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9x14 Improbable
by Amy (_folieadeux)
at November 7th, 2008 (05:56 pm)



Synopsis

When Reyes uses numerology to connect the murders of several women to an obsessed serial killer, she and Scully become trapped with a mysterious checker-playing man who may or may not be the killer. The question then becomes who is going to be the next victim.

Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Chris Carter
Originally aired: April 7, 2002

Quotes

Scully: Sir, does it look like we're here to play checkers?

Reyes: So you're saying these cases are connected? That numerology may actually be driving the killer, and that I'm definitely not crazy?
Scully: Or that maybe you're both crazy.

Reyes: You're a nine.
Scully: Which means what?
Reyes: Nine is completion. You've evolved through the experiences of all the other numbers to a spiritual realisation that this life is only part of a larger whole. Dana, are you there?
Scully: There's something else that's bugging me.
Reyes: What's that?
Scully: Who was that man?
Reyes: God knows.

Links

Episodes online and here and here
Episode transcript
Screencaps
Episodic Fanfic
Jessica's TWoP Review

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Burt Reynolds = God. Did you know that? It was news to me too.

This is one of the more quirky episodes of the season and I do kind of like it. Reyes is all kooky, as usual, but this time it's over numbers. And numbers can savvvee the daaaaayyy. And solve cases. Apparently.

Burt makes me LOL and so does the music. So there's a huge entertainment factor here. The case blah blah blah. There's all this randomonisty (or was it?) of fate or chance and running into people and things. A dude kills ladies based on numerology and...hair colour (possibly including our two female characters *gasp*) I hate to say it but I will, I'm sorry in advance, but I think this episode could have been more hilarious and better all around if it were Mulder and Scully involved in it.

[random]I notice Gillian's face is getting much more round mid S9 to the end of the show.[/random]

Aww, lookit Scully tucking baby William in at the end. It's almost like she loves him! Well THAT will last for only a couple more episodes. SPOILERS The soundtrack is bizarre and squeals "I love you" while Scully is lying in bed which I thought "aww, maybe she's thinking about the kid. Or Mulder. Or both". But then she calls...Reyes.

Alrighty then.

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Extra

Props department crew member Tighe Barry plays a homeless man in one scene of this episode.

Former Production Assistant-turned-Actor Angelo Vacco makes his fourth and final X-Files appearance in this episode. He previously appeared in the episodes F. Emasculata (Season 2), Talitha Cumi (Season 3), and Milagro (Season 6).

Chris Carter's "Executive Producer" credit at the end is in Italian.

The usual "The Truth Is Out There" tagline at the end of the opening credits is replaced with "Dio ti ama" - Italian for "God Loves You". Presumably this is a reference to what might be the true nature of "Mr. Burt".

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9x09 Underneath
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at November 6th, 2008 (08:34 am)




Synopsis

Scully, Doggett and Reyes investigate an old case that Doggett worked on as a cop in Brooklyn, dubbed "The Screwdriver Killer". They try to determine whether the man who was convicted and has just been released from prison was actually the man responsible for the murders.

Writer/s: John Shiban
Director: John Shiban
Originally aired: 31st March 2002 (in the US) – 23rd November 2002 (in Australia)


Quotes

Doggett: You're telling me there's no way? There's not even a million-to-one chance that these DNA tests are wrong?
Scully: Actually, a hundred million.
Doggett: I need the reports run again. I need you to do it yourself.
Scully: Agent Doggett, you just... it'd take at least 48 hours.
Doggett: That's too long.
Reyes: Where are you going?
Doggett: New York. I can't just sit here and wait for this guy to kill again.
Reyes: John...
Doggett: Look, I get it. Enough people tell you you're drunk, it's time to lie down. But I know what I know. I could really use your help.

Doggett: Wait a minute. On top of springing loose a murderer you're telling me the city of New York is going to pay him off?


Links

Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2


Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Ok, I admit, when I sat down to watch this one, I had no clue what it was about. I didn’t remember it at all. Aside from the part where Scully was going through all those files. Now? I’m still not sure I know what it was about, nor do I really want to remember it.

