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The Kiss

The someone to see Doggett is, according to Crane, "Noel Roar," and I am highly gratified to learn that "Noel" is his first name, and my spelling it like that might not be totally wrong. Although, as you know, if it is, I don't care. As for his last name, I'm not even going to try. It's probably, like, Rhorght or something. "He says you know each other, and what he's here for can't wait," Crane monotones. Doggett sort of nods.

Moronica and Scully arrive in Bethlehem, but there is no room at the inn and they have to sleep in the barn. Okay, not exactly, but close enough. Moronica parks the car in the middle of a dirt road in a deserted town. "If anybody finds us out here, it really will be a miracle," Scully says, holding the small of her of back. Mark Snows cues up Mystical Jesus music. "Where are we, anyway?" Scully wonders. "Democrat Hot Springs," Moronica tells her. "Agent Doggett was born here." Scully makes an interested face. "That's...comforting. I guess." Scully says unconvincingly before asking Moronica where they ought to set up housekeeping. "Over here," Moronica says, taking out her flashlight and leading Scully to what looks like an abandoned storefront. Why? "I think I told you I feel these energies about people and stuff and places. I find it works best to go with my instincts," Moronica continues. We can't see Scully's face in the darkness, but I bet you dollars to donuts that she looks skeptical. The window of the storefront is adorned with chipping paint, which reads "Water from the Rock, Exodus 7:16." I'm a bit confused about the Biblical reference, because the "water from the rock" passage is from Nehemiah 9:15, and reads:

And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

Whereas Exodus 7:16 is:

And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

Both of which are vaguely symbolic in the context of this story arc, as far as I have it figured out, which isn't very far, in terms of the fact that the water-from-the-rock thing is sort of your basic miracle story, and the baby is all miraculous and shit, and the Exodus passage makes sense in that Scully and Moronica have taken a bit of an Exodus themselves, and so, perhaps, have the aliens, and maybe the human replicant aliens are enslaved and the baby has been sent to release them from their de facto slavery under the hands of the overlord aliens? Hey, that actually makes some kind of crazy sense. Like, the baby is Moses, not Jesus, even though Chris Carter is obviously ripping off the Jesus story with this whole virgin birth/born in a barn analogy. But those two specific passages don't have much to do with one another, as far as I know. On the other hand, I'm not a Biblical scholar, so I could be wrong. On the other other hand, I don't think Chris Carter is much of a Biblical scholar, either, and nothing shows that more clearly than this current plot line. I beg you, writers, if you're going to steal from the Bible -- and there's nothing wrong with that, because writers do it all the time -- at least read the Bible first so you rip it off correctly. Anyway, underneath this Biblical message is a quaint little painting of Jesus holding up his hand in a blessing. Anvils, anvils, everywhere, and not a drop to drink, except for this cold, frosty brew in my hand.

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