Nov 18 2014 5:23pm

“You’re My 1 in 5 Billion”: 18 Times The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-FilesNo matter how many days, months, or even years it’s been since I last watched an episode of The X-Files, as soon as I queue one up and hit “Play,” I’m sucked right back into an all-consuming maelstrom of Mulder/Scully feels that remind me why they’re one of my all-time favorite OTPs (one true pairings).

In fact, I would probably go so far as to say they’ve ruined me for all other TV romances. After all, the iconic duo have been together in some form or another (even they probably couldn’t tell you when they made the subtle switch from partners to partners in every sense of the word) for more than 21 years at this point, and I’m still just as invested in the status of their relationship as I was when it began, if not more so. (The X-Files 3, where are you? I need a fix!)** What other television romance has played out as perfectly and been allowed to flourish as beautifully?

Mulder and Scully in The X-Files Season 10**My dream of more came true: The X-Files is back for Season 10 and I'm recapping all six episodes!!!!!! Come discuss how in love Mulder and Scully still are in “My Struggle, Part 1” how their new dynamic inspires us to ship them EVEN HARDER in episode 2how they got their groove back in episode 3, and how they dealt with personal tragedy as a family in episode 4, and then come back every Tuesday morning for a new recap.

The series hints that Scully will never die, but I have to say I firmly believe it’s the Mulder/Scully relationship—with its unwavering trust, unbreakable bond, and unconditional love—that is actually immortal. There’s no Scully without Mulder, and vice versa, and if there’s one thing I don’t doubt, it’s that those two wouldn’t have it any other way.

And so I present to you, this, my MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance) Magnum Opus: 18 Times Mulder/Scully Ruined Me Us for All Other TV Romances:

18. Cuddling in Season 7's “Requiem”: Season 7 finale “Requiem” was originally intended to be a series finale (long story), so naturally featured some big Mulder and Scully moments. My favorite is probably the way Scully goes to Mulder’s hotel room (WHY are they still keeping separate rooms?) for comfort when she’s feeling sick. He immediately welcomes her in and tucks her into bed, spooning himself around her. Scully seems caught off-guard by his open display of affection at first, but quickly settles in, and for his part, Mulder seems 100% at home, finally.

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in Season 717. Scully grabbing Mulder’s hand in Season 3's “Pusher”: Spontaneous, unscripted touches are part of Mulder/Scully legend by now, with good reason. (Dat chemistry tho!) While Dana Scully is reserved with 95% of the people in her life, Fox Mulder has been the exception to her rule since 1993 (remember the hug after he told her the bumps on her back were just mosquito bites on their very first case?), and she proves it just a little bit more in the last scene of Season 3’s “Pusher.” Protective instincts on high (Mulder barely managed to resist shooting her while under the control of baddie Robert Patrick Modell and is clearly consumed by guilt), Scully searches out her partner’s hand for a quick, reassuring squeeze and tells him she’s not going to let Modell take up any more of their time. Pretty sure that’s their first instance of hand-holding, but far from their last. Awww.

Mulder and Scully hold hands
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16. “First” kiss in Season 7's “Millenium”: Jury’s out on whether this is actually a first kiss (I go back and forth on it, myself), but in any case, this first on-screen meeting of minds and mouths was a long time coming and very, very welcome as another big step in our favorite agents’ relationship. The lip-lock itself is pretty tame, but the way they look at each other afterwards melts the heart. Mulder’s wonderful post-kiss line “The world didn’t end,” which can also be read several different ways, is merely the icing on the cake.

Mulder and Scully kiss in Millenium15. That time Mulder and Scully went to the movies in Season 7's “Hollywood A.D.”: Rarely did we get to see the agents unwind, let alone together, so their Season 7 trip to Hollywood for the premiere of the film loosely based on their lives was basically a gift from the gods (thanks, writer/director David Duchovny). They get dressed up, eat popcorn, and flirt like whoa. But the best part is when they walk into the sunset hand-in-hand, still laughing at the idea of Scully being in love with Assistant Director Skinner (as the film suggests) when anyone with eyeballs can tell they’re about to go give Skinner’s Bureau credit card a workout on a romantic dinner and honeymoon suite.

Mulder and Scully in Hollywood AD14. “You’re my one in five billion” in Season 5's “Folie a Deux”: I don’t need “I love you” from Mulder and Scully because I see it in everything they do. That said, I’ll never turn down hearing Mulder actually use his words to call Scully his “one in five billion.” I mean, come on. Gold! Almost as important is that he tells her, “Scully, you *have* to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does, or ever will.” He likes to reaffirm their bond (see #13 below) and she pretends not to be charmed by him but totally is, every time.

Mulder and Scully in Folie a Deux
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13. “I owe you everything, Scully, and you owe me nothing” in The X-Files: Fight the Future: What could get Agent Scully to change her mind about quitting the FBI except a plea from her partner and best friend? And boy does Mulder play dirty, telling her that she MADE HIM A WHOLE PERSON (!!!) and that he didn’t know if he wanted to or even could continue his life’s work without her. No pressure! If they didn’t BOTH exhibit an unhealthy need for each other on a regular basis, this would be uncomfortable to watch, but let’s be real, Scully would've lost her mind without him in a matter of days. She was never going anywhere he couldn’t follow.

