6X01 . The Beginning

Being a Shipper, I was one of the many eagerly awaiting this season premiere. Of course, there was the aspect of learning to see what the FBI was going to do following Mulder and Scully's experiences in the movie, and also, following the fire in Mulder's office, the Syndicate's plan for Gibson Praise -- the mind-reading boy, and about Agent Diana Fowley to whom many of us have begun referring as "Leechgirl". But most of all, I wanted to see how Mulder and Scully would handle the "Stung Kissing" from the Hallway Scene.

However, I felt that while this episode tried hard to fulfill these questions, it missed its mark by a great deal. I got a strong feeling that Chris Carter wrote this episode in a hurry and did a rush job in trying to tie together the events that we saw in "The End" and in the movie. I'm not sure I can pinpoint the exact problem, but it did seem apparent.

Another complaint was the lack on continuity with respect to the characterizations of Mulder and Scully. This partially had to do with the attempt to deal with the MSR, and this too seemed unduly rushed -- as if Chris Carter wanted to appeal to as much of the audience as possible. The exact scene I'm referring to is when Mulder and Scully are leaving the house where Mulder suspects the alien was "born". Outside, Scully tells Mulder that she refuses to change her belief about there being aliens. Then the camera shot changes to see Scully grab Mulder's hand. WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? Okay, I love it whenever either of them touch the other. It's a sign of MSR. But this??? This had almost nothing leading up to it, and absolutely nothing coming out of it. Granted, Scully referred back to The Hallway Scene, bringing up the fact that Mulder had said that she made him a whole person, etc. but the entire focus was about how she didn't want to abandon her views without scientific evidence. It felt to me like Chris Carter shoved it in our faces but did nothing else to follow up on it. But come on, even Scully's attitude was completely off the mark. At the end of the movie, she was acknowledging that something weird happened to her, and I would think that by now she would be *slightly* open to there actually being aliens, instead of completely dismissing it without question.

Mulder, too, was out of character. I know his desire to find out if the alien really existed was strong, but the scene where Mulder ditched Scully to follow Diana bugged the hell out of me. Okay, maybe I'm just over-dramatizing this ... Gibson needed medical attention, and time was crucial if Mulder wanted to get evidence of the alien life form, but it felt so much like a betrayal to Scully! He was standing there, between Scully and Fowley, forced to make a choice. And he chose to go with Fowley. Don't tell me that doesn't feel like betrayal.

Interesting twist, however, at the end when Scully found that the alien DNA in Gibson is also found in us. We were studying the basics of genetics in my biology class (and might I add that my professor was enjoying this part of the X-Files very much according to the tangent he went off on during lecture). But anyway, does this mean we're all part alien?

6X02 . Drive

An X-Files twist to Speed, I thought. This was back to a "typical" episode, nothing really special or outstanding. But I have to say it was a definite improvement to last week's attempt at an episode. It was an intriguing prospect to have sound waves as the "vector" of this medical condition, and there was a feeling of anxiety waiting to see if Mulder could save that man's life.

No real Shippiness, especially when there were several opportunities for Mulder and Scully to exchange *something*. I was maybe hoping for even just a little but significant glance at each other? But it was cool to see Mulder and Scully working together to solve the case, aside from the fact that most of their contact was in the form of phone conversations.

6X03 . Triangle

Oh, wow ... I think I have a new favorite episode!! This one will definitely stand out strongly in the history books.

Overall, just about everything worked in this episode. The camera shots were mostly taken in long takes which I'm sure were incredibly challenging to not only the actors, but to all the crew. The music was wonderful as well, encompassing aspects of music of the time. Most notable were the use of the clarinet and the piano -- very well done. And employing the wide-screen format gave it a theatrical feel, which fit in well with theme of this episode.

Taking a Shipper's stance to it, there was definitely a lot to like! First was when Scully was running around the FBI building trying to get her hands on the information needed to find Mulder (which was impressively all done in one long shot!). She looked so incredibly frantic when she kept running to dead ends, and it was all out of how much she cared to find Mulder. One to point out was after she handed AD Kersh the piece of paper with the info she needed to find Mulder: as she was walking out of his office, she bent forward in defeat, as if the weight of the world was on her shoulders. Some memorable moments were presented here:

Frohike: "The walls have ears!"
Scully: "I have ears ..."

Skinner: "Use your head. It'll save your ass."
Scully: "Save your own ass, sir. It'll save your head along with it."

When Scully was in the elevator, obviously frustrated that Skinner was unable (or unwilling) to help her: she fidgeted with that piece of paper, making quite a bit of noise, and accidentally struck the woman standing behind her on the way out. Definitely not something we normally see of Scully, but very well within her limits, given the circumstances.

When Scully just barged up to Spender and Fowley (previous hers and Mulder's) office and threatened to kill Spender if he didn't do what she told him to. Just like that. Never mind protocol or the fact that she didn't have a weapon. She said it, and we all know she meant it!

Scully: "That rat bastard!" (when Scully found out that Spender went straight to AD Kersh with her info)

When Skinner met up with Scully in the elevator and he gave her the info she needed, on the sly. Scully was so thankful that she planted a kiss right on his lips. Of course, this was just an expression of extreme gratitude that she could find no other way to express adequately. How many times has Skinner risked his ass to save theirs?

Back to 1939, after Mulder accidentally lets a spy on the ship know the exact name of the scientist with the knowledge to make a weapon, the Nazis drag him up to the dance hall, demanding that he point out the scientist. Frustrated with his inability to do so, the Nazi!CSM orders passengers to be shot until they get an answer. Mulder is reluctant, and lets two men die, and the third person Nazi!Spender aims at is 1939!Scully. This is when Mulder changes his mind and says that he will reveal the scientist, pushing the gun away from 1939!Scully's head.

