The end of season six consists mostly of Scully and Mulder dreaming about their relationship and touching each other’s faces. Cheers.
Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:
“Three of a Kind”
- Scully asks what time it is, and Mulder says “2:34 am” like “Why, is your clock broken? Why do you need to know the time? It’s perfectly normal for us to be talking at this hour.” I know his voice turns out to be a computer program, but it’s 1999, even hackers’ computers aren’t that good, and I’m choosing to believe that the Lone Gunmen swiped that audio from an actual conversation.
- “Yeah I trust YOU Mulder.”
- She’s been trying to reach him since she left DC, but as soon as the Gunmen tell her that Mulder’s just busy with the investigation, Scully stops worrying about him and jumps right on board. She knows they’re together whenever they’re working the same case, even if they aren’t literally with each other.
- “My medical opinion?”
- IT’S HAPPENING, IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING.
- Could’ve been you, Mulder.
- Can we just pause for Gillian Anderson’s face?
- “I am gonna kick their asses.”
- Writers’ room: “Hey so drugging Scully was really fun last week.” “Let’s drug Mulder this week.” “Yes but drugging Scully was REALLY fun.” “Fine we’ll drug Scully again too.”
- Welcome back, Mulder’s projector.
- “Sounds like crap when you say it.”
- “Scully, in six years, how often have I been wrong? No, seriously. I mean, every time I bring you a case we go through this perfunctory dance. You tell me I’m not being scientifically rigorous and that I’m off my nut, and then in the end who turns out to be right like 98.9% of the time? I just think I’ve earned the benefit of the doubt here.”
- She actually looks really stricken by the point Mulder is making, which is less about how often he’s right and more about how rarely he feels like she believes him.
- I had in my notes that Mulder looks hurt, but my phone autocorrected it to “He actually looks hot.” Which, yes. But that’s never surprising.
- Hi, please walk under my arm.
- He’s so cute and excited. This is the best day of Mulder’s life. He has his Scully and his alien.
- The fungus makes Mulder hallucinate a world he wouldn’t want to escape, so he imagines a scenario where he talks to aliens and Scully believes him. And then he rejects it because Scully would NEVER make it so easy. Mulder likes that Scully always makes him earn it. He wants to do the hard work of proving himself to her.
- This fungus has to pay for making Scully cry.
- Scully must really feel bad about never giving Mulder the benefit of the doubt, because her hallucination puts her in exactly that position. Everyone keeps repeating her theory back to her, and it sounds like crap when they say it. Her science robs his death of any mystery. In the same way Mulder is afraid that his cause will cost Scully’s life, Scully is afraid that her logical explanation will cost Mulder’s cause. She can’t handle the thought that Mulder could die without ever finding the truth, that he could die for anything other than what he believes. She wants him to be right, even if it takes his last breath to prove it.
- “It’s what Agent Mulder would have thought.” “And you think he would have been right.”
- She also hallucinates Mulder not being at all surprised that she’s in his apartment.
- I love that Mulder’s palm is up when he reaches out to her in the ambulance, like he doesn’t just want to hold hands but to let her put her hand in his. It’s so gallant and Mulder-y to offer himself like that.
- Scully can barely even see him, but she know that his hand is there. When she can’t make it all the way, he grabs her fingers and they hold on to each other, because while he might want to be the one offering to take all of her problems, he needs her just as much. It’s not about one of them putting their entire hand in the other’s. It’s about the way their fingers interlock, each one of them equally reliant on their relationship.
- They don’t know that anything else is real, but they know the hands they reach out for are—and maybe not even literally, but more broadly. This experience has reinforced how much Scully and Mulder need each other. Scully depends on the mystery that Mulder believes is out there. She needs to know that that ordinary lives can by sheer force of will have extraordinary purpose. Mulder needs Scully to give his work weight. She makes him believe that he’s deserving of respect, and he relies on her estimation of him. They’re holding on to that: the truth that they’re here for each other, and that the partnership they’ve formed is enough to get them through.
- Looking super comfortable in Skinner’s office (with themselves, with their life together, and with Mulder’s hair situation).
- “The man he’d come to meet made a similar claim in a SCIENCE journal.”
- Scully’s being downright flirty in that elevator, leaning into Mulder as she teases him about his interest in the case.
- Other people join them in the elevator and they briefly consider trying to act normal but still end up nose to nose. Well done, you two. Good cover.
- Scully wants Mulder to have a little victory. The Syndicate is destroyed, and he exposed them. He won. But when he says that he still has to find his sister, she can’t hide that she’s a little impressed by his persistence. The man in that hotel room who told her about his sister still hasn’t given up, and his work is just as personal to him as it was the day they met.
- I’m so proud of Mulder for being open with Scully from the start. He doesn’t hide that something is wrong with him, and he doesn’t keep her out of his theory on what’s behind it, even though he knows she’ll find it weird.
- “It was from outer space.”
- Scully dotes on Mulder, touches his arms when he’s in pain, and insists that she’s going to get help.
- “Scully you packin’ any latex?”
- Gazing and telling Mulder to go home is such a small step from gazing and going home together.
- DIANA GET OUT OF MULDER’S APARTMENT STOP CALLING HIM FOX STOP EVEN EXISTING IN HIS GENERAL VICINITY
- “He’s a danger to anyone.” “NOT TO ME.” Scully KNOWS that Mulder would never hurt her, even when he’s barely himself.
