Season 1, Episode 2 “Deep Throat”

Mulder: “Tell me I’m crazy.”

Scully: “Mulder, you’re crazy.”

Our second episode of the season finds us in the Spud State with Mulder looking to the sky and Scully shaking her head. This marks our second plunge into what will become the mythology of the show and also our introduction to the first of Mulder’s informants, the mysterious and grandfatherly “Deep Throat.”


Another first: Opening credits with that infamous theme. “Dooo doo doo doo dooo doooo!

hello my dear lock of hair

hello my dear lock of hair

Mulder asks Scully to meet him in a bar to show her a case he’s found. How I wish we had a deleted scene of that request! We’re given a rare glimpse of these two out and about in society and another opportunity to once again appreciate Dana Scully in 90’s spectacles.

scully bar

 Oh, and this wonderful little invasion of personal space.

MulderandScullyEnteraBar

These two get a table, and though Scully puts up some resistance, Mulder has that lone lock of hair and she’s begun mentally prepping for that flight to Idaho.

mulder bar lock of hair

He also meets with his first informant in a locked men’s restroom. Like you do. Mulder ignores the warning to “leave the case alone.” I’d argue hearing that only fans the flames of curiosity for him.

It's nice to meet you, Deep Throat

It’s nice to meet you, Deep Throat


While Mulder goes home to cook in his adorable little kitchen, Scully does some microfiche research. (Yes, I  had to look that up. I vaguely remember seeing one of those viewers in my elementary school library. I think. )

mulder cooking

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**omg, this is about UFOs**

**omg, this is about UFOs**


Welcome to the Budahas house. There’s something going on with this porch. It’s made Mulder so flirty!

Knock at door

check those eyebrows. **adorbs**

Guiding Hand Tally: 3

Guiding Hand Tally: 3

Our pair meets with Mrs. Budahas about her husband’s mysterious disappearance. They exchange knowing glances and then move on to meet a test pilot who has returned home.

scully looks back

*don’t think UFOs*

lock of hair look

**UFOs!**

I'm sorry, y'all! Lock of hair!

LLoH

These two….

hotel invasion 1

already invading each other’s hotel rooms

A failed attempt at meeting another military commander drops our OTP into the orbit of a “reporter” who conveniently arrives to question them. Mulder can’t resist asking where he can go to talk to a UFO enthusiast (for research purposes, of course) and Scully’s tiny fit behind him is what I’m living for right now.

UFO fit

Who else wants to go with me to this little dive bar? Anyone? I’ll buy the first round.

Now, in all fairness, Mulder is supposed to be a brilliant investigator — top of his class at Quantico, Oxford-educated,  all around bright young man. I don’t fault Scully at all for calling him a sucker. That photo is too blurry to warrant a $20 addition to a lunch tab. After watching this, I’m pretty sure I could sell him a $600 vacuum cleaner if I put a UFO sticker on it.

Scully says sucker

“Sucker!”

He does get a napkin-map to that UFO hotspot out of this, so there’s that. **This banter between them, though.**

“sucker!” *smirk*

Our agents move the investigation to the outskirts of a an airfield, and Scully couldn’t be more annoyed. She opts to stay in the car while Mulder traverses a hill armed only with a camera. Come nightfall, she’s rudely awakened by a shattered back window and her overly-excited partner.  And we get some hand-holding.

wake up you gotta see this

“Wake up! You’ve gotta see this!”

still holding

**my inner 14-year-old needs to point out that they’re still holding hands…**

watching sky with bff

**watching the air show with your BFF**

omg

The dancing lights in the sky make a dramatic exit just as Mulder and Scully see two kids running away from a helicopter. Can we take a moment to appreciate that no hilly terrain can overcome Dana Scully running in heels? The woman is my goddess from this point on.

After huddling under a tree together, Mulder and Scully decide to take the kids out for hamburgers at 5 o’clock in the morning before driving them home.  These are classy FBI agents, folks.

Hand at Back Tally: 4 It's there, I'm not crazy.