BONUS: There is a deleted scene on the Fight the Future Blu-ray in which this scene does NOT end in a pesky bee sting but rather a kiss! If you have not yet seen it, this Mulder/Scully kiss will blow your mind.

Scully and Mulder almost kiss in Fight the Future
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12. Exchanging vows in Season 7's “The Sixth Extinction, Part II: Amor Fati”: Okay, so they don’t literally exchange vows, nor do they need to, but this conversation after Scully rescues her man from unwilling brain surgery is a watershed moment and probably the closest Mulder and Scully ever come to bothering to try to put into words the indescribable scope of their feelings for each other.

“You were my friend and you told me the truth… Even when the world was falling apart, you were my constant. My touchstone.”

“And you are mine.”

Cue the tears! No, but seriously, this point in Mulder and Scully's relationship ranks high up there in my this-is-totally-when-they-started-sleeping-together list of potential consummation dates. (What?! Figuring that out, definitively, is Very Important!)

Scully and Mulder in Amor Fati11. Scratchy beard scene in The X-Files: I Want to Believe: TXF2 is far from a perfect film, but I’ll defend its place in the canon ’til my dying breath for this scene alone. Six years after the events of the series finds them together, of course, but now officially sharing a home, and a bed. And they’re as magnetic together as always, whether they’re discussing the horrible things they’ve been through together (foremost on Scully’s mind here, giving William up for adoption and watching another child, her patient, suffer from an incurable disease) or joking about the size of Mulder’s...package. The way Scully giggles and tries to squirm away when Mulder rubs his “scratchy beard” against her is positively delightful, as is the tiny kiss he bestows on her neck in naked affection just after.

Mulder and Scully cuddle in I Want to Believe
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10. Scully breaks down in Mulder’s arms in Season 2's “Irresistible”: Scully is tough as nails and everyone knows it, Mulder especially, so this is a huge breakthrough in their relationship. The Donnie Pfaster case gets to Scully from the very start, her horror at the brutality of the victims’ deaths and the stress from her own recent abduction combining to make her doubt herself and her skills as an FBI agent. During a session with a Bureau psychologist, Scully confesses that while she trusts Mulder with her life, she finds she cannot share this with him for fear he’ll treat her differently. But what she seems to understand by the end of the episode—as she finally, finally allows herself to cry and take comfort in Mulder—is that he’ll never, ever see her anything less than 100% his equal, and that he can be trusted to help carry her emotional burdens as well as to watch her back.

Mulder and Scully hug in Irresistible9. Mulder and Scully cling together hug in Season 4's “Memento Mori”: If you enjoy gut-wrenching angst, the cancer arc of Seasons 4 and 5 is probably right up your—oh, who am I kidding, we’re all angst whores here, right? Look, hurt-comfort is a shipping staple, and this storyline gave MSR fans sustenance for years. Years! Still does, really. 'Cause she calls him and only him when she gets the diagnosis, and he goes berserk when she's in the hospital and he can't get to her. 'Cause she writes him soul-baring diary entries, and he reads them. 'Cause he sobs at her bedside, and she demands to take a murder rap for him before she died. 'Cause he won't stop until he finds a cure, and when he does she believes in him enough to accept it, despite the ridicule from her family. But mostly 'cause the hug they share when Scully decides to return to work and keep fighting by his side gives me life.

Mulder and Scully during the cancer arc Mulder kisses Scully on the forehead in The X-Files
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8. Protective!Mulder in Season 7's “Requiem”: There aren’t a lot of examples of Mulder getting protective of Scully, with good reason: He knows she can take care of herself, and respects that, which is one of the reasons Scully loves him so much, not to mention the audience (see #10). But I’m weak and turn into a puddle every time I watch this particular hallway scene, in which Mulder begs Scully to go home in the middle of a case:

“Scully, you have to understand: They’re taking abductees. You’re an abductee. I’m not gonna risk...losing you.”

For a guy who once thought finding his sister was the only thing that mattered in life, Fox William Mulder has come a long way, and it’s all because of this woman who was once sent to debunk his work. This exchange and the hug that follows (in the halls of the J. Edgar Hoover Building where anyone they know could walk by, no less, Mr. and Mrs. Spooky, indeed) represent exactly how far they’ve come in 7 years and says everything that doesn’t need to be said about what they mean to each other.

7. Mulder asks Scully to dance in Season 5's “Post-Modern Prometheus”: There are iconic Mulder and Scully scenes and there are ICONIC Mulder and Scully scenes—this one’s unquestionably in the latter camp, not least because the moment came, as all the best ones do, out of nowhere. For Scully, too—the mix of surprise and pleasure on her face as she takes his hand is sublime, and boy do they look amazing together. And then there’s the gazing as they sway together. Perfection. David Duchovny said at Paleyfest last year that he could see this moment—Mulder and Scully dancing and then turning into comic book characters—being a perfect final image for the duo, and I couldn’t agree more.

