Yeah this has been a loooong time coming, I know. With the family death and then the working and the UK trip and now the move…! well, done with excuses. Here are the next two on my countdown. (The other ep posts are here: 12, 11 & 10, 9, 8, and 7).
6. Home. (Season 4, Episode 3)
Creepy yet fantastically-done, Home surprises me still every time I watch it. To start with, it’s just a beautiful episode (especially for the content!), with great cinematography, colour (and lack thereof), music and the writing gives us the Mulder and Scully we know and love as well as characters and villains we can fear and be amazed by.
The episode starts with a simple scene where Mulder expresses that he has always wished to live in a small town. Later on, we also get a scene where the agents discuss genetics and having children, and Mulder encourages her to “find [herself] a man with a spotless genetic make-up and a really high tolerance for being second-guessed and start pumping out the little Uber-Scullies.” Hello? Adorable.
Aside from the cute agent moments, the episode is dark and disturbing with incest, murder of the sheriff and his wife, and a mutated infant. Despite the cringing, it remains a strong fan favourite.
Scully: Meanwhile, I’ve quit the F.B.I. and become a spokesperson for the Ab-roller..
Mulder: … Never had to lock your doors. No modems, no faxes, no cell phones.
Scully: Mulder, if you had to do without a cell phone for two minutes, you’d lapse into catatonic schizophrenia.
Mulder: Well, just find yourself a man with a spotless genetic make-up and a really high tolerance for being second-guessed and start pumping out the little Uber-Scullies.
Scully: What about your family?
Mulder: Hmm? Well, aside from the need for corrective lenses and a tendency to be abducted by extraterrestrials involved in an international governmental conspiracy, the Mulder family passes genetic muster.
Mulder: Scully… I never saw you as a mother before.
Honourable mention…Dreamland (Pts 1 & 2) (Season 6, Episodes 4 & 5)
Another classic body-switch episode, executed rather amusingly by the inclusion of Michael McKean as the disgruntled Man in Black. Of course the highlights here are the mirror dance sequence, the swearing Navajo woman, Morris’ irate wife and hyper-hormonal children, and “Mulder”‘s antics which include: slapping Scully’s ass, sleeping with Kersh’s assistant and re-decorating the apartment.
It’s the second time someone masquerading as Mulder has tried to pick up Scully, but she still goes along with it.. to a point. And the water-bed adds a nice touch, especially with its later use in Monday.
Scully: You don’t think that we should follow up on this?
Morris (as Mulder): Are you out of your pretty little mind?
Scully: (so mad she can barely speak) Am I out of my mind? Mulder, you are out of your mind! What is up with you?! I’m thinking about having you examined for mental illness or-or drug use or… Or maybe a massive head injury! This is an X File, your life’s work, your crusade!
Morris (as Mulder): As I understand it, we’re off the X Files.
Mulder (as Morris): I’m Mulder. I’m really Mulder. I switched bodies, places, identities with this man Morris Fletcher the man that you think is Mulder, but he’s not. (sees his reflection in the car window – of MORRIS) Of course you don’t believe me. Why was I expecting anything different? Your full name is Dana Katherine Scully. Your badge number is… Hell! I don’t know your badge number. Your mother’s name is Margaret. Your brother’s name is Bill Jr. He’s in the Navy and he hates me. (no response from SCULLY) Lately, for lunch, you’ve been having this six-ounce cup of yogurt, plain yogurt, into which you stir bee pollen because you’re on a bee pollen kick even though I tell you you’re a scientist and you should know better.
Morris (as Mulder): Baby..
Scully: “Baby” me and you’ll be peeing through a catheter.
More to come..