Move over, Backstreet Boys; I have a new favorite Millennium.
Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:
- “We’ll have it our way.”
- “What if this man’s brain was eaten?”
- Proboscis theory. She loves it.
- “I’m sorry, but this is like good cop insane cop.”
- Let’s proceed like this episode didn’t break us all.
- I’m actually pretty sure that things happened before the last two minutes.
- I took notes and everything.
- “Mulder, you been spreading rumors?” “Why, heard any good ones lately?”
- She’s so pleasantly surprised when he wishes her a merry Christmas.
- “Well go ahead Scully, naysay me.”
- Mulder says “Yuletide night” so seductively.
- Date night at the psych hospital.
- “Well if you’re gonna tell me that he stopped by the side of the road to raise the dead—which I hope you’re not—”
- Puppy humor.
- “So I’m going down to the county morgue.” “I absolutely think you should.” “And what are you gonna do?” Literally this entire conversation is the two of them trying to convince themselves not to shove each other into the nearest coat closet.
- NOW KISS.
- I love everything about Scully and Mulder’s first kiss—how it happens at the most ordinary time, but on the edge of an extraordinary beginning. They’re just standing there in an empty hallway, watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, listening to Dick Clark’s countdown. It’s all familiar, but the whole point of our New Year’s Eve routine is that we do the same thing every year to ring in the hope of doing something NEW next year. We’re waiting for change. That was never more true than in 2000, when for all we knew we were headed for a meltdown. Mulder looks at Scully and figures that there’s no better time to tell her that whether they’re headed for something great or about to crash, he wants to be with her. It’s just a confirmation, really; they both already know what they are to each other. He doesn’t have to say anything, and she isn’t surprised. She’s just pleased. Even with her eyes on the TV, she’s waiting for him; she can feel him thinking about it.
- Now Mulder can finally really celebrate it.
- The world didn’t end, and neither did theirs. No bees this time. It’s a much sweeter and more innocent kiss than the one they would have shared in Fight the Future, which was really about the two of them finding their way back together and proving how much they need each other. None of that is at play here: not the big conspiracy, and not their own fears that they’re holding each other back. This isn’t about their FBI partnership. It’s just about Mulder and Scully. My friend Sage put it like this: “With no eminent death or blood or anyone running from anything, he just has to confirm to her finally, If the world were really ending, the last thing I’d do is kiss you.” The lack of death and blood and running is KEY. They’re not coming from a place of desperation; they just genuinely want each other, in an every day for the rest of their lives kind of way. And that’s actually possible, since the world didn’t end.
- A friend told me that she read something hesitant in Scully there, like Mulder’s joke set off a little red flag that maybe he didn’t take this seriously or something. After almost breaking my remote in an attempt to work through my turmoil, I still don’t see it like that. I see Scully as content but thoughtful, exactly where she wants to be, just considering what it means and where they’re going.
- Scully’s treating this with care because she likes it and wants it to be real. I think if either one of them is hesitant, it’s Mulder, but only because he sees Scully processing and wants to give her that space. This kiss is so completely THEM because their feelings are understood without expression, but the expression of those feelings is taken so seriously. The world didn’t end on January 1, 2000, but it did still enter a new era. (Not quite millennium, but no one likes a math geek.) In the same way that every New Year’s Eve is an ordinary night that looks toward a change, this kiss is completely natural, but it also opens a new door. They both want to get it right, and they’re going to do it together.
- This is a Hey, last night was great face. Get on board or get out of the way.
- “I’d say that Tony eats his Wheaties.”
- Puppy on a leash.
- Mulder introduces Scully before he introduces himself, which is made that much better by the fact that they’re going into an interrogation. Look at my partner. It’s your lucky day because you get to meet my partner. She’s great. She will end you.
- Scully PLAYS WITH MULDER’S TIE.
- Bedroom eyes and pouty lips will get you everywhere.
- “A Betty?” “Back in the day.”
- “I’ll show you my theory if you show me yours.”
- Another gruesome dead body pays silent witness to Scully and Mulder’s eye sex.
- Gazing and thinking about how excited they are to tear each other’s clothes off.
- “What if we’re too old?”
“The Goldberg Variation”
- “Ohhh, AROUND.”
- Mulder is so entertained by Scully’s “What if he got really, really lucky?” theory. He loves how hard she clings to science.
- He’s actually doing the foot pop.
- Scully’s really working hard at this joke thing.
- Scully sees a future watching Mulder try to fix the plumbing, and she can’t hide how much she wants it.
- She’s really enjoying Mulder’s mishaps today.
- “So, here’s the plan as I see it: You change your clothes, we fly back to DC by sunset—”
- “So Bellini kicks down the door, waa ka!”
- Scully’s delighted by Mulder right now. Just everything about him.
- HIPS BEFORE HANDS FOREVER.
- Daily reminder that Gillian Anderson could fit in David Duchovny’s pocket.
- “Maybe everything does happen for a reason, whether we see it or not.”
- Mulder hasn’t forgotten the only killer to ever really rattle Scully. He hasn’t brought it up. It doesn’t make him think any less of her. He’s just remembered it: that there is a way to break her, and he doesn’t want to see her go through that again.
- When she says that she doesn’t have a choice but to stay on the case—she can’t let anyone else suffer like she did—he looks like he wants to kiss her right there, she’s so soft and tough at the same time.
- “I think if it was a make out song, I think it’d be ruined forever now, huh?” Someone knows Scully’s make out songs now.
- He’s hard on Scully’s faith, but he respects her story, because he knows what it means to recognize real evil in the world.
- These two have a kind of sixth sense about when to check on each other. They’re almost always in danger, but they know when it’s urgent.
- I’m entirely against the fact that they brought Donald Pfaster back but entirely in favor of how badass Scully is when she fights him. He makes her fight for her life, and she has a lot to live for.
- “If you want to pack some things, we can get out of here.” There’s no question that Scully is going to stay with Mulder. They don’t even have to say it.
- He doesn’t want Scully to judge herself, and he assures her that he doesn’t. “The way I see it, he didn’t give you a choice. And my report will reflect that, in case you’re worried. Donny Pfaster would surely have killed again if given the chance.”
- Now go to Mulder’s place, you two.
Season of secret sex is super secretively sexy.