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.
- 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.
- REALLY with that t-shirt.
- Mulder keeps one hand on Scully throughout the car chase, to protect her.
- “I still have you.”
- 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!
- A tiny window is a great excuse to stand RIGHT ON TOP of each other.
- “I hope you know that I’d consider it more than a professional loss if you decided to leave.”
- “Sorry, I can’t hear you over my lack of Scully.”–Fox Mulder’s baby pout
- 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?”
- 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?”
- Scully would take that hug, but look how disappointed she is that they aren’t alone.
- “I’m surprised I put up with you for so long.”
- “Reassigning them to other sections seems only to have strengthened their determination.” Don’t doubt it for a second.
- I assume that this is how Mulder comes to Scully in her dreams.
- She’s making a habit of flying to different states because she’s worried about him.
- Nobody tells Dana Scully to calm down.
- 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.
- She’s still yelling his name and crawling for the phone. HELP.
- Mulder’s going to tear down the world to get her back.
- 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.
- Mulder is WEARING SCULLY’S CROSS NECKLACE.
- And nothing else happened in this episode, bye!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The TENDERNESS in her voice when she corrects her mom for calling him “Fox” is OVERWHELMING.
- Oh hey, love of my life.
- The necklace is returned, looks are exchanged, and hands are held.
- “Brought you something. Superstars of the Super Bowls.” “I knew there was a reason to live.”
- 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.”
- NECK STROKING.
- Scully does not play around with her BBQ ribs.
- They’re staring at each other’s lips.
- 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.
- “I seem to recall you having some pretty extreme hunches.” “I never have!”
- It’s Mulder’s turn to get a neck rub now.
- He still just wants to open the car door for her.
- “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.
“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.
- Other than that, this episode was too terrifying for making out. Run away from this town and never look back.
- When Mulder tells her to stay inside and watch Chester, Scully looks like she’s imagining an entire domestic life for them.
Go buy a home together, you two. I’ll just be over here crying on my remote.