Then the Nazis take him away and prepare to execute Mulder and 1939!Scully when the ship's power goes out and in barges the engine workers and out breaks a fight. Mulder and 1939!Scully escape, only to be caught by a Nazi who orders them to put their hands on their head. A gunshot rings out, and the expressions on Mulder and 1939!Scully's faces are priceless as they expected one of them to have been the target. Instead, 1939!Skinner came to their rescue once again, letting them escape and in the meantime, 1998!Scully and TLG board the empty ship. This scene was among the best, splitting the screen to show both events at the same time, and the absolute best was when 1939!Scully and 1998!Scully walked through each other, stopped, and stared back that spot. Great camera work and direction!

On the deck of the ship, Mulder tries to convince 1939!Scully to turn the ship around to save history and their existences. Not having the guarantee of any of this working out correctly, it's a risk that they would never meet in his true reality, so he pulls her to him and plants a kiss on her lips. Count it, ladies and gentlemen! A full ten-seconds of lip contact. And then, a moment of contact between Mulder's face and 1939!Scully's fist. (Yes, it wasn't the "real" Scully in that kiss, but priceless nonetheless! We see Mulder acting out on his feelings for Scully. At that moment, this was the only remaining chance he had in case history changed. We know for sure how he feels towards the real Scully.)

Skip to the end, after Mulder jumps off the ship, is rescued by Scully and TLG and taken to the hospital. At first, it's Scully at his bedside, talking to him in a very tender voice. Then it's back to her "that-was-a-very-stupid-thing" tone as she explains what he'd been doing. The reunion with TLG and Skinner reinforced the bond that the six of them share, in one way or another. Mulder tries to convince them of the experience he had in 1939, but of course none of them buy it. Then they leave so Mulder can get rest. Alone with Scully, he holds her responsible for saving the world back in 1939. Did you notice, during all this, he had his hand near her hip and was gently tapping her there? Scully either doesn't notice or chooses to ignore it, but she speaks to him, again in that very tender voice. "Mulder, I want you to close your eyes and think to yourself ... there's no place like home." She starts to leave, but Mulder calls her back:Mulder: I love you.

Mulder: "Hey, Scully."
Scully: "Yeah?"
Mulder: "I love you."
Scully: (looks away in disbelief) "Oh brother." (walks away)

Mulder finally tells Scully how he truly feels! This is a scene I would have expected out of fanfic, but here it was in an episode! Her response is very well justified as well. She didn't take him seriously, believing that his words were a result of the painkillers he was on.

Up until this point, we get the impression that all of this *might* have been a dream, and we are almost convinced of that until Mulder lays his head back down on the pillow after Scully leaves for good. He winces, and his fingers go to the spot where 1939!Scully had punched him. The bruise there is a good moment of evidence that this episode didn't have to be a dream in Mulder's head. It could have very well been what happened.

But then again, this episode had very many parallels to The Wizard of Oz (especially at the end). We all wondered if everything that happened in The Wizard of Oz really happened or not, but we leave believing that it probably didn't happen and it was just a result of Dorothy being hit in the head during the tornado. If we are to keep this parallel, then we'd probably assume that the events of 1939 were just a result of Mulder getting injured out in the storm at sea.

Chris Carter left this one to our own opinions on whether it was real or not. Personally, I'm going to say that it was real.

6X04 . Dreamland I

Aaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiii ... I don't know what to think about this episode. On the one hand, it was definitely one of those episodes that fall into the comedy category. But then again, I had one or two problems with it that significantly took away from the episode.

Shippiness? This episode seemed to undermine some of our faith! Who else had a problem with Scully not figuring out (if at all) that "Mulder" is not really Mulder sooner? I would have thought, after all this time that they've worked together, and after being as close as they've become, Scully knew Mulder well enough to pick out things that were extremely out of character. Okay, on the one hand, Mulder and Morris switching places is very low on her list of possibilities. Therefore, she's not going to automatically suspect he isn't Mulder. But when the real Mulder meets with her and tries to convince her that they really did switch, Morris acted strangely enough for her to be a bit suspicious.

And that's another thing. Why couldn't Mulder come up with some better pieces of evidence to convince Scully that it really was him? There was SO much he could have said other than her badge number or what she'd been eating for lunch. There's a lot that the both of them have experienced that could have been personal enough that it would have been unlikely for someone to just look up. They ARE *that* close. It should have been easy for Mulder.

But there was a great redeeming quality at the beginning. We had one of those famous conversations in the car. Again, this reflected on their intimate relationship with one another. Scully noted that she and Mulder spent an awful lot of time driving in the car. She suggested to Mulder that they "get out of the damn car" and settle down to have "a normal life." We could take this at the literal face value and say that Scully wanted make more of her life than chasing mysterious leads, etc, etc. But is it possible that she was, very subtly, asking Mulder if he was ready to take their relationship to the next level? Okay, maybe it's just my Shipper mind taking over and overanalyzing this, but I think it's very possible. She was asking Mulder if he was ready to give up on these endless chases and take on a normal life of his own. I think that's the only way Scully would consider pursuing a relationship with him: if their lives weren't so hectic and involved with so much danger and conspiracies.

And another one of the best scenes was seeing Mulder standing in front of the mirror and *dancing*! This is definitely one of the scenes to go in the history books for us to remember!

6X05 . Dreamland II

Shipper's heaven and hell, all-in-one!

What do I mean by that? Throughout the course of this episode, there were scenes that made me both cringe until my bones ached, and there were scenes that were so touching that I started crying!

