History Recap / TheXFilesS03E17Pusher

2nd Mar '18 3:59:17 PM Elyana
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* AffablyEvil: Downplayed. For a remorseless sociopath, Modell is surprisingly outgoing and polite, and his actions have an air of childish mischief about them; he treats the entire affair like a game. He also shows a [[PetTheDog moment of kindness]] to an enthralled Holly when he notices her bruised face... right after willing her to break into the FBI's database (and suggesting that she [[EvilIsPetty make him some coffee]]).


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* PetTheDog: Modell idly comments on Holly's horrible bruising and says that he'd [[MindRape make her assailant pay for it]] if he could.
12th Aug '17 11:42:51 AM thegiggleloop
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* Bulletproof Vest: Scully & Mulder wear them going into the hospital, but Mulder take his off under Pusher's control, off screen.

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* Bulletproof Vest: BulletproofVest: Scully & Mulder wear them going into the hospital, but Mulder take his off under Pusher's control, off screen.
12th Aug '17 11:40:52 AM thegiggleloop
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* Bulletproof Vest: Scully & Mulder wear them going into the hospital, but Mulder take his off under Pusher's control, off screen.
25th Jul '17 8:18:09 PM PaulA
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Mulder hunts a hitman with the power to psychically "push" people into obeying his commands.



* AdultFear: Mulder has to turn the gun on Scully, his close friend and partner. And wasn't able to stop pulling the trigger until Scully distracts Modell. FridgeHorror sets in when it turns out the shot meant for Scully was the ''one'' loaded chamber. Mulder aims this at Modell and puts him in a coma.

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* AdultFear: Mulder has to turn the gun on Scully, his close friend and partner. And wasn't able to stop pulling the trigger until Scully distracts Modell. FridgeHorror Horror sets in when it turns out the shot meant for Scully was the ''one'' loaded chamber. Mulder aims this at Modell and puts him in a coma.



* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Though not a full-on fight, Scully tries to snap Mulder out of pulling the trigger of the gun by telling him he's "stronger than this" [[spoiler:and Mulder uses all his willpower to stop himself, telling Scully to Run and shooting Modell instead]].

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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Though not a full-on fight, Scully tries to snap Mulder out of pulling the trigger of the gun by telling him he's "stronger than this" [[spoiler:and and Mulder uses all his willpower to stop himself, telling Scully to Run and shooting Modell instead]].instead.



* LoopholeAbuse: One possible interpretation of Mulder's actions at the climax. [[spoiler: He does pull the trigger on Scully, as ordered, just not enough to actually fire the gun.]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: One possible interpretation of Mulder's actions at the climax. [[spoiler: He does pull the trigger on Scully, as ordered, just not enough to actually fire the gun.]]



* PlotHole: A minor one: Why didn't the FBI send Skinner to the hospital with the SWAT team? He already demonstrated his resistance to Pusher's mind control. [[spoiler:But then, of course, we wouldn't have had that awesome showdown between Mulder and Pusher.]]

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* PlotHole: A minor one: Why didn't the FBI send Skinner to the hospital with the SWAT team? He already demonstrated his resistance to Pusher's mind control. [[spoiler:But But then, of course, we wouldn't have had that awesome showdown between Mulder and Pusher.]]



* RussianRoulette: In the climax of the episode, Pusher made Mulder play with him [[spoiler: and nearly kill Scully.]]

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* RussianRoulette: In the climax of the episode, Pusher made Mulder play with him [[spoiler: and nearly kill Scully.]]



* TheWorfEffect: DoubleSubverted in Skinner's case: Skinner is the only one who wasn't influenced by Modell's compelling suggestions. However, we all get to know what Modell is up to when he gets Skinner beaten up anyway, and by petite Holly on top of that. In the final showdown, even though Mulder proved great force of will, at the end he couldn't actually resist him either. [[spoiler: They would have lost if Scully hadn't pulled a fire alarm to break the spell of his voice]].

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* TheWorfEffect: DoubleSubverted in Skinner's case: Skinner is the only one who wasn't influenced by Modell's compelling suggestions. However, we all get to know what Modell is up to when he gets Skinner beaten up anyway, and by petite Holly on top of that. In the final showdown, even though Mulder proved great force of will, at the end he couldn't actually resist him either. [[spoiler: They would have lost if Scully hadn't pulled a fire alarm to break the spell of his voice]].voice.
10th Jul '17 9:36:02 PM thegiggleloop
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* HeldGaze: Before Mulder goes into the hospital and gives Scully his gun, they share one of these while HoldingHands.
6th Jul '17 10:21:47 PM thegiggleloop
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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Modell thinks Mulder and Scully are awfully close for being just partners.
6th Jul '17 10:18:59 PM thegiggleloop
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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Though not a full-on fight, Scully tries to snap Mulder out of pulling the trigger of the gun by telling him he's "stronger than this" [[spoiler:and Mulder uses all his willpower to stop himself, telling Scully to Run and shooting Modell instead]].
19th May '17 9:08:18 AM Fireblood
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* GunmanWithThreeNames: Robert Patrick Modell

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* GunmanWithThreeNames: Robert Patrick ModellModell.



* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Robert Nodell's CompellingVoice derives from a brain tumor that's killing him. He refuses to treat it because his powers would dissipate.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Robert Nodell's Modell's CompellingVoice derives from a brain tumor that's killing him. He refuses to treat it because his powers would dissipate.



* LoopholeAbuse: One possible interpretation of Mulder's actions at the climax [[spoiler: He does pull the trigger on Scully, as ordered, just not enough to actually fire the gun.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Pusher

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* LoopholeAbuse: One possible interpretation of Mulder's actions at the climax climax. [[spoiler: He does pull the trigger on Scully, as ordered, just not enough to actually fire the gun.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: PusherPusher.



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* PhoneTraceRace:PhoneTraceRace
6th Jul '16 1:10:59 AM JackG
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** Modell brings up the fact that Scully had previously shot Mulder, and that she'd been brought in to spy on him, when urging Mulder to shoot her.
3rd Sep '15 8:38:32 PM GlowWorm90
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* AdultFear: Mulder has to turn the gun on Scully, his close friend and partner. And wasn't able to stop pulling the trigger until Scully distracts Modell. FridgeHorror sets in when it turns out the shot meant for Scully was the ''one'' loaded chamber.

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* AdultFear: Mulder has to turn the gun on Scully, his close friend and partner. And wasn't able to stop pulling the trigger until Scully distracts Modell. FridgeHorror sets in when it turns out the shot meant for Scully was the ''one'' loaded chamber. Mulder aims this at Modell and puts him in a coma.
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