wendelah1: Samantha Mulder as a child, text reads "they'll hear us" ("they'll hear us")
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This week's schedule is packed with excitement. We finish up seasons four and five, and [livejournal.com profile] ruuger takes the reins beginning with season six.

September 24: 4x23 Demons

September 26: 5x12 Bad Blood

September 28: 5x13 Patient X; 5x14 The Red and the Black

September 29: 6x03 Dreamland I; 6x04 Dreamland II

Everyone, every Phile, has one episode that they can't get out of their head. "Demons" is mine. On the face of it, I should hate it, for the same reasons I dislike "Paper Hearts." It features a version of Mulder I find particularly distasteful: he's self-centered, reckless, obsessed to the point of self-destruction. He gets a hole drilled into his head. Twice.

But the cinematography is amazing, the glimpses we see of Teena Mulder, Bill Mulder and CJ Spender—whether true or not, filtered as they are through Mulder's hallucinations—are enthralling.

And Scully. Is. Amazing. She takes control, her forensic science and keen observations solve what turns out to be a murder/suicide. Most importantly, without belittling his needs or his convictions in any way, she refuses to let Mulder succumb to his dark visions. She saves him.

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Writer: R.W. Goodwin
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: May 11, 1997

Synopsis: Mulder wakes up in a Rhode Island motel room, his shirt covered in blood, with no memory of what happened. He's having seizures that include vivid visual hallucinations of what he believes are repressed memories from his childhood. Two people have been murdered with his weapon, and he's the prime suspect. After he's jailed, Scully investigates the murders and tries to find out what happened to Mulder.

Most Memorable Quotes: I couldn't pick just one.
MULDER: I had those people's blood on shirt, Scully. I was missing for two days. I have no recollection of my actions during those two days. There were two rounds discharged from my gun. I had the keys to this house, the keys to their car. Do the words "Orenthal James Simpson" mean anything to you?

SCULLY: Are you going to shoot me, Mulder? Is that how much this means to you? Mulder, listen to me. You have been given a powerful hallucinogen. You don't know that these memories are yours. This is not the way to the truth, Mulder. You've got to trust me.

Links: I did mention that I've thought about this episode a lot.
Episode transcript
Autumn Tysko's review
Sarah Stegall's review
Zack Handlen's review at the AV Club
Is Samantha Mulder Just a Symbol by [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore.
Only Connect: Scully and Season Four Part One | Part Two by [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore
Looking for Mom, Looking for Dad by Fialka.

Fanworks: Spoilers section at Gossamer: some recs (you'll have to scroll): "Things Without Remedy" by Kel, and also "Hollow Day," but you'll find it on her page; "Theory and Practice" by Nascent; "Incident at Quonochontaug" by Dryad; "Another Swim" by Joan Humby; "Between Slate and Glass" by Rachel Howard.
Acadia by [livejournal.com profile] rivkat.
Requiem for a Dream, a old Fanvid for "Demons."
wendelah1: Mulder watching Scully walk off in a huff (I fucked that up)
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For the fourth season I chose "Never Again" because it's a Scully-centric episode that's also a stand-alone. (I needed to balance out "Demons.") I also thought it might make for good discussion. James Wong and Glen Morgan wrote a steamy sex scene, but Chris Carter made them cut it from the script. On screen, all we see is a fade to black. Did they or didn't they? Everyone has a theory. Is the tattoo an ergot-induced hallucination or is it an evil entity? And then there's the matter of the change in the episode order and how that affected the audience reaction. Last but not least, can someone explain why Mulder is behaving so badly, other than "the writers made him do it"?

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Writer: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: February 2, 1997

Synopsis: Mulder is in a mood because he is being "forced to take a vacation." Scully is in a mood because her professional and personal life has ground to a halt. While he heads to Graceland, Mulder sends Scully to Philadelphia to investigate a swindler a new contact who is trying to sell Mulder the Brooklyn Bridge information about a downed UFO in Russia. In the course of her investigation, she meets a great-looking guy, Ed Jerse, who has a new tattoo. They go to a crummy bar, Scully gets a tattoo of her own, and she goes home with him. Unfortunately, Ed thinks that his tattoo is talking to him, controlling him and making him do bad things. Scully tries to help him. He tries to kill her.

Most Memorable Quote:
SCULLY: I’ve always gone around in this, uh ... this circle. It usually starts when an authoritative or controlling figure comes into my life. And part of me likes it, needs it, wants the approval. But then at a certain point, along the way, I just, you know .... (makes a stop motion with her hand. Jerse looks at her questioningly) Okay, umm.... My father was a Navy Captain. I worshiped - I worship - the sea that he sailed on. And when I was 13 or so I went through this .... thing (hand gesture), where I would sneak out of my parents house and smoke my mother’s cigarettes. And I did it because I knew that if he found out, he would kill me. And then... along the way, there are other ... fathers.
JERSE: Sounds a little like your time has come around again.

Zack Handlen's review at AV Club.
Sarah Stegall's review
Sex and the Single Agent: Confusion of Rape and Desire in the XF Universe by Fialka.
Autumn Tysko's review.

(hard to dance) with a devil on your back by [livejournal.com profile] tree. The missing scene from "Never Again." Yes, that one.
The Common Fate of All Things Rare by Scarlet Baldy and Aloysia Virgata. A casefile (and more). Takes place between "Never Again" and "Memento Mori."
Snow Carefully Everywhere Descending by [livejournal.com profile] crinolynne. Summary: He grinds his teeth a bit, wondering how Ed Jerse coaxed her to open like jasmine under the moonlight.
Day 17 by [livejournal.com profile] that_khyber. "If I'm going to find out like this, it's going to stay here, in the room of our sex, compartmented away."
And 191 other fics at Gossamer in the Spoilers section.


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