Okay, let's start at the beginning. It PAINED me to see Scully willfully accept Morris's dinner invitation. This was, of course, before I figured out it was all an act on Scully's part. It WAS cute, however, to see their reflection on the ceiling. Mulder (image of the REAL Mulder) and Scully lying on his bed together. So, that's what it'd look like ... =)

The theories are open as to when exactly Scully figured out "Mulder" wasn't really Mulder. It could have been anywhere from when the real Mulder was being dragged away up until she pulled out her handcuffs for Morris. Ideally, I still think Scully should have been able to figure out it wasn't really him long ago, but I won't dwell on that again. But, I'm leaning towards the moment the real Mulder was being taken away. You could see it in her face - how part of her wanted to trust this man who looked like Morris, wanted the two men to have been switched. It would have explained the behavioral oddities.

But, dude, when she got Morris to cuff himself to the bed and pulled her gun on him, we saw Scully at her best (uh, in a sense =). Morris - or anybody, for that matter - would have been stupid to deny her of her wishes.

And now to the Shipper's heaven part of the episode! How awful the two of the must have felt when Scully said there was no way to reverse the switch. Knowing that they would have to split up, possibly never again be a part of each other's lives. The love was there. Neither admitted to it directly, but it was undeniable.

Scully said, "I'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly." She wanted some way to put some closure to this, rather than leave it open to haunt their days. Her feelings for him had been dragging on, unresolved, for quite some time, and she didn't want to part without her giving him an indication of how she feels. Mulder, in turn, gives her a handful of his sunflower seeds (this is the moment that made me cry!). It was his way of giving a part of himself for her to keep. Something tangible for her to remember him by, so she would know that she meant so much to him that he didn't want her to forget him (hope that wasn't confusing).

It bothered me that Chris Carter would consider using the Reset Button tactic - where in the course of an episode (in this case, two), in linear time, nothing really happened! Time snapped back to where this all started, no one remembering anything that went on. Time paradoxes are a pain in the butt in Star Trek (I still love it though!), but I had a particular issue I wanted to voice about this episode.

Okay, theoretically, the time warp thing snaps back and causes everyone that was in its path to go back to when it first came along, so, in essence, everything that happened in between never really happened. If we take this in Mulder or Scully's point of view, Mulder and Morris never switched and they and Scully never went back to Washington with this. So, why, in heaven's name, does Washington have evidence that they did? Take the coins for example. If Scully never went to the gas station and never found the coins, why are they in her desk? The same goes with Mulder's apartment. If he and Morris never switched, Morris never went to Washington pretending to be Mulder, and Mulder's apartment should be the same as he left it!

And if we take it from a different interpretation, that time for them is reset but time traveled normally outside the warp, wouldn't they be out of synch from everyone else? Would this be a case of missing time?

Now I need some aspirin. Leave time travel alone, Chris Carter! X-Files works absolutely fine without it!

But I do have to say, though, that Mulder's reaction to seeing his rearranged apartment - opening the door to check his apartment number - was absolutely priceless!

6X08 . How the Ghosts Stole Christmas

Whoa, I don't think there has been any other episode until now that so directly dealt with Mulder and Scully's feelings for each other. Chris Carter seems to be answering all of our Shipper calls to deal with that, and though I wish there was just a *bit* more (like a reference to the Hallway Scene), it was well done and IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this was the first time Scully actually admitted aloud to Mulder that she was afraid. Usually she tries to keep the appearance that she is a strong person, but think about it. She and Mulder are wandering through the house in which they are now mysteriously locked, so the combination of that and the past five years of close friendship makes it just that much more likely for her to admit her fear. And even before she says, "All right, I'm afraid," we see that she is because of that long, rambling monologue about the psychology of the belief in ghosts (and kudos to Gillian Anderson for pulling that off!).

Now, let's move on to the dead corpses in the floor. Now, remember earlier Mulder was saying that every couple that came to this house died? Okay, notice he said "couple", implying two romantically involved people. Now, when they see the two bodies are indeed themselves, what does that make you think? Huh ...? =)

The ghosts were a funny pair, weren't they? Twisted, too, yes. But amazing how they managed to take plausible stabs at understanding Mulder and Scully's psyches. In my opinion, I think there was *some* truth to their evaluations, but I don't think Mulder or Scully were completely like how Maurice and Lyda said they were.

Maurice surmised that Mulder came to this house, dragging Scully along with him because he was afraid of being alone. Okay, yes, looking at the big picture, Mulder doesn't have much of a normal life (re: Dreamland and the beginning of this ep), no real friends other than Scully, so unless there was something that would involve her, he would most likely be alone. To avoid that, he does submit to her "endless droning and rationalizations" because without her, he'd have no one. So there is a bit of truth in that. But on the other hand, as a result of recent events (do I need to scream "Hallway Scene" again?) I think he feels closer to her than ever. Christmas is about spending time with people you care about, and there's no doubt that Mulder cares about Scully. So, in my opinion, while there is some fear of being alone that drove him to drag Scully along this "investigation," but there was also the desire to spend time with her (yes, those are two very different things).

Hmm, Chris Carter seems to be doing a lot of episodes with the theme of "it didn't really happen." That's ... what, four episodes now? Of the six episodes so far this season, two-thirds of it "didn't really happen." What's up with that?

But we know for sure what *did* happen ... that last scene at Mulder's apartment. Scully came over to Mulder's apartment, perhaps looking for consolation that what happened at the house wasn't real. She was probably very much scared by it, that Mulder would shoot her or that he would think she would shoot him, all out of a lack of trust. And she probably also wanted to settle any doubts Mulder might have had about her.

But Scully sounded so surprised when Mulder gave her a present, maybe even touched. But both of them seemed to be on the same wavelength, as Scully, too, got him a present ... this considering they agreed in the past to not get each other presents, but somehow, this year it was different. Both of them ended up getting presents for one another, despite that agreement, and without needing to exchange any words about it - even remotely. Yet one more piece of evidence supporting a close relationship!

