1 – That’s not a very big area they have blocked off out on the street in front of the house. I’m not an expert in this or anything, but shouldn’t they have a larger section of the neighborhood cordoned off?

2 – Oooooo dude has a BAD rash. That looks uncomfortable and nasty.

3 – I ADORE this theme song. Always have and always will

4 – And let’s not forget the tag line…

5 – Poor Scully, the only one in the bar who doesn’t seem to be enjoying herself this afternoon

6 – Let the man buy you a drink, Scully! Come on!

7 – This place is REALLY packed for 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Does no one work in Washington, DC?

8 – Camera pans over and lands on an older gentleman and then hangs there for a moment as he contemplates the area Mulder and Scully just vacated – that’s the director’s subtle way of telling us this guy is important in some way (ie not so subtle)

9 – TIMELINE: it’s been 4 months since the teaser…

10 – PLOT: Colonel Budahaus had a psychotic episode 4 months previous, barricaded himself in his home, military police called in and the colonel was removed and taken for treatment of his condition. Military will not comment on the Colonel at all.

11 – TIMELINE: Then Mulder says “Mrs. Budahaus has neither seen nor heard from her husband in over 4 months” – Mulder, you JUST said it’s been 4 months since he had a psychotic break and now you’re saying his wife hasn’t seen/heard from him for OVER 4 months. PICK ONE!

12 – PLOT: Mrs. Budahaus contacted the FBI to report her husband’s disappearance as a kidnapping one-month prior. 6 pilots have been listed as MIA from Ellen’s Air Base since 1963. Military gives some stupid reason for their disappearance which Mulder is having none of…

13 – “There were other rumors too…” Could it be UFOs, Mulder?????

14 – “This case has a distinct smell to it…a certain paranormal bouquet” – that smell would be the sweet aroma of bullshit, Scully. Get used to it.

15 – I know this is a good way to get Mulder alone with this guy, but REALLY? WHY the bathroom? Why do clandestine meetings happen in bathrooms? It’s just…ick…go find a parking garage or something other than a bathroom

16 – And it’s the dude from earlier at the bar telling Mulder to leave the case alone! He’s wonderfully cryptic, too, which makes it better

17 – “How do you know about my work” oh Mulder don’t you know by now the whole fracking world is apparently obsessed with you

18 – “You are exposing yourself and Agent Scully to unnecessary risk” and the award for biggest understatement of the series goes to…

19 – And BAM he just disappears! Bar guy is apparently a magician

20 – “You ok, Mulder”: She’ll be asking you that a lot so figure out an easy answer quick

21 – “Yeah. I’m fine”: how about one that’s a BIT more convincing cause that just wasn’t

22 – Now I’m freaking out laughing cause Scully is using a Microfiche – and she comes across an article linking Ellen’s Air Base with – you guessed it ladies and gents – UFOs!!!!!!

23 – I’m sorry…I think I just blacked out…is that Mulder…COOKING??????

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I think this is one of the signs of the apocalypse…

24 – “You failed to tell me a few things” – he’ll be doing that a lot, Scully, just get used to it now and save yourself a lot of pain

25 – There were two clicks on the phone line – uh oh!

26 – “This isn’t some UFO goose chase you’re leading me on is it?” Did you not read the job description, Scully? That’s kind of what you’re there for

27 – I like how she’s saying “us” though. She’s already on the partner train. And then she goes and ruins it by bringing up her dang field reports…ugh, poor little spy

28 – Of course there’s an un-marked white van outside his apartment – staple of the early 90s conspiracy group

29 – And Mulder is already touching her back…

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He’s on the partner train, too

30 – I like this shot when they first enter the Budahaus residence – filming Scully and Mulder in the reflection of the photos and awards the Colonel has won, and then having Mulder looking at them more closely – it’s a nice juxtaposition to the man he was to the man they are now talking about

31 – PLOT: Mrs. Budahaus noticed the changes in her husband around two years previous, developed a rash under his arms (but thought it was reaction to home renovations), then weirder stuff started happening – like him putting fish food flakes all over his food. The Colonel, Bob, never talked about what was happening or his work because of the Top Secret nature of his job. Bob was a patriot first.

