season 1, episode 4, “conduit”
mulder’s vulnerability is his willingness to believe. that all started with his sister’s abduction. mulder told scully about it in the pilot episode, but in “conduit” she sees its affect on him first hand. the case is a missing girl, whose mother claims was abducted by aliens as she lay sleeping next to her younger brother. this all hits home for mulder. at scully’s insistence, the agents are given permission to investigate the case that mulder found in a supermarket tabloid. she knows that the case is important to him and that there must be something to it and fights for it as best she can in her position. a position where she has to report to the higher ups that hope to discredit mulder and the x-files.
the investigation ensues and they find there is a convoluted romantic triangle at the center of it with the missing girl, her boyfriend, and a friend. though none of it explains why the girl’s little brother begins writing code that he says he receives from the scrambled tv and that the code turns out to have highly classified NSA information in it. there’s a lot of scully telling mulder that this won’t bring his sister back. you can tell she genuinely hurts for him and his loss and tries to protect him from it consuming him. the girl inexplicably returns unconscious in the woods and exhibits symptoms of being exposed to prolonged weightlessness. it’s all the eery, unexplained phenomena a UFO junkie can ask for. it has no satisfying closure, but that is what makes the show unique. x-philes don’t need each episode wrapped up neatly with a bow.
for crying out loud, give that girl some chapstick! those chapped lips were making me uncomfortable.
m: “i want to believe.”