6X06 . Terms of Endearment

Once again, like "Drive" this was a "typical" X-Files episode. It didn't have anything remarkably special about it. But did you notice Wayne's desire to have a normal child. I know I'm not the only person to draw a parallel between that and Scully's desire for a normal life.

6X07 . The Rain King

Definitely one of the highlights of this episode was when Scully was talking to Sheila in the bathroom. Scully tries to explain Holman's situation, and Sheila responds by saying, "You love him, don't you?" (referring to Mulder) Scully looks surprised, but not appalled, which I think she would have done if she didn't (or at least didn't harbor deeper feelings for Mulder). Putting that aside, Scully gives her this spiel about finding the right person:

"Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -- the ones that last -- are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is ... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with."

Now, unless Scully herself experienced this with some guy in her past, I don't think she'd have any clue about all this. It's a personal realization a person discovers for him/herself, and my best guess is that it resulted from her relationship with Mulder. Their relationship is one that started out as partners, then friends, and it is very difficult to deny that both have some attraction to the other. By now, we've seen plenty of evidence of that.

One more quick note: during the dance scene, don't you just wish it could have been like "Post-Modern Prometheus" and had them start dancing together? ::sigh:: It would have been nice ...

6X10 . S.R. 819

6X09 . Tithonus

It's always hard to see Mulder and Scully split up assignments -- even worse to see one of them paired to work with someone else. In this case, it's Scully working with one Agent Ritter, and it is very plain that Mulder does not like that. He misses her. That's obvious in the way he calls her up to check on her progress, and even to supply her with additional information.

Aside from that, this is a wonderful Scully episode. Her experience in the Bureau gave her the skills and patience that Ritter didn't have, and it slowly, but surely, began to eat at her that he was so quick to accuse Fellig of murder. He has one hell of an attitude too -- judgmental, for sure. He threatens Scully to tell AD Kersh (who I'm really starting to hate) about this case if she "mucks" it up. Just as he calls her Dana for the umpteenth time, she glares at him and sets him straight. "[It's] Scully."

In the next to last scene, the episode takes an ugly turn. Earlier, we learned that Fellig is 140-something years old, immortal, and has been trying to find Death so he can die. He does it by finding the people Death is going to take next, and snaps a picture of it. Now, in his apartment, after recounting the story of how he got this "immortality," Fellig "sees" that Scully is going to die and starts to snap a few photos of her. Frightened and disbelieving, Scully shouts for him to turn off the camera. Just then, a crash comes from the front door. Out of the bright light of day, Agent Ritter appears, gun cocked and aimed at Fellig. The shot is fired. The bullet passes straight through the lens of his camera, his body, and into Scully's body. Frantically, Ritter tries to hold her wound. With no luck, he rushes out, calling for help. In the meantime, as Scully loses blood and consciousness begins to slip away, Fellig reaches weakly for another camera, takes aim ... but never takes the shot. Realizing his way out of this life, he tells Scully not to look into the face of Death, and makes the trade.

In the hospital, we see Mulder standing outside Scully's room. Agent Ritter is inside talking to her, but her attention shifts to Mulder when she spots him. As Ritter comes out, Mulder gives him a dead-serious look, and says, "You're a lucky man." Ritter doesn't answer, just knowing that if Scully had in fact died by his hand, Mulder would have gone after him to hunt him down, with no mercy.

Scully, I think, knows what's happened to her, and why she's alive now. It's on her mind as she talks to Mulder, and in fact verbally rejects that theory. But inside, she can't help thinking he's right. It's on her face.

Now, here's a theory that's been tossed around ... thanks to Fellig, Scully is now immortal. If we accept what was implied in this episode, that Fellig "received" this immortality from the nurse that was attending to him, it's possible that Scully's survival and his death was more than just chance. It could be that he transferred his immortality to Scully.

Crazy, no? But wait, here's one more piece of evidence. Remember back in Season Three, in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose?" What did Mr. Bruckman (who had the ability to foresee people's deaths) respond with when Scully curiously asked how she was going to die? He said, "You don't."

6X11 . Two Fathers

6X12 . One Son

6X14 . Agua Mala

6X15 . Monday

Star Trek fans, please tell me this episode was frighteningly reminiscent of TNG's "Cause and Effect." Please? I'd hate to think I'm going nuts here.

But seriously, this had a very similar plot. Mulder wakes up on Monday morning to find that his waterbed (from Dreamland!) is leaking. It shorts out the power socket, disabling his alarm clock, making him very late for work. Only to make things worse, his landlord demands that he pay for damages. Unfortunately, Mulder's check will bounce unless he deposits his paycheck ASAP, which is what he does first thing when he arrives at work. (They have their office back!) Scully, comes down looking for him, on a 5-minute break from the meeting they were both supposed to be at. Mulder, explains his situation, tells Scully to cover for him (to which she responds, "When do I not?") At the bank, there's a long line, in which he has no choice but to wait. Then Bernard, who we will get to see much more of later, announces that he's holding up the bank. With everyone on the ground, Scully comes in to retrieve Mulder, only to get caught in the hold-up as well. Bad comes to worse. They have no luck in deterring him from flipping the switch on his bomb vest, and everyone in the bank dies.

That's the general plot, and it repeats four or so times (at least, that's how many we get to see), only slight variations each time around. But it always ends up the same. Bernard holds up the bank, Mulder and Scully both end up in the bank, and all get blown to bits.

