Eight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Today—in the wake of “My Struggle: Part I,” “Founder's Mutation,” and “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”—we wipe our eyes, lift our chins, assure everyone we're “fine,” and analyze the hell out of a tremendous Season 10, episode 4, “Home Again.”
Maggie Scully has seen Scully and Mulder through some of their darkest moments, including Dana's abduction and coma in Season 2, her cancer in Season 5, and Mulder's funeral in Season 8. In “Home Again,” Maggie's daughter and (for all intents and purposes) son-in-law return the favor, seeing her through her final hours. After suffering a heart attack and requesting no extraordinary measures be taken to keep her alive, Scully's mom passes away, but not before giving Mulder one last message: His son, her grandson, will always be a part of him and Scully, and they must acknowledge that.
Mulder and Scully's breakup or their daydreams about raising William were heart-wrenching, but as it turns out, those were nothing compared to witnessing Scully and Mulder say good-bye to Margaret Scully. Scully's tears and pleas for her mom to stay with her and her brothers and even William will stick with me for a long, long time, not least because it is so damn real. Who hasn't experienced that helplessness and pain at the death of a loved one? Who hasn't wondered, afterward, if they really knew all there was to know? The X-Files is ever at its most powerful when exploring the human heart's endless mysteries, and “Home Again” proves that once more.
[Have your tissues handy...]