Season two goes out in a literal blaze of glory. Season three comes to us in a dream with an unbuttoned shirt and starts quoting song lyrics.
Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:
- Scully is worried about Mulder and doesn’t have time for these doors.
- “Whatever happened to ‘trust no one’?” “I changed it to ‘trust everyone.’ I didn’t tell you?”
- Mulder thinks he finally has his sister back, and he still trades her life for Scully’s without a second thought.
- Reminder that Scully has a key to Mulder’s place.
- “Agent Mulder has SAVED my life.”
- Scully tears off her coat and says, “Let’s get him out of that tub now.”
- She’s so happy to see that shining face of his.
- It’s so like these two to share the same experience and take two completely separate reassurances out of it.
- His words say “invisible elephant,” but his eyes/ lower lip/ that bounce in his step say “MAMMALS, AM I RIGHT? WE’RE MAMMALS, YOU AND ME. I’M EXCITED TO SOLVE THIS CASE WITH YOU.”
- Scully is a medical doctor.
- Mulder touches Scully’s upper arm seven times in under three minutes. I counted.
- “You’re lucky you inherited your father’s legs.” “What?” “Sea legs.”
- Scully isn’t interested in a survival plan that doesn’t include Mulder. No matter how much better her chances are, she’ll never prioritize her life over his.
- “It’s not fair. It’s not our time. We still have work to do.” Yeah you do.
- She knows EXACTLY what she’s doing to him.
- “We’re exhuming…your potato.” Intimate.
- “I’ve seen the future, and the future looks just like that.”
- Computer jokes: the low-hanging fruit of 90s humor. Da Vinci jokes: timeless. Both jokes: Mulder.
- “Where are you going?” “To see if I can get in the way.”
- Mulder asks Scully if she’s okay in there with that deadly virus, and she says that she’s fine and that the only thing he needs to worry about is catching the fugitive. Then she tells him to take care of himself. Dana Scully is a selfless queen.
- “Heard a lot about you!” “We’ll talk later.” NUDGE NUDGE.
- The two of them exchange knowing glances about people squeezing through air ducts, because they’re thinking about iced tea and how she wouldn’t put herself on the line for anybody but him.
- “Let’s just forget for the moment that there’s no scientific theory to support it–” “Okay!”
- “Hey Scully, can you spare a prophylactic?” These posts write themselves.
- For his birthday, she’s buying him a utility belt.
- “The difference is you never put yourself ahead of the work.” I like that Mulder doesn’t even deliver his compliments like they’re compliments. They’re just facts. He doesn’t praise her so she’ll be grateful to him; he praises her because it’s true.
- Oh hey.
- “I just came up with a sick theory, Mulder.”
- Watch as Scully gazes into the eyes of the man who saved her life and is now tenderly brushing the hair from her forehead.
- She puts her career on the line for him.
- “I just need some kind of assurance that they’re not gonna let us hang ourselves with this–that I’m doing the right thing.” Scully is so GOOD. She cares with backbone. We don’t deserve her.
- Mulder’s first thought when his dad is killed is to call Scully.
- I love that as he’s falling on Scully, trusting her to take all of his weight, Mulder still has to go in for the hug.
- SOMEONE must have undressed him.
- “I’m on your side. You know that.” Scully knows that Mulder isn’t himself right now, and she’s so far above wasting her time on petty arguments.
- Actual puppy dog Fox Mulder, upon learning that his tap water was dosed with LSD:
- Scully shot Mulder, drugged him, and drove him across the country to save his life, and I think that’s beautiful.
- “You’re lucky she’s a good shot.” “Or a bad one.”
- “You’ve taken a big risk.”
- “I want you to find out, Mulder. I need you to.” Scully has her own personal mission now, and even though it’s all hers, she trusts that Mulder will treat it like his own. It’s huge for her to admit that she hasn’t left her abduction behind. She’s letting Mulder into the most vulnerable part of her life right now, and she’s telling him that she needs him there.
“The Blessing Way”
- Don’t even try to tell Scully that losing Mulder was “difficult for everyone.”
- This is how Mulder comes to Scully in her dreams. THIS IS HOW HE IS WRITTEN IN THE STARS OF HER SUBCONSCIOUS.
- “You were here today looking for the truth that was taken from you, a truth that was never to be spoken, but which now binds us together in dangerous purpose.” He didn’t let himself die because he wanted to continue with her! Also, the bit about being bound in dangerous purpose is basically a wedding vow.
- Short version? Not dead.
- Skinner’s first thought is that they’ve been messing with him.
- Scully has EVERYTHING to say right now.
- Mulder has to cut her off, because I think he knows that whatever is on her mind, there’s no turning back from it.
- He looks touched and a little bit delighted that Scully believed he’d be okay.
- It’s sweet that Mulder calls Albert to help Scully’s sister.
- Scully wants to shield Mulder from anything that could change his opinion of his father. She worries about how their investigation might affect him, and he’s so touched that all he can do is salute her with a little nod.
- “What do you possibly hope to find, Agent Mulder?” “Why they killed my father, and what happened to my sister, and what they did to Agent Scully.” Scully is IN MULDER’S MISSION STATEMENT NOW.
- She’s in this for herself now, too. She needs answers.
- “Can you make me a little cherub that squirts water?” Stop being so precious.
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”
- It’s a rare and beautiful day when these two can roll their eyes at the same thing.
- “I can’t take you anywhere.” Fine. Don’t. Stay home together.
- “Pinch me.”
- Puppy dog goes for a car ride.
- “It’s lace.” “Chantilly lace?” “You know what I like!”
- “Just more insight into his character, which I know you hate.”
- Fox Mulder dies of autoerotic asphyxiation, and that’s canon.
- “So how do I die?” “You don’t.”
Something only lives as long as the last person who remembers it, and I will never stop shouting Scully’s name from the rooftops, so that sounds about right.