This episode was loaded in terms of little details. First of all, it was great to see some continuity going on here. Mulder was sleeping in his waterbed, graciously "donated" by Morris Fletcher back in "Dreamland II." Of course, no one remembers it because of the time warp, but nonetheless, Mulder accepts it. And Scully's reaction to hearing that his bed sprung a leak ... "You have a waterbed?" At this point, Scully is surprised Mulder even has a bed at all.

There was some good angst played out here. Not as much as I would have liked, but at least it was there. First time we see the loop, as Mulder is lying face down at gunpoint, he catches sight of Scully approaching the bank. If you could hear Mulder's thoughts, it would probably sound a lot like, "Dammit! Scully, don't come in here. Turn around. Turn around now!" If he could, he would have come up with some way to keep her from entering. Then, Scully's turn for angst as Mulder gets shot. As he lies there bleeding from the chest, she tries hard to keep him from losing too much blood. And in another loop, Mulder has his gun trained on Bernard who has his gun trained on a helpless Scully. Bernard threatens to shoot her, and Mulder responds with, "Then what do you think I'll do?" We know very well what he'd do. Mulder would not hesitate a moment to pull that trigger.

6X13 . Arcadia

Here's one that Shippers have been anticipating for a very long time. I admit, I have too, though it was kept to a minimum since I now try to avoid spoilers like the Black Plague. But there's so much rumor-spreading going on, one can't help but hear something, and that was that M&S were going to go undercover as a married couple. I immediately thought, "How ironic!" With their relationship as unresolved as it is now, such an assignment would definitely be weird to the max.

But oh so cute!! I started giggling until I was giddy just seeing how "natural" their "married" interactions were. I'm sure to someone not as knowledgeable about the premise of this episode would have been very confused as to why Mulder and Scully would be married! =)

They were hugging and touching each other like a comfortable, well-adjusted married couple, just trying to move into a new neighborhood. And of course, they pulled it off so well, I had to wonder if any of it was reaching them inside. Of course, it wasn't the least bit comforting, in that respect, to see them quickly pull her hands off each other as soon as they were alone. ::sigh::

But it was absolutely hilarious, to say the least. Mulder was definitely enjoying himself, and I think at some level, he wished the situation were real. There were a number of instances where Mulder exhibited some humorous yet flirtatious behaviors, just to irritate Scully.

  1. One that will be forever remembered in my book is when they began searching for evidence in the house. We get some classic Mulder/Scully banter:
      Scully: Rob and Laura Petrie?"
      Mulder: "Pee-trie."
      Scully: "Mulder, if we ever go undercover again I get to choose the names, okay?"
      Mulder: "Fine."
      Scully: "This tells me that you're not taking this seriously."
      Mulder: "I'm taking it seriously. I just don't understand why we're on it. It's our first catch back on the X-Files. This isn't an X-File."
      Scully: "Sure it is. It's unexplained. What do you want, aliens? Tractor beams?"
      Mulder: "Wow. Admit it, you just want to play house." (The doorbell rings. Scully goes to answer the door.) "Woman, git back in heah an' make me a sanwich!" (Scully pauses to take off her gloves and tosses them at his head.) (unfazed) Did I not make myself clear?

  2. Another memorable one was in the bedroom, and naturally this was upped a level from what we're used to. They truly sounded like they were married! Scully made several remarks in reference to Mulder's neatness (er, lack thereof).
    • "Mulder, speaking of cleaning up, whoever taught you how to squeeze a tube of toothpaste?" (Does this mean they are SHARING toothpaste?!)
    • "Third warning." (We hear the toilet seat fall.) "Toilet seat."

    And then there was the following part of the scene:

      Mulder: "Have you noticed how everybody around here is obsessed with the neighborhood rules and the CC&R's? You know what? You fit in really well here."
      Scully: "And you don't."
      Mulder: "Well, anyway, tomorrow I got a, uh, a surefire way of testing out my theory." (He pats the bed beside him wiggles his eyebrows.) "Come on, Laura. You know, we're married now."
      Scully: (correcting him) "Scully, Mulder. Good night."
      Mulder: (He picks up a pillow and gets up. He says to her as he passes her:) The thrill is gone.

Too funny.

As for the rest of the episode, I'm sorry, but it just didn't work for me. It seemed like the whole mud creature thing came out of nowhere and there was hardly any development to the situation. I mean, okay, there's a monster going around killing people. Why do we care? I really felt like the last fifteen minutes or so was overly rushed, like there should been at least another fifteen or thirty minutes. Especially the scene when Mulder went to Gogolak's to confront him about what was going on. There should have been a bit more screen time to develop that part of plot. VERY rarely on X-Files do we see a scene that just doesn't seem to flow with the rest of the episode, but Arcadia apparently had a few.

6X16 . Alpha

This one took me a little while to actually get around to writing about because, while there was a substantial amount of Shippiness in this episode, a lot of it was shrouded by me trying to figure out what was going on in the rest of the plot. I still don't quite get some of it, but it's not majorly important so I won't dwell on it.

On to Shippiness. Most of it appeared on Scully's end in this episode, and we saw it in at least two forms. The first was probably the most obvious. Jealous!Scully makes a welcome return (in context, that is). She was able to pick up on the possibility of Karin Berquist (the dog lady) having intentions other than to this case rather quickly, and she also noticed Mulder's eagerness to meet and work with Karin. Her first real indication had to have been when Mulder said that they'd never met -- only online. And given the bad reputation for the phrase "met online," Scully couldn't help but jump to one or two conclusions.

It didn't help much either when she and Mulder returned to Karin's to examine the paw print they found. Mulder stood next to Karin at the computer, while Scully watched from a little ways behind them. At one point, Mulder took Karin's hand-on-the-mouse to guide the curson to another place on the screen. And there's a very clear shot of Scully watching the contact.