32 – “The government is not above the law. They cannot withhold information” – it’s kind of nice seeing cute, little, innocent, baby Scully. She’s so bright eyed and yet to be jaded…

33 – Mulder just barrels ahead with the PLOT because he needs answers and is obviously a bit uncomfortable with this woman crying right in front of him

34 – Another pilot who suffered similarly (apparently) was returned home. I guess we’re to believe no one has found out about “word getting around” between the wives at the base since it seems the military would stop those conversations right quick

35 – “Almost two years” – Mrs. McLennen responds to Scully’s question – so he’s been losing it for that long or he’s been back that long since he was returned? If it’s the latter, how long had he been missing before that?

36 – Mrs. McLennen really needs to stop drinking the military kool-aid and just be honest that she’s pissed her husband is a wacko

37 – “Uncle Fester” oh Mulder

38 – I’m with Mulder on this one – zoo animals? Come on, Scully. Zoo animals are one thing but these are HIGHLY trained test pilots – they aren’t just going to crack without good reason

39 – The Aurora Project … unacknowledged code name for Defense Department surveillance project – sub orbital spy-craft over the northwestern US [putting here for reasons…]

40 – Mulder just walks into the hotel room without a word and Scully’s just chilling on the bed – so is this is her room or his? Either way, could you two be any more comfortable with each other?

41 – What in the world did he just grab…? Oh. My. Goodness. It’s a phonebook!!!!!! And he just used it to look up an address!

42 – See this is why you don’t tell them you’re FBI…the moment you do they walk away from you, Mulder. Come up with a lie or something.

43 – This “reporter” is awfully Johnny on the spot – I don’t care if you live a few houses down from the McLennen’s – how in the world would you know Mulder and Scully would be at Kissel’s house? Is base housing here really that contained that he would just SEE them there and wander over to talk to them? Or was he following them?

44 – “UFO nuts, mostly, but it’s not every day we get FBI” – Mulder’s actually a two birds one stone kind of guy

45 – Oh the irony of “We’re not at liberty to comment” coming from Mulder to this reporter when he’s all WHY WON”T THE GOVERNMENT TELL ME STUFF!!!!

46 – Mulder just wants to find some local friends and Scully is 189% done…

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“Mulder, you don’t need any friends”

47 – The Flying Saucer? REALLY, Chris Carter? Nice subtlety

48 – I enjoy this woman at the restaurant – she’s funny. Mulder proceeds to admire her fine art collection as Scully rolls her eyes

49 – Then Scully proceeds to get really far into his personal space (Mulder IS a sucker!!!)

50 – PLOT: Ellen’s Air Base isn’t on the USGS quadrant map – Scully finds it fascinating and Mulder’s all ‘yeah I know’.

51 – “Is this why we came out here, Mulder? To look for UFOs?” Scully really needs to read that job description…the real one, not the ‘you’re spying on him’ one

52 – If she mentions her field report one more time…

53 – Did she just stay in the car the whole time Mulder went wandering off in the weeds?

54 – The glasses shaking on the dash and then falling makes me think of Jurassic Park – LOOK OUT FOR A T-REX, SCULLY!!!!!!

55 – I think little-kid-on-Christmas-morning Mulder is my all time favorite Mulder. He’s just so giddy and excited for Scully to see his presents

56 – How are you going to explain this one away, Scully? Not aircraft…no, duh. Lasers? You’re really going to go with lasers? Come on, Dr. Scully, you can do better than that!

57 – I am in awe that they just ran down that hill without tripping and falling. Guy they’re chasing; however, not as coordinated

58 – Nice job having your gun out to confront the running teenagers, Mulder and Scully. Yet you barely had your guns out in the “Pilot” when a shadowy man with a shotgun was looming over you…interesting…

59 – I want to take this moment to officially say how much I love and adore Seth Green. He’s wonderful in everything I have ever seen him in…and this is no exception.

60 – “Were you ever chased out before” “No, first time, right” Hmmmmm me thinks maybe it wasn’t YOU they were after, stoner boy, especially if you’ve been wandering onto this base for a YEAR and this is the first time you’ve been chased out

61 – Yet another shadowy guy – this time in a car outside the restaurant. Mulder and Scully get followed by a lot of shadowy figures – and this time he has a codename. Though “Red Bird” – not that creepy

62 – “We’re opening the cage” – what now?

63 – The aircraft that these kids watch look “exactly like” the photo Mulder bought from the diner lady – so I take it these kids have been onto the base when it was light out. But then wouldn’t someone have seen them and tried to run them off before?

64 – That is one massive trunk on that rental car if they were able to fit that scooter in there – that thing is not small

65 – I wonder what kind of music Mulder and Scully listen to. Is it just classical composers or do they bust out Metallica? Or maybe David Bowie; I could see Mulder liking Bowie (RIP Goblin King)

66 – Scully, of COURSE he believes them! It’s MULDER – it’s a fundamental part of his DNA that he believes every story anyone tells him about UFO’s – especially when it includes ‘actual’ sightings.

