Writer: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Harry Longstreet
Original broadcast: September 24th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 24th 1994
One of Scully’s friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.
Mulder and Scully tackle their first monster-of-the-week case courtesy of Agent Tom Colton, an acquaintance of Scully’s from the FBI academy. He wants Scully’s opinion on this “out there” case that’s going to make his career. I’m not sure why Scully would want to help this guy, from the first two seconds of interaction he seems like an arrogant jerk and then calls her Mrs. Spooky. I guess what I like about this is we get a little bit of Scully back story. We learn a bit about her before The X-Files and that she does actually have a life outside of them – well for now. Sorry Scully, you’ll never get out of the damn car. (Sorry newbies, future episode reference.)
So Mulder gives Scully “a hand” (Colton’s words) and goes to the crime scene with her. He basically solves the case in two seconds because he’s seen it before. He has reports of similar murders from three different decades. He also makes a seriously hilarious joke about reticulans.
I’ll be honest, Squeeze has never been a favourite of mine in the past. The more I watch it, the more I appreciate it. I’ve seen the show an embarrassing number of times though, so I can’t believe it took this long. Scully is turning into more of the Scully we know, I like her in this episode a lot, defending Mulder, not taking crap off anyone and kicking the bad guys butt. I’m sure it would have been so easy for her to go off with Agent Colton and his team, but Mulder is her partner and she’s loyal like that. Plus, she knows that Mulder’s theories are way more interesting, even if she doesn’t believe them.
Tooms is a pretty creepy dude and not just because he eats livers. That stare he has going on, yikes. I think the great thing about this episode is that they didn’t go straight to a mythical type monster for their first MoTW. Tooms is just your seemingly regular guy, he could be your quiet (but weird) neighbour. That is what makes these kind of episodes the creepiest, the realism – well aside from the stretching into tiny vents part.
TOM COLTON: So, Mulder, what do you think, does this look like the work of little green men?
TOM COLTON: Excuse me?
MULDER: Grey. You said green men, a Reticulan skin tone is actually grey, they’re notorious for their extraction of terrestrial human livers. Due to iron depletion in the Reticulan galaxy.
TOM COLTON: You can’t be serious.
MULDER: Do you have any idea what liver and onions go for on Reticula?
This moment is delivered with David’s fantastic deadpan humour. There isn’t much to say about it because it speaks for itself. Its clear that Mulder gets a lot of crap for his work and beliefs, so its easier to roll with it and let them think what they want. I love it.
SCULLY: Are you suggesting that I go before the Violent Crime Section and present a profile declaring that these murders were done byaliens?
MULDER: No, of course not, I find no evidence of alien involvement.
Yes Scully, its monsters, not aliens, please get it right.
SCULLY: You knew they wouldn’t believe you, why did you push it? MULDER: Maybe I thought you caught the right guy. And maybe I run into so many people, who are hostile, just because they can’t open their minds to the possibilities, that sometimes the need to mess with their heads, outweighs the millstone of humiliation.
SCULLY: It seems like you were acting very territorial.
MULDER: Of course I was, in our investigations, you may not always agree with me but at least you respect the journey. And if you wanna continue working with them, I won’t hold it against you.
SCULLY: I don’t know, you must have something more than your polygraph interpretation to backup this bizarre theory and I have to see what it is.
I just love this whole exchange, even with Scully and Colton just before. This is one of the first times we see a hint of Scully & Mulder vs. Everyone else.
Also, I kinda love her hair. [/shallow]
MULDER: What’s the matter Colton, you worried I’m gonna solve your case?
SCULLY: Tom. We have authorized access to this crime scene. A report of you obstructing another officer’s investigation might stick out on your personnel file.
TOM COLTON: Look Dana, whose side are you on?
SCULLY: The victim’s.
Scully: 1. Colton: 0. I think its important to point out Scully says she’s on the victim’s side, not even Mulder’s side, the victim’s. She’s there to help people, not get in a pissing contest with the boys club or advance her career like Colton. I love that about her.
SCULLY: This looks like the opening, think there’s anything inside? Oh my God, Mulder, it’s smells like, I think it’s bile.
MULDER: Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?
No there really isn’t Mulder, sorry.
TOM COLTON: When we first had lunch, I really looked forward to working with you, you were a good agent, but now after Mulder, I couldn’t have you far enough away. Don’t bother going down there, I had the stakeout called off.
SCULLY: You can’t do that.
TOM COLTON: No, I can’t but my regional asat can, especially after I told them about the irresponsible waste in man hours.
SCULLY: Is this what it takes to climb the ladder Colton?
TOM COLTON: All the way to the top.
SCULLY: Then I can’t wait til you fall off and land on your ass.
Scully: 2. Colton: 0.
In the end, Tooms goes to Scully’s apartment to try and get her liver to meet his quota. As if we didnt see that coming when he snagged her plot-device-necklace. She holds her own against him pretty well, but he gets the better of her and almost has Scully!Liver for dinner until Mulder bursts in.
In the finale scene, we see Tooms locked up in his cell, making a new newspaper nest. Creepy (and a little gross).
Scully gets attacked in her apartment: 1
May or may not have been aliens/bigfoot sightings: Mulder: 1 | Scully: 1 (but I’m sure theres a logical explanation)
Hey, isnt that?: Donal Logue guest stars as Agent Tom Colton