Season 1 - Episode 16: EBE
Z: Oh, my God, where to begin? This is IT. This episode is Chris Carter’s way of saying, “Oh, you forgot this show was supposed to be about aliens and government conspiracies? Take that.” And then he pulls a lever to dump a pile of dead alien bodies on our heads. Classic Carter, you guys.
We’ve got Deep Throat, a busted up UFO, an E.B.E., a CIA cover up, a secret air force base with an even more secret LEVEL 6, a guard I thought was Dan Castellaneta (but who IMDB tells me is NOT) and most importantly, the Lone Gunman! They believe in the conspiracy Scully is hot. Confirmed, gentlemen.
Wikipedia tells me that one of the writers, Glen Morgan, claimed the tone was inspired by “All the President’s Men.” Ya think?? This episode is basically “All the President’s Aliens.”
Brandon, can you make a gif of the moment when Mulder puts his hand up and shushes Scully? Because that was the best.
B: Of course.
Z: Thank you.
B: The Lone Gunman arrive in an episode that has everything you’d want in an X-Files - Roswell, ETs, gulf breeze, Mulder’s apartment, forest drug-fueled UFO enthusiast parties… You can see how much research and love the creators of this show had for UFOs, as everything is so spot-on to how it is in actual close encounters and not just made-up sci-fi writer non-sense.
After Mulder basically tells Scully to shut-up, all skepticism goes out the window, leading to Deep Throat revealing why he does what he does. It’s like Homeland but with Greys. This is, I think, the first of many times where Scully sees so many things, you have to believe she has the worst memory in the world for staying such a hard skeptic.
I do wonder if they always intended the Lone Gunmen to be series regulars or if their episode-stealing scene won the show over. They quickly become Mulder’s version of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars, men on the street and my favorite part of the show, so its amazing how perfect they are out the gate.
My favorite X-Files moment immortalized in GIF - Mulder gives Scully the two finger’d SHUSH.