67 – “If I were that stoned, I…” “Ooo, if you were that stoned what?” – I’m going to bet Scully’s time in the 70s was well spent

68 – And there it is ladies and gentlemen – the very first mention of the Roswell crash of 1947 on The X-Files! History has been made!

69 – Mulder thinks these planes are being built with technology from UFOs that was recovered from the crash site in 1947 and Scully…smiles at his lunacy

70 – The crux of Mulder and Scully’s dynamic: “Just because I can’t explain it, doesn’t mean I’m gonna believe they were UFOs”/”Unidentified Flying Objects – I think that fits the description pretty well. Tell me I’m crazy.”/”Mulder, you’re crazy.”

71 – Thank you Scully for bringing us back to the PLOT (ie Budahaus)! What would we do without you?

72 – “You didn’t come to raid my mini bar did you?”

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Oh yeah, Scully, keep smiling at him when he flirts with you…good girl

73 – Plot twist – wacko pilot Budahaus has been returned! And he looks completely normal…that’s never a good sign

74 – PLOT: Colonel Budahas believes he was in the hospital (possibly on base) for the past four months. He remembers his birthdate, the names of his children, and important Packer history – but then Mulder busts out the question about a flying maneuver and uh oh! Test pilot freezes up and can’t answer…

75 – Yes Mulder, explain to all of us what’s going on

76 – Let’s see if I can follow Mulder’s line of thinking here – They ‘rewired’ Colonel Budahaus’ brain (high jacked him, if you will) and took away certain memories specifically pertaining to his history as a pilot and all knowledge he had of flying. Scully, the Doctor, says ‘Oh Mulder you’re so fracking cute but NO that’s not how the brain works…you can’t just go in and delete certain files’. Scully tries to float an amnesia hypothesis that Mulder QUICKLY shuts down in favor of the deliberate and insidious brain wiping because it’s a better conspiracy

77 – Everyone always talks about alien technology being so advanced but if it’s so dang superior to ours then why did they crash here in the first place?

78 – Dang Mulder could you wait a little bit longer to slam on the brake there?

79 – Apparently the government needs 10 dudes in sunglasses and generic suits to stop TWO FBI agents…

80 – NO, NOT THE FILM!!!!!!

81 – We even get these guys hitting Mulder and then spouting about ‘National Security’ – ah the 90s

82 – Once again in the motel: Scully on the phone and Mulder lounging on the bed…whose room are they in?

83 – “I don’t think it was those kids they were chasing away from the base last night. I think it was us.” YEAH MULDER you finally caught on. The real question is WHY did they wait so long to chase you from the base last night? You drove to the base around 6pm so you probably stood on that hill for, I’m betting a good two or three hours? Then you caught a nice LONG air show (you told Scully the lights in the sky had been doing their little dance for over half an hour) – so why in the world didn’t the military run you off when it was still light out? Before you had the chance to even see the aircraft in question? Huh?

84 – “There’s something I didn’t tell you, Scully” “Something else?” – touché! Dana Scully snark for the win

85 – “Why would they go to all this trouble” – because they know you’ll believe anything and they want to see just how absurd you can get, Mulder, that’s why!

86 – “I think there’s a huge conspiracy here, Scully” – and there’s the real tagline of the show

87 – “Did you ever stop to think that what we saw was simply an experimental plane? Like the stealth bomber? Or this Aurora Project? Doesn’t the government have a right and responsibility to protect its secrets?” Can you say police state, Scully?

88 – Mulder considering the human cost – he changes so much over the course of this show but also not at all. It’s amazing.

89 – Then he tries to get her back on his team by holding up the photo of the UFO – really, Mulder? READ THE ROOM!

90 – (in response to #82) They were in Scully’s room cause he says he’s going to shower and pack – so you were just lazing around on your PARTNER’S bed, why, Mulder? (Platonic my ass, Chris Carter).

91 – Lo and behold, gentle viewers – thus begins the long and wonderful saga of Mulder ditching Scully in random ass places – Huzzah!

