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The next morning. Scully's made it to her meeting with OPR, but just barely. She bustles in late, and wearing the clothes she wore the night before. Blythe Danner and Skinner are way pissed. Scully wearily apologizes for her lateness, but pulls out the bone fragments from five pages ago as an excuse. Blythe: you've been back to Dallas? Scully: Well....By the way, I really wish they'd given Blythe Danner a role on the show proper; first, it would be cool to have a woman in a position of authority on this show, not to mention one who doesn't sing whale songs or try to seduce Mulder. Second, I think her WASP-y coolness would provide a refreshing change of pace from Kersh's continual scenery-chewing and constant inappropriate stressing of words. Bar. Mulder. Kurtzweil. Grey Shirt of Hot-tasticness. Mulder tells Kurtzweil about his little jaunt to Dallas. He thinks, he says, he found an alien virus. Scully tells the bigwigs that she believes Especial Agent Michaud was involved in the bombing in Dallas. Blythe Danner looks calmly taken aback. Mulder tells Kurtzweil that he and Scully spent a large portion of their time in Texas crawling through cornfields. Kurtzweil listens. Scully stammers to OPR that she doesn't yet have completely conclusive evidence, of anything. What she does have, though, is a bee, crawling around on the back of her collar. "We're working toward that," she says. "Working with whom?" Blythe Danner asks. Scully makes a "busted!" face. "With Agent Mulder," she admits. Agent Mulder is in full-on hypothesis mode, telling Kurtzweil that he thinks the corn is some kind of transportation system, the pollen genetically altered to carry a virus. "That would be my guess," Kurtzweil says. For some reason, the fact that all Kurtzweil has is a guess infuriates Mulder. He then jumps to the conclusion that Kurtzweil's been using him, and that he never even knew Bill Mulder. Kurtzweil is all, dial it down a notch, yo. Mulder self-righteously hustles out of the bar and into the alley, Kurtzweil in hot pursuit. "You'd be shit out of luck if it weren't for me," Kurtzweil barks. He points out that Mulder and Scully never would have seen what they did in Texas if it hadn't been for his pointing them in the right direction. "My ass is on the line, here," Kurtzweil points out. "Your ass!" Mulder yells. "Who do you think got chased through Texas by two helicopters?" The men stare at each other, and then Kurtzweil reminds Mulder that he and Scully escaped those helicopters for a reason. "These people don't make mistakes," he says. Mulder sort of makes a "hey, good point" face, as Kurtzweil walks off. Mulder hears footsteps above him and looks up to see some old white guy standing on the fire escape above him.