Mulder and Scully dance in Post-Modern Prometheus scully and mulder dance in The X-Files
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6. “Never give up on a miracle” in Season 8's “Per Manum”: To put it bluntly, this episode was pure retcon and merely confuses the William storyline yet further. What should’ve been a massive deal (Scully knows right away that only Mulder could be the father of her children and asks him to be her IVF donor AND HE SAYS YES!!!!) got short shrift. BUT. But whatever Mulder and Scully are selling, I’m buying, so this particular scene, in which Mulder comforts Scully after learning the IVF didn’t take after all, still ranks as a favorite. Plus, that “Don’t give up on a miracle” line contributes to my theory they were sleeping together sans-protection anyway and somehow conceived the old-fashioned way. (My headcanon is that William is Mulder’s biological son and that his alien powers were just the result of whatever restored Scully’s fertility.)

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in Per Manum in The X-Files season 85. Mulder teaches Scully to play baseball in Season 6's “The Unnatural”: I can take or leave the bulk of this episode, but David Duchovny actually wrote two amaaaaazing Mulder/Scully scenes*. The second one, featuring Mulder “teaching” Scully to swing a bat (not at all convinced she needed a lesson, considering she had two brothers and seems to have been a bit of a tomboy) is one of those rare, perfect moments where the two feds have nothing more pressing on their minds than how fast they can get home or even just to the car to have lots and lots of sex. Oh, oops, maybe that’s just my headcanon?

Mulder and Scully play baseball in The Unnatural4. Baby talk in Season 8's “Existence”: As insane as the show got there toward the end, TXF was never bad, in my eyes, ‘cause I’ll always buy what Mulder and Scully are selling. The closest it got to unwatchable was when Mulder and Scully were at odds, and there’s no better example of this than the period immediately following Mulder’s return, when acts like, for lack of a better description, a dick. Chalk it up to PTSD, I guess, but he’s distant and callous and even rather cold toward his “friend” (read: codependent lifemate) Scully and especially toward “her” (read: THEIR) baby. Luckily for us all, he snaps out of it in “Existence,” where he holds his son for the first time and reassures Scully that it was the “possibilities” about William’s conception that they feared but that “The truth, we both knew.” Now, this is infuriatingly vague even for The X-Files, but I translate his meaning loosely as, “William, I am your father.” And sure enough, Mulder refers to William as “our son” or “my son” from this point forward.

Mulder and Scully in Existence3. Kiss to end all kisses in Season 9's series finale “The Truth”: Season 9 had its moments, but The X-Files was not the same without Fox William Mulder. He finally returned in the series finale, having been on the run from the government the whole season, and while his first conversation with Scully in his prison cell is stilted (he calls her Dana as an attempt to tell her they're being watched), their first semi-private reunion is something else. Assistant Director Skinner gets an eyeful as Mulder walks right up to Scully and kisses her and she immediately kisses him back. Easily their most passionate on-screen kiss, this may also be their one instance of hardcore PDA. But Skinner hardly counts by this point, right? He’s known what’s up for ages. I adore the way he looks anywhere but at him as they kiss and stroke and hug. Mulder, the snot, can’t stop while he’s ahead, either, and kisses Scully’s hand (!!!!) as he turns back to Skinner. Lest there be any lingering doubt: Mulder + Scully 4ever. Perfection.

Mulder and Scully kiss in The Truth Mulder and Scully reunite in The Truth season 9
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2. “What if there was only one choice? And all the other ones were wrong?” in Season 7's “All Things”: After much soul-searching courtesy of a dose of her past and the “what might have been” of it all, Scully consciously chooses Mulder and her life with him over everything else, and accepts it as her destiny once and for all. This is SO important, guys. I’m happy. Are you happy? What, you want more? Well how about the way Mulder tenderly brushes back Scully's hair and covers her with a blanket when she falls asleep beside him? Or the fact that this is very likely when Mulder and Scully FINALLY succumb to years of pent-up desire and start banging making love on the regular (though not during working hours, of course, because have you met them)?!!!!

Mulder and scully in All Things in The X-Files Season 71. Real talk AND spooning in Season 9's series finale “The Truth”: For all the show’s faults, I honestly cannot imagine a more perfect end to the show than Mulder and Scully in a hotel room arranged in much the same way as they were in the pilot, discussing much the same things. Except this time they find that, finally, they’re on the exact same page (“Then we believe the same thing,” Scully concludes), and they curl up together on some random bed in some random motel, them vs. the world again, forever and always. The way Scully nuzzles him as the camera pans out is just…I DIE.

Mulder and Scully in bed in The Truth Mulder and Scully spoon in The Truth, The X-Files series finale
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*Honorable Mention: The first Mulder/Scully scene in “The Unnatural” is straight-up adorable and deserving of at least an honorable mention; Scully teases Mulder with her ice cream until he rushes her and takes a bite as she's still holding it. Scully howls and Mulder drips ice cream on his research book. Mmmm...

P.S. Just found this adorable fan video the other day and just had to recommend it:

ETA: The X-Files is back for a 6-episode Season 10! And I'm recapping each episode as a Mulder/Scully shipper.

Find Heather Waters on Twitter at @hwaters_

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1. willaful
I don't think I ever fully appreciated before what a terrific actress Anderson is.

