season 4, episode 9, “terma”
and the shenanigans continue in this international adventure. scully is thrown in jail for contempt of congress. mulder manages a harrowing escape from the russian gulag. krycek loses an arm. and don’t forget action and major shipper moments.
scully has been studying up in her cell to prepare to face the senate committee again. skinner asks her if she’s sure about withholding the information. scully says, “it is my natural inclination to believe that they are acting in the best interest of the truth, but i am not inclined to follow my own judgement in this case.” she is one smart cookie. she’s wise enough to know when to not trust her own instincts and to follow mulder’s. when scully is brought before the committee again, they ask her about agent mulder’s location. they are answered by mulder walking into the courtroom. talk about a dramatic entrance. now that their main issue is resolved, they recess to figure out how to proceed. scully spins her chair so fast and goes to mulder as soon as that gavel sounds. he hugs her and says with a huge smile, “i can put my arms around you. both of them.” she’s so happy to see him that she doesn’t even question what that comment means. they are not shy about publicly showing their affection either.
they travel to boca raton on a lead that scully has about a patient who died of the black oil in a nursing home. they find other victims of it there. then they go to south dakota where the mars rock is being hidden. they are too late. the place goes up in flames and the evidence along with it. they bring what proof they do have to the senate committee where it is met with opposition and disbelief. the truth is covered up once again.
so, the small pox connection comes up again. for some reason, i have a hard time following this thread of the mythology. it’s still just a cataloging system, right?
did you know? behind the scenes facts:
“the truth is out there” is replaced with “e pur si muove” which means ‘and still it moves’ in italian.
scully would rather go to jail than to put mulder and his work at risk.
she follows mulder’s instincts even when he is halfway across the world. their love has no boundaries.
their courtroom reunion!!
can you two talk any closer?
she runs to him after the explosion, yelling his name, and helps him up and away from the fire.
m: “why is this so hard to believe? when the accepted discovery of life off this planet is on the front page of every newspaper around the world? when even the most conservative scientists and science journals are calling for the exploration of mars and jupiter? with every reason to believe that life and the persistence of it is thriving outside our terrestrial sphere? if you cannot get past this, then i suggest that this whole committee be held in contempt for ignoring evidence that cannot be refuted.”