Later, we see Scully sitting by herself in the car, waiting for Mulder. It's logical to assume that she rather would have been there in the car than in Karin's office. When Mulder gets in the car, he notices something wrong, and Scully -- rather bluntly -- brings up her concerns as soon as he gets in.

Mulder: "Everything okay, Scully?"
Scully: "How well do you know this woman, Mulder?"
Mulder: "How well do you know anybody you meet on the internet? She likes to talk."
Scully: "Well, I question her motives."
Mulder: "You're suggesting that this case was a way to get me out here, to meet me?" (Scully doesn't say anything.) "I'm flattered, but, no. I don't know this woman. I'd go out on a limb and say there's no way in hell she has anything to do with those four people being dead."
Scully: "She's enamored of you, Mulder. Don't underestimate a woman. They can be tricksters, too."
In this dialogue, Scully was curious about what kept Mulder in there while she waited and managed to imply something might have been going on. Then she shows signs of being protective of Mulder, warning him not to be naive about women -- that they too are capable of being deceptive. The way she said that, though, made me wonder a little bit (whether warranted or not). Being a "trickster" ... was Scully saying this out of personal experience, that she'd done something like that before?

Whether or not she knows this from first-hand experience, she's definitely looking rather protective -- so much that she later pays a visit to Karin by herself. Their brief conversation is calm, but at the same time, very vicious. Scully just about outright accuses Karin of not even caring about this case at all, that this was all construed under the pretense of luring Mulder out here so she could meet with him in person. Karin simply responds with, "I lack your feminine wiles." Scully doesn't back down. She tells Karin, very carefully, "I'm watching you." (::hiss::)

6X17 . Trevor
6X18 . Milagro

Wowsers, this one was one heck of a roller coaster! Seriously, there were times in this episode where I was sitting there on the floor of my living room, crouched up in a ball, my arms over my face, and watching the TV through the cracks between my arms. Then there were other times where a huge grin spread over my face and I got all giddy.

The premise for this episode: Mulder's next-door neighbor is a writer who somehow has the power to have his writing manifested into the physical world. The only problem I had with this was Mulder and Scully didn't really explore the actual possibility of such a thing happening. They discussed it, but they didn't really get to any conclusions, which for some reason bothered me.

Now, should I start with the Shipper or the anti-Shipper aspect? Why am I asking you? Not like you have a choice. =)

How about the anti? Put down any sharp objects before reading further.

Aside from the heart abstractions that were close to being too graphic for me (I was eating dinner at the time), the one thing that bothered me the most was how "taken" Mr. Padgett was with Scully. From the moment we first saw how he was staring at her in the first scene in the elevator, trouble was near. No one is allowed to stare at her like that. No one except Mulder. (j/k ... sort of)

And how about how well he was able to describe Scully? Those of us who have followed along in Scully's psyche over the years know how frighteningly accurate he was - which is a bad thing. We tend to look for understanding when we make relationships, and perhaps Scully found something intriguing about that. It made her curious ... though I'm not sure if that was her real curiosity or if it was curiosity Padgett wrote for Scully. I'm still trying to figure out just how much power his writing had.

Which leads to another question I have: was Scully's decision to stay at Padgett's for a cup of coffee hers or Padgett's? Most people will argue that he was "controlling" her with his writing, but to what extent? He stopped writing after she came in, and the last thing he'd written was, "How will it end?" This leaves me to think that either Scully really was curious about Padgett, or 2) he wrote her curiosity to be a long-lasting thing (i.e. "the compulsion was overwhelming").

Scully obviously had some better judgment playing within her. She asks Padgett why she's still standing there when her instinct tells her to go. I wondered the same thing, and in fact, after he invited her into his bedroom (of all places) to sit down, I started pleading out loud, "Scully, leave now, leave now..."

And the previous scene containing his fantasy ... on his bed? Seeing Scully with him was definitely screech-inducing. ::shudder:: So, I had just reason to beg her to leave, right?

Before anyone damages any brain cells from remembering those scenes, let's quickly shift over to the Shippiness! And wow, there was lots of it!

Let's start with Scully's conversation with Padgett when she went to return the pendant. He analyzes her further, and describes them both as alike - lonely. Scully responds by saying, "Loneliness is a choice." Now, the significance of this didn't hit me until the next day. First, one could interpret that as a statement she meant for people in general. That's what I took it as the first time around. But when I watched it again, it suddenly occurred to me that she could just as easily have been talking about herself. In which case, it takes on something new. In this context, it could be that she felt she had a choice. She considered not being lonely (i.e. probably being with Mulder) an option. Unfortunately, it presents an obvious disappointment. She hasn't chosen that option.

But before you freak out at me for saying that, hear me out. It's not that I think she doesn't have feelings for Mulder. I'm still VERY convinced of that. But remember back in "Christmas Carol"? Scully explained that all her life, she'd avoided close, emotional relationships with people because she knew that relationships were ultimately temporary. And while, at the time, she said that she didn't feel that anymore, I think having lost Emily pushed her deeper into being determined to not feel that kind of pain again - thus not becoming emotionally invovled with anyone.

In addition, Padgett brought up something in his first monologue that I don't think has been explicitly said on the show. He said that Scully was in pretty much a "boy's club" where she had to put forth extra effort to get the same respect as her male counterparts. Therefore she can't seem weak, and unfortunately, society sees emotional attachment as a weakness.

So, the bottom line? If we follow this line of assumptions (and remember, that's what they are!), Scully could be choosing not to be with Mulder for those reasons.

In Padgett's prison cell after Mulder had him arrested, Mulder confronts him about his suspicions about being the murderer. For a second, he looks like he might cross the line, but Scully holds him back. And for a moment, it almost seems to freeze there. We see Padgett staring at their touch, almost a jealous look on his face.