- When Diana says that Mulder thought she was the only one who would believe him, Scully doesn’t doubt for a second that Diana is lying. Scully is his one in five billion.
“The Sixth Extinction”
- “I came in search of something I did not believe existed. I’ve stayed on now, in spite of myself. In spite of everything I’ve ever held to be true.” She stayed for Mulder. She put Mulder ahead of her old ambitions, her old ideas, everything.
- “YOUR BEAUTIFUL MIND”
- “I feel this was meant not for me to find, but for you to make sense of, make the connections which cannot be ignored.” How far have we come to get here, where Scully does the finding and needs Mulder to make sense of it? And she goes with it. She keeps digging, as he would, and she trusts that he was on to something.
- “I’m here only to help my partner.” No really. She’s so far over everything else.
- As soon as Mulder has a voice, he asks for Scully.
- “I’m only here to help my friend.” She’s making it abundantly clear that her agenda is entirely personal. Nothing else matters while Mulder is in danger.
- “I have been on a plane for 22 hours. I HAVE to see him.” They need each other. They cross the earth for each other. She put continents between them because that’s what it took to save Mulder’s life, but she can’t be in D.C. and not be at his bedside.
- “He’s not dying. He is more alive than he has ever been. He’s more alive than his body can withstand, and what’s causing it may be extraterrestrial in origin.”
- “They’re going to deny you access.” “Maybe as his partner, but not as his doctor.” YES. DOCTOR HIM.
- Mulder hears Scully’s voice through the din and over everything.
- “Mulder, it’s me. I know that you can hear me. If you can just give me some sign. I want you to know where I’ve been, what I found. I think that, if you know, that you could find a way to hold on. I need you to hold on. I found a key—the key, to every question that has ever been asked. It’s a puzzle, but the pieces are there for us to put together and I know that they can save you if you can just hold on. Mulder, please. Hold on.” I lost it at “Mulder, it’s me,” honestly.
“The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati”
- “Sir, this isn’t just a case. This is Agent Mulder we’re speaking about.”
- Even in a dream, Mulder has to tell Scully where he is. He keeps going back to his commitment to Scully.
- I’m dying at the way she storms into Kristschgau’s apartment. Scully is a woman on a mission.
- “Really? I could swear I smell cigarette smoke on you.”
- “I just want you to think. Think of Mulder when you met him. Think of the promise and the life in front of him. Think of him now. And then try and stand there in front of me, look me in the eye, and tell me Mulder wouldn’t bust his ass trying to save you.” Scully believes in Mulder’s goodness. She knows that he would do everything to save Diana, and she admires that about him. She’s not threatened by Diana anymore, because the connection she and Mulder share is stronger. It’s based on MUTUAL goodness. Diana can’t say the same.
- CSM gives Diana the exact opposite instructions. He tells her not to think of the man, but only of the mission. I like to think that the contrast between the two was what made Diana realize that she had to help Scully save Mulder’s life. Mulder has never taken people out of the equation. For all of his single-mindedness, Mulder’s passion was personal from the start, and it made Scully’s personal too.
- Mulder dreams up a scenario right out of CSM’s playbook: one where he accepts that he’s just a puppet, settles down in the same neighborhood as his enemies, and raises a family with a woman who wants to keep him in line. CSM says that Mulder is dreaming “the dreams all men who are owned by the world have: a simpler life, full of small pleasures. Extraordinary men are always most tempted by the most ordinary things. Dreams are all he has now.” But even in Mulder’s dream, nothing is simple. He could have dreamed up a life where Samantha was never abducted. He could have dreamed up a life with Scully. He could have been actually happy. Instead, he sewed doubt into the lining of his dream, because he didn’t want to buy into it. He didn’t want the lie of a simple life. He wanted to fight the hard fight with Scully, so he dreamed up a world that didn’t include her in order to force his subconscious to resist it.
- Even then, Scully was his conscience. “You must get up, Mulder. You must get up and fight. Especially you. This isn’t your place.”
- Never forget Scully’s business walk.
- She lights up when Mulder shows the first sign of life.
- “No one can do it but you, Mulder. Mulder, help me.” I love that she puts the agency on him, but that everything Mulder does for himself is also for her.
- Mulder is revived by Scully’s tears so if you need me I’ll just be over here clinging to life.
- He just woke up, but everything’s fine because Scully’s here. “You help me.” It’s a request and a fact.
- They cling to each other.
- “I was just getting dressed to come see you, but I couldn’t find a tie to go with my victory cap.”
- Puppy dog is happy to be alive.
- “Oh, hey. Tie goes to the runner.” Let’s go back to the baseball diamond, Scully. Hips before hands.
- Scully is ready to comfort Mulder over Diana’s death, because Diana was his friend. Scully is better than all of us.
- “The end of my world was unrecognizable and upside down. There was one thing that remained the same. You were my friend, and you told me the truth. Even when the world was falling apart, you were my constant, my touchstone.”
- The present tense is doing everything for me right now. Scully got Mulder through this by telling him what he needed to hear, and now she needs him to know that he does the same for her, every day. He gives her a purpose that she no longer feels otherwise, not because she’s hardened, but because she’s learned not to trust the most obvious answers. Mulder makes that okay. She doesn’t know anymore who or what is real, but it’s clearer than ever that she’s in this for him. Whatever the truth is, they’ll make sense of it together.
- This is a much more lingering forehead kiss than any they’ve shared before. Getting there, getting there…
Bring on the season of secret sex.