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Scully is not impressed

92 – Mulder runs off (in the car…ditching Scully AND taking her transportation…he can be a real jackass sometimes) and goes to the stoners from earlier so they can help him sneak onto the base…in BROAD DAYLIGHT. Somehow I think this won’t turn out well…let’s see what happens

93 – “We’ve only gone in at night” – so calling back to my earlier question (#63), then HOW do you know what the aircraft you were watching in COMPLETE DARKNESS looks like? Hm? I’m now inclined to agree with Scully that Mulder could have shown this guy a flying hamburger and that’s what he would have identified – Unidentified Flying Big-Mac (UFBM)

94 – “Just stay on the path” – how is there a path if this is a secret Air Base that no one is supposed to know exists? Did the stoners create this path so that they themselves could follow it?

95 – Well at least Mulder shows his smarts and waits to wander out onto a military base until it’s nighttime…finally seeing that genius everyone in the Pilot was bragging about

96 – There’s a light flying towards Mulder! There’s a light flying towards Mulder! He’s gonna pee his pants right now…

97 – Then it stops right over him – lights flashing like this is a 90s discotech – and I guess you can kind of see the shape of the craft in the dark but still…I’m going with Scully that stoner guy was too stoned to identify this thing to Mulder

98 – One to beam up, Mr. Scott

99 – Of course he gets chased by two massive trucks with flashing lights on them…this is a secret military base Mulder – what did you expect?

100 – He runs really well though so there’s that

101 – Once again they need like six guys just to bring down Mulder – aren’t MPs supposed to be really well trained? Why do they need so many people just to take down Mulder? It’s not like he’s an MMA fighter or something. Season 1 Mulder is actually kind of scrawny.

102 – Now he’s strapped down to a gurney, someone holding his head and being injected with something…ugh…I can’t even watch this…I HATE needles…*shudder*

103 – Scully is trying desperately to talk to someone who can help her get her stupid partner’s stupid butt back (so she can kick it) but the phone dies! Seriously, landlines SUCKED, y’all!

104 – Remember the days of having to use a credit card to make long distance calls…? So glad that’s over

105 – This town (aside from the base itself) seems like Mulder’s kind of town…the phones are down cause of the military interference…I bet they blame the military for everything

106 – Now Mulder’s all drugged and seeing the secrets of the pyramids which he won’t remember ANY of!

107 – Hey ‘reporter’ what are you doing just wandering into someone’s hotel room? Get out of Scully’s room!

108 – Scully just casually reaches for her gun in the holster but dun-dun-dun it’s not there!!!! THIS is why you don’t take off your gun holster, Scully. EVER!

109 – PLOT: As the standoff between ‘reporter’ and Scully continues, the walkie-talkie goes off and it’s asking for ‘Red Bird’ – So he’s the same guy from the car outside the diner.

110 – Scully senses the shift in the force and runs to his car, gets in and locks the doors in a move that only works in the 90s because, come on, it’s called a key fob and electric doors

111 – DUN DUN DUN – his ID and gun are in the glove compartment and he’s airbase security Paul Mossinger. Really, man? You didn’t even change your name? What kind of cover is that? Have a little imagination, please!

112 – Ugh Scully, seriously? I know you’re a new field agent and all but stop leaving your gun in random places and then stop dropping the ones you lift from douche-y security guys

113 – HAHA but then she hits him square in the eye and gets the gun back and leaves no doubt for the future of all television – SCULLY IS A BADASS!

114 – Then douche-y calls her “Dr. Scully” – that’s AGENT Scully to you, douche.

115 – I think she does want this to come to violence now…

116 – Yeah Scully – threaten him with the media! Lord knows the media doesn’t care if something is verified and/or accurate, they’ll just run with it…

117 – Now back to your regularly scheduled Mulder torturing/drugging (seriously they need to stop now…I’m having flashbacks to parts of the series that are still to come and it’s making me emotional!)

118 – PLOT: Doctor dude drops something in Mulder’s eye from a dropper – Mulder tenses for a moment and then relaxes (I’m now screaming for them to stop hurting him…)

119 – Loving the shot of Couldn’t-Even-Come-Up-With-An-Alias Paul touching his still reddened eye – yeah Scully got you good!

120 – He’s driving the car and BAM Scully in the backseat holding the gun to his head…badass!

