Sorry for the delay; I met Gillian Anderson this past weekend and retroactively blacked out last week.
Times Mulder and Scully should have made out in this week’s batch of episodes:
“The Amazing Maleeni”
- “Neat trick, huh?” “I can think of a neater one: how you convinced me to drop everything and get on the first plane to Los Angeles.” Was it a bedroom trick?
- It’s really cute how Scully continues to insist that there’s ANY place she’d rather be. Just to keep up appearances.
- They’re showing off for each other so hard in this episode. “Observe.”
- DEAD BODY IS HERE. VERY DECAPITATED. TIME FOR EYE SEX.
- You know it’s a wild day when Fox Mulder laughs at how unbelievable a scenario is.
- “And yet he performed yesterday. What a trooper.”
- “Mr. and Mrs…” “AGENTS!” That could easily be the title of this show.
- She won’t admit it, but she really wants Mulder to appreciate this top hat.
- They’re making fun of someone together, so I assume another angel has received its wings.
- I love how obviously she’s enjoying Mulder’s magic show and how happy it makes him to entertain her.
- He taught himself this trick so he would have an excuse to touch her face.
- The way Scully says “AMAAAAzing!” is light and adorable and HAPPY and far and away my favorite moment of the whole episode.
- You just know he’s been practicing in front of his mirror since he met her.
- I hope all of my tax dollars help fund Mulder’s further adventures in magic.
- Scully has tricks too.
- I feel like Mulder learned all of that sleight of hand for Scully, but Scully did not learn how to do this for Mulder. She just knows things. She has secrets.
- “Snakes.” “Lots and lots of snakes.” Is that anything like “lots and lots of files”?
- Scully asks Mulder if he’s going to put evil snakes on their travel request, and he just smiles and says “No.” He’s been laughing at his theories more lately; he’s not discounting them, but he’s considering them more objectively, and he’s more aware of how they might look from the outside. Scully’s always been aware of it, and she never lets it stop her, and he just thinks she’s amazing for that.
- Mulder dresses the part to go talk to the priest. This shirt is like apple pie at a barn raising. It’s like rolling up your sleeves to play baseball in the street as the sun sets on a summer night. It smells like pine and old books. I can FEEL this SHIRT.
- “Where’s the light switch?” “The nearest one? Probably ten miles from here.” Joke!Scully is one of the best things about season seven so far.
- “Tennessee. Snakes. Thank you, Mulder. Thank you sooooo much.”
- Scully’s very into catching the next flight home with Mulder right now. I can’t imagine why.
- They always know when to check on each other.
- “I’d say it’s good news for you that she’s not here right now.”
- “You’re saying that you, Fox Mulder, would welcome someone telling you what to believe.” She knows him so well. He has to make up his own mind about things. But I love his very Conversation on the Rock-esque admission that he sees the appeal in being handed a set of answers, in not having to tear apart the world to find his own.
- Touching, followed by unbuttoning his shirt, followed by more touching.
- Scully thinks Mulder passed the test with flying colors, because he’s alive. Which is great, because she helped save him, so they passed the test together. She knew really early on that there was no cold dark place for him. Now she’s part of the reason why.
“Sein und Zeit”
- Mulder’s super casual “Come on in” to Scully, like he’s not lying there thinking about his sister, and she didn’t just fly across the country to tell him that he’s in trouble, and this is just a motel bed that they’re already sharing, kills me.
- He does not want Scully to turn on that light.
- I really appreciate the look that Scully gives Skinner as she sends Mulder through the door, like, Hello sir, I have retrieved him.
- “Did I say anything about aliens, Scully?”
- Scully will not let Mulder charm his way out of this. He’s probably counting on that. She worries about him, and she pushes him not to put himself through this.
- Even from the doorway of Skinner’s office, when Scully tells Mulder about his mom, it’s like there’s no one and no space between them. She’s not just dropping by to deliver the news; she’s in this with him.
- “You’re my friend, and she’s your mother.” It’s so rare for them to label what they are to each other, but when they do, they always go with ‘friend.’ I love that. It’s their foundation. They were always friends, in every life. The rest is nice, but the friendship is essential.
- Mulder comes to Scully for the science. He wants her to help him find the truth; it’s why he needs her. Scully tells him later that his mom was just trying to take away his pain, but if she was, she went about it all wrong. Mulder’s mom kept everything from him. Scully is his friend, and she tells him the truth, and no matter what it is, she doesn’t let him process it alone.
- When Mulder starts to lose control, he pulls back. He doesn’t ask anything from Scully. He tells her that he’s glad she’s there, but he doesn’t lean on her until she’s reached out to him. He’s always been a little more closed off where his sister is concerned, because Samantha has always been HIS quest, and he’s upset about her as much as he’s upset about his mother. Mulder trusts Scully to give him the truth—that’s what they do—but he’s not going to make her carry the emotional weight he’s been dragging for almost three decades unless she wants to. Which of course she does. She reaches out and literally pulls him to her until he lets himself give in. I love the way she grabs his hand as she does it.
