Three of a Kind
The Lone Gunmen are always good fun to have around and I'm starting to really enjoy episodes which are solely about them - a shame their own series was so short-lived, though I'm now sorely tempted to see if I can download it... I think this is also the only episode on record which doesn't star David Duchovny (at least before season 9), and reminded me why I tend to prefer the Scully-centric episodes. It's because Mulder is generally quite predictable, whereas Scully most emphatically is not. :)
This episode is chock full of brilliant lines. My first favourite comes after Byers spots Suzanne Modeski in her hotel room with Another Man...
BYERS: [sticks head in ice bucket]
LANGLEY: [offscreen, unconcerned] Byers is trying to kill himself.
FROHIKE: [also unconcerned] Stop trying to kill yourself, Byers.
I also like Frohike's "She's gonna kick our ass", referring to Scully potentially finding out that Mulder didn't call her in the slightest (see later).
The actual episode is typical for what you'd expect of the Lone Gunmen - general geekery and their usual camaraderie, which is always fun to watch. The unexpected bonus comes with Scully being injected with the mind control drug and her higher brain functions shutting down, which is hilarious and terrifying in equal measure. (I think after the high drama of "Milagro" it was probably a relief to be silly for a bit, and Gillian takes the idea and runs with it - it has the feel of being completely unscripted.) Aside from that, her various facial expressions (including an "owie" and a "frowny" face) absolutely crack me up. :D
Also very amusing that they brought back Morris Fletcher for a guest appearance, thus proving that despite appearances at the end of the "Dreamland" two-parter, he hasn't changed in the slightest (though, of course, nobody would remember anything after the switch-back...)
Other favourite line is this:
SCULLY: [on cellphone to Mulder] ... I'm in Las Vegas. Aren't you? ... You called me... What do you mean, you didn't call me? ... Oh, man. I am gonna kick their asses.
Also, and I meant to mention this about 20 episodes ago after "Drive", the show's move to LA has really made the difference in terms of the locations they can use. "Drive" in particular would probably have been impossible in Vancouver, or at least not quite so convincing, and for this episode they more than likely shot on location in Vegas.
That's enough on that one. The sillness continued in the next episode, the ending of which I watched twice. ;)
This was the episode which prompted the last TXF fic I wrote before insanity set in in '05 (so possibly the last fanfic, full stop), even though I'd not seen it probably since the initial airing and had only gone to find screencaps / the transcript. Nevertheless, it had stuck in my memory for the final sequence.
Scully is only in two scenes for this episode, as the majority of it deals with Arthur Dales (the brother of the usual Arthur Dales, as in the FBI agent who discovered the X-Files...) telling how he was a cop in 1947 Roswell, protecting Josh Exley, star baseball player. Who was an alien. Literally.
It's a very weird episode, to say the least. I really enjoyed the flashback scenes with Ex (heh, good nickname) and Dales and their growing friendship, and that brilliant bit where Ex reveals his 'true face' and you get this Southern drawl coming out of a Grey (for lack of a better name). Bizarre, but cool.
The most powerful scene is the last one with Arthur Dales, both past and present, as he holds the dying Exley and the scene shifts to modern-day Dales, staring in anguish at the ceiling.
It makes some sense for Scully not to take part in the bits where Mulder visits Dales - one presumes she's out enjoying her Saturday and the sunshine :P - because the narrative really needed to be told without sceptical interruptions and her usual level of snark.
However, as for the two scenes that she does appear in, they're both absolutely brilliant. There appears to have been a massive change in the Mulder/Scully dynamic in this episode, though until I see "Field Trip" (next episode) I won't really be able to tell if this is a one-off or a permanent change, as both of these episodes have been on the light-hearted side. For now, I will attribute it to possible after-effects of the mind control drug from the last episode, post-"Milagro" relieved childishness and the fact that the sun is shining and Scully is clearly more interested in the weather than stealing FBI record books. :D There is Very Obvious Flirting in that first scene, which is fully intentional and leaves no room for misinterpretation, from Mulder stealing the
I love it. I'm as much of a H/C fan as the next angst-queen, but sometimes, it's nice to indulge in some pure unadulterated fluff. Especially this close to the end of the season, when you know there's going to be some manner of horrible cliffhanger. The same is then obviously true of the final scene of the episode, which makes me just want to squish them both to death. So. Adorable.
I think, after Dales's story, it's as though Mulder gets this thing in his head to spend time with Scully and just enjoy it. Especially after "Milagro" - there's really only so many times you can think your partner is dead before it starts to make you question things. The result is the super-shippy not-even-remotely-relevant baseball sequence. And, I'm sorry, I simply have to get it out of my system.
It's just... GUH. Dancing-to-Cher levels of GUH. The song in the background is SO PERFECT, too, but they've always been really good at that sort of thing. (I forgot to mention earlier that I loved Mark Snow's backing music for the flashback sequences, too; very appropriate and totally created the right atmosphere.)
I shall stop there, because otherwise I will go on forever about nothing but the cuteness, and as much as the ending warrants it, it would get boring for everyone else.
*incoherent noises of joy*
Okay, I'm done. :)