121 – PLOT: Couldn’t-Even-Come-Up-With-An-Alias Paul drives Scully to an Ellen’s Air Base entry gate. She instructs him to leave the car running and keep his hands where she can see them

122 – Listen to her man…or don’t…I’d kind of like to see Scully shoot you

123 – Seriously dude, keep talking…I really want to see her shoot you

124 – Car comes out of the gate and Mulder steps out of it looking really high and/or really drunk…

125 – Seriously fellas listen to the woman when she gives you an order – especially when she’s holding a gun

126 – It’s like Mulder’s a baby penguin learning to walk – I’m dying laughing right now and I really shouldn’t be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3In4gDQMa9Q – actually the penguins are more coordinated)

127 – “Everything you’ve seen here is equal to the protection we give it. It’s you who have acted inappropriately” A) Who the heck talks like this? B) No one believes you! C) What have they done? No, seriously? They came looking for a missing Colonel, tried (very nicely actually) to have a chat with another Colonel, bought a UFO photo, saw a show on a hillside outside of the Base boundaries, bought some stoners some burgers, went back to missing Colonel’s house when he was returned to ask him some questions, almost got run off the road for no real reason and lounged around their hotel rooms…I mean, yes Mulder snuck on to the base and Scully held a security officer at gun point but everything up until then was exceptionally tame… (just wait until season five) how is ANY of that inappropriate?

128 – Scully trying to keep the gun on Paul until the moment Mulder is in the car and she’s able to throw the car into reverse and then drive the hell away from there is life…I’m going to steal a phrase from the wonderful KnifeInk and say “Don’t F**k with Scully!”

129 – Episode two and Scully is driving…just pointing it out because reasons

130 – “Scully, I…” “What?” “How did I get here?” DUN DUN DUN!!! NO!!!! They Highjacked, Mulder!

131 – PLOT: Mulder and Scully drive straight to the Budahaus residence to see how Bob is doing and Mrs. Budahaus answers the door but just a crack and then won’t let Mulder and Scully inside. Then shuts the door in their faces.

132 – Scully eye roll number 76

133 – She mentioned her field report again…and I am Mulder…

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I love you and all but you need to stop…now…

134 – He looks like a poor abandoned and lost puppy dog…poor puppy…

135 – I’d forgotten about the ending Field Report voiceover… (yeah) [*sarcasm*]

136 – PLOT: (at least mostly) “Lieutenant Colonel Robert Budahaus was returned to his home, though his own knowledge of his disappearance and whereabouts is vague and inconclusive. Special Agent Mulder’s insistence that Budahaus may have been a test pilot on a top-secret project involving aircraft using recovered UFO technology, and may have suffered severe stress related trauma by flying these aircraft, is also inconclusive. Though this agent can collaborate Agent Mulder’s eyewitness account of two unidentified flying objects in the northern sky over Ellen’s Air Base, their exact nature or design could not be determined. Baring further authorized inquiry, this case – file #DF101364 – is closed.” [So they did technically solve it, right?]

137 – Then she looks at the blurry UFO photo and I’m whispering at my computer screen – “Believe, Scully…believe!”

138 – Mulder’s running outfit is awful and would cause a whole lot of wind resistance…and probably chaffing

139 – Man from the bathroom is walking toward Mulder across the field Mulder’s running on. Dude from the bathroom looks fierce, too. I really like the whole vest/jacket combo with suits. It looks good.

140 – “Your lives may be in danger” – nice opening line

141 – The Truth…UGH…stop it!

142 – “Mr. Mulder, why are those like yourself, who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life on this earth, not dissuaded by all the evidence to the contrary?” “Because all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive” And there’s the show

143 – “They’ve been here for a long, long time” [They’re called Silurians]

144 – HOLD UP – we never know what “Deep Throat” means? They seriously never explain the title in the whole episode? What the hell, Chris Carter?


We’re not in 1993 anymore

  • HOLY CRAP it’s a microfiche!!!!!!
  • Mulder uses a phonebook to get Colonel Kissel’s address
  • Scully using an actual, honest to goodness MAP
  • The camera Mulder was using takes film
  • Needing a credit card to make a long distance call
  • The ‘reporter’/military security guy uses a Walkie-Talkie
  • Landlines…landlines and more landlines…

Parting Thoughts:

Deep Throat of the title refers to Mulder’s very first informant – yeah! – although we NEVER learn that from the episode itself. I guess it comes up at some point in his subsequent appearances. I’ll make a note to keep an ear/eye out for it.

Like any good ‘ole X-File, this one leaves a lot of questions. There are plot holes, obviously, this is season one and the show will continue to try and find its footing and voice. My thought #62 above is one that still doesn’t make any sense to me – what is the cage? Why was it opened? Why does it matter that we hear that part of the walkie-talkie exchange?

However, by the end, I’m Scully. The case was about a missing pilot, the pilot was returned, case closed; let’s get the heck out of dodge while we all still (mostly) have our minds!

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