It was like some really bad episode of Law and Order on crack. A Jekyll and Hyde personality is a cool story, but sadly this one failed all the way. Were all those bodies supposed to be buried under the lawyers house? Isnt that a little too weird/convenient that they were buried under the residence of the person who helped Bob get released?

I really think we should talk about the bigger issues though. Like how Scully just dropped everything (ie: William) to fly to NY on no notice. And how she keeps looking really hot. And also why I didn’t mind her working with Doggett so much. Is it because he has Reyes distracting him now that he can actually work alongside Scully and not ogle her?

And on a somewhat related note, I would really love a 3/4/ankle length coat like Reyes wears, but finding them is impossible.


Extra

Doggett's former partner, Duke Tomasick, was named for the X-Files Construction Coordinator.

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9x13 Audrey Pauley
by Amy (_folieadeux)
at November 3rd, 2008 (06:47 pm)



Synopsis

Doggett and Scully look for answers that will save Reyes' life after she is injured in a horrible car accident. Yet Reyes is also fighting to stay alive in the netherworld between life and death. But before long Reyes realises that she may have little time left when others in the netherworld start to disappear.

Writer: Steven Maeda
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 17, 2002

Quotes

Monica: You are a dog person, John.
John: How do you figure?
Monica: Well, you're dependable, loyal, you're without guile, and you're very comfortable to be around. So why a cat?
John: They're low maintenance, so you can't disappoint them.
Monica: I don't see you ever disappointing anyone.

Doggett: I wish I could talk to her. I wish I could tell her. Guess I wish a lot of things.

Links

Episodes online and here and here
Episode transcript
Screencaps
Episodic Fanfic
Jessica's TWoP Review

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Do you like Monica? Follow this flowchart to guage if you'll like this episode:



Ok it's not a properly done flowchart but still, no excuses! Booze, snickerdoodles or whatever...you all have to watch this one with me.

There's some weird flirting in this episode between Doggett and Reyes from the very beginning. It's kind of like if I were watching my parents flirt. And if I happened to hate my mom. She gets in an accident and like travels to another world it seems (We know this because it's more BLUE in colour there as opposed to the rest of the episode) and there's a house floating in the sky or in someone's mind SPOILERS. Or something. I don't really care.

It bothers me a bit that Doggett and Reyes suddenly love each other and care for each other after not too many episodes together. I'd be a bit bitter about how sudden it is compared to Mulder and Scully, but I think MSR fans still got the better end of the deal in the long run.

I can't properly put into words what I think about this episode. It's strange. And I'm trying to give it a chance man, but it's seriously boring. I just don't think Annabeth can act - at least not as this character - and it's painful to watch her carry this episode. Robert makes a valiant effort but I don't know you guys. Audrey, played by Tracey Ellis (from Oubliette) was pretty awesome in this one however. She does a great job with out of the ordinary characters.

In the end, Reyes lives and we don't know what the hell happened to Audrey. She was drugged like the others were, so is she stuck in her dollhouse? Is she dead? No one knows. And the writer decided that we didn't need to perhaps. OR I missed the point entirely which is certainly possible.

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Things We Learned 101
Extra

In a funny blooper from this episode, Annabeth Gish has a coughing fit while lying in the hospital bed, while Scully is trying to convince Doggett that she is brain dead.

This is the second time that Tracey Ellis has had a guest appearance on the show. She played Lucy Householder in the season 3 episode "Oubliette".

This episode marks the 50th time that Kim Manners has stepped behind the camera to direct an X-Files episode, making him without a doubt the longest serving director on the show. His debut was for season 2's 'Die Hand Die Verletzt'.

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9x11 Providence
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at November 2nd, 2008 (08:10 am)




Synopsis

Scully is anxious to recover William from his kidnappers and takes matters into her own hands when the FBI's attempts to assist in the investigation are less than helpful. With the help of the Lone Gunmen, Scully discovers terrifying information about her child's captors, and is once again forced to confront the mystery regarding the sinister interest in her son.