Hand at Back Tally: 4
It’s there, I’m not crazy.

ufo hamburger

baby Seth Green demonstrates the finer points of UFO flight

that lock of hair can take me home too

that lock of hair can take me home too

What follows is my favorite scene from the episode. Here’s why:

1. We get Mulder rocking out

Mulder rocks out

2. Which elicits this smile from Scully

adorable baby

adorable baby Gillian

3. Mulder’s not so thinly veiled excitement at the thought of Scully stoned

If you were stoned (Faster)

4. The fact that Scully listens to his entire theory on UFOs even though there’s no way in hell he can convince her it’s a UFO or planes built using UFO technology. She insists that just because it can’t be explained doesn’t mean she’s ready to believe they are UFOs. In fairness, her point is extremely valid. Mulder’s two photos are very weak evidence to mount everything on.  Once again, she grounds him with the reason they came out to Idaho in the first place: “It still doesn’t explain to me what happened to Colonel Budahas.” He begrudgingly nods his head — she’s right again.

“Tell me I’m crazy.”
“Mulder, you’re crazy.”


Pardon this small indulgence:

rain mini bar

“You didn’t come to raid my mini bar, did ya?”

Not today, Mulder, but she will in 5 years.

mini bar season 4

You’re welcome.                                             Sincerely, The Future


Speaking of Colonel Budahas… his wife called. She wants her old husband back. This one won’t do.

I'm Fox Mulder. I'm about to give you a man quiz complete with football and airplane trivia.

I’m Fox Mulder. I’m about to give you a man quiz complete with football and airplane trivia.

We’re gifted with banter in the street again about whether or not Colonel Budahas’ brain has been rewired.

lock of hair street 2

** just an excuse to add to my lock of hair collection, please don’t hate me **

The next scene never fails to irritate me. Why do they let these guys push them around? Why don’t they ask them to identify themselves? Come on, you two! You’re FBI agents, for crying out loud.

mib 1

mib2                   mib3

However, this injustice warrants enough reason for another hotel invasion…

hotel invasion 2

keep in mind, this is Scully’s room. Mulder seems very comfortable.

she is sitting on the same bed

and she is sitting on the same bed

They don’t take their eyes off each other throughout this entire exchange.

hotel argument hotel argument 2

Mulder believes the government has a right to protect its secrets up until the cost becomes human lives. Scully believes they have no business asking these questions. She’s ready to retreat: they have no evidence and they lost their witness. Get ready to be ditched, Dana Scully.

scully is done

She is SO done with this case.

I almost feel sorry for her when she believes he’s accepted this. She’ll have to learn the hard way.

Mulder Ditches Scully Tally: 1

Mulder Ditches Scully Tally: 1

We’ll all learn together that nothing good ever comes out of separating these two.

the little-boy-runs-away-from-home look works well on him, though

the little-boy-runs-away-from-home look works well on him, though

iconic shot

perfect running form

I need to take a moment here for David Duchovny’s running form. The man can cover some ground with those long strides! I’m not a tall runner, so I’m as much jealous as in love right here.

Meanwhile…

What exactly was Scully’s plan with this guy’s car? It doesn’t matter, she’s taking no prisoners and she’s awesome. Seth Green agrees with me.

seth agrees

This is sick, but I secretly love hostage exchanges. I have no idea why.

“Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that”

little boy lost

Poor Mulder!

weve got nothing

“We don’t know any more than when we got here.”

Mulder needs to take this out to the track.

georgetown

I LOVE this sweatshirt. So 90’s! Also…why does he have this? Would an Oxford man where another university’s colors?

Deep Throat asks Mulder the $64,000 question:

deep throat returns

“Mr. Mulder, why are those like yourself, who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life on this earth, not dissuaded by all the evidence to the contrary?”

not entirely disuasive

“Because all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive.”

Preach, Mulder. Preach.

Thanks for staying with me.

Mulder and Scully are The Truth.

-River T. Leaman

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