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‘The X-Files’ Season 11, Episode 3: 18 things we learned in ‘Plus One’

Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) have some heart-to-heart conversations in the "Plus One" episode. Fox
Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) have some heart-to-heart conversations in the "Plus One" episode. Fox
Published Jan. 18, 2018

The X-Files delights in keeping viewers on their toes, asking dozens of questions and only half-answering half … only to turn around a few episodes (or seasons) later and challenge those same notions. Herewith is a list of things we learned in Season 11, Episode 3, "Plus One," a wild monster of the week episode with equal amounts horror (beheading!) and humor (flung dookie!).

·       Mulder and Scully are, in Mulder's words, "back to our bread and butter" investigating a phenom in Virginia wherein people see a doppleganger before killing themselves.

·       They meet a mentally ill woman named Judy who says she plays hangman telepathically with her brother.

·       Despite Scully saying "our home" in the last episode, Mulder and Scully don't want to share a hotel room. And when they have to, Mulder sleeps on the pullout.

·       The woman's brother, a hoarder/jail employee named Chucky, asks Mulder if he's "tapping that feisty little redhead." He doesn't answer.

·       The other twin asks Scully, "what does he see in you, your handsome partner?"

Scully doesn’t believe in ghosts.

·       Scully believes in "psychic transference." And even says so. Ghosts, not so much.
M: "I wouldn't rule out ghosts."
S: "Except that they don't exist."

·       Scully believes evil is a concept, not a literal thing … just like the devil. Mulder is disappointed in Catholic Dana Catherine Scully. But admits she sleeps with her back to the door … in case the devil comes in the night.

·       Scully also believes "it's not beyond the realm of extreme possibility" for a man to cut off his own head.

·       Brought on by the twin Judy, Scully has a minor crisis about aging and having children.

·       Mulder reassures: "You've still got it goin' on. Still got some scoot in your boot."

·        “Can you hold me?” Scully asks Mulder when freaked out. OF COURSE HE CAN.

·       Scully thinks they're getting old. Mulder knows they're already old — "What's gonna happen … when we're old?" "What do you mean when?" — other than when it comes to having kids. #Men, amirite?

·       Scully is afraid Mulder is going to meet someone younger who wants to have kids. Scully knows she's not going to have any more, but admits she would have liked to have had another one. Mulder has clearly forgotten all of the obstacles to this.

·       "Sometimes I think the world is going to hell and we're the only ones who can save it." "The world is going to hell. And the president working to bring down the FBI along with it."

Mulder knows what happens.

·       Things happen. Yeah. THINGS. You know exactly what I mean. Sex. Mulder even says “afterglow.”

·       Both Mulder and Scully see their doubles.

·       Mulder thinks they can get a couple hours in — of shut eye. Scully is "glad to hear that."

·       Buuuut being together is not out of the realm of extreme possibility. And she goes to meet him.

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