And of course, the most influential moment (in a rabid Shipper's eye) was when they were releasing him from prison. Padgett stops to apologize. He explained that he wanted Scully to fall in love with the "stranger" but he realized that was impossible. "Agent Scully is already in love."

Squeal. Scream. Jump up and down. You name it, I probably did it. It's been argued that it didn't necessarily mean it was Mulder, but come on! Who ELSE could it have been? There is seriously no one else in her life at the moment, no one as close as Mulder is. And duh, we've seen more than enough evidence over the past, especially this season. I won't say any more.

Jump to the end when Padgett had finished his book. Realizing what the consequences were going to be, he decided to burn it to prevent it from happening. And dammit, Mulder just had to try stopping him. I was screaming, "Just let him burn the damn book!" Hearing Scully scream was definitely not pleasant, especially since we rarely see/hear her expressing such deep, raw emotions. These were of pain and fear, the worst you can get.

And what happened after she came to is unforgettable. Mulder was there at her side, and the first thing she did was to throw her arms around him. Having such a close brush with death (yet again, but this was damn frightening to have seen someone reaching into her chest to take her heart) the first thing she needed was to be consoled. And then she started crying, sobbing. And you could see the pain on Mulder's face as he held her. His pain reflecting the pain in her cries.

Ouch.

6X20 . The Unnatural

Oh, dear me. Probably the MOST squeal-inducing episode in X-Files history. David Duchovny wrote and directed this episode, so either he is being very generous to us Shippers, or he's being very cruel in torturing us so! Either way, all the Mulder/Scully interaction written in this episode was incredibly Shippy!

Let's start with the beginning, after Scully lugged that huge book of newspaper archives down to the basement. She proceeded to unwrap and begin eating a "non-fat to-frutti creamsicle". The banter between them was priceless, beginning with a series of proverbs and cliche's thrown back and forth and ending with Mulder saying, "I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-fat to-frutti creamsicles!" He jumps up, grabs the ice cream that's still in Scully's hands and takes a huge bite out of it. It slips out of both their grasps and falls onto an open book of newspapers.

I think DD put that part in to emulate a bit of Gillian Anderson into Scully because in real life, Gillian does actually eat that kind of stuff. Anyone see one visit Gillian made to The Rosie O'Donnell show? She brought her a tofu pie (which actually didn't turn out very good) and said that she doesn't eat anything with wheat or sugar. A little bit odd, but it was an interesting touch to add to Scully's character.

However, I couldn't help but notice Scully's characterization was a little unusual -- not necessarily in a bad way, but it's definitely a deviation from the serious, work-driven Scully we're used to seeing. But of course, over the past season or two, she's loosened up quite a bit, so maybe it's not so far-fetched. But what I kept thinking after that scene finished, was that it could have totally been something straight out of fanfic. Ok, so I haven't read as much fanfic I would like, but from the few Shippy ones that I have read, the style is right down the same path.

Anyway, the middle portion of the episode, everything else that had to do with Exley being an alien and Arthur Dales, etc. I kind of found boring. It moved rather slow, though it was an interesting premise to put forth that all the major stars in baseball history were all aliens. I just think it could have been developed further.

Of course, then there was the end! Hold on to your hats because it's going to be one heck of a ride! (I'm still getting giddy thinking about it!)

We see Mulder batting at a baseball field, and Scully approaches from behind a fence. She says that she'd gotten a message from a 'Fox Mantel (sp?)' and that this was a very important, very special early or late birthday present. Mulder invites her to the batting box to try hitting a baseball. At this point, I let out a squeal because I knew what was going to happen next. Not because I'd read any spoilers (thank God I didn't know about all this before hand -- I don't know how you people who read spoilers do it!), but because of some innate intuition.

Scully holds the bat, and Mulder guides her along the proper way to hold the bat by standing behind her and holding the bat, practically embracing her in his arms. Look how CLOSE they were standing! From that moment on, their bodies were essentially right up against each other, and could NOT physically have been standing any closer. They were like that for the remainder of the scene!

He guides her on the appropriate way to swing. Hips before hands. He even goes as far as placing a hand on her hip to guide her -- while still standing so very close together. ::squeal again:: Then he tells her, "keep your eye on the ball ... and then we're going to make contact." Contact! So easy to take that into the metaphorical sense. This is obviously WAY beyond anything rated G.

And they start swinging at the baseballs. One after another, and Mulder doesn't move away. He doesn't let Scully try hitting them herself, and she doesn't ask to. They were absolutely comfortable with it, smiling and giggling. Just as if they were really a couple. =)

One thing that I noticed is that this episode brings up a LOT of questions, for me, at least. For example, what the heck must they have been thinking? I mean, what was going through their minds? Duh, we know they both know there's an attraction. That we can take as a given now, so how are they responding? Does it even occur to them that there is total and complete physical contact? Are they aware of it? And if so, was it immediate? Or did it come to them later, after just what we saw ended?

Another thing is, if they were aware of it, what stopped them from taking advantage of the situation? Or did they? We could think up a multitude of events that eventually took place, ranging from the mildest of consequences to the most drastic. Usually, they've only shared brief moments of physical contact: hands, shoulders, a pat on the back, and even quite often hugs, a FREAKING near-kiss (that still gets me all riled up and flustered thinking about). Those were short moments, never really leading up to any lasting consequence except for maybe the Stung Kissing -- that had some repercussions, albeit not as much as we'd like.

This time, there was the potential to make a drastic change in the nature of their relationship, or at least, once again become aware of the feelings they're harboring. It had about as much impact on me as last week's affirmation: "Agent Scully is already in love." Now, I'm curious: did it have that much effect on them?