We never watched the last seasons! I think I'm going to have to suggest to hub that we do a rewatch. Or maybe my twitter friends and I need an #xfilesclub
3. CindyS
Thanks for the walk down memory lane. There were so many fav episodes - for some reason the Christmas one where ghosts make each believe the other is trying to kill them - stays with me all the time.
4. wsl0612
You have brought forth the greatest clips, thank you so much! I remember when my friends first started watched TXF, frankly I was a little bored in the first season but they kept with it and so did I and I became a hard-core fan. I do wish the powers that be hadn't tried to drag it out so much with the last season and there had been more on-screen smooching! They are one of the most perfect on-screen couples and I always felt that all the actors on that show got along very well, which made it even better.
Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
@willaful -- I don't think I did, either, before my latest full-series rewatch (of which this post is the result!). She. Is. Amazing. As an adult, I find Scully unquestionably to be the heart of the show from the very beginning, and I think that's mostly due to Gillian Anderson.

As for watching all the seasons, I know there's debate about it, but overall I think the series is good all the way through. Now, the mythology goes to shit (the stuff with William is so confusing that I just want to throw things...is it so much to ask that the show confirm his origins one way or another?!), but Mulder and Scully are why I watch and Scully's search for Mulder in Season 8 is an emotional rollercoaster and her warring desire to be with Mulder and protect her son at home in Season 9 is also still pretty compelling. And like I say in the post, I don't think even the best writers in the fandom could've written a better ending for M/S than the one we get in "The Truth." I love it.

@rube -- Sorry and thank you! I have to admit I take this as a compliment. I just love the show so much and want everyone to be as torn up over their perfect faces as I am. ;)

@CindyS -- My pleasure, thanks for commenting! And YES, I adore that one. I just rewatched The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas (I think that's the title?) the other day and it's so so good. Honestly, I may need to write "18 MORE Times Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other Romances"!

wsl0612 -- Thank YOU so much! I respect how TXF really knew what it was about from Day 1, but the way the mythology came about in Season 2 around Scully's abduction took it to a whole new level. That and the ever growing chemistry between DD and GA, which still astounds me.
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
@TeddyP -- Thanks, Teddy! Glad my rewatch could pay off in some way, ha ha ha.
8. Shark with Lasers
THANK YOU FOR THESE. I know what I'm Netflixing later.
Heather Waters
9. HeatherWaters
@Shark with Lasers -- All right! That's the best response I could hope for, thank you. I feel like there's been a surge in people watching and wanting to talk about the show again, so I wanted to do my part. I really hope we get a TXF3 or even a reboot (with Mulder and Scully as regular guest stars, natch) someday.
Lana Baker
10. lanalucy
Ack! After all that, and then the fanvid, I NEED to watch XF again.
12. Vickie Russell
There's a lot of gossip around that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are together in real life and have been for some time, but keep it on the super down low. So no confirmation, but it might add to your happiness.
Rachel Hyland
13. RachelHyland
Heather, love, love, love this list! But as much as I adore the Mulder/Scully mush (especially the end of "Hollywood A. D.", the dance in "Post Modern Prometheus" and all the shippy-happy of "The Truth" and the otherwise appalling XF:IWtB), there are a bunch of less direct, more UST-filled moments that I love just as much, if not more...

Like in "The Rain King" (06.08), when Scully monologues about how the best relationships are rooted in friendship, or in "Alone" (08.19), when they have to explain how they got back from Antarctica after Fight the Future and bicker companionably about it. Or earlier on, in "Syzygy" (03.13), when planetary alignment makes them hate each other ("Sure. Fine. Whatever.") but it's so obvious they don't, and never will. Or what about in "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" (06.06), when they spend Christmas Eve together on a case, but really just because they want to be together on Christmas Eve and don't know how to say it. Or in "War of the Coprophages" (03.12), when Scully isn't even there to see it but is still jealous of entymologist Bambi. Or in "Small Potatoes" (04.20), when a shapeshifter disguised as Mulder puts the moves on Scully, and she is so close to succumbing. ("Small Potatoes" also gets points for "Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what?") Or what about the wacky alternate history/reality/dream of "Triangle" (06..03), where Mulder kisses the Scully surrogate ("In case we never meet again..."), or the reincarnation story of "The Field Where I Died" (04.05), in which they have always found each other (I know it gives Mulder a different predestined mate, but that's part of what I like about it). Or one my favourite, favourite XF moments, that one... MILLION times when one of them sat vigil at the other's hospital bedside.

Essentially, Mulder and Scully are the best TV couple ever to grace our screens, and it would be just as easy to write a list of 180 times they ruined us for all others. But these 18 would definitely be on this list! Thanks for the memories.

Oh, I just remembered another one! From "Chinga" (05.10):
MULDER: Huh … it sounds to me like that's witchcraft or maybe some sorcery that you're looking for there.
SCULLY: No, I don't think it's witchcraft, Mulder, or sorcery. I've had a look around and I don't see any evidence that warrants that kind of suspicion.
MULDER: Maybe you don't know what you're looking for.
SCULLY: Like evidence of conjury or the black arts or shamanism, divination, Wicca or any kind of pagan or neo-Pagan practice. Charms, cards… familiars, bloodstones, or hex signs or any of the ritual tableaux associated with the occult, Santeria, Voudoun, Macumba, or any high or low magic?
MULDER: Scully…
MULDER: Marry me.
SCULLY: I was hoping for soomething a little more helpful.
Sums up their relationship so perfectly!
Heather Waters
14. HeatherWaters
@RachelHyland -- Someone who can talk MSR in as much detail as I can, this is the dream! Pretty sure I quoted that whole Chinga exchange on my Facebook for posterity during my rewatch because it is SO GOOD.