Writer/s: Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Director: Chris Carter
Originally aired: 10th March 2002 (in the US) – 9th November 2002 (in Australia)


Quotes

Skinner: Agent Scully! What are you doing? I thought I told you, you didn't need to be here.
Scully: I just had to see this for myself.
Skinner: Go home.
Scully: To what?

Lieutenant Josepho: You struggle to believe. It's so incredible but your son will lead this alien race. He was put here to lead. I'll bring you to him, to see your son. After you do something for me. After you bring something I need. Confirmation that Mulder's dead.
Scully: You killed Mulder.
Lieutenant Josepho: No. I believed he was dead... but now I have reason to doubt that. And if he's alive, he's the one thing preventing your son's true destiny.


Links

Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2


Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Its quite possible that I hate this arc even more than NiHT. Seriously. This is only the second time I’ve seen it and now I remember why I’ve avoided a rewatch of it. ZzzzzZZzzz. And also? I tend to … not get it. I mean I do, but perhaps I just don’t care enough to keep my attention focused on it and miss stuff.

So let me get this straight, Mulder and William feature in this nutty cult leaders super-duper prophecy that says the ship he uncovers holds the “physical manifestation of god” and that if Mulder isn’t killed, William “the miracle child” will stop the alien invasion that he’s actually supposed to help.

… okay then …

Question: Is god supposed to be alien or are the aliens supposed to be god? I never quite get that one.

I love Scully’s knee length leather jacket and really want one of my own. This season is clearly all about fashion and not the storylines, Scully must’ve been collecting single parent allowance to buy all those awesome new clothes.

When did the Lone Gunmen become so lame? No really. Have they always been this bad with gadgets or did I imagine all those times when they were helpful to Mulder? Is it just Scully’s hotness that makes them clumsy? I can forgive them for that.

Oh and I also get a huge kick out of seeing Alan Dale. I generally have no idea who he is or what his motives are but its Alan Dale and he’s credited as toothpick man (one of the best credits ever) so who cares!?! Go Aussies!


Extra

Cult Leader: Bring me the head of Fox Mulder.

He says this to Scully because he needs proof of Mulder's death. This is one of the many biblical references in the episode, and an obvious allusion to the tale of John the Baptist. Salome, the daughter of Herodias, so pleased the King with her dancing that she was granted any wish. Her mother told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist.

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9x10 Provenance
by Amy (_folieadeux)
at October 30th, 2008 (03:51 pm)



Synopsis

When pieces of the spaceship beached in Africa resurface, the conspiracy within the FBI attempts to hide the information from the X-Files, especially the one person for whom the pieces have a special significance - Scully.

Writer: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 3, 2002

Quotes

Reyes: Agent Scully, I know you've become more open-minded about these things... but do you know what it is you're saying here? If it were true these symbols wouldn't just be words... they'd be the very Word of God on the surface of an alien spacecraft.
Scully: It'd mean that everything mankind believes in... is in question.
Reyes: And you believe this?
Scully: I didn't. I mean, I...I refused to believe it. But now I think...I think there may be answers there.

Links

Episodes online and here and here
Episode transcript
Screencaps
Episodic Fanfic
Jessica's TWoP Review

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Scully is a featured player of this two-parter mytharc. Ohh alien rubbings again - too bad it's done in a totally boring way. There's some trouble with Baby William and some people wanting to kill the kid. Also, Scully wears some forlorn looks that express such things like, "my baby-daddy is on the run and people are telling me he's dead and our kid can f*cking spin things with his MIND. WHY ME?"

I won't give exhaustive thoughts on William being tied into the mytharc because I've said it all already but...I do hate it. I hate that they have to force some mytharc storyline to Scully in this way, it's such a mistake. And as if the kid doesn't have enough to worry about in his life. Whatever. My biggest hope is that he is a key to *~saving the world~* in 2012, but we'll see - at least then there's a purpose of this poor child being the way that he is. Scully has this weird detachment with William too that really pisses me off. She's wanted this miracle for a long time and she looks like she barely tolerates him. I don't like that at all.

