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'X-Files' Fridays: Do you think I'm spooky?

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Squeeze” | Aired Sep 24, 1993

It’s been over two decades since The X-Files made its debut, but the series is as relevant as ever. With talk of a revival in the air, there’s no better time to revisit it—or to discover it for the first time. Community assistant editors Andrea Towers, who watched in its original run, and Kelly Connolly, who was introduced to the show last summer, will be here each week to talk it out. Next up, Scully gets a reputation as Mrs. Spooky but is too busy fighting mutants to care.

KELLY: Let’s get right to the important business: Mulder reaches out to straighten Scully’s necklace and she barely reacts, because casual touching is already casual.

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ANDREA: I love that you’ve just cut straight through everything else in the 42 minutes of this episode for the important stuff: THREE EPISODES IN AND TOUCHING IS CASUAL. But really, given their first real meeting (aka robe times in a hotel room), that’s not surprising.

KELLY: It’s funny to think how little they knew each other before that hotel room scene and how far they’ve come in such a short amount of time. Scully had no one else to turn to when she showed up at his door in the pilot; now she’s actually being handed other opportunities in the Bureau, and she chooses Mulder anyway. I think that’s why he says as he straightens her necklace that he wouldn’t hold it against her if she wants to work with the other agents. He’s just grateful that she “respects the process,” which I think is his way of saying that she respects him. Not enough people do. And the fact that he would never hold her back is part of why she stays. They’re running on this adorable mutual respect for each other, but it’s also a little sad, because Mulder is convinced that he’s holding her back.

ANDREA: I think Mulder is just trying to understand why she hasn’t run for the hills at this point. It’s been three cases—three STRANGE cases, no less—and she’s still there. She’s still supporting him. So I think he’s mutually respecting that by just assuming she doesn’t want to be in his life, or, you know, only wants to be there until she figures out something else to do that’s better. And that’s really why this episode pays off, because in the vein of “Irresistible,” we see that connection really come full circle.

KELLY: Ohhh, “Irresistible.” This show loves sending creeps after Scully. Tooms is a nightmare, and I think that’s because he gets at our fear that we can bolt every door and lock every window, and it still won’t be enough. (It’s also because of his face.) I love seeing her fight for her life—she does not quit—and I love that Mulder knows to come after her. He only figures it out because he recognizes her necklace (!), so their connection is already saving their lives.

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ANDREA: No, let’s get real—Tooms is legitimately the creepiest villain, kind of like Donnie Pfaster … the guy who seems normal but can do things like get into your house or lure you into bed. There are parts of this episode that still creep me out, like the bathroom scene at the end, because of that reason. And I love how she fights for her life (in heels!) and continues to show how strong she is and how competent she is. Sure, she needs to be saved … but not because she’s helpless. And she understands that too.

(Also? Classic Mulder with the bile. Classic. First of many moments of “DON’T TOUCH THAT—oh, you touched that. Of course you did.” Basically, ’90s Andrea spent a lot of time yelling at her television.)

KELLY: I definitely yell “DON’T LICK THAT” at Mulder more than at any other character. I love that even he realizes he’s gone too far, but he’s really only worried about what Scully thinks of him. Gotta get this bile off my hand so Scully still thinks I’m cool. Oh, Mulder. That is not why she’s here. I feel like the coolest thing about Mulder and Scully is how rarely they think about being cool, especially with each other. They’re just here to beat up monsters.

ANDREA: Yep. There’s no worry that they’re going to see one another as, well … a crazy, alien-obsessed psycho who eats sunflower seeds, and a strict medical doctor who likes to sit on her couch at night and read reports. They’re just comfortable with each other. This episode, I think, really highlights it, especially since you get to see the difference between how she is with Mulder and how she is with “regular” people whom she should be dating.

KELLY: Right! She seems on paper like she fits in well with these straightlaced agents like Colton—you can tell by the way she carries herself in meetings that she’s such a little achiever, and she’s probably conditioned to worry about what people think about her—but that’s not really who she is. She likes standing up to authority. She likes telling Colton, “I hope you fall off and land on your ass,” when she realizes that he only cares about climbing the ladder. Mulder doesn’t care about any of that, and she gets it. There’s just a total lack of pretense between them.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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