You should write a followup post for us, "x Times Mulder/Scully Killed Us with the UST," because you're absolutely right, I went more for the overt in this list. It was just so hard to chooooooose and originally I was only going to do 10 moments but yeah that didn't happen and if I'd done more than 18 I'd have never finished the thing and and and---this is the result. But NINE SEASONS AND TWO MOVIES OF AMAZINGNESS! Never getting over how spoiled we are with these two. I could write a million posts on them, I love them so.

I should've included another scene in "Pusher," too, where Scully tells Mulder, "Fight him," and a single tear runs down her face because she can't believe it could end like this, she won't let it end like this, and she has such faith in Mulder to even overcome freaking MIND CONTROL for her because it's them and he would never hurt her no matter what and omgggggg.

Speaking of the "marry me" line (I'm jumping all over the place here), I ALSO love that moment from early on (season 1?) where Mulder says that if Scully pulls out an iced tea, it must be love...and she pulls out a root beer.

Oh oh and "Maybe if it rains sleeping bags, you'll get lucky"! The conversation on the rock! How could I leave that off?

Too too many amazing moments...

ETA: And in regard to the hospital vigils: YES. Again, that could be a whole other post on how they're #1 at hurt-comfort stuff. Mulder's awkwardness when Scully woke up after her abduction, the way Scully's tears falling on his face is what wakes Mulder up in "Amor Fati," Scully's refusal to leave Mulder's bedside in "Dead Alive." I could go on and on because man did those guys spend a lot of time in hospital.
Heather Waters
15. HeatherWaters
@Vickie Russell -- As Gillian Anderson says here in this HuffPo interview, the idea of her and DD together is a nice thought, but not true, and I tend to believe her. I know the rumors were flying last year, but I just can't see a secret relationship being true; after all, they're both insanely busy at the moment, and GA lives in London with her kids when she's not filming in Scotland (The Fall) and Toronto (Hannibal), and doesn't DD split his time between LA (where he's filming Aquarius) and NYC?

That said...they're ADORABLE together and I hope they at least do more cons together in future because I'll take whatever interaction I can get! :)
16. Vickie Russell
@redline - haha watched it - they're totally together! LOL.
17. Exly
Can I say I love you? Because I do...

I've been a shipper since back in the days, and this thing you did... oh boy!

The did ruin us for the rest of tv/movies/whatever romance... too much perfection.

18. L. Morningstar
Scully refers to William as "Our son" when she's telling Mulder she gave William up for adoption during The Truth. If that doesn't clear up who that baby's father is I don't know what does.
19. blushenka
What a lovely, well-written article! :D

So glad you decided to include the hallway scene in Requiem! That's one of my very favourite scenes between them, it gets me everytime!
Heather Waters
20. HeatherWaters
@Vickie Russell -- That double hair flip at the end is so awkward, isn't it?! For such brilliant actors, they can't answer questions about their relationship in a normal way whatsoever. Too funny.

@Exly -- Thank you! I'm rewatching the series AGAIN at a slower pace (trying to trick one of my roommates into loving it by forcing her to watch an episode whenever possible, mwahaha) and it just makes me want to write a whole other post on the smaller moments that you may not even notice at first. Like, in episode 5 or 6, when they get into a car accident, in the corner of the screen I swear it looks like Mulder puts his hand on Scully's thigh at one point when they're making sure the other's OK. And there's a scene where Mulder flips his jacket over his shoulder in, like, slo-mo and Scully looks momentarily mesmerized. I don't know, man, I need to start taking notes, because I could probably fill a book on how DD and GA built that epic romance with just the tiniest choices.

@L. Morningstar -- Yep! And in I Want to Believe he also says something along the lines of "our son left a whole that can't be filled." Biologically or not, Mulder considers William his son.

@blushenka -- Thank you! As you can tell, I love it too. Mulder would normally never tell Scully to back off a case, because he respects that she knows her own limits (see: the cancer arc), so this scene says a lot about not just how worried he is about her for her own sake but also how he's come to realize she is HIS LIFE, basically, and he can't let anything happen to her because it would kill him. So he's actually being kinda selfish (I'm sure Scully would like him to stay home sometimes too and not constantly be in danger of dying...he's her life too) but is also demonstrating what major growth he's had since the pilot, where no one and nothing mattered (including his own safety) except finding out what happened to his sister.

In conclusion: hearts in my eyes!

Thanks for the comments, guys! Can't tell you how thrilled I am that the X-Files fandom is still going strong.
Heather Waters
22. HeatherWaters
@TeddyP -- I don't know, I wouldn't want to be on Scully's bad side. ;)
23. Sarit
I'm so glad for Scully Mulder turned out to be a spooner. That woman needed to be spooned HARD after seven years :)
24. Sarinou
Right in the feels. You sum it up in the most perfect way possible. Did I mention that hit me right in the feels? Oh yeah. Excuse me now while I go rewatch the entire show.