I liked the reference to Canada here, though "Alberta Province"? Really? I get that people don't understand how to reference things they don't know but there should be SOMEONE on the show who remembers, like, working on the show in Canada for 5 years and the way things roll. But what do I know? Maybe I shall start referencing American states thusly: Idaho STATE, California STATE...

I'll stop now.

For some reason in this one I notice that Follmer is a complete bonehead. How did he become A.D.? I mean Skinner was kickass and probably older than Follmer when he became A.D (well maybe not, but he has a much younger face to me than Skinner I guess). I don't know why it bothers me so. But it does. Maybe it's just because I don't think Cary Elwes is a good actor outside of "The Princess Bride".

I love the Gunmen but they're not really suitable for the whole caregiver/"My Three Daddies" role ya know? I mean I'm sure they eat off disposable plates, share one bedroom, have Froot Loops for dinner (ok I do that one too) and have internet porn stars plastered on the wall. They're awesome just not really...grown up. Anyway, in the end Scully gives her baby to the LGM, they're compromised, Will is taken away and Doggett is hurt. Oh noes!

P.S. To the idiot brigade in the FBI, MULDER IS NOT AN AGENT ANYMORE. GOT IT? GEEZUS.

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Things We Learned 101
Extra

William can spin alien artifacts with his tiny little mind.

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9x04 Hellbound
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at October 29th, 2008 (08:26 am)




Synopsis

Convinced it is an X-File, Reyes is drawn to a murder where the victim has been skinned alive. Yet she is unsure why she has such a strange connection to the case.

Writer/s: David Amann
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: 27th January 2002 (in the US) – 19th October 2002 (in Australia)


Quotes

Doggett: Damn. I've seen a bunch of these when I was a cop. It's a favourite of some of the pan-asian gangs.
Reyes: The difference is Victor Potts had a premonition of his death.
Doggett: And?
Scully: That was my question.

Doggett: This thing with the birthdays is weird, no doubt about it. Looks to me like we're dealing with a real sick puppy here.
Reyes: I don't think so.
Doggett: Choosing your victims because of their damn birth dates, it's the very definition of a serial killer.

Reyes: Whoever I was, I failed. In 1868. In 1909. In 1960, I failed. I was always there, but I couldn't stop the killings. And he knew that. Just like he knows I'm here right now. He feels me — the way I felt him when I saw that picture of the first victim. And somehow he knows my deepest fear that I'll fail.


Links

Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2


Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

I was going to try and fake my way through this one, just writing something from memory because I totally forgot I had to do my post. When I sat down to write something I realized I had absolutely no clue what this episode was about therefore I had nothing to say. Now that I’ve watched it, I remember it, but I still don’t have a lot to say.

Um, the skinned bodies are pretty gross. I think that’s the most awesome thing about the episode. Reyes’ involvement bores me. I found it as interesting as Mulder’s past lives in The Field Where I Died. Oy. Her touchy-feely-sensey crap bothers me.

I kind of feel like this episode was almost completely laid out and solved for everyone. What happened to the days where the agents got half the clues, Mulder made a gigantic leap about Bigfoot or a Bunyip, Scully scoffed and they chased their tails for a while and came out of it none the wiser? An X File is no fun if its solved.

Best part of this episode? Scully. Looked. Great. And wore scrubs.


Extra

A doctor in the episode is named Sackheim after a producer/director on The X Files.

A dog in the episode is named "Happy" after Gillian Anderson's dog

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9x07 John Doe
by Amy (_folieadeux)
at October 26th, 2008 (04:54 pm)



Synopsis

Scully and Reyes join forces to try and find Doggett when he goes missing. Doggett has his own problems, having woken up in jail in Mexico suffering from amnesia. With no knowledge of who he is, Doggett is befriended by a local who soon has him working smuggling illegal immigrants across the border.

Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Michelle MacLaren
Originally aired: December 16, 2001

Quotes

Caballero: Why would you want to remember? You can't tell me you're happier now, because you recall your life. I saw it all. So much pain. Why would you want to struggle, so long and hard, to get that pain back?
Doggett: Because it's mine.

Reyes: John. I'm so sorry ... about Luke. About you having to relive that.
Doggett: I'll take the bad as long as I remember the good.

Links

Episodes online and here and here
Episode transcript
Screencaps
Episodic Fanfic
Jessica's TWoP Review

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

This sort of reminds me of the time on Lois & Clark where Lex Luthor kidnapped Lois before she married Clark and then she got amnesia and started a career in lounge singing.

The arc on that show really sucked too.

Ok this isn't an awful episode of TV really. It's a weird episode of the X Files yes (in that the feeling is off and doesn't belong) but it's decent because I find Doggett - on his own and unrelated to the XF - pretty engaging. So here, John has amnesia and has one shoe. He's also in Mexico! Why? We don't know and must find out.

I don't mind this one so much like I said, but it's not really something that I would reach for on purpose if I were rewatching the series. I don't like it so much when Reyes (ugh) comes into the picture and tries to help out with her great knowledge. She was raised in Mexico! Oh how convenient! Also convenient: having a very specific tattoo to help you solve the case if you ever happen to lose your memory.

What sucks for Doggett is that he can remember his kid, then to come back to reality and to the knowledge that his son is dead? That was some good acting by Robert there. Brutal. Intense grief two times over.

The styling in this one is really interesting...and also with this episode we get the show's second woman director after Gillian herself (though I have to admit, before I saw a picture, I totally thought Kim Manners was a lady back in the day. Sorry Kim, I love you!) And the idea of the crime boss being able to wipe memory was pretty good as well, I'm glad they didn't linger on that too much though or it could have gone in the "way too lame" category. But it didn't, so, well done.

As for the other guys: LORD I hate Kersh and his style of speaking. I'm SURE you KNOW what I MEAN you guys. But hooray for Skinner for coming and saving the day of his one true love, John!


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Things We Learned 101
Extra
Doggett's wife is played by Robert Patrick's real wife, Barbara Patrick.

'John Doe' is generally the name given to someone with amnesia, as well as 'Jane Doe' for females, simply as something to call them until their real identities are discovered.

The case Doggett was working on concerned a banker named "Hollis Rice", another reference to Vince's girlfriend Holly.

Holly Reference Count Thus Far, The Obvious & The Not So Obvious: 14

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9x08 Trust No 1
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at October 25th, 2008 (07:36 am)




Synopsis

Scully is approached by a couple who claim their baby has the same abilities as William and have information about the super soldier program, however they will only talk to Mulder, believing him the only person who can make the connections and uncover the truth. Scully is forced into an awkward situation when she has to decide whether to put Mulder's life in more danger even though she desperately wants to see him.


Writer/s: Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Director: Tony Wharmby
Originally aired: 6th January 2002 (in the US) – 12th October 2002 (in Australia)


Quotes

Scully: One day, you'll ask me to speak of a truth - of the miracle of your birth. To explain what is unexplained. And if I falter or fail on this day, know there is an answer, my child, a sacred imperishable truth, but one you may never hope to find alone. Chance meeting your perfect other, your perfect opposite - your protector and endangeror. Chance embarking with this other on the greatest of journeys - - a search for truths fugitive and imponderable. If one day this chance may befall you, my son, do not fail or falter to seize it. The truths are out there. And if one day you should behold a miracle, as I have in you, you will learn the truth is not found in science, or on some unseen plane, but by looking into your own heart. And in that moment you will be blessed - and stricken. For the truest truths are what hold us together, or keep us painfully, desperately apart.


Links

Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2


Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

Ok, the beginning of this episode just kills me. GAH! I love it and I hope everyone has plenty to say on it!!

