season 4, episode 3, “teliko”
this is an aggressively average episode. it’s not bad and it’s not good. the monster is efficiently scary. he’s kind of a tooms-like mutant. he feeds off other people’s pituitary glands to sustain his own melanin supply to survive. he’s also like tooms where he can squeeze into small spaces. you’d think they wouldn’t use that plot device again after the tooms case spanned two episodes, but, alas, they did. it does help the story end in a climactic scene in an air shaft that was pretty cool. scully is very scully, all “science, science, science.” and mulder is very mulder, all “conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy.” together they stop the bad guy in the end thanks to the balance of their beliefs.
scully is proud that the CDC asked specifically for her expertise and assistance. she’s a doctor, you know. mulder, at first, dismisses the case as a PR exercise. i think scully is a little hurt by that. why couldn’t she be called in to assist an actual health hazard, it has to be some sort of government runaround? and then mulder kind of takes over the case, leaving scully to do her silly science doctor stuff while he does the serious investigating. i felt bad for her. she didn’t seem to take too much offense to it, though, chalking it up to typical mulder behavior.
learning new words!! inveigle:
he’s eating sunflower seeds in the autopsy room. oy.
agent pendrell’s sad puppy dog, “why not?” when he finds out scully is not joining them. awwww, pendrell!!
mulder knows agent pendrell has a crush on scully! he teases him, “she’s on a date…with a dead guy. breathe, agent pendrell. she’s doing an autopsy.”
mulder and his vague, cryptic reasons for going off by himself must infuriate her. s: “where are you , mulder?” m: “off to water the seeds of doubt.” translation: i’m off to talk to a new informant that i won’t tell you about right away even though you always end up dealing with the informant in the end anyways…
he’s kind of a jerk throwing her big words back at her, no?
scully’s wrap-up voiceover was a bit laughable in my opinion. “obscure the truth not from others, but from ourselves.” huh? oh, i don’t care enough to think about it.
did you know? behind the scenes facts:
“the truth is out there” is replaced by “deceive, inveigle, obfuscate” at the end of the opening titles.
s: “mulder, not everything is a labyrinth of dark conspiracy, and not everybody is plotting to deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate.” he’s so turned on by her big vocabulary.
s: “it’s ok, mulder. i’m here.” she rescues him from the vent and then he saves her with a look. they communicate without words and she is able to turn and fire just in time.
m: “i heard you were down here slicing and dicing. who’s the lucky stiff?”
m: “there’s a michael jackson joke in here somewhere, but i can’t quite find it.”
m: “you’d be surprised at what i believe.”
m: “he didn’t even touch his jello.”