P.S. - It didn't just ruin it for all other TV romances. For me it ruined it for romance in general. Just kidding. Or am I?
Heather Waters
25. HeatherWaters
@Sarit -- I could not agree more. Of course Mulder is a cuddler. Of course! Glad we got to see that play out on screen. Delightful!

@Sarinou -- Thank you! I've been back to watching random episodes after finishing my rewatch of the series. Once you get back into it, you can't get back out!

P.S. You're not the only one. Totally normal.
26. atac
Such an lovely article (greetings from Finland)! This actually makes me watch the whole show again from the beginning. Maybe my sixth time or something, but I just love this MSR! In my opinion, it is the perfect love. Just gotta love these two! :)
27. Laraine
This is an old old post, but you know Fox is talking about bringing the show back??? Everyone's on board, sounds like it's mostly an issue of scheduling, so fingers crossed.....

I'm currently rewatching the entire series for the first time in many years, paying particular attention to the development of their relationship. You know, the very important business of WHEN did they start banging??? and I googled to see if anyone had analyzed this.

So I just watched Amor Fati, and I thought the same thing, those are straight-up vows... UGH, notice how Scully brushes his lips at the end of that scene?? I've heard that people will usually unconciously stare at someone's lips when they want to go in for a kiss, so what does CARESSING someone's lips mean? If he hadn't been bandaged and recovering from (YET ANOTHER) brush with death, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have stopped there.
Heather Waters
28. HeatherWaters
@atac -- Hello from New York! Boy do I hope to see Finland one day. Thanks so much for your comment. I've now lost track of how many times I've seen the series, because I'll just randomly start rewatching seasons. They are just perfect, as you say.

@Laraine -- Yes! I was so beyond excited about the news that I wrote this little post about it--I should've posted a link here, so thanks for reminding me. Hope there's more news soon; like you said, seems to be mainly an issue of scheduling, eeee! You know, I'm thinking it could be fun to have a speculation post where we could all try to guess at what Mulder and Scully have been up to and what will bring them back to the game... 'Cause personally, after Scully's comments in "The Truth" and I Want to Believe--about how she's only fighting for her and Mulder and that she doesn't want darkness in their home--that probably only a threat to Mulder or William or Skinner could bring her back into that world.

Anyway, same here, I've looked for places that have analyzed when they began sleeping together, but even looking at all the evidence, it's just so hard to say! Very frustrating. Have you read The TV Mouse's "Times Mulder and Scully Should Have Made Out This Week"? I'm in love.

"You were my touchstone" + "And you are mine" is the closest I can see them getting to vows--I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking that! The way she just walks away is kinda strange, but our Scully seemed pretty overwhelmed with feelings, so maybe she just needed some time. Things definitely seemed to shift between them after that, though. The flirting increased even more, and while I don't know if they were sleeping together (because the flirting goes to 10+ in Season 7), they were heading that way at the very least.
29. Elyssa15
you only forgot the last x files scene ever from the 2nd movie! beautiful final scene ?
Heather Waters
30. HeatherWaters
@Elyssa15 -- That is a REALLY lovely scene, I agree. I think it didn't really occur to me to include it because their "breakup" in the middle of the movie was just so WTF? I mean, after everything they've been through, I'd never believe they'd separate over Mulder being Mulder, you know? So that kinda shaded my perception of the rest of the movie.

But anyway, their final scene and the bonus of them on vacation are both really great.
31. Elyssa15
Yes I understand what you mean about this scene. I was so afraid at the beginning that this was a "full" break up, and they were saying goodbye to each other or something like at. Thank god it's not!!
Cannot wait for the new season omg!! (Aka XF3). Wondering how their relationship is going to be right now... :)
Heather Waters
32. HeatherWaters
@Elyssa15 -- The fandom would have revolted, am I right? You cannot break up Mulder and Scully, it just does not compute. Luckily I think Chris Carter understands that much, at least, by now.

The X-Files Revival/XF3 is giving me so much life right now. Every day I'm obsessively checking for any updates, ha ha ha.

As for how their relationship is going, I am also very curious. I have a wish list for the new season I'm putting together; once I finally publish it, I look forward to seeing what you and other fans think, whether you agree or have something different in mind. :)
33. Keith
When he wept at her bedside in Redux II (5.02)
34. Tony Forrest
‘The X-Files’ Revival Nears Greenlight At Fox; Network Eyes Short Order, Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny To Return
Heather Waters
35. HeatherWaters
@Keith -- Yesssss. That's one of many beautiful moments between them in the cancer arc.

@Tony Forrest -- We are VERY excited about the revival here, let me tell you! Here's a post I did on my 10 wishes for M/S in the new episodes, if you're interested: http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2015/03/10-wishes-for-mulder-and-scully-in-the-x-files-revival
36. MicheleJanine
What a fantastic article. Mulder and Scully have been, and always will be, my all time favorite television couple. I'm currently re-watching the series on Netflix (in excited anticipation of the revival). I am so in love with their relationship. Every tender glance, hand holding, hug, arm around the shoulders, kiss and their complete trust in each other is what real, true love is. I love how they are fiercely protective of each other, willing to put their lives at risk for one another, putting each other before themselves. I so enjoy watching their relationship evolve through the years. Though the early years were full of sexual tension, their passion for each other was a slow burn, finally coming through in the later seasons.