The episode on a whole is … eh. There are bits I love about it, bits I don’t. I still to this day don’t know how I feel about Mulder emailing Scully and saying “Dearest Dana” I want to go aw, but something in me still cringes at the thought of Mulder calling her Dana. Other than that, I’m pretty squeeful at the idea of them sending emails to each other. I love the one at the end too.

Everyone referring to Mulder as “Agent” bugs me though, did they forget the part where he got fired?

I cant really say much about the actual plot, because my brain kind of goes dead with the new conspiracy, the peeping super soldiers (who watched M&S have sexytimez. Say, can I get a copy of that video?) and William’s weirdness.

Scully continues to look super hot throughout this episode. I am lame and tried to replicate her hair colour from this ep because I like it so much. I think the shadow man is a fan of her hotness too since he made her change her clothes in the middle of nowhere – and watched her while she did so.

And speaking of him, I am of course not a fan of him and the things he has to say. I also think it’s funny that Terry O’Quinn is listed as “Terrance Quinn” in this episode. Like that’s going to make us forget that he’s a total Carter whore and has been in like a thousand other 1013 things.


Extra

Title - The title comes from Mulder’s computer password (as seen in the season two episode Little Green Men).

Tag Line - this usual tag line was changed from The Truth Is Out There to They're Watching.

When Scully is talking on the phone to the shadow man in front of the internet café, you can see Gillian's Sanskrit tattoo on the inside of her right wrist.

This is the third guest appearance Terry O'Quinn has made on The X-Files. He previously appeared in the season two episode Aubrey, and in the feature film Fight the Future. He plays a different character in each appearance.

Scully's screen-name is QUEEQUEG0925. Queequeq was Scully's dog in season 3, which was eaten in Quagmire. 09/25 is the birthdate of Gillian Anderson's daughter, Piper.

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9x06 Lord of the Flies
by Amy (_folieadeux)
at October 22nd, 2008 (05:43 pm)



Synopsis

When a stunt on a local cable reality show goes horribly wrong resulting in a man's death, Doggett and Reyes investigate. But when flies pour out of the victims eye sockets, they find themselves relying on Scully's expertise and they ask her to join the investigation.

Writer: Thomas Schnauz
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: December 16, 2001

Quotes

Rocky: Dr. Scully? This is so exciting. I've never had a partner before.
Scully: I have.
Rocky: I'd like to think of it as a hymenopteran relationship. Two scientists using their special knowledge reaching higher than either of them could ever reach alone. And if I may say so, Doctor, you complete me.
Scully: I got upstairs, you take down.

Rocky: You know, when a male and female calliphorid fly mate they stay joined for up to one and a half hours. One and a half, doctor.
Scully: You know, Rocky ... I'm a mother.
Rocky: Mothers are women, too.

Rocky: "Women's dormitory syndrome." It's believed that pheromones are the reason that women who live together share the same menstrual cycle.
Scully: Fascinating.

Links

Episodes online and here and here
Episode transcript
Screencaps
Episodic Fanfic
Jessica's TWoP Review

Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

OMG the teaser was so long that I had a nap and made pizza for dinner and it was STILL GOING ON. Ok exaggerating but damn that was pretty bloody long. And also boring.

Flies flies flies are gross to me and freak. me. out. Possibly because I currently live in a hell hole that is infested with flies. But anyway, Rocky is so comically hilarious to me that I actually enjoy this one? Don't ask. Maybe I'm feeling sick at the moment. Seriously though, it's the writers turn to the comedic (which of course feels different than old school XF comedy eps, but that's to be expected). I just love Scully's interactions with Rocky. That praising aside, I wasn't so much a fan of the high school teen drama subplot. The X File was pretty interesting...bugs, hormones and all that. The teens -- eh.

Scully: You know Rocky, I'm a mother. Oh Scully, as if that's a deterrent. Must I teach you what MILF means? AND how maybe you should instead say you have a hot and sexy partner waiting at home (in my imagination) for you and he'll be the only man you will ever need? Or you know, whatever.