- Scully stays with Mulder all night and does not care that Skinner knows it, thank you very much. Look at that shirt. She’s so casual and unblushing and at home there, and she’s in full-on protective mode from the minute she opens the door. Scully is Mulder’s bouncer.
- “Well then you better book three.”
- “She’s here to help.”
- They never did those trust exercises, but she can still find Mulder’s shoulder without having to look for it.
- Scully knows that he was hoping to find his sister. It’s like she’s inside Mulder’s head, and she doesn’t trust anyone else in there. She pulls him away from Harold Piller because she knows that Mulder is vulnerable, and she won’t let anyone to take advantage of that.
- “Mulder, you have been through so much in such a short time.”
- Scully goes back to DC so they can do their cross country tag team thing.
- She takes another look at his past, because “someone owes it to Mulder,” and who else is there? She won’t let anyone tell her to let it go, either. “This particular wound has never healed, and Mulder deserves closure just like anyone.”
- When Mulder can’t find the energy to fight the Smoking Man, Scully stands up for him.
- I like it when Scully and Mulder get domestic in homes that aren’t theirs.
- Of COURSE she comes along to investigate the Air Force Base. She has to challenge him and wear the heck out of a leather jacket first, but then she’s all his. The way she sighs resignedly in the diner says it all. She can’t not back him up.
- “Maybe afterwards we can play postman and spin the bottle.”
- Scully gives Mulder the time he needs, but she doesn’t let him drown. “Let’s get out of here.”
- “You know, I never stop to think. The light is billions of years old by the time we see it—the beginning of time, right past us into the future. Nothing is ancient in the universe.” I feel like Mulder and Scully are billions of years old by the time we see them, too. They’re connected across history, and they go forward together, no matter what. That’s the promise.
- He laughs like he forgot that sleep existed. He’d be so lost without her.
- They’re working the same case in the same town, and this is still how Mulder looks when he opens the door.
- Scully is so happy to have a lead on his sister’s case. She just wants to help him.
- “Do you want me to go talk to her myself?” I love that Scully volunteers to take this huge step for Mulder, knowing that he’ll trust her, and he does.
- “I’m fine. I’m free.”
- “Not who. What.” Mulder and Scully are just out there hunting a “what,” like they do every day. I find that reassuring.
- The camera loves them, and they don’t know what to do about it.
- “Agent Mulder?”
- So lost.
- I like how often the cameras follow Mulder and Scully away from the group, trying to mark off a private space for themselves. Most of the time, it feels like Scully and Mulder are just doing their own isolated thing because that’s the fate life handed them: the basement office. But they’re actually really intentional about living in their own world, which, as far as Scully is concerned, is not for display.
- Actual puppy dog Fox Mulder would stick his nose to the lens if Scully weren’t there to pull him back.
- “You want to talk about werewolves to me, you can knock yourself out. I may not agree with you, but at least I’m not gonna hold it against you.” That’s basically the exact compliment he’s been paying her from the start. Scully respects the process.
- “I don’t want ME looking foolish, Mulder.” This comes two seconds after she tells him that he might be ruining his career, so it’s really cute how she tries to pass it off like she’s not every bit as concerned for his name as she is for hers. Anyway, whatever reputation one of them gets, the other gets too. I like how they each assume that the country thinks like them. Scully sees their audience as rational people who’d judge anyone for believing in werewolves, while Mulder sees them as people who want to believe. He wants to share their work with the world. (“Oh I’M clear on that SCULLY.”) Scully wants it to just be theirs.
- “They turned out to be insect bites…Together they just looked like a larger pattern, especially when we want them to. Although it was an understandable conclusion that I’m sure anybody would have made.” Like that time I dropped my robe for you.
- Shut it down.
- “That’d be a good color for you, Scully.” Take how bad Mulder usually is at flirty jokes, then add a camera.
- “And the nature of these crimes, they’re notoriously hard to quantify at any kind of rigorous scientific level, as Agent Scully will tell you.” “Ohhhh yeah.”
- Mulder has no shame about his relationship with Scully or his crazy theories, but he still gets between the cameras and a young girl.
- “Okay, well, for the sake of this argument” is Scully’s way of saying, “You’re making sense to me. Tell no one.”
- The HORROR.
- “How’s somebody supposed to live that down?” “I don’t know, um, I guess just do good work.” That is so you, that is SO MULDER.
- Skinner just woke up in a cold sweat.
- “You weren’t afraid for your life.” Guys, Scully’s rationalism is literally keeping Mulder safe.
- Never calling off this feud.
- On the next…Arrested Development
Everyone! I missed you. I really am so sorry for missing last week’s post; in addition to New York Comic Con, real life intruded on the Friday before last, and I’m still dealing with it. But I’m okay, because this happened.
I brought this print for Gillian to sign at NYCC because it amused me. She said it was funny (or a synonym of funny; I wasn’t processing details at that point), and then looked at it for a minute, and then she went freestyle. It’s better than I could have imagined. The period after “Scully” is what makes it. Scully. So final. So declarative. So matter of fact. Scully. aka. Gillian Anderson.
See you all next week! (I PROMISE.)