Mulder's apartment. He lolls on the sofa. Scully and Skinner watch. "Kersh wants to put me behind a desk?" Scully sighs. "Kersh wants you to quit," she says, and I wish someone would explain to me why she's speaking so quietly all of a sudden. She awkwardly sits down, as Skinner hypothesizes that Kersh wants both to punish and to hurt Mulder. "And you, Agent Scully, for not giving up on me," Mulder adds. He stares at Scully, who doesn't look at him. Skinner wonders whether they're just going to sit there, and let things happen. Mulder, still looking at Scully, comments that, in a while, she'll have more important things to worry about. Like where to get baby food for alien spawn. Scully looks down. You know, if the two of you could just discuss your relationship like a mature couple, you wouldn't feel so freaking random and we could get over this whole looking-at-the-ground-awkward-pause routine. Because, really, it's tiresome. Scully awkwardly comments that the X-Files won't be closed down because Doggett will be running the department. "Agent who?" Mulder asks. He gives Scully another long searching look and, again, she won't meet his eyes. She whispers that Doggett is her new partner. "He was assigned to help me find you," she says. "Mission accomplished!" Mulder is suddenly perky as hell. "Does he know what he's doing, this guy?" he asks. Skinner and Scully sigh. Scully informs Mulder that Doggett is "above reproach" and that he's being "maneuvered," just like everyone else. Skinner muses that he'd like to maneuver Doggett right into -- er, never mind. Mulder bounds off the sofa and announces that he's ready to get back to work.
Episode Report CardJessica: B | 565 USERS: B-
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