Rocky's crush disturbed me for one reason only: the CPR scene. Oh come on DR. Scully. CPR on a guy with a pulse?

P.S. Teenagers today, don't call yourselves "Winky" in any way if you want to be thought of as baddass or cool.

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Things We Learned 101
Extra
Rocky Bronzino: Help me! Help meeee!
Dr. Rocky Bronzino, an entomologist, and Scully's "partner" for the episode, says this famous quote from The Fly when he is trapped in a cocoon in the attic.

Lord of the Flies is also the title of a classic novel by William Golding published in 1954. It is the story of a group of schoolboys who are shipwrecked on a deserted island and must fend for themselves until they are rescued. The novel has no bearing on this episode, which is about a teenager who can control insects. It should be noted that in some Christian mythologies, the devil is also referred to as Lord of the Flies because both are associated with death. This may have been the source for Golding's use of the phrase.

Natalie is played by Samaire Armstrong (for The OC former-watchers). I wanted to mention it because it took me foreva to figure out how I knew her.

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9x05 4-D
by southoffebruary (southoffebruary)
at October 21st, 2008 (07:58 am)




Synopsis

During a stakeout of murderer Irwin Lukesh, Doggett sees Reyes attacked by Lukesh but then we see Reyes and Doggett in her apartment, apparently both fine. Elsewhere at the same time, Doggett is shot and Lukesh identifies Reyes as the shooter. While Reyes is asked for her badge and gun by AD Follmer and Doggett lies in hospital near death, the conflicting circumstances of the stakeout and Doggett's shooting do not add up and it becomes clear that Lukesh possesses the power to switch between parallel universes and alter the events in each.

Writer/s: Steven Maeda
Director: Tony Wharmby
Originally aired: 9th December 2001 (in the US) – 5th October 2002 (in Australia)


Quotes

Reyes: I just... I don't understand how any of this is possible. He was with me, Dana, in my apartment. How can this be?
Scully: I saw something once. It's only been the last couple of years that I've... fully come to terms with it. In 94 my father passed away... and that night... I think... the very moment that it happened... he came to me. I like to believe that he came to say goodbye.

Erwin Lukesh: God, I enjoyed you. You bled just like a pig.

Links

Episodes: Fanpop and SideReel.
Transcripts: Episode transcript.
Screen captures at: Chrisnu.com
Episode related fanfic: Page 1
Season 9 Gag Reels: Part 1 and Part 2


Mods thoughts and discussion attempts

I like this episode – at least the idea of this episode anyway. Parallel universes are awesome, especially when you throw in doppelgangers who get murdered - and thus kind of fulfilling the wishes of those who despise season 9.

The problem for me is again the focus on Doggett and Reyes (and I probably should stop harping on about that since they are the focus of season 9, but I cant help it) they make what could be a good episode rather dull.

This ep could’ve been made 10x better had it been alternate!Skinner and alternate!Scully or something … anyone! At least Scully and Skinner have a history that’s a bit more believable and not forced – I’m not saying I want to see Scully wipe drool from the Skinmans face or shave him, but did I really have to see Reyes doing it with Doggett?

On that point … the forced schmoop between D&R irks me. The polish-sausage-face-wipe thing is so much like the red-museum-rib-sauce-face-wipe thing. Yuck.


Extra

4-D is the abbreviated form of 'fourth dimension' which is generally accepted as Time. Length, Breadth, and Depth make up the other 3 dimensions.

4-D is also the apartment unit where Lukesh and his mother live.

Dr. Kim (John's doctor in the hospital) is played by Ming Lo; Ming Lo plays another character by the same name in two episodes of Scrubs

Monica Reyes' new Georgetown apartment address of 67 Bennett Avenue was actually Rod Serling's home address in Binghamton, NY. The address was also used in "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar", Serling's Emmy-nominated episode of Night Gallery.

Reyes' apartment number is 6, and was chosen because it was Patrick McGoohan's number in the 1967 television series, The Prisoner.