I’d love to tell you that I flew 300 miles in the middle of the night to perform tests that proved that you were about to become the next Charles Manson.” Would you, Scully? Is arresting Mulder a fantasy for you? Let’s explore this.
  • SHE FLEW 300 MILES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR HIM.
  • “Scully, are you familiar with subliminal messages?”

“Sleepless”

  • Mulder’s shrug when they enter the lab says, “Well I’m back, you can’t get rid of me,” while ALSO saying, “Wanna hug?”

x files sleepless greeting

  • Scully would take that hug, but look how disappointed she is that they aren’t alone.
  • Coordination.

x files sleepless coordination

  • “I’m surprised I put up with you for so long.”
We're just being cute and joking, right Mulder? I WANT TO PUT UP WITH YOU, MULDER.

We’re just being cute and joking, right Mulder? I WANT TO PUT UP WITH YOU, MULDER.

  • “Reassigning them to other sections seems only to have strengthened their determination.” Don’t doubt it for a second.

“Duane Barry”

  • I assume that this is how Mulder comes to Scully in her dreams.

x files speedo

  • She’s making a habit of flying to different states because she’s worried about him.
  • Nobody tells Dana Scully to calm down.

x files duane barry scully

  • Scully picks up those headphones and becomes the voice in Mulder’s head, calmly guiding him through the negotiation. Their relationship is a painting and I have hung it in my heart.
  • The way she yells “MULDER” into her phone is so charged with fear, but also with how much she trusts him to save her.

“Ascension”

  • She’s still yelling his name and crawling for the phone. HELP.

x files ascension scully mulder crawl

  • Mulder’s going to tear down the world to get her back.

x files ascension hurt her

x files ascension mulder hands

  • I love that he wants to give Scully’s cross necklace back to her mom, but what I love even more is that Mrs. Scully wants him to hold on to it for her. Mrs. Scully ships it.

x files ascension cross necklace

“3”

  • Mulder is WEARING SCULLY’S CROSS NECKLACE.

x files 3 mulder cross

  • And nothing else happened in this episode, bye!

“One Breath”

  • He’s SO UPSET that anyone could neglect Scully. He’ll throw himself at anyone who doesn’t treat her like the most important person in the world, and he doesn’t even care what they do to him. YOU FIGHT FOR HER, MULDER.
Is it called "One Breath" because that's how many times the average viewer breathes over the course of the episode?

I didn’t breathe for this entire scene.

  • He feels so much guilt for ever putting her in danger, but Skinner doesn’t let him give in to it. “Agent Mulder every life, every day, is in danger. That’s just life.”
  • “Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more. Even if it doesn’t bring her back, at least she’ll know. And so will you.” The whole Scully family is on board this ship.
  • Mulder is so scared to be in that hospital room. He’s always had something to chase after, and he thinks that he can fix this by chasing the people who did this to Scully, but all he can do is sit with her.
x files one breath mulder strength

“I don’t know if my being here will help bring you back. But I am here.”

  • Scully tells him later that she had the strength of HIS beliefs to pull her back, which is basically like admitting that she wouldn’t be here without him. But I love that she comes back on her own time, to be sure that she’s not just living because Mulder wants her to, but because she does. Dana Scully brings herself back from the brink of death, thanks very much.

x files one breath scully canoe

  • The TENDERNESS in her voice when she corrects her mom for calling him “Fox” is OVERWHELMING.

x files one breath not fox mulder

  • Oh hey, love of my life.

x files one breath scully hospital mulder

  • The necklace is returned, looks are exchanged, and hands are held.
He's so bashful.

He’s so bashful.

  • “Brought you something. Superstars of the Super Bowls.” “I knew there was a reason to live.”

“Firewalker”

  • Mulder wants to make sure that Scully isn’t rushing back into anything.
  • “I’m counting on you to keep us all from ending up on that slab.”

x files firewalker shoulder

  • NECK STROKING.
That look on her face brought to you by the man who just called Scully his "colleague."

“Colleagues,” sure.

“Red Museum”

  • Scully does not play around with her BBQ ribs.

x files red museum bbq

  • They’re staring at each other’s lips.

x files red museum talking

“Excelsis Dei”

  • Scully has made herself at home in Mulder’s office when he’s not around.
  • Dramatic water rescue, like they’re role-playing scenes from Titanic, but not the right ones.

x files excelsis dei water

“Aubrey”

  • “I seem to recall you having some pretty extreme hunches.” “I never have!”

x files aubrey hunch scully

x files aubrey hunch mulder

  • It’s Mulder’s turn to get a neck rub now.

x files aubrey mulder neck

“Irresistible”

  • He still just wants to open the car door for her.

x files irresistible car door

  • “Forty yard line, Scully. You and me.” Yes please.
  • “I trust him as much as anyone. I trust him with my life.”
  • “Anyway, you could use my help.” “Always.”
  • Scully has to be so tough to survive this job. She relies on her ability to protect herself and others, and she doesn’t want Mulder to feel that he has to protect her. But Mulder has never felt that he HAS to shield her from pain. He just wants to give her a safe place to process it, and the strongest thing Scully can do right now is accept what he’s offering her.
I'm not okay.

The way he closes his eyes and kisses her head as she draws him closer to her, though.

“Die Hand Die Verletzt”

  • He rolls on top of her when he thinks they’re going to be shot. Also they’re IN A SHOWER.

x files die hand die verletzt shower

  • Other than that, this episode was too terrifying for making out. Run away from this town and never look back.

“Fresh Bones”

  • When Mulder tells her to stay inside and watch Chester, Scully looks like she’s imagining an entire domestic life for them.

x files fresh bones scully smile

Go buy a home together, you two. I’ll just be over here crying on my remote.

