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Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Eve” | Aired Dec 10, 1993

It’s been over two decades since The X-Files made its debut, but the series is as relevant as ever, and with a confirmed revival series on the horizon, 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, nobody believes Mulder and Scully when they say they’re the police.

KELLY: We can’t dive into this episode until we talk about the dance party we had at our desks this week because Mulder and Scully are OFFICIALLY COMING BACK TO US.

ANDREA: Actual dance party. ACTUAL DANCE PARTY. You called me over to look at a tweet that I thought was a joke because there had been so many “almost confirmed” rumors but nothing official, and I wasn’t going to believe anything. But it was REAL. And I don’t think I got any actual work done for the majority of that day because I was too busy freaking out. Now we’re going to watch these episodes with even MORE nostalgia.

KELLY: I’m just going to approach every episode like it’s foreshadowing scenes that haven’t been written yet—which is fitting, since this episode already features a lot of early references to things that will eventually be revisited. Mulder says this is the first time he’s seen exsanguination on a human. It won’t be the last. (Hello, “Bad Blood.”)

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ANDREA: YES. And the subject of clones, though not in the exact same way Mulder will encounter later on. And also, Deep Throat is so INVOLVED here, which is interesting, considering that once the mythology gets more intense, Mulder’s “informants” only pop up when it’s warranted. Not for random MOTW episodes like this one.

KELLY: I like that Deep Throat seems just as confused by his relationship with Mulder as Mulder is. Is he a father figure? Is he a means to an end? Is he manipulating him? I don’t think even Deep Throat has the answers to those questions; he kind of shows up when he feels like it and then backs off when he decides that he’s said too much. I know that he’s fundamentally just a tool of the narrative—he shows up when they need exposition—but his inconsistency also makes for this great push and pull between Deep Throat and Mulder, like Mulder wants to trust him, but something keeps getting in the way. Even when he and Scully have help, they’re still on their own.

ANDREA: YES. And all of that really highlights the difference between that dynamic and his trust with Scully. It makes him trust her more, I think, because he realizes what their relationship is becoming. (“You were my constant, my touchstone.”) I think a lot of these episodes in season one did a really good job of showing how much they rely on each other because they ARE alone. They don’t have support in these missions. The only people they can confide in and trust is each other.

KELLY: Andrea, you can’t just bring up the “You were my constant” scene without warning. It’s been an overwhelming week! But yes, they’re already on their way. One of my favorite things about this episode is that it turns into a messed-up family road trip, with Mulder and Scully positioned as the parents of these homicidal clone girls in shoulder pads. They fall into the domestic role so easily in some ways—pulling over at rest stops, letting the kids hand over the money, getting matching drinks—but in so many other ways, it’s not the life they’d want. I love the look on Scully’s face when Mulder says he just wants to open the car door for her. She’s not going to say no, but it’s so unnecessary. And then, obviously, the girls turn out to be murderers, because that’s how it goes on The X-Files. We’re already establishing this great tension between Mulder and Scully and the idea of a “normal” life.

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ANDREA: OH MY GOD, YES. (And sorry. These things … they just happen. Without warning.) It’s like we’re seeing what their lives could be if they had any semblance of normalcy … something I’m thankful they never did. Although I could’ve done without as many family deaths. Anyway, I’m getting distracted, which seems to be the theme of the week. I like that they used the Eve children in this way, though. It’s totally creepy and totally X-Files. And then those little moments that you mentioned really drive home the softer points of the episode.

KELLY: I definitely remember yelling at my roommate last summer, “It’s the kids. The kids are the killers!” The twist is effective, because the adult Eves are the (terrifying) logical suspects, and Scully and Mulder are so cute with the girls. It’s still early enough in the show that the audience isn’t conditioned to suspect children yet. One minute, Scully is holding the girls’ hands and leading them to the car, and the next, Mulder is licking poison to identify it. (Mulder, no.) Nothing is off limits on this show.

ANDREA: It was such a bold concept, too. Like, let’s have a show about aliens! And space! And fluke monsters! And children killers! In the ’90s! The first season was very much about those scary stories, which I know we’ve mentioned before. But when I go back and watch it, it really becomes clear. And they definitely took advantage of all these stories you wouldn’t expect. (And will Mulder ever not put anything in his mouth? WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE? I have seen the future, and I can tell you the answer is no.)

KELLY: Mulder licks something he shouldn’t in the revival or I’m OUT.

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(Kidding. I’d follow this show anywhere.)

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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