There are a few moments between them I have to mention. First is in "Beyond The Sea", when Scully returns to work right after her dad passes away. At one point, Mulder reaches over, tenderly caresses her cheek and says "I'm sorry about your father." They gaze at each other, and *right then* you know that they truly care for each other. Just a beautiful, perfect moment between them.

Another moment is from the episode "The Red And The Black". Scully is under hypnosis and is describing what happened when she was with Cassandra Spender and the other people on the bridge. Sitting on the couch in the therapists office, she keeps yelling "Oh, my God!" in awe and fear. At one point she reaches over grabbing for Mulder's hand. He takes it, and I'm sure it comforts her.

Yet another moment is in "Field Trip". At the end when they are finally rescued, they are put into the ambulance side by side. This time it is Mulder who reaches his hand out to Scully and she reaches over to grasp it. With that gesture and no words spoken they are saying to each other, "We survived this." And so the bond between them strengthened even more.

One more moment to share. The episode "Never Again" where Scully has a fling with Ed Jerse, who ends up nearly killing her. After the incident Mulder says to her, "All this because I didn't get you a desk?" (referring to an earlier conversation they had ). What he really is saying is: "Scully, how could you do that? You almost got yourself killed. Don't you see how much I care about you? I don't know what I would do if I lost you?"

I honestly could write forever about these two. Throughout the series it is so evident that they loved each other. If there ever was a couple that are truly soulmates, it's Mulder and Scully.
Heather Waters
37. HeatherWaters
@MicheleJanine -- Wow, what a lovely comment. Thank you! Love hearing that you're rewatching the whole series right now. I did that last year (and now watch episodes on and off because I can't stay away now I've gotten hooked again) and I was continually surprised by how much tenderness was in every single episode, not just my favorites. "The Red and the Black" and "Field Trip" are my favorites of the ones you mentioned--the way they blindly reach for each other is stunning to behold every time and I hope we get more of that in the Revival.
38. MicheleJanine
Thank you for your kind reply, Heather.

Thought I'd share a couple videos from YouTube that I absolute adore. I sure you will love them too (if you haven't already seen them).


Heather Waters
39. HeatherWaters
@MicheleJanine -- I have seen the legendary looks one (so good!) but not "The Reason," yet, I don't think. Can't wait to watch, thanks!
40. valerie kelly
You forgot all the "this stubbornness of yours, it's why I fell in love with you" bit from IWTB as well as the cuddle scenes there and the sex book near their bed. Lots of fluff in that movie!
Heather Waters
41. HeatherWaters
@valerie kelly -- I do love Scully's reading material!

I'm torn on the "that's why I fell in love with you" line, because as fantastic as it is to hear Scully verbalize what we all know to be true, that fight of theirs is just a punch in the gut. Mulder is who he is and Scully knows that, so it's tough for me to understand where she's coming from in terms of getting so upset that he won't step away from the case (the case she pushed him to take) that she threatens not to come home. Scully questions her choices and her life with Mulder every once in a while ("Never Again" and "all things" come to mind), so it's not exactly out of character and she always does come home again in the end, but it's still kinda hard to watch.
42. Hannah Lily
i have just introduced my little sister to the x files on her holdiays from uni.. we made it through two seasons! this has been an absoltue pleasure to read.. thanks for the time and effort that went into this!

i have a question.. i guess you all remember the poster of scully licking mulder... does anyone know if they are available anywhere!? my copy was lost somewhere in my twenties!
Heather Waters
43. HeatherWaters
@Hannah Lily -- Thanks for reading. So glad to hear you enjoyed!

I'm not sure where to find a print/poster of the Us Weekly cover, but I bought a copy off eBay a year or so ago. There may be more copies there. Good luck!
44. Elaine Carlton
This might have been mentioned already but isn't there an episode that finishes with Scully at the hospital visiting Mulder and he straight up says 'Scully I love you' to which she kind of rolls her eyes and walks off saying something like 'right' as if he's drunk and can't be taken seriously. Only he was serious. Serious but didn't want to push it if she didn't take the bait and, of course, she doesn't.

And then there's a moment after the mileneum kiss where she shifts back into her reality mode and you can see that he is more than a little disappointed that the magic of the kiss doesn't go further.

Am I right? or just wishfully remembering? It was around then that I became convinced that he really did love her romantically but she just wasn't on the same page or didn't want to go there.
Heather Waters
45. HeatherWaters
@Elaine Carlton -- You are right! Mulder says "Scully...I love you" in the episode "Triangle," but she thinks he's just loopy from the meds.

I don't read Scully as disappointed after their kiss in Millenium so much as quietly pleased. My interpretation is that that's finally the kickoff of their romantic relationship, though they start slowly and carefully because they don't want to risk their friendship and partnership. And remember, according to episode 8's "Per Manum," it's around this time too that they're trying to conceive a baby via IVF (timeline is murky but the IVF stuff is most likely before the episode "all things," which is when the show's creator has said that they conceived William), so that was probably tricky to navigate as well since they decided to go there before embarking on a physical relationship (or so I assume).

Great moments, both! Thanks for chatting with me.
47. Brandi Clark
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. So many moments, so little time. Can't wait until January 24!