I guess we'll see.

Now that I've gone and speculated this enough to take one to the top of the Empire State Building, coming back to the ground floor for the time being, I seriously wonder how the rest of the scene would have played out. Fanfic, I hear fanfic calling!!

This long, drawn-out mid-season re-evaluation of the Mulder/Scully relationship brought to you by the letter X.

Disclaimer: I am willing to take only half of the responsibility for my thoughts today. I was on 4 hours of sleep plus intense preparation for a plant biology midterm. Let me know if any of this episode's comments are way out of context.

6X19 . Three of a Kind

This episode didn't directly have Mulder in it, and in fact, the only time David Duchovny even had a part was in the computer-generated phone call made by the Lone Gunmen. He's indirectly in it again later when Scully calls him towards the end of the episode, but we only hear Scully's end of the conversation.

The fact that Scully left for Vegas without so much as an explanation on what was going on is just another example of the trusting bond we've seen over and over again between them. All Mulder had to say was, "Trust me."

Because Mulder wasn't in this episode much, there wasn't much in the way of Shippiness. But we did get to see a different side of Scully, despite the fact that she was drugged. It was incredibly funny how goofy she was acting -- i.e. Langly: "What killed him?" Scully: "Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep." (smack hands together) And it was even bordering on disturbing when she was at the bar being all flirty with the guys there, one of which was our dear Morris Fletcher from Dreamland. I can't imagine what Mulder would have thought if he'd seen her like this!

6X21 . Field Trip

Okay, before I get into this episode in depth, I have a bone to pick about the science. For those of you who don't already know, I'm a biology major and strangely enough, this episode aired just as we were finishing the lectures on fungi in my plant bio & ecology class. The coroner in this episode gave Scully the results of a chemical analysis of the green slime and said that it contained chitinase and that it's found only in plants. While I don't know if it's strictly limited to plants, it doesn't matter -- this episode had nothing to do with plants! It was about mushrooms, a type of fungus. Fungi are not plants. They are in their own kingdom and this episode seemed to have that confused. Later in the episode, Scully is talking to Mulder about fungus organisms being acres in size and some fungi that put off hallucinogenic chemicals, which is true, but then she starts giving examples of carnivorous plants. Again, the mix-up. Scully's supposed to be a trained scientist and biologist, right?? It's possible she was extrapolating a parallel between carnivorous plants and the possibility of carnivorous fungi, but it really didn't sound that way, and I'm wondering who it was that did the research for this episode.

Now, I'm done. ::end scientific analysis:: On to the rest of it -- The Shippiness is out there!

A young couple's skeletons turn up stripped clean after being only 3 days missing, and this triggers the interest in Mulder because it occurred at Brown Mountain where there were apparently unexplained lights for 700 years. Mulder's theory -- of course -- is UFO's, which Scully all too quickly was able to predict. She is -- of course -- tired of that being his first explanation and begs him to come up with a simpler one. Mulder is hurt, though he doesn't automatically show it. But what he says next does.

Reminiscent of when he asked her in the movie, he asks, "Scully, in six years, how often have I been wrong?" Scully gives a tired laugh, but Mulder is serious this time. "I mean, every time I bring you a new 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."

Mulder's being a bit brusque here, but he wants to make his point -- and while I take no sides on this argument, I can sympathize. How many times is this argument between them dished out? In the majority of episodes, there's a general theme of Mulder believing a supernatural explanation and Scully rebutting it by demanding a scientific basis. He's got to be tired of it by now, if not a little irritated, which is what I think is now hitting him. To Scully's defense though, she's a trained scientist, so it's her nature to explain phenomena by science. And though Mulder's theories of aliens and UFO's have grown slightly in possibility since she first parterned up with him, there is no hard science to back them up. This debate has been on-going since the pilot episode, but it never grows old. Mulder and Scully get tired of each other's devotion to their beliefs, but really ... it never grows old. =)

It was confusing for a while to figure out whether the hallucinogen caused the victims to see what they individually wanted without an outside controller, or if the hallucinogen simply allowed a greater entity to give the victim what they wanted. I'm willing to go with the latter because there seemed to be a time when both Mulder and Scully were sharing the same hallucination, but other times when they obviously had different ones.

The fact that they could pick out the fallacies in their hallucinations shows how well they know each other -- or at least, this was true in Mulder's case. In his hallucination, Scully was skeptical until he showed her the alien he abducted and kept in his bedroom. Scully is astonished, and all of a sudden she believes! She admits she's wrong and Mulder is right -- no further questions asked. And that's exactly what Mulder found wrong. Had Scully asked a few more questions, he might have bought it, but she didn't.

Then, when it is Scully's turn to hallucinate, she finds Mulder's skeleton just like the Schiffs. Much to her dismay, she positively ID's him by dental records. At first, she fights to hold back her emotions to focus on cause of death. She's unable to conclude anything and as such, submits an inconclusive report to Skinner who oddly is satisfied and even more oddly takes one of Scully's less-than-confident causes of death - that it was ritual murder. Scully argues that it was far from her best theory and adding the frustration she was having with Skinner on top of unresolved emotions about Mulder's death finally showed some evidence of it taking a toll on her. We finally see tears rolling off her cheeks. And later, at Mulder's apartment when even the Lone Gunmen are buying the ritualistic murder theory, she figures something bigger is going on, and demands of Skinner to know what's going on.

Finally, at the end, we get some true Shippiness. Mulder and Scully are pulled out of the ground and loaded into an ambulance, appropriately side by side. Mulder, barely having the energy to do so, turns his head to look at Scully. He reaches a hand out to her, and without even opening her eyes or turning her head, she takes his hand in a mutual expression of relief that they were both rescued.

6X22 . Biogenesis