30 comments

  1. it is literally 28 degrees outside and I am supposed to be at a friend’s drinking and talking about (real!) boys at a friend’s house, but I saw your tumblr post and had to read (as, cry-laugh) through this entire post before leaving the house. I’m probably going to read it to her as we grill zucchini. You are amazing and I cannot stop snickering about “3”.

    1. I am having a similar story. I was supposed to go to a study session for a chemistry test, but somehow found myself here, starting with volume 14, and wondering why I didn’t already know about all of these! I can only blame a hectic-fun summer distracting me from updates. That study session starts in 15 minutes…but it’s a half-hour drive, so I might as well read the rest of these and feel all caught up 🙂 And yeah “3”…best description of that episode ever.

  2. Season 2 was when I started the series way back when. So much shipping goodness to be had. I’m loving these posts.

  3. Great post. I’ve been watching the second season on Chiller. They’re at Humbug. Looking forward to your take on the rest of the season. 🙂

  4. Would you believe “3” was the second episode I ever saw (in a syndicated rerun – I had seen “Ghosts Who Stole Christmas” in a first-run ep earlier that same night), and it was *still* enough to pull me into the ship? That’s the power of their chemistry – Scully doesn’t even have to be in the episode.

    Great post, again. It’s so fun reliving these eps through the eyes of someone new to them. 🙂

  5. Neck stroking. Hand holding. Canoodling over the phone. The shippyness is palpable. And Mulder is so upset in 3 that he strays to a strangers bed…something he NEVER does again after that. Because there is no substitute for Scully. Loving your photo’s and GIF’s. Thank you!

  6. Just wanted to say that I just started watching the X-files myself and your commentary is hilarious and absolutely spot on! “His glorious cut-off t-shirt” haha. Please keep it up!

  7. These posts are awesome, as a long time fan and a shipper from the start, its like watching it for the first time again. You are right to ignore ‘3’, well other than mulder’s pining for scully, that is pretty powerful through out that epi, its a ‘wooo l have housework to do’ epi. Also l would like to mention a highlight of season 2 for me, weed whacker mulder hair *sigh* its so damn ugly that im obsessed with it. im off to read your next installment 😀

  8. Hi! your posts are great! I’m an X Phile since when I was 14 and now I’m re-watching the episodes all over again, starting from season one and I love them as if it’s the first time..and let’s say I love them the more because of your comments! :-)))) you are so witty and so funny!

    but, what about episode 13 irresistible, when Mulder pulls out the tickets and says “Vikings vs Redskins, in the Metrodome. Forty yard line, Scully. You and me.” ??

    YOU AND ME! I’d marry him on the spot, not because of the tickets, but because of the “you and me”. ❤ ❤

    1. Hi, thanks so much! I really appreciate it! It’s been so fun to watch with everyone.
      And that is a GREAT point–no idea how I missed that, since I definitely remember tweeting “This is my new dream date situation.” Fixing NOW 🙂

  9. I think separating them really brought them closer, for some reason. Like, it forced the realization that their connection goes beyond being professional. I mean, they were like that before, but now they’re REALLY like that. dunno. I can’t express myself very well over words. I really like the way you can, though! Your voice in writing is very distinctive.

    Again with the trust. Hmm.

    MY LIFE WOULD BE OK WITHOUT SEEING MULDER IN A SPEEDO-IS THAT WEIRD-SPEEDOS SCARE ME

    1. Oh I totally agree—they needed this separation; it forced them to work a little harder to be with each other, and they realized they were wiling to make that effort. And thanks so much!!

      Hahaahah I LOVE the Speedo but completely understand.

  10. Season 2 is utter perfection. “Before, I could only trust myself. Now I can only trust you. And they’ve taken you away from me.” This had me on the floor. “I still have you.” This kept me there.

    Mulder’s utter despair, his guilt, his sense of loss and ungroundedness when Scully went missing is palpable. When he was weeping for her, I was curled up in the fetal position, my heart breaking along with his. I adore Mama Scully. And sister Scully nailed the relationship.

    There was a really cute exchange on NCIS;NO last week regarding Mulder and Scully, discussing best villains (Tooms) and best episodes (Tooms again). The X-Files never dies!

    1. Season 2 is so so great! The whole arc of the first part of the series is about Mulder and Scully choosing each other and intentionally GOING TO each other even when they don’t have to, and even when the FBI would rather keep them apart. It forces them to realize what they mean to each other, and it sets up so much of how they’ll always fight for this partnership. And of course, “One Breath.” Ahhh. EVERYTHING about Mulder in that episode. Staying by her bedside is such a defining moment for him.

      Ahhh yay for Mulder and Scully references! Never ever losing this show.

  11. My first X-Files was Beyond the Sea, which was so amazeballs I pushed through the awkward next episode of Gender Bender (though doesn’t that feature a baby not!Krycek?). I remember thinking David and Gillian were good and had nice chemistry. I shipped them, but they didn’t turn into my OTP until “Little Green Men”, which just about broke me at the end. That episode gets a lot of flack, but I find so much character development, and more importantly, development of what the characters meant to each other, which is so important a few episodes later in Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath. And yes…”3″ was a whole hour of Puppy running around wearing Scully’s necklace. I’m glad we can agree on that one.

  12. that scene in 2×08 where scully’s sis told mulder that he should go and just express how he feels about her or smth like that seriously got me.and like when he held her hand and when she grinned after saying “not fox.mulder” i seriously died god i must say this is probably the BEST onscreen (and offscreen) chemistry i have seen between any actors and the characters they portray it’s just so amazing to see

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