While Mulder's awkwardness upon returning quite literally from the dead was painful to watch, it was understandable. Scully is pregnant, someone else is in his office...he's been edged out of his own life. He doesn't know his place anymore, but her love sees them through. As for as when they started having sex, I'm currently rewatching on blu-ray, and my personal headcanon is soon after Millennium. In the ensuing episodes, they are a lot more flirty (she plays with his tie) and easy around each other. I think breaching the physical barrier with that kiss is what opened up the possibility for something much more. Their love is eternal. Thanks for compiling this.
48. Brandi Clark
Also notable is that originally the Memento Mori forehead blessing was a kiss on the lips. They filmed it, but decided it was too intimiate too soon. I tend to agree although it is beautiful. Here is the vid for that one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IaiIP6JzEM&list=TLolKhNwjZ0Qs

The Post-Modern Prometheus scene was also a kiss....that is from Frank Spotnitz's on mouth. I have scene the photo before, but there is question as to whether it is a manip or not. According to Frank, however, it was filmed, so it may very well be real. http://home.netyou.jp/55/exf/xfiles/ficpages/kiss.jpg

Finally, here's one of my favorite photos of those alternate scenes in FTF. http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mda9wuy9tz1r7vdmlo1_500.jpg

Also, good point about the IVF...I also agree with that timeline. Sometime between Rush and Goldberg Variation they were trying to have a baby. Since there are weeks and months in canon time between these episodes, that is a logical window.
Heather Waters
49. HeatherWaters
@Brandi Clark -- Thank you so much. Bring on January 24--I am ready.

In theory, I get Mulder's attitude in those episodes, but in practice, when I'm actually watching the episodes, I find his behavior maddening. I think it's because the writing is deliberately obtuse and Duchovny doesn't know exactly how to play it. There are a couple hints at Mulder's PTSD (like the flashback he has in the hospital chair before Scully comes back in, if I recall?), which explains things perfectly, but those moments aren't explored enough for my liking. Chris Carter, would it kill you to be clear about a n y t h i n g?

Post-"Millenium" Mulder and Scully are SOOOO much flirtier, aren't they? I think there was a definite shift there, and sometimes I do sleep together afterward. But other times I think that Scully was awkward enough about asking Mulder to be her baby daddy that they hadn't slept together yet, and as you know, I put the IVF convo around Rush/Goldberg Variation. Either way, Season 7 unquestionably demonstrates that Mulder and Scully knew they were inevitable. And hey, there's always fan fiction to let us imagine what happened when.

Yes, indeedy, I love those alternate kisses! David and Gillian 'ship it as hard as we do, clearly.
50. Musings of an X-Phile
I have nothing to add. I just want you to know that I'm sitting here on the first of the year teary eyed and glowing.

Oh, my babies! They make my heart ache.

Bless you for knowing what that's like!
Heather Waters
51. HeatherWaters
@Musings of an X-Phile -- I'm verklempt. Thank you for this comment.

I do know what it's like--I saw the first episode at Comic Con and nearly started crying at the opening credits. I'm going to be a mess on January 24 and 25, but I cannot wait.
52. Laura A
Please never take this site down, it is like water in the desert when I am nostaglic for these two. This show and these two characters were my first true obsession and will always be. Thank you!
Heather Waters
53. HeatherWaters
@Laura A -- I promise, I never will. THANK YOU. Will you be watching Season 10 on Sunday and Monday? If you do and want to talk afterward, I'll be doing episode reviews based only on my Mulder/Scully feels, so look for those. :)
54. Laura A
@HeatherWaters - Since finding out that they were reviving the show I have fallen right back into my decades old level of obsession, it's crazy how much time has passed but the emotional connection we all have to the show and characters (and actors) has not dimished at all....I'll definitely be watching Sunday and Monday, cannot wait!
I have been rewatching the entire series from beginning and introduced my husband to the show and how uncontrollably and deeply committed I am to it. Not sure what weirds him out more, the show or my attachment to it :)

Their love is my first love.
Heather Waters
55. HeatherWaters
Hey, guys, if anyone wants to come talk about the new season with me, I would LOVE that. I'll be recapping each episode from the Mulder/Scully romance perspective. First "heart-to-heart" is up now and it contains 7 reasons Mulder and Scully are clearly still in love in "My Struggle: Part 1."
58. Sunnyo
Hey, that was a great read. Thanks!
59. atac
Oh I know the feeling. No matter how much time passes, I will always return to the X-Files. I just hope that the X-Files will have a proper ending some day, I wasn't satisfied with the ending of season 10. Mulder just cannot die, and Scully cannot be left alone. No way.
So true about William. I believe Mulder is the father and William will be human looking but he can move things with his mind. I Dream everynight, they found him do the blood thing to help save Mulder and Scully stay with them sleeping after seeing them sleeping but with Mulder holding him tighty. They wake up to see their is not wake, so they go to the bed and look down at him talking about how he sleep like he did as a baby. William wakes up and see two people looking at him and they tell him they are his real mom and dad and the people who rise him or gone from the ills. Scully looking at Mulder and say I want to come home to you and our son William and live a happy life in their unmark house.
Heather Waters
63. HeatherWaters
@MULDERANDSCULLYFOREVER -- I hope Mulder and Scully are reunited with William one day too. They all deserve some happiness!
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