season 1, episode 12, “fire”
as an x-file this episode’s case is pretty flimsy, although it does serve to strengthen our partner’s bond. mulder’s ex from his oxford days shows up. (fuckin’ british hussy.) apparently she broke his heart back then and mulder is too hopeful on the extreme possibility of actually getting laid to see that it’s going to happen again. meanwhile, super smart, super agent scully can tell instantly what is going to happen. (and that mulder’s ex is a total bitch.) mulder tries to down play the effect phoebe green (bitch. i don’t like her if you can’t tell.) has on him and scully teases him about it, but also shows concern, offering to help with the case. mulder declines her offer (how dare he) and investigates with inspector trollop, uh, i mean, green. well, scully ain’t havin’ any of it. she investigates it on her own and well. the two lovebirds are too busy making me gag to actually get close to solving the case. scully breaks the case and there’s some cool fire effects and mulder gets his heart broken again and then, it’s “so long, phoebe!” good riddance.
the use of mulder’s fear of fire is what makes this episode so ineffective. it’s a weak plot point. it’s trying to make mulder even more vulnerable around phoebe. mulder’s fear of fire is never mentioned or addressed in the rest of the series, so apparently facing his fear in the episode cured him of it. bravo.
the way scully says “hello” and waves to phoebe. brilliant.
that pyro-science arson specialist guy really likes fire. like, in an inappropriate way.
yay, kids with english accents.
scully reading up on arson cases “for my own edification, of course.” yeah, not because she’s worried about mulder getting his heart broken by a certain british bimbo or anything.
did you know? behind the scenes facts:
david duchovny actually suffered a burn on the set, that ended up leaving a scar.
poor scully. she goes from mulder saying, “i anticipate having my hands full” to them actually being full.
you see her heart break just a little when mulder asks for phoebe as soon as he comes to.
mulder puts on his bathrobe as soon as phoebe enters the room, but was perfectly fine being shirtless in front of scully.
m: “well, that’s one of the luxuries of hunting down aliens and genetic mutants. you rarely get to press charges.”
s: “must be an x-file.”
m: “i was merely extending her a professional courtesy.” s: “oh, is that what you were extending?”
s: “mulder, you just keep unfolding like a flower.”